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Las Vegas Expert Picks: NHL, Army/Navy, NCAAB & NFL Week 15

Las Vegas Expert Picks: NHL, Army/Navy, NCAAB & NFL Week 15

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column

LAS VEGAS — ONLY 80 percent last week. I’ll try and do better.

NHL Picks

Studying hard for the football weekend, but before we get there, gonna slide on to the NHL ice and try the Avalanche over the Devils this evening. I totally understand that Colorado is a little pricey, but after winning seven of the last eight, it’s exactly what it should be. And since New Jersey scuffles into Denver with an 0-6 negative perfecto, the Avs should have no trouble posting a W.

As long as I have my skates on, gonna drop a few loonies on the Coyotes over those same New Jersey Devils. Win or lose tonight, the Devils will be coming from the MILE HIGH city of Denver, elevation 5,280 feet, give or take a metre, to Phoenix, elevation 1,086 feet, give or take a metre. Heavy lungs, so gimme some Coyotes.


Not gonna step into the Army/Navy game, even though the double-digit spread, +11, looks kinda appetizing. The favored Midshipmen will be looking to break a three-year losing streak, but since these games usually are pretty tight, don’t think I’ll lay the YO eleven. 


Before we move to the NFL, gonna drop a college hoop on you, and it’s Arizona over Gonzaga. The Wildcats have bounced back strong after an ugly (for them) 17-15 record last season. The ’Cats are 10-1 so far and this would be a YUGE statement win for Sean Miller after all the turmoil. As long as Zona is 4 points or less, we’re jumping. If it goes to 5 or higher, were getting off the train. 

NFL Picks

Waiting for Dallas to come alive is way more painful than “Waiting for Godot.” And if you have not read the play or seen it on stage, it’s pretty painful. Bought a ticket on the ’Boys to win the Super Bowl before the season started at 25-1. Not gonna divulge the amount of the wager, the IRS might be reading, but let’s just say at 25-1, I woulda covered like half a year of tuition at Penn for one of the little Vics. Might have to BURN that ticket, unless someone wants to buy it at a STEEP discount. With three straight losses, it sure looks like Jason Garrett has lost the room. And with back-to-back wins, it sure looks like Sean McVay has recaptured some magic.

Remember when we talked about following the money, especially when there is a switch of favorites? Well, Dallas opened -2 and L.A. is now -1. The last time that money moved the line so dramatically was Week 13. Jacksonville opened -1.5 over Tampa, but the gigantic flow of money pushed the Bucs all the way to a 2.5-point fav. Final: Tampa 28-11. You KNOW we’re gonna follow the money, and you know that we have only one thing left to say. This IS my BEST BET, BAABBEEE!!! 

And just like last week, if you want FREE MONEY, check out my main man, Zach Ertz. Julie’s husband did it again for us, snagging NINE balls against the NYG for a prop W and a PHAT pile of cash. So, once again, Ertz OVER, no matter what the number is for total receptions!!!

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email...ben@americasline.com.