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Network Notebook: Best and Worst from NFLX Week 2

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Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

It’s very easy for handicappers to take the second week of the NFL Preseason “off” in terms of real analysis. After Week One, you watched every game either live or on replay. You scoured the boxscores. You missed football so much all summer you couldn’t wait to dig in! In Week Two? You just watched the scoreboard update while you rooted for your bets. Mistake!This week in particular, you really needed to be paying close attention. Some offenses made statements about regular season readiness, even if they didn’t light up the scoreboard with 38-45 points. Other teams created the illusion…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Rookie Coaches Struggling with Fundamentals

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Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM

As I was studying this past weekend’s NFL boxscores, it struck me that some of the new head coaches are having big troubles getting their teams to execute on offense so far this Preseason. How are their teams going to be ready for the regular season if they’re still kicking the ball around now?Let’s run through how the five teams with new head coaches have performed so far. BUFFALO: Sean McDermottThe Bills turned the ball over FOUR times this past Thursday in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia. Buffalo fell to 0-2 in the Preseason because they also lost to Minnesota the…

Jim Sez NFL Weekend Wrap and MNF Preview

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Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

If you've been looking at how the NFL Preseason Favorites vs. Underdogs have been playing out through the first two full weeks, then you've noticed something ... there's been really no set pattern at all.In fact, NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Favorites will enter tonight's New York Giants at Cleveland Browns clash with a 6-6-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so take note that through two-plus weeks of NFL Preseason activity the chalk sides are a dead-even and vig-losing 13-13-2 ATS with Four (4) Pick 'Em's.Okay, so dig a…

Network Notebook: Most Important Preseason Stats

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

With starters beginning to see more and more action in NFL exhibition games, this is a good time for JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK to review the most important boxscore stats to study in the Preseason.Some pundits will tell you that stats are meaningless in the Preseason. Then they’ll use stats to tell you how great their favorite player is, or how horrible the latest embattled quarterback is. Pundits have no attention span! You’re not a pundit. You’re a Las Vegas sports bettor. You need to be smart about which stats you prioritize, and which you ignore.*PASSING STATS: It’s much easier…

Jim Sez: Rating the New NFL Coaches

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:27 PM

THERE'S MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS PLUS RATING THE 2017 HEAD COACHING HIRESWE CHECK OUT THE SEC IN OUR NEXT-TO-LAST CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTHere's the straight facts, jack: There were six new hires to the NFL head coaching ranks prior to this 2017 season and those "newbies" banged out a 4-2 SU (straight-up) and 4-2 ATS (against the spread) in their first full week of Preseason games but then last night two new guys (Buffalo's Sean McDermott and Jacksonville's Doug Marrone) both suffered SU/ATS setbacks. So, things are dead-even spreadwise as we report to y'all today.Obviously, everyone in the handicapping…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Jaguars, Others Must Accept Their QB’s Stink!

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

It’s time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to accept that Blake Bortles is not destined to be a winning quarterback in the NFL. His “quarterback record” is 3-10, 5-11, and 3-13 throughout his three-year career. He currently appears to be regressing rather than getting better with age. A real-world dynamic with young quarterbacks is that they often improve in their first one or two seasons, only to see opposing defenses adjust to their tendencies to completely neutralized. The Jaguars are 11-34 with Bortles, and he might be getting worse!Or, he may be dealing with an injury he doesn’t want to tell…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week Two of NFLX

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Action begins Thursday night for the second full week of the 2017 NFL Preseason. Let’s see how the sharps have been betting these games so far. We’ll take them in Nevada rotation order. THURSDAYBaltimore at Miami: Looks like we’re going to have a soft tug-of-war between the opener of Miami -2.5 and Baltimore +3. The field goal isn’t as important a number in preseason football, though two games landed on it last week (one dog, one favorite winning by that much). Baltimore didn’t play as well as the score made it look last week vs. Washington. Miami is still working out…

Wayne Root: NY Giants Now Favored to win NFC East

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM

You longtime readers know that I follow New York-based teams very closely in all sports. Even though I’ve lived in Las Vegas for a few decades now, I was born a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, New York. You can bet that it caught my eye when the New York Giants slide into the favorite position to win the NFC East at some Las Vegas locales this week.What happened? It really wasn’t anything directly tied to the Giants. Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys was suspended without pay for the first six games of the coming…

Network Notebook: NFLX Week 2 Outlook

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The second week of NFL Preseason action is often pretty dull. Everybody’s biding their time until the dress rehearsals in Week Three. (Well, some teams are just biding their time for ALL of August!). Some offenses have to keep sitting their projected starting quarterbacks because of injuries (certainly Baltimore and Indianapolis, possibly Carolina too). Out of the 16 games on the card, there are probably only a handful that are truly worth your attention in terms of preparing for the regular season. GAME OF THE WEEK: Minnesota at SeattleBoth head coaches here have a history of emphasizing effort in exhibition games.…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Stay on Top of Personnel Developments

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Just this past weekend, there was news that the University of Florida had suspended SEVEN players for the season opener against Michigan. In days prior, news of various season-ending injuries across the college football landscape had made temporary headlines. It’s very important if you’re serious about beating the pointspread this season that you stay abreast of all developments that involve starters and key bench players…particularly those with potential to be PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS.I know far too many folks here in Las Vegas who kinda/sorta “half-hear” the news headlines, then forget about them. They figure they’ll worry about it when the…

Jim Sez: Ezekiel Elliot Fallout and Football Notes

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:53 AM

ELLIOTT'S SUSPENSION ISN'T THE ONLY PROBLEM THE COWBOYS HAVE THESE DAYS PLUS PRESEASON NOTES AS LIONS, SEAHAWKS WIN SUNDAY GAMES. JIM HURLEY GOES 4-3 OPENING WEEK OF PRESEASONCOLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: LET'S ZOOM IN ON THE MOUNTAIN WESTThe Dallas Cowboys can kick, scream and holler all they want - but second-year superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott is gonna be suspended for a batch of games (we still say it won't be six!) and the appeal/ruling could be coming down the pike any day this week or next week.Still, that's apparently not the Cowboys' only problem as we dig into the…

Network Notebook: Pennant Race Preview

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

We’re about to transition from a baseball-heavy summer to a football-heavy fall here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. So, instead of previewing a big weekend series (and there are a few of them!), we’re going to outline the pennant races from this point forward. Then, we’ll be talking football for the for-seeable future.NL EAST: Washington looks to have shorn up its bullpen issues, which will make them even more dangerous in the postseason. We know they’ll win this division…but can they beat the LA Dodgers in the playoffs if the teams go head-to-head. Assuming full health for Scherzer, Strasburg, and…

Jim Sez: NFL Preseason Previews

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 2:49 PM

ZEKE GETS ZAPPED WITH 6-GAME SUSPENSION (IT'LL BE LESS!) AND NOW COWBOYS MUST COPE...MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 GOODIESThe hammer came down - and it came down hard - on Dallas Cowboys' second-year RB Ezekiel Elliott for his alleged domestic violence episodes as the NFL stole the Friday afternoon headlines with the announcement that "Zeke" will be suspended for the first six games this season.Folks, no way will this stay a six-game suspension as Elliott's people will appeal the ruling this weekend (if they have not already by the time you're reading this) and when it all shakes down we…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Anticipating the Coming NFL Season

