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NHL Off the Post: December 23rd

by Sean Murphy

Friday, Dec 23, 2022

As the NHL heads into its brief two-day holiday break at the conclusion of Friday's busy slate, here's a look around the league at some news and notes to consider when the action resumes on December 26th.Having a Devil of a timeAfter an incredible start to the season, the New Jersey Devils have more than just cooled off, losing six of their last seven games overall. They did manage to post a victory over the Panthers in Florida two nights ago but their schedule only gets tougher from here with a two-game home set against the best team in the league, the Boston Bruins, followed by a trip to Pittsburgh and a home date with Carolina. Bouncing back could prove difficult as they've gone a woeful 14-35 after losing four of their last five games over the last three seasons, entering Friday's action.Bad Hab-itsThis was expected to be another rebuilding year for the Montreal Canadiens and that has proven to be the case. Some Habs fans would actually suggest that the team isn't losing enough as it tries to improve its Draft positioning in what promises to be a terrific draft class. Scoring woes continue to plague the Canadiens as they've found the back of the net two times or less in six of their last seven contests. They're in the midst of a seven-game road trip that will take them through the start of the New Year. Interestingly, the Habs are 0-11 when coming off a game that totalled three goals or less over the last two seasons, which is the situation in play on Friday in Dallas.Trade winds blowing in the Windy CityThe Chicago Blackhawks are mired in a dismal campaign, having won only seven of 31 games to date. It's only a matter of time before management starts looking to unload assets in an effort to kickstart what has been a slow-developing rebuild in recent years. The Madhouse on Madison hasn't exactly lived up to its billing with Chicago entering Friday's clash with the Columbus Blue Jackets sporting an ugly 4-14 home record. Note that the 'Hawks have gone a miserable 1-15 when coming off a loss by two or more goals this season, outscored by 2.3 goals on average in that spot (which sets up Friday against Columbus).Ready for take-offThe case can be made for the Winnipeg Jets being the most underrated team in the NHL this season. They've lost consecutive games on only two occasions and have yet to drop three straight contests. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck continues to make a strong case for the Vezina Trophy (it's early, I know) having posted a .928 save percentage in 25 games. They'll look to rebound from a 3-2 loss in Boston as they make a quick stop in Washington on Friday before returning home to play five of their next six games in Winnipeg following the holiday break. While Jets bettors have been stacking cash, the 'under' has been a highly-profitable play as well with only 11 of Winnipeg's first 33 games this season going 'over' the total. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 12/23/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Dec 23, 2022

