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You’ll get the BEST and the BEST of the BEST form the most respected and successful basketball handicappers. We’ll tell you every day what plays the experts agree on, and how many are all backing the same side!

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Jim Hurley Network NFL Conference Championship Sunday
I’VE WON 79% OF MY PLAYS ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY SINCE 2007! I’ll Sweep Again THIS Sunday In the Conference Championships

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 100-Unit NFL Conference Championship Sunday
I Don’t Know Whether It’s A Record But I Have Not Lost A 100-Unit Bet In The NFL In December And January And Intend To Win My 9th Straight Sunday

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NBA Dog of the Month - Friday!
Go inside the numbers with Jim’s NBA Dog of the Month and POUND the books into submission!

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NHL 3-Team Power Pounder - Fri
Jim Feist has 3 more big NHL winners, 2 sides, 1 total, for Friday. A trio of hockey games

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Jim Feist Jim Feist 3-Team NBA Totals Tripleheader - Fri
Jim Feist likes the NBA card so much he’s stringing together 3 big totals ALL in one package! 3-Team NBA Totals Tripleheader

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Kelso Sturgeon 50-Unit NBA Game Of Week
I Won My 3rd Straight 50-Unit College Play Last Night As SMU (-11) Buried Connecticut By 20 Points And Intend To Get The Big NBA Money Tonight

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Knockout College Upset Highlights 2-0 Night
Go 2-0 Tonight With A Powerful College Upset And With A Win In the Nationally Televised NBA Showdown That Finds Golden State At Houston

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. NFL Conference Championships
THIS SUNDAY I’LL CONTINUE TO CASH THE NFL PLAYOFFS WITH BOTH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. My Best NFL Numbers Are Yours - Get Two Games For the Price of One.

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Jim Hurley Hungry For Hoops. Hurley Is Hot
4-1 This past weekend and 9-3 last 7 days with Top Plays! Jim is the professor of Hoopology...he knows WHO can beat WHO, and HOW they’’re going to do it. Get today’’s best college and NBA Shockers, Stunners, and Blowouts.

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B Bucket Brigade Daily Best Bet Hoops
Richie B’s Bucket Brigade Bashes Bad Lines!
Bet the dumbest numbers on the board - make the smartest money! More Standouts Going Tonight - Now on a 7-3 run in college hoops!

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B Nails The Three on Saturday
Richie Nails the Three! Saturday Hoops has 3 way-off lines. Richie found ‘em - YOU cash ‘em. It’s fun to go with the Hot Hand. But it makes more money to go with the Right Number From Richie B.

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg 2-Team CBB Pack () - Fri
Hank Goldberg is on a 13-3 college basketball run and continues the hot hand with a 2-Team College Basketball Pack

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Two Marquee College Games Top 4-0 Saturday
Saturday’s Schedule Presents College Basketball At Its Best An I Am Wading Right In With Four Games - Two Of Them As Big As It Gets

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Jim Hurley Network All Day Saturday College TV Basketball
YES, it’’s a big football weekend with the Conference Championships on Sunday, but Jim Hurley is taking you to the College Hardwood for WALL-TO-WALL WATCH-AND-WIN TV ACTION on Saturday to build your bankroll to the highest level.

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Jim Hurley Network College Basketball Game of the Month
Everything came together on this game. The "number" is right - the situation couldn’’t be better, and the computer confirms this pick. Win the BIG one, Plus another top play that just missed qualifying as my Game of the Month!

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Seat of the Pants College Hoops Game of Month
Forget inside angles, private word, or fly-on-the-wall. Sometimes you just have to sit down and crunch numbers till they cry "mama!" This is that game!

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NHL 3-Team Powerhouse Pounder - Sat
Jim Feist has 3 more big NHL winners, 3 sides, for Saturday.

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL High Powered Metrics Release- Sun
Jim Feist (5-1 NFL Playoff sides) is set to unload on the books Sunday with a coveted NFL High Powered Metrics Release

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL TV Showdown - Sunday!
You can team with Jim Feist to dominate the books with this NFL TV Showdown!

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL Playoff Total of the Year - Sunday!
Jim Feist is the King of Football totals (2-0 last weekend) and has circled a playoff total worthy of Game of the Year status

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL TV Showdown - Sunday!
Jim Feist is on a 5-1 NFL Playoff run with sides and has found one team on the Sunday NFL card, his NFL TV Showdown

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Jim Feist has circled another delicious prop on a Sunday NFL Playoff battle, strong enough to be an Inner Circle

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Blog Headlines

NFL Conference Championship Weekend

Going For 9th Straight 100-Unit NFL Winner SundayI Have Not Lost 10-Unit NFL Play In Last Two Months

100-Unit Bounce-Back College Game Of Month Set To Absolutely Crush Number Saturday

Bettors Wary Of Betting Against New England But Can Pats Stop Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell?

