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Spurs Becoming one of NBA’s Top Bets

Leonard Spurs

At 24-5 SU it’s been business as usual for the Spurs as they sit just three games behind the Warriors in the Western Conference standings. It’s also been a great season for Spurs’ backers as the team has upped their ATS record to 20-9 after stringing together six straight ATS wins, covering three double-digit spreads in that span.

The Spurs opened as -11 point favorites for tonight’s game in Minnesota against a struggling Timberwolves team who are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games. The Spurs have covered four straight spreads vs the T-Wolves, all of which coming by ten points or more.

Minnesota has been just as bad at the betting window as they have been on the court, going 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games. Their young stars are showing lots of promise, but they’re near the bottom of the league in points allowed per game at 103.3 and are also one of the association’s worst 3-point shooting teams, converting on just .324 percent of their three-point shots.

The Spurs, meanwhile, rank as the NBA’s top defensive team, allowing just 89 points per game, and are ranked third in three point shooting percentage at .375.

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Hawks Starting to Get it Together

Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap

The Atlanta Hawks have failed to recapture the success of last season’s 60-win squad and have been riding a nonstop teeter-totter so far in the 2015-16 campaign. The Hawks have performed better heading into the Christmas break, however, claiming four in a row after winning just seven of their previous 18 games.

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  • The Pistons are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games.
  • The Hawks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games vs the Central Division.
  • The OVER is 5-1 in the Pistons' last six games.

Next up for Atlanta is a home tilt against the beast that is Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Detroit, winners of three in a row, has been turned around under the highly-respected Stan Vay Gundy this year. A big reason for the Pistons’ success is their dominance on the glass. The Pistons lead the league in offensive rebounding (13.6 boards per game) led by Drummond’s Association-leading 16.4. Detroit is 15-3 when outrebounding their opponents this year.

Atlanta became known for its high-flying brand of basketball last season and Hawks fans have been treated to the same up-tempo hoops as of late. The Hawks are shooting 51.4 percent from the field while averaging 111.3 points per game during the aforementioned winning streak.

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NCAAB: New Mexico State vs Baylor

The Baylor Bears will be looking for a bounce back performance against New Mexico State Wednesday after suffering their first defeat of the season versus Texas A&M in last Saturday’s 80-61 loss. The Bears were thoroughly outplayed by the Aggies, getting outrebounded for the first time this year.

Shark Bites
  • The Bears are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Aggies' last 5 road games.
  • The OVER is 7-3 in the Bears' last 10 home games.

Baylor will have its hands full with New Mexico’s Pascal Siakam. The 6-9 sophomore is tied for the national lead with 10 double-doubles and just recorded his third 30-point game of the year on Monday. Siakam is averaging 23.6 points (ninth in the nation) and 12.1 rebounds (sixth). The Aggies are 5-1 in games that the forward has scored at least 24 points.

Baylor is traditionally rock solid against out of conference opponents, recording 31 consecutive wins against out of conference teams.

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TNF Odds Preview: Raiders vs Chargers

Cooper Raiders

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have been competitive on the field, with the two teams splitting their last six games, but the Raiders have been dominating at the betting window. The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their past six games against their AFC West rivals.

Oakland has a promising future, but they are not there yet as they are 2-5 SU in their last five games with an average scoring margin of minus six. Derek Carr torched the Chargers when these teams met earlier this season with three touchdowns and no interceptions while posting a passer rating of 137.7.

If you had Danny Woodhead on your fantasy team last week you’re likely one game closer to a championship as the running back scored four touchdowns in the game vs Miami, which matched his total for the entire season before the game. Philip Rivers has started to look more pedestrian as of late with three touchdowns and four interceptions in the past four games.

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NFL Week 16 Opening Odds Analysis

Possible playoff game previews highlight the NFL Week 16 card. Arizona opened minus four at home to Green Bay and is up to 4.5 at most bet shops. Denver is minus 3.5 hosting Cincinnati Monday night.