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Earlier this week, I gave you a bunch of homework to get you ready for handicapping and beating the NFL Preseason. Today, I’m going to focus more on how to get ready for the regular season. Even though the exhibition slate is a completely different animal, your understanding of a team’s regular season needs will help you understand what’s happening on the field during the month of August.*First, get access to the current Regular Season Win Totals that have been posted in Las Vegas. There are now several mainstream websites and broadcasters who make these available to the public. I…

Jim Sez Friday NFL Previews

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:55 PM

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 REPORT - THE FRIDAY NITE MENU PLUS SOME KEY/DAUNTING QUESTIONS REGARDING THE UPCOMING '17 SEASON ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL ODDS & ENDSLadies and gents, if you listened to all the "experts" out there this summer than you might be so inclined to think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should just hand off the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the New England Patriots one mo' time even before a single game has been played.But wait a second!The Pats - who are the defending champs, have won two of the last three Super Bowls and have five shiny trophies in their…

Kelso: Why Wyoming And Tulane Will Be Two Of Most Surprising College Teams This Season

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:02 PM

NFL Officially Begins Unofficial Preseason Wednesday With 25-Unit Game Of Week Set For ThursdayIf Ravens QB Mallett Falters Thursday You Can Bet The Shunned Colin Kaepernick Will End Up As Baltimore’s Starting QuarterbackWhy Wyoming And Tulane Will Be Two Of Most Surprising College Teams This SeasonDodgers (79-32) On Track To Break Single Season Win Record Of 116 Held By 2001 Mariners (116-46) And 1906 Cubs (116-36)By Kelso Sturgeon Maybe it’s just me, or a faulty memory, but the opening week of National Football League practices has been far more chaotic than those of the past. Much of the uncertainty belongs to…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL Previews

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2:45 PM

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - HERE'S THE THURSDAY NITE MENU WITH SEVEN GAMES ON THE DOCKET ...THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: CHECKIN' OUT THE CURRENT WIN-IT-ALL ODDSIt's the age-old question when it comes to handicapping NFL Preseason action: What teams really want to win these exhibition games?No doubt that there are a slew of teams each/every summer that would like to get a feel of a "winning culture" beginning in the preseason though it's no secret than many (most?) NFL teams simply want to let their starters get enough reps for the regular season, steer clear of major injuries and then hash…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week One of NFLX

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The first FULL week of NFL Preseason action has arrived. Everyone here in Las Vegas is happy to have football back on the board. Oddsmakers and bettors!Sharps have been most active in just a handful of games, including the Wednesday night opener featuring the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. I’m going to focus on those games of interest first before summarizing the rest of the 16-game card.Houston at Carolina (Wednesday)The Panthers opened at -3. There was a lot of sharp interest in the underdog from the get-go. We’re now seeing pick-em in many spots Wednesday morning. Not clear yet if…

Jim Feist; NFL Preseason Pointers and Changes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist     The pro football preseason kicked off this past weekend in the Hall of Fame game as the Cardinals battled the Cowboys. Remember that each season is different, with players changing teams, new coaches and assistants coming aboard, and star college players joining the pros as highly touted rookies. August football offers fans their first peak at all the new additions.  It's a short week for Dallas, heading on the road again to Los Angeles to play the rebuilding Rams. The Cowboys didn’t care much about preseason last August, going 1-3 SU/ATS, including a Week 1 loss at…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Your NFLX Homework

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Here in my “Advanced Sports Betting” study course, I’ve always encouraged hard workers to do their homework. My role as The Dean of Sports Handicapping is to point you in the right direction. I assign the homework. You do the work. You learn from your work. You develop the skill sets it takes to pick winners and make money as a professional gambler. Sounds great on paper…but only if YOU are able to do the work!Here’s your first batch of homework for the 2017 NFL Preseason. It should go without saying that you should read my post at this website…

Kelso: Lesson #1 On How To Bury Your Sleeping Bookmaker For The Entire Season

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 2:02 PM

This Is Lesson #1 On How To Bury Your Sleeping Bookmaker For The Entire Season By Just Paying AttentionAlabama, Ohio State, Penn State, FSU Top My Opening Top 20...Badgers, Huskies The SleepersNFL Preseason Returns Wednesday Night - Panthers 3-Point TV Favorites Over Texans Bears Castoff QB Cutler Signs One-Year $10,000,000 Contract With Miami DolphinsBy Kelso SturgeonThe college football season begins in less than three weeks and the work to be ready for it continues at a feverish pace. Analyzing and rating the 150 teams on which we will be betting this season is seemingly impossible but it must be done and…

Jim Sez: NFL Preseason: Fish Sign Cutler - Texans-Panthers Wed.

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 1:47 PM

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - THE CUTLER SIGNING WITH THE FISH IS WEEKEND'S BIGGEST STORY BUT WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AHEAD TO TEXANS-PANTHERS (ON WEDNESDAY) AND MORE! ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE REPORTReunited ... and it feels so good?Hmm, the weekend past was chock full of fun National Football League stories but none was bigger than the news that former Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was signing with the Miami Dolphins - and that means a reunion between quarterback and one-time Bears' offensive coordinator Adam Gase.It also meant that the Las Vegas and off-shore betting houses put Miami's over/under…

Network Notebook: Dodgers/Diamondbacks Series Preview

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The National League playoff brackets aren’t exactly set in stone yet. But, it’s very clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be a #1 seed and a strong favorite to win the pennant. They could well be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round, given the likelihood of Arizona and Colorado meeting in the Wildcard play-in game.Tuesday night, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks begin a three-game series in the desert. This will definitely have a playoff feel to it. This has become a nice rivalry (even when Arizona is sub-par) in recent seasons. You know the stadium will be buzzing…

Jim Sez: Sneak Peek at Preseason Week 1

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12:32 PM

NFL NOTEBOOK - A SNEAK PREVIEW ON WHAT TO WATCH IN PRESEASON WEEK 1 ACTION PLUS TWO OF BASEBALL'S MOST UNDERRATED STARTING PITCHERS THIS YEARFolks, if Thursday's Hall of Fame Game - see Dallas 20, Arizona 18 - was any indication, than we figure to see a whole lot more passing in the preseason than ever before ... and that makes total sense.Therefore, we can expect more scoring in these summertime games and - sooner or later - the Las Vegas totals prices will go up, up, up too.So, that means the Jim Hurley Network will be checking out which…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Finding PLAYMAKERS in NFLX Action

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM

You longtime readers know that I always emphasize PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when making my selections in all sports. It’s important that sports bettors know which athletes are most likely to determine which teams will win straight up and cover point spreads.When trying to find edges in the NFL Preseason slate, this is more difficult, but arguably more important! I can’t tell you how many times over my long career in this industry where I’ve made big money because I recognized one key BACKUP quarterback or running back who was likely to carry his team to a cover. That’s easier for…

