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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/28/2023

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023

The Saturday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The National Basketball Association has 11 games on its docket. The Denver Nuggets travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers on ABC at 3:10 PM ET. The Brooklyn Nets host the New York Knicks on ABC at 5:40 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite, with the total set at 226 (all odds from DraftKings). Two NBA games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Detroit Pistons play at home against the Houston Rockets as a 4.5-point favorite. The Chicago Bulls are in Orlando to play the Magic as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 231. The Los Angeles Clippers visit Atlanta to play the Hawks at 7:40 PM ET in a pick ‘em contest with a total of 235.5. Three NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Sacramento Kings play at Minnesota against the Timberwolves as a 3.5-point road favorite. The New Orleans Pelicans are at home against the Washington Wizards as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 230.5. The Phoenix Suns are in San Antonio as a 6-point road favorite with a total of 232. The Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers on ABC at 8:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 237. The Utah Jazz play at home against the Dallas Mavericks at 9:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite. The Portland Trail Blazers are at home against the Toronto Raptors at 10:10 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite. The National Hockey League has 11 games on its slate. The Colorado Avalanche hosts the St. Louis Blues at 3:07 PM ET as a -225 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Boston Bruins travel to Florida to play the Panthers at 6:07 PM ET as a -170 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Four NHL games begin at 7:07 PM ET. The Winnipeg Jets play at home against the Philadelphia Flyers as a -230 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at home against their Los Angeles Kings as a -210 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Ottawa Senators host the Montreal Canadiens as a -260 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Pittsburgh Penguins play at home against the San Jose Sharks as a -255 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New York Islanders are at home against the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:37 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Minnesota Wild host the Buffalo Sabres at 9:07 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 10:07 PM ET. The Seattle Kraken play at home against the Columbus Bluejackets as a -265 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against the Chicago Blackhawks as a -390 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Arizona Coyotes visit Anaheim to play the Ducks at 10:37 PM ET, with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 6.5.The college basketball schedule has 14 games on major national television. Two nationally televised games tip off at noon ET. West Virginia hosts Auburn on ESPN as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 142.5. Notre Dame plays at home against Louisville on ESPN2 as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 138. Creighton is at home against Xavier on CBS at 12:15 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 157.5. Two more nationally televised NCAAB games start at 2 PM ET. Alabama plays at Oklahoma on ESPN as a 6-point road favorite with a total of 146. Iowa State is at Missouri on ESPN2 as a 1.5-pint road favorite with an over/under of 141.5. Houston hosts Cincinnati on CBS at 2:15 PM ET as a 14-point favorite with a total of 132.5. Illinois visits Wisconsin on Fox at 3 PM ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 131.5. TCU plays at Mississippi State on ESPN2 at 4 PM ET as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 131.5. Two more NCAA games on national television at 6 PM ET. Tennessee plays at home against Texas on ESPN as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 133.5. Kansas State is at home against Florida on ESPN2 as a 5-point favorite with a total of 143. Three NCAAB games on national television begin at 8 PM ET. Kentucky hosts Kansas on ESPN as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140. Indiana plays at home against Ohio State on Fox as a 5-point favorite with a total of 145. Oklahoma State is at home against Mississippi on ESPN2 as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 130. Saint Mary’s plays at BYU on ESPN2 at 10 PM ET as a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 129.5.

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The Race to March Madness 2023

