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NHL Betting: Canadiens vs Capitals

Two teams heading in very opposite directions clash Saturday night when the Washington Capitals host the Montreal Canadiens. The Caps have arguably been the best team in the NHL during the month of December with an 8-1-1 while winning their past six games. The Habs have won just two games in the month of December and have registered the loss in five-straight.

The Canadiens have been riddled with injuries over the past two months with Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher and Jeff Petry all finding themselves sidelined. The Habs may be missing Gallagher the most as the offense has completely dried up without the winger in the lineup.  In the 14 games since Gallagher had surgery to repair two broken fingers, the Canadiens have averaged a pathetic 1.9 goals per game.

For years the Capitals were known as pure offense that would need to outscore you to win, but not this season. The Caps have allowed the fewest goals per game in the NHL thanks to Vezina favorite Braden Holtby. The goaltender leads the NHL in wins (21) and goals against average (1.96) while posting a 13-0-1 record in his past 15 starts.

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Washington State Covering With Ease

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Washington State is known more for their ridiculous passing game more than anything, but they have also been great at covering with the Cougars going 8-1 ATS in their past nine games. Washington State will meet the Miami Hurricanes in the Sun Bowl on December 26.

Washington State finished the season leading the nation in passing yards per game for the second consecutive season on the arm of sophomore Luke Falk. The Cougars signal caller threw for 4,266 passing yards and 36 touchdowns this season, despite missing the team’s regular season closer. Falk is dealing with a concussion so his status will be critical in this game.

Miami has one more game until the Mark Richt era starts, but the Hurricanes would certainly like to introduce him to the team as bowl winners. Quarterback Brad Kaaya has proven adept at protecting the ball this season with just four interceptions, which has led to The U to average 31 points per game.

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Duke Can’t Get It Done vs the Big Ten


The Blue Devils looked like they were on the path to a big game in the bowl season, but Duke lost four of their final five games to finish the season 7-5. Duke now gets the Indiana Hoosiers in the Pinstripe Bowl, which could be bad news as the Blue Devils are 2-12 SU in their last 14 against the Big Ten.

Through their first seven games of the season the Blue Devils were allowing a mere 14.1 points per game, but the defense fell apart and allowed 38 in their final five games of the season. Quarterback Thomas Sirk has been the key to Duke’s offense as he has contributed 21 touchdowns this season.

Indiana may be 6-6, but their record could have looked more impressive. The Hoosiers had a six-game losing streak in the middle of the season that saw them lose by one score or less against Ohio State, Rutgers, Iowa and Michigan. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has been a stud has he has thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the past three games.


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Washington Struggling With Consistency

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The Washington Huskies slipped into the Bowl season with a 6-6 record, which reflects their inconsistencies this year. Washington is just 1-3 SU and ATS in their past four games following a win. The Huskies will look to rectify that when they clash with Southern Mississippi in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Extra practice for Jake Browning is not a bad thing for Washington as the freshman is looking to build on his solid season. Browning was the third-highest rated pro-style quarterback coming into college this season and the Huskies offense is going to go as far as his arm will take them over the next few seasons.

Not enough people are talking about Todd Monken this season after he turned a team who has won a combined four games the past two years into a Bowl season team. The Golden Eagles have been good on both sides of the ball and have netted an average scoring margin of +15.8 this season.

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Jets Hold ATS Edge Over Patriots

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It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the Patriots have won eight of their last nine games vs the Jets, but more often than not they’ve come out on the losing end on the ATS side. In their last five games against each other, the Jets have gone 4-0-1 ATS with four of those games being decided by three or less points.

The Jets have been a strong bet at home, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 at home, and are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five home games in December. If you’re thinking upset here, it might be best to think again as the Jets have struggled in the underdog role, winning just three of their last 13 as underdogs. 

After uncharacteristic back-to-back losses for New England in Weeks 12 and 13, things are back to normal for Brady and company after winning by 21 points and 17 points in their last two games. Being on the road shouldn’t impact the Patriots as they’ve won 12 of their last 16 games in New York vs the Jets, and are a perfect 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as road favorites vs the Jets in their last five. 

Fans of high scoring games might be in for a treat in this one as 10 of the last 12 games between the teams has gone OVER, including five straight OVERs when the teams play in New York.


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Marshall A Stellar Bet Late In The Season

Marshall NCAA Football

The St. Petersburg Bowl will feature Marshall looking to continue late season profits for bettors as the Thundering Herd has gone 10-3 ATS in their past 13 games in December. Marshall will take on the UConn Huskies in the first of six games on December 26.

