Thursday, September 5, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019
Second-ranked Alabama begins pursuit of its fifth consecutive College Football Playoff championship appearance when it faces Duke on in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. PT at Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the Crimson Tide is a -33 point favorite. The total is 57.
Last season marked Alabama's fourth 14-win campaign during Nick Saban's tenure. However the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson in last season's title game after winning two of the previous three national crowns.
DUKE (2018: 8-5) Senior Quentin Harris is the new quarterback and has big shoes to fill after Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall in the NFL draft by the New York Giants. The Blue Devils allowed an average of 27.4 points last season and suffered a recent blow when senior linebacker Koby Quansah, a team captain with 102 career tackles, suffered a fractured right thumb that will sideline him indefinitely.
ALABAMA (2018: 14-1): The Crimson Tide are stacked offensively. Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last season after a spectacular campaign that included 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Jerry Jeudy is one of the nation's top wideouts after catching 68 passes for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns, while fellow junior Najee Harris (783 yards in 2018) opens the campaign as the main ball carrier.
Alabama has won three of the previous four meetings, the most recent being a 62-13 rout in 2010. Take 'Bama to win another one over the Blue Devils and cover the spread in the process.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
In-state rivals Colorado and Colorado State open their respective seasons with a non-conference clash in Denver. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. PT at Broncos Stadium, home of the NFL Denver Broncos, where the Buffaloes are favored by -13.5. The total is . With only one winning season since 2005, Colorado has turned to a new coach in first-time head coach Mel Tucker. The former Georgia defensive coordinator makes his debut Friday night as the Buffaloes tangle with rival Colorado State at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver.
Colorado is coming off back-to-back 5-7 finishes and parted ways with Mike MacIntyre after six seasons late last fall. Enter Mel Tucker, who has spent the last three seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator and was at Alabama for one season (2015) and served as an NFL assistant in the 10 seasons prior to that.
There are also increased expectations at Colorado State, which is coming off its first losing season (3-9) in the last six years and is looking to get back on track in head coach Mike Bobo’s fifth season.
COLORADO (2018: 5-7): The Buffs have brought up the rear in the Pac-12 South Division in each of the last two seasons and are predicted to finish last again in the preseason conference media poll. Offensively, senior quarterback Steven Montez is back for his third full season as the team’s starter and will have one of the nation’s best weapons at his disposal in dynamic junior wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., who caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards, added 115 rushing yards and totaled 11 touchdowns in nine games before his season was cut short by a toe injury. Defensively, Colorado brings back only four starters, highlighted by junior linebacker Nate Landman(123 total tackles in 2018) and junior defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson (73 total tackles, including nine for losses).
COLORADO STATE (2018: 3-9) The Rams are picked to finish fifth for the second straight season in the six-team Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference. Much better health fortune, though, is expected for Bobo, who last season dealt with foot numbness caused by a peripheral neuropathy, and he’ll have a returning quarterback to work with in junior Collin Hill, who took the reins in the second half of last season and will be out to improve on his 7:7 TD-to-interception ratio. Defensively, the Rams return six starters from a unit which ranked second to last in the Mountain West and 117th nationally with 36.8 points allowed per game.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Take Chicago Cubs -127 over Cincinnati Reds (4:10 p.m. PT Thursday, August 8)
The Cincinnati Reds go for their fourth straight victory when they host the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a four game series. First pitch is slated for 4:10 p.m. PT at Great American Ballpark where the Cubs are -127 moneyline favorites. The total is 9.
Chicago (62-52, 21-23 road) routed Oakland on Wednesday 10-1 for their fifth victory in six tries. The win bolstered the Cubs lead to 3.5 games in the National League Central.
Cincinnati (54-58, 31-26 home) has taken eight of its last 11 to move within seven games of Chicago and 4.5 back of Philadelphia for the second wild card.
It will be a battle of lefthander’s in the series opener as Cole Hamels goes for the Cubs and Alex Wood throws ‘em down for the Reds.
Hamels (6-3, 2.84 ERA) was on the injured list for over a month (oblique strain) but returned on Saturday working five scoreless innings in a win over Milwaukee. He’s allowed just five earned runs in 42 innings over his last seven outings, dating back to June 2.
