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NFL Sunday Player Props

by ASA, Inc.

Friday, Oct 14, 2022

Josh Allen Over 2.5 Pass TDs (+165)This matchup between the Chiefs and Bills is the most anticipated of the week, and maybe the year so far. Holding the highest point total of the weekend (o/u54), both teams have been cruising on offense, scoring a combined 68 points in their week 5 games. Allen has had plenty of success against the KC defense, torching them for 329 yards and 4 TDs last postseason. The Chiefs currently rank 24th in passing yards allowed per game. With so many points expected by oddsmakers, Allen is in line for plenty of opportunities to throw 3 or more TDs. Matt Ryan Over .5 INTs (-120)Jacksonville and Indy played once already in week 2, where the Jags annihilated the Colts 24-0, picking off Ryan 3 times. The Jags seem to be kryptonite for the Colts dating back to the end of the regular season last year. Ryan is fresh off a 2 INT game against Denver, and has thrown at least one pick in 4 of his 5 starts so far this season. Jonathan Taylor is banged up and questionable for Sunday, putting more offensive load on Ryan, which has not been a recipe for success so far. David Njoku Over 38.5 Rec Yards (-120)Njoku has been heating up the past three weeks averaging over 6 catches and 83 yards per game, becoming Jacoby Brissett’s clear #2 option behind Amari Cooper. Cleveland trusts Njoku in the run and the pass game, playing him on 90% of the team's offensive snaps which is the most of any skill position player besides Brissett. Even if Bill Belichick can put the clamps on the Browns athletic tight end, half of his recent production should be enough to get him over the hump on his yardage total. 

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Will the Bills/Chiefs Game be an Offensive Showcase?

by Vegas Writer

Friday, Oct 14, 2022

As the Kansas City Chiefs are set to host the Buffalo Bills - a matchup of 4-1 teams and a rematch of last season’s divisional playoff clash - we have the top two scoring offenses in the league.Kansas City is averaging 31.8 points per game while Buffalo is averaging 30.4.But does that mean the offensive fireworks are bound to flare? The Bills come into Week 6 tied for the top-scoring defense in the league, allowing just 12.2 points allowed per game.Sure, this is the fifth time Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes will face one another as opposing starting quarterbacks, including the postseason. And yes, Kansas City has won four of the first five meetings, during which Allen has totaled 12 touchdowns (11 passing, one rushing) and a 105.1 passer rating, while Mahomes has recorded 11 touchdowns (10 passing, one rushing) and a 108.1 passer rating.But we've seen other defensive units slow the Chiefs, and again, the Bills have the personnel to do the same.Kansas City's best chance to win this game is to step up defensively, not by getting into a shootout when Buffalo's stop unit thrives on the big play.Remember that Buffalo has stayed under in four of its last five, and Kansas City rolls in on a 6-2 under run in Week 6 of the season.Be wary when playing the side and total in this one, as there's more to seeing two explosive offenses.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, NHL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/14/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Oct 14, 2022