by Oskeim Sports

Friday, Jan 27, 2023

Before you know it, teams will begin their conference tournaments and Selection Sunday will be upon us. That means March Madness is on the horizon. As teams battle through their conference schedules, the best are beginning to separate themselves from the rest. It’s been an interesting season as only three teams have held the No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. Two of them are still among the favorites to win this year’s national title. Like any year, what many college basketball fans are excited about are the Cinderellas. Fans and bettors alike love underdogs come tournament time. Are there a few out there that could eventually claim a national championship? Anything is possible in March. We’re No. 1 The preseason No. 1 was March Madness runner-up North Carolina. The Tar Heels stumbled a bit early in the season and are now 15-6 overall. UNC is 7-3 in ACC play, but the Tar Heels are unranked and find themselves a +4000 longshot to win a seventh national championship. The only other teams that have been ranked in the top spot this season are Houston (18-2) and current No. 1 Purdue (19-1). The Cougars, who played in the Final Four two years ago and made the Elite Eight last year, are the overall favorite on the futures betting board at +650. Houston, now ranked No.3, has the second-ranked defense in the country. The Cougars allow just 54.2 points per game. The Boilermakers took over the top spot once again after Houston lost to Temple last week. Purdue is listed at +1000 to win it all. Head coach Matt Painter’s team has a lone one-point loss to Rutgers this season. Not Just a Football School Anymore The No. 2 team in the country is Alabama. Yes, the Crimson Tide can play basketball too. Head coach Nate Oats has turned the program into a perennial championship contender. The Tide is 18-2 with losses to ranked UConn and Gonzaga. Alabama can fill it up with talented Brandon Miller (19.5 ppg) leading the way. The Tide rank 12th in the nation in scoring averaging 83.2 points a game and are winning games by an average margin of 14.5 points. Alabama is second on the board behind Houston listed at +950 to win the NCAA tournament.Blueblood Favorites Defending national champion Kansas is 16-4 and currently ranked ninth in the nation. The Jayhawks have lost three straight in Big 12 play dropping games to Kansas State, TCU, and Baylor. All three programs are ranked in the AP Top 25. Despite the losses, the Jayhawks are fourth on the betting board given +1200 odds to repeat as national champs. Right behind Kansas is Arizona, which is ranked No. 6 and is 18-3 so far this season. The Wildcats are listed at +1400, which happens to be the same odds given to Pac-12 rival UCLA. Arizona just recently beat the No. 8 Bruins 58-52. UCLA, with consecutive losses to the Wildcats and USC, is now 17-4 this season. Not Gonzaga’s Year? Gonzaga, which saw its 76-game home winning streak end this season, is now actually a longshot to win it all. Gonzaga is listed at +3500. The Bulldogs have dropped to No. 14 in the AP poll after the 68-67 home loss to Loyola-Marymount last week. Regardless, head coach Mark Few still has another roster full of talent with national Player of the Year candidate Drew Timme (21.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Julian Strawther, and Rasir Bolton. The Bulldogs might be able to fly under the radar heading into March Madness. Underdogs? It’s almost hard to believe, but perennial powers North Carolina, Duke, and Kentucky are all unranked at this point of the season. We’ve already mentioned the Tar Heels. The Blue Devils are in their first season without Mike Krzysewski as their head coach. Duke is 14-6 overall and is a longshot to win it all at +6000. Kentucky is also 14-6, but the Wildcats have won four SEC games in a row, including an upset of No. 4 Tennessee. The Wildcats are given +3500 odds to win March Madness. Defense You always have a shot when you play good defense. Tennessee (+1400) has the best defense in the nation. The Vols allow just 53.7 points per game. Tennessee has also proven itself worthy this season. The Vols beat Kansas 64-50 earlier in the year. Virginia (15-3, ranked No. 9) is always among the best defensive teams in the nation. Currently, the Cavaliers are ninth in the nation allowing 60.3 points per game. That’s why they are given +2500 odds to win it all. Just ahead of Virginia on the board is Texas (16-3), which allows 66.8 points per game (90th). The Longhorns lost head coach Chris Beard but have rallied to win five of their last six games to pull into a tie for the Big 12 lead. Texas is listed at +2000. TCU (16-4) is a game behind Texas in the Big 12 standings. The Horned Frogs are also given +2000 odds and are another defensive-minded team. TCU ranks 37th in the country allowing 64.3 points per game. The Frogs just recently beat Kansas 83-60. Don’t Sleep on the Sleepers The Big 12 is full of talent. The highest ranked Big 12 team is Kansas State at No. 5. The Wildcats are no joke. At 18-3, KSU has wins over ranked West Virginia, Texas, Baylor, and Kansas. The Wildcats are serious longshots at +4000, but their Big 12 schedule will surely prepare them for the rigors of March Madness.