Wood (1-0, 3.18 ERA) who spent four months on the injured list (back) will be making just his third start of the season. He won his lone start against Chicago last season, surrendering two earned runs in seven innings.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
|Andrew Heaney gets the call Wednesday in Toronto|
Take Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays over 10 (4:07 p.m. PT Wednesday, June 19)
The LA Angels of Anaheim try for a third straight victory in Toronto when they visit the Blue Jays. Game time is 4:07 p.m. PT at Rogers Centre where the Halos are -130 moneyline favorites. The total is 10.
Los Angeles (37-37, 18-19 road) has won six of its last eight, including Tuesday’s 3-1 victory, to reach the .500 mark for the first time since it was 8-8. Tyler Skaggs worked 7.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits for the victory while Kyle Calhoun and Brian Goodwin each homered.
Toronto (26-47, 12-24 home) has now lost five straight against the Angels allowing 10 homeruns in the process.
Andrew Heaney (0-1, 4.57 ERA) and Aaron Sanchez (3-8, 5.04 ERA) are slated to start.
Heaney is winless in four starts since being activated off the injured list. He has 30 strikeouts in 21.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .185 average on the season. However of the 15 hits he’s allowed, six of those have left the yard. Heaney will be making just his third career start vs. the Blue Jays.
Sanchez has lost seven straight decisions since beating Oakland on April 27. He's 1-4 with a 3.42 ERA in five career games against the Angels. He’s 1-5 with a 6.08 ERA on the road but has been much better at home (3.86 ERA).
The Angels are 17-6 in its last 23 games at Rogers Centre.
Friday, June 7, 2019
|Klay Thompson returns for Game 4 of the NBA Finals|
The Golden State Warriors expect both Splash Brothers to play in tonight’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. PT at Oracle Arena where the Warriors are -4.5 point favorites. The total is 215.
Golden State (70-31, 43-56 ATS, 36-14 home) played shorthanded in Wednesday’s 123-109 Game 3 defeat to Toronto. Klay Thompson missed the contest with a calf muscle injury but doctors have given him the green light to play tonight.
Without Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney, Stephen Curry was a one-man show in Game 3 netting a game high 47 points for his sixth career playoff 40-point outing as well as securing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
Toronto (72-31, 50-53 ATS, 31-19 road) is now two wins away from the first NBA title in franchise history and it can thank Kahwi Leonard for that. Leonard, who was a finals MVP in San Antonio, scored 30 points in the Game 3 win, his 13th 30-point outing of the postseason.
The Raptors are now -120 favorites to win the NBA finals thus denying the Warriors a 3-peat. It marks the first time in three years that Golden State hasn’t been favored to win the title.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
|Golden State is hoping Klay Thompson will be available against Toronto|
The short-handed Golden State Warriors could be without one of their Splash Brothers when the NBA Finals resume in Oakland. Tip-off for Game 3 is set for 6 p.m. PT at Oracle Arena where the Warriors are -4.5 point favorites. The total is 213. The Bay Area ballers captured Game 2 in Toronto on Sunday 109-104 to square the best-of-seven series at a victory apiece.
Golden State (70-30, 43-55-2 ATS) is holding its breath regarding the status of Klay Thompson, who tweaked his left hamstring in Game 2. The Warriors are already without Kevin Durant (calf) and Kevon Looney who is out for the season with fractured ribs. So far the loss of Durant hasn’t been felt by the Dubs, in fact in the past three years, the Warriors are 35-5 straight up and 25-14-1 ATS when Steph Curry plays, but Kevin Durant doesn’t. In that situation, Golden State has won 32 of their last 34 games overall.
Toronto (71-31, 49-53 ATS) shot itself in the foot on Sunday night by not shooting well from the field (37 percent) Kawhi Leonard was 8 of 20 while the tandem of Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry were a combined 9 of 29. Leonard finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds. He was 16 of 16 from the charity stripe.
During its five year playoff run, Golden State’s is 76-25 (75.3 percent) straight up and 56-44-1 (56 percent) ATS.
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