Packers Need To Slow Falcons Nightmare Offense If They Are To Advance To Super Bowl

By Kelso Sturgeon

Most football handicappers will rightfully proclaim it is impossible to win eight straight 100-unit plays over a two month period but I head into this weekend's conference championship games having done just that. In other words, I…

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Jim Sez AFC Championship Preview
OUR AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW:STEELERS-PATRIOTS SQUARE OFF SUNDAY WITH SUPER BOWL LI BERTH ON THE LINE

Geez, enough of this social media nonsense that’s dominated the week-long headlines leading into this otherwise fascinating AFC Championship Game matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots – time for everyone to put their phones down and get to work!

Meanwhile, it’s been a while since these two AFC powers clashed at playoff time as you have to go all the back to the 2004 season when a very young QB Tom Brady and Company went into the Steel City and bashed Pittsburgh…

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The Keys To Betting Notre Dame Basketball Games

Notre Dame basketball has made the Elite Eight two years running and in both years lost to a team widely believed to be the best in the country at the time (undefeated Kentucky in 2015, North Carolina in 2016). The Fighting Irish are at it again this season, with a 16-3 record and emerging as a key contender in the ACC.

More important for college basketball bettors, Notre Dame is cashing tickets. Even though the Irish dropped a tough 83-80 decision at 10th-ranked Florida State last night, it was still an ATS cover as a (+5.5) dog. It marked…

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How To Bet The Butler Bulldogs

The Butler Bulldogs are the poster child for the underdog opportunities that are supposed to reign supreme in March. In a college basketball world where the Cinderellas usually fade away by the Sweet 16, Butler captured everyone’s attention when they reached the NCAA final two straight years. It’s been a while—since 2011 to be exact, since the Bulldogs were on the national stage, but the team they have this year could get them there.

Butler is 16-3 in what’s shaping up to be a good Big East Conference this season. More than the quantity of the wins is the…

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NFL Playoffs: Conference Champions at Stake!

by Jim Feist

This is it, the final weekend of games before the Super Bowl. The last month we've been hearing about playoff seedings, bye weeks and home field advantage. Are all those things really important? Historically it has been during the second round of the playoffs. Teams with the bye have home field advantage and two weeks to prepare, both of which are usually important edges this time of year.    However, during the conference championship games that kick off this weekend, history shows us that the two remaining teams in each conference are often on fairly equal footing, both straight…

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Is Kentucky Basketball A Deserving NCAA Title Favorite?

Another year, another loaded class of freshmen in the Kentucky basketball program for John Calipari. The Wildcats are sitting on a 15-2 record with three of the top four players being freshman and the other being a sophomore. Calipari’s success with this – his NCAA title with all freshman in 2012 and his Final Four trips of 2014-15 with mostly young teams, mean the betting market is unmoved by Kentucky’s lack of experience. UK may be sixth in the polls, but they’re first in the hearts of Las Vegas – a 9-2 betting favorite to win the national championship in…

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If You’re After BIG NFL MONEY, You’re In the Right Place
Great NFL Weekend… Have Now Won 8 Straight 100-Unit Plays And Intend To Make It 9-0 This Weekend Undefeated In December And JanuaryNFL Brass, FOX Crushed, The Cowboys Won’t Be In Super Bowl… Ticket Prices For Game Also In Free Fall And Vegas Bookmakers Reeling From Getting SmashedIn This Week’s Conference Championship GamesNew England Assholes -6 Over Pittsburgh SteelersWhile Falcons -4 over PackersHighrollers Keep On Winning Daily 50-Unit College Basketball Plays

By Kelso Sturgeon

If it was action you needed you certainly got it this weekend in the NFL. The games were outstanding – collectively the best of the season – and…

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The National Championship Chances Of West Virginia Basketball

West Virginia basketball made the big splash this week, when the crushed then-undefeated and #1-ranked Baylor 89-68 on Tuesday. After a narrow 74-72 escape over Texas on Saturday, the Mountaineers stand ready to rise in the polls where they’re already ranked 10th. And it’s time to put them squarely in the discussion with fellow Big 12 contenders Baylor and Kansas when it comes to talking about national championship possibilities.

The Mountaineers don’t have that individual star that jumps out at you. Esa Ahmad is the leading scorer and he gets 12 per game. Nathan Adrian is the top rebounder…

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College Basketball Weekend

I’m in the business of taking notes. I don’t mean that just figuratively, I actually do write down notes for future reference while watching games.