Jim Sez: NFL Hall of Fame Game Recap

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:52 PM

NFL HALL OF FAME GAME RE-CAP: COWBOYS BEAT CARDINALS 20-18 BUT IT'S 'ZONA QB GABBERT THAT STEALS SHOWPLUS OUR COLLEGE CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS ROLL ON WITH A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USABASEBALL NEWS/NOTES TOOMake no mistake: There is no quarterback controversy in Arizona this year - 38-year-old Carson Palmer is gonna be the man - but last night's NFL Hall of Fame Game showed that journeyman QB Blaine Gabbert plans on making the most of this summer.The one-time high draft choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the numero uno story line in last night's 20-18 Dallas Cowboys' win against the Cardinals -…

Network Notebook: Nationals/Cubs Series Preview

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Even though the Chicago Cubs have been playing much better ball since the All-Star Break than they were during their long World Championship hangover, a major problem still looms. The Cubs struggle vs. good teams! They just lost two of three games at home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping them to 16-24 this season against opponents who are currently at .500 or better.The Washington Nationals come to town for a weekend series with a gaudy 63-43 record, a smidge better than Arizona. This potential playoff preview between the projected #2 and #3 seeds is an important test for the Cubbies.…

Network Notebook: NFL Preseason Starts Thursday!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM

It’s a shame that the teams themselves aren’t taking Thursday’s exhibition opener very seriously. Head coach Bruce Arians of the Cardinals has already announced he won’t play any of his starters. Dallas isn’t interested in risking any injuries to key players either. So, handicappers are forced to pick a winner based on which backups care more than the coaches do!The great thing about JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK is that we know we can pass a game if there’s no edge. We focus on finding you BIG, JUICY WINNERS!  We’ll be working with our on-site sources to get a read on player…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Bet Preseason Football

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Even though the 2017 NFL Preseason begins Thursday night, I can’t say that sharps are exactly coming out of the woodwork to bet the Hall of Fame game matching the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. Nevada sportsbooks have relatively low limits for the game anyway. And, it’s pretty clear that neither team is prioritizing getting a result. If they were, one of them would be favored by at least three!*Arizona has already made public that they won’t play any of their starters.*Dallas is often no-shows exhibition games under this coaching regimeA team that was focused on getting a result or…

Jim Sez: Trade Deadline Winners and HOF Game Preview

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:15 PM

THE MLB TRADE DEADLINE REAL WINNERS AND LOSERS ... PLUS THURSDAY'S NFL HALL OF FAME GAME PREVIEW AS COWBOYS, CARDINALS CLASH IN CANTONDo you think that the 74-and-31 Los Angeles Dodgers were the biggest winners at the Major-League Baseball Trade Deadline on Monday? Yu bet!The acquisition of RHP Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers was an absolute stroke of genius on many fronts by the Dodgers' brain trust - first and foremost it protects the National League West team by having a true ace in case these recent back problems by LHP Clayton Kershaw are worse than imagined and it…

NFL Preseason Betting Tips

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist     It may be HOT and many folks are still on vacation, but August kicks off the best time of the sports betting calendar: Football season! Competition on the field won't be as intense as September, of course, as wins aren't as important as evaluating young talent and trying to keep players healthy. However, there will be betting lines available on preseason pro action and it's possible to cash winning tickets. Here are some things to keep in mind when watching preseason football.Coaching Strategy:  An understanding of what coaches are trying to accomplish each week in August is…

Wayne Root: How to Find Upsets in the NFL Preseason

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The NFL Preseason is now just hours away, with the Hall of Fame game kicking off Thursday Night featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. THE KING OF UPSETS is always looking for value, and the August exhibition slate is no exception. Today, we’re going to discuss how to find smart underdog bets over the next five weeks.When it comes to Preseason football, I always emphasize patience. Too many bettors missed football so much that they get crazy when games are back on the schedule. They imagine advantages that aren’t there. They think they’ve found a few trends that turn…

Jim Sez: MLB Trade Deadline & Big Ten Football Snapshot

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:33 PM

THE BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE HAS ARRIVED - WHAT LAST-MINUTE MOVES ARE GONNA ROCK THE MLB WORLD TODAY? ...THE NFL REPORT - COWBOYS-CARDINALS ZOOM IN ON THURSDAY'S OPENER IN CANTON ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS ROLL ON WITH A LOOK AT THE BIG 10Glory be! It's finally July 31st and that means the Major-League Trade Deadline is upon us and we expect plenty of fireworks prior to the 4 p.m. Eastern time deadline ... and so should you!There's been plenty of chatter regarding the "glut" of available outfielders and so that likely means New York Mets OF Jay Bruce, Baltimore OF Chris…

Network Notebook: Indians/Red Sox Series Preview

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Just like the Chicago Cubs, their World Series counterpart who they’ve been mirroring all season, the Cleveland Indians have gotten red hot in the second half of the season. They are 9-1 their last 10 games…but haven’t created much distance at the top of the AL Central because the Kansas City Royals have been just as hot.In a three-game series beginning Monday Night, Cleveland will take on the staggering Boston Red Sox. Boston is just 2-6 its last eight games, and 5-10 over the last 15. Worse for the Sox, they found out a few days ago that starting pitcher…

Jim Sez Weekend Update and ACC Snapshot

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2:10 PM

HERE'S THE WEEKEND UPDATE - WE'VE GOT NFL, MLB AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL GOODIES IN OUR JAM-PACKED LATE JULY COLUMNThe countdown to the start of the NFL Preseason '17 season is officially on - as we've been reminding y'all for quite some time there's gridiron goodies come Thursday night in Canton when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game and then a full first week of preseason action follows August 10th thru-13th when there's some fun showdowns on the docket including Jacksonville at New England, Pittsburgh at the New York Giants and Dallas at…

Wayne Root: Can the Kansas City Royals be a Cinderella, Again?!

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM

We’ve seen it several times in recent seasons. Everybody (particularly the analytics guys) writes off the Kansas City Royals in terms of being championship material. Then, somehow, some way, the team rises to the occasion when it matters most to play its best baseball.The most obvious instances…2014: KC was a Wildcard who went 8-0 in the American League brackets before losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants 4-3. How does a Wildcard team go 12-3 in the postseason?!2015: KC went 11-5 in the playoffs and won a World Championship by dominating the NY Mets 4-1. That’s 23-8 over…

Network Notebook: Cubs/Brewers Series Preview

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Chicago Cubs fans have had this series circled for weeks. And, now, thanks to some extremes in recent form, it’s actually a three-game set that could virtually cement an NL Central title for last year’s World Champs.Recent Form:Cubs: 11-2 since the All-Star BreakBrewers: 2-9 their last 11 gamesChicago has the more talented roster, and a much better starting rotation. They’re finally starting to play like a playoff team rather than a bunch of guys enduring a long hangover. Milwaukee seems to realize they’re a pretender given that recent skid. NO WAY the Brew Crew can come back to win this…