The Friday sports card features action in the NCAAF, MLB, NHL, CFL, and EPL.Week 7 in the college football regular season continues with two games between FBS opponents. SMU hosts Navy on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Mustangs have lost three in a row after their 41-19 loss at Central Florida as a 3-point underdog on October 5th. The Midshipmen won their second game in their last three games with a 53-21 upset win versus Tulsa as a 5-point underdog last Saturday. SMU is a 12.5-point favorite, with the total set at 57 (all odds set by DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). UTSA visits Florida International on the CBS Sports Network at 8 PM ET. The Roadrunners are on a three-game winning streak after a 31-28 victory as a 6.5-point favorite last Saturday. The Panthers have lost three in four after a 33-13 loss to Connecticut as a 5.5-point underdog last Saturday. UTSA is a 33.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 63. The Divisional Series in Major League Baseball continues with three games. The New York Yankees play at home against the Cleveland Guardians on TBS at 1:07 PM ET. The Yankees have a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series after their 4-1 victory on Tuesday. Their previously scheduled Game 2 got postponed because of rain on Thursday. New York taps Nestor Cortes, Jr. to pitch against the Guardians’ Shane Bieber. The Yankees are a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Philadelphia Phillies host the Atlanta Braves at 4:37 PM ET. The Braves evened this best-of-five series at 1-1 with their 3-0 win in Game 2 on Wednesday. The Phillies turn to Aaron Nola to pitch against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Braves. Philadelphia is a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at San Diego against the Padres on FS1 at 8:37 PM ET. Tony Gonsolin pitches for the Dodgers against Blake Snell for the Padres. Los Angeles is a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The National Hockey League has four games on its slate. Two games drop the puck at 7 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Columbus to play the Bluejackets as a -180 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Detroit Red Wings are at home against the Montreal Canadiens as a -165 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Winnipeg Jets host the New York Rangers at 8 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes visit the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 PM ET as a -200 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Week 19 in the Canadian Football League kicks off with two games. The Montreal Alouettes travel to Ottawa to play the Redblacks as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 47.5. The Calgary Stampeders host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 9:45 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 48.5. Matchweek 11 in the English Premier League begins with one match. Brighton and Hove Albion travel to Brentford on the USA Network at 3 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, MLB and NHL Previews and Odds - 10/13/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Oct 13, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, and the NHL.Week 6 in the National Football League kicks off with the Washington Commanders traveling to Chicago to play the Bears on Amazon Prime at 8:15 PM ET. The Commanders are on a four-game losing streak after a 21-17 loss as a 1-point underdog on Sunday. The Bears have lost two in a row after a 29-22 loss at Minnesota as a 10-point underdog on Sunday. Washington is a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 38 (all odds from DraftKings).Week 7 in the college football regular season continues with two games between FBS opponents at 7 PM ET. Central Florida hosts Temple on ESPN. The Knights are on a three-game winning streak after a 41-19 victory against SMU as a 3-point favorite last Wednesday. The Owls lost for the second time in their last three games after a 24-3 loss at Memphis as an 18.5-point underdog on October 1st. Central Florida is a 23.5-point favorite with an over/under of 45.5. Baylor visits West Virginia on FS1. The Bears’ two-game losing streak ended with a 36-25 upset loss to Oklahoma State as a 2.5-point favorite on October 1st. The Mountaineers come off a 38-20 loss at Texas as a 7.5-point underdog on October 1st. Baylor is a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 54. The Divisional Series in Major League Baseball continues with two games on TBS in the American League. The Houston Astros host the Seattle Mariners at 3:37 PM ET. The Astros took the opening game of this best-of-five series with their 8-7 comeback victory on Tuesday. Framber Valdez takes the mound for Houston to pitch against the Mariners’ Luis Castillo. Houston is a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.The New York Yankees play at home against the Cleveland Guardians at 7:37 PM ET. The Yankees have a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series after their 4-1 victory on Tuesday. New York taps Nestor Cortes, Jr. to pitch against the Guardians’ Shane Bieber. The Yankees are a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The National Hockey League has ten games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7 PM ET. The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Arizona Coyotes as a -365 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New Jersey Devils play at Philadelphia against the Flyers as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 6. The Ottawa Senators are at Buffalo against the Sabres as a -120 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Two more NHL games start at 7:30 PM ET. The Florida Panthers visit New York to play the Islanders as a -130 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Washington Capitals as a -190 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Minnesota Wild are at home against the New York Rangers at 8 PM ET as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Nashville Predators play at home against the Dallas Stars as a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The Calgary Flames host the Colorado Avalanche at 9:30 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights are at home against the Chicago Blackhawks at 10 PM ET as a -350 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings play at home against the Seattle Kraken at 10:30 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 6. 

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NBA Futures Wager: Phoenix Suns to Win the 2022-23 NBA Championship

