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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL Previews and Odds - 01/11/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL action.Six games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Washington hosts Oklahoma City at 7:10 PM ET as a 9-point favorite, with the total set at 216 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Phoenix visits Toronto at 7:40 PM ET as a 4-point road favorite. Three games tip-off in the NBA at 8:10 PM ET. Minnesota travels to New Orleans as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 226.5. Golden State plays at Memphis as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 218.5. Chicago is at home Detroit as a 14-point favorite with an over/under of 220. Denver visits Los Angeles to play the Clippers as a 1-point road favorite. The National Hockey League has seven games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7:08 PM ET. Tampa Bay visits Buffalo as a -250 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Florida plays at home against Vancouver as a -205 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Chicago travels to Columbus in a game where both teams are priced at -110 with a total of 5.5. Colorado plays at Nashville at 8:08 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Two more NHL games start at 10:08 PM ET. Toronto travels to Vegas in a game where both teams are priced at -110 with a total of 6. Pittsburgh is at Anaheim as a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. San Jose plays at home against Detroit at 10:38 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Two games got postponed because of COVID: Carolina/Philadelphia; New York Islanders/Calgary.Eleven games are on national television in college basketball. Two games tip-off at 5 PM ET. Towson hosts Hofstra on the CBS Sports Network as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 146.5. USC visits Stanford on ESPN2 as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 146.5. Four more games start at 7 PM ET. Baylor is at home against Texas Tech on ESPN2 as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. Kentucky plays at Vanderbilt on ESPN as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 140.5. Marquette is at home against DePaul on FS1 as a 6-point favorite with a total of 150.5. Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh on ESPNU as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5. Four more NCAA-B games tip-off at 9 PM ET. Alabama is at home against Auburn on ESPN as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 156. Creighton plays at home against Providence on FS1 as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 133. West Virginia hosts Oklahoma State on ESPN2 as a 4-point favorite with a total of 134. Loyola-Chicago is at home against Valparaiso on the CBS Sports Network as a 16-point favorite with an over/under of 137. UNLV plays at home against New Mexico as a 6-point favorite with a total of 151. Matchweek 21 in the English Premier League continues with one match on the USA Network at 2:45 PM ET. Southampton hosts Brentford as a -0.5 goal line favorite at Play MGM with an over/under of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/10/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Jan 10, 2022

The Monday sports card features NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and CBB action.The college football season concludes with the National Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama on ESPN at 8 PM ET. The Bulldogs reached the title game with their 34-11 victory against Michigan as a 7.5-point favorite on December 31st in the college football playoff semifinals. The Crimson Tide beat Cincinnati, 27-6, in their semifinals game earlier that night as a 12.5-point favorite. This game is a rematch of the SEC championship game, which Alabama won, 41-24, as a 6-point underdog on December 4th. Georgia is a 2.5-point favorite, with the total set at 52.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).Seven games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Two games tip-off the card at 7:10 PM ET. Milwaukee plays at Charlotte as a 1.5-point road favorite. Utah visits Detroit as a 10.5-point road favorite. Two more games begin at 7:40 PM ET. Boston is at home against Indiana as a 6-point favorite. New York plays at home against San Antonio as a 6.5-point favorite. Philadelphia travels to Houston at 8:10 PM ET as a 9-point road favorite. Two games conclude the NBA card at 10:10 PM ET. Brooklyn is at Portland as an 11-point road favorite at BetRivers. Cleveland travels to Sacramento as a 3.5-point road favorite at BetRivers.The National Hockey League has three games on its slate. Washington plays at home against Boston at 7:08 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Colorado is at home against Seattle at 9:08 PM ET as a -390 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Los Angeles plays at home against the New York Rangers at 10:38 PM ET as a -110 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.Three NHL games got postponed because of COVID: Columbus/Montreal; Minnesota/Winnipeg; Tampa Bay/New Jersey. Twenty-one games are on the NCAAB schedule. Winthrop hosts Campbell at 5 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 137. Two more games start at 6 PM ET. Wofford plays at UNC-Greensboro as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 125.5. Colgate is at home against Army West Point as a 7-point favorite with a total of 153. East Tennessee State plays at home against Western Carolina at 7 PM ET as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 148.5. Illinois-Chicago visits IUPUI as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 125.5.Boston University plays at American University on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Terriers lost their third game in their last four with a 66-58 loss to Loyola-Maryland as a 7.5-point favorite on Thursday. Their record dropped to 9-6 with the loss. The Eagles lost their second straight game in a 63-61 loss to Lehigh as a 1-point favorite on January 1st. American has a 4-9 record on the season. Two more NCAA-B games start at 8 PM ET. UM-Kansas City plays at home against Nebraska-Omaha as a 10-point favorite as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 141. South Dakota plays at North Dakota as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 146.5. North Dakota State visits Denver at 9 PM ET as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 140. Two more games take place at 10 PM ET. Pepperdine is at home against San Diego as a 3-point favorite with a total of 140.5. Oregon travels to Oregon State as a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 140.5. 