The Friday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB. The college football bowl season continues with two games on ESPN. Houston plays Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 PM ET in the Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Cougars’ two-game losing streak ended with a 37-30 upset loss at home to Tulsa as a 13-point favorite on November 26th. Their record dropped to 7-5 with the loss. The Ragin’ Cajuns won for the second time in their alt three games with a 41-13 victory at Texas State as a 5-point favorite on November 26th. They raised their record to 6-6 to become bowl eligible with the win. Houston is a 7-point favorite, with the total set at 57 (all odds from DraftKings). Wake Forest battles Missouri at 6:30 PM ET in the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Demon Deacons lost for the fourth time in their last five games after a 34-31 upset loss at Duke as a 3-point favorite on November 26th. Their record fell to 7-5 with the defeat. The Tigers are on a two-game winning streak after their 29-27 upset victory against Arkansas as a 3-point underdog on November 25th. They became bowl-eligible with a 6-6 record with that win. Wake Forest is a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 58.5. The National Basketball Association has 14 games on its docket. The games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Orlando Magic host the San Antonio Spurs as a 6.5-pint favorite with a total of 226.5. The Philadelphia 76ers play at home against the Los Angeles Clippers as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 216.5. Five NBA games start at 7:40 PM ET. The Atlanta Hawks are at home against the Detroit Pistons as a 9-point favorite with a total of 233. The Boston Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 231.5. The Brooklyn Nets play at home against the Milwaukee Bucks as a 3-point favorite with a total of 225.5. The Cleveland Cavaliers are at home against the Toronto Raptors as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 215.5. The New York Knicks host the Chicago Bulls as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 225.5. Three NBA games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Miami Heat play at home against the Indiana Pacers as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 225. The Dallas Mavericks visit Houston to play the Rockets as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 221.5. The Oklahoma City Thunder are at home against the New Orleans Pelicans as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 232. The Denver Nuggets host the Portland Trail Blazers at 9:10 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with a total of 234. Two more NBA games start at 10:10 PM ET. The Memphis Grizzlies travel to Phoenix to play the Suns on ESPN as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 226. The Sacramento Kings play at home against the Washington Wizards as an 8-point favorite. The Los Angeles Lakers are at home against the Charlotte Hornets at 10:40 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with a total of 235.5. The National Hockey League has 11 games on its slate. The puck drops for three games at 7:07 PM ET. The Boston Bruins play in New Jersey against the Devils as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers as a -300 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Washington Capitals play at home against the Winnipeg Jets as a -150 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Florida Panthers visit New York to play the Islanders at 7:37 PM ET as a -115 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Two NHL games begin at 8:07 PM ET. The Colorado Avalanche are at Nashville against the Predators as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The Dallas Stars host the Montreal Canadiens as a -315 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Chicago Blackhawks play at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8:37 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 9:07 PM ET as a -215 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings travel to Arizona to play the Coyotes at 9:37 PM ET as a -165 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights host the St. Louis Blues at 10:07 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Calgary Flames play at Anaheim at 10:37 PM ET as a -205 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has four games on national television in the Diamond Head Classic at the Stans Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Iona faces Seattle on ESPNU at 4:30 PM ET as an 8.5-point favorite with a total of 146.5. Utah State goes against SMU on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET as a 14-point favorite with an over/under of 145.5. George Washington battles Pepperdine on ESPN2 at 10 PM ET. Hawaii hosts Washington State on ESPN2 at 12:30 AM ET.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 12/22/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Dec 22, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.Week 16 in the National Football League kicks off with one game. The New York Jets host the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Amazon Prime Network at 8:15 PM ET. The Jets have lost three games in a row after their 20-17 upset loss to Detroit as a 2-point favorite on Sunday. The Jaguars won for the second-straight time with their 40-38 win in overtime against Dallas as a 4-point underdog last Sunday. New York is a 2-point favorite, with the total set at 37 (all odds from DraftKings). The college football bowl season continues with one game on ESPN. Baylor battles Air Force at 7:30 PM ET in the Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Bears are on a three-game losing streak after a 38-27 loss at Texas as a 10-point underdog on November 25th. The Falcons have won four games in a row after a 13-3 victory at San Diego State as a 2.5-point favorite on November 26th. Baylor is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 43.5. The National Basketball Association has two games on its docket. The New Orleans Pelicans play at home against the San Antonio Spurs at 8:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 226. The Utah Jazz are at home against the Washington Wizards at 9:10 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 229. The National Hockey League has eight games on its slate. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2:07 PM ET as a -300 money line favorite with a total of 6. Four more NHL games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Pittsburgh Penguins play at home against the Carolina Hurricanes as a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The New York Rangers are at home against the New York Islanders as a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Washington Capitals visit Ottawa to play the Senators as a -120 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Boston  Bruins host the Winnipeg Jets as a -225 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Seattle Kraken travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks at 10:07 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more games conclude the NHL card at 10:37 PM ET. The Calgary Flames play in Los Angeles against the Kings, with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 6. The Minnesota Wild are at San Jose against the Sharks as a -155 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The college basketball schedule has six games on national television. Iowa plays SMU on ESPNU at 3 PM ET in the Diamond Head Classic at the Stans Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii as a 10-point favorite with a total of 139.5. Utah State goes against Seattle on ESPNU at 5 PM ET in the second game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Kansas is at home against Harvard on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET as a 21.5-point favorite with an over/under of 138.5. Creighton faces Butler on FS1 at 8 PM ET as an 8-point favorite with a total of 140.5. Washington State battles George Washington on ESPN2 on Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 137. Hawaii plays Pepperdine on ESPN2 at 11 PM ET as the host in the Diamond Head Classic as a 5-point favorite with a total of 140.