Jim Sez Weekend Report

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 1:04 PM

THE MLB REPORT - CUBS-BREWERS, RAYS-YANKEES ARE WEEKEND'S BEST MATCHUPS ...PLUS THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: MORE "OVER/UNDER" WINS TOTALS AS WE CHECK OUT LSU, OHIO STATE AND WEST VIRGINIA ...AND NFL QUICK-HITTER NEWS TOO!Gonna head into the final weekend in July with lots of good stuff on the Major-League Baseball menu - how does a pair of intense intra-division matchups sound to you with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers banging heads at Miller Park with the National League Central Division teams fighting it out for first place ... and then don't sleep on the Tampa Bay Rays at New…

College Football Teams Report Monday With First Games Just 25 Days Away

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Alabama 7-2 To Win 5th National Championship In Last 8 Years…USC Which Lost To Crimson Tide 52-6 Last Season Second Choice At 4-1, Buckeyes In 3rd Spot At 9-2 College Football Teams Report Monday With First Games Just 25 Days Away Best Futures Bet On Board Is To Take 18-1 Washington To Win More Than 7.5 Games NFL Preseason Begins Thursday And You Can Get All The Winners Free By Kelso SturgeonThe nation's 130 NCAA Division I football football teams open their training camps Monday and it surprises no one the Alabama Crimson Tide are the 7-2 favorites to win their…

Richie Baccellieri: Lessons from Bizarre McGregor/Mayweather Betting

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The biggest sports betting news story this summer hasn’t involved Major League Baseball, or early betting for college and pro football. It hasn’t involved any of the big NBA trades, or even the drama surrounding New Jersey’s pending visit to the Supreme Court in hopes of getting sports betting legalized everywhere.The biggest story, FAR AND AWAY is the intense betting activity for the upcoming “fight” between famous sports bettor (and boxing legend) Floyd Mayweather and MMA combatant Conor McGregor.We don’t release betting selections for boxing or MMA here at this website. But, the lessons from what’s happening with the MONEY…

Network Notebook: Who Will Win the AL East?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Just as the Boston Red Sox looked like they were ready to pull away to fulfill their futures prices and win the American League East, they went on a four-game losing streak that has tightened the race back up heading into Wednesday action.Boston leads the NY Yankees by only ONE game. Tampa Bay is just 2.5 back. All three are around the 100-game mark in a 162-game season. There’s plenty of time for either of those three to get hot and coast to a playoff spot. Any of the three, or even two of the three could miss the playoffs…

Jim Sez NFL Camp Notes and College Over Unders

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:31 PM

NFL CAMP NEWS/NOTESPLUS BASEBALL'S THREE BIGGEST NAMES THAT WON'T BE TRADED AT THE JULY 31ST DEADLINE ...HERE'S SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALL OVER/UNDER WINS TOTALS FOR 2017Okay, so not all news coming out of the NFL Training Camps is good - just ask now-former Dallas Cowboys return specialist Lucky Whitehead who was handed his "release" after he was initially (and mistakenly) charged with misdemeanor petty larceny in his home state of Virginia.Never a dull moment with the Cowboys, even in late July!Now, let's get to a few more NFL camps set to open here on this Thursday/Friday:KANSAS CITY - at Missouri Western…

Jim Feist: A Toast to New NFL Coaches!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM

               by Jim Feist     Coaching in football, more than in any other sport, is essential to a team's success. The Harbaugh brothers were flying high on different coasts before Jim jumped to Michigan, one going to three straight NFC title games and the other winning the Super Bowl (over the other brother, no less).  Bill Belichick has had one losing season (his first, 2000) since taking over the Patriots, taking them to seven Super Bowls, winning five.     In the NBA, any team that has LeBron or Kevin Durant would be a title contender.  In baseball, a team…

Jim Sez NFL Notes and AAC College Forecast

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:42 AM

NFL CAMPS OPENIN' UPALL OVER THE PLACE PLUS WE'VE GOT THE FIRST OF OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE FORECASTS WITH THE AMERICAN IN OUR SIGHTSIf it's late July, it means NFL training camps are opening up for action and today we will touch on a few teams that are setting up shop Wednesday/Thursday:BUFFALO - at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NYThere's a whole new feel to this year's Bills camp with new head coach Sean McDermott refusing to term this a "rebuilding year" even though this AFC East squad is coming off a 7-9 SU (straight-up) and 6-10 ATS (against…

Network Notebook: Red Sox/Mariners Series Preview

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:18 PM

STUMBLING SEATTLE HOSTS BOSTON IN HUGE SERIES FOR BOTH TEAMSThe Seattle Mariners had a real chance to make a statement this past weekend when hosting the New York Yankees. They did! That statement was "we're probably not good enough to make the playoffs." Seattle lost three of four at home to fall back below the .500 mark in a very crowded race for just two Wildcard spots.Boston dropped two of three themselves. But, that was on the road in Anaheim against the Angels who were playing with their backs against the wall. Boston still leads the AL East, and is…

The Hidden Secrets Of Beating The NFL Preseason

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Vegas Bookmaker Makes Cowboys And Patriots 7-1 Choice To Meet In Super Bowl...Jets-49ers Matchup 5000-1 NFL Training Camps Open With 1st Preseason Game August 3rd With Cowboys-Cardinals Kicking It Off - Get The Entire Preseason Free The Hidden Secrets Of Beating The NFL Preseason First - Just Throw All The Numbers Out The Window By Kelso SturgeonThere is no mercy; every single day for the first three weeks of National Football League training camps is a trip to Hell. Veteran or rookie, each of the 90-plus players vying for a spot on any of the 32 teams will be pushed to…

Wayne Root: Don’t Over-rate “Motivation” in MLB Handicapping

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM

While you definitely want to back motivated teams in Major League Baseball, particularly when they’re priced as underdogs, you can’t fall into the trap of assuming that EVERY team that’s technically in the playoff race is playing with meaningful intangibles.Mediocre teams are mediocre for a reason (usually a few reasons), and the fact that they “must win” to stay in a divisional or Wildcard hunt isn’t going to make them any better. That “us against the world” mentality has to combine with real skill sets or it’s not going to go anywhere. Many current “contenders” don’t have enough skill!*Too many…

Jim Sez: Dodgers Without Kershaw - Heisman Trophy Odds

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:10 AM

THE BASEBALL START-OF-THE-WEEK REPORT: IS THERE ANY LETTING UP FOR THE LA DODGERS (WHO MAY BE WITHOUT STAR LEFTY CLAYTON KERSHAW TILL FURTHER NOTICE?) OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE FORECASTS ARE STRAIGHT AHEAD THIS WEEK BUT NOW WE'RE TALKING HEISMAN TROPHY ODDSIt's a brand-new week ... but we're asking the same old story: Is there anyone out there in Major-League Baseball land that can derail the sizzling-hot Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31)?Heck, it seemed as if it was a "successful" weekend past for the visiting Atlanta Braves who managed to split the series with the Dodgers - note the Bravos were +…

Wayne Root: Are the Seattle Mariners Ready to be a Money Team?

