|Date||Match Up||Rating||Score||Result||Profit||Lead Time||Analysis|
|11-15-19||Pistons -3 v. Hornets||106-109||Loss||-109||10 h 26 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Pistons -3 -109
The Pistons (4-8) and Hornets (4-7) have both failed to reach five wins at this point in the NBA season. Tonight, both teams will face off against one another in Charlotte.
Detroit has lost three straight to Indiana, Memphis, and Miami, but two came by just six points and the last loss was on the latter end of a back-to-back.
On average, the Pistons are scoring 108.9 points and allowing 112.5 points per game.
In addition to the three players who’ve been averaging 18 points or more throughout the season, the Pistons now have the services of Blake Griffin, who’s returning from injury. In his one game played this year, Griffin scored 19 points while racking up seven rebounds and six assists.
After squeaking out a two-point overtime win over the Pacers, the Hornets have lost their last four games. The most recent lost came two days ago in a 119-117 game against Memphis.
On average, the Hornets are scoring 106.8 points and allowing 113.7 points per game.
In a rough start to the season, the Hornets can take pride in the fact that five players are averaging 12 points or more. However, no Hornet is scoring more than the 18 points that Devonte Graham is averaging.
|11-15-19||West Virginia v. Pittsburgh||Top||68-53||Win||100||12 h 38 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on West Virginia PK -109
The West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0) are looking for a flawless start to the season through two games. The Pitt Panthers (2-1) might have something to say about that when these teams match up this evening.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 10-point win over the Akron Zips, which they played a full week ago. Although West Virginia allowed Akron to score 51 points in the second half, the Mountaineers did enough by duplicating their 47-point first half in which they held the Zips to just 33 points.
Of the 11 West Virginia players who saw the floor for at least five minutes, six had nine points or more. Both Jermaine Haley and Derek Culver led the Mountaineers with 16 points and seven rebounds apiece. Miles McBride led the bench in scoring with 11 points.
The Mountaineers shot 38.5% from three and 47.5% from the field.
Between wins over Florida State and Robert Morris, the Panthers fell by five points to Nicholls. Thus far, Pittsburgh is 1-1 on their home floor.
On average, the Panthers are scoring 68 points and allowing 64.3 points per game.
Guard Ryan Murphy has led the Panthers in scoring so far this season. While hitting 47.4% of his shots from beyond the arc, Murphy is averaging 17 points, 3.7 rebounds, and two assists.
|11-14-19||Michigan State -6 v. Seton Hall||Top||76-73||Loss||-109||12 h 42 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Michigan State -6 -109
The #3 Michigan State Spartans (1-1) aren’t afraid of testing themselves early in the season. After opening the year against #2 Kentucky, Sparty will now take on the #12 Seton Hall Pirates (2-0).
Entering the season as the top-ranked team, Michigan State fell to the Kentucky Wildcats by seven points in the season opener. The Spartans rebounded with a big 100-47 win over Binghamton days later.
On average, the Spartans are scoring 81 points and allowing 58 points per game.
Against Kentucky, Michigan State was unable to recover from a slow start after scoring just 24 points in the first half. Despite hitting just one of his seven three-point attempts, Cassius Winston led the Spartans by a wide margin by scoring 21 points in the contest.
Seton Hall opened the year with a pair of wins over Wagner and Stony Brook. Neither game was ever in jeopardy for the Pirates, who scored 105 against Wagner and held Stony Brook to just 57.
On average, the Pirates are scoring 89.5 points and allowing 64 points per game.
Currently, four Seton Hall players are scoring double-digit points per contest. Leading the group is Sandro Mamukelashvili, who’s averaging 14 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
|11-14-19||VMI v. Arkansas State -6||56-71||Win||100||11 h 20 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Arkansas State -6 -109
After playing three games, the VMI Keydets (0-3) are still in search of their first victory of the season. Tonight, they’ll attempt to claim win number one when they go up against the Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1).
