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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAAB Previews and Odds - 11/07/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Nov 07, 2022

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAAB.Week 9 in the National Football League concludes with one game for Monday Night Football. The Baltimore Ravens visit New Orleans to play the Saints on ESPN and ESPN2's Peyton and Eli “Manningcast” at 8:15 PM ET. The Ravens won their third game in their last four games after a 27-22 upset win at Tampa Bay as a 2-point underdog on October 27th. The Saints ended a two-game losing streak with a 24-0 upset win against Las Vegas as a 1-point underdog last Sunday. Baltimore is a 1.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 47 (all odds from DraftKings).The National Basketball Association has 15 games on its docket. The Charlotte Hornets host the Washington Wizards at 7:10 PM ET as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 221. The Orlando Magic play at home against the Houston Rockets at 7:15 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 229.5. The Detroit Pistons are at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:40 PM ET as a -1.5-point favorite with a total of 223. The New Orleans Pelicans visit the Indiana Pacers at 7:45 PM ET as a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 235.5. The Phoenix Suns play in Philadelphia against the 76ers at 8:10 PM ET as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 217. The Milwaukee Bucks are at Atlanta against the Hawks at 8:15 PM ET as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 226.5. The Miami Heat host the Portland Trail Blazers at 8:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with a total of 220.5. The Chicago Bulls play at home against the Toronto Raptors at 8:45 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 221. The Boston Celtics travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies at 9:10 PM ET as a 2-point road favorite with a total of 231. The Minnesota Timberwolves are at home against the New York Knicks at 9:15 PM ET as a 5.5-point favorite. The Denver Nuggets play at San Antonio against the Spurs at 9:40 PM ET as a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 231. The Dallas Mavericks host the Brooklyn Nets at 9:45 PM ET as a 6.5-point favorite. The Golden State Warriors play at home against the Sacramento Kings at 10:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 230. The Los Angeles Lakers are at Utah against the Jazz at 10:15 PM ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:40 PM ET. The National Hockey League has three games on its slate. Two games drop the puck at 7:05 PM ET. The Calgary Flames play in New York against the Islanders as a -115 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Boston Bruins are at home against the St. Louis Blues as a -1809 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers visit Washington to play the Capitals at 8:05 PM ET as a -130 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The college basketball season tips off with a full schedule of games beginning at noon ET. Two games are on ESPNU. Bethune Cookman plays at Iowa at 7 PM ET. Illinois hosts Eastern Illinois at 9 PM ET as a 30-point favorite with a total of 133.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NBA, NHL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 11/06/2022

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Nov 06, 2022

The Sunday sports card features action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, CFL, and EPL.Week 9 in the National Football League continues with 11 games. Eight games kick off at 1 PM ET. The Buffalo Bills visit New York to play the Jets as an 11-point road favorite with the total set at 46. The Minnesota Vikings play at Washington against the Commanders as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 43.5. The Green Bay Packers are at Detroit against the Lions as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 49.5. The Los Angeles Chargers travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 49.5. The Miami Dolphins play at Chicago against the Bears as a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 45.5. The Las Vegas Raiders are at Jacksonville Jaguars as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 48. The New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts as a 5-point favorite with a total of 40.5. The Cincinnati Bengals play at home against the Carolina Panthers as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 42.5. The Arizona Cardinals are at home against the Seattle Seahawks at 4:05 PM ET as a 2-point favorite with a total of 49. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams at 4:25 PM ET as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 42.5. Sunday Night Football on NBC has the Kansas City Chiefs playing at home against the Tennessee Titans at 8:20 PM ET. The Chiefs are a 12.5-point favorite with a total of 46. The National Basketball Association has four games on its docket. The Cleveland Cavaliers play in Los Angeles against the Lakers at 3:40 PM ET. Two more NBA games tip off at 6:10 PM ET.  The Chicago Bulls are in Toronto to play against the Raptors. The Memphis Grizzlies host the Washington Wizards as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 226. The Los Angeles Clippers play at home against the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:10 PM ET as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 225. The National Hockey League has three games on its slate. Two games drop the puck at 5:05 PM ET. The New York Rangers are at home against the Detroit Red Wings as a -230 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Toronto Maple Leafs on ESPN as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Florida Panthers play at Anaheim against the Ducks at 9:05 PM ET as a -205 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The playoffs in the Canadien Football League begin with two games in the divisional semifinals on ESPN2. The Montreal Alouettes host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 1 PM ET as a 1-point favorite with a total of 48.5. The British Columbia Lions play at home against the Calgary Stampeders at 4:30 PM ET as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 50. Matchweek 15 in the English Premier League concludes with five matches. Chelsea is at home against Arsenal on the USA Network at 7 AM ET in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. Three more matches start at 9 AM ET. Manchester United plays at Aston Villa as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Newcastle United visits Southampton as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with a total of 2.5. West Ham United hosts Crystal Palace on the USA Network as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Liverpool plays at Tottenham at 11:30 AM ET as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with a total of 3.

