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Chiefs Have Struggled In The Postseason

Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans

The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the football world by closing out their season with 10 consecutive wins, but they are now in the postseason, which is something that has historically been terrible for the team.  The Chiefs have lost and failed to cover in each of their past eight playoff games with their last postseason victory coming in the 1993 against the Houston Oilers. Kansas City will look to win their first postseason game since Aladdin was in theatres when they visit the Houston Texans on Saturday.

After allowing an average of 26.5 points per game through their first six contests of the season, the Chiefs defense locked down opponents as they have allowed a mere 12.8 ppg during their 10-game winning streak. Rookie cornerback Marcus Peters has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season as the Washington-alum tied for the league lead in interceptions while bolstering the ninth-best passing defense in the NFL.

The years of questionable receiver play in Kansas City may finally be over as Jeremy Maclin has been a revelation with the diminutive pass-catcher racking up 1,000 yards. Maclin is the first Chiefs wideout since Dwayne Bowe in 2011 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Alex Smith has been his usual dependable self as he completed 65.3 percent of his passes while throwing 20 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

The year started just as bad for the Texans as it did for the Chiefs, with Houston opening the year 2-5 through their first seven games and lost Arian Foster for the season. Brian Hoyer has stepped in and steadied the offense after the quarterback gong-show with Ryan Mallett at the start of the year, as the veteran has thrown for 19 touchdowns while only turning the ball over seven times this year. 

Defensively, the Texans have been in the top tier of the NFL as they rank in the top 10 in points per game and yards per game. Houston finished the season fifth in sacks with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus combining for 29.5 quarterback takedowns this season. 

The line opened with the Texans as a three-point home underdog and the total set at 40.5. These two teams met in Week 1 of the season in a game that saw the Chiefs win 27-20. 

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NFL: 2016 Head Coach Prop Odds

Seven NFL teams are on the hunt for a new head coach after Black Monday. Many of these teams have been attached to the same potential head coaches with interviews already well underway to see who will lead the 49ers, Browns, Dolphins, Eagles, Giants and Titans into the future.

Bovada has released odds for who will be carrying the clipboard for each of these teams come the start of the 2016 season.

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Soccer Odds: Serie A, La Liga on Board

The Premier League and Bundesliga are not in action this weekend, but La Liga and Serie A have a full slate of matches.

In Italy Fiorentina is in second place in the league table and they are at home to face a Lazio squad that has been a disappointment this season. AS Roma only has one win in their last five matches and host an AC Milan squad that is coming off a loss.

In Spain Celta Vigo has been a surprise and they host first-place Atletico Madrid. Atletico Bilboa and Sevilla face off in a match between two clubs in the top 10 in the league table.

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NCAAB Betting: Illinois vs Michigan State

The fifth-ranked Michigan Spartans will participate in their fourth-straight game without guard Denzel Valentine Thursday evening when they welcome Illinois to town. The Spartans spent four weeks as the top ranked team in the nation but have struggled on the defensive end of the floor without Valentine. The good news is the Wooden Award candidate shouldn’t miss too much more time.

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  • Illinois is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games against Michigan State.
  • Michigan State is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games in January.
  • Illinois is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road in January.

Home court advantage hasn’t meant much in this series, as road sides are a perfect 4-0 SU in the last four matchups between the Spartans and Fighting Illini. OVER bettors have taken a special liking to Illinois as a result of the OVER/UNDER going 4-1 in the last five times the team has taken the floor.

Spartans head coach Tom Izzo is a big deal for a lot of reasons, but the veteran bench boss has been especially great in conference openers. Of Izzo’s 20 Big Ten home openers, Sparty is 17-3 including 12 of their last 13.

These teams are certainly no stranger to participating in a lot of nail-biting games. Eighteen of the last 19 games in this series have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

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714917
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Cincinnati Superb When Facing AAC

Farad Cobb

The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to get back to their typically strong play within the AAC after splitting their first two conference games this season. Despite the early set back against Temple, Cincinnati is 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games within the American.  It will not be easy for Cincy though as they will visit the undefeated SMU Mustangs Thursday.