The Keydets have failed to win any of their first three games against East Carolina, Marist, or Presbyterian, but they haven’t been blown out in any of them. While they lost by 12 to the Pirates, VMI only fell by two points to Marist and then Presbyterian needed overtime to get the win.
On average, the Keydets are scoring 67 points and allowing 72.7 points per game.
VMI only has two players scoring at least 10 points per game. Greg Parham leads the team with 12.7 points per game, and Jake Stephens trails shortly behind with 10.3 points per contest.
After opening the season with a win over Ark Monticello, the Red Wolves fell to Ole Miss by a score of 71-43. Thus far, Arkansas State is shooting 40.4% from the field.
On average, the Red Wolves are scoring 54 points and allowing 60 points per game.
VMI is led by guard Canberk Kus, who’s averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, four steals, and three assists per game. J.J. Matthews is adding another 10 points and six rebounds per game.
|11-14-19||Clippers -2.5 v. Pelicans||Top||127-132||Loss||-110||11 h 37 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Clippers -2½ -110
While the Clippers (7-4) have gotten off to a decent start without one of their two star players, the Pelicans (2-8) have won just 20% of their games thus far. Tonight, the Pelicans will be hosting the Clippers in New Orleans.
The two Los Angeles teams are once again atop the Pacific standings after the Clippers have earned a 0.5-game lead over the Suns. Yet the Clippers will need to go on a winning streak in order to catch the 9-2 Lakers. Before yesterday’s loss to Houston, the Clippers defeated both Portland and Toronto.
On average, the Clippers are scoring 110.2 points and allowing 106.5 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard leads Los Angeles with 26.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, six assists, and 2.1 steals per game. Lou Williams is the team’s second-leading scorer with 22.1 points per game.
The Pelicans are in the basement of the Southwest standings and don’t look to be much of a threat without Zion Williamson on the floor. New Orleans is also coming off a loss to the Rockets.
On average, the Pelicans are scoring 117 points and allowing 122.4 points per contest.
Brandon Ingram leads New Orleans with 25.9 points per game, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to go this evening after picking up a knock to his knee.
|11-13-19||Providence v. Northwestern +8.5||Top||63-72||Win||100||13 h 24 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Northwestern +8½ -109
Having started the season with a flawless record through two games, the Providence Friars (2-0) will go on the road to take on the Northwestern Wildcats (0-1).
Providence topped the 100-point mark in their season opener against Sacred Heart while holding their opponent to just 60. The Friars then welcomed the NJIT Highlanders and had little more trouble, easily winning a 76-47 contest.
On average, the Friars are scoring 91 points and allowing 53.5 points per game.
Providence currently has five players scoring double-digit points per contest, three of which are averaging 10.5 points a game. Guard Alpha Diallo is the main man for the Friars thus far with an average of 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
Guard David Duke has added another 16 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game.
After losing by 10 to Merrimack, the Northwestern Wildcats are getting 8.5 points in tonight’s contest. After trailing Merrimack by just a single point at the half, Northwestern let their opponent get away from them in the final period of play.
Forward Pete Nance put in the best performance of the game for Northwestern. In 33 minutes, Nance went for 19 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 7-of-15 from the floor. Miller Kopp and Pat Spencer added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
|11-13-19||Purdue v. Marquette -2||55-65||Win||100||13 h 11 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Marquette -2 -109
The Marquette Golden Eagles (1-0) are set to kick off their season with two consecutive home games. If they’ll stay perfect through two games, Marquette will need to overpower the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1) this evening.
Purdue opened the season with two home games of their own. After taking down Green Bay in a comfortable game, the Boilermakers fell to Texas in a four-point contest.
On average, the Boilermakers are scoring 72.5 points and allowing 63.5 points per game.
Against Texas, Purdue was led by the 14 points of Sasha Stefanovic, who came off the bench. The pairing of Eric Hunter Jr. and Jahaad Proctor both scored a dozen points in at least 28 minutes on the floor as the most productive of the starting five.
