The road to Super Bowl continues this weekend as Wild Card Weekend gets under way. This gives us a chance to look at the last three remaining games after already taking a deeper look at the Kansas City Chiefs/Houston Texans matchup.
The second of the contests on Saturday gets underway at 8:15pm ET on Saturday Night as the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Cincinnati to face off against the Bengals in an AFC North battle. The Steelers despite needing a New York Jets loss to land the final wild card spot opened up as a 2.5 point favorite.
On Sunday the action gets underway at 1:05 PM Et as the red hot Seattle Seahawks travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Much like the Steelers, the Seahawks enter this game as the favorite despite having to go on the road to open up the playoffs. The second NFC wild card matchup the Green Bay Packers will travel to the Nations Capital to take on the Washington Redskins. After opening up as a pickem the Packers have slowly seen themselves become the favorite in this matchup with some sites having them as a 1.5 point favorite. Read More…
The countdown to the NCAA Football Championship game continues as Monday approaches. This years CFP Championship game will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona as the second ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the number one ranked team the Clemson Tigers.
After failing to reach the championship game last year in the inaugural playoff, the Crimson Tide have returned for another shot to add another championship to the record book. That being said they will have an extremely difficult task standing in their was as the Tigers are 14-0 this season and is coming off an impressive win in the 37-17 win over Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl Semifinal Matchup.
For the Tide, the big test will come from their defense as they will look to slow down the Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson enters this game with 3,699 passing yards while connecting on 68 of his passes including 31 passing touchdowns. Along with his arm, Watson will also present a challenge for the Tide with his feet as he enters this game with 1,032 yards on the ground and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Last week, Watson continued the dual threat passing for 187 yards with one passing touchdown while adding 145 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground. Along with Watson, Wayne Gallman scorched the Sooners on the ground as well with 150 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Overall the Tigers combined to rush for 312 yards two roll to the easy win.
The 2015 NFL season is in the books as Wild Card Weekend approaches. Now for many this may be a down time of the year especially for the sports bettor who likes to take advantage of as many NFL Games as possible. For others though this is the time to spend extra time putting in the research to make four solid picks to walk away with some real money.
The action gets started on Saturday January 9th, 2015 at 4:20pm ET at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. That is where the 9-7 Texans will welcome the 11-5 Kansas City Chiefs to town. These two teams are very similar in regards to being built around their defense.
For the Texans they are led by All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt while the Chiefs have a few key players as well including Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. The big difference between these two teams comes on the offensive side of the ball and starts with the quarterback position.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs has been led by Alex Smith who started all 16 games on the year. Along with the same consistency behind center, Smith does one thing really well and that is to protect the ball while avoiding throwing a bunch of interceptions. Entering the playoffs, Smith completed 65 percent of his passes during the regular season for 3,486 yards, 20 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions.
The seven interceptions marks the fifth straight season that Smith avoided reaching double digits. This allows the Chiefs to find ways to put points on the board on nearly every possession. The same can’t be said about the Texans who have four different quarterbacks make starts this season. That list includes Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallet, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden.
Of that group, Hoyer has taking most of the play calling duties this season throwing for 2,606 yards to go with 19 touchdown passes. The positive side of the equation is that group combined threw for only 11 interception while Hoyer only threw seven of those interception. Read More…
The week is moving along as we get ready for another round of Major League Baseball games on Thursday. In all 20 teams will be in action on Thursday that features some of the games top starters including Matt Harvey for the New York Mets, Michael Wacha for the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Keuchel for the Houston Astros.
While we could turn our attention to a few games on Thursday we are going to focus our attention on the Cardinals matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. These two teams currently sit atop their respective divisions as the Cardinals are 33-18 atop the Central Division while the Dodgers are 30-21 atop the West Division.
This could be an early series of two teams that could possible meet during the postseason in October. Now we can take a look at this matchup a little closer on paper.
Starting pitchers: For us we would have loved to seen a Clayton Kershaw verse Michael Wacha matchup. Unfortunately, that won’t happen so we will settle for at least one of those two starters taking the mound. Wacha has been brilliant for the Cardinals this season, answering the teams question of who would replace Adam Wainwright as their ace. Read More…
The 2015 Major League Baseball season continues on Wednesday with a 16 game schedule getting underway at 1:35 pm ET. The first game to get underway is the first place Minnesota Twins taking on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. This is an interesting matchup that features the veteran Phil Hughes going up against the rookie Eduardo Rodriguez.
While that matchup has us intrigued the matchup we are set to watch is the New York Yankees taking on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Entering Wednesday’s contest the Yankees sit atop the American League East while the Mariners have struggled to play themselves into the top of the West despite being an early favorite to win the division.
Starting pitchers: The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound while the Mariners will counter him with Taijuan Walker. For Yankees fans this is an important game as Tanaka will make his first start since April 23rd. Prior to hitting the disabled list, Tanaka had pitched to a 3.22 earned run average with a 2-1 record in that stretch.
For the Mariners this is also an important contest as the organization had high hopes for Walker entering the season. Unfortuantly, Walker has struggled for most of the season pitching to a 6.18 earned run average with a 2-5 record. That being said the Mariners will be looking forward to seeing if he can build on his strong eight inning outing in his last start in which he allowed zero earned runs while striking out eight. Read More…
The Major League Baseball has all eyes on them on Friday as neither the NBA or NHL playoffs are in action. This means all eyes will be on each game taking place around the league from the double header in Baltimore starting at 1:05pm ET to the last game taking the field at 10:15pm ET as the Atlanta Braves take on the Giants out in San Francisco.