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NFL Conference Championship Games - 1980 to 2022

by Al McMordie

Friday, Jan 27, 2023

The 2023 NFL Conference Championship Round is this weekend.  And it's an intriguing set of games, as all four teams have a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl.  Let's take a look at how this round of the NFL playoffs has gone -- from a point spread perspective -- since 1980.Home teams:  46-38 ATSAway teams:  38-46 ATSFavorites:  45-38 ATSUnderdogs:  38-45 ATSHome underdogs:  7-6 ATSHome favorites:  39-31 ATSRoad favorites:  6-7 ATSRoad underdogs:  31-39 ATSDouble-digit underdogs 8-3 ATSDouble-digit favorites 3-8 ATSTeams off an ATS loss (vs. teams off an ATS win):  16-12 ATSTeams off back-to-back wins (vs. foes not off back-to-back wins):  18-10 ATSTeams off upset wins (vs. foes not off an upset win):  18-20 ATSTeams off back-to-back SU/ATS wins (vs. foes not off back-to-back SU/ATS wins):  18-20 ATSTeams off back-to-back ATS losses (vs. foes not off back-to-back ATS losses): 6-6 ATSRevenge-minded teams that lost to their opponent earlier in the season:  24-34 ATSTeams that made playoffs the previous season (vs. foes that did not):  21-21 ATSTeams with a better W/L record:  41-33 ATSTeams that scored 35 (or more) points in their previous game (vs. foes that did not):  13-21 ATSOvers:  44-37-3Unders:  37-44-3Good luck, as always,Al McMordie

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/27/2023

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Jan 27, 2023

The Friday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The National Basketball Association has five games on its docket. The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Indiana to play the Pacers at 7:10 PM ET as an 8-point road favorite, with the total set at 237.5 (all odds from DraftKings). The Memphis Grizzlies play at Minnesota against the Timberwolves as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 237.5. Two NBA games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. The Miami Heat are at home against the Orlando Magic as a 7.5-point favorite. The Cleveland Cavaliers visit Oklahoma City to play the Thunder as a 1-point road favorite. The Golden State Warriors host the Toronto Raptors at 10:10 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite. The National Hockey League has eight games on its slate. Five games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Florida Panthers play at home against the Los Angeles Kings as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Toronto Maple Leafs is at home against the Ottawa Senators as a -245 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes host the San Jose Sharks as a -285 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The New York Rangers play at home against the Vegas Golden Knights as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The New York Islanders are at home against the Detroit Red Wings on ESPN at 7:07 PM ET. The Islanders are on a six-game losing streak after a 2-1 loss at Ottawa on Wednesday. The Red Wings won for the third time in their last four games with a 4-3 victory in overtime at Montreal last night. New York is a -165 money line favorite with a total of 5.5.The Dallas Stars host the New Jersey Devils at 8:37 PM ET as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Two more games conclude the NHL card at 10:07 PM ET. The Seattle Kraken play at home against the Calgary Flames as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Vancouver Canucks are at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -180 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has 13 games on national television. Two NCAAB games on national television tip-off at 7 PM ET. Iona travels to Siena on ESPNU. The Gaels won for the second time in their last three games in an 84-76 victory as a 14-point favorite at Manhattan last Friday. The Saints lost for the second time in their last three games in 62-52 upset loss to Fairfield as a 5-point favorite on Sunday. Iona is a 6-point road favorite with a total of 140. Saint Louis plays at Davidson on ESPN2. The Bilikens are on a five-game winning streak after an 84-71 victory against LaSalle as a 14-point favorite  on Saturday. The Wildcats ended a four-game losing streak with a 64-57 win at LaSalle as a 6-point favorite on Tuesday. Saint Louis is a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 143.5. Two NCAAB games on national television begin at 9 PM ET. Kent State is at home against Buffalo on ESPNU as a 10-point favorite with a total of 151. Youngstown State hosts Oakland on ESPN2 as a 9.5-point favortie with an over/under of 153. New Mexico plays at home against Air Force on the CBS Sports Network as an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 142.5. 