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 12/21/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.The college football bowl season continues with one game on ESPN. South Alabama battles Western Kentucky at 9 PM ET. The Jaguars are on a five-game winning streak after beating Old Dominion, 27-20, as a 17-point favorite on November 26th. They improved their record to 10-2 with the win. The Hilltoppers won for the third time in their last four games with a 32-31 victory in overtime at Florida Atlantic as a 7.5-point favorite on November 26th. They own an 8-5 record after the win. South Alabama is a 4-point favorite, with the total set at 57 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The National Basketball Association has 11 games on its docket. Two NBA games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Milwaukee Bucks as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 217. The Philadelphia 76ers play at home against the Detroit Pistons as an 11-point favorite with a total of 225. Four more NBA games start at 7:40 PM ET. The Atlanta Hawks are at home against the Chicago Bulls as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 233.5. The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 232. The Brooklyn Nets play at home against the Golden State Warriors as an 11.5-point favorite. The New York Knicks are at home against the Toronto Raptors as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 218. Three NBA games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Orlando Magic visits Houston to play the Rockets as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 223.5. The Dallas Mavericks play at Minnesota against the Timberwolves as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 227.5. The Portland Trail Blazers are at Oklahoma City as a 4-point road favorite with a total of 234.5. The Sacramento Kings host the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:10 PM ET as a 6-point favorite. The Los Angeles Clippers play at home against the Charlotte Hornets at 10:40 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 225. The National Hockey League has seven games on its slate. Two games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Florida Panthers are at home against the New Jersey Devils on TNT as a -135 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Detroit to play the Red Wings as a -165 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche host the Montreal Canadiens at 8:07 PM ET as a -275 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. The Nashville Predators play in Chicago against the Blackhawks at 8:37 PM ET as a -190 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Dallas Stars play at home against the Edmonton Oilers on TNT at 9:37 PM ET as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6. Two more games conclude the NHL card at 10:07 PM ET. The Vegas Golden Knights are at home against the Arizona Coyotes as a -300 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Minnesota Wild visit Anaheim to play the Ducks as a -265 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has five games on national television. Villanova hosts St. John’s on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 146. North Carolina faces Michigan on ESPN at 7 PM ET at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 153.5. Clemson travels to Georgia Tech on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 138. Purdue plays at home against New Orleans on ESPNU at 9 PM ET as a 33-point favorite at Caesars with a total of 150. Arizona State is at San Francisco on the CBS Sports Network at 10 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 139.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 12/20/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.The college football bowl season continues with two games on ESPN. San Jose State plays Eastern Michigan at 3:30 PM ET in the Famous Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Spartans ended a two-game losing streak with a 27-14 victory against Hawaii as a 16-point favorite on November 26th. The Eagles are on a three-game winning streak after a 38-19 upset win against Central Michigan as a 1.5-point underdog on November 25th. San Jose State is a 3.5-point favorite, with the total set at 53 (all odds from DraftKings). Toledo battles Liberty at 7:30 PM ET in the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The Rockets ended a two-game losing streak with their 17-7 victory against Ohio in the Mid-American Conference championship game as a 3.5-point favorite on December 3rd. The Flames have lost three in a row after a 49-14 upset loss to New Mexico State as a 24-point favorite on November 26th. Toledo is a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 53.5. The National Basketball Association has five games on its docket. The Utah Jazz visits Detroit to play the Pistons at 7:10 PM ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 233. The New York Knicks host the Golden State Warriors on TNT at 7:30 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 223. The Miami Heat play at home against the Chicago Bulls at 7:40 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with a total of 224. The Phoenix Suns are at home against the Washington Wizards at 9:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 226. The Memphis Grizzlies play at Denver against the Nuggets on TNT at 10 PM ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 233.5. The National Hockey League has eight games on its slate. Four games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Philadelphia Flyers host the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Pittsburgh Penguins play at home against the New York Rangers as a -140 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes are at home against the New Jersey Devils as a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Tampa Bay Lightning as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6. The Winnipeg Jets play at home against the Ottawa Senators at 8:07 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Seattle Kraken are at home against the St. Louis Blues at 10:07 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite with a total of 6. Two games conclude the NHL card at 10:37 PM ET. The Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks as a -265 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Calgary Flames play at San Jose against the Sharks as a -195 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The college basketball schedule has two games on national television. Syracuse plays at home against Pittsburgh on ESPN at 9 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 139.5. Oklahoma goes against Florida on ESPN2 at 9:30 PM ET on a neutral court at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 136.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 12/19/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Dec 19, 2022