Marquette faced Loyola-MD in the season opener and never had much trouble. Whilst scoring 44 points in both halves, the Golden Eagles built a big lead by holding Loyola to just 15 points in the first half before coasting to victory.
In the opener, the Marquette offense flowed through guard Markus Howard. In 26 minutes, Howard scored a game-high 38 points while shooting 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Howard also added five rebounds and two assists.
The rest of the Marquette team didn’t need to do much in the way of scoring, but both Koby McKewen and Sacar Anim dropped 11 points in the victory.
|11-13-19||Miami-OH -2 v. IUPU Ft Wayne||84-80||Win||100||9 h 14 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Miami-OH -2 -109
Both the Miami of Ohio Redhawks (0-1) and Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (1-2) are seeking a .500 record. One of them will do so when these two teams meet today.
Miami of Ohio opened the season against Wright State. A closely contested matchup ended in a seven-point loss for the Redhawks. A strong comeback effort fell short for Miami as they weren’t able to make up the ground lost after going down by nine before halftime.
For Miami of Ohio, only four players scored more than six points against Wright State. However, two of those players dropped more than 20 points.
Guard Nike Sibande was the top player for the Redhawks with his 24 points and nine rebounds. From the bench, Mekhi Lairy was the second-leading scorer for Miami of Ohio with his 21 points.
Fort Wayne has played two more games than tonight’s opponent, but have only one win to their name. That win came against Manchester, with both losses coming against UNLV and SE Missouri State.
On average, the Mastodons are scoring 80 points and allowing 81.7 points per game.
Two of Fort Wayne’s top three scorers are shooting less than 28% from three, with only forward Matt Holba topping that mark. On the season, Holba is averaging 14.3 points per game.
|11-12-19||Texas-Arlington +6 v. Nevada||Top||73-80||Loss||-109||13 h 28 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Texas-Arlington +6 -109
The UT Arlington Mavericks (2-0) are searching for three wins out of three as they go on the road to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (1-1) this evening.
The Mavericks followed up a destruction of the Texas Dallas Comets with a 73-59 win over Tulsa. Thus far, UT Arlington hasn’t allowed more than 59 points in a game. Meanwhile, the Mavericks have scored at least 73 points in both their games.
On average, the Mavericks are scoring 78.5 points and allowing 54.5 points per game.
The interesting thing about UT Arlington is that no one player stands out as a great scorer. Instead, the Mavericks offer a balanced offense with seven players averaging at least eight points per game. Forward Jabari Narcis leads the way with 11 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Nevada is a six-point home favorite, but the Wolf Pack have already lost once at home. Before a five-point win over Loyola Marymount, Nevada lost by five to Utah.
On average, the Wolf Pack are scoring 73 points and allowing 73 points per game.
Nevada doesn’t have much to offer offensively beyond Lindsey Drew and Jazz Johnson. While Drew is scoring 27 points per game and Johnson is scoring 18 points per game, only two other Wolf Pack players are scoring more than four points per game.
|11-12-19||Washington State +4 v. Santa Clara||62-70||Loss||-110||13 h 1 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Washington State +4 -110
Santa Clara is going in search of its third-straight win to open the season as the Broncos (2-0) are set to host the Washington State Cougars (1-0).
Washington State began their season with a 85-54 demolition of the Seattle Redhawks. While holding Seattle to a 21-point first half, the Cougars were able to score 43 and 42 in a consistent team performance.
In total, 12 Washington State players got onto the scoresheet against the Redhawks. The Cougars’ bench put up 25 points as a unit.
Forward CJ Elleby led the way with 27 points in 28 minutes on the floor. Elleby also added seven rebounds and two steals. Guard Isaac Bonton pitched in with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Santa Clara followed up a big win over UC Santa Cruz with a 77-63 victory over Cal Poly. The Broncos used a 44-point second half to pull away from the Mustangs in the latter matchup.
On average, Santa Clara is scoring 87 points and allowing 57.5 points per game.
