<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Old Dominion vs. WKU - 10/20/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/20/old-dominion-vs-wku-10/20/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for a road win versus the Old Dominion Monarchs in college football on Friday.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are looking for their 4th straight win with a visit to the Old Dominion Monarchs. Western Kentucky has won three straight following a  45-16 victory versus the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday as an 18 point favorite at home. The Hilltoppers jumped to a 38-14 lead heading to the intermission and were never challenged. WKY held Charlotte to 309 yards and ten first downs while racking up 627 yards and an impressive 35 first downs.

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for a road win versus the Old Dominion Monarchs in college football on Friday.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are looking for their 4th straight win with a visit to the Old Dominion Monarchs. Western Kentucky has won three straight following a  45-16 victory versus the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday as an 18 point favorite at home. The Hilltoppers jumped to a 38-14 lead heading to the intermission and were never challenged. WKY held Charlotte to 309 yards and ten first downs while racking up 627 yards and an impressive 35 first downs.

Western Kentucky did not run the ball well with Quinton Baker being the only runner of significance with 74 yards on 14 carries but the air was where this team flourished. Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White connected on 33-47for 398 yards and five touchdowns with back up Drew Eckels going 7-8 for 80 yards. Kyle Towner paced WKY with six catches for 111 yards including a 59 yard touchdown while Deon Yelder caught seven throws for 92 yards and a score. 

The Old Dominion Monarchs need a win versus the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to keep their postseason hopes alive. Old Dominion is coming off of a 35-3 defeat at the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday for loss number four in a row. The Monarchs trailed just 14-3 heading to the 4th quarter before a 21-0 game ending run from the Thundering Herd. ODU played well defensively with 371 yards allowed but with the offense totaling only 197 yards with a pair of turnovers including a 15 yard fumble that Marshall returned for a touchdown the struggles were magnified.  

Old Dominion needed more from the rushing attack but Ray Lawry and Jeremy Cox were held in check with a combined 92 yards on 29 carries. The Monarchs found the going tough in the air as well with Steven Williams completing 14-27 for 116 yards and an interception with top target Melvin Vaughn catching five throws for 55 yards.

Over is 4-0 in Western Kentucky last 4 games following a ATS win. Western Kentucky are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and over is 6-1 in Western Kentucky last 7 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. Old Dominion are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and Old Dominion are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points and Old Dominion are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Western Kentucky finally looked like we expected against Charlotte so I’m hoping for a repeat performance against a similar opponent despite going on the road…

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:18:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97385
<![CDATA[Nevada vs. Air Force - 10/20/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/20/nevada-vs-air-force-10/20/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Week eight college football action comes to MacKay Stadium when the Nevada Wolf Pack host the Air Force Falcons.

The Air Force Falcons look for back to back wins with a trip to oppose the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday. Air Force snapped a four game slide with a come from behind 34-30 victory versus the UNLV Rebels as a nine point home favorite. For the second straight week the Falcons fell behind early but this time the team rallied from a 27-7 first half deficit.

AFA won the yardage battle 473-411 and forced two turnovers but six fumbles with four lost punctuated their struggles.…

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Week eight college football action comes to MacKay Stadium when the Nevada Wolf Pack host the Air Force Falcons.

The Air Force Falcons look for back to back wins with a trip to oppose the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday. Air Force snapped a four game slide with a come from behind 34-30 victory versus the UNLV Rebels as a nine point home favorite. For the second straight week the Falcons fell behind early but this time the team rallied from a 27-7 first half deficit.

AFA won the yardage battle 473-411 and forced two turnovers but six fumbles with four lost punctuated their struggles. Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman completed 4-8 for 72 yards with Ryan Reffitt and Ronald Cleveland catching two passes apiece. Wothman was much better in the Falcons rushing attack with 166 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries with Cleveland and Timothy McVey combining for 141 yards on 21 touches.

The Nevada Wolf Pack shoot for their second win of the season when the Air Force Falcons come to town on Friday. Nevada comes off of a near upset of Mountain West favorite Colorado State in a 44-42 loss as a 25 point underdog on Saturday that left the team staring at a 1-6 record. These teams combine for almost 1,200 yards of offense with The Rams being able to both run and throw while the Wolf Pack were only able to throw.

Kelton Moore was the Nevada run game with 14 caries for 29 yards and the touchdown while throwing for a 57 yard score.  The Wolf Pack leaned heavily on quarterback Ty Gangi and he responded by going 23-40 for 428 yards and five touchdowns. McLane Mannix was the top Nevada receiver with seven catches for 150 yards and a 57 yard TD while Brendan O’Leary-Orange caught four balls for 111 yards and a score followed by William Demps with a 65 yard touchdown reception. 

Air Force are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and Air Force are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and over is 4-0 in Air Force last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. Under is 5-0 in Nevada last 5 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and under is 7-1 in Nevada last 8 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and Nevada are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. 

This is a not made for TV game in my view as there is nothing dependable about either squad. Throw in a spread that is spot on and we have a toss up…

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:14:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97556
<![CDATA[Manchester City vs Burnley 10/21/2017 Premier League Preview, Odds & Pick]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/10/21/manchester-city-vs-burnley-10/21/2017-premier-league-preview-odds-and-pick#comments The in form team and early leaders Manchester City will look to maintain their scintillating form when they host a hard working Burnley at the Ethiad arena on Saturday.