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.Week 15 in the National Football League concludes with one game for Monday Night Football. The Green Bay Packers host the Los Angeles Rams on ESPN and ESPN2's Peyton and Eli “Manningcast” at 8:15 PM ET. The Packers ended a two-game losing streak with a 28-19 victory at Chicago as a 3.5-point favorite on December 4th. The Rams ended a six-game losing streak with a 17-16 upset victory against Las Vegas as a 6-point underdog on December 8th. Green Bay is a 7-point favorite, with the total set at 39.5 all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).  The college football bowl season continues with one game. Marshall plays Connecticut on ESPN at 2:30 PM ET in the Myrtle Beach Bowl at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. The Thundering Herd are on a four-game winning streak after a 28-23 victory against Georgia State as a 6.5-point favorite on November 26th. The Huskies had their three-game winning streak end in a 34-17 loss at Army as a 10.5-point underdog on November 19th. Marshall is a 12.5-point favorite with an over/under of 40.5. The National Basketball Association has nine games on its docket. Two NBA games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers play at home against the Utah Jazz as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 222. The Philadelphia 76ers are at home against the Toronto Raptors as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 219.5. The Atlanta Hawks host the Orlando Magic at 7:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 229.5. Four NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Houston Rockets play at home against the San Antonio Spurs as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 227.5. The Dallas Mavericks visit Minnesota to play the Timberwolves. The Milwaukee Bucks are in New Orleans to play the Pelicans as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 225. The Portland Trail Blazers play at Oklahoma City against the Thunder as a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 228. The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Phoenix to play the Suns at 9:10 PM ET. The Sacramento Kings are at home against the Charlotte Hornets at 10:10 PM ET as a 9-point favorite with a total of 239.5. The National Hockey League has eight games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Dallas Stars play at Columbus against the Blue Jackets as a -225 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Washington Capitals host the Detroit Red Wings as a -190 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Boston Bruins play at home against the Florida Panthers as a -165 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers visit Nashville to play the Predators at 8:07 PM ET as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche are at home against the New York Islanders at 9:07 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Three more games conclude the NHL card at 10:07 PM ET. The Vegas Golden Knights host the Buffalo Sabres as a -180 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Arizona Coyotes are at home against the Montreal Canadiens as a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Vancouver Canucks play at home against the St. Louis Blues as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The college basketball schedule has 38 games involving Division I teams. None of these games are on national television. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, NCAAB, NFL and FIFA World Cup Previews and Odds - 12/18/2022