An example of this habit was on Saturday while New Mexico and Colorado State were battling it out in what turned out to be a pretty lopsided game at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I was following this game as I had a play on Colorado State, which never really had a chance as the Lobos were in control virtually the entire game. But there were some things worth noting. This was a…

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Jim Sez - NFL Divisional Playoffs - Sunday Showdowns
THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS – SUNDAY’S SHOWDOWNS

The NFL Playoffs are all about a day like Sunday:

Two monster showdowns, four “name teams” and – we would expect – a whole lotta drama:

AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF

PITTSBURGH (12-5) at KANSAS CITY (12-4) – 1:05pm ET, NBC

The 2016 Kansas City Chiefs lost three games by a combined 11 points – and they lost one other game by 29 points.

See Pittsburgh 43, Kay Cee 14 way back in Week 4 action.

Okay, so maybe this whole revenge angle is being played to the hilt in Chiefs’ country this week – we could understand that, right? – but…

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What The Film Says About The NFL Divisional Playoffs

Smart NFL handicapping is comprehensive. Statistical data is a big part of it, but so are things like personnel matchups and that’s information that can best be gleaned from a studious breakdown of game tape. What follows are some things to take into consideration for each game of this weekend’s NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Seahawks (+5, 49.5) Falcons (Saturday, 4:35 PM ET, Fox): Seattle’s offensive tackles, Gary Gilliam and George Fant are frankly about as bad as it gets in the NFL. On Saturday, these two have to block Atlanta’s Vic Beasley and Dwight Freeney. The latter might not be the…

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Saturday Divisional Playoff Previews
NFL DIVISISIONAL PLAYOFFS - HERE'S THE SATURDAY GAME PREVIEWS

Let's get right to the NFL Playoff action as the Divisional Playoffs take center stage this weekend. Here's the two tilts scheduled for Saturday:

NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFSEATTLE (10-5-1) at ATLANTA (11-5) - 4:35 p.m. ET, Fox

No doubt about it: Every time the Atlanta Falcons do make it into the playoffs (and 2012 was the most recent excursion) the good folks in Georgia have high hopes of winning it all ... something that's never happened to this franchise which was born way back in 1965.

But maybe there's signs that this is the year as…

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How High Can The Boston Celtics Climb?

The Boston Celtics continue their steady upward progression under head coach Brad Stevens. Now in his fourth year, Stevens has overseen improvement every year. In his first year of 2014, the team started a rebuilding project and won 30 games. In 2015 they jumped up to 40-42 and stole a playoff spot in a weak Eastern Conference. Last year they became a legitimate playoff team, winning 48 games before making a first-round exit. This year they’re on a pace to get 50 wins and currently hold down the #3 spot in the East. How high can the Celtics climb?

It’s a…

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NFL Playoff Time!

by Jim Feist

    As the playoffs begin, those who earned the top two seeds in each conference have a key edge, as they get a bye the first week while watching the others duke it out. Sitting at home this past weekend were the Patriots, Chiefs, Cowboys and Seahawk. Why is that significant?  A year ago the 4 bye teams were the Patriots, Broncos, Panthers and Cardinals. They went 4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS.  The rested Patriots had no trouble with the Chiefs while the Panthers jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead over Seattle on the way to a win…
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All Hail the Clemson Tigers!
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S NEW KINGS SHOW GUTS, GET THE GLORY …WHAT’S AHEAD FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2017 …NFL, NCAA HOOP NEWS & NOTES

Just don’t call it “business as usual”.

The Clemson Tigers – who started off the season the #2 team in the country – not only beat the team that started off the season #1 in the country but it truly changed college football history on Monday night:

Clemson’s thrilling 35-31 victory against 6-point favorite Alabama in the National Championship Game produced the school’s first title since 1981 but it also marked the first time ever that a Nick Saban-coached team lost a…

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Purdue Basketball Looks Like A Threat

Away from the spotlight of the NFL playoffs, a plucky basketball team from the Midwest made its own statement on Sunday afternoon. The Purdue Boilermakers stepped up and beat Wisconsin 66-55, easily covering the short (-2) spread on their home floor and emerging as an early team to beat in the Big Ten. If you don’t have the Boilermakers on your national radar—and with their odds still 50-1 to win it all, not many do—then it’s time to put them there.

Purdue has been a steady winner under head coach Matt Painter. They’ve made 8 of the last 10…

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The NCAA Title Chances Of Louisville Basketball

It might only be early January, but Rick Pitino’s Louisville basketball team has already experienced its share of ups and downs. The Cardinals enjoyed a strong run in non-conference play, their only loss coming to undefeated Baylor. Louisville beat good teams in Purdue, Kentucky and Indiana. When ACC play began though, the Cards stumbled. They lost to Virginia and Notre Dame before righting the ship earlier today, beating Georgia Tech 65-50 and getting a cover as a (-13) favorite.