Manchester City are 5-0-0 in their last five in all competitions, scoring sixteen and conceding four, City are 3-1-0 at home in the league this season scoring eighteen and conceding just three. Pep Guardiola's side are in terrific form. There is goals everywhere in this side with Sergio Aguero, Mane, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, its a glutony of attacking options for Guardiola…

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The in form team and early leaders Manchester City will look to maintain their scintillating form when they host a hard working Burnley at the Ethiad arena on Saturday.

Manchester City are 5-0-0 in their last five in all competitions, scoring sixteen and conceding four, City are 3-1-0 at home in the league this season scoring eighteen and conceding just three. Pep Guardiola's side are in terrific form. There is goals everywhere in this side with Sergio Aguero, Mane, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, its a glutony of attacking options for Guardiola and Manchester City are excellent to watch. City play a free flowing attacking football similar to what Barcelona played under Guardiola but with possibly more emphasis on the team than the inidividuals here. 

Burnley have the task of trying to shut down Manchester City an unenviable task at this moment in time. Sean Dyche's side though are extremely hard working and well organised. Burnley dont concede many, play a tight compact style of play and will sit deep and harrass their opponents looking to hit them on the counter attack. Chris Wood and Vokes provide the outlet up front and Robbie Brady will provide the inspiration from set pieces. Hendrick, Westwood and Gudmundsson will work hard to break up City's dominant possession and the back four will provide as much cover as they can for keeper Nick Pope. Burnley have a surprisingly good record on the road going 2-2-0 with wins against Everton and Chelsea and draws with Tottenham and Liverpool. Maybe Manchester City are another step up but I think the bookmakers have this one priced up wrong.

Taking Burnley +1.5 on the first half handicap. While Manchester City have been terrific in recent weeks , they did play an energy sapping game against a very good Napoli side in the Champions League midweek and Burnley are very well organised and hard to break down. I think Burnley can hold Manchester City for 60 minutes before tiredness and mistakes maybe kick in.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97925
<![CDATA[Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United 10/21/2017 Premier League Preview, Odds & Pick]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/10/21/huddersfield-town-vs-manchester-united-10/21/2017-premier-league-preview-odds-and-pick#comments After a win in Portugal during Champions League action Jose Mourhino's Manchester United return to the Premier League on Saturday with their first visit to the John Smith Stadium to take on newly promoted Huddersfield Town.

Manchester United are 4-1-0 in their last five overall, 2-2-0 in away games in the Premier League this season and still one of only two unbeaten teams in the league this year. Jose Mourhino's side have been exceptional defensively only conceding two goals in eight games while scoring twenty one. With Lukaku, Rashford, Martial up front their is an abundance of attacking…

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After a win in Portugal during Champions League action Jose Mourhino's Manchester United return to the Premier League on Saturday with their first visit to the John Smith Stadium to take on newly promoted Huddersfield Town.

Manchester United are 4-1-0 in their last five overall, 2-2-0 in away games in the Premier League this season and still one of only two unbeaten teams in the league this year. Jose Mourhino's side have been exceptional defensively only conceding two goals in eight games while scoring twenty one. With Lukaku, Rashford, Martial up front their is an abundance of attacking talent and speed. Mkhitarian and Mata will pull the strings in midfield and United have been rock solid at the back with Smalling, Blind, Jones and Valencia doing a great job infront of probably the best goalkeeper in the world right now David De Gea. United are heavy favourites to pick up their third away win of the season here.

Huddersfield had a terrific start start to the season winning their first two games in the Premier League. The wheels have sort of fallen off after that though and their last win was in August. Huddersfield are 0-2-3 in their last five overall and 1-2-1 in their four home games this season including a 4-0 thumping from Tottenham in their last home game. Huddersfield's struggles have come in scoring goals with just five goals in nine games being an obvious problem. David Wagner's side have some attacking talent in the form of Mounie and Ince but they need to find a way to create more chances and finish the ball to the net. Defensively Huddersfield have done ok with the one exception being that 4-0 mauling by Tottenham.

Not much in terms of value on this one. Mourhino doesnt push the boat out for goals on the road and with United coming into this game after a tough Champions League game midweek there is always the chance players are slightly fatigued due to travel and the competition. One of my favourite bets on Manchester United games though is corner early. Take a corner before the 8th minute on Bet365 at 5/6 for 2 units. The other play of the game is Manchester United to win to nil i cant see Huddersfield scoring here and United's defence should be solid, 1 Unit.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:33:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97922
<![CDATA[Chelsea vs Watford 10/21/2017 Premier League Preview, Odds & Pick]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/10/21/chelsea-vs-watford-10/21/2017-premier-league-preview-odds-and-pick#comments The early morning kickoff in the Barclay's Premier League will see Chelsea host Watford.

Chelsea are in a rough run of form having lost two games and drawn their last in the Champions League midweek. Antonio Conte's team are struggling for form and have fallen out of the top four. Eden Hazard scored a couple of goals midweek and looks like he is returning to his terrific form of last season. Chelsea had struggled up front in the absence of Alvaro Morata but the former Real Madrid striker returned midweek and provides an excellent focal point up front. At the moment the blues need a win…

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The early morning kickoff in the Barclay's Premier League will see Chelsea host Watford.

Chelsea are in a rough run of form having lost two games and drawn their last in the Champions League midweek. Antonio Conte's team are struggling for form and have fallen out of the top four. Eden Hazard scored a couple of goals midweek and looks like he is returning to his terrific form of last season. Chelsea had struggled up front in the absence of Alvaro Morata but the former Real Madrid striker returned midweek and provides an excellent focal point up front. At the moment the blues need a win to get themselves back on track, facing a Watford team that currently sit above them in the table could be the catalyst that Chelsea need.