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Dec 18, 2022

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and Men’s FIFA World Cup.Week 14 in the National Football League continues with 11 games. Six games kick off at 1 PM ET. The New York Jets host the Detroit Lions as a 1-point favorite, with the total set at 43.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Kansas City Chiefs play at Houston against the Texans as a 14.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 48. The Carolina Panthers are at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 3-point favorite with a total of 36.5. The Philadelphia Eagles visit Chicago to play the Bears as an 8.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 48.5. The New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons as a 4-point favorite with a total of 43.5. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars as a 4-point road favorite with an over/under of 48. Two NFL games start at 4:05 PM ET. The Denver Broncos play at home against the Arizona Cardinals as a 2-point favorite with a total of 36.5. The Las Vegas Raiders are at home against the New England Patriots as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 45. Two more NFL games begin at 4:25 PM ET. The Cincinnati Bengals visit Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 45. The Los Angeles Chargers host the Tennessee Titans as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 46.5. Sunday Night Football on NBC at 8:20 PM ET features the Washington Commanders playing at home against the New York Giants. The Commanders are a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 40.5.The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The Boston Celtics are at home against the Orlando Magic at 3:10 PM ET as a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 223.5. The New York Knicks play at Indiana against the Pacers at 5:10 PM ET in a pick ‘em game with a total of 232. Two more NBA games tip off at 6:10 PM ET. The Brooklyn Nets are at Detroit against the Pistons as a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 230.5. The Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors as a 6-point favorite with a total of 227.5. The Chicago Bulls travel to Minnesota to play the Timberwolves at 7:10 PM ET. The Denver Nuggets play at home against the Charlotte Hornets at 8:10 PM ET as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 237.5. The Washington Wizards are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers at 9:40 PM ET. The National Hockey League has five games on its slate. The Minnesota Wild are at home against the Ottawa Senators at 2:07 PM ET as a -205 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 5:07 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New York Rangers visit Chicago to play the Blackhawks on ESPN at 7:37 PM ET as a -230 money line road favorite with a total of 6. The Seattle Kraken play at home against the Winnipeg Jets at 8:07 PM ET as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Calgary Flames are in San Jose to play the Sharks at 10:07 PM ET as a -165 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The college basketball schedule has eight games on national television. Texas battles Stanford on ESPN2 at 1 PM ET at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 132. North Carolina A&T faces Norfolk State on ESPNU at 2 PM ET at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two more NCAAB games tip-off at 4:30 PM ET. Hampton goes against Texas Southern on ESPNU at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UAB hosts Southern on the CBS Sports Network. Two NCAAB games start at 5:30 PM ET. Auburn travels to USC on ESPN as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 141. Notre Dame plays Georgia on ESPN2 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 133.5. New Mexico plays at home against Iona on FS1 at 6:30 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 150.5. Baylor battles Washington State on ESPN2 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas as a 9-point favorite with a total of 140.5. The FIFA Men’s World Cup resumes with the championship match on Fox at 10 AM ET. France faces Argentina in a pick ‘em contest at BetMGM with an over/under of 2. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL, NCAAB and FIFA World Cup Previews and Odds - 12/17/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Dec 17, 2022

