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RGIII Odds: Where Will he Be Next Year?

Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III

Three years ago, Robert Griffin III was a standout rookie quarterback who appeared to have an extremely bright future in the NFL as the face of the Washington Redskins. These days he gets more airtime in Subway commercials than he does on the football field. Washington’s loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card Round officially signalled the end of Griffin’s tumultuous tenure in D.C., which leaves the Baylor product looking for a new home.

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Divisional Round Super Computer Picks

After a historic Wild Card Weekend that saw the four road teams win for the first time in NFL history, the attention will turn to the well-rested home teams in the Divisional Round. With all the home teams entering the weekend as favorites, will home field advantage carry much weight, or will the road teams get the edge again?

After crunching all the numbers, considering all the trends, and pinpointing every last detail, here’s the OddsShark Super Computer’s predictions for the Divisional Round.

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Team OddsShark Divisional Round Picks

Manning Broncos

After all four road teams earned wins in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs for the first time ever, many thought the home teams might strike back by sweeping the Divisional Round. Team OddsShark does not think that will be the case from a betting perspective though, tabbing three visitors to cover the spread in this weekend’s action.

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Expert Picks: NFL Divisional Round

The 2016 NFL playoffs return for the Divisional Round this weekend. A week after all four road teams won in the Wild Card Round, the top two seeds in each conference are back in action following bye weeks, and are all favored.

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Steelers Looking for an Upset in Denver

Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos clashed less than a month ago, but you should expect this game to be much different. The Broncos scored 27 points in the first half before being outscored 21-0 in the second half when these two teams met on December 20. Brock Osweiler was at the helm in that unseasonably warm day at Heinz Field, but Peyton Manning will take back the mantle of starter for the Broncos this time around.

Manning saw game action in Week 17 for the first time since November 15. Before patrolling the sidelines for over a month, Manning was going through the worst year of his career with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions through 10 games. Hell, despite not playing six games, Manning still finished with the second most interceptions in the league. 

The Steelers could be dealing with quarterback issues themselves heading into the divisional round game. Ben Roethlisberger missed most of the fourth quarter of the Steelers Wild Card round win over the Cincinnati Bengals and backup Landry Jones pretty much sucked in his limited time on the field. 

Despite marquee names on offense, this game could easily turn into a defensive struggle (especially if ineffectiveness or health limits quarterbacks). The Broncos were the best defense in the NFL this season as they allowed the fewest yards per game and the second fewest points. The Steelers secondary has struggled most of the season as they entered the playoffs as one of the worst in the league, but they did hold the Bengals to just 279 yards. These two teams also finished the season first and third in sacks, respectively. 

For all the empirical data that can be applied, you need to wonder what the Steelers have left in their tanks following their Wild Card game. The fourth quarter of that game was ridiculous and it saw both Big Ben and Antonio Brown get hurt. 

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UFC Fight Night 81 Betting Odds Preview

The first free fights of 2016 take place at the TD Garden on January 17 and it will feature a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz. The headlining fight is a pseudo-title unification belt after Cruz never lost the belt but surrendered it after dealing with a cavalcade of injuries. The co-main event features Anthony Pettis making his return to the Octagon after losing his lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos when he faces Eddie Alvarez.

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Dogs Had Good 2015 in Corrente’s Games

Tony Corrente Panthers Seahawks NFL

According to FootballZebras.com, Tony Corrente’s crew will be officiating Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. If capping referees is part of your weekly practice when it comes to NFL betting, you’ll know that dogs have had a good year in Corrente’s games in 2015.

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UNDER a Hot Bet Between Thunder, Heat

Goran Dragic Serge Ibaka

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat don’t get together often, but when they do, UNDER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank. In the last four meetings between the clubs, the UNDER is a perfect 4-0.

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  • The Thunder are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games.
  • The Heat are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings with the Thunder.
  • The Thunder are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.

The Thunder (29-12) aren’t grabbing as much attention in the Western Conference thanks to the successes of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors but have quietly won 18 of their last 22 games. In the big picture, OKC has been awful against the spread (17-24 ATS) but have been better as of late, covering twice in a row heading into tonight’s contest.

You’ll have to forgive the Heat if they’re looking a little fatigued ahead of the game. Miami is playing out the sixth portion of a six-game road trip and will have a brief stop at home to play Milwaukee on Tuesday before heading out for eight of its next nine on the road.

Hassan Whiteside and company are 8-9 SU away from its own arena.

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Spurs are the Best Bet in the NBA

The San Antonio Spurs are perfect at home on paper (23-0 SU) but have looked beatable in recent games. The Spurs barely edged the New York Knicks 100-99 last week while bouncing back against the Cleveland Cavaliers and coming out on top 99-95. Dating back to last season, San Antonio has not lost on home court since March.

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  • The UNDER is 8-1 in the Mavericks' last 9 games vs. the Western Conference.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the Spurs' last 7 overall.
  • The Mavericks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.

It’s a big sample size, but anyone betting on this game will need to take note of this particular trend: the underdog is a sizzling 12-2 ATS in the last 14 times these teams have gotten together.

UNDER bettors are also loving this series, and for good reason. The UNDER is 5-0 in the last five tilts between the clubs.

The perennially competitive Spurs are always reliable on the court, however that hasn’t always translated to the betting window. It’s been a much different story this season, though. Tim Duncan and company are a phenomenal 28-13 ATS — good enough to make them the best bet in the Association.

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UNDER Trending Between Noles-Cavaliers

The 11th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers continue their surge for March Madness Sunday in Tallahassee when they take on the Florida State Seminoles. If you’re a college hoops totals bettor, don’t sleep on this stat: the UNDER is a perfect 9-0 in the last nine times the schools have gotten together in Florida.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Seminoles last 5 Sunday games.
  • The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the Seminoles and Cavaliers.
  • The Seminoles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

The Cavs also hold the edge in this series at the betting window, covering the closing spread in four of their last five against the ‘Noles.

Virginia snapped its two-game slide against Miami on Tuesday, which was notable only because it was the first time in over three years the Cavaliers lost two-in-a-row to Atlantic Coast Conference opponents prior to the contest.

Tonight’s game will likely be a matchup of offense vs. defense, as Florida State ranks third in conference games in scoring (77.3) while Virginia is giving up just 65.5 points per game, the third fewest mark in the ACC.

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