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2023 NCAA Basketball Futures Wager: Gonzaga to Win Championship

by Al McMordie

Sunday, Nov 06, 2022

After correctly predicting (in the preseason) two consecutive NCAA Basketball Championships with Virginia (22-1) and Baylor (12-1), I misfired last year with Gonzaga.   But if you don't succeed at first, try, try again!  So, with apologies to very good teams like Houston (currently 10-1 odds), Baylor (16-1) and Texas (30-1), I'm going to pull the trigger again on Gonzaga, which has odds at Caesars Sportsbook at 10-1 to win the title.Last season, Gonzaga featured Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren, who was drafted #2 by the Oklahoma City Thunder.  This year, Timme returns, and will lead an offense currently ranked #1 by KenPom.com.  He'll be joined by UT-Chattanooga transfer, Malachi Smith (2022 Southern Conference Player of the Year), Julian Strawther, Rasir Bolton and Nolan Hickman.  One advantage that teams like Gonzaga and, say, Houston have this season is that they play in conferences that have little competition.  This allows them to generate a lot of wins and, by season's end, a relatively-high seed in the NCAA Tournament.  In contrast, Big 12 teams like Baylor, Texas, Kansas, Texas Tech and TCU will beat each other up and could be under-seeded in the Tournament.It's probably "now or never" for coach Mark Few's men.  This is Timme's final collegiate season.  And Gonzaga may be moving on to a Power conference like the Big 12, Pac 12, or Big East, as its Athletic Director, Chris Standiford, has discussed the possibility with the commissioners of those leagues.  Should Gonzaga leave the West Coast Conference, it will no longer be able to play a cupcake schedule, and its chances of attaining a #1 Tournament seed would be greatly impacted (Gonzaga has earned a #1 seed in four of five seasons).  But for now, Gonzaga has a built-in advantage by playing in the WCC.  I'll take Gonzaga at 10-1 odds to win the 2023 title.Good luck, as always...Al McMordie

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA, NHL, EPL and MLB Previews and Odds - 11/05/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Nov 05, 2022