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Return Of The Ivy League

by Ben Burns

Sunday, Jan 09, 2022

For many schools, the new year has coincided with the start of "conference play. " Teams from the Ivy League are among them. Yale's game vs. Columbia was supposed to be the first Ivy League game in 666 days. What happened? Typically, it got postponed. The Lions finally got things going against Princeton, on Friday, January 7th.  Naturally, after nearly two years, much has changed. Let's take a look at some of the early contenders/pretenders for 2022.  PRINCETON The Tigers have had a few down years. That will change in 2022. They're already 2-0 in conference play and their 12-3 overall record is best in the Ivy League. Two of those three losses were very close, too. They've beaten the likes of Oregon State and South Carolina. The young Princeton players have matured. They're the early frontrunners for the league title. YALE Any conversation about the Ivy League needs to include the Bulldogs. The defending league champions are deep, talented and well-coached. The poor non-conference record can be taken with a grain of salt, as it included the likes of St. Mary's, Auburn and Seton Hall. Due to postponements, they have yet to play a conference game. PENN Games against teams like Villanova, Florida State and  Arkansas have the Quakers ready for Ivy League action. They're already 2-1 within the conference. Coach Donahue is excited about his team and they should be in the mix the entire way. BROWN The Bears don't have as strong a backcourt as any of the three above teams. However, they're arguably better up front. Tamenang Choh, one of the best rebounders in the conference, does much of the heavy lifting. He averaged 13.2 ppg and 8.1 rbg in 2019/20. He's started every game the past two seasons. Choh is complemented by Jaylan Gainey. The 6-9 senior is the reigning Ivy League defensive player of the year. While the Bears are off to a 1-2 start within the league, a tough non-conference schedule should serve them well.  HARVARD The Crimson are usually near the top of the conference but this may not be their year. While they have talent, they're also inexperienced. Prior to the season, coach Amaker commented: "I think it's going to require for us .. to be incredibly patient .... It's just going to be like you're starting over in every way with the program." CORNELL I don't expect the Big Red (1-2) to compete for the league title this season; I successfully played against them in their 14-point loss against Penn. However, I'm giving them an honorable mention due to their impressive 10-2 ATS overall record. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/09/2021

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Jan 09, 2022

The Sunday sports card features NFL, NBA, NHL, and CBB action.Week 18 of the National Football League concludes with 14 games. Seven games kick off at 1 PM ET. Indianapolis visits Jacksonville as a 14-point road favorite with the total set at 43.5 (all odds from DraftKings). Cleveland plays at home against Cincinnati as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 37. Minnesota hosts Chicago as a 4-point favorite with a total of 44.5. Baltimore is at home against Pittsburgh as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 41. Tennessee travels to Houston as a 10.5-point road favorite with a total of 42.5. Washington plays at New York against the Giants as a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 38. Green Bay is at Detroit as a 3-point road favorite with a total of 44.5. Six more NFL games start at 4:25 PM ET. New England visits Miami as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 40. Buffalo is at home against the New York Jets as a 16.5-point favorite with a total of 40.5. Arizona hosts Seattle as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 48. New Orleans travels to Atlanta as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 40. The Los Angeles Rams are at home against San Francisco as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 44.5. Tampa Bay is at home against Carolina as a 9-point favorite with a total of 41.5. The Los Angeles Chargers play at Las Vegas against the Raiders at 8:20 PM ET on NBC for Sunday Night Football. The Chargers are a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 49.5. Ten games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Brooklyn plays at home against San Antonio at 12:10 PM ET as a 10-point favorite. Atlanta visits Los Angeles to play the Clippers at 3:40 PM ET as a 5-point road favorite. Two more games begin at 6:10 PM ET. Washington is at Orlando as a 6.5-point road favorite. Toronto plays at home against New Orleans as a 7-point favorite with a total of 221.5. Two more NBA games start at 7:10 PM ET. Minnesota plays at Houston as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 229. Denver travels to Oklahoma City as a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 214.5. Chicago plays at Dallas at 7:40 PM ET as a 2.5-point road favorite. Golden State hosts Cleveland at 8:40 PM ET as a 9.5-point favorite. Sacramento visits Portland at 9:10 PM ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 224.5. Memphis plays in Los Angeles against the Lakers at 9:40 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with a total of 214.The National Hockey League has two games on its slate. St. Louis hosts Dallas at 2:08 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Anaheim is at home against Detroit as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Two games are on national television in college basketball. Memphis hosts Cincinnati on ABC at 3 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 141.5. Colorado plays at home against Washington on ESPN2 at 5 PM ET as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 138.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/08/2021

