SEC Championship: Florida vs Alabama

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The SEC title hangs in the balance, and possibly a playoff spot when the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The Gators have struggled mightily at the betting window when they face the Tide, with a paltry 1-8 ATS record in the past nine meetings between the two teams.

Florida limped through the end of the regular season as they could barely beat FAU and then got pounded 27-2 by Florida State. Florida has relied heavily on their defense all season long as they have held teams to 15.5 points per game and 111.3 rushing yards per game. The rushing defense of Florida needs to be in top form as they will need to stop Heisman favorite Derrick Henry.

Alabama looks like a playoff team, with only Florida standing in their way. The Tide’s one loss came back on September 20th against a then top-15 team. Henry has become the best running back in the country in the second half, with the junior rushing for 1132 yards and 12 touchdowns in the past six games.

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AAC Championship: Temple at Houston

With a win this past weekend, Temple secured their first 10-win season since 1979 and their first division title since 2009 (MAC East). The Owls defense has been turning it on at the right time this season. Following a bad loss to USF, Temple has allowed an average of just 185 yards and 7.5 points per game.

With a dominant win over Navy last week, Houston has placed themselves as frontrunners to get the Group of 5 spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl. Greg Ward Jr. showed some of his amazing potential in the Cougars win over the Midshipmen, with the junior throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns while adding 83 yards and another score on the ground.

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Conference USA Championship Odds

Western Kentucky Football

Southern Mississippi has loved playing within the C-USA as the Golden Eagles have won their past 11 games against conference opponents. Southern Miss will try to make that 12 when they visit the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with the C-USA crown on the line.

Southern Miss has put up some gaudy numbers during their six-game winning streak as they have averaged 48.2 points and 568 yards of offense while holding opponents to 16.3 points and 286 yards per game. Senior receiver Michael Thomas has been the go-to on offense as he has found the paydirt at least once in eight games. 

The Hilltoppers cruised through conference play this season with a perfect 8-0 mark and have not really been challenged by a C-USA opponent since a Week 2 win over Louisiana Tech. Quarterback Brandon Doughty has overcome some injuries to his primary weapons to lead the country in touchdown passes (42) and has three or more TD passes in 10 consecutive games.

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MAC Championship Betting Odds

MACtion culminates this season when Bowling Green and Northern Illinois clash at Ford Field Friday. Although these teams rarely face-off against one another, as the Falcons have held a 4-1 SU advantage in the past five against the Huskies.

There’s no question what you are going to get when you face Bowling Green—a staggering amount of offense. The Falcons rank third in the nation in passing yards and fourth in points, thanks to Matt Johnson. The senior signal-caller leads the country in passing yards (4465) and is second in passing touchdowns (41) while throwing only six interceptions. 

A few things in life seem to be certain—death, taxes and NIU in the MAC Championship game. The Huskies will be making their sixth consecutive trip to the conference title game while winning the big game three times in that span. NIU is a throwback team, with the rushing game averaging 213.3 yards per game while the defense has only allowed 24.8 ppg.

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Browns, Ravens Has Incredibly Low Total

The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns will meet on Monday night in a game that will be chalk full of less than mediocre offenses and second-string players. Sportsbook are not expecting much from these two teams with the total set at 41.0 as of Monday afternoon, which would make the game the 20th this season to close at 41.0 or lower.

When these extremely low totals have hit the board this season the OVER has been the safer play, with the OVER cashing in 13 of the 19 games so far.


Mountain West Championship Odds

San Diego State plays host the Air Force when the two teams clash for the Mountain West Championship Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs have relished in their opportunities to oppose the Falcons as they are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their past six contests between the two teams.

San Diego State started the season rocky with a 1-3 SU record, but finished the season a perfect 8-0 in conference play. The Aztecs may have an uphill battle though, as starting quarterback Maxwell Smith will sit out after the senior injured his knee in their last game. The Aztecs will turn to freshman Christian Chapman who has thrown a total of 24 passes in his college career.

The Air Force option offense has been running at full force this season with the Falcons third in the nation in rushing yards per game. 10 different Air Force players have contributed to their 39 rushing touchdowns this season with quarterback Karson Roberts leading the way with nine.

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NCAAB Betting: Illinois State vs Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats Jamal Murray

The first-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have been perfect so far in the young college basketball season at 6-0 SU, but have been far from a safe bet (2-4 ATS). Wildcats backers will be hoping for a better result Monday when John Calipari’s squad take on Illinois State in Lexington.

Shark Bites
  • Illinois State is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games on the road in November.
  • Kentucky is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Kentucky's last seven games.

Illinois State (3-4 SU) hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire at the betting window either at 1-4 ATS. The Redbirds’ shooting woes have been a big reason for their underwhelming play so far this year. Illinois State is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from deep and 58 percent from the foul line.

Kentucky hasn’t been producing as home chalk in front of their hometown fans as of late, posting a paltry 1-5 ATS mark in their last six when tabbed as home chalk.

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Warriors Looking for 19th Straight Win

Steph Curry Warriors Jazz

The Golden State Warriors aren’t just the NBA’s best team, they’re also its most entertaining and tonight they’ll bring their perfect 18-0 record to Utah for a date with the Jazz. The Warriors have also been a decent bet this year, especially on the road, as they’ve gone 6-1-1 ATS in eight road games.

The Jazz, meanwhile, have been mediocre at home, going just 2-2-1 ATS at EnergySolutions Arena. Also, in their last five games vs Golden State, the Jazz have gone just 1-4 ATS. It also doesn’t bode well for the Jazz that Golden State has been tearing it up on the road, going 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games which has seen them outscore opponents by an average of 13.2 points.

The Warriors won three of four vs the Jazz last season in games that weren’t particularity close, winning the three games by an average of 12.3 points. 

The Jazz have responded well in the underdog role lately, going 5-1 ATS in their last six games as underdogs. 

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NHL Odds: Toronto vs Edmonton

Maple Leafs Oilers NHL

A standout Eastern Conference vs Western Conference game highlights tonight’s light NHL schedule. Unfortunately, the game stands out for all the wrong reasons as the worst in the East Maple Leafs host the worst in the West Oilers.

A game against Edmonton might be exactly what the Leafs need to halt a three game losing streak as they’ve gone 12-3 in their last 15 games when playing at home vs the Oilers. Also working against the Oilers is their inability to string together wins as they’ve 0-5 in their last five games after a win and they’re coming off a win in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Leafs will have a fresh face in net as 22-year-old Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut. Toronto is in a real jam between the pipes with James Reimer out due to a lower-body injury and backup Jonathan Bernier just being flat out awful. Sparks is 8-2-1 with a 1.90 GAA this season in the AHL.

The teams split their two games last season, each winning at home.

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Underdogs Hot When Celtics, Heat Meet

Boston Celtics Evan Turner

The Miami Heat have rebounded from the departure of LeBron James faster than many anticipated and have officially vaulted themselves back to the top of the Eastern Conference this season. The Heat will be looking to collect their fifth victory in six games Monday evening when they welcome the Boston Celtics to South Beach.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the Celtics and Heat.
  • The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Miami.
  • The UNDER is 14-3 in the Heat's last 17 games.

When the Celts and Heat collide it’s the underdogs that have been cashing spread bets, as pups have gone a perfect 10-0 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the clubs. Miami covered in three of their four meetings against Boston last season as dogs in each game.

Both sides enter the tilt struggling at the betting window, going 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.

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