Of the four Santa Clara players averaging double-digit points, only forward DJ Mitchell is averaging more than 13 points per game. In addition to his 18 points per contest, Mitchell is bringing down 4.5 rebounds and dishing two assists per game.
|11-12-19||Nets v. Jazz -6.5||Top||114-119||Loss||-109||14 h 44 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Jazz -6½ -109
As the Jazz (7-3) look to keep up with the Nuggets in the Northwest division, they’ll look to stay perfect at home against the Nets (4-5) this evening.
Brooklyn is just 1-3 on the road this season, and is coming off a 138-112 loss to the Suns. In all but one of their nine games thus far, the Nets have allowed 113 points or more to their competition. Brooklyn has also allowed 125 points or more in four games.
On average, the Nets are scoring 119.8 points and allowing 121.7 points per game.
Although Brooklyn tries to overcome their weak defense with offensive firepower, only Kyrie Irving is currently averaging more than 16.8 points per game for the Nets.
The Jazz are finding their form once again with three wins in a row, two of which came against strong Eastern Conference teams in the form of Philadelphia and Milwaukee. In each of those three wins, Utah held their opponents to 108 points or fewer.
On average, the Jazz are scoring 103.1 points per game and allowing 98.1 points per game.
Young superstar Donovan Mitchell continues to lead the Jazz with 24.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Center Rudy Gobert is a big defensive presence for Utah with his team-high 13.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
|11-12-19||Oral Roberts v. Tulsa -6||67-74||Win||100||10 h 11 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Tulsa -6 -110
After today’s game between the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (1-1) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, one team will fall below .500 and the other will gain a winning record.
Oral Roberts recently recovered from a season opening loss to Oklahoma State with a 95-81 win over the Houston Baptist Huskies. The Golden Eagles’ opposition was able to reach 80 points in both contests.
On average, Oral Roberts is scoring 85 points and allowing 80.5 points per game.
Against Oklahoma State, the Golden Eagles allowed five players to score 10 points or more. Against Houston Baptist, the Golden Eagles allowed guard Jalon Gates to hit six threes on his way to 25 points.
Oral Roberts’ leading scorer is Deondre Burns, who’s scored 21 points per game.
Tulsa opened the season with an eight-point win over Houston Baptist before dropping their second game to UT Arlington.
On average, the Golden Hurricane are scoring 69.5 points and allowing 72.5 points per game.
Against Houston Baptist, forward Jeriah Horne led all scorers with his 22 points. Guard Brandon Rachal earned a double-double in that contest with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Against UT Arlington, guard Reggie Jones led Tulsa with 19 points from the bench.
|11-12-19||Northeastern -2 v. Massachusetts||71-80||Loss||-109||9 h 11 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Northeastern -2 -109
Today, either the Northeastern Huskies (2-0) or the UMass Minutemen (2-0) will be served their first loss of the season when these two teams go head to head.
In their first two games of the season, Northeastern beat up on Boston University and Harvard. Both contests were decided by five-point margins. Against Harvard, the Huskies scored at least 40 points in each half.
On average, Northeastern is scoring 78 points and allowing 73 points per game.
There’s no denying that guard Jordan Roland leads this Northeastern team on the floor. In addition to his four rebounds and two assists per game, Roland is averaging a monstrous 40.5 points per game so far this year after dropping 42 in the Harvard game.
After a comfortable win over Lowell River, UMass barely edged out Fairfield in a 62-60 contest. In the latter game, the Minutemen only received three points or fewer from five of its nine players who played at least nine minutes.
On average, the Minutemen are scoring 70.5 points and allowing 62 points per game.
UMass is led by guard T.J. Weeks, who’s averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, and two steals per game. Center Tre Mitchell has added another 14 points and eight rebounds per contest.
|11-11-19||Rockets -4.5 v. Pelicans||Top||122-116||Win||100||12 h 34 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockets -4½ -109
While Houston is figuring out its new star backcourt, they’ve managed to jump out to a 6-3 start. Tonight, the Rockets (6-3) will head into New Orleans for a showdown with the Pelicans (2-7).