The Saturday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, and the EPL.Week 10 in college football concludes with 51 games between FBS opponents. Air Force plays Army at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas on CBS at 11:30 AM ET as a 7-point favorite, with the total set at 41 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Seven more nationally-televised games kick off at noon ET. Ohio State visits Northwestern on ABC as a 38-point road favorite with an over/under of 55.5. Texas A&M plays at home against Florida on ESPN as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 55. Minnesota is at Nebraska on ESPN2 as a 14.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 44.5. Tulane plays at Tulsa on ESPNU as a 7-point road favorite with a total of 56.5. Western Kentucky travels to Charlotte on the CBS Sports Network as a 14.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 72.5. Purdue is at home against Iowa on FS1 as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 39.5. TCU hosts Texas Tech on Fox as an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 69. Six NCAAF games are on national television at 3:30 PM ET. Utah State plays at home against New Mexico on the CBS Sports Network as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 42.5. Central Florida is at Memphis on ESPN2 as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 60. Penn State visits Indiana on ABC as a 13.5-point road favorite with a total of 51. Kansas is at home against Oklahoma State on FS1 as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under of 63. Oregon plays at Colorado on ESPN as a 31.5-point road favorite with a total of 63. Georgia hosts Tennessee on CBS as an 8.5-point favorite with an over/under of 65. Cincinnati plays at home against Navy on ESPNU as an 18.5-point favorite with a total of 44. Five nationally-televised NCAAF games start at 7 PM ET. SMU is at home against Houston on the NFL Network as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 66. Boise State hosts BYU at FS2 as an 8-point favorite with a total of 54.5. San Diego State plays at home against UNLV on the CBS Sports Network as an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 54.5. Alabama travels to LSU on ESPN as a 13.5-point road favorite with a total of 56.5. Texas plays at Kansas State on FS1 as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 54.5. Four more NCAAF games on national television begin at 7:30 PM ET. Clemson is at Notre Dame on NBC as a 4-point road favorite with a total of 44. Louisville hosts James Madison on ESPNU as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 52.5. Florida State visits Miami (FL) on ABC as a 7.5-point road favorite with a total of 53.5. Mississippi State is at home against Auburn on ESPN2 as a 12.5-point favorite with an over/under of 51. Two more games conclude the NCAAF card on national television at 10:30 PM ET. Fresno State hosts Hawaii on FS2 as a 27.5-point favorite with a total of 62. USC plays at home against California on ESPN as a 21.5-point favorite with an over/under of 60.5. The World Series in Major League Baseball continues with the Houston Astros hosting the Philadelphia Phillies on Fox at 8:03 PM ET. The Astros took a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series with their 3-2 victory in Game 5 on Thursday. Framber Valdez takes the mound for Houston to duel against Zack Wheeler for the Phillies. The Astros are a -150 money-line favorite with a total of 7. The National Basketball Association has eight games on its docket. Sacramento plays at Orlando at 5:10 PM ET as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 224.5 at BetMGM. Brooklyn plays at Charlotte at 7:10 PM ET as a 5.5-point road favorite at BetMGM. Two more NBA games tip off at 7:40 PM ET. Atlanta is at home against New Orleans as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 233. Boston travels to New York as a 3.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 223.5.Two NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. Milwaukee hosts Oklahoma City as a 7-point favorite with a total of 224. Minnesota plays at home against Houston as an 8.5-point favorite at BetMGM. Denver is at home against San Antonio at 9:10 PM ET as an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 235.5. Portland plays at Denver at 10:10 PM ET. The National Hockey League has 14 games on its slate. The New York Islanders are at Detroit at 1:05 PM ET as a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Colorado visits Columbus at 2:05 PM ET as a -240 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Winnipeg is at home against Chicago at 3:05 PM ET as a -215 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Edmonton hosts Dallas at 4:05 PM ET as a -165 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. Five NHL games from the puck at 7:05 PM ET. Washington plays at home against Arizona as a -280 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Toronto is at home against Boston as a -130 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. Tampa Bay hosts Buffalo as a -255 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Ottawa plays at home against Philadelphia as a -175 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. Pittsburgh is at home against Seattle as a -200 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Vegas plays at Montreal as a -195 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Two NHL games start at 10:05 PM ET. Vancouver hosts Nashville as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Calgary plays at home against New Jersey as a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two more NHL games begin at 10:35 PM ET. San Jose is at home against Anaheim as a -145 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Florida visits Los Angeles as a -140 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Matchweek 15 in the English Premier League begins with five matches. Four games start at 11 AM ET. Leeds United hosts Bournemouth as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Manchester City plays at home against Fulham on the USA Network as a -2.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 4. Brentford is at Nottingham Forest in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.5. Brighton and Hove Albion play at Wolverhampton as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 2.5. Leicester City travels to Everton on NBC at 1:30 PM ET in a pick ‘em contest with an over/under of 2.5. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, NBA and NHL Previews and Odds - 11/04/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Nov 04, 2022

The Friday sports card features action in NCAAF, NBA, and the NHL.Week 10 in college football continues with three games. Two games kick off at 7 PM ET. Connecticut hosts Massachusetts on the CBS Sports Network. The Huskies won for the third time in the last four games after their 13-3 upset victory against Boston College as a 7.5-point underdog last Saturday. Massachusetts is on a three-game losing streak after a 23-13 loss to New Mexico State as a 1-point favorite last Saturday. Connecticut is a 15.5-point favorite, with the total set at 40.Duke travels to Boston College on ESPN2. The Blue Devils ended a two-game losing streak with their 45-21 upset win at Miami (FL) as a 10-point underdog on October 22nd. The Eagles are on a three-game losing streak after their loss at Connecticut last week. Duke is a 12-point road favorite with an over/under of 47. Washington plays at home against Oregon State on ESPN2 at 10:30 PM ET. The Huskies are on a two-game winning streak after their 28-21 win at California as a 7.5-point favorite on October 22nd. The Beavers have won three in a row with their 42-9 win against Colorado as a 22-point favorite on October 22nd. Washington is a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 53.5. The National Basketball Association has 12 games on its docket. Four games tip off at 7:10 PM ET. The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Detroit to play the Pistons as a 5.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 220. The Miami Heat plays at Indiana against the Pacers as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 227. The Philadelphia 76ers are at home against the New York Knicks as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 219.5. The Washington Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets as a 3-point favorite with a total of 222.5. The Boston Celtics play at home against the Chicago Bulls on ESPN at 7:40 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 224. Two more NBA games tip off at 8:10 PM ET. The Memphis Grizzlies are at home against the Charlotte Hornets as an 11-point favorite with a total of 225.5. The Los Angeles Clippers play at San Antonio Spurs as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 225. Two more games start at 8:40 PM ET. The Dallas Mavericks host the Toronto Raptors as a 3-point favorite with a total of 217. The New Orleans Pelicans play at home against the Golden State Warriors as a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 227.5. Two NBA games begin at 10:10 PM ET. The Milwaukee Bucks visit Minnesota to play the Timberwolves on ESPN as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 227. The Phoenix Suns are at home against the Portland Trail Blazers as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 217.5. The Los Angeles Lakers host the Utah Jazz at 10:40 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 228. The National Hockey League has two games on its slate. The Colorado Avalanche play at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 2:05 PM ET as a -285 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Carolina Hurricanes are at home against the Buffalo Sabres as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 6.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NHL, NBA, NCAAF and NFL Previews and Odds - 11/03/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Nov 03, 2022

