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Kent State Has Owned Ohio in MACtion

The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to extend their lead in the MAC when they visit the Ohio Bobcats Friday. Kent State has been winning on the court and at the betting window when they face Ohio as the Golden Flashes are 4-0 SU and ATS in the past four against the Bobcats. These two teams met earlier this month in a game Kent State won 89-82, which saw the guard duo of Kellon Thomas and Xavier Pollard combine for 43 points.

Kent State has won five consecutive games with their defense holding opponents to 67 points per game, but Ohio was the only team to score more than 70 points in that span. Jimmy Hall has proven to be a difficult player to handle during the winning streak as the junior has averaged 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds with two double-doubles in that span.

Ohio limps into this second meeting against Kent State with the Bobcats going 3-3 in the past six games that included losing a 20-point led in their last outing, which they ultimately won by just two points. Antonio Campbell had one of his best games of the season when these teams met a couple weeks ago when he tallied 21 points and nine rebounds.

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VCU Not Disappointing As Favorites

The VCU Rams have the slightest of leads in the Atlantic-10, but will get a chance to pad that lead when they visit the middling Davidson Wildcats Friday. VCU comes into the game as a slight favorite, but the Rams have been money when giving up points as they are 9-1 ATS in their past 10 as faves.

The Rams enter Friday on one hell of a run as they have won 10-straight games with an average scoring margin of +17.3 points per game. Melvin Johnson has been making the most of his senior year as the guard has scored double-digits in all but one game this season while playing over 30 minutes per contest.

Davidson has alternated wins and losses in each of their past five contests with their less-than-stellar defense allowing nearly 80 points per game in that span. The Wildcats have simply needed to outscore teams this season, which they have been able to accomplish thanks to Jack Gibbs. The junior is averaging 24.8 points per game, which includes three 40-plus points performances.

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Home Sides Dominating HOU-OKC Series

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The red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder have won nine of their last 10 and will be looking to keep their winning ways going Friday when they welcome the Houston Rockets to town. Home court advantage has been huge in this series when it comes to cashing spread bets, as visiting teams are an ugly 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings between the Western Conference squads.

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  • The visiting team is 1-5 ATS in its last six games in this matchup.
  • The Rockets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Thunder's last four games with one day off between games.

The Rockets, who opened as 7.5-point road underdogs, are far from a safe play against the chalk. Houston is just 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six as underdogs away from home.

Houston has bounced back from an awful start to the campaign and has looked considerably better as of late, however they ran into an angry San Antonio Spurs team on Wednesday. The Spurs, fresh off getting trounced by the Golden State Warriors, hammered the Rockets 130-99. James Harden and company let the Spurs shoot a sizzling 56 percent from the floor, including 12-of-33 from deep.

Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Thunder guard Dion Waiters has given OKC a shot in the arm offensively. Waiters is averaging 15 points in two games since joining the starting five.

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Clippers Thriving Without Blake Griffin

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The battle of Los Angeles has lost a bit of its shine in recent years, what with the Lakers in full on rebuild mode, but dedicated Lakers backers will look for their second ATS win against the Clippers in as many games this season while the Clips will look to continue their fine play without star Blake Griffin.

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  • UNDER has gone 4-0 in their last four meetings between the Lakers and Clippers.
  • The Clippers are 15-6 SU in their last 21 games against their division.
  • The Lakers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games after an ATS loss.

The two Staples Center tenants met for the first time on Christmas Day this season with the Clippers winning 94-84 but failing to cover the number as 12.5-point favorites. The loss marked the Lakers’ eighth-straight loss SU against the Clippers and have gone just 3-5 ATS in those contests. They have covered the last two meetings, however, losing 105-100 but covering as lofty 17-point dogs in the final meeting last season.

The recent drama surrounding star forward Blake Griffin added some unwanted attention to the Clippers’ season. Griffin will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks following an altercation with a member of the Clippers’ equipment staff at a restaurant in Toronto.

The Clippers have played some of their best basketball without Griffin, however, as they’ve gone 13-3 SU and 12-4 ATS without him in the lineup. For the sake of comparison, in 30 games with him in the lineup, the Clippers have gone 17-13 SU and 10-18-2 ATS.

The Clippers are playing some great basketball of late and the Lakers certainly have not. The Purple and Gold are mired in an eight-game losing skid (3-5 ATS) – their longest of this dismal season – a fact that doesn’t provide a lot of confidence in dedicated Lakers backers.

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UNDER Hot When Cavs Face the East

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are still adjusting to life under newly-appointed head coach Tyronne Lue and will look to earn a third straight in the Motor City on Friday when they tangle with the Detroit Pistons. Playing away from home hasn’t been an issue for the Cavs as of late, as LeBron James and company have gone 8-1 SU in their last nine away from Quicken Loans Arena. Totals bettors will be happy to know the UNDER is a sizzling 12-2 when the wine and gold face off against Eastern Conference clubs.

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  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of the Pistons' last 14 games as home underdogs.
  • The Pistons are 22-7-1 ATS in their last 30 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as favorites against the Pistons.

After falling to the Chicago Bulls in Lue’s debut, the Cavs averaged 114.5 points against Western Conference cellar dwellers Minnesota and Phoenix. Cleveland did a great job sharing the ball against Minny in the 115-93 triumph over the T-Wolves, finishing with a season-high 34 assists. James recorded a team-high nine in the tilt.

The Pistons, who opened as 4-point underdogs, have traditionally been a solid play in this spot. Detroit is 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four when tabbed as dogs of five points or less.

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Super Bowl 50 Quarterback Props

Super Bowl 50 features a pair of contrasting quarterbacks as Cam Newton and Peyton Manning try to lead their teams to the promise land. Newton is the new breed of quarterback; built like a running back, runs like a wide receiver and has a cannon for an arm. Manning is one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks who has excelled by dissecting defenses with his mind more than any other tool.

Newton is close to becoming the next best quarterback in the NFL and Manning is looking to go out on top.


NBA Team Focus: 76ers are Improving

For the last number of years, the Philadelphia 76ers have been the laughingstock of the NBA. To be completely honest with you, it’s warranted. Case in point: Philly entered the 2015-16 campaign coming off back-to-back seasons where they failed to eclipse 20 wins.


Odds on Who Will Win the Iowa Caucus

After what feels like an eternity, we are going to see the first ballots cast on the way towards the next Presidential Election when the Iowa Caucus takes place on February 1. Attendees will be heading to local churches and community centers to cast their votes for who they support as their party’s representative that they want to become the next POTUS.


Serena Meets Kerber in Women’s Final

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Serena Williams tries for her fifth Grand Slam title in the past six Slam events when she takes on No. 7 Angelique Kerber in the final of the Australian Open.

Williams, the No. 1 seed, is presently -700 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while Kerber is +475.


Campbell: Bet DEN Like a Sharp in SB50

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So you like the Denver Broncos in this year’s Super Bowl. And why not? This game has gone to the dogs in recent seasons, while the team getting the points has covered 12 of the last 15 times—an astronomical winning edge of 80 percent by betting standards. 

This is also the biggest spread we’ve seen in a Super Bowl since 2009 when Pittsburgh was favored by seven over Arizona, a number that proved too steep for the Steelers in their 27-23 victory. 



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