MNF Betting Preview: Ravens at Browns

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It’s not the most attractive matchup on the Week 12 NFL slate, but Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns will grab the spotlight in Monday Night Football at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns have dropped five straight games while failing to cover in four consecutive matchups ahead of the tilt.


<h5>Shark Bites</h5>


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<li>The Browns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after an ATS loss.</li>

<li>The Ravens are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games against the Browns.<li>

<li>The Ravens are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games in Week 12.</li>



Covering the spread has not been an easy task for the Ravens, either. Baltimore, who will be without starting quarterback Joe Flacco and regular running back Justin Forsett due to injuries, are an atrocious 1-7-2 ATS on the year.

Visiting teams have been cashing tickets when the Browns and Ravens have collided, as home sides are 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings between the clubs.

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NCAAB Betting: Illinois State vs Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats Jamal Murray

The first-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have been perfect so far in the young college basketball season at 6-0 SU, but have been far from a safe bet (2-4 ATS). Wildcats backers will be hoping for a better result Monday when John Calipari’s squad take on Illinois State in Lexington.

Shark Bites
  • Illinois State is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games on the road in November.
  • Kentucky is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Kentucky's last seven games.

Illinois State (3-4 SU) hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire at the betting window either at 1-4 ATS. The Redbirds’ shooting woes have been a big reason for their underwhelming play so far this year. Illinois State is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from deep and 58 percent from the foul line.

Kentucky hasn’t been producing as home chalk in front of their hometown fans as of late, posting a paltry 1-5 ATS mark in their last six when tabbed as home chalk.

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Warriors Looking for 19th Straight Win

Steph Curry Warriors Jazz

The Golden State Warriors aren’t just the NBA’s best team, they’re also its most entertaining and tonight they’ll bring their perfect 18-0 record to Utah for a date with the Jazz. The Warriors have also been a decent bet this year, especially on the road, as they’ve gone 6-1-1 ATS in eight road games.

The Jazz, meanwhile, have been mediocre at home, going just 2-2-1 ATS at EnergySolutions Arena. Also, in their last five games vs Golden State, the Jazz have gone just 1-4 ATS. It also doesn’t bode well for the Jazz that Golden State has been tearing it up on the road, going 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games which has seen them outscore opponents by an average of 13.2 points.

The Warriors won three of four vs the Jazz last season in games that weren’t particularity close, winning the three games by an average of 12.3 points. 

The Jazz have responded well in the underdog role lately, going 5-1 ATS in their last six games as underdogs. 

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Underdogs Hot When Celtics, Heat Meet

Boston Celtics Evan Turner

The Miami Heat have rebounded from the departure of LeBron James faster than many anticipated and have officially vaulted themselves back to the top of the Eastern Conference this season. The Heat will be looking to collect their fifth victory in six games Monday evening when they welcome the Boston Celtics to South Beach.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the Celtics and Heat.
  • The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Miami.
  • The UNDER is 14-3 in the Heat's last 17 games.

When the Celts and Heat collide it’s the underdogs that have been cashing spread bets, as pups have gone a perfect 10-0 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the clubs. Miami covered in three of their four meetings against Boston last season as dogs in each game.

Both sides enter the tilt struggling at the betting window, going 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.

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College Basketball Championship Futures

If there was any concern over Kentucky’s roster overhaul this offseason it was unfounded, as the Wildcats have come into the season rolling. Though they have had their moments of less-than-stellar play, a win over Duke has ensured Kentucky will hold onto the top spot on the odds list cut down the mesh in April.


College Football Championship Futures

A Big 12 beatdown of the Oklahoma State Cowboys has the Oklahoma Sooners climbing in the odds to win the FBS Championship. The Sooners topped the Cowboys 58-23 in a spot that will likely ensure them a spot in the playoffs, which caused their odds to jump from +750 to +250 at Bovada.

Oklahoma is still second in the odds behind Alabama who are listed at +110 after a tough Iron Bowl win this past week.


NHL Odds: Toronto vs Edmonton

Maple Leafs Oilers NHL

A standout Eastern Conference vs Western Conference game highlights tonight’s light NHL schedule. Unfortunately, the game stands out for all the wrong reasons as the worst in the East Maple Leafs host the worst in the West Oilers.

A game against Edmonton might be exactly what the Leafs need to halt a three game losing streak as they’ve gone 12-3 in their last 15 games when playing at home vs the Oilers. Also working against the Oilers is their inability to string together wins as they’ve 0-5 in their last five games after a win and they’re coming off a win in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Leafs will have a fresh face in net as 22-year-old Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut. Toronto is in a real jam between the pipes with James Reimer out due to a lower-body injury and backup Jonathan Bernier just being flat out awful. Sparks is 8-2-1 with a 1.90 GAA this season in the AHL.

The teams split their two games last season, each winning at home.

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NBA Betting News: Referee Assignments

Phoenix Suns Jeff Hornacek

Long before the Tim Donaghy scandal, handicapping games based on referees and umpires was commonplace. Handicappers continue to find trends and tendencies based on who is officiating, especially in the NBA where a ref who loves to call lots of fouls can impact the final score. Ditto one who likes to keep his whistle in his pocket.


SEC Championship: Florida vs Alabama

Florida NCAA Football

The SEC title hangs in the balance, and possibly a playoff spot when the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The Gators have struggled mightily at the betting window when they face the Tide, with a paltry 1-8 ATS record in the past nine meetings between the two teams.

Florida limped through the end of the regular season as they could barely beat FAU and then got pounded 27-2 by Florida State. Florida has relied heavily on their defense all season long as they have held teams to 15.5 points per game and 111.3 rushing yards per game. The rushing defense of Florida needs to be in top form as they will need to stop Heisman favorite Derrick Henry.

Alabama looks like a playoff team, with only Florida standing in their way. The Tide’s one loss came back on September 20th against a then top-15 team. Henry has become the best running back in the country in the second half, with the junior rushing for 1132 yards and 12 touchdowns in the past six games.

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AAC Championship: Temple at Houston

With a win this past weekend, Temple secured their first 10-win season since 1979 and their first division title since 2009 (MAC East). The Owls defense has been turning it on at the right time this season. Following a bad loss to USF, Temple has allowed an average of just 185 yards and 7.5 points per game.

With a dominant win over Navy last week, Houston has placed themselves as frontrunners to get the Group of 5 spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl. Greg Ward Jr. showed some of his amazing potential in the Cougars win over the Midshipmen, with the junior throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns while adding 83 yards and another score on the ground.

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