With a win this evening, Houston would extend its current winning streak to four games. Against Memphis, Golden State, and Chicago, the Rockets were able to average 118 points while holding their three opponents to an average of 106 points.
On the season, the Rockets are averaging 120.1 points and allowing 118.7 points per game.
It appears that Houston will goes as far as guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook will take them, and that could be a deep playoff run.
Thus far, Harden is averaging 37.1 points and 8.2 assists per game, and Westbrook is averaging 21.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game.
Without first-overall pick Zion Williamson, the Pelicans have struggled throughout their first nine games of the season. Before overcoming Charlotte by five points two nights ago, New Orleans hit a stretch of three straight losses.
On average, the Pelicans are scoring 117.1 points and allowing 122.4 points per game.
In Zion’s absence, Brandon Ingram is leading the Pelicans with his 25.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.
|11-11-19||DePaul +9.5 v. Iowa||Top||93-78||Win||100||13 h 51 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on DePaul +9½ -110
Having started the year with three games in four days, the DePaul Blue Demons (3-0) have jumped out to a flawless record. Tonight, the Blue Demons will be on the road to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0).
While they haven’t played NCAA Tournament-level competition thus far, DePaul has taken care of business against whoever’s been put in front of them. Through three games, the Blue Demons have won by at least 11 points in each contest against Alcorn State, Chicago, and Fairleigh Dickinson.
On average, the Blue Demons are scoring 75.3 points and allowing 56 points per game.
Thus far, DePaul can boast four players averaging 11 points or more. Charlie Moore has separated himself as the top scorer on the team with 19.3 points per game in addition to his five assists and 2.3 assists per contest.
With an 87-60 win over SIU Edwardsville, Iowa started the season on the right foot. The Hawkeyes were led by center Luka Garza, who earned a double-double with a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Guard Joe Wieskamp was Iowa’s next-best player, as he went for 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Apart from Garza and Wieskamp, no other Hawkeye player scored more than nine.
|11-11-19||Mavs v. Celtics -3.5||106-116||Win||100||11 h 4 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Celtics -3½ -110
After Gordon Hayward fractured his hand in a collision with LaMarcus Aldridge, the Celtics (7-1) will be without their star big man when they host the Mavericks (6-3) in Boston this evening.
The Mavs have won three of their last four after taking down Memphis by a score of 138-122 two days ago. However, Dallas fell to the lowly 2-8 Knicks the day prior.
On average, the Mavericks are scoring 116.3 points and allowing 111.9 points per game.
The duo of Luka Doncic and Kristapz Porzingis has been the leading force for a solid Dallas team. While Porzingis is averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game, Doncic is tops on the team with his 27.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
Although they lost Hayward in the contest, the Celtics were able to defeat the Spurs 135-115 as they extended their winning streak to seven games. On this streak, Boston has scored at least 112 points in five of the seven games.
On average, the Celtics are scoring 113.1 points and allowing 103.8 points per game.
Boston will miss Hayward’s 18.9 points per game, but they can make up with it with three other scorers. While Kemba Walker leads the team with 24.5 points per game, Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.3 points and Jaylen Brown is averaging 18.8 points per contest.
|11-11-19||Samford +9 v. Belmont||63-95||Loss||-110||10 h 8 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Samford +9 -110
Both the Samford Bulldogs (1-1) and Belmont Bruins (0-1) are trying to build some momentum early in the 2019-20 season. One team will fail to do so when these team face off this evening.
Samford is just a four-point, double-overtime loss to Morehead State away from beginning the season 2-0. Despite dropping their season opener, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 68-42 victory over KY Wesleyan. Samford put together a consistent performance against Wesleyan, scoring 33 and then 35 while holding Kentucky Wesleyan to 21 in both halves.
The Bulldogs rely on their starters for the majority of their points, but they appear to be up to the task. Against Wesleyan, guard Brandon Austin led all scorers with 17 points. Forwards Robert Allen and Jalen Dupree added another 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Belmont went up against Illinois State in their season opener. Despite jumping out to a 31-23 lead at the half, Belmont ended up losing by seven points to the Redbirds.