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM

You longtime readers know I pay very close attention to all the New York based sports teams. Even though I moved to Las Vegas many years ago, I’m still a New Yorker at heart. I was born a true “S.O.B.” (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY.This weekend, I’ll be closely watching the team that’s playing the New York Yankees. That’s the Seattle Mariners, who climbed back into the Wildcard race after the All-Star Break by sweeping a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, then taking two of three from the powerful Houston Astros. (And, all six of…

Football Is Just Around The Corner

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 2:59 PM

EXTRA, EXTRA - WE'RE GEARING UP FOR THE FOOTBALL SEASON - NFL AND NCAA QUICK-HITTER DITTIES BELOW ... PLUS OUR BASEBALL WEEKEND NEWS/NOTES TOOCan you really believe it?The National Football League kicks off its 2017 Preseason sked in two weeks (that's Thursday, August 3rd) when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game ... and we're trusting the league that the field in Canton will be in a playable condition, right?One week later it's a case of "everyone into the pool" as all 32 NFL teams will play a Preseason Week 1 game between…

More Summer Camp NFL Notes and Weekend Baseball

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 2:48 PM

 HIP-HIP-HOORAY, THERE'S MORE NFL CAMP NEWS/NOTES...PLUS WHAT'S UP THIS BASEBALL WEEKEND?The National Football League summer camps are in full bloom—there will be pads popping in all 32 team sites by this time next week with rookies reporting to a host of different teams these past couple of days.So, let's pick up where we left off in yesterday's column and bring you another handful NFL team notes as training camps swing into action:BALTIMORE - at Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, MDThe Ravens ranked a horrid 28th in the league in rushing last year while averaging just 91.4 yards per…

Network Notebook: Nationals/Diamondbacks Series Preview

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Though it’s not likely to be a playoff preview the way the National League brackets will probably align, we will definitely see some playoff caliber baseball this weekend when two of the best teams in baseball square off in the Washington/Arizona showdown.Washington was already on the short list of potential World Series teams before upgrading their bullpen with a recent trade. Arizona will likely have to settle for a Wildcard play-in game behind the unbelievable Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s a shame, because the D-Backs might end the season with a better record than the other two divisional champions. And, they…

Jim Sez: NFL Camps Opening All Around

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:55 AM

THE NFL SUMMER CAMPS OPENING ALL AROUND - AND WE GET YOU SOME QUICK-HITTER SNIPPETS ...OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK HAS SOME FUN FACTS FROM WEDNESDAY'S GAMESNo lie. Here we are on the 20th of July and NFL rookies are reporting to camp in five different locations and by this time next week most (and almost all) NFL teams will have their veterans in camp too. Right, you're ready for some football! Let's zip 'round the league a bit and check out some of the training sites and stories that will be key to a batch of NFL teams:ATLANTA - at Flowery…

Network Notebook: Handicapping after MLB Trades

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Headlines the past few days have already been full of news about important trades in Major League Baseball (and, unfortunately, injuries!). Properly handicapping how all the “new faces in new places” will perform is vital if you want to keep making money as a baseball bettor.JIM HURLEY’S first key piece of advice is not to overrate the impact of a smart acquisition. Even if a team is going to improve because they’ve filled a need…baseball is the kind of sport that “filling a need” is only worth a few games over 10 weeks.*If the new key player is a hitter,…

Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Betting Baseball Hard

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

If you’ve been following the daily moneylines, you’ve probably noticed some HUGE line moves in recent days from the openers to the closers. Sharp action has been very aggressive since the All-Star Break. And, while they’re not winning them all (so many games come down to late coin-flips), the sharps are generally getting the best of it.What’s going on?First of all, the Wise Guys are keyed into a handful of teams that they want to either back or fade. Many are in love with the Toronto Blue Jays because of some analytics indicators. You saw the Blue Jays get hit…

Jim Sez: Midweek Baseball Update and August College Football

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

IT'S THE MID-WEEK BASEBALL UPDATE: HOW THE NEXT 10 DAYS WILL DETERMINE WHAT GIVES TRADE-WISE FOR THE ROYALS, M'S, METS AND CARDINALS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: CHECKING OUT THE LATE AUGUST SKEDTurn on any Baseball talk show this week and everyone's talking the upcoming Trade Deadline:Who's buying, who's selling ... and why.Well, as we all discovered last week when the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox pulled off a major blockbuster deal that brought LHP Jose Quintana to the "North Side", not everybody was in the loop with that one.Heck, we heard rumors that Quintana was headed to Houston or to…

Jim Feist: College Football Teams with Something to Prove

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist     Frustration and failure can prove excellent motivating factors in sports. We see quality teams get beaten badly all the time, then bounce back the next game with a terrific performance with an easy win. This can also take place with teams that are off disappointing seasons. Clemson didn't have a disappointing season two years ago, but did lose the national title game. That had to be on the minds of the Clemson players last season as they got back to the title game, this time topping Alabama in a thriller on the final play.  Ohio State had…

Wayne Root: How Do You Price the Los Angeles Dodgers?!

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM

I’ve talked a lot about the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. They keep doing amazing things! And, right now, the betting markets in Las Vegas and around the world have no idea how to price this team on a day-to-day basis. Prices that seemed expensive in the past may now be bargains whenever the Dodgers take the field.I know that sounds a bit over-the-top. Las Vegas is a virtual suburb of Los Angeles (a four-hour drive) in terms of media and fan support. Maybe I’m just overreacting to all the local buzz about this team at sportsbooks.I don’t think so.…

Network Notebook: Yankees/Twins Series Preview

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Even though it seems that most AL teams are still in the playoff discussion because so many are floating near the .500 mark, there’s actually only ONE league series beginning Monday that matches realistic contenders who BOTH really NEED to win.That’s the NY Yankees at Minnesota, a three-game set featuring teams very much in the thick of the Wildcard race. Both still have a chance to chase down their respective division leaders for first place. Yet, the margin of error is so tight this season that both teams could ultimately miss the playoffs.Minnesota will enjoy home field advantage (though they’ve…

The MLB Trade Deadline Approaches

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:22 PM

OUR WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: TRADE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING FAST AND WE SUGGEST WHO IS BUYING, WHO IS SELLINGTHE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES TODAY GETS YOU THE BROWNS AND STEELERS There's no crying in Baseball ... and, of course, there's no sleeping at the wheel either when it comes to playing "let's make a deal" whether you're the buyer or the seller.Just ask the Chicago Cubs who shipped off a batch of prospects for now-former Chicago White Sox LHP Jose Quintana and are full speed ahead for a second straight World Series championship. Gonna happen now?Now, without further ado, let's get you…

Top Baseball Series This Weekend Plus More NFL

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM

BASEBALL'S BACK!!! HERE'S THE TOP WEEKEND SERIESPLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES AS WE BRING YOU THE JETS, RAMS AND FALCONSLadies and gents, the four-day All-Star Game break is in the rear-view mirror ... and now it's time to rev up the engines for the back half of this 2017 Major-League Baseball regular season and we'll begin in a moment with a look at a couple of top series this hot-hot-hot July weekend.MLB REPORTHere's some key MLB series to check out this summertime weekend:NEW YORK YANKEES (45-41) at BOSTON (50-39) - Fri, Sat & Sun DHThe Bosox opened up a 3.5-game…

Wayne Root: What’s Ahead for the Yankees and Mets?