So what are we to make of this edition of Louisville basketball? Is this a vintage Pitino national title contender…

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Jim Sez National Title Game Preview

IT'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TITLE TILT: #1 ALABAMA vs. #2 CLEMSON IN REMATCH FOR THE AGES ON MONDAY NIGHT IN TAMPA

Play it again, Sam!

That's right, we're headed for Alabama vs. Clemson Part Deux when it comes to College Football's National Championship Game and right off the bat you wonder what's different from a year ago when 'Bama copped its fourth title in seven years with a thrill-a-minute 45-40 non-cover win against 6.5-point underdog Clemson.

Hey, there's plenty different starting with the fact Alabama will be going with a freshman QB Jalen Hurts who didn't exactly have a monster game last weekend with…

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Who Are The Real Chicago Bulls?

Who are the real Chicago Bulls? Are they the mediocrity that’s sitting with an 18-18 record, is costing bettors money and is on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff picture? Or are they the team that’s twice knocked off LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers, including a 106-94 win on Wednesday?

Of course the reality is that they’re both and NBA bettors face the challenge of targeting spots with the Bulls. This is a team with the first prerequisite for NBA success and that’s explosive, superstar talent with experience. Jimmy Butler is one of the league’s best players, averaging…

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Alabama Remains Solid 6.5-Point Favorite Over Clemson For Monday’s National Championship Game

Money Pouring In On Packers And Has Las Vegas Bookmakers Extremely Nervous After Blood-Bath They Took Last Week On Clemson And Alabama

Alabama Remains Solid 6.5-Point Favorite Over Clemson For Monday's National Championship Game

5-1 With College Basketball Underdogs Past 2 Days For Some Very Hidden Reasons

13-4 Run In NBA Past 19 Days Burying Bookmakers

By Kelso Sturgeon

The bet-and-sweat factor works both sides of the counter and is not as most believe the province of the bettor's world - something was proven this past weekend in both college and the 16 NFL games. For bookmakers it all started…

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Basketball Dogs Getting No Respect!

by Jim Feist

   Everyone wants respect. Aretha Franklin sung about it. Comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a comedy career out of it. And smart sports bettors can turn soft numbers into cash  looking at home dogs getting no respect.  Many teams in college basketball and the NBA play significantly better at home than on the road. Last season the Golden State Warriors won a record 73 regular season games. They lost two home games, seven on the road. The eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers were 33-8 at home, but 24-17 away. And a team like the Memphis Grizzlies was good at home…

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NFC Playoffs Preview

The NFC playoff bracket begins on Saturday night when Detroit goes to Seattle (8:15 PM ET, NBC) and it has the feel of being one where anyone could win it—or at least five of the six teams have a credible shot according to the Vegas market. Below are some initial thoughts on each playoff contender, with their odds of winning the NFC title and Super Bowl in parentheses. 

Dallas (3-2, 15-4)How much do you trust a rookie quarterback to lead a favorite through the playoffs? That’s the single biggest issue NFL bettors have to decide when assessing the Dallas…

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Get Ready For Wild Card Weekend
THE NFL PLAYOFFS – OUR FIRST LOOK AT WILD CARD WEEKEND AND WHAT TO WATCH THIS POST-SEASON…COLLEGE BOWL TALK: A SUGAR BOWL PREVIEW

The folks in/around the National Football League – especially the head coaches – like to call it the “tournament”.

It’s a survival-of-the-fittest deal involving a dozen NFL teams to see who can make it to Super Bowl LI in Houston this year and, as always, there are mucho storylines.

No doubt the biggest one going is will NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell be handing over the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the New England Patriots and their mega-star QB Tom Brady come…

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AFC Playoffs Preview

The playoff matchups are set and the NFL futures odds are updated and on the board. Here are some thoughts on the six teams coming out of the AFC. These are not focused on individual game matchups—that’s for clients of my NFL Playoffs package. These are big-picture thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of each team vis-a-vis its price. The odds shown below include both the numbers for the AFC title alone along with the Super Bowl.

New England (1-2, 17-10)They have the best quarterback, the best coach and one of the best defenses. There’s nothing not to like about the…

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Inside The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the great stories of the year we’re about to say goodbye too tonight, with their NBA championship in June going right alongside the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series title as the truly memorable sports moments of 2016. As expected, the Cavs have picked up where they left off, jumping out to a 24-7 record, leading the Eastern Conference and winning a 109-108 thriller over Golden State on Christmas Day.

So what are we to make of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship chances, given the short 2-1 price that’s currently on the board?

