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Today’s Hot Plays

Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Friday Under The Radar College Gem
Friday Under The Radar College Gem
If you’re just betting high profile games... the one’s that are on TV with big-name schools, coaches and players... you’re missing GREAT VALUE every night. Under the Radar Action= Big Profits

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Jim Feist Jim Feist Friday CBK Best Bet
Today, Jim’s BEST Bet in college basketball for is your best bet to pad your pockets with some cash. Join a Vegas pro with over 47 years of winning experience and WIN with JIM tonight in college basketball.

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 2-0 Friday Hoops Best Bets - On 13-1 Run
There are Just 14 College Basketball Games Tonight As NBA Takes Time Off To Prepare For Sunday’s All-Star Game But I Still Found Two Solid Winners

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 25-Unit College Showdown Game Of Week
Kent State (-4) Scored A 19-Point 82-63 Win At Western Michigan Last Night And Its Right Back Tonight With Another 25-Unit Chairman’s Club Victory.

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Jim Hurley Network MAC Game of the Month
The best game tonight is the MAC GAME OF THE MONTH so you get to Play-Watch-Win-Collect and get a jump on Weekend Bankroll Building

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Jim Hurley Network Blue Ribbon Basketball
THE JIM HURLEY BASKETBALL NETWORK SHOWS YOU THE BEST PLAYS EVERY DAY WITH THE BLUE RIBBON CLUB
JUST FINISHED 31-17 NBA RUN IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY...COLLEGE HOOPS ADDS EVEN MORE WINNING AT 66.8%

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Alliance Of American Football Best Bets
The Alliance Of American Football Continues Its First Season Sunday With Everything In Place To Make It Successful With TV Contract And Boost From NFL. It’s time to make more football money.

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B AAF Football Service
As a "numerical purist" I know that EVERYTHING COMES DOWN TO THE NUMBER. And I can’t tell you what AN EDGE WE HAVE by my being as close as I am to the very people who make the lines for theses AAF Games. Whether it is the NFL, College Football or even the NBA, College Basketball or any other wagering endeavor, you beat the NUMBER, you beat the other bettors. I did that easily on opening weekend with a 2-0 Sweep!

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Jim Hurley Network Alliance of American Football
If you have been suffering from post-Super Bowl/football-in-general-withdrawals this past week, who could blame you? Fortunately, a jolt of opportunity has been provided because when it comes to the World of Sports Wagering, nothing beats football...and nothing beats WINNING WITH JIM HURLEY’S FOOTBALL GURUS.

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B Basketball Juice Games
WHAT IS A JUICE GAME? Simply put it is the highest level of play I or anybody else can offer. There’s nothing better.

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 200-Unit College Hoops Game Of Year
There Are 144 College Basketball Games On The Saturday Schedule And Hidden Among Them Is My Annual 200-Unit College Basketball Game Of The Year - A Blowout!

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Blog Headlines

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: In-Game/Halftime Betting

As legalized sports betting continues to grow across the country, it’s becoming more and more clear that bettors will have options well beyond the classic full-game team sides and totals. The industry is convinced that “in-game” wagering is going to be huge (because European companies have profited so much with soccer in this regard). Also, young creative brains are coming up with “fantasy-style” props that sports fans seem to be enjoying. Bettors who visited New Jersey in recent weeks are raving about all the options available.

Honestly, most of my experience is with full-game wagering. No comparison. I’ve been as professional…

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NBA Report Cards Plus AAF Week 2 Goodies
IT'S NBA REPORT CARDS - HERE'S THE EASTERN CONFERENCE ...CHECKIN' IN ON THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Just a reminder that the brand-new Alliance of American Football (AAF) sets out for Week 2 action this Saturday / Sunday:

On Saturday, it's ...Salt Lake City at Birmingham (2 p.m. ET) - The home teams went 4-0 SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) in Week 1 play and now the host Iron is a 7-point favorite against a Salt Lake City squad that could be without QB Josh Woodrum (hamstring).