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NBA, and the NHL.Week 9 in the National Football League kicks off with the Philadelphia Eagles visiting Houston to play the Texans on Amazon Prime at 8:15 PM ET. The Eagles continued their unbeaten season with a 35-13 victory against Pittsburgh as an 11-point favorite last Sunday. The Texans lost for the fifth time in their last six games with a 17-10 loss to Tennessee as a 1-point underdog on Sunday. Philadelphia is a 14-point road favorite, with the total set at 45 (all odds from DraftKings).  Week 10 in college football continues with two games. Rice plays at home against UTEP on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Owls lost for the second time in their last three games with a 56-23 upset loss to Charlotte as a 15.5-point favorite last Saturday. The Miners lost for the second time in their last three games with a 24-13 upset loss to Middle Tennessee as a 2-point home favorite on Saturday. Rice is a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5. Appalachian State is at Coastal Carolina on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Mountaineers won for the third time in their last four games after a 42-3 victory against Robert Morris as a 50-point favorite on Saturday. The Chanticleers rebounded from their first loss of the season to Old Dominion in mid-October with a 24-13 upset victory at Marshall as a 2.5-point underdog on Saturday. Appalachian State is a 3-point road favorite with a total of 64. The World Series in Major League Baseball continues with the Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Houston Astros on Fox at 8:03 PM ET. The Astros evened this best-of-seven series at 2-2 with their 5-0 no-hitter victory on Wednesday. Justin Verlander takes the mound for Houston to battle against Noah Syndergaard for the Phillies. The Astros are a -155 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The National Basketball Association has two games on its docket. The Golden State Warriors travel to Orlando to play the Magic at 7:10 PM ET as an 8-point road favorite with a total of 226.5. The Denver Nuggets play at Oklahoma City at 8:10 PM ET as a 6-point road favorite, with an over/under with an over/under of 229.The National Hockey League has 13 games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7:05 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Rays are at home against the Carolina Hurricanes as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Vegas Golden Knights play at Ottawa as a -140 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Washington Capitals are at Detroit against the Red Wings as a -120 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins at 7:35 PM ET as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Three NHL games start at 8:05 PM ET. The Winnipeg Jets play at home against the Montreal Canadiens as a -205 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The St. Louis Blues are at home against the New York Islanders as a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Minnesota Wild host the Seattle Kraken as a -180 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Los Angeles Kings visit Chicago to play the Blackhawks at 8:35 PM ET as a -170 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two NHL games begin at 9:05 PM ET. The Calgary Flames play at home against Nashville as a -190 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Edmonton Oilers are at home against as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. Two more NHL games start at 10:05 PM ET. The Vancouver Canucks host the Anaheim Ducks as a -165 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Dallas Stars travel to San Jose to play the Sharks as a -195 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6. The Florida Panthers play at San Jose to play the Sharks at 10:35 PM ET as a -215 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 11/02/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, and UEFA Champions League.Week 10 in college football continues with two games in the Mid-American Conference at 7 PM ET. Northern Illinois hosts Central Michigan on ESPNU as a 6-point favorite, with the total set at 56.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Bowling Green plays at home against Western Michigan on ESPN2 as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 48. The World Series in Major League Baseball continues with the Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Houston Astros on Fox at 8:03 PM ET. The Phillies took a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series with a 7-0 victory in Game 3 last night. Cristian Javier takes the mound for the Astros to pitch against Aaron Nola for Philadelphia. Houston is a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The National Basketball Association has 11 games on its docket. The Philadelphia 76ers are at home against the Washington Wizards at 6:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite. Three more NBA games top off at 7:40 PM ET. The Miami Heat host the Sacramento Kings as a 6.5-point favorite. The New York Knicks play at home against the Atlanta Hawks as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 228.5. The Boston Celtics visit Cleveland to play the Cavaliers on ESPN as a 1.5-point road favorite. Four NBA games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago Bulls are at home against the Charlotte Hornets as a 5.5-point favorite. The Los Angeles Clippers play at Houston against the Rockets as a 5-point road favorite with a total of 222. The Milwaukee Bucks host the Detroit Pistons as an 11.5-point favorite with an over/under of 2245. The Toronto Raptors travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs as an 8.5-point road favorite. The Dallas Mavericks play at home against the Utah Jazz at 8:40 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with a total of 221. The Memphis Grizzlies play at Portland against the Trail Blazers on ESPN at 10:10 PM ET as a 3.5-point road favorite. The New Orleans Pelicans are in Los Angeles against the Lakers at 10:40 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 229.5. The National Hockey League has two games on its slate. The Toronto Maple Leafs are at home against the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:05 PM ET as a -305 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Pittsburgh Penguins play at Buffalo against the Buffalo Sabres on TNT at 7:35 PM ET as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Matchday 6 in the UEFA Champions League begins with eight group-stage matches. Two games start at 1:45 PM ET. Real Madrid hosts Celtic as a -2 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.5. RB Leipzig visits Shakhtar Donetsk as a -1 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Six more games begin at 4 PM ET. Chelsea plays at home against Dinamo Zagreb as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with a total of 3. AC Milan is at home against RB Salzburg as a -1 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Manchester City hosts Sevilla as a -2 goal-line favorite with a total of 3.5. Borussia Dortmund plays at FC Copenhagen as a -0.5 goal-line road favorite with an over/under of 3. Paris Saint-Germain travels to Juventus as a -1 goal-line road favorite with a total of 3. Benfica is at Maccabi Haifa as a -1 goal-line road favorite with a total of 3. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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2022 Breeders' Cup Classic Preview