If Cincinnati will look to upset SMU, they will need to stick to their defensive guns. The Bearcats have allowed an average of 57 points per game in their wins this season, but have allowed 75.3 points in their losses. Cincinnati is one of just three teams to defeat SMU at Moody Coliseum since the start of the 2013-14 season, a span of 45 games.

Keith Frazier, the junior guard who was at the forefront of an academic fraud investigation against SMU, has decided to leave the team to deal with personal reasons according to coach Larry Brown. The Mustangs depth should help limit the impact of Frazier’s absence with four other players averaging double-digit points this season.

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Jazz are a Hot Bet in Back-to-Backs

The Jazz will be hoping to bounce back from a 123-98 whipping at the hands of the Spurs last night when they continue their Texas road trip tonight in Houston. Opening as +9 underdogs for the game, the Jazz are a team to watch, as they’ve performed well at the betting window in the second game of back-to-backs, going 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games when in that scenario.

The Rockets have been on an ATS slide, failing to cover in five straight games. For the season, Houston has been fairly miserable at covering spreads, going just 13-23 ATS. Houston backers will want to be cautious with tonight’s game, as Houston has only covered a spread of 9 or more once this season.

The teams faced off on Monday in Utah, with the Rockets taking a close 93-91 win, failing to cover the -3.5 spread. The Jazz exploded for 37 points in the second quarter, but were only able to tally 33 points in the second half. James Harden scored 30 points in the game, but also turned the ball over eight times.

As for the total, which opened at 198, Houston has gone OVER in three straight games when playing on two days’ rest, while Utah is 3-1 O/U when playing on no days’ rest. 

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NHL: Kings Excelling on Home Ice

Anze Kopitar

The bright lights of the STAPLES Center have been kind to the Kings as they have gone 11-3 in their last 14 games in Los Angeles. The defensive effort has been a big reason for their hot play at home as the Kings have allowed just two goals per game in their last 14 at the STAPLES Center. The Kings will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are in their second leg of a three-game California road trip, Thursday.

The Kings acquired Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick Wednesday. LA was looking to bolster their physicality on defense as Matt Greene has spent most of the season on injured reserve. Schenn will make his debut for his new team against the team that originally drafted him fifth overall in 2008.

The Leafs started their California road trip off in victorious fashion with a 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday. Coach Mike Babcock that Jonathan Bernier would get a rest Thursday, after starting eight consecutive games, with James Reimer expected to start. Reimer has not started since December 3 as he has been nursing a groin injury. 

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OVER Bettors Loving Bulls-Celtics Tilts

Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas

In the last meeting between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls on December 9th, the Celts handed the Bulls their third straight loss, which led many people to question if Chicago had what it takes to make a run in the playoffs. All Chicago did was go 10-4 since then while collecting five wins in a row heading into tonight’s rematch at the United Center.

Shark Bites
  • The Celtics are 6-18 SU in their last 24 games on the road in January
  • The Bulls are 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games
  • The Celtics are 2-6 O/U in their last 8 games on the road in January

The C’s, meanwhile, are just 6-7 since the last encounter with their Eastern Conference foes. Boston is coming off a 99-94 setback at the hands of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, but the good news for Celtics backers is the team has fared surprisingly well on the second game of back-to-backs this season. Brad Stevens’ crew are 5-2 in the second half of back-to-backs, including 3-1 on the road.

When the Celtics and Bulls collide, OVER bettors are laughing all the way to the bank. In the last five meetings between the squads, the OVER is a perfect 5-0.

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712700
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Nover: QBs the Key For Road Favorites

By Wednesday afternoon it was official. The marketplace had received enough significant money to turn the Packers into a favorite against Washington. Now, for the first time, all four road teams are favored in the NFL Wild Card Playoffs.

How can this be?

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Home Dogs are a Red-Hot Wild Card Bet

Houston Texans JJ Watt

Home underdogs have always been an attractive play for NFL bettors, but just how profitable have they been when playoff time rolls around? According to recent history, they’ve been cashing at a rapid pace.

Out of the last 22 games that have closed with home dogs in the Wild Card round, 15 have covered the spread (15-6-1 ATS). They’re slightly more pedestrian straight up (13-9 SU), but it’s worth noting just how much playing in front of their hometown fans has helped bettors.

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