Dallas is dealing with significant issue, as it doesn’t appear that Luka Doncic is 100 percent healthy. The Slovenian superstar suffered a left calf strain in the Mavs’ regular-season finale 130-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs at home last Sunday. Doncic is irreplaceable, but the Mavs’ backcourt has considerable depth with guys like Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie both ready to step up if needed. Even w/o Doncic here don’t sleep on the Mavericks actually outshooting Utah in the series. Value with the points here with everybody fading Dallas due to injuries.
Minny not in same class as Miami and the T-wolves aren’t a good road team, plus they looked like shit against the Magic in their last game. The Miami Heat are as healthy as they’ve been all year, where they win at home by an average of six points. Miami rolls here.
I'm scratching my head wondering why this line has dropped from -8 to -7 because I really thought this line would be closer to OSU -10 before kick. But maybe that's just an over reaction to last week's OSU blowout of Michigan State.
But the reality is that Michigan has not yet faced an offense that ranks top-40 in the nation in scoring, and it lost 37-33 to Michigan State when it went to war with the No. 41 team. The Wolverines' defensive numbers, they've allowed neither 300 yards passing nor 200 yards rushing, which might look great on paper, but the difficulty level is about to get cranked up against 3 wide receivers that are going to jolt this Michigan defense today. I like Buckeyes to keep the hammer down here and just don't think Michigan is in the same class...I've got OSU by double digits.
It's hard to feel comfortable backing the Miami Dolphins in their current shape, but IMO Atlanta is less talented and constantly unreliable.
Despite the constant criticism, Tua Tagovailoa was not the issue against Jacksonville. I think he can build off that performance against a weak Falcons defense. Miami is a desperate team right now. It should cover in a game that goes right down to the wire.
I like buying the hook here and taking the points with Miami +3 (-120).
The Mountaineers have come really, really close to being amazing. It couldn’t stop turning the ball over against Maryland, it couldn’t come up with that one big drive needed against Oklahoma, and last week’s nice comeback attempt against Texas Tech was whacked by a last second field goal.
There’s absolutely nothing consistent about this West Virginia team offensively and they have yet to play a complete game, but have shown flashes.
Baylor is hardly a great team and the Bears warmed up with three layups and it all worked in the win over Iowa State. The O fell flat, though, in the 24-14 loss to Oklahoma State and the run defense got shoved around.
The Cowboys also spent a whole lot of time in the Baylor backfield ten tackles for loss and constant pressure.
At the end of the day, I believe the Mountaineers are on par with Ok State and overdue for a complete game. As long as the Moutaineers bring their "A game" and avoid turnovers this is one WVU should win, give me the free 2.5 points.
***UNDER 59.5*** Losing to Alabama was one thing but losing to Kentucky? Florida looked pretty bad last week and the Gators might come into this game a bit down with the SEC title hopes on life support.
But the problem for Vandy bettors here is that Vandy can't stop the run.
Florida might not be too up for this after the struggles of last week against Kentucky, but it won’t be hard for the Gators to flex their muscles against such weak competition.
Vanderbilt really, really doesn’t have a downfield passing game to count on, and the running game isn’t working, either. The biggest problem, though, is a run defense that’s allowing over 200 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry.
I believe Florida will run the ball and run the ball some more against this Vandy sieve of a defense. But the Gators are going to pound and pound some more, and they’ll hit a few downfield plays after softening things up through the first quarter.
Prediction: I like the UNDER 59.5 points. Florida will burn a ton of clock with their run game in this one and I really don't see Vandy scoring more than 6-7 points. I've got Florida in a 42-6 type of game.
The Saints deserved to be favored to beat the winless Giants today but a seven-point spread? Feels a bit thick to me.
Which version of the Saints, particularly Jameis Winston, will show up? Furthermore, a full seven points is too tempting after New York lost its last two games by a combined four points.
Quarterback Daniel Jones has performed better than many expected, running back Saquon Barkely is getting more comfortable in his return from a torn ACL, and they played Washington and Atlanta in close games over the last two weeks.
Throw in that Winston and the Saints offense will be without standout veteran left tackle Terron Armstead, and it's hard to confidently predict a New Orleans blowout.
You can find Cowboys at +8 at several books and that feels like a big number here. Tom Brady won’t be perfect, but the Bucs have one of the most talent laden defenses in the NFL so Old Tom won't have to be perfect Thursday night. Cowboys offense does enough to keep up for 3 quarters but Tampa Bay wins it in the 4th. Dallas 23 - Tampa Bay 27.
The Grizzlies have dropped three straight while losing by seven or more points. This is the largest spread of the series and I think it's too many. The young Grizzlies team are a gritty bunch and I don't see a double digit blowout here. Valiant effort but Memphis comes up short: Jazz 123, Grizzlies 118.
This sure had the look of a team that heard all year another team was #1 and the best team in the country and tonight had a chance to do something about it and show everyone they had it wrong all along. Baylor was awesome tonight. Deserving champs!
These teams are very similar this season so this should be a very close matchup, as the spread shows. The adjusted offensive ratings can show us where we should be leaning as Mississippi State is 101st in the country with a 106.6 offensive rating while Louisiana Tech is 132nd in the country with a 104.1 offensive rating. The numbers are going to be close whichever way you try to slice them but Mississippi State has the more talented roster and should be able to win here and advance to the NIT Finals. #SEC
The Saints will be without their entire running back room for this game due to COVID-19 contact tracing and the Panthers will be without their top two running backs Christian McCaffrey (thigh) and Mike Davis (ankle). It'll be a struggle at times for these two teams to move the ball and score but both teams have the ability to be efficient in the passing game. Carolina doesn't have much to play for other than to end the season on a high note and some guys fighting for a contract extension. I think the Saints will be challenged by Carolina but will escape Charlotte with a close win.
I'm sorry, but I just do not see this game as being the cavernous sized talent gap between Notre Dame and Alabama. Notre Dame has talent that can go toe-to-toe with Alabama in the trenches. If that talent is put in position from a coaching standpoint to play to its potential the Irish can stay in this game and will be in position to potentially pull off the upset at the end.
Bad weather in Fort Worth forecasted for game time. Going to be in low 30's with rain and snow mix, breezy (15-20mph, gusts 25), and wet (scattered showers). No one issue is that that bad, but combined it's a pretty ugly day. I think it's enough to effect scoring here today.
Haters going to hate everybody talks about how good the browns are how bad the Ravens are but bottom line is Browns can afford to lose this game the Ravens needs this game. Long story short it's going to be 27 to 17 Baltimore wins