by Al McMordie

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2022

This Saturday the Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be coming to Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY for the third time.  In 2015 when the event was here, we saw a rare feat when American Pharoah added the Breeders Cup Classic to the Triple Crown he had won earlier in the year, thus being the first horse to pull off horse racing's unofficial "Grand Slam" (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont, and Classic all in the same year).  He was quite a horse.  But this year, we may be witnessing a horse for the ages.  Flightline is an undefeated four-year-old colt by Tapit who has won all four of his races by an average of 12 lengths.  His speed figures are the highest since they started keeping these figures some 50 years ago and he is being compared to the great Secretariat.  His swan song will be the BC Classic on Saturday (approx. 5:40 pm post) as he will be retired to stud by his connections after the race, so it will be a coronation and an event not to be missed as he is the likely winner of the biggest race of the year.  But how do you make money on a horse that is likely to off at 1-5?  Let's focus on some potential longshots that could complete the exacta or trifecta in the Classic underneath Flightline.  First, there is the horse immediately to his outside (#5).  Hot Rod Charlie is another four-year-old by Oxbow who unlike Flightline -- who has been handled very carefully -- has danced every dance as they say.  He has 18 races to his credit and has rarely thrown in a clunker.  He competed in two of the three triple crown races last year, finishing third in the Derby and second in the Belmont.  He went on to win both the Haskel and Pennsylvania derby last summer and hasn't slowed down since, even running twice in Dubai this past winter, finishing first and second in those.  His only previous race here at Keeneland was a second place finish in the 2020 BC Juvenile.  He will likely be overlooked in the betting as his morning line odds are 15-1 but he could easily go off at 20-1 or higher.  He is a logical play underneath Flightline.Another older horse that no one is taking about is the four-year-old colt Olympiad (#7).  By top sire Speightstown, Olympiad was a late bloomer who didn't compete in last year's triple crown races but who has really come into his own since the latter half of 2021.  Since finishing fourth in last year's Cigar Mile, Olympiad has six of seven races, with five of those being Graded Stakes.  His last win -- which qualified him for the Classic -- was a two length score in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, run at the same 10 furlong distance as the Classic.  Like Hot Rod Charlie, Olympiad will be forgotten in the wagering, and could offer extreme value for a horse that has won eight of 12 lifetime starts.  His morning line is 10-1 and you're like to get better than that come post time. Regular rider Junior Alvarado will be aboard for Hall-of-Fame trainer Bill Mott.If you're looking for an even bigger longshot with a chance to hit underneath Flightline, then consider #3, Happy Saver.  A veteran in his group, the Todd Pletcher trained horse is a five-year-old son of Super Saver who was a well-beaten fourth by Hot Rod Charlie in the Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on October 1.  But prior to that, Happy Saver reeled off five straight second-place finishes -- all in Graded Stakes races with two of those being Grade 1 affairs.  Among those second place finishes was June 11 at Belmont Park when Happy Saver was second to none other than Flightline in the Met Mile.  That is particularly interesting when you consider that the six lengths that he lost by in that race was the closest any horse has come to Flightline at the finish line (and the only time a horse finished within 10 lengths of him).  He has a chance to be the biggest price in the race -- 30-1 or higher -- which means he offers incredible value in the runner-up spot.The final horse to consider underneath Flightline is #1, Taiba.  Most of the attention for the three-year-olds in this race will be on Travers winner Epicenter.  But Taiba is trained by Bob Baffert, and it wouldn't be a BC Classic without Baffert.  Here is an interesting statistic:  Three-year-old horses have won four of the last eight BC Classics (Bayern, American Pharoah, Arrogate, and Authentic).  What one thing did those four 3YOs have in common?  They were all trained by Bob Baffert.  Taiba, the son of red hot sire Gun Runner, is a bit of a now horse with a lot of buzz, so whether or not he goes off at his morning line odds of 8-1 remains to be seen, but he could offer value underneath Flightline in the Exacta and Trifecta.  Regular rider Mike Smith comes in from California for the ride.So the bottom line in this year's Breeders Cup Classic is not to try to beat Flightline.  Sit back and enjoy history in the making and make some money in the exotics by pairing him with one or more of the aforementioned runners.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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Hooker Takes Over Top Spot on Heisman Trophy Betting Board