by Al McMordie

Thursday, Oct 13, 2022

The Phoenix Suns won 64 games last season (eight games more than the #2-seeded Memphis Grizzlies), and were 51-21 in the regular season in 2020-21.  So, Phoenix has proved it can be a great regular season team.  The goal now is to make the transition to be a great team in the Playoffs.  Two years ago, the Suns came close when they lost 4-games-to-2 in the NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks.  But Phoenix flamed out badly last season when they lost the final two games of their 7-game series to Dallas by scores of 113-86 and 123-90.  Those last two blowout losses certainly left a mark, as nobody is giving the Suns credit for all they accomplished until that point.  To wit:  Phoenix currently is tied (with the Los Angeles Clippers) for the highest season win total (52.5 games) among the Western conference teams, but is well behind the Clippers and Golden State Warriors when it comes to NBA Championship odds.  And that is due to playoff pedigree.  So, Golden State has odds as low as +575 (Caesars).  The Clippers -- who have yet to win a title, but who have 2-time Champ Kawhi Leonard -- are even lower (+550) at DraftKings.  But the Suns' odds are as high as +1300 at Caesars!With futures wagers, I like playing on teams that suffered collapses in the playoffs the previous year.  I've always believed that serves as supreme motivation.  A classic example in the NBA is the San Antonio Spurs who did everything BUT win the title in 2013.  They were up by five points late in Game 6 in Miami, so the NBA was rolling the Larry O'Brien Trophy toward the court to get ready for the post-game celebration.  Of course, Ray Allen and the Miami Heat had other ideas, and the Spurs title hopes were dashed by a miraculous comeback win by the Heat.  But that series loss spurred the Spurs throughout the next season, and they steamrolled their opponents en route to a 5th NBA championship.  Admittedly, the Suns have NEVER won any championship, so they have less of a Playoffs well to draw from.  But I think this could be their season.  And the odds are a relative overlay.  Take the Suns at 13-1 odds (Caesars) to win the 2023 NBA championship.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NHL, UEFA Champions League and NCAAF Previews and Odds - 10/12/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and the UEFA Champions League.Week 7 in the college football regular season kicks off with one game between FBS opponents. Marshall hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET. The Thundering Herd are a 10.5-point favorite, with the total set at 47 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Divisional Series in Major League Baseball continues with two games in the National League. The Atlanta Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies on Fox at 4:35 PM ET. The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series with their 7-6 victory on Tuesday. Kyle Wright takes the ball for the Braves against Zach Wheeler for Philadelphia. Atlanta is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.The Los Angeles Dodgers are at home against the San Diego Padres on FS1 at 9:37 PM ET. The Dodgers won the opening game of this best-of-five series yesterday, 5-3. Los Angeles gives the ball to Clayton Kershaw to pitch against the Padres’ Yu Darvish. The National Hockey League has six games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7 PM ET. The Washington Capitals host the Boston Bruins in the first game of a doubleheader on TNT as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes play at home against the Columbus Bluejackets as a -250 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Montreal to play the Canadiens as a -260 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche are at home against the Chicago Blackhawks in the nightcap on TNT at 9:30 PM ET as a -425 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 10 PM ET. The Anaheim Ducks play at home against the Seattle Kraken as a -125 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against the Vancouver Canucks as a -195 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League concludes with eight group-stage matches. Two matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Napoli hosts Ajax as a -1 goal-line favorite with a total of 3 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Atletico Madrid plays at home against Club Brugge as a -1 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Six more matches begin at 3 PM ET. Liverpool travels to the Rangers as a -1.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Bayer Leverkusen is at home against FC Porto as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Barcelona FC hosts Inter Milan as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 3. Bayern Munich plays at Viktoria Pfzen as a -2.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Tottenham is at home against Eintracht Frankfurt as a -1 goal-line favorite with a total of 3. Sporting Lisbon FC plays at home against Olympique Marseille as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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NFL Week 6 Breakdown