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

You long time readers know that I’m still very much in touch with what’s happening in the New York sports scene even though I’ve lived in Las Vegas for many years. I was born a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY. I still have great sources with New York teams in all the betting sports.The All-Star Break provides a great opportunity to take stock of what’s happened in the first half of a baseball season, and to map out expectations for what’s ahead. I’ve just done that in my own handicapping process for the Yankees and…

Network Notebook: Yankees/Red Sox Series Preview

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Finally, the New York Yankees have posted their probable pitchers for this weekend’s four-game set with the Boston Red Sox. So…finally…we can preview the series for you!Luis Severino had tentatively been penciled in for Friday’s opener at the time first odds were posted. But, he’s been pushed back a day. Jordan Montgomery goes Friday night. Don’t forget that there’s a double-header Sunday. Your “rotation” schedules may not have accounted for the make-up of a previously postponed game.Let’s get to it! Huge series with the top two teams in the AL East squaring off…and it also has Wildcard ramifications because the…

Jim Sez: MLB Teams To Watch in the Second Half

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:26 PM

THE MLB REPORT: WHAT TEAMS TO WATCH IN THE SEASON'S SECOND HALFMORE NFL TEAM UPDATES: WE CHECK OUT THE 'SKINS, CHIEFS AND RAIDERSOkay, so everyone's taken a deep breath and, come Friday, Major-League Baseball will be back on course for the "second half" of this here-and-now 2017 campaign.But you want to know what teams will rise and which ones will fade from playoff contention and here's some quick-hitter thoughts as we delve into a division-by-division look:NATIONAL LEAGUEEast - The Washington Nationals (52-36, .591) would love to be the top-seeded team in this year's NL playoffs but getting their hands on…

Richie Baccellieri: Studying Profit/Loss Breakdowns at the All-Star Break

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Throughout the All-Star Break, you’ve probably come across various “report cards” that have told you what you already knew about the best and worst betting teams so far in the 2017 Major League Baseball season. You know the Astros and Dodgers are on fire, and making a fortune (so far) for backers. You know the Chicago Cubs have been a disaster because the market thought they would still be about a 95-win team instead of one struggling to reach the .500 mark. You know the Giants have been a laughingstock.Today, I wanted to focus on some lesser reported money performances.Sharps…

Jim Sez All Star Game Recap and NFL Notes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:04 PM

THE ALL-STAR GAME RECAP: A.L. SNAGS 2-1 WIN IN THE 10TH AS CANO HOMERS (AND STANTON IS SILENCED)PLUS OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS: IT'S THE COLTS, BUCS AND EAGLES ALL ON OUR MID-WEEK RADARIt was a good/catchy line by Fox's play-by-play voice Joe Buck at the end of last night's 2-1 extra-inning win by the American League over the National League in the 88th All-Star Game:Buck said "the song remains the same" as he touched on the AL's dominance the past two decades - the so-called junior circuit is now 17-3-1 in the past 21 Midsummer Classics - but while folks…

Network Notebook: NL Evaluation at the All-Star Break

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Two days ago, we used one of our pet stats, “Wins Minus Home Games Played” to get a read on the American League. As promised, we’re back today to do the same thing for the National League. You regular readers know that we like to burst false media storylines whenever teams have been greatly helped by, or greatly hurt by the home/road dynamics of their schedules.There’s not too much drama in the regard in the senior circuit. But, a few surprises are coming up that should help your handicapping in the second half of the 2017 season. NL EAST (Wins Minus…

Wayne Root: Hunting for Live Dogs when MLB Resumes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM

I had planned to write up an article for you during the All-Star Break outlining strategies for finding live underdogs once the regular season resumes Friday. But, I realized as I was putting it together, that the market is creating many great dog opportunities every day. They’re going to be EASY to find!*The worst teams, like San Diego and San Francisco, aren’t as bad as the market has been pricing them. The Padres just took two games in Cleveland even though they were priced like a minor league team.*The large hunk of “mediocrities” across both leagues still offer value as…

Jim Feist: New Coaches Hope to Upgrade College Programs

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist        Football head coaches get all the glory, but top assistants can be extremely important in a team's success or failure. Offensive and defensive coordinators have great influence on game plans and a unit's effectiveness. Gus Malzahn was the offensive coordinator when Auburn won the national title and nearly pulled it off in 2013 as head coach of the Tigers. Notre Dame overachieved and made a bowl in five straight seasons under Coach Brian Kelly until last season, making the title game in 2013, while Urban Meyer has Ohio State riding high.   Assistants are often…

Jim Sez All Star Game and Midseason Awards

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:53 AM

BASEBALL'S ALL-STAR GAME TAKES THE CENTER STAGE IN THE SPORTS WORLD AND WE PAUSE TO HAND OUT AWARD WINNERS ...PLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES: IT'S THE BRONCOS AND THE BEARS'Ya better believe that the stars are going to come out at night - that's Tuesday night in Miami - for Major-League Baseball's annual All-Star Game and may we remind one-and-all that there is no home-field advantage attached to whomever wins this year's games ...And thank goodness for that!Still, there's plenty of pride at stake - and remember the National League sports the oh-so-small 43-42 advantage over the American League with…

Network Notebook: AL Evaluation at the All-Star Break

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00 AM

You longtime readers know we like playing with a stat we invented many years ago for Major League Baseball standings evaluation. It’s simply “Wins Minus Home Games Played.” At a glance, you can see who’s been producing (or not) against either home-heavy or road-heavy schedules. The All-Star Break is the perfect time to check in on the numbers because THIS is the time YOU should use to prepare for the second half of the season.Today, we’re going to focus on the American League. We’ll come back midweek to run the numbers for the National League. Then, our showcase series previews…

Jim Sez A.L. Mid Term Report Card

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM

IT'S THE AMERICAN LEAGUE MID-TERM REPORT CARD GRADESOkay, so we published our National League Mid-Term Report Card Grades in the most recent edition of Jim Sez, so now's time to check on the American League … and you might be surprised by some of the grades we hand out here:AL MID-TERM GRADESGrade: A+HOUSTON (59-28) - Here's the one-and-only "A+" grade in the American League (remember we handed out A+ marks in the NL for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers) as the Astros have enjoyed a magical first three-plus months with a + 149 runs differential and a bevy…

Wayne Root: Nice Stretch for Big Baseball Dogs

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

You know THE KING OF UPSETS really likes to see big underdogs coming through with straight up victories, whether we’re talking football, basketball, or Major League Baseball. There have been a lot of those in this final week leading up to the All-Star Break. My ROOT TRUST has cashed several dogs of late as well…with a PINNACLE on Kansas City over Seattle Wednesday night, and a nice +145 hit on Toronto as a home dog over Houston Thursday.Why are so many big dogs hitting lately? Like San Diego (+) over Cleveland twice…Toronto over the Yankees, San Francisco over Detroit, the…

Jim Sez N.L. Mid Term Report Card

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:56 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT: IT'S TIME FOR OUR NATIONAL LEAGUE MID-TERM REPORT CARD GRADES ...PLUS MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM LOOKS - WE CHECK OUT THE PACKERS AND THE G-MENThe Baseball All-Star Game break is now - finally - right 'round the corner and that means it's high time we get you the Jim Sez National League Mid-Term Report Card Grades with the junior circuit getting our attention in tomorrow's column space ... okay?Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days and all you need to do is check in either…