Arizona at Memphis (8 p.m. ET) - The visiting Hotshots are an 11.5-point fav…

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College Hoops and More NFL Draft Coverage

THE JIM SEZ REPORT: HERE'S THE UPDATES WITH TOP 4 SEEDS IN EACH NCAA TOURNAMENT REGION ...THE NBA'S BIGGEST MONEY-BURNERS ...

OUR NFL DRAFT FORECASTS ROLL ON WITH A PROJECTED LOOK AT PICKS #11-THRU-#20

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all ... now here's a real sweetheart of a Jim Sez column as we feature College Basketball, NBA and our latest NFL Draft projections too:

Okay, so Selection Sunday is still more than a month away - see March 17th - but in keeping with our weekly updates of who we see as gobbling up the top four seeds in each region, let's…

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Network Notebook: Flat in February

In a sport where everyone can’t stop talking about “March Madness,” the month of February can get short shrift. Many top college basketball teams played that way Tuesday night. They can’t wait for tournament time to arrive.

*Michigan (-7) never showed up in a 75-69 loss at woeful Penn State. That was just Penn State’s second win of the season in conference action. Michigan is still on the short list of national title hopefuls. But, elite teams are very mortal when they come out flat. Penn State isn’t even NIT caliber this season.

*Kentucky (-9) was upset at home by LSU 73-71.…

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NBA’s Best Bets in 2018-19 Plus Tonight’s Key College Games

 

 

THE NBA SPREAD SHEET –

HERE’S TO THE LEAGUE TOP

MONEY-MAKING SQUADS HEADING

TOWARDS THE WEEKEND’S ALL-STAR BREAK …

COLLEGE B-BALL NOTEBOOK:

THE TUESDAY NITE RUNDOWN HAS

#2 DUKE IN ANOTHER KEY ROAD GAME

 

The NBA All-Star Game is set for this Sunday in Charlotte, so there’s only a batch of games between now and Thursday night’s limited three-game sked.

Sounds like a good time to examine who are the league’s biggest money-makers so far … and why:

 

DALLAS (34-21) – Trust us, it ain’t easy playing .618 ball ATS (against the spread) when you’re some two-thirds through the way in regular-season play but the Mavericks – just 26-30…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Should You Bet the AAF?

In our last class get-together, I mentioned that was taking a “wait and see” approach to the Alliance of American Football. You probably watched some of the action this past weekend. Weather was lousy across the nation, so most sports fans (and bettors) at least checked out parts of a telecast while staying inside on their couches.

To me, the league earned a mixed grade. Play on the field couldn’t possibly live up to network hype. You’d have thought General Patton was one of the head coaches, and every team was full of young, hungry athletes fighting for their chance in…

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Is Football Season Back Already?

HERE'S THE QUESTION - ARE YOU FOLKS MISSING FOOTBALL? 'CAUSE WE HAVE "THE ALLIANCE" ON OUR JIM SEZ RADAR AS THE NEW LEAGUE KICKS OFF ...

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTES - WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR POWER CONFERENCE BUBBLE TEAMS? ...

THE NFL DRAFT REPORT: WHAT THE TOP 10 PICKS WOULD LOOK LIKE RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW

If you were suffering from post-Super Bowl / football-in-general withdrawals this past week, who could blame you? Still, following a 22-weekend run of gridiron action, we were all faced these past couple of days with a no-football weekend ... unless you tuned into the Alliance of…

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College Hoops Hot-Hot-Hot Weekend

 

 

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT –

WEEKEND’S MARQUEE MATCHUPS

PLUS, BUBBLE TEAM TALK TOO …

THE NFL DRAFT:

WHAT MOVES WE COULD SEE

IN ROUND ONE AS RAIDERS,

PATRIOTS & RAMS (AMONG OTHERS)

LOOK TO MOVE ON UP

 

There’s a batch of hotsy-totsy matchups on the weekend docket in the world of College Basketball:

Count ‘em up and there’s four monster-sized showdowns on Saturday pitting Top 25 teams against one another – including #2 Duke at #3 Virginia – and on Sunday there’s a key Top 25 showdown from the better-than-you-think American Athletic Conference.