There…

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Jim Sez NFL Week 17 Key Previews and College Playoff Notes

HEY, ALL THE BOWLS ARE JUST GREAT BUT WE DIDN'T FORGET ABOUT NFL WEEK 17 - CHECK OUT SUNDAY'S UBER-IMPORTANT AFC WEST TILTS FROM BOTH DENVER & SAN DIEGO ...PLUS MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GOODIES

Never mind that there are a bevy of National Football League teams sitting out their star players this weekend - okay, it's true that a batch of NFL Week 17 games have "no meaning" when it comes to either the post-season or playoff seedings but you better believe a heckuva lot is on the line for the two AFC West teams that already have their…

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Is This The Year For Baylor Basketball?

The Baylor basketball team has been an unexpected force in the non-conference portion of their schedule. Starting the season unranked, the Bears have blown through a good schedule to remain undefeated and rise to #4 in the polls. The betting market isn’t as sold as the pollsters though. Baylor’s NCAA basketball championship odds are still 35-1,which puts them 13th—including behind two teams they’ve beaten in Louisville and Oregon.

Baylor’s history offers good reason for skepticism. The program has been a pretty consistent winner since 2008 under the coaching of Scott Drew, but they’ve also been a tease team that…

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Jim Sez College Playoff Previews

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS!!! IT'S #1 'BAMA VS #4 WASHINGTON; #2 CLEMSON VS #3 OHIO STATE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE PLUS WE GETCHA SATURDAY'S TWO OTHER BOWL GAMES

They're (finally) heeeeere!

The 2016 version of the College Football Playoffs will ring out the old year with a smash-mouth twin-bill on Saturday afternoon/evening and -- before the famous "ball" drops in New York's Times Square -- we'll know whom are the only two teams standing in this year's chase for the championship.

Happy New Year's indeed!

Just to let y'all know, here's the up-to-the-minute Odds to Win in All (based on $100 per play wagers)…

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The Super Bowl Path Is There For The Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have a clear path to the Super Bowl. If they beat New Orleans at home on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, Fox), the Falcons lock up the 2-seed and first-round bye, thereby setting themselves up as the primary challenger to the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys on the NFC side of the bracket.

Opinion among football bettors varies as to whether the Cowboys are vulnerable because of their reliance on rookies or if their offensive line and #1 seed position makes them virtually impervious to upsets. I won’t weigh in on that here because the ultimate wagering decision…

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Major Bowl Blitz - Thursday and Friday Previews

IT'S A MAJOR BOWL BLITZ! WE'VE GOT THURSDAY/FRIDAY PREVIEWS - THAT'S EIGHT (8) BIG GAMES INCLUDING THE ORANGE BOWL

Folks, how nuts would the folks in the NFL offices be - and the people at Fox too - if we do indeed wind up getting a Dallas Cowboys versus New England Patriots showdown in Super Bowl LI? The Cowboys' muscle-flexing 42-21 win/cover against the 7-point underdog Detroit Lions this past Monday Night was just the latest sample that these 'Boys are special and - just in case you need to be reminded - the last three years in a row we've…

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Bowl Bonanza!

by Jim Feist

Happy Holidays! It's the final week of 2016, but before we get to the national title showdown there are several bowls to keep football on the national radar.

Texas Bowl (Wed, Dec. 28): Texas A&M runs a wide open spread attack, but faces s Kansas State ball control offense and a super defense. Texas A&M got to No. 4 in the nation during a 6-0 start, but is 2-4 SU, 0-6 ATS since. The Aggies have a speedy RB in Trayveon Williams (1,024 yds, 7.0 ypc) and a star defensive player in Myles Garrett, likely headed to the NFL…

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Breaking Down The San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Odds

Golden State and Cleveland electrified the country with the great show they put on Christmas Day afternoon. The Warriors and Cavs are quite understandably the love of the betting market as well. But if you’re looking any chance at real value in the NBA futures scene, your best hope lies with the San Antonio Spurs, at a 10-1 price. The Spurs are 25-6, with two more wins than the Cavs and only one back of the Warriors in the loss column. Is San Antonio worth a flyer to win it all in June?

There’s a level of basic respect…

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Lions Cowboys MNF and Wednesday College Bowls

HERE'S SOME DAY-AFTER-CHRISTMAS PRESENTS COMIN' YOUR WAY AS WE BRING YOU LIONS-COWBOYS TILT THAT WRAPS UP NFL WEEK 16, PLUS WEDNESDAY'S FOUR (4) COLLEGE BOWLS

Hope you received everything you wanted in terms of a Christmas or holiday gift ... we know that the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos didn't!

And neither did the Baltimore Ravens, for that matter.