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Jan 08, 2022

The Saturday sports card features NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and CBB action.Week 18 of the National Football League kicks off with two games on ABC and ESPN. Kansas City visits Denver at 4:30 PM ET as a 10-point road favorite, with the total set at 44.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Dallas plays at Philadelphia at 8:15 PM ET as a 4-point road favorite with an over/under of 43. The FCS championship game takes place on ESPN2 at noon ET at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State plays Montana State as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 41.5. Six games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Memphis plays at Los Angeles against the Clippers at 3:40 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite at BetRivers. Three games tip-off at 7:10 PM ET. Milwaukee plays at Charlotte as a 1-point road favorite at BetRivers. Detroit plays at home against Orlando as a 2-point favorite with a total of 210.5. Utah travels to Indiana as a 3.5-point road favorite at BetRivers. Boston is at home against New York at 7:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 208.5. Phoenix hosts Miami at 9:10 PM ET as an 8.5-point favorite with a total of 216.5. The National Hockey League has 11 games on its slate. Pittsburgh visits Dallas at 2:08 PM ET as a -125 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Five more games drop the puck at 7:08 PM ET. Colorado is at home against Toronto as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. San Jose visits Philadelphia as a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Tampa Bay hosts Boston as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Columbus plays at home against New Jersey as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Carolina is at home against Florida as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 8:08 PM ET. Washington visits Minnesota as a -125 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Nashville plays at Arizona as a -255 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Two games begin at 10:08 PM ET. The New York Rangers are at Anaheim as a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Vegas hosts Chicago as a -230 money line favorite with a total of 6. Los Angeles is at home against Detroit at 10:38 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.Nineteen games are on national television in college basketball. Four games tip-off the card at noon ET. Houston hosts Wichita State on CBS as a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 132.5. Providence is at home against St. John’s on FS1 as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 146. Seton Hall plays at home against UConn on Fox as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 138. Vanderbilt is at home against South Carolina on ESPNU as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 138. North Carolina hosts Virginia on ESPN at 1 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with a total of 132. Three more NCAAB games begin at 2 PM ET. Texas travels to Oklahoma State on CBS as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 127.5. Villanova plays at DePaul on FS1 as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 135.5. Davidson is at home against Rhode Island on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 135.5. Michigan hosts Michigan State on Fox at 2:30 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 142.5. Three more NCAAB games start at 4 PM ET. Kansas visits Texas Tech on ESPN2 as a 4.5-point road favored with an over/under of 140. San Diego State plays at home against Colorado State on CBS as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 134.5. Tulane is at home against South Florida on ESPNU as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 127. Three NCAAB games tip-off at 6 PM ET. Oklahoma hosts Iowa State on ESPNU as a 6-point favorite with a total of 128. LSU is at home against Tennessee on ESPN2 as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 133.5. Missouri State plays at home against Northern Iowa on the CBS Sports Network as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 142. Three more NCAAB games start at 8 PM ET. Auburn is at home against Florida on ESPN as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 141.5. Florida State hosts Louisville on ESPNU as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 138.5. Utah State travels to New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 153. BYU plays at home against Saint Mary’s on ESPN2 as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 132.5. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/07/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Jan 07, 2022