In addition to Nick Hopkins’ 12 points from the bench, the Bruins had three starters with 13 points or more. Center Nick Muszynski led the way with 20 points, followed by 17 from Grayson Murphy and 13 from Adam Kunkel.
|11-10-19||Nets v. Suns -2||112-138||Win||100||12 h 1 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Suns -2 -110
While much of the offseason discussion revolved around the new-look Nets (4-4), it’s the Suns (5-3) who own the better record through eight games. Today, the Suns will host the Nets in Phoenix.
Brooklyn has struggled for consistency so far this season, but they’re on their best stretch after winning three of their last four contests. In those three wins, the Nets have allowed their opponents to score at least 115 points.
On average, the Nets are scoring 120.8 points per game and allowing 119.6 points per game.
Kyrie Irving is a man on a mission after leaving Boston for a fresh start in Brooklyn. Thus far, Irving is averaging 31.9 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game. Caris LaVert is second on the team with 17.9 points per game.
One of the most surprising stories at the start of the NBA season has been the strength of the Suns, who won three straight before a loss to Miami in their most recent contest. In those three wins, Phoenix scored at least 114 points in each contest.
On average, the Suns are scoring 114.1 points and allowing 108.6 points per game.
While Devin Booker leads the team with 25.6 points per game, Ricky Rubio has been one of the Suns’ best players by contributing 12.4 points, 8.1 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game.
|11-10-19||UC-Santa Barbara +5.5 v. UCLA||61-77||Loss||-109||9 h 34 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on UC-Santa Barbara +5½ -109
When the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-0) and UCLA Bruins (1-0) go head to head this evening, one team will exit the game with their first loss of the season.
The Gauchos opened the year against Jackson State, who they dominated in a 21-point victory. UC Santa Barbara had racked up 83 points by the end of the game, using a 46-28 second-half performance to pull away.
While holding Jackson State to just three players with double-digit points, UC Santa Barbara had four double-digit scorers of their own.
Three Gauchos starters had 17 points or more, as Amadou Sow led the way with 20 points in addition to his nine rebounds and two assists. Max Heidegger added another 19 points, and guard Jaquori McLaughlin had a strong performance with 17 points, four assists, and three rebounds.
UCLA could breathe a sigh of relief after surviving Long Beach State in the season opener. After trailing at the half, the Bruins needed a 42-point second half to win by the score of 69-65.
A balanced UCLA offense had four players with at least 10 points, but no Bruin scored more than 15 against Long Beach State.
Leading the way for UCLA was Tyger Campbell, who managed just 15 points in 37 minutes on the floor.
|11-10-19||Portland v. San Jose State -1.5||Top||72-57||Loss||-109||7 h 3 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on San Jose State -1½ -109
The San Jose State Spartans (1-0) are aiming for a perfect start through two games of the season. To do so, they’ll need to overcome the visiting Portland Pilots (1-1).
After a dominant victory over Willamette, Portland dropped a 76-65 contest to USC. The Pilots struggled to keep up throughout the game, letting the Trojans get too far out in front with a 41-35 first half.
In the USC game, Pilots guard Isaiah White led the team with 22 points. White made six of his 10 three-point attempts and both of his free throws. Only two other players, Takiula Fahrensohn and Jojo Walker, had 10 points in the game.
The Spartans earned a 79-71 win over Hofstra in the season opener. Tonight will be San Jose State’s first home game of the year.
The Spartans had four players score double-digit points in the victory over Hofstra. From the bench, Richard Washington led the way with 23 points in addition to his seven rebounds and three assists. Forward Craig LeCesne was a force in the paint with 19 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Guard Seneca Knight added another 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
|11-10-19||Dolphins +11.5 v. Colts||Top||16-12||Win||100||28 h 35 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Dolphins +11½ -105
Fresh off their first win of the NFL season, the Dolphins (1-7) now set their sights on the Colts (5-3) as they travel into Indianapolis looking for two straight.