With Marco Silva's Watford sitting in fourth in the table the Hornets are flying. Having won against Arsenal last week there is no shortage of confidence at the moment and Watford will go to Chelsea looking to come away with something. Watford have only one loss on the season a 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City but at the moment City look unstoppable and that result seems like an outlier rather than the norm. Troy Deeney, Tom Cleverly, Doucoure and Richarlison the brazilian who arrived in the summer for €12 million, are all in excellent form. Doucoure and Richarlison in particular have been excellent so far with three goals apiece in eight appearances.

This is an interesting match up. Chelsea are struggling and Watford are high on confidence. With Chelsea's back three also looking suspect at times I think Watford can get at them and taking Watford +1 on the first half handicap looks the play here.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:08:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97919
<![CDATA[New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/10/22/new-orleans-saints-at-green-bay-packers-10/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments On Sunday out at Lambeau Field, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers will be meeting up in NFL action. 

The Saints come into this game with a 3-2 record so far, falling to the Vikings and Patriots before wins over the Panthers, Dolphins and Lions. In that Detroit game, Saints QB Drew Brees put up 186 yards with two touchdowns and two picks while Mark Ingram logged 114 yards and two scores on 25 carries. 

So far this season, Brees has put up 1321 yards, 10 touchdowns and two picks, while Ingram leads the Saints in rushing with 284 yards…

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On Sunday out at Lambeau Field, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers will be meeting up in NFL action. 

The Saints come into this game with a 3-2 record so far, falling to the Vikings and Patriots before wins over the Panthers, Dolphins and Lions. In that Detroit game, Saints QB Drew Brees put up 186 yards with two touchdowns and two picks while Mark Ingram logged 114 yards and two scores on 25 carries. 

So far this season, Brees has put up 1321 yards, 10 touchdowns and two picks, while Ingram leads the Saints in rushing with 284 yards and two touchdowns from 67 carries. Tops in receiving for New Orleans is Michael Thomas, who has 28 catches for 321 yards and two scores. 

Over on the Packers side, they’re currently 4-2 with wins over Seattle, Cincinnati, Chicago and Dallas along with losses to the Falcons and Vikings. In that Minnesota game, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury and won’t be back any time soon. 

In Rodgers’ absence, Green Bay will be relying on Brett Hundley, who put up 157 yards on 18-of-33 passing with three picks and one TD. Heading up the Packers rush is Aaron Jones, with 215 yards and two scores on 45 attempts, while Davonte Adams is tops in receiving on 28 catches, 339 yards and five scores. 

The Saints are 4-0 ATS in the last four games following a straight-up win, and 5-0 ATS in their last five games in Week 7. New Orleans is also 11-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six versus the NFC. 

Meanwhile, the Packers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in Week 7 and 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Green Bay is also 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games in October and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 versus the NFC. 

The Saints haven’t had a good defense over the past handful of years, but they’re really stepping up during this winning streak. The New Orleans D scored three times against Detroit, and held the Panthers and Dolphins to 13 combined points (all from Carolina). The absence of Rodgers cannot be overstated, as all signs point to the Packers offense going into a complete tailspin without him. I’m going with the Saints here.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97871
<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/10/22/dallas-cowboys-at-san-francisco-49ers-10/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers will be meeting up in NFL activity. 

The Cowboys enter this game with a 2-3 record, beating the Giants and Cardinals while falling to Denver, the Rams and Green Bay. In that Packers game, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott went 25-of-36 for 251 yards, three TDs and a score while Ezekiel Elliott managed 29 carries for 116 yards. 

On the year so far, Prescott has 1192 yards, 11 touchdowns and four picks; Elliott leads the Cowboys with 393 yards, 105 attempts and…

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Down at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers will be meeting up in NFL activity. 

The Cowboys enter this game with a 2-3 record, beating the Giants and Cardinals while falling to Denver, the Rams and Green Bay. In that Packers game, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott went 25-of-36 for 251 yards, three TDs and a score while Ezekiel Elliott managed 29 carries for 116 yards. 

On the year so far, Prescott has 1192 yards, 11 touchdowns and four picks; Elliott leads the Cowboys with 393 yards, 105 attempts and two TDs. Dez Bryant is the lead Dallas receiver with 264 yards and three TDs on 21 catches. 

The Niners skid into this one with a 0-6 record on the season, losing to the Panthers, Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals, Colts and Redskins. In that Redskins game, 49ers QB CJ Beathard posted 245 yards, one TD and one pick, and Carlos Hyde led an anemic rush on 13 carries, 28 yards and two TDs. 

On the season, Hyde leads San Francisco with 86 carries, 360 yards and four touchdowns, and Pierre Garcon is the top receiver with 434 yards and 33 receptions on 56 targets. 

The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 7 and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Dallas is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 versus the NFC. 

Meanwhile, the 49ers are 4-0 ATS in the last four versus the NFC and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss. San Francisco is also 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in October. 

