NFL Odds: Week 8 Movement

Unlike last week which saw a lot of opening lines remain fairly stagnant throughout the week, Week 8’s lines have seen plenty of movement. It was another winning week for underdogs at 9-5 ATS last week; are favorites due for a big week of their own?

Bettors of the New York Jets and New England Patriots hope so.

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Week 8: Colts vs Texans

The biggest game on tap for Week 8 of the NFL season is the Monday nighter between Houston and Indianapolis with both teams coming off bye weeks.

Can the Texans post another upset versus their divisional foe? They have lost 15 of 17 career meetings with the Colts, but are 7-3 ATS in the past 10. The point spread might be the best trend, because post-bye trends for these teams throw differing numbers - the Colts are 9-2 past 11 favoring the OVER while the Texans are 5-1 past 6 favoring the UNDER.

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Giant Move in Power Rankings

Their lead is quickly dwindling, but the San Diego Chargers curiously retain top spot in the NFL power rankings for Week 8.

The Chargers' No. 1 ranked offense still keeps them atop the rankings, but after dropping three in a row both SU and ATS this could be San Diego's last week on top. Need to get the formula adjusted to reflect stupidity and special teams incompetence.

Most of the list makes statistical sense and points to some edges in power. That can point to some point spread edges to help bettors win.

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Bellator 34 Fight Card Odds

If you like to bet on heavy favorites, the Bellator 34 fight card features two of the promotion’s premiere athletes fighting for championships this Thursday night.

Both Middleweight champion Hector Lombard (26-2-1) and pound-for-pound Women’s No. 1 Megumi Fujii (22-0) will be -550 favorites to walk out of the cage as champions at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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World Series Betting Preview

This is unfamiliar territory for the first-time World Series participant Texas Rangers, as they come into the best-of-seven final as -130 World Series favorites over the underdog (+110) San Francisco Giants.

Neither team was expected to get past the LCS. San Francisco knocked off 2008 champion Philadelphia in six games to win the NLCS, while Texas stymied the reigning champion Yankees in a six-game series to clinch their first AL banner.
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Louisiana Tech at Boise State

Boise State is ranked #3 in the country in the BCS standings but they are likely going to need help to reach the national title game.

The Broncos simply don’t play any teams that can help their schedule strength and that is the case again on Tuesday night as they host Louisiana Tech.  The Broncos have nothing to gain on Tuesday and everything to lose in their nationally televised game on ESPN 2, so expect them to pummel poor La Tech.

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NFL Opening Odds for Week 8

Either the sportsbooks are catching on or folks who bet favorites for a living are catching on - there are no big underdogs on the NFL Week 8 opening odds list.

Underdogs are barking loudly once again after this week’s action in which they went 9-5 ATS. With underdogs having so much success and the league having so much parity this season, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that most of this week’s opening lines at shops like [custom:sb-sportsinteraction-textlink] and Bovada are fairly low.

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NBA Opening Night Betting

The wait is finally over - the Miami Heat will make their regular season debut Tuesday night in Boston, and sportsbooks are ready with plenty of unique NBA betting action.

Most betting lines favor the Heat – but only by a single point on the road. After all, the Celtics were just one win away from winning a second NBA championship in three years last season. The Celtics are old but will still field a pretty powerful starting five of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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NHL Midweek Betting Lines

Somebody has to be labeled as the favorite in sporting events, but in the NHL the parity is so great that underdog victories are a regular occurrence these days.

Tuesday night has a half-dozen games with plenty of interesting lines. Toronto is a -165 favorite as they tangle with the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre - in a battle of teams going in opposite directions. Toronto has scored just four goals over three straight losses since opening the season on a four-game winning streak.

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