by Oskeim Sports

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022

Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker has taken over as the betting favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. On Saturday, Hooker completed 19-of-25 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns as his No. 2 Volunteers beat No. 19 Kentucky 44-6. Hooker also ran for a touchdown giving him 25 total – 21 passing and four rushing – for the season.Hooker is now a +100 favorite to capture college football’s top individual award. He takes over the favorite role from Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, who had been the favorite since the opening of the market. Stroud led his No. 3 Buckeyes to a 44-31 win over No. 13 Penn State last week. The OSU quarterback completed 26-of-33 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown. For the season, Stroud is completing 71 percent of his passes and his 29 touchdowns are tied for the national lead. Stroud is given +175 odds to win the Heisman this year.No one else is even close. Next on the board is USC quarterback Caleb Williams and Michigan running back Blake Corum. Both are listed at +1400. Williams has thrown for 2,382 yards and has accounted for a total of 27 touchdowns. His Trojans are 7-1 and in the running to reach the Pac-12 championship game.Corum is fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,078 yards. He has scored 14 touchdowns and averages six yards per carry for the Wolverines who are now 8-0 after a win over in-state rival Michigan State last week. Corum would seem to be more of a longshot since five of the last six Heisman winners were quarterbacks. Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (2020) is the only non-quarterback winner in the past six seasons.The last running back to win the award was Derrick Henry, who also played at Alabama. Since Reggie Bush’s Heisman was vacated in 2005, only two running backs have won the award. Ironically, both were from Alabama. In addition to Henry in 2015, Mark Ingram won the award in 2009.Oregon QB Bo Nix and North Carolina QB Drake Maye are both listed at +2500. Neither seems to have a realistic shot at the award, but both of their respective teams still have a shot at the College Football Playoff.North Carolina is 7-1 overall and leads the Coastal Division of the ACC with a 4-0 record. The Tar Heels are ranked No. 17 and Maye is fourth in the nation with 2,671 passing yards. He is tied with Williams with 29 touchdowns. Nix’s Ducks are 7-1 and 5-0 in the Pac-12. Since a season-opening loss to Georgia, Nix has been terrific. He’s completing 72.3 percent of his passes for 2,221 yards and 20 touchdowns. Nix also averages 7.3 yards per carry, has 441 rushing yards and has a team-best 11 rushing touchdowns.The most interesting longshot has to be reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young of Alabama. The Crimson Tide, who are ranked sixth in the country, still have a shot at winning the SEC West, and are still very much alive in the CFP race. In their only loss to No. 2 Tennessee, Young was outstanding with 455 yards passing and two touchdowns. At +3300, there is still time for Young to sneak in and become just the second repeat winner in Heisman history.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 11/01/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, and UEFA Champions League.Week 10 in college football kicks off with two games in the Mid-American Conference. Kent State hosts Ball State on ESPNU at 7 PM ET as a 7-point favorite with the total set at 62 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Buffalo Bulls play at Ohio on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM  ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 58.5. The World Series in Major League Baseball continues with the Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Houston Astros on Fox at 8:03 PM ET. The Astros evened this series at 1-1 on Saturday with their 5-2 victory at home. Houston sends out Lance McCullers, Jr. to pitch against the Phillies Ranger Suarez who gets the start after Monday’s rainout. Houston is a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The National Basketball Association has four games on its docket. Two games tip off at 7:40 PM ET. The Brooklyn Nets host the Chicago Bulls on TNT as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 233. The Golden State Warriors are on the road against the Miami Heat as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 226.5. Oklahoma City plays at home against the Orlando Magic as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 217.5. The Phoenix Suns play at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on TNT at 10:10 PM ET as a 5-point favorite with a total of 229. The National Hockey League has 12 games on its slate. Three games drop the puck at 7:05 PM ET. The Tampa Bay Lighting are at home against the Ottawa Senators as a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New York Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers as a -240 money-line favorite with a total of 6. The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Washington Capitols as a -120 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more games start at 8:05 PM ET. The Minnesota Wild plays at home against the Montreal Canadiens as a -240 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Pittsburgh Penguins are at home against the Boston Bruins on ESPN as a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The New York Islanders travel to Chicago to play the Blackhawks at 8:35 PM ET as a -185 money-line road favorite with a total of 6. The Dallas Stars host the Los Angeles Kings as a -135 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Two more NHL games start at 9:05 PM ET. The Edmonton Oilers play at home against the Nashville Predators as a -165 money-line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Calgary Flames are at home against the Seattle Kraken as a -215 money-line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Florida Panthers visit the Arizona Coyotes as a -265 money-line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Two more games in the NHL begin at 10:35 PM ET. The San Jose Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks on ESPN as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The New Jersey Devils play in Vancouver against the Canucks, with both teams priced at -110 with a total of 6.5. Matchday 6 in the UEFA Champions League begins with eight group-stage matches. Two games start at 1:45 PM ET. Atletico Madrid plays at FC Porto in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.5. Bayer Leverkusen is at home against Club Brugge as a -1 goal-line favorite with a total of 3. Six more games begin at 4 PM ET. Liverpool hosts FC Napoli as a -0.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3. Ajax travels to the Rangers as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Bayern Munich plays at home against Inter Milan as a -1.5 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Barcelona is at Viktoria Plzen as a -1.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 3.5. Eintracht Frankfurt visits Sporting FC in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.5. Tottenham plays at Olympique Marseille in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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The Decline of the Elder Statesmen Quarterbacks