Marshall ended the season on a skid, going 1-2 in their final three games with losses to Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The Herd is one of those teams that will put up points (32 PPG), but have held opponents to a meagre 18.4 points per game this season. Freshman quarterback Chase Litton stepped into the void left by Rakeem Cato admirably, with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. 

Most people still see UConn as a whipping boy, but the team has a win over Houston and are in a bowl game. The Huskies will need anything their offense can give them in this game as they average a sad 17.0 points per game this season

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Virginia Tech is Demolishing The AAC

Virginia Tech NCAA Football

If history serves, Virginia Tech was more than happy to see they are facing Tulsa in the Independence Bowl this year. The Hokies are 25-5 SU in their last 30 games against AAC opponents.

This will be Frank Beamer’s last game on the sidelines for Virginia Tech after more than two decades coaching the Hokies. So it is needless to say Virginia Tech will be plenty motivated. Isaiah Ford has been the one bright spot offensively for the Hokies as he could become the first receiver in school history with 1,000 yards in a season in this game.

The other sideline is a different story, as first year head coach Philip Montgomery made Tulsa one of the top offenses in the nation. The Golden Hurricanes stood toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the nation this season and despite not having a landmark win, they are a real threat to score every time the offense takes the field.

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Finals Rematch: Warriors vs Cavaliers

LeBron James Steph Curry

In a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, the Warriors will welcome the Cavaliers to California for a Christmas Day game that has NBA fans everywhere trying to get out of spending quality time with their families. 

In last year’s Finals, it was Matthew Dellavedova that played Robin to LeBron’s Batman, but with a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving back in the Cavs lineup we’ll be treated to the dream matchup we should have seen last year.

The Warriors, who opened as 7-point favorites in this one, still haven’t lost at home this season. They spent most of the month on a seven game road trip, but have played their last three games at home, winning each game by a margin of 17.3 points.

The Cavs are on a mini ATS roll, going 4-1 ATS in their last five games. They’re an even 6-6 SU on the road this season, and excluding a game in Miami which James sat out, their margin of defeat in road losses is just four points.

Last year’s Finals saw the Warriors also win the ATS battle—4-2.

<h5>Shark Bites</h5>

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    <li>The total has gone OVER in the Warriors' last four games when playing on one day of rest.</li>
    <li>The total has gone OVER in eight of the Cavaliers' last nine games when playing on one day of rest.</li>
    <li>In eight Christmas Day games, LeBron James has averaged 26.4 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds .</li>

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Bulls Have Struggled in Oklahoma City

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Before the Thunder sit down to a Christmas Day dinner, they’ll have the opportunity to feast on the Chicago Bulls—something they’ve grown accustomed to doing when the Bulls come to town. The Thunder have won five straight vs the Bulls in OKC, going 4-1 ATS during that stretch.

Those wagering on totals will be interested to know that the Thunder have gone UNDER in five straight games while playing on one day of rest, while the Bulls have gone UNDER in four straight games when playing on three days’ rest.

The Bulls haven’t responded well to the role of being a road underdog recently, going 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games as road dogs. The Thunder, meanwhile, have been a strong bet as a favorite, going 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as favorites.

The Bulls earned a 104-98 home win over the Thunder in November, but they were lit up by Kevin Durant for 33 points. Not to be outdone, Derrick Rose scored 29 points.

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NBA Odds: Heat vs Pelicans

Wade Heat

The Pelicans and Heat will kick off the NBA slate of Christmas Day games in South Beach and viewers will want to keep a close eye on the total in this one which opened at 200. The Heat’s home OVER/UNDER record combined with the Pelicans away OVER/UNDER record is 10-24. New Orleans has seen four of their last six games go UNDER, while the Heat have gone UNDER in 18 of their last 25 games.

In a season that was supposed to be a coming out party for the Pelicans, they’ve been a fairly big disappointment with only the Lakers beneath them in the Western Conference Standings. Going back to last December, the Pelicans have been underdogs in plenty of games—a situation they’ve responded well to as they’ve gone 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as underdogs in December. 

The Heat are one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams this season, and they might have the schedule makers to thank for that. 18 of the Heat’s 27 games this season have been at home, and they’ve taken full advantage, going 12-6 on their home court. 

The Heat will be playing on two day’s rest and Dwayne Wade has been a scoring machine when in this situation this season, averaging 29 points per game with two days off between games. 

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