The contest we will have our eyes on is the Cleveland Indians taking on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. While we would have loved a Corey Kluber verse Felix Hernandez matchup we will settle for just one of them. Kluber will look to continue his success of late as he looks to improve his 2-5 record.
Now before you jump to the wrong conclusion Kluber has been brilliant of late and looks like the Cy Young he was last season. Over his last three outings, Kluber is 2-0 allowing just two earned runs over 25 innings. The Indians ace posted 30 strikeouts over a two game stretch including 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals back on May 13th.
As we look a little deeper into the matchup for Kluber we took a look back at which Mariners have faced him in his young career. Overall the Mariners are hitting just .200 off of him with 12 hits in 60 at bats with five doubles, one home run, three runs batted in and 16 strikeouts. Nelson Cruz has posted the best numbers off of him going four for 13 with two doubles and one home run. Other key names include Robinson Cano who has just two hits in seven at bats and Austin Jackson who has just four hits in 18 at bats. Read More…
The Los Angeles Clippers must be wondering what they have to do to win one of these close games. And their psyche has to be just a little bit damaged the way Tuesday’s Western Conference playoff game ended. But they have to come back and win a game on the home court of the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs if they are going to survive in the post-season. That is the task as they suit up at 9:35 PM ET, as pro basketball betting action commences at the AT&T Center. For those who don’t want to stop the wagering at the opening whistle, there are sides, totals and props while the game is progressing, through the facilities of Live Betting Extra at BetAnySports.
In Game 5, the Clippers blew a 14-point lead in the very first quarter. The teams were tied after three quarters, and then, in the waning moments, DeAnddre Jordan was called for offensive goaltending on a basket that would have given Clippers the lead, and the Spurs came away with a 111-107 victory to go up three games to two, and hit the Clippers with the elimination scenario.
Of course, Los Angeles has already won at San Antonio in this series, so it is not an insurmountable task. It’s just that now, they have to recover once again from something that was rather devastating.
San Antonio Spurs -5.5/Los Angeles Clippers +5.5
Over 205 points -110/Under 205 5 points -110
The Atlanta Hawks have to be considered a rather disappointing punch right now, as they are not performing the way a #1 seed with 60 victories is supposed to. The Hawks were heavy favorites to win their series against the Brooklyn Nets, but now they find themselves all even after four games, although it is something of a consolation that they are able to play Game 5 at home. Brooklyn would seem to have some momentum and confidence, as well as a career game from the point guard they’ve been waiting to come through for them. So we will see what happens when Pro basketball playoffs betting action begins at 7 PM ET at the Philips Arena.
What was perhaps a little surprising about this game is the fact that the Nets won despite the Hawks shooting 48% from the field. Atlanta had been only 39% accurate over the first three games. They did have some good things going for them in the game, including some notable balance, as all five of the starters scored between 16 and 20 points. That would seem to be the way Mike Budenholzer drew it up on the blackboard. Still, in the middle, Brook Lopez of the Nets has been more than a match for Al Horford, and the Hawks have not been able to exert real dominance in the middle, despite the fact that they won the rebounding battle 55-40 on Monday.
Atlanta Hawks -9/Brooklyn Nets +9
Over 200 points -110/Under 200 points -110
What can the Toronto Raptors do to improve their fortunes as they go on the road, down two games to nothing, against the Washington Wizards? Well, one of the things they can do is simply show up. It looked like after good starts in the first two contests, they kind of disappeared. And they were hardly the aggressors in Game 2, as Washington not only bullied them on the glass but also completely dominated them in the backcourt. Game 3 in basketball betting action begins at 8:05 PM ET at the Verizon Center, and after the game tips off, BetAnySports customers can partake in the exciting in-game action provided by Live Betting Extra.
The first game between these teams in this series was rather slow-paced, totaling 179 points, even though it went into overtime. Things picked up in Game 2, which makes it a little harder for people who are betting on the over/under. The Raptors scored 31 points in the first quarter to take a lead, but Washington roared back with 34 points in the second stanza, followed by 37 in the third, and built a 23-point lead at one juncture. And their star backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall, who threw up some bricks in the first game, were absolutely not to be denied on Tuesday night.
Washington Wizards -4.5/Toronto Raptors +4.5
Over 194 points -110/Under 194 points -110 Read More…
It would be hard to imagine the San Antonio Spurs being as dysfunctional on Wednesday night as they were in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. For a team that is so renowned for getting off to good starts in the playoffs, winning eleven consecutive openers, San Antonio looked like a squad that had to be told the post-season had begun. They shot just 37% from the field, and had no success at all attacking the hoop. They’re going have to change things around if they want to avoid an 0-2 deficit as Game 2 begins at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
BetAnySports customers will have a lot of wagering opportunities on this game, as they take advantage of Live Betting Extra, which presents a continual flow of options which is in constant motion as the game progresses.
Both of these teams had been red-hot as the regular-season wound down. In fact, they were the two hottest teams in the NBA. The Clippers won 14 of their last 15 games, with the Spurs going 11-1 in their last dozen. So it is not as if it is a big shocker that Los Angeles came out with some fire on Sunday. What might be something of a surprise is the fact that San Antonio did not seem to have such a wise game plan to take advantage of their edge in depth.
Los Angeles Clippers -1.5/San Antonio Spurs +1.5
Over 206.5 points -110/Under 206.5 points -110