Network Notebook: Brewers/Yankees Series Preview

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The final weekend before the All-Star Break includes an intriguing Interleague series matching the surprising Milwaukee Brewers (currently atop the NL Central) and the recently disappointing New York Yankees (6-16 their last 22 games). The Yanks are still very much in the Wildcard hunt in the American League, and have plenty of time to get back in gear in their divisional battle with Boston.This could be a battle of playoff teams…but it could also be a battle of teams who will eventually miss the playoffs!With none of the current MLB superpowers playing each other this weekend, this seems like the…

Jim Sez NFL Midweek Report

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:22 AM

THE NFL MID-WEEK REPORT:IS IT TOO SOON TO TALK SUPER BOWL LII ODDS TO WIN IT ALL -- OF COURSE NOT! ...PLUS OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES GETS YOU A LOOK AT THE 49ERS, TEXANS & RAVENS ...OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: WE RECOMMEND WHO SHOULD BE PARTICIPATING IN NEXT WEEK'S HOME RUN DERBYFolks, we're coming up on the Baseball All-Star break in a few days and no doubt more than a few of your sports minds will be wandering with thoughts of pigskins dancin' thru your heads.Well, let's beat the rush and get in some football talk here in early July -…

Richie Baccellieri: Don’t Make Dumb Bets on Big MLB Favorites

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM

We’re starting to see some really big moneylines in Major League Baseball. And, that’s only going to continue as the elite teams make a run at playoff positioning while bad teams throw in the towel with no chance.There was a very big line on the night of July Fourth when Cleveland was laying more than -300 to San Diego. Squares were dying to find ways to bet the “sure thing” Indians with ace Corey Kluber against what’s supposed to be a virtual minor league team in the Padres.*They laid -1.5 runs to make the price seem cheaper*They put the game…

Jim Sez Baseball Report

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 11:01 AM

THE BASEBALL REPORT: IT'S A POST 4TH-OF-JULY LOOK AT WHAT MIGHT JUST COST SOME TEAMS A PLAYOFF BERTH THIS YEAR...PLUS MORE MLB NEWS & NOTES INCLUDING MORE MURPHY MAGIC IN D.C.Hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday - we know that the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals did while piling up double-digit run totals in their games on Tuesday but what catches our attention while coming out of the Independence Day tilts is that some Major-League Baseball teams might not get to the proverbial "promised land" (that's the post-season, folks) because of shabby marks…

Network Notebook: Diamondbacks/Dodgers Series Preview

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have been running roughshod over the National League the past several weeks. We used to say that about the Colorado Rockies too, until the Rockies ran into these two! Clearly the two best teams “right now” in the Senior Circuit will square off in Chavez Ravine Tuesday night through Thursday night for a three-game set.Sorry Washington Nationals fans…you haven’t been playing as well as the D-backs of late. And, NOBODY’S been playing as well as the Dodgers!This series was already going to be a big attraction. But, the Dodgers’ creative use of…

Jim Feist: Second Half Baseball Surges?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim FeistThe first half of the 2017 baseball season is in the books. There were surprising winners, such as the Astros, Yankees and Nationals, a lack of hitting league-wide again, and several teams decent at home and lousy on the road (Mariners, Rays, Cubs, Giants, A's, Royals).  With the surprises out of the way, here's a look at some teams that might be active at the trading deadline and primed to make a second half surge.Astros: Wow! A bold pick to win the 2017 World Series a few years ago by Sports Illustrated, Houston has been way ahead of…

Wayne Root: How to be a Champion

Monday, July 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The NBA has been in the headlines a lot in recent days. Even though you can’t bet any games right now, I believe there’s a lesson to be learned by the mistakes so many teams are making. You can apply what you learn from today’s discussion to your sports betting year-round.It always amazes me how a handful of sports franchises SHOW everyone how to win championships…but then all of their competitors try to chase them using the WRONG strategy. In terms of the NBA, that means:*Golden State has created a modern offense that’s very difficult to guard, and a hustling…

Network Notebook: Red Sox/Rangers Series Preview

Monday, July 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The American League playoff chase is going to be very interesting. Sure, Houston is almost a lock already to make the brackets because of their huge lead. But, after that we have all sorts of possibilities. Boston’s recent form…and quality roster…have now put them in the driver’s seat to win the AL East. But, there’s not much margin for error because SO MANY teams are within a few games of playoff qualification.Texas is one of those teams. And, they’d love to make a statement in front of their home fans against a big-name opponent during a holiday series. Actually, it…

Wayne Root: What Makes a PINNACLE Play in Baseball?

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM

I just closed out the month of June with an 8-2 record on PINNACLE baseball releases. This seemed like a good time to review the key factors that go into my most elite selections.You’ll often hear the phrase “squares bet on teams, but sharps bet on prices.” I have to tell you that the best bets on the board are a MIX of those two! You definitely want to bet the right teams at the right prices when it comes to investing really big money. I’m not going to ask my clients to make a big investment on a game…

Network Notebook: Yankees/Astros Series Preview

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, this was shaping up as a dream series. Possibly an ALCS preview with the two best teams in the league. Then the Yankees fell apart on a West Coast swing…and then stayed in a slump until getting some things going offensively against the lowly Chicago White Sox earlier this week.No way you can compete with the Houston Astros juggernaut playing like that!But, we know the Yanks are capable of much better than that recent slide. And, for some reason, the Astros have been more vulnerable at home than on the road this season. Maybe the…

Richie Baccellieri: How Oddsmakers are Handling the Home Run Binge

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM

If you’ve been following Major League Baseball this season, you know that we’re on a record pace for home run totals. That’s been a hot topic here in Las Vegas for several weeks now. Oddsmakers have tried to adjust their lines…but still may be missing out in a few key areas.I’d say that the market has finally pushed OVER/UNDERS up to where they belong. It took several weeks for that to happen, particularly in the National League. The Over/Under split is relatively balanced in recent days (with an Under weekend just behind us). If you’re thinking of betting Overs to…

Network Notebook: MLB Market Overpricing Favorites

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM

We’ve been on a very nice run of late, with an 11-4 record on plays boosted by some nice underdog payoffs. This season in particular, the betting markets have consistently overpriced most of the preseason favorites…and continue to do so even though we’re coming up on the halfway point of the season.The Chicago Cubs are still mis-pricedThe Washington Nationals aren’t a sure thing to win on commandThe Boston Red Sox were WAY overpriced initially, and still are to a degreeThe Cleveland Indians have been money burners except for a recent short stretchAll of those teams were supposed to play like…

Wayne Root: Yankees Falling Apart

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM

After the games of Monday June 12, the New York Yankees sat atop the AL East standings with a record of 38-23. They had just taken two of three from the hated Boston Red Sox, with their two wins coming by a combined score of 17-1. Then, they swept the Baltimore Orioles by scores of 8-2, 16-3, and 14-3. That was a five-game winning streak where they won scoreboard 55-9!When you’re crushing people like that…and 15 games over .500…it would seem that the sky was the limit. And, with a bunch of games against what was thought to be the…