The Cowboys have been putting up points over their last two losses, but the defense hasn’t been helping out. Between the Rams and Packers, Dallas gave up 70 points and scored 61 overall. As for San Fran, they look pretty bad but haven’t been losing games by much. The Niners’ last five losses have come by three points or fewer. I’m going to go with the 49ers to hang around here and cover, but lose all the same.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97874
<![CDATA[Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/10/22/tampa-bay-buccaneers-at-buffalo-bills-10/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills mix it up from New Era Field in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to rebound after dropping back-to-back outings, including a 38-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in their last outing. Jameis Winston threw for 61 yards on 5 for 10 passing before leaving due to injury, and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 22 of his 32 attempts for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Doug Martin led the team with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Mike Evans led the Bucs with…

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills mix it up from New Era Field in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to rebound after dropping back-to-back outings, including a 38-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in their last outing. Jameis Winston threw for 61 yards on 5 for 10 passing before leaving due to injury, and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 22 of his 32 attempts for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Doug Martin led the team with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Mike Evans led the Bucs with 95 receiving yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions. Cameron Brate and Adam Humphries shared the team-lead with 6 catches, however it was Brate who racked up 76 receiving yards and a touchdown in addition to DeSean Jackson who caught 3 for 38 yards and a TD of his own in the loss. Lavonte David forced a pair of fumbles, returning one for a TD, while Brent Grimes added an interception, also leading the team with 7 tackles as the Bucs combined for 3 sacks as a team, giving up 432 yards of total offense to Arizona in the losing effort.

The Buffalo Bills come in off of their bye week looking to bounce back after a 20-16 loss to Cincinnati in their last outing. Tyrod Taylor completed 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while LeSean McCoy carried the rock 19 times, turning them into 63 rushing yards. McCoy also led the team with 6 catches, while Nick O’Leary racked up a team-high 54 receiving yards. Charles Clay caught 2 balls for 31 yards, while Brandon Tate caught a pair of passes himself for 25 yards and the team’s lone touchdown. Defensively, the Bills combined for a sack, a fumble which they also recovered, and a pair of interceptions, but gave up 388 yards of total offense as the time of possession battle favored Cincinnati by a single second.

Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 week 7 matchups while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I was initially going to take the Bucs mainly because they showed some signs of life in the comeback against the Cardinals. However, if Winston goes, he most likely won’t be 100% and this Bills team knows Fitzpatrick from his time there a couple of seasons ago. I think this is the year the Bills feel that they have a chance to steal the AFC East and if they want to do so, they’ll have to take advantage of situations like these, so I’ll lay the field goal with the Bills here.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:03:36 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97913
<![CDATA[Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/10/22/seattle-seahawks-at-new-york-giants-10/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants duke it out from MetLife Stadium in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Seattle Seahawks come into this one well rested after their bye week, following a 16-10 victory over the Rams in week 5, giving the ‘Hawks their 2nd straight win. Russell Wilson led the team with 198 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, while the Seahawks’ ground attack combined for just 62 rushing yards on 25 carries. Jimmy Graham led the team with 6 receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown, while Doug Baldwin put up 37 receiving yards of his own. J.D.…

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The Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants duke it out from MetLife Stadium in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Seattle Seahawks come into this one well rested after their bye week, following a 16-10 victory over the Rams in week 5, giving the ‘Hawks their 2nd straight win. Russell Wilson led the team with 198 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, while the Seahawks’ ground attack combined for just 62 rushing yards on 25 carries. Jimmy Graham led the team with 6 receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown, while Doug Baldwin put up 37 receiving yards of his own. J.D. McKissic and Paul Richardson followed right behind, with both logging 3 receptions and 36 and 35 receiving yards respectively. Deuces were wild for the Seahawks defense, combining for 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles, one of which they recovered in the win, despite giving up 375 yards of total offense in the win.

The New York Giants will try to build on their first victory of the season, what many would call an upset in the form of a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on week 6’s edition of Sunday Night Football. Eli Manning threw for 128 yards and a touchdown on 11 of 19 passing, while Orleans Darkwa led the Giants’ ground attack with 21 carries for 117 yards. Evan Engram was the only Giant to have more than 2 receptions in the win, leading the team with 5 catches for 82 yards and the team’s lone offensive touchdown in the win. Janoris Jenkins led the way for the Giants’ defense with a 43-yard pick-six, while Jason Pierre-Paul logged 3 sacks as New York still gave up 412 yards of total offense to the Broncos.

Seattle is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in October while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NFC. New York is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’ll be the first to admit I thought the Giants had no chance against Denver but I was proved wrong, and on the road no less. However, they have to play two strong defenses back-to-back and the favorite has had the bulk of the success between these two. Seattle’s offense has been nothing to write home about as of late, but I think they’re strong enough defensively to get some points on the board and keep the Giants down enough to get a road win and a cover by a touchdown here.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:01:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97907
<![CDATA[Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/10/22/cincinnati-bengals-at-pittsburgh-steelers-10/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off in a week 7 AFC North showdown from Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Bengals will come into this game rested after their bye week, looking to build on back-to-back wins following a 20-16 victory over the Bills in their last outing. Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions on 22 of 36 passing, while Joe Mixon led the Bengals’ ground attack with 15 carries for 51 yards and a rushing score. A.J. Green far and away led the Bengals’ receiving corps, hauling in 7 passes for 189 yards and the…

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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off in a week 7 AFC North showdown from Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Bengals will come into this game rested after their bye week, looking to build on back-to-back wins following a 20-16 victory over the Bills in their last outing. Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions on 22 of 36 passing, while Joe Mixon led the Bengals’ ground attack with 15 carries for 51 yards and a rushing score. A.J. Green far and away led the Bengals’ receiving corps, hauling in 7 passes for 189 yards and the team’s lone receiving TD in the win, while Tyler Kroft added 38 receiving yards and Brandon LaFell hauled in 5 passes. The Bengals’ defense combined for 6 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception, all while holding the Buffalo offense to just 221 yards of total offense in the win.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will look for another win to maintain their spot atop the AFC North standings, sitting at 4-2 following a 19-13 win over Kansas City last time out. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 252 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 17 of 25 passing, while Le’Veon Bell turned his 32 carries into 179 yards and a rushing score. Antonio Brown led Pittsburgh with 8 catches for 155 yards and the team’s lone receiving touchdown while the rest of the Steelers caught the other 9 passes for 97 yards. Defensively, the Steelers recorded a safety while also combining for 3 sacks as they held KC to just 251 yards of total offense in handing the Chiefs’ their first loss of the season.