Through several recent games, Miami had jumped out to a lead only to see it fade away. Against the Jets, Miami claimed a first-half lead and never looked back, earning a 26-18 victory. Although it was just Miami’s second game of 21 points or more, it was the best version of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for three TDs.
On average, the Dolphins are scoring 13 points per game on 284 yards of offense while allowing 32 points per game on 411 yards.
The win over New York was Miami’s second time holding their opponent to 18 or fewer points in the last four weeks.
Although the five-win Colts have shown enough grit and talent to defeat the likes of Kansas City and Houston, they’ll enter Sunday’s game without Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Instead, Brian Hoyer will make his first start in over two years.
The Colts are laying 11.5 points in this contest, yet they’ve failed to earn a margin of victory of more than seven points all season long.
On average, the Colts are scoring 23 points per game on 356 yards of offense while allowing 22 points on 355 yards.
|11-09-19||Cal-Irvine +3 v. Pepperdine||73-77||Loss||-110||11 h 34 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cal-Irvine +3 -110
While the UC Irvine Anteaters (1-0) earned a victory in their season opener, the Pepperdine Waves (0-1) weren’t so fortunate. Tonight, these two squads will face off in Firestone Fieldhouse.
With a huge come-from-behind performance, the Anteaters earned a big 76-73 victory over San Diego. UC Irvine was outscored 48-34 in the first half, then used a suffocating defensive effort to limit San Diego to just 25 second-half points.
In an effort to bridge the 14-point gap the Anteaters were up against, three Cal Irvine starters scored at least 13 points. Guard Evan Leonard led the team with 19 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists while hitting all 10 of his free throws.
Tommy Rutherford added another 16 points and six rebounds while Collin Welp scored 13 points and four rebounds.
Pepperdine faced a tough task in a season-opening matchup against California, and they couldn’t stand up to it. By a score of 87-71, the Waves were beaten handily despite taking a two-point lead into the locker room at half.
Guard Colby Ross was the best player on the floor for Pepperdine. In 35 minutes, Ross scored 19 points and added seven assists and three rebounds. Kessler Edwards was right behind Ross, scoring 18 points of his own.
|11-09-19||San Diego v. Long Beach State +2||62-74||Win||100||9 h 4 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Long Beach State +2 -110
Both the San Diego Toreros (0-1) and Long Beach State 49ers (0-1) got off to a rough start in their respective season openers. Today, it’s going to get worse for one of these two squads who face off today.
The UC Irvine Anteaters handed San Diego a tough three-point loss in their first game of the season. The Toreros fell apart with just 25 points in the second half after jumping out to a 48-34 lead at halftime.
Stamina may have been an issue for San Diego with only seven players seeing meaningful minutes on the floor. Both Joey Calcaterra and Braun Hartfield played 35 minutes.
Offensively, Hartfield led the way with a team-high 17 points in addition to his eight rebounds and two assists. Guard Marion Humphrey added another 14 points.
Long Beach State took a tough loss of their own as the UCLA Bruins came out on top by just a four-point margin. This was another case of letting the game slip in the second half after the 49ers earned a 33-27 at halftime.
Of the three Long Beach State players who reached double-digit points, Michael Carter III and Chance Hunter did most of the damage. While Carter III had 20 points, Hunter added another 19.
|11-09-19||Celtics v. Spurs -1||Top||135-115||Loss||-109||8 h 30 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Spurs -1 -109
The Celtics (6-1) have rolled over just about every team they’ve faced so far this season. Tonight, they’ll attempt to do the same to the Spurs (5-3) in San Antonio.
Since a loss to the 76ers in the season opener, Boston has ripped off six straight wins. Throughout that streak, only one game has ended as a one-possession game. The Celtics have scored at least 104 in every win, but were held to just 93 points by Philly.
On average, the Celtics are scoring 110 points while allowing 102.1 points per game.