Nope, both of those teams were unceremoniously squeezed right out of this year's National Football League playoff chase with Christmas Night/Day losses in Kansas City and Pittsburgh, respectively, and as NBC's Bob Costas informed one-and-all 'round midnight last night this will now be…

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The Golden State Warriors Take The Christmas Day Stage

The NBA puts on its now-traditional Christmas Day showcase with five games on Sunday and the marquee game is unquestionably the Finals rematch between Golden State and Cleveland (2:30 PM ET, ABC). I won’t try and tell you how “big” this game, at least regarding its long-term consequences—there’s a long way between now and the playoffs. What I will say is that there aren’t too many occasions in the regular season where these teams playing comparable competition and now is the time to do some careful analysis.

Golden State may have lost last year’s Finals, but they won the…

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Jim Sez - NFL Week 16 Key Games - Colts vs Raiders & Bengals vs Texans
A CHRISTMAS WISH? YOU GO IT!MORE NFL WEEK 16 GOODIESPLUS A LOOK AHEAD TO MONDAY’S THREE COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

Question: What’s better than a Football-filled holiday weekend?Answer: Not a whole heckuva lot!

So, enjoy your pigskin and your family, friends and holiday gifts and remember the following…

My Handicappers and Bloggers have the Side & Totals winners of all the NFL Week 16 games featuring that monstrous card on Saturday, the two games on Sunday/Christmas Day (that’s Baltimore at Pittsburgh and Denver at Kansas City) and the Monday Nighter between the Detroit Lions at the Dallas Cowboys plus get all of this weekend’s…

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The Case For The Oakland Raiders As A Super Bowl Team

The Oakland Raiders are currently in the 2-seed for the AFC playoffs. It’s possible they could clinch that spot as early as Christmas night, with a win at home over Indianapolis on Saturday and a Kansas City loss to Denver. Yet, in spite of this favorable position, the Raiders are still a relatively healthy 14-1 to win the Super Bowl. To put that in perspective, it’s lower than Pittsburgh (10-1) and comparable to Atlanta, Green Bay and the New York Giants. None of those four teams have as clear a path to a first-round bye (or any path at…

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Inside The Struggles Of Michigan State Basketball

It’s been a rough start to the season for Tom Izzo and the proud Michigan State basketball program. Coming off a stunning first-round exit in last spring’s NCAA Tournament, the Spartans had some rebuilding to do with a number of freshman being counted on for key roles. Then the best of those newcomers, Miles Bridges, got hurt. Most of all though, the losses have simply piled up for Sparty.

Michigan State lost three high-profile neutral-site games to Arizona, Kentucky and Baylor all with Bridges in the lineup. Another loss came on November 29 at Duke. The bigger loss came…

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Late December: The Best Time for Bowling!

by Jim Feist As 2016 draws to a close, we find ourselves smack in the middle of the bowls. You shouldn't be bowled-out, either, as they slowly build to the crescendo until Alabama, Ohio State, Washington and Clemson duke it out. San Diego Bowl (Wed, Dec. 21): A pair of teams with different styles clash as BYU and Wyoming pair off.  Wyoming lost three of four down the stretch as the defense fell apart, allowing 69, 33, 56 and 27 points. They were an 8-point favorite and lost to UNLV, 69-66. At least they can score points behind QB Josh Allen (26…

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NFL Week 16 Previews - Plus More Bowls, Too.
NFL WEEK 14 – IT’S RAIDERS-CHIEFS IN A MONSTER AFC WEST SHOWDOWN ON THURSDAY NITE …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: WE DROP SOME KNOWLEDGE ON A TRIO OF EARLY BOWL GAMES

We believe they call this “crunch time”.

The National Football League’s 2016 regular season has four weeks remaining and, boy, you can expect a dizzying race to the finish line …

Just check out the NFL standings and you’ll see the following:

There are three divisions that sport flat-footed ties for first place right now – the AFC North, the AFC South (where three teams are tied for first) and the NFC South –…

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Monday Night Preview and NFL and Bowl Notes
MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW

IT'S A POINSETTIA BOWL PREVIEW - OLD PALS BYU, WYOMING BATTLE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Don't you just love it when all the TV talking heads (e.g, NBC's Bob Costas) wrap up their telecasts with a "look at the playoff situation"?

The graphics department puts a nice little bow on things with all the won/lost records and the up-to-the-minute playoff seedings but maybe - just maybe - a major chunk of the country's viewing audience would like some other "key updates" such as the fact the NFC's numero uno seed right now has failed to cover its last four consecutive games!

Yes,…

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AARON RODGERS REVIVES THE GREEN BAY PACKERS SUPER BOWL CHANCES

The Green Bay Packer are alive and kicking. With four straight wins, the Packers have climbed off the mat to get their record to 8-6 and now control their own destiny to reach the playoffs. Their season finale at Detroit is taking on the feel of one that could end up chosen as the Sunday Night finale with the NFC North on the line—maybe even a first-round bye. How did the Packers do it?

