Miami Dolphins 2015 Total Wins Prop

The Miami Dolphins entered the season with high expectations, with some experts picking them to dethrone the Patriots as AFC East champs. Four weeks into the season, and the Dolphins have canned their head coach and a legitimate argument can be made that they’re the worst team in the league.


Props: Winston Interceptions, OROY Odds

Jameis Winston has not exactly been lighting the world on fire since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie signal caller has completed just 54.9 percent of his passes while throwing seven interceptions through his first four professional games.

If Winston keeps throwing picks at the same rate he has early in his career then he is projected to tie the NFL rookie record of 28 interceptions. Luckily for Bucs supporters, the quarterback that currently holds that distinction is Peyton Manning, so maybe it will all work out.


DeMarco Murray, Antonio Brown Props

Looking to wager on something other than sides and totals in the Week 5 NFL slate? Online sportsbook Bovada has a full list of prop specials to sink your teeth into for the action on the gridiron this weekend.


Game 2 Odds - Blue Jays vs Rangers

Marcus Stroman Blue Jays

Game 1 in their American League Division Series vs the Rangers wasn’t the worst possible outcome for the Blue Jays, but it was close. Their hired gun David Price underperformed on the mound, while their two best hitters, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, left the game due to injuries. In a must win game, the Jays will send 24-year-old Marcus Stroman to hill. Stroman has been excellent since returning from a torn ACL on September 12, posting a 1.67 ERA and four wins in 27 innings pitched.

The Rangers will counter with their big trade deadline acquisition, Cole Hamels. Since coming over to the American League, Hamels has gone 7-1 in 12 starts for the Rangers. In 13 career playoff starts, Hamels has a 7-4 record with a 3.09 ERA. He’s been especially sharp in division series starts, allowing seven total runs in five starts while averaging 9.9 strikeouts over nine innings.

The current Rangers lineup doesn’t have a lot of experience vs Stroman, only combining for 21 total at bats. In those 21 at bats, Stroman has been dominant, only allowing two hits and no walks. The Blue Jays have fared much better vs Hamels. In 70 at bats they’ve combined for a .314 batting average.

Hamels is 0-4 in career vs Toronto in four starts, and he’s only been a larger underdog once in his career (+192), which came this summer in his last start as a member of the Phillies.

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Ventura has Been Streaking for Royals

The Kansas City Royals may have surprised some people when they decided to send Yordano Ventura to the mound in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros. The Royals acquired Johnny Cueto to fill the role of staff ace and Edinson Volquez has years of experience in the MLB, but the relatively new Ventura has been great as of late.

Ventura was demoted for only one day earlier this season in July, but was quickly recalled after Jason Vargas was placed on the DL, and has since been great. Since being put back into the rotation, Ventura is 9-1 with a 3.10 ERA across 13 starts.

The Royals looked shaky in September, posting their lone losing month of the season, but enter the postseason on a five-game winning streak.

The Astros were not expected to make the postseason this season, but after a dominating performance against the New York Yankees in the Wild Card game there is no doubt that they belong.

Houston has relied heavily on the long ball this season, finishing second in baseball with 230 home runs in the regular season. That trend did not end in the ALWC when the Astros scored two of their three runs on solo jacks.

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NC State Riding Red Hot SU & ATS Streak

NC State has been dwarfing opponents dating back to last season, with the Wolfpack sporting a 7-1 record both SU and ATS in their past eight games. NC State will visit the struggling Virginia Tech Hokies on Friday night with a chance to rebound from last week’s loss to Louisville.

The consistency of quarterback Jacoby Brissett has gone a long way to NC State’s impressive play, with the senior signal caller throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in the Wolfpack’s past eight contests. 

One of the Hokies biggest issues so far this season has been their rushing defense. Virginia Tech is allowing an average of 197.4 rushing yards per game, which has them ranked in the bottom fifth in the country. 