Baseball: First Half Roundup

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist     162 games is a long season. Every year teams sprint out of the gate in April and May with October dreams, only to come back to the pack by July. It's not a sprint, of course, but a marathon, where a strong balance of pitching, defense and offense carries the best teams into the postseason. Injuries, too, are key, as well as trades made before the July deadline. Teams have figured out their strengths and weaknesses now and are beginning to look for pieces to add before the deadline, while others are figuring out whom to dump.…

Wayne Root: Dodgers, Angels Both Worth Watching

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels begin their annual four-game Interleague series Monday at Chavez Ravine. The first two games will be played there in Dodgers country. The final two Wednesday and Thursday will be played in Anaheim.Everyone’s been talking about the Dodgers lately. Justifiably! For the past few weeks they’ve ruled the baseball world. They’re just crushing everybody night after night, with both great offense and great defense. The media used to talk about how the Dodgers were winning every time Kershaw took the mound. Now, it’s basically every time ANYBODY takes the mound. The team is…

Jim Sez Baseball Notebook Plus NBA

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:48 AM

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: "FREEWAY SERIES" WILL BE LOTS OF FUN IN LA-LA LAND ALL WEEK LONG (AND WE'LL HAVE PLENTY OF WINNERS!)PLUS NBA FREE AGENCY CHATTER: PAUL, HAYWARD & LOWRY ALL LIKELY TO BE ON THE MOVE COME EARLY JULYThis doesn't exactly qualify as a news flash but the two Los Angeles-area Major-League Baseball teams have won a grand total of one World Series championship in the past 29 years (see then-Anaheim Angels, 2002) - but better believe it'll be a whole lot of fun all this week when the surging-hot LA Dodgers (51-26, won 10 in a row) battle…

Network Notebook: Cubs/Nationals Series Preview

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM

While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been grabbing all the headlines in recent weeks, the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are still intent on winning their own respective National League divisions and doing whatever it takes to reach the World Series from the National League.The Cubs were there last year, and are long overdue this summer to “remember” what it takes to play championship caliber baseball. Washington is long overdue to play to its talent level in the postseason! Both are still market favorites with the Dodgers to win the NL. The guys behind “Futures” prices know that anything can…

Network Notebook: Orioles Tie Dubious Record

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Friday night the Baltimore Orioles got waxed by the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 15-5. You’ve probably heard by now that this was the twentieth straight time that the Orioles had allowed at least five runs in a game. That ties a Major League record that goes back decades.In handicapping terms, that streak of woeful pitching up and down the rotation and bullpen has yielded:*A 6-14 straight up record for the Orioles*A 13-6-1 record to the OVER on totals betsSo, betting on Baltimore’s opponents and the Over is 27-12-1 during that 20-game stretch. A fairly simple strategy that…

Wayne Root: Preparing for College Football

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Las Vegas sportsbooks have realized that football fans will bet at any time of the year…even during the brutal heat of summer! And, let me tell you, we’re experiencing one of the hottest June’s on record already here in the sports betting capital of the world. At least it prepared us for July and August!A few sportsbooks have already posted many “Game of the Year” college football matchups for live betting. Depending on the store, you can bet as many as 100 games right now (at lower limits than you’ll see during the regular season). You don’t have to wait…

Network Notebook: Rockies/Dodgers Series Preview

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM

This was a series baseball fans had circled awhile ago. The Colorado Rockies have been playing excellent baseball all season, seemingly establishing their bona fides as a playoff caliber team. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been co-favorites to win the National League along with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, despite only starting the season 22-18.Well, the Dodgers are 26-8 since that slow start (including 13 of their last 14), and look to be playing on a whole different level than the rest of the senior circuit. Colorado is still in the driver’s seat to at least reach the playoffs…

Jim Sez NBA Draft Likes and Dislikes

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:54 AM

THE NBA DRAFT: WHAT WE LIKED, WHAT WE DON'T LIKE ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S ACTIVITIES ...THE MLB REPORT: ROCKIES-DODGERS IS WEEKEND'S NUMERO UNO SERIESLet all those other sports web sites and newspaper columnists declare who are the "winners" and "losers" when it comes to this NBA Draft ... how can anyone really know for sure until we're at least a couple of years beyond draft night, right?However, we will go on record in today's jam-packed Jim Sez column to state what we "liked" and "did not like" when it came to all the draft-related festivities at Barclays Center in Brooklyn ...…

Richie Baccellieri: MLB Markets Still Slow to React

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM

I wanted to pop in to talk some baseball before the month of June got away from us. Thanks so much to all of you who read the NBA Playoff reports. To me, the biggest story right now in the baseball markets involves how slow oddsmakers and sharps have been to recognize new levels of performance.I’m currently on a 12-6 run in baseball. The team I’ve won most often with in that stretch is the Colorado Rockies. This is a very good team that has significantly improved its pitching staff. The market keeps pricing them like a .500 caliber team…

Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS HERE!!Welcome to the modern-day world of the NBA where the "one-and-done" players continue to flood their way into the league ... in fact, most of the top 10 projected picks here were one-year collegians but will any/many of them be big hits right from the start?Now, our Jim Sez NBA Mock Draft lets you know who's going where and we've sprinkled in a couple of potential deals to further liven up the evening in Brooklyn:Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out loads of Side & Totals MLB winners all…

Wayne Root: Will 2017 World Series Champ Come From the NL West?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM

There’s been more than the usual buzz in Las Vegas about baseball this summer. The regulars are still betting the sport like always. But, we have a lot of excitement right now regarding three relatively “local’ teams.*The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing great, and winning in exciting fashion. Bettors really love POWER teams, and the Dodgers are able to overpower many opponents in their current form. I’ve always reminded you that Las Vegas is basically a suburb of Los Angeles for sports betting purposes. That’s really coming into play with the Dodgers playing so well.*The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to…

NBA Draft Notes and Baseball Midweek Update

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10:55 AM

OUR NBA MOCK DRAFT IS COMIN' YOUR WAY IN TOMORROW'S JIM SEZ!!! ...THERE'S LAST-MINUTE NBA DRAFT DAY CHAT, TRADE RUMORS AND MORE ...PLUS MLB MIDWEEK NEWS & NOTESOkay, so is this a case of "where there's smoke, there's fire" ... or not?The trade rumors are making their way 'round the NBA here in the lead-up to Thursday's NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - there was a semi-blockbuster deal on Tuesday where the Los Angeles Lakers traded G D'Angelo Russell and F/C Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for C Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in Thursday's draft --…

Baseball Injuries, Soft Lines and Biting Dogs!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Baseball has a long regular season, almost twice as many games as pro basketball, and ten times more games than the NFL regular season. Baseball athletes have to play just about every day and sometimes even have to play twice in a day during double-headers. This is why it's essential to keep up on injuries. In football, if a starting quarterback or star running back is injured and expected to miss a game, that injury will be reflected in the betting line.   NFL QBs Tom Manning and Drew Brees might be a 10-point home favorite over a below-average team, but…

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