The Saturday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NHL, NCAAB, and the Men’s FIFA World Cup.Week 15 in the National Football League continues with three games on the NFL Network. The Minnesota Vikings host the Indianapolis Colts at 1 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite, with the total set at 47.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Cleveland Browns play at home against the Baltimore Ravens at 4:30 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 38.5. The Buffalo Bills are at home against the Miami Dolphins at 8:15 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 43.5. The college football bowl season continues with six games. Louisville battles Cincinnati on ESPN at 11 AM ET in the Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 39. Oregon State faces Florida on ESPN at 2:30 PM ET in the Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Nevada as an 8-point favorite with a total of 53. Fresno State goes against Washington State on ABC at 3:30 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 53. Southern Mississippi plays Rice on ESPN at 5:45 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 45.5. SMU battles BYU on ABC at 7:30 PM ET as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 64. Boise State faces North Texas on ESPN at 9:15 PM ET as an 11-point favorite with a total of 59.5. The National Basketball Association has seven games on its docket. The Los Angeles Clippers host the Washington Wizards at 4:10 PM ET as a 7-point favorite. The Miami Heat visit San Antonio to play the Spurs at 5:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point road favorite at BetMGM. Four NBA games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers play at home against the Dallas Mavericks as a 5-point favorite. The Portland Trail Blazers are at Houston to play the Rockets as a 3.5-point road favorite. The Milwaukee Bucks host the Utah Jazz as a 5.5-point favorite. The Memphis Grizzlies travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder as a 7-point road favorite. The Phoenix Suns are at home against the New Orleans Pelicans at 9:10 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite. The National Hockey League has 13 games on its slate. Two games drop the puck at 1:07 PM ET. The Boston Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -390 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Detroit Red Wings play at home against the Ottawa Senators as a -125 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against the Anaheim Ducks at 4:07 PM ET as a -315 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Four NHL games begin at 7:07 PM ET. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Dallas Stars as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. The New York Rangers play at Philadelphia against the Flyers as a -180 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at Montreal against the Canadiens as a -245 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Washington to play the Capitals as a -140 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The New Jersey Devils play at home against the Florida Panthers at 7:37 PM ET as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 9:07 PM ET. The Buffalo Sabres are at Arizona against the Coyotes as a -165 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Colorado Avalanche host the Nashville Predators as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 6. Two NHL games begin at 10:07 PM ET. The Vegas Golden Knights play at home against the New York Islanders as a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Vancouver Canucks are at home against the Winnipeg Jets as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings host the San Jose Sharks at 10:37 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The college basketball schedule has 14 games on national television. Seton Hall plays at home against Providence on Fox at 12:30 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 136.5. Alabama faces Gonzaga on CBS at 1 PM ET on a neutral court at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 159. North Carolina battles Ohio State on CBS at 3 PM ET at Madison Square Garden in New York City as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 149.5. UCLA plays Kentucky on CBS at 5:30 PM ET at Madison Square Garden as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 142. The FIFA Men’s World Cup resumes with the third-place match on Fox at 10 AM ET. Croatia goes against Morocco in a pick ‘em contest with a total of 2.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL, NCAAB, NCAAF and NBA Previews and Odds - 12/16/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Dec 16, 2022

The Friday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.The college football bowl season begins with two games on ESPN. UAB battles Miami (OH) at 11:30 AM ET in the Bahamas Bowl at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. The Blazers have won two of their last three games after a 37-27 win at Louisiana Tech as an 18.5-poiint favorite on November 26th. They raised their record to 6-6 with the vicotry. The RedHawks won for the third time in their last four games with an 18-17 victory against Ball State as a 2.5-point favorite on November 22nd. They evened their record at 6-6 with the win. UAB is a 10.5-point favorite, with the total set at 45 (all odds from DraftKings). UTSA faces Troy at 3 PM ET in the Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Roadrunners are on a ten-game winning streak after beating North Texas in the Conference USA championship game, 48-27, as an 8-point favorite on December 2nd. The Trojans have won ten games in a row after beating Coast Carolina, 45-26, in the Sun Belt Conference championship game as a 6.5-point favorite on December 3rd. UTSA is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 56.5. The National Basketball Association has ten games on its docket. Two games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Atlanta Hawks visit Charlotte to play the Hornets as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 233. The Sacramento Kings play at Detroit as a 5-point road favorite with an over/under of 238.5. Four more NBA games start at 7:40 PM ET. The Boston Celtics are at home against the Orlando Magic as a 13-point favorite with a total of 228. The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 223. The Philadelphia 76ers play at home against the Golden State Warriors on ESPN as a 7.5-point favorite. The Toronto Raptors are at home against the Brooklyn Nets as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 226.5. Two NBA games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago Bulls host the New York Knicks as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 227.5. The Oklahoma City Thunder play at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 231.5. The Dallas Mavericks are at home against the Portland Trail Blazers at 8:10 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 223. The Denver Nuggets travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on ESPN as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 237. The National Hockey League has three games on its slate. The Minnesota Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks at 8:07 PM ET as a -380 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Calgary Flames play at home against the St. Louis Blues at 9:07 PM ET as a -195 money line favorite with a total of 6. The New York Islanders are at Arizona against the Coyotes at 9:37 PM ET as a -175 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The college basketball schedule has two games on FS1. Xavier visits Georgetown at 6:30 PM ET as an 11-point road favorite with a total of 156. Marquette is at home against Creighton on FS1 as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 153.