by AAA Sports

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022

BEST GAME – Dallas at Philadelphia (-5.5)Dallas 4-1 SU, 4-1 ATSPhiladelphia 5-0 SU, 3-2 ATSJerry Jones has probably gone through a few buckets of Maalox already this week as his Boys get set for their early NFC East showdown in Philly. Two of the best teams in a pretty mediocre year for the NFL go at it Sunday night. Dallas is mum of whether QB1 Dak Prescott will be back in action (he may return to practice this week) against the league’s only unbeaten team. The Cowboys have some other health issues to deal with – notably banged-up pass rushes Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence. The Eagles, meanwhile, are perfect so far but flying dangerously close to the sun and could be 2-3 with a few contrarian bounces of the ball.WORST GAME – New England at Cleveland (-3)New England 2-3 SU, 2-2-1 ATSCleveland 2-3 SU, 2-3 ATSJust what Bill Belichick wants – a quarterback controversy. Mac Jones was supposed to be the real deal, but a sprained ankle has opened the door for unheralded and unknown Bailey Zappe – and the fans are now reminiscing about Bledsoe and Brady two decades ago. The Patriots defense shut out the Lions (the NFL’s highest-scoring team) last week, so for those who love D and are not tired of the whole Belichick/NE scene, this game might not be THAT bad. Cleveland is one missed field gal away from a winning record and being tied for first in the NFC North. Not a dog game, but slightly worse than the others.BIGGEST SPREAD – Carolina at Los Angeles Rams (-10.5)Carolina 1-4 SU, 1-4 ATSLos Angeles 2-3 SU, 1-4 ATSThe Rams have quite a few things to sort out, but Concern No. 1 is an offensive line that can’t open holes for the running game. The defending Super Bowl champs are dead last in the league (62 yards a game) running the ball, and that’s makes throwing it even more difficult. Wideout Cooper Kupp is being blanketed and averaging only 7.4 yards per target (way down from previous years). Fortunately for the Rams, the Panthers aren’t much better – they have the worst offense in the NFL. Oddsmakers like the Rams to break out of their funk this week.SMALLEST SPREAD – Washington at Chicago (-1)Washington 1-4 SU, 1-4 ATSChicago 2-3 SU, 2-2-1 ATSSpeaking of teams having trouble moving the ball on the ground, say hello to your dysfunctional Washington Commanders. HC Ron Rivera thinks he knows where the problem lies. Hint: It’s not Ron Rivera. It’s QB Carson Wentz, and when the boss is dissing his most important player, there are major problems. This tight line (Bears -1) is a bit odd considering that Chicago hasn’t been all that bad this season and also QB Justin Fields seems to be figuring things out. Fields was more than decent in last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings and finished with a 118.8 passer rating. He also rushed for 47 yards and had a 52-yard rushing TD called back by a penalty. Still, oddsmakers have listed this one as the lowest total (38.5).LARGEST TOTAL – Buffalo at Kansas City (53.5)Buffalo 4-1 SU, 3-1-1 ATSKansas City 4-1 SU, 2-3 ATSBuffalo has the NFL’s best offense, so it’s a bit counterintuitive that the Bills have covered the total only once in five games. Buffalo is actually 0-3 in games in which the total is 50 or more. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have been in four shootouts already this season and are trying to win games despite a middling pass defense that hasn’t been all that impressive. Expect a lot of over money mid-week which could drive the total even higher before kickoff.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NHL and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 10/11/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features action in MLB, NHL, and the UEFA Champions League.The Divisional Series in Major League Baseball begins with four games, The Atlanta Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:07 PM ET. The Phillies reached the Divisional Series with their two-game sweep of the Cardinals in the wildcard round. Max Fried takes the ball for the Braves against Ranger Suarez for Philadelphia. Atlanta is a -195 money line favorite with the total set at 7 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Houston Astros play at home against the Seattle Mariners on TNT at 3:37 PM ET. The Mariners advanced to the Divisional Series with their two-game sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto The Astros tap Justin Verlander to pitch against the Mariners’ Logan Gilbert. Houston is a -215 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New York Yankees are at home against the Cleveland Guardians on  TBS at 7:37 PM ET. The Guardians advanced to the ALDS with a two-game sweep of Tampa Bay in the wildcard round. Gerrit Cole takes the hill for the Yankees against Cal Quantrill for the Guardians. New York is a -205 money line with a total of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at home against the San Diego Padres on FS1 at 9:37 PM ET. The Padres reached the NLDS with their 6-0 victory in New York against the Mets on Sunday in the third game of their Wildcard Series. The Dodgers give the ball to Julio Urias against the Padres’ Mike Clevinger. Los Angeles is a -215 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.The National Hockey League has two games on ESPN it's slate. The New York Rangers are at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 PM ET. The Rangers are a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Los Angeles Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights at 10 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League begins with eight group-stage matches. Two matches start at 12:45 PM ET. Manchester City visits FC Copenhagen as a -2.5 goal road favorite with a total of 3.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). Juventus plays at Maccabi Haifa as a -0.5 road favorite an over/under of 2.5. Six more matches begin at 3 PM ET. Salzburg plays at Dinamo Zagreb in a pick ‘em match-up with a total of 2.5. AC Milan hosts Chelsea in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.5. Real Madrid visits Shakhtar Donetsk as a -1.5 goal-line road favorite with a total of 3. RB Leipzig visits Celtic as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Borussia Dortmund hosts Sevilla as a -1 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Paris Saint-Germain plays at home against Benfica as a -1 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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2022-23 NHL Preview: Central Division