Cincinnati is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games in October while the under is 21-6 in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh and 7-19-2 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall.

Cincinnati comes into this one well rested and on a bit of a hot streak, but I’m not sure the bye week was the best thing for them as some of that momentum may have cooled off, and to be honest, wins over Cleveland and Buffalo don’t inspire too much confidence in me when they’re going up against a very good Steelers team that just took down the last undefeated team in the league last week. Not to mention, Cincinnati has struggled against the spread when it comes to the Steelers, so I’ll lay the points with Pittsburgh here.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:56:20 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97904
<![CDATA[Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings - 10/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/10/22/baltimore-ravens-at-minnesota-vikings-10/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Baltimore Ravens square off against the Minnesota Vikings in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Baltimore Ravens will look to bounce back after suffering a 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears in their last outing, dropping the Ravens to 3-3 on the year. Joe Flacco threw for 180 yards and a pair of interceptions on 24 of 41 passing, while Alex Collins led the team with 74 rushing yards on 15 carries. Javorius Allen contributed 49 rushing yards of his own, while Chris Moore led the Ravens’ receiving corps with 44 yards on 3 catches. Mike Wallace, Michael Campanaro and…

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The Baltimore Ravens square off against the Minnesota Vikings in week 7 NFL action on Sunday afternoon.

The Baltimore Ravens will look to bounce back after suffering a 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears in their last outing, dropping the Ravens to 3-3 on the year. Joe Flacco threw for 180 yards and a pair of interceptions on 24 of 41 passing, while Alex Collins led the team with 74 rushing yards on 15 carries. Javorius Allen contributed 49 rushing yards of his own, while Chris Moore led the Ravens’ receiving corps with 44 yards on 3 catches. Mike Wallace, Michael Campanaro and the aforementioned Allen caught 3 passes each while Ben Watson hauled in a team-high 6 receptions in the loss. Defensively, the Ravens forced a pair of fumbles, both of which they recovered, in addition to a pair of sacks, allowing 342 yards of total offense to Chicago in the loss.

The Minnesota Vikings will look for a 3rd straight win to maintain their spot atop the NFC North standings after a 23-10 victory over the rival Green Bay Packers in their last outing. Case Keenum threw for 239 yards on 24 of 38 passing with a touchdown and an interception, while Jerick McKinnon led the team in rushing with 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in addition to catching 5 balls out of the backfield for 30 yards and a receiving score. Latavius Murray also had 15 carries, converting them in just 28 rushing yards. Adam Thielen caught a team-high 9 passes for 96 yards, while Laquon Treadwell caught 3 balls for 51 yards and Kyle Rudolph added 5 receptions of his own. Defensively, the Vikings combined for 3 sacks and 3 interceptions, all while allowing the Packers to put up just 227 yards of total offense while also dealing Green Bay an even bigger blow, taking out quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone that could sideline the Packers’ pivot for the rest of the year.

Baltimore is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-14-2 ATS in their last 21 games following a loss while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games in October. Minnesota is 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games following a win. Baltimore is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Baltimore has had the bulk of the success against the spread in this matchup, but they’ve also been more inconsistent of the two teams. Minnesota is in the early driver’s seat to take over the NFC North after their win last week, and if they don’t look ahead, I think the Vikings to cover a touchdown here is more than reasonable here.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:53:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97901
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees - 10/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/20/houston-astros-vs-new-york-yankees-10/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees head back to Minute Maid Park for game six of the ALCS from Houston on Friday.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back and force a game seven after falling behind 3-2 in the best-of-7 series thanks to a 5-0 loss in game five on Wednesday. Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each logged a double, going 1 for 4 at the dish while George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez added base hits of their own in the loss. Dallas Keuchel took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out eight over just 4.2 innings of work. Justin Verlander…

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The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees head back to Minute Maid Park for game six of the ALCS from Houston on Friday.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back and force a game seven after falling behind 3-2 in the best-of-7 series thanks to a 5-0 loss in game five on Wednesday. Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each logged a double, going 1 for 4 at the dish while George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez added base hits of their own in the loss. Dallas Keuchel took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out eight over just 4.2 innings of work. Justin Verlander will start game six after throwing a complete game gem against the Yankees in game two of the series, giving up one run on five hits and striking out 13 in a 2-1 victory. In his career, Verlander is 6-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 101 strikeouts against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees will look to advance to their first World Series since 2009 with a win here after taking game five. Gary Sanchez led the way, going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius each logged a double and an RBI along with an RBI from Greg Bird to round out the scoring for the Yankees in the win. Starlin Castro and Chase Headley each added a double as well, with Headley going 3 for 4 at the dish in the win. Masahiro Tanaka got the win after tossing seven innings of three hit shutout baseball, striking out eight for the victory. Luis Severino will start game six after receiving a no decision in the game two loss against the Astros, giving up one run on two hits over four innings of work. In his career, Severino is 0-1 with an 8.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 7-0 in Verlander’s last 7 starts and 4-0 in Verlander’s last 4 home starts while the over is 11-6 in their last 17 games overall. New York is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 8-2 in Severino’s last 10 starts while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. The home team is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I called it, that the Astros would come back to Houston in desperation mode, down 3-2. However, I said nothing about Yankees in six. Verlander has given up two runs or less in each of his nine appearances since being traded to the Astros, and I think Houston knows how much this game means. New York’s offensive outburst and surge ahead in the series was impressive, but at the end of the day I foresee a game seven in our future on Saturday.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:51:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97796
<![CDATA[New York Yankees at Houston Astros - 10/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/20/new-york-yankees-at-houston-astros-10/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MLB comes to Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros host the New York Yankees in game six of the ALCS.