by Hollywood Sports

Monday, Oct 31, 2022

What do Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have in common besides now living in bachelor pads? They both are enduring perhaps their worst professional seasons this year, both statistically and regarding the win/loss record of their team. But it is not just those two “future Hall of Famers.” Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford are two other quarterbacks who get described as future “Hall of Famers”. Yet of those players are struggling mightily this year. And then there is Matt Ryan, who got benched for the rest of the season by the Indianapolis Colts a week ago. Here is the interesting thing about Ryan. Brady, Rodgers, and Wilson have a combined 9-15 record with each of their teams saddled with a 3-5 record. Those three “future Hall of Famers” have combined for only one game where their team scored at least 30 points. They have combined for one game where they threw at least three touchdown passes. They have combined for three games where they threw for at least 300 yards. Ryan had a 2-4 record before seemingly getting benched for the rest of the season (by owner Jim Irsay) after the Colts lost for the second time this year to Tennessee last week. Ryan had a game where Indianapolis scored at least 30 points. He had one game where he threw three touchdown passes. And he had three games where he passed for at least 300 yards. Ryan literally matches the productivity of Brady, Rodgers, and Wilson despite playing two fewer games — and it was Ryan that got benched?   What is going on? Brady announced that he has filed for divorce. But I am not sure how that impacts his poor decision-making in games. He found the time to blow off a Saturday morning meeting the day before a game as he was returning from attending Robert Kraft's wedding the night before. It is not a great look when he then berates his struggling offensive line. Perhaps as the G.O.A.T., he has earned the right to attend the owner of his former team's party? But if building morale is part of leadership, perhaps Brady chose the wrong communication strategy with his teammates if he wants to build positive chemistry. Sure seems like the list is growing of people that have grown tired of his schtick. You can hear all about it on his podcast "Let's Go" ...Speaking of podcasts, then there is Aaron Rodgers. It was apparent to everyone that Rodgers had the challenge to work with a new group of wide receivers after Davante Adams decided he no longer wanted to have his professional career dependent on a guy who talks about retirement every other week. Rodgers chose to not work with his rookie wide receivers in the offseason. But he is very quick to let everyone know how they are letting him down. Rodgers appears on his weekly podcast with Pat McAfee to make sure everyone knows the Packers' woes are not his fault. It's never his fault. And ever since Russell Wilson threw the interception on the goal line in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, it has never been his fault in some circles. Offensive coordinator Pete Carroll is to blame for not calling a running play to Marshawn Lynch (yes, I know Carroll is not the offensive coordinator, that is part of the joke). The Let Russ Cook cult dreamed of the day when Wilson could finally be unleashed as if there were no specific examples of the Seahawks abandoning a ground game to let Wilson throw the ball 40-plus times. It didn't work out. Now we are seeing what happens when Carroll can Let Pete Cook with the run-first game management approach with quarterback Geno Smith who is out-performing Wilson in every measurable way. I was described as "insane" once for merely questioning if the Seahawks got the better end of the deal with Denver, considering the contract that Wilson would demand. The question has been definitively answered now -- before Halloween.And then there is Matthew Stafford who has added only two more pick-sixes to his resume this year. He is on pace to match the four pick-sixes he threw last year with the Rams. Can you imagine how Geno Smith would be crucified if he threw two pick-sixes in his first eight games? Stafford has been dealing with a right elbow injury that some have used as an excuse for his mistakes. Did these observers watch him play when he was trying to force-feed the ball to Calvin Johnson when he was quarterbacking the Detroit Lions? To paraphrase Michael Corleone in The Godfather II when discussing the declining health of Hyman Roth, Stafford has been suffering from the same elbow injury for the last twenty years ...                      Best of luck — Frank.