by Sean Murphy

Monday, Oct 10, 2022

The puck drops on the 2022-23 NHL season in rinks across the country this week (the Sharks and Predators opened the campaign in Prague, CZE over the weekend). I'm running through quick previews of all 32 teams, continuing with the Central Division.Odds to win division in parentheses.Colorado Avalanche (-150)As is often the case following a Stanley Cup championship, the Avalanche lost a number of key pieces in the offseason, namely Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Darcy Kuemper. With Kuemper moving on, Colorado added former New York Rangers backup goaltender Alex Georgiev, who will look to make a name for himself in the Mile High City. Playing goal for the Avs isn't a bad gig as they're capable of lighting up the scoreboard with a wealth of talent up front, not to mention an elite blue line corps led by superstar Cale Makar. No Stanley Cup hangover here - expect the Avs to have little trouble pacing the Central Division for another year. Minnesota Wild (+400)Having made few offseason changes, the Wild appear content with the roster that got them to the playoffs last season (but made an early exit at the hands of the St. Louis Blues). In somewhat of a surprise move, the Wild locked up trade deadline rental goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, leading to them cutting ties with Cam Talbot. The case could certainly be made that Fleury's best days are behind him but he's made a career out of proving people wrong. Kirill Kaprizov leads a top-heavy forward group along with former first-round draft pick Matt Boldy poised for a breakout sophomore campaign after contributing 39 points in 47 games last season.Nashville Predators (+1000)The Predators are already off to a perfect 2-0 start to the season after posting consecutive hard-fought wins over the San Jose Sharks in Prague. With a good mix of youth and experience, the needle is certainly pointed up in Nashville. Filip Forsberg is back to lead the charge after signing a long extension with the club and Juuse Saros looks like a budding star between the pipes. Unlike the majority of the other teams in the Central, the Preds appear to have all of the pieces in place to potentially be a thorn in the side of the Avs at the top of the table. St. Louis Blues (+1200)Unable to get over the hump that is the Colorado Avalanche in each of the last two playoffs', the Blues did little to bolster their roster in the offseason. Ville Husso, who split time with veteran Jordan Binnington between the pipes last season, has moved on. Given Binnington's turbulent times with the Blues since helping them to a Stanley Cup championship back in 2019, it stands to reason that St. Louis will be in the market for a bonafide starting goaltender in the near future. The core of the team remains intact, a big reason why the Blues reside in that second tier in the Central Division. Regardless how the regular season goes, getting past the Avs next Spring figures to remain a tall task. Dallas Stars (+1400)The Stars remain paralyzed by the contracts of aging superstars Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. The team's biggest offseason move was a subtraction rather than an addition as Dallas lost key defenseman John Klingberg to free agency. With question marks up and down the roster the Stars seem far removed from reaching the Stanley Cup Final just three seasons ago (albeit in that strange 2020 'bubble' tournament). This is a franchise that always treats a non-playoff season as a disappointment but that's likely where it's headed again in 22-23. Winnipeg Jets (+2000)Head coach Rick Bowness is back for a second go-round with the Jets franchise, with three-plus decades in between stints. For a franchise that had so much optimism a couple of years ago, things have fallen apart rather quickly. Guys like Patrik Laine and Andrew Copp are long gone with Mark Schiefele and Kyle Connor left to shoulder much of the load offensively. Connor Hellebuyck provides stability between the pipes but he'll be hard-pressed to get much help from a depthy-shy defensive corps in front of him. Not helping matters if the fact that forwards Mason Appleton and Pierre-Luc Dubois start the season nursing injuries. Arizona Coyotes (+24000)The Coyotes should at least be given credit for not standing pat despite the numerous issues that continue to swirl around the franchise's future in the desert. Phil Kessel is out the door, now a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. Connor Geekie and Zack Kassian are among those joining the fledgling 'Yotes. The big story is of course Arizona's move to 5,000-seat Mullett Arena, located on the campus of Arizona State University. The 'Yotes will share the facility with the Sun Devils and team insiders have already indicated that the players aren't all that pleased with the arena amenities being offered. Expect another trying campaign for the 'Desert Dogs'. Chicago Blackhawks (+24000)How the mighty have fallen. The Blackhawks, not so far removed from a Stanley Cup dynasty, have fallen on hard times and continue their quasi-rebuild in 2022-23. It's probably a matter of 'when' rather than 'if' face of the franchise, Patrick Kane, will be traded. Alex DeBrincat, one of the team's biggest offensive producers over the last couple of seasons, has already been dealt to Ottawa. There's help on the way with a wealth of young prospects bubbling under the surface but it's going to take some time for them to come along. Expect the Blackhawks to stay the course this season and ultimately finish near or at the bottom of the top-heavy Central Division. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/10/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Oct 10, 2022