We’ll touch on a batch of these games and get in some “bubble team” chatter too but…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Hoops Totals

It’s been a long time since we talked about handicapping basketball Over/Unders in the coursework here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. I know most of you are focused on team sides. Most of my paying customers are as well. But, I want to make sure that those of you who DO bet totals are practicing the proper fundamentals.

The first thing to remember is that betting totals is mostly you against the “sharps.” The general public doesn’t bet these, except maybe in very high profile TV games. You can’t take advantage of “bad public moves” because they’re…

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College B-Ball’s Better-Than-You-Think Spread Sides & NBA Trade Deadline Chatter

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S BETTER-THAN-YOU THINK TEAMS - THEY'RE BREAKING THE BANK ATS THIS YEAR ...

THE NBA TRADE DEADLINE: THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS (AND A LOT OF SIT-STILL TEAMS TOO)

Contrary to what the mass media might tell y'all, there's been a whole lot more to this here-and-now College Basketball season than simply the Duke Blue Devils (okay, so they are -140 to win it all at last glance!).

The truth of the matter is while Duke's a handsome 14-8 ATS (against the spread) this year, there are a batch of Division 1 teams that have been major money-makers and some of these squads…

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NBA Trade Talk -- And More!

NBA TRADE DEADLINE LOOMS - WHO'S GOING WHERE AT CRUNCH TIME? ...

THE COLEGE B-BALL REPORT: OUR TOP SEEDS UPDATE PLUS, TWO OF TONIGHT'S KEY TILTS

Let's just say that in a "perfect world" by 3 p.m. Eastern time today, the Los Angeles Lakers will "have their man" (see New Orleans' mega-star Anthony Davis) and the likes of the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder will have added a key piece or two in their attempts of filling out a championship-to-be roster.

Folks, it ain't ever a "perfect world" when it comes to the NBA and so that's why we believe you'll see…

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Network Notebook: Superpower Research

College basketball fans and bettors are in for a real treat the next few weeks. We have a unique situation where teams battling for #1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament will be matched up against each other.

If you’ve been following the sport, even just casually, you know that Duke and Virginia from the ACC are in line for top slots (with North Carolina possibly about to knock on the door)…that Tennessee and hard-charging Kentucky from the SEC are also very much in that discussion…that Michigan and Michigan State from the Big 10 were up until very recently, and may be…

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Wrappin’ Up The Football Season Plus College Hoop Goodies

IT'S THE SUPER BOWL 53 AFTERMATH COLUMN - WE TIE UP ALL THE LOOSE ENDS OF THIS FOOTBALL SEASON WITH THE COMPLETE NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS CHART PLUS THERE'S THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL LIST FOR 2019 (AND MORE!) ... PLUS COLLEGE HOOP NOTEBOOK

When the curtain finally came all the way down on this just-completed 2018 NFL Season it was - to borrow a phrase - same old / same old as the New England Patriots snagged the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title since 2001.

The Pats have now won every other Super Bowl the past five years - in 2014,…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: February’s “Motivation” Factor

Now that the Super Bowl is behind us, it’s time for students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping to focus on basketball. For most of you, that means COLLEGE basketball. History has made it very clear that most gamblers love riding down to the to March Madness through February and March, before switching over to the NBA once the playoffs begin.

Regular students know that my fundamentals for handicapping any sport involve the study of PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERS, followed by THE MOTIVATION FACTOR. When the stars align, those provide a very powerful combination that will lead to…

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All Hail the Patriots -- Again -- As Super Champs

SUPER BOWL LIII - PATRIOTS KO RAMS 13-3 IN DEFENSIVE DOGFIGHT AS N'ENGLAND ROLLS TO A SIXTH TITLE ... HURLEY CONTINUES BIG GAME WIN STREAK, TABS TE UNDER!

A QUICK GLANCE AT 2019 NFL FAVORITES FOR THE LOMBARDI TROPHY ...

COLLEGE ROUND-BALL NEWS / NOTES

Just call it the Joy of Six ... As in a record-tying six Super Bowl trophies for the inimitable and peerless New England Patriots.