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and CBB action.Nine games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Philadelphia is at home against San Antonio at 7:10 PM ET as a 6-point favorite, with the total set at 219 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Two games tip-off at 7:40 PM ET. Utah visits Toronto as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 224. The first game of an ESPN doubleheader has Brooklyn hosting Milwaukee at 7:40 PM ET. The Nets ended a three-game losing streak with a 129-121 victory at Indiana as an 8.5-point favorite on Wednesday. They improved their record to 24-12 on the season. The Bucks are on a two-game losing streak after their 117-111 upset loss to Toronto as a 3-point favorite on Wednesday. Milwaukee had been on a six-game winning streak before their two-game slide. Their record dropped to 25-15 with the loss. Brooklyn is a 4.5-point favorite at BetRivers. Three more NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. Chicago is at home against Washington as a 7-point favorite with a total of 219.5. Dallas travels to Houston as a 2-point road favorite at BetRivers. Minnesota plays at Oklahoma City as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 214.5. Denver hosts Sacramento at 9:10 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 222.5. Two games conclude the NBA card at 10:10 PM ET. Cleveland visits Portland as a 4-point road favorite with an over/under of 215.5. The Los Angeles Lakers are at home against Atlanta in the nightcap on ESPN at 10:10 PM ET. The Lakers are on a three-game winning streak after their 122-114 victory against Sacramento as a 6.5-point favorite on Tuesday. They improved their record to 20-19 with the win. The Hawks won their second game in their last three with a 108-120 victory at Sacramento as a 2-point favorite on Wednesday. Atlanta has a 17-20 record. Los Angeles is a 2-point favorite with a total of 225.The National Hockey League has two games on its slate. Carolina plays at home against Calgary at 7:08 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. St. Louis hosts Washington at 8:08 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. Nineteen games are on the college basketball card involving Division I teams. Five games are on national television. Two games tip-off at 6:30 PM ET. Marquette travels to Georgetown on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 153. Ohio plays at home against Kent State on the CBS Sports Network as a 7-point favorite with a total of 132.5. Two more NCAAB games start at 7 PM ET. Harvard hosts Brown on ESPNU as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Detroit Mercy is at home against Milwaukee on ESPN2 as a 4-point favorite with a total of 137.5. Xavier plays at Butler on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET as a 4.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 130.5. 

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The Return of Klay Thompson

by Will Rogers

Thursday, Jan 06, 2022

Klay Thompson is on pace to make his highly anticipated return this Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Klay hasn't played a single minute since landing awkwardly on his leg in the 2019 NBA Finals. After that, he then tore his Achilles in November of 2020. That's now 900+ days of being sidelined. Many people believe that Klay will still be good, but will he ever get back to where he was when he got hurt? Will he look like one of the best 3pt shooters in history again?  Nobody loves the game of basketball more than Klay. After being snubbed from the NBA Top 75 players list, Thompson is more motivated ever to prove the NBA wrong and win another championship this season. Klay is out on the court practicing before every one of the Warriors' games to get shots up. You can tell he wants to be out on the court every second he's watching his team play as well. Over the course of his career, Thompson is shooting an extraordinary 41.9% from deep. He's also accomplished one of the most incredible feats in NBA History. 37pts on 13/13 shooting in a SINGLE QUARTER. I mean that's a great game for most people. He went on to score 52 in the game. Also, Klay once dropped 43pts while taking only 4 dribbles. Some things that this man has done are just out of this world.  Not only is Klay Thompson an excellent shooter, he gets it done time and time again on the defensive side of the ball. People called him one of the "premier defenders in the game" when he was healthy.   While the Warriors are currently sitting on top of the Western Conference with the best record in the entire NBA, Curry has found himself in a bit of a slump. He's only shooting 8/41 from the field, and 2/19 from 3 the past two games. Once Klay returns and is back to playing the way he used to, Golden State will be even more deadly than ever before. Personally, I believe that Klay will still be one of the best in the game, it's just a matter of when. Perhaps, that might happen during this year's playoffs. Tighten your seatbelts and get ready for the Warriors to become a dynasty team all over again. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and CBB Previews and Odds - 01/06/2021