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL, CFL, and EPL.The fifth week in the National Football League concludes with one game for Monday Night Football. The Kansas City Chiefs play at home against the Las Vegas Raiders on ESPN at 8:15 PM ET. The Chiefs return home after a 41-31 upset victory at Tampa Bay as a 2-point underdog last Sunday night. The Raiders ended their three-game losing streak with a 32-23 win at home against Denver as a 2.5-point favorite last Sunday. Kansas City is a 7-point favorite, with the total set at 51.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).Week 18 in the Canadian Football League concludes with one game. The Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa Redblacks on ESPN2 at 1 PM ET. The Alouettes are on a three-game winning streak after their 25-18 victory at Edmonton last Saturday as a 2-point favorite. Montreal won the game despite getting outgained, 375-295, in yardage. A 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by the Alouettes defense in the fourth quarter was the play of the game by preventing the Elks from taking a two-score lead and providing them their eventual winning margin. Trevor Harris completed 14 of 17 passes for 180 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Montreal raised their record to 7-7 with the victory, placing them in second place in the East Division. The Redblacks have lost three in a row after a 34-19 loss at British Columbia as a 5.5-point underdog on September 30th. Nick Arbuckle completed 27 of 36 passes for 363 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception in the losing effort. Ottawa’s 3-11 record puts them in last place in the East Division. These two teams split their two prior meetings this season. The Alouettes won the first game, 40-33, as a 2-point road favorite on July 21st. The Redblacks avenged that loss with a 38-24 upset victory on September 22nd as a 4-point road underdog. Montreal is a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5. Matchweek 10 in the English Premier League finishes with one match. Aston Villa travels to Nottingham Forest on the USA Network at 3 PM ET. The Villans are unbeaten in their last three matches, with a victory against Southampton during that stretch. They last played on Sunday of last week in a 0-0 draw at Leeds United. Aston Villa is in 16th place in the EPL table with eight points. They have two victories and two draws in their eight matches. A win in this match moves them to ninth place in the standings.The Forest opened their first year promoted to the top flight by earning a win and a draw in their first three matches. They are on a five-game losing streak after a 4-0 loss at Leicester City last Monday. Nottingham Forest is tied for 19th place with the Foxes, who pulled out of last place with that win against them. A victory for the Forest would lift them into a tie for 17th place and the last spot for relegation at the end of the season. Aston Villa is a -0.5 goal line road favorite at BetMGM with a total of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/09/2022

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Oct 09, 2022

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL, MLB, and the EPL.The fourth week in the National Football League continues with 14 games. One game kicks off the card at 9:30 AM ET. The Green Bay Packers play the New York Giants at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London on the NFL Network. The Packers are an 8-point favorite, with the total set at 41.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Nine NFL games start at 1 PM ET. The Los Angeles Chargers travel to Cleveland to play the Browns as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 47. The New England Patriots play at home against the Detroit Lions as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 45.5. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at home against the Atlanta Falcons as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 46. The New Orleans Saints host the Seattle Seahawks as a 5-point favorite with a total of 45. The Jacksonville Jaguars play at home against the Houston Texans as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 43.5. The Buffalo Bills are at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 14-point favorite with a total of 45.5. The Miami Dolphins travel to New York to play the Jets as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 45.5. The Tennessee Titans play at Washington against the Commanders as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 43. The Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 44. One NFL game begins at 4:05 PM ET. The San Francisco 49ers visit the Carolina Panthers as a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 39.5. Two more NFL games start at 4:25 PM ET. The Los Angeles Rams play at home against the Dallas Cowboys as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 41.5. The Philadelphia Eagles are at Arizona to play the Cardinals as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 48.5. Sunday Night Football on NBC has the Baltimore Ravens playing at home against the Cincinnati Bengals at 8:20 PM ET. The Ravens are a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5.The postseason in Major League Baseball continues with the lone climactic third game in the best-of-three wildcard series. The New York Mets host the San Diego Padres on ESPN at 7:37 PM ET. The Mets evened this series at 1-1 with their 7-3 victory against the Padres on Saturday. Chris Bassitt takes the mound for New York to pitch against Joe Musgrove for San Diego. The winner advances to the National League Divisional Series to play in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Tuesday. The Mets are a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6.5.Matchweek 10 in the English Premier League continues with four matches. Two games start at 9 AM ET. Crystal Palace plays at home against Leeds United on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5 (all soccer odds from BetMGM). West Ham United is at home against Fulham on CNBC as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Liverpool visits Arsenal on the USA USA Network at 11:30 AM ET in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 3. Manchester United plays at Everton on the USA Network at 2 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, NHL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/08/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Oct 08, 2022