The New York Yankees have won three straight to lead the ALCS 3-2 following a 5-0 victory in game five on Wednesday. The New York pitching was outstanding once again with starter Masahiro Tanaka allowing three hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out eight. 

The Yankees offense totaled ten hits and walked three times with Gary Sanchez going 2-4 with a homer and two runs driven in while Aaron Judge drove in a run and scored followed by Chase Headley who logged…

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MLB comes to Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros host the New York Yankees in game six of the ALCS.

The New York Yankees have won three straight to lead the ALCS 3-2 following a 5-0 victory in game five on Wednesday. The New York pitching was outstanding once again with starter Masahiro Tanaka allowing three hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out eight. 

The Yankees offense totaled ten hits and walked three times with Gary Sanchez going 2-4 with a homer and two runs driven in while Aaron Judge drove in a run and scored followed by Chase Headley who logged three hits and scored. New York has named Luis Severino as the game six starter versus the Houston Astros. Severino held Houston to a run in four frames in game two before leaving with a shoulder problem.

The big offense of the Houston Astros has been held in check by the Yankees pitching for the majority of the ALCS and the result has the team heading home for game number six facing elimination. Houston struggled in all areas Wednesday in game five with starter Dallas Keuchel charged with four runs on seven hits and a BB over 4.2 innings pitched where he struck out eight.

The Astros attack consisted of four hits and a base on balls with Marwin Gonzalez and George Springer posting singles while Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each doubled. The Houston Astros are starting right hander Justin Verlander in game six of the ALCS versus the New York Yankees. Verlander defeated the Yankees in game two 2-1 with the lone run given up on five hits in a complete game effort with 13 strikeouts.

Houston are 20-7 in their last 27 overall and Houston are 20-7 in their last 27 games on grass and Houston are 9-4 in their 13 versus the American League East. New York are 21-8 in their last 29 on grass and New York are and New York are 5-2 in their last 7 playoff games. Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

My problem here is Severino left game two with a shoulder injury and I don't know what his physical well being is. I'll go with what I know and that's a healthy Verlander...

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:50:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97787
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees ALCS Game 6 - 10/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/10/20/houston-astros-vs-new-york-yankees-alcs-game-6-10/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments On Friday from Minute Maid Park in Houston, the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros will be meeting up for Game 6 of their ALCS matchup. 

Houston took the first pair of games in this set, each by a score of 2-1. New York struck back with an 8-1 win in Game 3 and a 6-4 win in Game 4 to even the series. In the Wednesday Game 5, the Yankees made it a 3-2 series with a 5-0 win. 

For the Friday Game 6, the Yankees will be bringing out Luis Severino. In his 11.1 innings pitched this postseason, Severino has given up seven earned on five hits with…

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On Friday from Minute Maid Park in Houston, the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros will be meeting up for Game 6 of their ALCS matchup. 

Houston took the first pair of games in this set, each by a score of 2-1. New York struck back with an 8-1 win in Game 3 and a 6-4 win in Game 4 to even the series. In the Wednesday Game 5, the Yankees made it a 3-2 series with a 5-0 win. 

For the Friday Game 6, the Yankees will be bringing out Luis Severino. In his 11.1 innings pitched this postseason, Severino has given up seven earned on five hits with nine Ks. 

New York has some key hitters this year. Brett Gardner finished the regular season on 157 hits, 96 runs, 21 homers and 63 RBI, while Aaron Judge posted 154 hits, 128 runs, 52 homers and 114 RBI. Gardner went 0-for-5 on Wednesday but did plate a run. Judge had one hit, a run and an RBI. 

Over on the Astros’ side, they’ll be rolling with RHP Justin Verlander. In his 206.0 innings and 15-8 record this year, Verlander posted a 3.36 ERA with 219 Ks and 72 BBs. 

Houston has some great bats as well. Jose Altuve managed 204 hits, 112 runs, 24 homers and 81 RBI in the regular season, and Alex Bregman had a solid year with 158 hits, 88 runs, 19 homers and 71 RBI. In the Wednesday game, Altuve and Bregman combined to go 0-for-8. 

The Yankees are 4-1 in their last five games following a win and 6-2 in their last eight overall. New York is also 1-5 in their last six road games and 1-7 in their last eight playoff road games. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 19-7 in their last 26 Friday games and 4-0 in Verlander’s last four home starts. Houston is also 7-0 in Verlander’s last seven starts and 42-20 in their last 62 games following a loss.

Verlander’s last outing versus the Yankees went very well. He pitched 9.0 innings, allowing just five hits and one earned with 13 strikeouts. As for Severino, he last pitched in Houston during a 2-1 loss, going 4.0 innings with two hits and one earned on the day. Even though the Yankees have gained some momentum over the last few games, the pendulum will be swinging back toward Houston’s way during these last couple of games. I’ll take the Astros for the win.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:49:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97784
<![CDATA[New Mexico vs. Colorado State - 10/20/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/20/new-mexico-vs-colorado-state-10/20/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MWC college football coms to Dreamstyle Stadium where the New Mexico Lobos host the Colorado State Rams.