Sure, the Pats didn't exactly light up the scoreboard as they did in previous playoff wins this year against the Los Angeles Chargers (a 41-28 win/cover) and the Kansas City Chiefs (a dramatic 37-31 overtime…

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More Super Sunday Facts / Figures Plus College B-Ball Stuff

 

IT’S SUPER BOWL 53 WEEKEND –

HERE’S SOME FUN FACTS/FIGURES

AS WE GEAR UP FOR SUNDAY’S SLAM-BANG AFFAIR

PLUS, COLLEGE B-BALL NOTES TOO

 

Always fun to think “what if” when it comes to those folks holding Super Bowl LIII “Win it All” tickets from back in the summer … if you’ve got the New England Patriots to pay out 6-to-1 (see our chart below) to win SB 53, do you “hedge your bet” and place a chunk on the Los Angeles Rams plus the 2.5 or maybe 3 points here?

Most bettors we’ve spoken to this week say that’s definitely the strategy to employ here:

Heck,…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the Super Bowl

Actually, the big story through the two-week build to Super Bowl 53 is that the sharps WEREN’T betting the Super Bowl! Almost all pro bettors wanted the Los Angeles Rams +3 against the New England Patriots. Sports book operators have been deciding whether or not they were going to give sharps the most important number in football.

Media coverage of sports betting has grown tremendously over the past couple of seasons. That means you already know that the game opened near pick-em, with early public money (and some sharps) hitting the Patriots at pick-em, -1, and -2 (sharps preferring the Pats…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Super Bowl

You may be thinking that KELSO STURGEON couldn’t possibly have anything new and interesting to say about this Sunday’s Super Bowl matching the AFC Champion New England Patriots and the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams. You’ve been watching much of the analysis on TV. Even if you kept the TV off your buddies have been talking about the game.

Nobody can escape pre-Super Bowl hype!

It’s even worse in Las Vegas. More TV and radio networks are sending pundits here for the big game because sports betting has become more accepted across the country. Any legitimate information source will have reporters in…

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Our Jim Sez Super Bowl 53 Preview is Here

OUR SUPER BOWL LIII PREVIEW - IT'S PATRIOTS VS. RAMS IN SUNDAY SHOWDOWN SOME 17 YEARS TO THE DAY FROM THEIR FIRST SUPE MATCHUP

You can set your watch to it … every 17 years on this very date the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams (formerly from St. Louis) square off in a Super Bowl showdown. Hey, if we're writing this in the year 2036 than we won't be kidding!

All we know now is when they close the curtain on this here-and-now 2018 NFL season with Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3rd, either the Patriots will be…

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Super Bowl 53 Props and More!

SUPER BOWL LIII - HERE'S SOME PROP PLAYS TO CONSIDER FOR THIS SUNDAY'S GAME …

THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT: WE ENTER FEBRUARY AND GET YOU THE TOP 10 SEEDS IN EACH REGION OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Okay, so you know that the Las Vegas price tags - both the Side and the Totals - have been sitting there at New England - 2.5 points and 56.5 points for the past few days now although we've personally run into a few folks who claim "their guy" has the Patriots at -3 points here for Super Bowl LIII.Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping the Super Bowl

While having an annual two-week preamble to the Super Bowl is great for building drama, it can be horrible for casual bettors who don’t know how to separate what’s important from what isn’t.

Any TV network that covers any sport suddenly has five guys at a long desk acting like experts. They would all be broke if they had to bet their sports opinions. Instead, somebody pays them to sit in front of a camera and tell you how great both teams are.