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Jan 06, 2022

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, and CBB action.Four games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. The doubleheader on TNT tips off at 7:40 PM ET with Boston visiting New York. The Celtics are on a two-game winning streak after their 116-111 win against Orlando as a 10-point favorite on Sunday. Boston improved their record to 18-19. The Knicks won their fourth game in their last six with their 104-94 victory against Indiana as a 5.5-point favorite on Tuesday. New York has an 18-20 record. This game is a pick ‘em with the total set at 211 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Two more NBA tip-off at 8:10 PM ET. Memphis hosts Detroit as a 12.5-point favorite with an over/under of 220. Golden State travels to New Orleans as a 3.5-point road favorite. Phoenix plays at home against the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game on TNT at 10:10 PM ET. The Suns won their third game in their last four with their 123-110 victory at New Orleans as a 7-point favorite on Tuesday. They improved their record to 29-8 on the season. The Clippers lost their fourth game in their last six in a 122-104 upset loss against Minnesota as a 3-point favorite on Monday. Los Angeles’ record has fallen to a 19-19 mark. Phoenix is an 11-point favorite with a total of 219. The National Hockey League has 11 games on its slate. The puck drops at 7:08 PM ET for five games. Boston is at home against Minnesota on ESPN as a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. San Jose visits Buffalo as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Tampa Bay hosts Calgary as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. New Jersey plays at home against Columbus as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6. Pittsburgh is at Philadelphia as a -175 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Florida visits Dallas at 8:38 PM ET as a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Two more NHL games start at 9:08 PM ET. Colorado hosts Winnipeg as a -220 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Chicago travels to Arizona as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Two games begin at 10:08 PM ET. Vegas is at home against the New York Rangers as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Anaheim plays at home against Detroit as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Nashville is at Los Angeles against the Kings at 10:38 PM ET as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Two games got postponed because of COVID outbreaks: Toronto/Montreal; Ottawa/Seattle. Ten games are on national television in college basketball. Four games tip-off at 7 PM ET. Indiana hosts Ohio State on FS1 as a 2-point favorite with a total of 138. Tennessee State is at home against UT-Martin as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 145. Vermont plays at home against New Hampshire on ESPN2 as an 11.5-point favorite at William Hill with a total of 126. Illinois hosts Maryland on ESPN2 as an 11.5-point favorite with an over/under of 143. North Texas is at home against UAB at 8 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network as a 1-point favorite with a total of 124. Two more NCAAB games start at 9 PM ET. Wisconsin plays at home against Iowa on FS1 as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 147. Colorado hosts Washington State on ESPN2 as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 141.5. Utah is at home against Washington on ESPN at 9:30 PM ET as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 144. Louisiana Tech visits UTEP on the CBS Sports Network at 10 PM ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 140. USC travels to California on FS1 at 11 PM ET as a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 126. 

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Can Anyone Overtake Aaron Rodgers for the NFL MVP?

by Oskeim Sports

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2022

 He won his third NFL MVP last season and is on his way to a fourth this season. Aaron Rodgers is the clear favorite to win a second consecutive MVP. He is listed -400 odds to win and appears to have a pretty safe lead in the race for the award.  There are a few contenders in the race. The question is with one week left in the regular season and the playoffs ahead, is there anyone that could surpass Rodgers and take the award away from him? The answer to that is a big “maybe.”   MVP No. 4 There are plenty of reasons why Aaron Rodgers wins his fourth NFL MVP this year. First off, he led the Packers to another 13-win season (with potential for 14), another NFC North Division title, and clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.   The Green Bay offense is among the best in the league. Rodgers has the highest touchdown-to-interception ratio of all NFL quarterbacks with at least 750 passing yards. He has 3,977 yards passing and 35 touchdowns and don’t forget, he missed a game due to COVID.  Rodgers has said he is planning on playing in the season finale against Detroit. Whether he does or not, he will lead Green Bay in the postseason and still has time to cement his hold on the award.    Challenger No. 1 If there is anyone that could pull off the upset, it has to be Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady. At 44 years of age, Brady has 4,990 yards passing and 40 touchdowns. He is the reason why the Bucs are 12-4 and NFC South champions.   Brady is given +500 odds to win the MVP, which makes it appear as though Rodgers has a firm grip on his fourth award. The Bucs play Carolina this Sunday. They just played the Panthers two weeks ago. Tampa Bay won 32-6 and Brady really didn’t need to do much. He finished 18-of-30 for 232 yards and a touchdown.   He probably won’t need to do much on Sunday either, but if he were to go off and have a career day he might pull himself closer to Rodgers. Then, of course, there is the playoffs make a final run at the MVP.   Challenger No. 2 The only other realistic challenger to Rodgers in the MVP race is Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow, who just happens to be peaking at the right time. Prior to last week’s game against Kansas City, Burrow was seventh on the betting board at +3500.   After leading the Bengals to a dramatic 34-31 win over the Chiefs, Burrow now sits at No. 3 given +1000 odds to win. In his past two games, Burrow has put up video game-like numbers. Against the Chiefs, he completed 30-of-39 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns. And that’s against the Chiefs who had won eight in a row prior to Sunday.  The previous week, Burrow lit it up against division rival Baltimore. Burrow set a franchise record with 525 yards passing. He also had another four touchdown passes. If he keeps this up, he could threaten Rodgers, especially if Cincy wins in the postseason. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/05/2021