The Colorado State Rams pay a visit to MWC rival the New Mexico Lobos in a week eight tilt.  Colorado comes off of a 44-42 shootout win versus the Nevada Wolf Pack for win number three in a row that upped their record to 5-2. Fans of offense loved this matchup with the Rams holding a 612-564 yardage advantage with the ability to both run and throw effectively while Nevada threw for over 500 yards.

Dalyn Dawkins gave CSU a monster performance on the ground with 195 yards on…

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MWC college football coms to Dreamstyle Stadium where the New Mexico Lobos host the Colorado State Rams.

The Colorado State Rams pay a visit to MWC rival the New Mexico Lobos in a week eight tilt.  Colorado comes off of a 44-42 shootout win versus the Nevada Wolf Pack for win number three in a row that upped their record to 5-2. Fans of offense loved this matchup with the Rams holding a 612-564 yardage advantage with the ability to both run and throw effectively while Nevada threw for over 500 yards.

Dalyn Dawkins gave CSU a monster performance on the ground with 195 yards on 17 touches   and a 59 yard scoring jaunt. Colorado State was prolific through the air with quarterback Nick Stevens hitting 26-37 for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Michal Gallup as the star of the Rams receiving corps with 13 receptions for 263 yards and three touchdowns. 

The New Mexico Lobos are hoping to pull an upset when the Colorado State Rams in week eight. New Mexico saw an opportunity of a three winning streak go by the wayside in a 38-0 defeat at the Fresno State Bulldogs as a two point favorite on Saturday night. The Lobos struggled on both sides of the football as the team was outgained 526-322 with a pair of turnovers and 13 first downs. 

Eight players ran the ball for New Mexico and averaged less then three yards per touch on 37 carries so the offense needed an explosive night from the passing attack. Lobos quarterback Tevaka Tuioti was in a tough situation but did reasonably well with 200 yards on a 13-24 effort with an interception with Delane Hart-Johnson catching two passes for 56 yards. 

Under is 5-0 in Colorado State last 5 Friday games and Colorado State are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 conference games and Colorado State are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game. New Mexico are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and under is 6-1 in Lobos last 7 games overall and New Mexico  are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. Colorado State are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and home team is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings. 

I think Colorado State was asleep against Nevada and wake up for New Mexico so I’m on the Rams…

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:46:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97379
<![CDATA[Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall - 10/20/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/10/20/middle-tennessee-vs-marshall-10/20/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down in Murfreesboro on Friday, the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be meeting up in college football activity. 

Marshall enters this game with a 5-1 record so far, losing to NC State back on September 9 and otherwise beating Miami (OH), Kent State, Cincinnati, Charlotte and Old Dominion. In that Old Dominion game, Marshall QB Chase Litton posted three touchdowns with 176 yards on 12-of-23 passing, while Tyler King was the top rusher on 13 carries, 77 yards and one TD. 

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Down in Murfreesboro on Friday, the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be meeting up in college football activity. 

Marshall enters this game with a 5-1 record so far, losing to NC State back on September 9 and otherwise beating Miami (OH), Kent State, Cincinnati, Charlotte and Old Dominion. In that Old Dominion game, Marshall QB Chase Litton posted three touchdowns with 176 yards on 12-of-23 passing, while Tyler King was the top rusher on 13 carries, 77 yards and one TD. 

This year so far, Litton has 1382 yards, 13 touchdowns and three picks, and Keion Davis is the lead Marshall rusher with 78 carries, 393 yards and a TD. Tyre Brady is the Herd’s top receiver on 34 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns. 

Over on the Middle Tennessee State side, they’re currently 3-4 this year, alternating wins over Syracuse, Bowling Green and FIU with losses to Vanderbilt, Minnesota, FAU and UAB. In that UAB game, Blue Raiders QB John Urzua posted 268 yards, a TD and two picks, while Brad Anderson led the rush on 15 carries for 81 yards. 

On the season, Urzua has 1302 yards, six touchdowns and eight picks, and Anderson leads the Blue Raiders with 61 carries for 367 yards. Ty Lee is the top Middle Tennessee State receiver on 39 catches, 436 yards and three scores. 

The Herd are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Friday games. Marshall is also 2-5 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference games. 

Meanwhile, the Blue Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up loss and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss. Middle Tennessee State is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games on turf, and the under is 6-0-1 in the Raiders’ last seven games overall. 

During Marshall’s win streak, they really haven’t had a “close” game, as every contest was decided by at least 11 points. Defensively, the Herd has allowed just six points combined over their last two games. As for Middle Tennessee State, they really had no business losing to UAB, but that’s beside the point. The Blue Raiders don’t necessarily have a great offense per se, but the defense has been okay over the past two games with an average of 20 points allowed. I don't think there’s going to be much doubt here, though; I’ll take Marshall for the cover.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:44:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97412
<![CDATA[Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 10/20/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/10/20/phoenix-suns-vs-los-angeles-lakers-10/20/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns meet Friday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their first win of the season after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 92 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 20 points and six rebounds while Larry Nance Jr. is averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and Julius Randle is grabbing six rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are…

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns meet Friday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their first win of the season after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 92 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 20 points and six rebounds while Larry Nance Jr. is averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and Julius Randle is grabbing six rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 60.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 21 of their last 25 road games.

The Phoenix Suns need a bounce back victory after getting embarrassed in their opener to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 76 points on 31.5 percent shooting and allowing 124 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 15 points and three assists while Mike James is averaging 12 points and two rebounds. Devin Booker is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing two rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 25.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 58.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost nine of their last 11 home games.