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PIT vs DAL NHL Season Opener Betting

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars will be kicking off their respective seasons on the right foot when NHL action returns to the Lone Star State Wednesday evening. If there’s one thing these teams have in common it’s that both sides boast a considerable amount of firepower on the offensive end. Dallas’ top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league, and general manager Jim Nill’s offseason acquisition of Patrick Sharp via the Chicago Blackhawks makes an already talented forward group that much scarier.

Shark Bites
  • Pittsburgh has won its last four season-opening games.
  • Dallas has lost 22 of its last 35 home games.
  • Dallas scored the most goals in the West in 2015/16 (261).

Pittsburgh, who barely snuck into the postseason last year, will be unveiling former Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel in the black and gold. Paired with NHL golden boy Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, the Pens will certainly be no slouch when it comes to lighting the lamp.

Dallas added netminder Antti Niemi in the offseason, which leads many to believe a platoon system with long time goalender Kari Lehtonen could be in store for 2015/16.

Marc-Andre Fleury is set to get his 11th consecutive season as the Pens starting goaltender underway. The Quebec native went 34-20-9 with a .920 save percentage and 2.32 GAA in the 2014/15 campaign.

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Flyers vs Lightning Betting Odds Preview

The Tampa Bay Lighting are coming off a deep playoff run that extended all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, but there won’t be any championship banners raised in Florida when the Bolts welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to town to open the 2015/16 NHL season Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • Tampa Bay had the best home record in the NHL last year (32-8-1).
  • Dave Hakstol will be making his NHL coaching debut for the Flyers.
  • Philadelphia had the 2nd best powerplay in the league last year.

One of the youngest and most talented teams in the league, Tampa gave fans and bettors alike plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the future last season. The Bolts finished second in the Atlantic Division at 50-24-8 SU thanks largely in part to a high-octane offense that found the back of the net 262 times – tops in the NHL.

‘Underwhelming’ is probably the best word to sum up Philadelphia’s 2014/15 season. The Flyers were on the outside looking in towards the playoffs at 33-31-18 SU but still have plenty of talent, namely superstar forwards Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Philly has missed the postseason twice since 2012/13 after making playoff appearances in 16 out of its prior 17 seasons.

Ben Bishop and Steve Mason are the probable starters for the Lightning and Flyers, respectively. Bishop posted a 40-13-5 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.32 GAA, while Mason finished 18-18-11 with a .928 save percentage and 2.25 GAA.

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Colts Red-Hot in Thursday Night Football

The Indianapolis Colts are no stranger to primetime showdowns on the road in Thursday Night Football contests and have historically been a lights out play for their bettors with the eyes of the nation solely upon them.

Since its inception in 2006, Indy has participated in Thursday Night Football eight times. The Colts have never played at home during that span but are a sizzling 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS. Indy’s only missed opportunity to cash came in 2010 against the Tennessee Titans, failing to cover the spread by a single point in a 30-28 victory.


Cardinals Have Had Lester's Number

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are no strangers to each other and will square off once again at Friday in Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium. The Cubbies, fresh off topping Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card Game, don’t appear to be intimidated when it comes to playing on the road. Chicago is 10-1 in their last 11 games away from Wrigley Field.

Shark Bites
  • The Over is 7-1-1 in their last nine meetings.
  • Yadier Molina is dealing with a thumb injury but is expected to play in Game 1.
  • Lester is 1-4 against St. Louis this season.

John Lester and John Lackey will take the bump for the Cards and Cubs, respectively. Lester has allowed two or fewer runs in five out of his last six starts to end the season, while Lackey has always historically played well in St. Louis (9-4, 1.93 ERA in 2015). The 36-year-old has faced the Cubs twice at home this season, allowing just three runs in 14 2/3 innings of work.

Despite their close records, both clubs couldn’t be more different when it comes to pitching in the postseason. The Cubs are playing in the playoffs for the first time since 2003, while the Cardinals are making their fifth-straight appearance.

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