Now…some of them are going to end up being right because one of the teams HAS to cover the…

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Super Bowl Preview

The NFL brings us their big show and it will be a great one for 2019.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick bring us the 2019 version of the New England Patriots and they are good - as usual. We all heard from the beginning of the season how this is the end of their run. Sure, the end is coming, it's just not this season. This year's edition of the Patriots team took its time to get serious about putting all the pieces together, make them fit and work well. That is not unusual for a Belichick team, as he treats…

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Super Bowl Notes Plus NBA Pointspread Standings

 

 

IT’S SUPER BOWL 53:

CHECK OUT “WHEN THE RAMS HAVE THE BALL” …

NBA POINTSPREAD STANDINGS:

SPURS, MAVS THE BEST BETS SO FAR

 

Here’s the straight facts:

The Los Angeles Rams ranked second in the National Football League in total offense in this 2018 regular-season – third in rushing (139.4 yards per game) and fifth in passing (295.6 ypg) -- while scoring 527 total points (or 32.9 points per game) which ranked second in the league behind the Kansas City Chiefs who averaged a whopping 35.3 ppg this year.

In the post-season so far, the Rams have scored “only” 30 and 26 points in back-to-back wins/covers…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How Much is a Player Worth?

With news breaking Monday morning that Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans wanted to be traded, this is a good time to revisit the discussion of how much a player is “worth” to oddsmakers and bettors.

You regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping won’t be surprised to learn that I disagree with oddsmakers, and many other handicappers regarding this topic. Personally, I don’t believe you can determine a players point value in a vacuum. A PLAYMAKER or GAMEBRAKER might be worth a few to several points on certain teams that lack depth, but might…

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The Countdown is On for Super Bowl 53

 

 

IT’S SUPER BOWL WEEK –

AND WE START OFF OUR JIM SEZ GAME ANALYSIS WITH

“WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL” …

PLUS, COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S TEAMS TO WATCH

AS WE NEAR THE CRUCIAL MONTH OF FEBRUARY

 

It’s official.

The countdown is on for Super Bowl LIII this Sunday in Atlanta (6:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS) and it’s time to break down this New England Patriots versus Los Angeles Rams showdown on an everyday basis till we get to Super Sunday.

In a moment we’ll begin our week-long game analysis with our first category – “When the Patriots Have the Ball” – and we’ll get down-and-dirty with…

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College Hoops -- It’s a Monster Weekend on Tap

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S MONSTER WEEKEND - TRACKING THE TOP TEAMS AND CHECKIN' OUT THE SEC VS. BIG 12 TILTS ...

THE SUPER BOWL 53 NOTEBOOK

It's the weekend before Super Bowl LIII - so that means it is time to hunker down with a whole lot of college hoops.Folks, it's really a master-blaster weekend when you consider all the top teams in action and that includes #1 Tennessee who is part of the SEC versus Big 12 head-to-head action with the Volunteers hosting West Virginia here on this final Saturday in January. We'll zip through a bunch of this weekend's college b-ball games…

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Richie Baccellieri: College Basketball Money Makers

We have a week off from football, so I’m going to devote my usual Friday report to money makers in college basketball. I’ll talk about how sharps are betting the Super Bowl on next Friday’s update. If you’ve been paying any attention at all to sports media, you know that all the early money is on New England at -2 or less, while sharps (and much of the public) are waiting to see if they can get the Rams at +3 before kickoff. (No reason to write an entire article telling you THAT!)

Let’s go through some big TV conferences in…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Scouting Sparty

Normally I focus on “big picture” handicapping here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. We talk about the fundamentals that matter most. We talk about on-field evolution of the various sports. We rarely focus an entire class session to one individual team.

Today, I want to do that with the Michigan State basketball team. The Spartans are on a fantastic run that’s completely stumped oddsmakers and “due theory” bettors. The most recent example was Thursday night, when Michigan State (-5) won at Iowa 82-67. This seemed like an ideal spot for Iowa because it was a “TV home…

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More Supe 53 Stats Plus College Basketball Notes

SUPER BOWL LIII NOTEBOOK - CHECKING OUT THE BRADY VS. GOFF PLAYOFF STATS ...

COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT: THE MID-MAJORS THAT DESERVE NCAA TOURNEY BID

Wish we had a nickel for every time the media has talked about New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff during this Super Bowl "bye week"!Hey, it's only natural that the Super Bowl LIII signal-callers received tons of attention, so we're gonna only add to it right now with some comparative numbers so far through the first two playoff games for both slingers:

The truth is Mr. Brady - while guiding his Patriots…

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We Map Out Last 10 Super Bowls -- Plus College Hoops

SUPER BOWL LIII - THE LAST 10 YEARS OF SUPER SUNDAYS - PLUS, MORE KEY FIGURES ...

