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NFC Wild Card Odds: Redskins vs Packers

If you told the majority of NFL fans at the start of the season that the Washington Redskins would be hosting a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, you’d be looked at like you had three heads. But thanks to the emergence of Kirk Cousins combined with a total midseason implosion by the Packers, that’s exactly where we’re at as we enter Wild Card Weekend.

Make no mistake about it—these are not the same old Packers. Green Bay (10-6 SU) failed to win the NFC North for the first time since 2010 thanks to a 20-13 home loss to hated division rival Minnesota in Week 17, and as a result are forced to hit the road in the opening round, which is a rare occurrence for a team who’s gotten used to first-round byes in recent years. The green and gold looked like they were on cruise control to start the season by garnering victories in each of their first six games before falling off a cliff after the bye in Week 7.

In the wake of last year’s epic collapse to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, head coach Mike McCarthy decided to give up play-calling duties for the first time since he took over the position in 2006. The Packers’ offense hit a wall as the calendar turned to November, and McCarthy once again became the team’s play-caller. Can Aaron Rodgers and company once again recapture their high-flying offense? With so much on the line this late in the year, it’s asking an awful lot for a team that’s hardly resembled its former perennially dominant selves. 

Maybe it has to do with the weak division they play in, but there aren’t many people giving the NFC East champion Redskins (9-7 SU) their deserved credit with the playoffs on the horizon. Washington collected victories over division rivals Philadelphia and Dallas to close out the season and clinched home-field advantage in the first round. The ‘Skins were a scary team at FedExField in 2015, going 6-2 in front of their hometown fans. 

Cousins appeared unphased by the seemingly endless drama surrounding embattled quarterback Robert Griffin III and parlayed his newfound starting opportunity into a 29 touchdown, 4,166 passing yards season. Cousins also did a good job of protecting the ball, tossing just 11 picks in his 16 appearances. The 27-year-old threw 16 touchdowns for 2,170 yards with just two interceptions at home in the campaign, which could make for a long day for the Packers’ defense. 

Most sportsbooks opened the line for this game as a pick’em, but that line immediately moved to Redskins -1 shortly after. If Jay Gruden and company remain as the favorites, it could continue a very interesting trend if they’re successful this weekend. The Redskins have not lost as a playoff favorite since December 30th, 1984 against the Bears, going a sizzling 6-0 SU and ATS in that span.  Another interesting tidbit—Green Bay has not been an underdog to the Redskins since 1988.

In what’s likely a direct correlation to their bumbling offense, the Packers were a boon for bettors banking on low-scoring affairs in 2015. Green Bay ended the season with an OVER/UNDER record of 5-11. Meanwhile, the Redskins ended the season on an OVER tear, evidenced by the OVER going a perfect 4-0 in their last four games. Considering the majority of shops opened the matchup with a total of 46.5, if the Packers can jump start their offense and Cousins’ ‘Skins can keep up their high-scoring ways, the OVER will likely generate significant interest in this one. 

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Best College Basketball Betting Sites

With the NCAAB’s March Madness being second to the Super Bowl in betting volume, there is no question that NCAAB betting is becoming increasingly popular. College basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States, and with over 350 Division I teams, there are plenty of opportunities to get in on the sports betting action.


Best NBA Betting Sites

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Best NFL Betting Sites

Football is widely considered to be the number one professional sport to wager on in not just the United States, but also across the globe. In the United States, Nevada is the only state that offers traditional sportsbooks, and NFL betting accounts for over 40% of their entire sports betting industry. Not to mention, betting on the Super Bowl alone generates up to $8 billion in wagers each year.


NBA Team Focus: Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers Paul Griffin

After a mediocre 16-13 start to the season, it looks like the Los Angeles Clippers might finally be getting their act together. The Clippers have been on a run since Christmas day that’s seen them win seven straight games SU and six out of seven ATS. They’ve been scoring in bunches during the streak, averaging 109.5 points per game with a winning margin of 12.1 points.


NFL Wild Card Super Computer Picks

After 17 weeks of regular season NFL action, the playoffs are finally here and only 12 teams remain. Wild Card weekend is often one of the most entertaining two day stretches in sports, and this year’s edition couldn’t be more difficult to handicap. Luckily for you, the OddsShark Super Computer has compiled all the relevant data to come up with predictions for this weekend’s game.


OKC Has History of Hammering Lakers

Lakers vs Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat down the Los Angeles Lakers twice in December and will be looking to make it three in a row Friday when the Western Conference foes collide once again in California. The Thunder won the two meetings by 40 and 35 points and have an opportunity to collect their seventh-straight win over L.A.

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  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Lakers' last seven games with no days off.
  • The Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last five games after an ATS win.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Thunder's last six games with one day off.

OKC held the Lakers to an average of 81.5 points and lowly shooting percentages of 34.9 and 36 percent from the field in the routs. The Thunder have seemingly put last year’s injury-plagued season behind them and have won 14 of their last 17 overall games after topping Memphis 112-94 on Wednesday.

Covering the spread has been a Herculean task for visiting clubs in this series. In the last 11 meetings between the Lakers and Thunder, the visitor is 2-9 ATS.

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Floundering Wolves Host High-Flying Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James

A date with the high-flying Cleveland Cavaliers is the last thing a team that’s struggled to find the bottom of the basket wants, but that’s exactly what the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves have on their plate Friday when the Cavs invade the Target Center.

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  • The Timberwolves are 5-22 SU in their last 27 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games after a win
  • The Timberwolves are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games after losing the previous game.

Minnesota has failed to eclipse the 100 point mark in each of its last nine games while dropping eight of those. The T-Wolves managed only nine points in the fourth quarter of a 78-74 home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Cleveland took both meetings between the clubs last season, averaging an 18.5 point margin of victory.

The good news for Wolves backers is, for some reason, the Cavs have simply not been able to get the job done on the road against teams with losing records. The wine and gold are a paltry 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 road games versus sub .500 teams.

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Bruins Have Historically Dominated Devils

The Boston Bruins have only one win in their past six contests, but a trip to New Jersey Friday may cure what ails them. The Bruins are 12-2 in their last 14 games when facing the Devils, including 5-1 at Prudential Center.

The Bruins start a five-game road trip on Friday night, which could help out a struggling Boston team who is 11-3-2 while travelling this season. Boston has called up David Pastrnak from the AHL to fill the void left in the lineup after placing Adam McQuaid on injured reserve Thursday.

The Devils offense has been downright bad this season as they are averaging the third-fewest goals per game in the NHL. It doesn’t help that the Mike Cammalleri, the Devils top scorer, has been placed on I.R. and has not played a game since December 30.  

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NCAAB Betting: Utah vs Colorado

The college basketball schedule Friday leaves a lot to be desired, but the Pac-12 features a matchup between the 11-4 Utah Utes and the 12-3 Colorado Buffaloes. Utah has gotten the better of Colorado in recent memory, as the Utes are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight against the Buffaloes.

Utah opened their conference play dropping back-to-back games to Stanford and Cal. The Utes offense was anaemic in those two affairs as they averaged 63 points compared to 81.9 on the season as a whole. Sophomore Jacob Poeltl is one of the best players in the nation this season as he has averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while registering eight double-doubles on the season.

Colorado started Pac-12 play with a 1-1 record thanks to a one point victory over Stanford in their past games. The Buffaloes have their own offensive machine this season with senior Josh Scott averaging 17.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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