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Jan 05, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features NBA, NHL, and CBB action.Eleven games are on the docket in the National Basketball Association. Three games tip-off the card at 7:10 PM ET. Charlotte hosts Detroit as a 9.5-point favorite (all odds from DraftKings). Philadelphia visits Orlando as a -7.5 point road favorite. Washington is at home against Houston as a 6.5-point favorite. Three more games begin at 7:40 PM ET. Boston plays at home against San Antonio as an 8.5-point favorite. Brooklyn travels to Indiana as a 6.5-point road favorite. Golden State is at Dallas as in the opening game of an ESPN doubleheader at 7:40 PM ET. The Warriors won their fifth game in their last six with a 115-108 victory against Miami as a 10.5-point favorite on Monday. They improved their record to 29-7. The Mavericks won their fourth game in their last five with their 103-89 victory against Denver as a 3-point favorite on Monday. Golden State is a 5-point road favorite.Two more NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. Milwaukee plays at home against Toronto as a 9-point favorite. Minnesota hosts Oklahoma City as an 8-point favorite. Three games conclude the card at 10:10 PM ET. Portland is at home against Miami as a 1-point favorite. Atlanta visits Sacramento in a pick ‘em contest. Utah travels to Denver at 10:10 PM ET in the second game of the doubleheader on ESPN. The Jazz won their seventh game in their last eight with their 115-104 win at New Orleans as a 10-point favorite on Monday. The Nuggets had their three-game winning streak end with their 103-89 loss at Dallas on Monday. The National Hockey League has two games on its slate. Toronto plays at home against Edmonton at 7:08 as a -210 money line favorite with the total set at 6.5. Pittsburgh hosts St. Louis at 7:38 PM ET as a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The New York Islanders/Vancouver game got postponed due to a COVID outbreak.Nine games are on national television in college basketball. St. John’s is at home on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with a total of 152.5. Four games tip-off at 7 PM ET. Florida plays at home against Alabama on ESPN2 as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 149. Louisville is at home against Pittsburgh on ESPNU as a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 127.5. Dayton hosts VCU on the CBS Sports Network as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 125. UNC-Greensboro is at home against Furman on ESPN News as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 128.5. Villanova plays at home against Creighton on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 133. Three more games begin at 9 PM ET. Iowa State hosts Texas Tech on ESPNU as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 127. North Carolina is at Notre Dame on ESPN2 as a 2.5-point road favorite with a total of 147. Missouri State visits Bradley on the CBS Sports Network as a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 138.

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NFL Super Bowl LVI Contenders and Pretenders – AFC