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN OF WHO'S GETTING INTO THE NCAAs

It didn't take too long - like 15 minutes or so - for the betting public to "switch sides" and go from the Los Angeles Rams as the posted 1.5-point betting favorite to now the New England Patriots being a 2.5-point fav for Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3rd. But is being the betting favorite really ideal when it comes to Super Sunday?

Check out our accompanying chart below here in today's Jim Sez column…

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Network Notebook: Does “Bracketology” Matter?

Now that you’re focused on handicapping and betting college basketball, you’re going to be flooded with chatter about “bracketology.” No way you can get away from it if you’re watching games on TV.

ESPN created a virtual brand out of nothing. It’s not like the committee is going to care what a bracketologist things! Other networks are getting on the bandwagon. They figure, if it helps ESPN get viewers, it will probably help them get viewers. There’s no shortage of guys in suits who think they’re experts on everything.

Generally speaking, sports bettors shouldn’t care about this stuff. Many build their own…

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Super Countdown is On -- Plus College B-Ball Action Too

THE SUPER BOWL LIII COUNTDOWN IS ON! ...

COLLEGE B-BALL'S KEY WEDNESDAY NITE MATCHUPS

Like it or not, the NFC and AFC Championship Games have been put in the proverbial rear-view mirror - the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs are "yesterday's news" and they'll have their shots at getting to Super Bowl LIV a year from now.

Now, it's all about legacies and dynasties when it comes to the New England Patriots: Three Super Bowl appearances in a row, four in the last five years, five in the last eight years and - incredibly - nine in the last 18 NFL…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: College Hoops Crunch Time

If you’ve started watching more college basketball on TV as the football season winds down, you’ve surely noticed a disturbing tendency across the sport. Many teams have NO IDEA how to run a crunch time offense.

I could start listing games where I watched that happen in the past month. But, that would fill up all of our time today. I’m guessing you’ve seen the same thing in the final minutes of close games.

*Teams run down the clock on themselves

*Teams force up guarded or super-long three-pointers

*A “hero” flies into traffic and forces up a bad shot

*Mediocre passers try to force the…

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Patriots vs. Rams -- SB 53 is All Set
IT'S PATRIOTS VS. RAMS - OUR FIRST UP-CLOSE LOOK AT SUPER BOWL LIII AND THE "FALLOUT" FROM SUNDAY'S NFC & AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OVERTIME GAMES

So much for that good, old-fashioned "home-field advantage"! Okay, so it was well documented that home teams had won each of the last 10 NFL Championship Games - the last five in the NFC, the last five in the AFC - while going into this past Sunday's action from New Orleans and Kansas City; plus, we had informed y'all that six of the last eight NFL Conference Championship Game betting favorites had cashed too.

Sure, all that…

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The AFC Championship Game Preview

THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - IT'S PATRIOTS VS. CHIEFS WITH SUPER BOWL 53 STARING AT 'EM STRAIGHT AHEAD

If you're the New England Patriots, then this AFC Championship Game has become a well-travelled stop in your yearly schedule

Eight in a row. Thirteen of 'em since the QB Tom Brady / head coach Bill Belichick alliance was formed way back in the 2001 season. Old news, if you will. Yet still amazing.But, ahh, if you're the Kansas City Chiefs then this is really something special. Your first AFC Championship Game since the 1993 season when a dude named Joe Montana quarterbacked your…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Conference Championships

This Sunday’s conference championship games in the NFL plays are going to be very heavily bet. They might as well be Super Bowls based on what we’re already seeing. All four teams have strong betting constituencies. Casual fans love betting huge TV games, and sharps have reasons to step in too.

Let’s see what’s been happening so far in kickoff order.

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT NEW ORLEANS: We’ve been hopping between Saints -3 and -3.5 all week. Generally speaking squares (the general public) wants to take favorites in big TV games. Give them Drew Brees in the Superdome, and they’re going to…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Conference Championships

A fast-paced week just flew by, and now we’re closing in quickly on Championship Sunday in the NFL.