The Saturday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NHL, CFL, and the EPL.Week 6 in the regular season of the college football season concludes with 52 games between FBS opponents. Six NCAAF games kick off on national television at noon ET. Tennessee visits LSU on ESPN as a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 64.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Western Michigan plays at home against Eastern Michigan on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 55.5. Florida is at home against Missouri on ESPNU as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 54. Texas plays Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 65. Michigan travels to Indiana on Fox as a 22.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 59. TCU plays at Kansas on FS1 as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 68.5. Five NCAAF games on national television start at 3:30 PM ET. Tulane hosts East Carolina on ESPNU as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 55.5. Oklahoma State is at home against Texas Tech on FS1 as a 9-point favorite with a total of 67.5. Georgia plays at home against Auburn on CBS as a 28.5-point favorite with an over/under of 49.5. Tulsa travels to Navy on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point road favorite with a total of 46.5. Utah plays at UCLA on Fox as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 64. Two more NCAAF nationally-televised games begin at 4 PM ET. Miami (FL) is at home against North Carolina on ESPN2 as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 66. Ohio State visits Michigan State on ABC as a 27-point road favorite with an over/under of 65. Three NCAAF games on national television start at 7 PM ET. Air Force plays at Utah State on FS1 as a 10.5-point road favorite with a total of 54.5. Wyoming is at New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 37. James Madison plays at Arkansas State on the NFL Network as an 11.5-point road favorite with a total of 55. Four more nationally-televised NCAAF games begin at 7:30 PM ET. USC hosts Washington State on Fox as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 65. Clemson travels to Boston College on ABC as a 20.5-point road favorite with a total of 48.5. Kansas State is at Iowa State on ESPNU as a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 45. Notre Dame plays BYU at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 51.5. Alabama is at home against Texas A&M on CBS as a 24-point favorite with a total of 48. Boise State hosts Fresno State on FS1 as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 45.5. San Diego State plays at home against Hawai’i on the CBS Sports Network as a 23.5-point favorite with a total of 48.5. Oregon State is at Stanford on ESPN at 11 PM ET as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 56. The postseason in Major League Baseball continues with the second games in the four best-of-three wildcard series. The Cleveland Guardians host the Tampa Bay Rays on ESPN2 at 12:07 PM ET after winning Game 1 on Friday, 2-1. Triston McKenzie takes the ball for the Guardians to pitch against Tyler Glasnow for the Rays. Cleveland is a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Toronto Blue Jays are at home against the Seattle Mariners on ESPN at 4:07 PM ET after losing Game 1 yesterday, 4-0. The Blue Jays turn to Kevin Gaussian to battle against the Mariners’ Robbie Ray. Toronto is a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The New York Mets play at home against the San Diego Padres on ESPN at 7:37 PM ET after losing Game 1 on Friday by a 7-1 score. Jacob DeGrom is expected to be the starting pitcher for the Mets against Blake Snell for the Padres. New York is a -180 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Philadelphia Phillies are at St. Louis on ESPN2 at 8:37 PM ET after taking the opening game of this series yesterday, 6-3. The Phillies tap Aaron Nola to duel against the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas. Philadelphia is a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Nashville Predators play the San Jose Sharks in Prague at 2 PM ET in a rematch of their game that opened the regular season in the National Hockey League in the Czech Republic yesterday. Nashville is a -180 money line favorite with a total of 6.Week 18 in the Canadian Football League continues with two games. The Toronto Argonauts host the British Columbia Lions at 4 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 48.5. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers play at home against the Edmonton Eskimos at 7 PM ET as a 13-point favorite with a total of 50.5. Matchweek 10 in the English Premier League begins with five matches. Four games start at 10 AM ET. Leicester City travels to Bournemouth as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Chelsea is at home against Wolverhampton as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Manchester City hosts Southampton as a -2.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Newcastle United plays at home against Brentford on the USA Network. Brighton and Hove Albion play at home against Tottenham on NBC at 12:30 PM ET in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5.

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