We all know the cliché in football that the quarterback gets the glory when you win and the blame when you lose. And we all…

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NFL WEEK 15 REPORT –BUCS – ‘BOYS IN KEY SUNDAY NIGHT CLASHPLUS MORE COLLEGE BOWL ACTION FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE

A couple of weeks back, the good folks at NBC “flexed” out of Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati and into Tampa Bay at Dallas for the network’s Week 15 prime-time tilt on this last Sunday before Christmas – just can’t get enough of “America’s Team”, ‘ya know!

The preview is straight ahead in this weekend edition of Jim Sez and there’s a couple of College Football Bowl Games to follow but first this key reminder…

My handicappers and bloggers have everything all mapped out and…

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NORTH CAROLINA BASKETBALL IN THE SPOTLIGHT

North Carolina will be in the college basketball spotlight early Saturday evening when they play Kentucky in a neutral-site game in Las Vegas (5:45 PM ET, CBS). The Tar Heels came within a basket of a national championship last season and even though dynamic point guard Marcus Paige is gone, there’s plenty of talent left on hand for Roy Williams to make another run at the brass ring.

UNC has something we don’t always see from nationally elite programs anymore and it’s an experienced lineup, stocked with upperclassmen. Across the frontline, Justin Jackson is a junior while Isaiah Hicks…

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NITPICKING THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SUPER BOWL BETTING ODDS

The New England Patriots are in a familiar December spot, a solid 13-5 betting favorite to win the Super Bowl in February. When a price is that short and public respect for a team as high as it is for the Patriots, it becomes necessary for NFL bettors to cast a more jaundiced eye. Before jumping on the bandwagon, a critical look at a favorite’s failings become necessary.

It’s become easy in recent years to dismiss any New England shortcomings by saying the three magical words of the pro football language—Brady and Belichick. That’s understandable and it’s respect that’s…

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Another 50-Unit Winner & NBA Game of the Week Wins Tonight
O.K. I Finally Lost A 50-Unit College Basketball Play In OT No Less But Intend To Win Again Tonight 15-4 With Highroller Plays… 79% Winners For SeasonEverything Is In Place For One NBA Team To Win And Cover In Powerful Fashion Tonight And It Is My 25-Unit Chairman’s Club Game Of The WeekCollege Bowl Season Begins Saturday With 6 GamesMinnesota Suspends 10 PlayersCavaliers Will Be Without 3 Starters At Memphis Tonight LeBron James, Kevin Love And Kyrie IrvingLessons Of The Week – Losers Keep Losing, Believe Weather Forecast At Your Own Risk, The Bounce Is A Fact

By Kelso Sturgeon

The list…

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WHERE KANSAS BASKETBALL NEEDS TO IMPROVE

If there’s anything that’s predictable in the often crazy world of college basketball, it’s the status of Kansas in the national elite. The Jayhawks have won or shared twelve straight conference titles. Since head coach Bill Self arrived in 2004, the program has at least reached the Elite Eight six times, the Final Four twice and won it all once. For college basketball bettors that can make the task of finding value tougher—there’s no sliding under the radar with this program—and this year is no exception, where oddsmakers are offering a stingy 9-1 price on KU to win a…

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NBA Early Season Surprises

By Jim Feist

Preseason prognosticators and handicapping analysis focuses in on what they expect to happen, based on the draft and offseason moves, but there are always surprises at the start of each season.  Here's a look at some of the early NBA surprises.

Bulls: Chicago had a makeover, letting go of longtime stars Joakim Noah and Derrek Rose. However, the new-look Bulls are Jimmy Butler's team, helped out in the backcourt by newcomers veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.  Most impressive is that this team plays excellent defense for Coach Fred Hoiberg, Top 11 in points allowed and field goal shooting…

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THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS SUPER BOWL BETTING ODDS

The Pittsburgh Steelers might have a tough fight ahead to reach the playoffs, but they have no shortage of backers in Las Vegas. The Steelers are a short 8-1 shot to win the Super Bowl, the fifth-best in the league. Pittsburgh is considered in a class with New England, Dallas, Seattle and Kansas City, the four other teams with comparably low prices to win it all. Unlike those four teams however, the Steelers have a slight problem—they don’t even control their own destiny to reach the postseason.

Of course if the chalk holds tonight in Foxboro and the Ravens…

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IS IT TIME FOR A LOS ANGELES RAMS REVIVAL?

In spite of a miserable season for the Rams in their first year back in Los Angeles, head coach Jeff Fisher picked up a two-year contract extension. The Rams are 4-8 on the field and only narrowly better at the betting window, with a 4-7-1 ATS showing. Fisher’s hold on an NFL coaching job is a source of some mystery to most observers, but it is worth noting that it was in this same spot last year that the Rams took off.