Today’s coursework here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping will focus on handicapping angles for the NFC Championship game matching the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, and the AFC Championship game matching the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

So far this week, I’ve heard three main angles being discussed from the mainstream and gambling media (it’s getting harder to tell them apart these days). Those are…

 

BET THE HOME TEAMS

We’re in a temporary run where home teams…

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The NFC Championship Game Preview

 

 

THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME –

IT’S RAMS VS. SAINTS

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SHOWDOWN

IN THE CRESCENT CITY

 

Will the real Los Angeles Rams and the real New Orleans Saints please stand up here on NFL Championship Game Sunday?

The Rams – who started this here-and-now season on a three-game SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) winning streak and who enter Sunday’s game inside the Louisiana Superdome on a three-game SU /ATS winning streak – have endured some turbulence along the way as they went 2-7-2 vig-wise during an 11-game stretch between Sept. 27th thru Dec.16th.

The Saints?

They staggered early and late in ’18 but rock-n-rolled their…

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AFC Championship Game Notes ... Plus College Roundball

THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES - TODAY WE STUDY THE UPCOMING AFC TITLE TILT WITH KEY NUMBERS FROM PATRIOTS-CHIEFS

PLUS THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT

Here's a strange-but-true factoid when it comes to the NFL Championship Games: As is the case in the NFC - which we illustrated in an earlier-week Jim Sez column - the last time an AFC Championship Game road team advanced to a Super Bowl was way back in the 2012 season (see Baltimore 28, New England 13).

For the last five years in a row, AFC title tilt hosts not only have moved on to the SB, but in…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping Championship Weekend

TV networks are thrilled that the top four teams in the NFL made it to this weekend’s conference championship games. That guarantees huge ratings and a bunch of hype about offensive superstars. Sports books are thrilled because all four finalists have strong betting constituencies. The Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans and New England at Kansas City will be bet almost like Super Bowls themselves.

The problem for handicappers is that all four teams aren’t quite following their media storylines. Some unique circumstances last week helped create one-sided results that may not have predictive value moving forward. A quick summary in…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping College Basketball

College basketball is really heating up this week as many successful teams will go head-to-head. TV Networks know how to grab the attention of sports fans once football winds down!

I’ve decided to devote today’s coursework to college hoops. The NFL Playoffs were kind of boring this weekend, with home favorites winning every game straight up and covering three of the four. We’ll get back to the NFL in our Friday class get-together here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping just in time for Championship Weekend. Both New England at Kansas City in the AFC and the Los…

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Checkin’ Out the NFC Championship Game Notes

THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: WE DIG INTO RECENT NFC TITLE GAME HISTORY PLUS ZOOM IN ON SOME KEY STATS FOR THE RAMS AND THE SAINTS

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THESE POTENTIAL MARCH PARTY-CRASHERS

Okay, so what does it mean to be at home for the NFC Championship Game?

Well, check out the accompanying chart below and you'll notice that home teams have survived and advanced to the Super Bowl for the past five years in a row - with home teams covering the all-important pointspread in four of these last five title tilts - and so you gotta go all…

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NFL Championship Game Sunday is Straight Ahead

 

 

THE NFL PLAYOFFS –

NOW HERE’S TO THE WINNERS

AS CHIEFS, PATS, SAINTS & RAMS MOVE ON

TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SUNDAY

 

Talk about puttin’ the bite on the dog!

After an NFL Wild Card round produced four-of-four underdog winners back on the weekend of Jan. 6-7, the league’s heavy hitters – a/k/a, the well-rested #1 and #2 seeds – put the hammer down during the just-completed NFL Divisional Playoff round. Three of the four chalk-eaters snagged the cash (that’s Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams and New England) and thus put to rest this notion that NFL Underdogs were gonna rule yet another year of…

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Now, It’s the NFL Divisional Playoffs Sunday Style
Jim Hurley 2-1 In Saturday's Divisionals winning with Rams and Colts/Chiefs UNDER. Now 6-2 in the Playoffs!