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The Easiest and Thirstiest Take is to Critique the Matt Patricia New England Offense (and it is wrong)

by Hollywood Sports

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

It is the safest -- and thirstiest -- hot take to criticize Bill Belichick for tapping Matt Patricia as his offensive play-caller. And yet these hot-take artists are telling on themselves. Do you know why most of Mac Jones' passes on Monday were behind the line of scrimmage?Three rotation players on the offensive line were out -- including starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn. Leading receiver Jakobi Meyers was out. DeVante Parker got injured early. Do ya think the Patriots should have then unleashed the Air Raid offense?Belichick wins so many games by simply waiting for the other team to make a mistake. And too many of these opponents are happy to oblige. This is why New England owns the tie-breaker versus the Jets.So many hot takers have been on hair-trigger tweet alert to bury Belichick since he has not had a Super Bowl contender since Tom Brady left. Isn't the sign of a great coach that your teams are still playing at .500 and contending for the playoffs without a franchise-level QB?Winning half the games appears to be the floor for Belichick (24-22 now post-Brady after Monday) — and there are many highly regarded coaches in the league (Sean McVay, Kevin Stefanski, Matt LaFleur) who would love a .500 record right about now.And I hate to break the news, but the Patricia/Judge combo is simply not the worst offensive coordinating staff this season if analytics mean anything (and these hot takers usually love them some 'lytics if it confirms their priors).Football Outsiders ranked New England 25th in Offensive DVOA (26th run, 22nd pass) before Monday. Yet “offensive guru” Kliff Kingsbury with Kyler Murray at QB ranked 29th in Offensive DVOA -- bottoming out at 27th in the run and 28th in the passing game.Certainly, Arizona has been hit hard by injuries (before Murray's season-ender in that game). But the Patriots don't seem to get the benefit of the doubt regarding their injuries on offense (because of the NFL pundit rule that injuries only matter when it salvages a prior).I get it: if I had been a loud "Let Russ Cook" type, being proven devastatingly wrong has gotta sting (as many of these voices were when that was the safe take). But going after the low-hanging fruit of Patricia now coaching offense exposes a general lack of understanding.Belichick believes wants to run the football while leaning on Special Teams and his 3rd ranked DVOA Defense to win games. I know this approach is not the route to get a 538 article, but it is, once again, putting the Patriots in the position to reach the playoffs.What would New England's record be if their offensive coaching staff asked Jones to throw 40+ times a game? Better than 17-13? With that offensive roster? Of course, Belichick is an idiot for not having Mahomes at QB and Jefferson at WR while keeping that exact defense.But Belichick and Patricia are operating precisely the offense they should be running to maximize their chance to win games. It may not win the Offensive DVOA Trophy. Yet New England ranks 12th in overall DVOA, despite failing the eye test of the analytics folks.(And, btw, if one wants to challenge the reliability of DVOA, please let me join your Ted Talk: I can add another 90 minutes of content if provided a 15-second warning). I use these numbers here because (a) they are tempo-free and (b) the Patriots/Patricia critics love DVOA.Bottom line: the worst offensive coordinators undermine that unit and team's overall potential. Matt Nagy was unable or unwilling to adapt the scheme he copied from Andy Reid in Chicago. The Chargers average 22.7 PPG with Herbert -- with their defense giving up 25.1 PPG.I don't have any love for Patricia -- but I need to get the games right. I am appreciating Joe Judge coaching Jones on the sidelines while the less personable Patricia calls plays (would he get more respect if he had an offensive play chart the size of a Denny's menu?) This is the Belichick offense. And it is similar to the offense that Tom Brady was operating in the first two seasons as a starting quarterback. Brady was not running the run-and-shoot in 2001. The Patriots were a run-first team then. Wait for other teams to make mistakes. Best of luck -- Frank.