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When It Comes to Bill Belichick, Stop Drinking the Hator-Aid

by Hollywood Sports

Monday, Oct 31, 2022

Show me a guy who makes his money off proclaiming “The Analytics”, and I will show you a guy who loves to ignore statistics to offer his random opinion. Take Aaron Schatz, the founder of Football Outsiders, whose DVOA formulas to assess offensive and defensive efficiency are based on his subjective determination that first downs and time of possession are statistics that need not be incorporated (side note: is this because of a sincere belief that these data points are overrated, or is it because finding a formula that accurately incorporates the notions that (a) a first down offers the offense the benefit of a reset and (b) time of possession wears down defenses, decreasing their efficiency are both much harder than simply pretending that football Yards-Per-Play can be measured the same as Points-Per-Possession in basketball? I guess my feelings about this are not hidden in the question …).Anyways, here is what Schatz tweeted after New England got beat in Miami, 20-7: “On one hand, you've got people who want to say that one bad game proves ‘it was all Brady’ and Belichick was never great. On the other hand, you've got people who want to deny that the preseason and Week 1 looked pretty bad. Tom Landry was 17-30 in his last 3 years. It happens.”I wrote about this last month that it was perhaps a bit premature to start digging the grave of the Patriots. I also wrote this: “If a McVay acolyte made the playoffs with a rookie quarterback last year, let’s just say they would be appreciated differently.” Since writing that sentence, Belichick has won two more games this season using a rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe as his starter. That makes it 12 victories in the last twenty-five games with a rookie quarterback. Yet these guys like Schatz are so quick to fire off a Hot Take tearing down Belichick. Let’s see what the stats say about Belichick’s team, using Schatz’s DVOA formulas that conveniently ignore time of possession and first downs. New England goes into Halloween night ranked 14th in their overall DVOA numbers. They rank ahead of 6-1 Minnesota, 5-2 Tennessee, and the 6-2 New York Giants. The Patriots' defense ranks 7th in DVOA defensive ratings. It seemed pretty clear to me that Belichick’s formula for success since Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay was to lean on a good defense while running the football.Perhaps it is the run-first philosophy that triggers angst in the quants? The potent passing attacks like the Bills and the Chiefs produce exciting numbers. Is it ironic that “But The Analytics Say!” guys often fail to appreciate the value of the running game? With their 22-17 victory in New York against the Jets on Sunday, the Patriots have won four of their last seven games since Schatz decided to evaluate preseason games to make his conclusion about the state of this New England team, sample size be damned. I know that win-loss records are overrated when compared to statistical formulas someone cooked up to then later proclaim as “objective.” But Belichick’s Patriots now have a 21-20 regular season record in the post-Brady era (21-21 when including their playoff loss last year). I’m pretty sure the advanced analytics come to the conclusion that a 21-21 record is better than Tom Landry’s 17-30 record in his final three seasons. To paraphrase Schatz's tweet: on the one hand, if you have people who are on hair-trigger alert to dog Belichick at every possible moment that his team played badly (and it sure happened after the Patriots’ stinker on Monday Night Football against Chicago). On the other hand, there are people who appreciate that if a coach’s floor is a .500 record when they do not have an established quarterback (and they win multiple Super Bowls when they do have a good quarterback), that is precisely the evidence of a great coach.You can count me in the latter category. Best of luck — Frank.

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