THERE'S MORE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ACTION - THE SUNDAY MENU WITH GAMES FROM FOXBORO AND N'ORLEANS

The weather outside could be frightening in Foxboro on this Sunday afternoon; it'll be room temperature warm inside the dome in New Orleans. The $64,000 question is will either - or both - visiting teams come into these rather hostile environments and play the survive-and-advance game? Ahh, that's what everyone wants to know on the NFL Sunday:

 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-4) at NEW ENGLAND (11-5) - 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Divisional Round

Last week’s Wildcard games were heavily bet here in Las Vegas. Reaction was somewhat subdued once the games were played because favorites weren’t having much success. Squares love laying points! And, we have a lot of transplanted Chicago sports fans who live here. They hated to see the Bears lose to the Eagles late last Sunday. Crowded but relatively subdued is the best way to describe local sports books last weekend.

Let’s look at this weekend. The public typically loves laying points with rested bye teams. But, there are some quality dogs poised to challenge. Here’s how betting has played out…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: More NFL Handicapping

A week ago at this time here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, I emphasized to you the importance of studying defense in advance of Wildcard weekend. All the teams involved had defenses ranging from good to great in the categories that matter most. Once the final scores were in the books, you could see how defense controlled the quartet of playoff openers.

*Indianapolis held Houston to just seven points, forcing DeShaun Watson to throw 20 incomplete passes even though he was mostly throwing short. Houston was just 3 of 13 on third down conversion attempts (and 2…

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NFL Divisional Playoffs -- Saturday’s Action

 

 

THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

HERE’S THE SATURDAY SHOWDOWNS

FROM KANSAS CITY AND LOS ANGELES

 

Okay, so exactly when is all this underdog madness in the NFL post-season gonna end … or is it?

Go back to the start of last year’s playoffs when pups cranked out a 9-1-1 ATS (against the spread) record and include last weekend’s Wild Cards and this is what you see:

Underdogs are a collective 13-1-1 versus the vig (that’s a .929 winning percentage) in the league’s last 15 post-season games. Mama-mia!

Now, the NFL storms its way into the “best weekend of the season” – don’t you wish you had…

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NFL Divisional Playoffs -- #1 and #2 Seeds Join the Fun
THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS CHECKIN' OUT THE #1 AND #2 SEEDSPLUS COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT

Hey, remember them? They are the NFL's #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC / AFC Playoffs and they were sitting idly by last weekend when all four underdog sides cashed in the Wild Card Games - and three of 'em won outright! - but now #1's New Orleans and Kansas City and #2's the Los Angeles Rams and New England swing into post-season action this Saturday / Sunday.

As one would expect, all of the top seeds are favored with the price tags ranging anywhere from Patriots…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping the NFL Divisional Round

Last week, JIM HURLEY outlined three keys to picking winners over Wildcard Weekend. Jim went 3-1 in the Wild Cards, losing only with the Bears. Those themes turned out to be very important. They were...

*Quarterback Experience*Red Zone Defense*Coaching Savvy

If you watched the games, you probably spent last weekend marveling at how poorly the inexperienced quarterbacks played (we're talking about you DeShaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, and Mitchell Trubisky), and at the in-game decisions of some of the coaches. Red zone defense? Winners went 9 of 14 scoring touchdowns in the red zone, while losers went 4 of 10.

This week, the red…

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All Hail the Clemson Tigers
Jim Hurley Ends Another Winning Bowl Season with Clemson (+5.5) over Alabama 44-16 and starts the NFL Playoffs going 3-1 in the Wild Cards!!

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: CLEMSON'S THE GRIDIRON KING ONCE AGAIN AS WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON THEIR ROLLICKING 44-16 WIN AGAINST 'BAMA ...

PLUS, OUR FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL POINTSPREAD CHART AND OUR "FINAL FOUR" FOR NEXT YEAR

Maybe it's no coincidence at all: For the fifth consecutive year since College Football's National Championship Game was played to finish up the playoffs, a team that entered the game NOT #1 wound up winning the whole ball of wax…

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