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How Far Can Marquette Go In College Hoops?

by Wayne Root

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

Is it time to get behind the storied program of Marquette basketball? We know that Marquette is really, really good. Based on total second half season bust in the past, I’ve been the holding back on that statement the last 2 weeks. A very difficult stretch saw this team come out even stronger than when it went in so maybe that poor play towards the end of conference play is in the past.  As for Coach Smart’s motivation, they walk along the hallway leading up to the men’s basketball office each day. The Marquette’s players can stare at the walls and see photographs celebrating the greatest teams in program history as a reminder. Now they’re intent on making themselves one of those teams. The last team featured is the squad that won a share of the Big East title and reached a regional final in 2013. Marquette hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since, which helps explain why this series of photos ends with a white space including nothing but a Marquette logo. They got even more motivation last week when Marquette honored the school’s 2003 Final Four team during halftime of a victory over Providence. Marquette, who was picked 9th in the Big East in the preseason, has cracked the top twenty after winning in dominant fashion at Seton Hall. In their most recent game, the Golden Eagles beat Seton Hall on Saturday, 74-53. Their top scorer was Kam Jones with 22 points. It isn’t just one outlier site that I’m currently cherry-picking from either that projected that Marquette finishes at 15-5, while Xavier, Providence, UConn and Creighton all have their projections capped at either 14 or 13 wins. Only Xavier is ahead of them in conference play. However, Marquette has an 11-1 record in games it was listed as favorites, while finishing 3-3 when listed as the underdog. That’s where Coach Smart is delivering his message. They can win the big games but are not focused on the bottom feeders. As a consolation, the NCAA tournament won’t have those bottom feeders there. But the biggest reason why it’s time to take Marquette’s Big East title odds seriously is that it has the most favorable schedule remaining of all the possible competitors. Consider this a free prop bet suggestion for winning the conference title.  The Golden Eagles have been carried by their offense, as they rank 16th-best in college basketball by tallying 82.3 points per game. Coach Smart built his reputation on the “Havoc” defense that enabled VCU to press its way to a Final Four appearance in 2011. His Marquette squad is winning with a ruthlessly effective offense.Marquette leads the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, a metric measured by college basketball stats guru Ken Pomeroy that essentially translates to points scored per 100 possessions when adjusted for the level of competition. The Golden Eagles are making a remarkable 60.6% of their two-point shot attempts. The Golden Eagles share the ball so well that five of them are scoring at least 9.7 points per game: Kam Jones (16.4), Olivier-Maxence Prosper (12.2), Tyler Kolek (10.1) and David Joplin (9.7). The rant in the past was to take Marquette only in home games. With this team, they will get favorable point spreads on the road and at the Big East conference tournament. I wish them well as they are a huge part of what has made college basketball to be where it is today.  Good Luck,Wayne Allyn Root

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/26/2023

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

The Thursday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The National Basketball Association has six games on its docket. The Boston Celtics host the New York Knicks on TNT at 7:30 PM ET as an 8-point favorite, with the total set at 226.5 (all odds from DraftKings). Two more NBA games tip off at 7:40 PM ET. The Brooklyn Nets play at home against the Detroit Pistons as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 232. The Chicago Bulls visit Charlotte to play the Hornets as a 5.5-point road favorite. The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Houston to play the Rockets at 8:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 221.5. The Phoenix Suns are at home against Dallas Mavericks on TNT at 10 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 222.5. The Los Angeles Clippers host the San Antonio Spurs at 10:40 PM ET as a 13-point favorite with a total of 233. The National Hockey League has nine games on its slate. Three NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Boston Bruins play in Tampa Bay against the Lightning, with both teams priced at -110 with an over/under of 6. The Detroit Red Wings are in Montreal to play the Canadiens as a -150 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Washington Capitals play at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a -125 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Three NHL games begin at 8:07 PM ET. The Winnipeg Jets are at home against the Buffalo Sabres as a -180 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The New Jersey Devils visit Nashville to play the Predators as a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Minnesota Wild host the Philadelphia Flyers as a -240 money line favorite with a total of 6. Three games conclude the NHL card at 9:07 PM ET. The Colorado Avalanche play at home against the Anaheim Ducks as a -390 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Calgary Flames are at home against the Chicago Blackhawks as a -410 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The St. Louis Blues play in Arizona against the Coyotes as a -165 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has 13 games on national television. Wagner hosts St. Francis-Brooklyn on the CBS Sports Network at 5 PM ET as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 125. Five more NCAAB games on national television start at 7 PM ET. Florida Atlantic plays at home against Middle Tennessee on the CBS Sports Network as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 135.5. Memphis is at home against SMU on ESPN2 as a 12-point favorite with a total of 150. Michigan State hosts Iowa on FS1 as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 147.5. Radford plays at home against Longwood on ESPNU in a pick ‘em matchup with a total of 131.5. SIU-Edwardsville travels to Tennessee Tech on ESPN News as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 137.5. Four NCAAB games on national television begin at 9 PM ET. Purdue is at Michigan on FS1 as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 136. UCLA plays at USC on ESPN2 as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 131. North Texas is at home against UTSA on ESPNU as a 19.5-point favorite with a total of 124.5. UAB hosts Louisiana Tech on the CBS Sports Network as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 151. Three NCAAB games are on national television at 11 PM ET. Arizona visits Washington State on FS1 as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 145.5. Arizona State plays at Washington on ESPNU as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 143.5. Utah is at Oregon State on the CBS Sports Network as an 8-point road favorite with a total of 129.5.