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Betting College Bowl Games

by Wayne Root

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

The bowl game season is among us. It’s like three weeks of Christmas opening up a different present everyday. The thing I like the most is all the time there is from now until the bowl games are played. That can create great opportunities if you disagree with the public, but can be frustrating and costly if you like the same team. In these games the public action is far less significant. They are looking ahead to the championship game and focusing on the wild card games in the NFL, so they really don’t care about these small bowl games. We amass tremendous betting information during this time. The counter bets, the huge bets from amateurs, the sharp guys and the parlay players. Many gamblers come to Vegas during December to bet their favorite teams. That means that there is a much better chance of getting a fair price when betting. It also means that as a college football handicapper you can attach more significance to any line moves that happen because they are more affected by smart money. That extra time is power for us. Use it to find out about key players that are passing on their bowl game from not wanting injury or bad exposure.  Look for value Overlooked strong matchup pop up all the time. A game doesn’t have to be played for the playoffs or New Years Day to have value. Some years the matchup is almost of BCS quality, but it draws a small fraction of the attention and betting action that the BCS games draw. That means you have the opportunity to bet on a big time game without the big time attention surrounding it. That’s a rare and pleasing opportunity for football bettors. The long layoff  Long layoffs affect teams differently. The gap between the last game of the regular season and the bowl game is always a factor in bowl handicapping.Football teams can have as many as six weeks between games. For bettors who are paying attention and who can get a good sense of the motivating psychology of teams this is a very good thing. There is so much that can affect how a college team plays after a long layoff – how healthy they are, how good their coaching staff is at preparation, the focus and discipline of the team, the excitement a team feels about playing in the game, any changes to the coaching staff since the last game, and so on. One of the biggest factors is the passing game of teams. Long layoffs really affects the timing of many quarterbacks to wide receivers.  Players that opt out The betting public doesn’t typically interpret the affect of these on a team very well, so the better you are at it the more opportunity these games can present. Additionally, in today’s age, many players opt out to protect their career from injuries if they have NFL talent.  Go with what’s working  By the time the championship playoff games roll around you have seen more than 25 bowl games, and you have bet on a good number of them. The best way to learn about how to handicap effectively is to look at what has been working for you with college football games. When you handicap these games you have three weeks of valuable first hand experience to draw from. Most players problems are that they don’t apply what they’ve watched or learned. However, if you learn from what has been working and what hasn’t then this should be the best part of your bowl season.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 12/15/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.Week 15 in the National Football League kicks off with one game. The San Francisco 49ers visit Seattle to play the Seahawks on Amazon Prime at 8:15 PM ET. The 49ers are on a six-game winning streak after their 35-7 victory against Tampa Bay as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. They improved their record to 9-4 with the win. The Seahawks lost for the third time in their last four games in a 30-24 upset loss at home to Carolina as a 3.5-point favorite last Sunday. Their record fell to 7-6 with the defeat. San Francisco is a 3-point road favorite, with the total set at 43 (all odds from DraftKings). The National Basketball Association has four games on its docket. Two games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. The Miami Heat play at Houston against the Rockets as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 227. The Memphis Grizzlies host the Milwaukee Bucks as a 1.5-point favorite. The New Orleans Pelicans are at Utah to play the Jazz at 9:10 PM ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 233. The Phoenix Suns play in Los Angeles against the Clippers at 10:30 PM ET. The National Hockey League has 12 games on its slate. Eight games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. The Montreal Canadiens host the Anaheim Ducks as a -140 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Tampa Bay Lightning play at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -320 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Dallas Stars travel to Washington to play the Capitals as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Boston Bruins are at home against the Los Angeles Kings as a -225 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The New Jersey Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers as a -295 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Florida Panthers play at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes are at home against the Seattle Kraken as a -195 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Toronto Maple Leafs visit New York to play the Rangers as a -120 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Winnipeg Jets host the Nashville Predators at 8:07 PM ET as a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights play in Chicago against the Blackhawks at 8:37 PM ET as a -205 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Two games conclude the NHL card at 9:07 PM ET. The Colorado Avalanche are at home against the Buffalo Sabres as a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues as a -180 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5.The college basketball schedule has 14 games involving Division I teams. None of these games are on national television. 

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