The 2015 edition of the Rams, then in St. Louis, were also 4-8 when they suddenly took…

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Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 12/8/16

Another day at the Winter Meetings, and another blockbuster deal. Baseball fans have to be loving the action taking place off the field. The Red Sox/White Sox swap featuring Chris Sale will end up being the headliner of the week. But there was nothing under the radar about the Wednesday trade between the Nationals and those very busy White Sox. The White Sox have transformed their organization in the space of roughly 24 hours with these two big deals. The farm system, which was not good at all, is suddenly the picture of good health.

They’re pretty likely to be close…

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Jan
Steelers LB Harrison plans to play

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game with the New England Patriots due to shoulder and triceps injuries.

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Jan
NFL Injury Report

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Jan
Bills WR Watkins undergoes another foot surgery

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins recently underwent surgery on his left foot, the team announced Friday.

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Jan
Packers leave door open for WR Nelson to play Sunday

The current injury to Jordy Nelson brought the worst pain of his life, but the Green Bay Packers' leading receiver is determined to be on the field for Sunday's NFC Championship Game despite broken ribs.

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19
Jan
Florida QB Del Rio undergoes shoulder surgery

Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, coach Jim McElwain announced on Thursday.

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19
Jan
College football notebook: Washington QB Browning undergoes shoulder surgery

Washington quarterback Jake Browning underwent surgery on this throwing shoulder earlier this month, the Seattle Times reported.

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19
Jan
San Diego State gives Long a contract extension

San Diego State football coach Rocky Long received a contract extension that runs through the 2021 season, the school announced Thursday.

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19
Jan
Florida QB Del Rio undergoes shoulder surgery

Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, coach Jim McElwain announced on Thursday.

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20
Jan
No. 7 West Virginia will turn up the press at K State

Kansas State is fresh off a rare conference road win, while No. 7 West Virginia is coming off an equally rare conference home loss. That means an angry Mountaineers squad will come to Manhattan Saturday, and will likely turn up the defensive pressure.

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20
Jan
No. 15 Notre Dame seeks to end Syracuse hex

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- After a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference road swing that included five charter flights and nearly 4,000 air miles over nine days, No. 15 Notre Dame returns home Saturday for the first time in two weeks.

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20
Jan
Georgia Tech starts rugged stretch at No. 16 Virginia

After Georgia Tech's bid for a third straight ACC win came up short Wednesday night against Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets' road to their third league win in America's toughest conference may have to wait for a bit.

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20
Jan
Indiana F Anunoby (knee) to miss rest of season

Indiana sophomore forward OG Anunoby will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee during Wednesday's victory over Penn State.

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20
Jan
NBA notebook: Bosh might be pursued by Bulls next season

Chris Bosh will likely be released by the Miami Heat on March 1 and the expected move could open the door to the 11-time All-Star forward being able to resume his NBA career next season.

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20
Jan
Spurs C Gasol to miss 6 weeks after hand surgery

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol underwent surgery on Friday to repair a broken bone in his left hand, according to published reports.

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20
Jan
Bulls may consider Bosh if cleared to play next season

Chris Bosh will likely be released by the Miami Heat on March 1 and the expected move could open the door to the 11-time All-Star forward being able to resume his NBA career next season.

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20
Jan
Nets sign F Acy to second 10-day contract

The Brooklyn Nets signed forward Quincy Acy to a second 10-day contract Friday.

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20
Jan
Athletics ink RHP Casilla to 2-year apct

Former San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

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20
Jan
Orioles, Trumbo reach 3-year, $37.5M deal

The Baltimore Orioles are bringing back slugger Mark Trumbo, who agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract Friday.

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19
Jan
MLB notebook: Orioles close to deal with Trumbo

The Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Mark Trumbo are nearing agreement on a three-year deal worth between $35 to $40 million, according to multiple published reports Thursday.

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Jan
Orioles near deal with Trumbo

The Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Mark Trumbo are nearing agreement on a three-year deal worth between $35 to $40 million, according to multiple published reports Thursday.

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Jim Hurley's  4-0 On NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend!  Saturday  - Atlanta (-6) over Seattle 36-20! Sunday: Packers (+5.5) over Cowboys 34-31 and OVER 52, then Steelers (+2) over Chiefs 18-16

 

Richie B. 10-6-1 in basketball in January,cashes huge upset Wednesday with Oklahoma (+17) over West Va, 89-87!

Kelso Sturgeon 2-1 with his Wednesday Best Bet Club selections, Kelso wins his 7th straight 100-Unit NFL Play on Saturday with the Falcons (-6) over the Seahawks 36-20...then Wins his 8th Straight on Sunday with Packers (+5.5) over Cowboys 34-31!

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