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NHL Off the Post: January 25th

by Sean Murphy

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023

As we wind down the month of January, Sean takes a quick look around the NHL at some news and notes you can use in your daily handicapping.Ready to sell?The Ottawa Senators are a curious study as the trade deadline approaches (it's a little over a month away). This is a franchise that seems stuck somewhere between rebuilding and contending. The Sens got off to a better start to the season than most expected but have since gone in the tank, dropping six of their last eight games entering Wednesday's home clash with the Islanders. Over that stretch, Ottawa was shut out twice and held to a single goal on three other occasions. The Sens sit 13 points behind the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, albeit with four games-in-hand. There are likely too many teams to leap-frog to make a realistic run at the postseason so that begs the question; does Ottawa shift into sell-off mode? Guys like Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat were brought in during the offseason to provide some offensive punch (and have succeeded in doing so by most accounts) but likely aren't in the Sens future plans with Giroux looking to join a Stanley Cup contender as he winds down his career and DeBrincat an unlikely candidate to sign a long-term contract in Ottawa. Interestingly, the Sens next seven games including a pair of tilts with the Isles sandwiched around five games against Canadian opponents including a home-and-home series with the Canadiens. Storm brewingThe Carolina Hurricanes have rounded into form once again, winning four of their last five games, scoring five or more goals in three of those victories. That was a very manageable stretch, however, as three of the five games were played at home with the Canes were priced at -170 or higher in each and every contest. Now things get a lot tougher with a stop in Dallas on Wednesday followed by a three-game homestand that will include a showdown with the league's best team, the Boston Bruins. Note that nine of Carolina's next 12 games will be played in Raleigh, where it has gone 14-7 this season. The Canes are currently in a log-jam near the top of the Eastern Conference standings, sitting in a three-way tie for second place with the Devils and Maple Leafs.'Over' the moon in Oil CountryIt's easy to forget that the Edmonton Oilers reached the Western Conference Final last Spring before being brushed aside by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. While it endured a fairly miserable two-month stretch from early November through early January, Edmonton has since turned it around, reeling off six consecutive wins to move within two points of the third-place Kraken in the Pacific Division. With that said, the Oilers hold on a playoff spot is tenuous at best as they're only three points clear of the 'first team out' Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Wild Card hunt. It seems that the oddsmakers can't set Oilers totals high enough, noting that the 'over' is 32-14-2 in their 48 games this season. Edmonton has seen an average total of 6.9 goals scored yet we've seen a closing total of 7.0 on just seven occasions this season. Kraken the whipThe Seattle Kraken have arguably been the most streaky team in the NHL this season. They reeled off five straight wins late October-early November and then proceeded to post seven consecutive victories starting with a win against the Rangers a little more than a week later. After a December swoon, the Kraken got rolling earlier this month, winning eight straight games from January 1st to 14th. Having lost three of its last four games and seeing its hold on the coveted third spot in the Pacific Division loosen considerably, Seattle will look to turn it around with each of its next three games coming at home. The problem is, the Kraken are 11-12 at Climate Pledge Arena this season, outscored by 0.1 goal on average along the way. They're averaging an impressive 3.6 goals per game overall this season but that average drops to 2.9 on home ice. It's worth noting that the Kraken have never defeated Wednesday's opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, in six previous meetings yet find themselves priced at -180 (at the time of writing). 