This is only the second time the Packers are an underdog this season. They closed plus one at Minnesota on November 22. The Packers are 3-10-1 ATS when taking points since the middle of 2012. The Cardinals are 20-11 against the spread (ATS) as a favorite under Bruce Arians.


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Temple Can’t Seem To Beat Toledo

Temple NCAA Football

The Temple Owls come into the Boca Raton Bowl as the favorite, but they’ve struggled against the Toldeo Rockets for some time. Temple is 1-5 SU and ATS in their past six games against Toledo, but will look to end their season on a high note on December 22nd.


Temple could have put themselves in prime position for a New Year’s Six Bowl game, but an AAC Championship loss to Houston has them playing here instead. If the Owls want to win a bowl game, they’ll need quarterback P.J. Walker to perform better than he did against Houston, as the signal caller threw a lot of questionable passes over the middle in that game.


Toldeo will be playing this game without former head coach Matt Campbell who left the team for Iowa State and will not be on the sidelines. The Rockets will turn to offensive coordinator Jason Candle to make the calls in what will likely be an interview for the permanent position.

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MIA vs DET: Pistons on an ATS Roll

Pistons Basketball

Tonight in South Beach the Pistons will hope to build upon a 4-0-1 ATS run when they visit the Heat. The Pistons’ last three games have been decided by three points or less, including a 147-144 quadruple overtime victory over the Bulls on Friday. 

Another trend that pops out is five straight OVERs for the Pistons, while Miami has gone OVER in four out of their last five games. Tonight’s game opened with a total of 194, a total these teams failed to surpass in the Pistons’ 104-81 win over the Heat on November 25th. Dwyane Wade had possibly his worst game as a pro, shooting just one for nine, recording only two points in 23 minutes played. Although they’re near the bottom of the league with just 96.8 points per game, the Heat have seen a rise in scoring recently, putting up 100 or more points in four out of their last five games.

Miami has gotten the better of Detroit when the teams meet in South Beach, as they’ve won seven of their last eight contests when hosting the Pistons. Miami has a respectable 12-5 SU home record this season, but are just 4-7-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.

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NCAAB Odds: San Diego State vs Kansas

Wayne Selden Kansas

The #2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks hit the road tonight for a game against the 7-5 SU San Diego State Aztecs. Kansas is an almost perfect 9-1 SU this season and have won five games in a row.

Kansas is becoming a reliable bet this season, going 6-2 ATS so far. They’ve been on the right end of a number of huge blowouts, with five of their wins coming by more than 30 points. Wayne Selden Jr. has led the way for the Jayhawks, recording 16 points per game.

The Aztecs are coming off a 52-47 loss to the Grand Canyon Antelopes and in four of their five losses this season they’ve scored 50 or less points. Jeremy Hemsley is the only Aztec player averaging double digit points this season, with 13.4 points per game. 

The teams haven’t met since 2014 when San Diego State pulled off a fairly big upset. Kansas was favored by 10.5 points, but the Aztecs emerged victorious by a score of 61-57.

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Marquee Matchup: Stars vs Blackhawks

Two of the best teams in the NHL hit the ice tonight in Dallas when the Stars host the Blackhawks. Dallas has been tough to beat at home recently, winning five of their last six at the American Airlines Center, but Chicago has played well in Dallas, going 7-1 there.

The Blackhawks have been one of the hottest teams in hockey this month, going 7-2-1 over their last 10 games. The Hawks have had a tendency to play in high scoring affairs on the road, with the total going OVER in eight of their last 12 road games.

The Stars are tied for most wins in the league with the Capitals and will be looking to continue their onslaught of goal scoring after scoring a total of 12 goals in their last two games. Dallas currently leads the league in goals per game at 3.5, while Chicago in one of the league’s best at preventing goals, allowing just 2.37 goals per game.

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