by Scott Rickenbach

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2022

NFL Super Bowl LVI Contenders and Pretenders – AFCWith one week of regular season action left before the post-season gets underway, here is my list of Contenders and Pretenders from bottom to top in the AFC:1) Baltimore – Pretender – The ultimate pretender it would take a minor miracle for the Ravens to make the playoffs but they are mathematically alive. If they miraculously get in, this team (recent 5-game losing streak) is going nowhere. 2) Pittsburgh – Pretender – Congrats to Big Ben for getting a win in final home game of his career and that is where this story ends. Still a chance to get into the post-season, but this team, even if did get in, does not have the offensive production to advance in the playoffs. 3) Las Vegas – Pretender – The Raiders still have a chance to get in the playoffs, but their tumultuous season -- plagued by the Jon Gruden firing and the off-the-field players incidents -- is just too much to overcome. No post-season success here if they even get in! 4) Indianapolis – Contender – Yes the Colts really blew it last week but now they take on a very bad Jacksonville team and the Jaguars are the only thing that stands between Indy and the post-season. That said, it's highly likely they get in and a well-coached team with some experience at QB and a solid defense will always be able to surprise and contend. Before last week’s loss, the Colts had won 9 of 12 games. 5) Los Angeles Chargers – Pretender – Tough match-up closing the season with the Raiders so they may not even make the post-season. Even if they do, the Chargers' rather weak ground game is a concern on offense.  And a late season loss to the Texans says a lot about this team.  They will be "one and done" in my opinion, if they make post-season. 6) New England – Contender – Such a strong run for the Patriots who have been one of the hottest teams in the league in latter half of season. When your coach is Bill Belichick and you have a solid defense and you are a red hot team, then you are a threat to make a post-season run for sure. 7) Buffalo – Contender – Last year’s playoff experience helps them this season and they have a solid ground game.  Also, Buffalo's QB, Josh Allen, is capable of getting hot at the right time. 8) Cincinnati – Pretender – Have not won a playoff game in 3 decades. The Bengals won the division which is a major accomplishment for them. Burrow’s first playoff experience is unlikely to go well and this is particularly true with a bad offensive line in front of him. 9) Kansas City – Pretender – The Chiefs just have not been the same this season. The offense has inconsistencies. Mahomes just has not been as solid at QB. The Chiefs' defense has too many bad games. This Chiefs seem to be on too much of a decline to make it all the way to the Super Bowl this season although I will say the field in the AFC does appear to be quite wide open. 10) Tennessee – Contender – Should be able to get home field as their final game is against the downtrodden Texans. When a team can run like the Titans can, has a respectable defense, gets a bye week to open the post-season, and has all their games at home, plus is well-coached, you have a chance at getting to the big game!

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NFL Super Bowl LVI Contenders and Pretenders – NFC

by Scott Rickenbach

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2022

NFL Super Bowl LVI Contenders and Pretenders – NFCWith one week of regular season action left before the post-season gets underway, here is my list of Contenders and Pretenders from bottom to top in the NFC:1) New Orleans – Pretender. Have a chance to make the post-season because SF facing a Rams team with plenty to play for in the final week. But the Saints QB situation in the post-Brees era is why this team won’t go far even if they get into the playoffs. 2) San Francisco – Pretender – Have a decent chance to miss the post-season because they will face a motivated team in the final week of the season. Even if they get in they won’t go far  based on the Jimmy Garoppolo thumb injury holding this team back.3) Philadelphia – Pretender – The inexperience of rookie HC Nick Sirianni and QB Jalen Hurts in post-season action will hurt this team come playoff time. 4) Arizona – Contender – Still has a chance to win the division but would need to win final game plus see the Rams lose in final week. Either way, if they get Conner back at RB and Murray plays well at QB like he is certainly fully capable of, this team can make a run. They impressed at Dallas in Week 17 in a clutch spot.5) Dallas – Pretender – The home loss to Arizona in Week 17 will have a carryover effect into the post-season. This team just too inconsistent to make a legitimate run at winning it all this year. Also had home losses to Las Vegas and Denver which says a lot about this team.6) Tampa Bay – Contender – Guy by the name of Tom Brady is the QB and you know the post-season experience he brings plus Leonard Fournette should be back from injury in time for the playoffs. No longer the team to beat and I don’t see them coming out of the NFC but they are still a key contender.7) Los Angeles Rams – Pretender – I know many would argue this point with me but the Rams fall into this category because I just can’t fully trust Stafford at QB. Over the last 3 games of the season during a crucial push for securing the division title he has more INTs (6) than TDs (5). I know they have Cupp and Beckham as receiving options but proceed with caution as Rams could ultimately have turnovers be their undoing. 8) Green Bay – Contender – Home field locked up and a guy by the name of Aaron Rodgers – loaded with experience – is the quarterback. Also, incredible season for WR Davante Adams and this Packers team plays well on defense too. They are top contender no doubt. Upsets happen and are part of the game, but this is a legitimate top contender to represent the NFC!

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