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Final Four Quarterback Quick Hits

by Vegas Writer

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023

With the Conference Championships just four days away, here is a quick glance at the Final Four quarterbacks:San Francisco BROCK PURDY became the third rookie since 1970 (Joe Flacco & Mark Sanchez) to win two playoff games. Purdy can become the fifth rookie QB ever (Flacco, Shaun King, Ben Roethlisberger & Sanchez) to start a conference championship game. Purdy has completed 2+ touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games, tallying 16 TDs vs. just three interceptions. Of the final four quarterbacks, Purdy ranks No. 1 since Week 14 with a 116.0 passer rating, 14 TDs, and yards gained per attempt (9.0).PhiladelphiaJALEN HURTS had three touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing) vs. 0 interceptions for a 112.2 rating in the NFC Divisional game vs. the New York Giants. Hurts became the third quarterback ever with 3,500+ yards passing (3,701), 20+ TD passes (22), and 10+ rushing TDs (13) in a single season - the second-most rushing TDs by a QB in a single season in NFL history. Hurts also became the first quarterback all-time with 10+ rushing TDs in consecutive seasons. He ranked fourth among QBs with 760 yards rushing. Hurts had 272 yards (190 passing, 82 rushing) and a rushing touchdown in the last regular season meeting.CincinnatiJOE BURROW has three TDs vs. 0 interceptions with a 100.8 rating this postseason and is aiming for his fourth straight overall in the playoffs with 0 INTs. Burrow is 3-0 with nine TDs (8 passing, 1 rushing) vs. an interception and a 121 rating in three career starts vs. Kansas City, including the 2021 AFC Championship. Burrow can tie Russell Wilson (6 wins) for most playoff wins by a quarterback in his first three seasons during the Super Bowl era. Burrow ranked fifth in the NFL with 4,475 yards passing and tied for second with a career-high 35 TD passes this season.Kansas CityPATRICK MAHOMES has 32 touchdowns (28 passing, 4 rushing) vs. a mere three interceptions with a 116.7 rating in 10 career home playoff starts, with 2+ TD passes in each of his past five. Mahomes has a 90+ rating in each of his four career starts vs. Cincinnati, including the playoffs. Mahomes led the NFL with 5,250 yards passing and 41 TD passes this season, joining Drew Brees as the only players ever with two career seasons of 5,000+ yards passing and 40+ TD passes. Mahomes aims for his sixth in a row overall with 105+ rating.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/25/2023