The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Friday games. The Lakers are 2-10-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Phoenix, 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

We have two bad basketball teams needing a victory to kind of right the ship before things get out of hand. The Lakers looked bad in the preseason and didn't look any better in their regular season opener, and now they have to play on the end of a back to back. The Suns were destroyed in their opener, but they're not nearly as bad as they played, as there's still a lot of young talent in Phoenix. I think you'll see a motivated Suns squad eager to prove they're better than what they showed. The Lakers are what they are until they prove otherwise. Give me the Suns and the small number.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:09:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97892
<![CDATA[New Jersey Devils vs. San Jose Sharks - 10/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/20/new-jersey-devils-vs-san-jose-sharks-10/20/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils meet Friday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The San Jose Sharks look for back-to-back wins for the first time to build on their 2-3-0 record. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with three goals, Kevin Labanc has two assists and Mikkel Boedker has six shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has…

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The San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils meet Friday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The San Jose Sharks look for back-to-back wins for the first time to build on their 2-3-0 record. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with three goals, Kevin Labanc has two assists and Mikkel Boedker has six shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up two goals on 31 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 12 goals on 114 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in three of their first five games.

The New Jersey Devils look to keep the puck rolling while building on their impressive 6-1-0 start to the season. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 4.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesper Bratt leads New Jersey with three goals, Will Butcher has nine assists and Taylor Hall has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 15 goals on 181 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed two goals on 31 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in four of their last five games.

The Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-8 in their last 10 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Devils are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 15-46 in their last 61 Friday games and 8-20 in their last 28 home games. The Sharks are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey, 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.

The Sharks have owned the Devils in past meetings and New Jersey is on the end of a back to back, which includes traveling back home from Ottawa. A lot of things are pointing towards San Jose on the road. However, the New Jersey Devils have done nothing but win games this season, and it's hard to bet against a team that keeps winning. We made plus money with the Devils last night, and I'm going to keep riding the hot hand until the tickets stop cashing.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:01:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97883
<![CDATA[Buffalo Sabres vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2017/10/20/buffalo-sabres-vs-vancouver-canucks-10/20/17-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabers meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a feel good victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Tanev leads Vancouver with two goals, Henrik Sedin has two assists and Bo Horvat has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 89.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given…

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The Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabers meet Friday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a feel good victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Tanev leads Vancouver with two goals, Henrik Sedin has two assists and Bo Horvat has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 89.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 12 goals on 123 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed zero goals on 32 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in four of their last five games.

The Buffalo Sabers look for their first home win of the season to rebound from a 1-4-2 record. The Buffalo Sabers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads Buffalo with five goals, Jack Eichel has seven assists and Jason Pominville has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabers are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 12 goals on 120 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 13 goals on 95 shots. The Buffalo Sabers have allowed three or more goals in six of their first seven games. Jacob Josefson is questionable.

The Canucks are 15-36 in their last 51 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-22 in their last 28 overall. The Sabres are 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-22 in their last 30 overall. The Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo, 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Neither one of these teams is off to a great start, but the Buffalo Sabres are at home and are catching a struggling Canucks squad on the end of a back to back. Vancouver has also been horrible on the defensive end, something the Sabres should be able to take advantage of. So, if forced to pick this game, you have to give the edge to Buffalo on its home ice. 

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:25:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97880
<![CDATA[New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors - 10/20/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/10/20/new-orleans-pelicans-vs-golden-state-warriors-10/20/17-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Golden State Warriors invade the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

The Golden State Warriors kicked off their season with a ring ceremony in front of their home crowd, but they had their season opener spoiled by the Rockets who beat them by 122-121 on Tuesday night. Stephen Curry had a decent game of 22 points with four assists, Kevin Durant added 20 points with seven assists, Klay Thompson chipped in with 16 points while Nick Young dazzled with 23 points on six of seven shooting from the 3-point line, but it still wasn’t enough to get past…

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The Golden State Warriors invade the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

The Golden State Warriors kicked off their season with a ring ceremony in front of their home crowd, but they had their season opener spoiled by the Rockets who beat them by 122-121 on Tuesday night. Stephen Curry had a decent game of 22 points with four assists, Kevin Durant added 20 points with seven assists, Klay Thompson chipped in with 16 points while Nick Young dazzled with 23 points on six of seven shooting from the 3-point line, but it still wasn’t enough to get past the Rockets at home. To be fair, the Warriors were up by as many as 17 points late in the game and looked to be in complete control until they lost Draymond Green to a knee strain which really hurt their defense in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 34-20.  

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans unfortunately look exactly like they did last season where their big men put up monster numbers that don’t result in wins. Anthony Davis poured in 33 points with 18 rebounds, while DeMarcus Cousins added 28 points with 10 rebounds and seven blocks, but the Pelicans’ bench were outscored by 53-8 which was why the team was outscored by 52-36 in the second and third quarters combined. Mario Chalmers scored just five points in 26 minutes of action while Chandler Parsons was restricted to just 15 minutes as the team management look to slowly work him back into the rotation.

Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games and 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record.

Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Warriors are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in New Orleans.

The Warriors were in complete control of the Rockets in their season opener, but they just fell to pieces once Green left the game with that knee strain which is a concern. I’m tempted to take the Pelicans with the points as Davis and Cousins will surely give the Warriors headaches in the paint, but the Warriors are better everywhere else and I like them to run away with this one in the second half. 

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:40:17 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97868