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023

The Wednesday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The National Basketball Association has ten games on its docket. The Orlando Magic host the Indiana Pacers at 7:10 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite, with the total set at 233 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Philadelphia 76ers play at home against the Brooklyn Nets on ESPN at 7:40 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite. Four more NBA games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. The Washington Wizards travel to Houston to play the Rockets as a 3-point road favorite. The Milwaukee Bucks are at home against the Denver Nuggets as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 231.5. The New Orleans Pelicans host the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 2-point favorite with a total of 231.5. The Oklahoma City Thunder play at home as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 236.5. Three NBA games start at 10:10 PM ET. The Golden State Warriors are at home against the Memphis Grizzlies on ESPN as a 3-point favorite. The Portland Trail Blazers host the Utah Jazz as a 4-point favorite with a total of 237.5. The Sacramento Kings play at home against the Toronto Raptors as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 239. The Los Angeles Lakers are at home against the San Antonio Spurs at 10:40 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 243. The National Hockey League has five games on its slate. Two NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Ottawa Senators host the New York Islanders on TNT as a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs play at home against the New York Rangers as a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Dallas Stars are at home against the Carolina Hurricanes at 8:37 PM ET with both teams priced at -110 with an over/under of 6. The Edmonton Oilers host the Columbus Blue Jackets on TNT at 9:37 PM ET as a -380 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Seattle Kraken play at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 10:07 PM ET as a -190 money line favorite with an over/u under of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has ten games on national television. UConn is at home against Xavier on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 51.5. Four more NCAAB games begin at 7 PM ET. Texas Tech hosts West Virginia on ESPNU as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 140.5. Northwestern visits Nebraska on FS2 as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 130. Florida plays at home against South Carolina on ESPN2 as a 17-point favorite with an over/under of 134. Dayton is on the road against Rhode Island on the CBS Sports Network as a 9-point road favorite with a total of 130. Providence hosts Butler on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Three more NCAAB games tip off at 9 PM ET. Arkansas plays at home against Texas A&M on ESPN2 as a 5-point favorite with a total of 137.5. Wichita State is at home against Tulane on ESPNU in a pick ‘em contest with an over/under of 146.5. Creighton hosts St. John’s on the CBS Sports Network as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 152. San Diego State plays at home against Utah State on the CBS Sports Network at 11 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 143.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/24/2023

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

The Tuesday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The Chicago Bulls visit Indiana to play the Pacers at 7:10 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 237. The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics on TNT at 7:30 PM ET as a 1-point favorite. The Cleveland Cavaliers play in New York against the Knicks at 7:40 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 219. The New Orleans Pelicans are at home against the Denver Nuggets as a 1-point favorite at 8:10 PM ET. The Dallas Mavericks play at home against the Washington Wizards at 8:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 225.5. The Phoenix Suns host the Charlotte Hornets at 9:10 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite. The Los Angeles Clippers are the technical road team against the Los Angeles Lakers on TNT at 10 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 232.The National Hockey League has 11 games on its slate. Five NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Boston Bruins travel to Montreal to play the Canadiens as a -350 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Pittsburgh Penguins play at home against the Florida Panthers as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers as a -145 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Minnesota Wild as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Detroit Red Wings play at home against the San Jose Sharks as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The New Jersey Devils are at home against the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:37 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 8:07 PM ET. The St. Louis Blues host the Buffalo Sabres as a -140 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Winnipeg Jets play in Nashville against the Predators as a -120 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Two NHL games begin at 9:07 PM ET. The Arizona Coyotes are at home against the Anaheim Ducks as a -140 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche host the Washington Capitals as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Vancouver Canucks play at home against the Chicago Blackhawks at 10:07 PM ET as a -225 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has ten games on national television. Five NCAAB games on national television tip-off at 7 PM ET. Miami travels to Florida State on ESPNU at 7 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 150. DePaul plays at Georgetown on FS1 as a 2.5-point road favorite with a total of 148.5. Illinois is at home against Ohio State on ESPN as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 145. Arkansas hosts LSU on ESPN2 as a 13-point favorite with a total of 139. Toledo plays at home against Eastern Michigan on the CBS Sports Network as a 19-point favorite with an over/under of 165.5. Four NCAAB games start at 9 PM ET. Iowa State is at home against Kansas State on ESPNU as a 5-point favorite with a total of 134. Drake hosts Indiana State on the CBS Sports Network as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 144.5. Syracuse plays at home against North Carolina on ESPN as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 150. Boise State is at home against Fresno State on FS1 as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 125. UNLV hosts Wyoming on the CBS Sports Network at 11 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 141.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 01/23/2023

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Jan 23, 2023

The Monday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. Two games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Milwaukee Bucks visit Detroit to play the Pistons as an 11-point road favorite (all odds from DraftKings). The Boston Celtics play at Orlando against the Magic as a 7.5-point road favorite. Two more NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago Bulls host the Atlanta Hawks as a 1-point favorite with the total set at 238. The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Houston to play the Rockets as a 6.5-point road favorite. The Utah Jazz play at home against the Charlotte Hornets at 9:10 PM ET as an 8-point favorite. The Portland Trail Blazers are at home against the San Antonio Spurs at 10:10 PM ET as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 240.5. The Memphis Grizzlies travel to Sacramento to play the Kings at 10:40 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 243.5. The National Hockey League has four games on its slate. Two games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers as a -140 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Toronto Maple Leafs play at home against the New York Islanders as a -230 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Dallas Stars are at home against the Buffalo Sabres at 8:37 PM ET as a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Calgary Flames host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 9:37 PM ET as a -365 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has five games on national television. Two NCAAB games begin at 7 PM ET. Virginia Tech plays at home against Duke on ESPN. The Hokies are on a two-game losing streak after a 51-50 loss at Clemson as a pick ‘em on Saturday. The Blue Devils won their third game in their last four games in a 68-66 victory against Miami (FL) as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. Virginia Tech is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 138.Colgate plays at Boston University on the CBS Sports Network. The Raiders are on an eight-game winning streak after their 62-61 victory against American on Saturday. The Terriers ended their four-game losing streak with their 66-53 victory against Loyola-Maryland as a 6.5-point favorite on Saturday. Colgate is a 5-point road favorite with a total of 144.Norfolk State visits Morgan State on ESPNU at 7:30 PM ET. The Spartans won their fourth game in their last five games with a 96-65 victory at Coppin State as a 4.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Bears had their six-game winning streak end in an 88-55 loss at Howard as a 4-point underdog on Saturday. Norfolk State is a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 143.5. Two more NCAAB games on national television start at 9 PM ET. Baylor is at home against Kansas on ESPN. The Bears are on a four-game winning streak after a 62-60 victory at Oklahoma as a 2.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Jayhawks have lost two games in a row after their 83-60 loss to TCU as a 7-point favorite on Saturday. Baylor is a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 149. Nevada hosts New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network at 9 PM ET. The Wolf Pack lost their second game in their last three games after a 77-62 loss at Boise State as a 6-point underdog last Tuesday. The Lobos are on a four-game winning streak after an 81-79 victory as a 2.5-point favorite on  Friday. Nevada is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 147.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB and EPL Previews and Odds - 01/23/2023

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and EPL. The National Football League concludes its postseason with two games in the divisional playoff round. The Buffalo Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals on CBS at 3 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite, with the total set at 48.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The San Francisco 49ers play at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Fox at 6:30 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 46.5. The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The Dallas Mavericks are at home against the Los Angeles Clippers at 2:40 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 224. The Miami Heat host the New Orleans Pelicans as a 2-point favorite. The Toronto Raptors play at home against the New York Knicks as a 2-point favorite. Two NBA games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. The Oklahoma City Thunder play at Denver against the Nuggets. The Memphis Grizzlies visit Phoenix to play the Suns. The Golden State Warriors are at home against the Brooklyn Nets at 8:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite. The Portland Trail Blazers host the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:10 PM ET as a 5-point favorite. The National Hockey League has five games on its slate. The New Jersey Devils play at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 2:07 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Three NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Los Angeles Kings travel to Chicago to play the Blackhawks as a -230 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Boston Bruins host the San Jose Sharks as a -305 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Winnipeg Jets are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers as a -165 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights play in Arizona against the Coyotes as a -195 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.The college basketball schedule has six games on national television. Two NCAAB games begin at noon ET. UConn plays at home against Butler on Fox as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 137.5. Indiana is at home against Michigan State on CBS as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Two more NCAAB games start at 1 PM ET. Purdue hosts Maryland on FS1 as a 10.5-point favorite with a total of 133.5. Cincinnati plays at home against Memphis on ESPN2 as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 151.5. Houston is at home against Temple on ESPN at 3 PM ET as a 20-point favorite with a total of 130.5. Colorado hosts Washington State on ESPNU at 6 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 136.5. Matchweek 21 of the English Premier League continues with three matches. Two games start at 9 AM ET. Brentford plays at Leeds United in a pick ‘em matchup with a total of 2.5. Manchester City plays at home against Wolverhampton on the USA Network as a -2 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. Arsenal is at home against Manchester United on NBC at 11:30 AM ET as a 0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5.

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