Among the three Celtics averaging at least 20 points, Kemba Walker leads the way with 24.3 points per game. Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, and Gordon Hayward is averaging 20.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
After two straight losses to the Lakers and Hawks, the Spurs responded with a 121-112 win over the Thunder in their most recent game. While San Antonio has lost three games, only one has come at home.
On average, the Spurs are scoring 112.3 points and allowing 109.9 points per game.
DeMar DeRozan leads all San Antonio scorers with his 20 points per game while adding five rebounds and 4.8 assists.
|11-09-19||Tennessee State +3 v. Chattanooga||Top||57-59||Win||100||9 h 27 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Tennessee State +3 -109
While the Chattanooga Mocs (0-1) failed to come out of their season opener as victors, the Tennessee State Tigers (1-0) did. Today, these two teams will face off against one another.
Against Alabama A&M, Tennessee State exploded for 106 points while holding their opponent to just 66. With 64 points in the first half, the Tigers nearly matched the Bulldogs’ total in half the time.
Apart from two 14-point scorers, Alabama A&M didn’t have another player reach double-digit points against Tennessee State. Meanwhile, four of the Tigers’ five starters and a bench player all reached 10 points or more.
Leading the way for Tennessee State was Carlos Marshall Jr., who dropped 22 points with four rebounds and three assists. Guard Will Harris added another 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
With a 79-68 loss to Eastern Kentucky, Chattanooga picked up where they left off last year after a 20-loss season. The Mocs actually led at the half, but were outscored 46-30 in the second half.
Three Chattanooga players went for 12 points or more, but two Mocs who played double-digit minutes failed to score a single point.
David Jean-Baptiste led the way with 18 points in addition to his five rebounds.
|11-08-19||Siena +20.5 v. Xavier||Top||63-81||Win||100||9 h 15 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Siena +20½ -109
Cincinnati, Ohio will be the destination for a showdown between the Siena Saints (1-0) and the #19 Xavier Musketeers (1-0). Siena is getting 20.5 points in this contest.
The Saints opened the season with a big 96-80 win over American. In that game, Jalen Pickett led all scorers with his 22 points from the bench. Pickett also added five rebounds and four assists in his 30 minutes on the floor.
In addition to Pickett, Siena had three other scorers drop 14 points or more. Forward Elijah Burns was perhaps the most influential player on the floor for the Saints as he put up 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Manny Camper pitched in with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
A fast-paced Siena team figures to offer more of a challenge for Xavier than the Musketeers’ first opponent, Jacksonville University. Despite severely outmatching Jacksonville, Xavier was only able to muster a 19-point victory, and they’re laying more than 20 points tonight.
Against Jacksonville, both Tyrique Jones and Naji Marshall scored 17 points. While Jones also snagged 11 rebounds, Jones added six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
In total, four Musketeers scored at least 11 points.
|11-08-19||Loyola-Chicago +5.5 v. Furman||63-87||Loss||-110||9 h 12 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Loyola-Chicago +5½ -110
Both the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (1-0) and the Furman Paladins (1-0) kicked off the college basketball season with a win. Tonight, these two teams will go head to head.
In Loyola’s first game, which came against UC Davis, the Ramblers demolished their opponent by scoring 82 and holding the Aggies to just 48 points. Loyola jumped out to a 39-22 lead at the half and never looked back.
In the opening contest, four Loyola starters reached double-digit points. Center Cameron Krutwig led the way with 15 points in addition to his 11 assists and eight rebounds. Krutwig finished the night 6-for-8 from the floor, and figures to be a big part of Loyola’s plans going forward.
Tate Hall was another vital player for the Ramblers in the season opener. In total, Hall scored 14 points while racking up nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Furman was on the road against Webber to open the season. A relatively close game ended in a seven-point victory for the Paladins.
Much of Furman’s offense came down to the trio of Noah Gurley, Alex Hunter, and Clay Mounce, who were the only three Paladins in double digits. Gurley was the leading scorer of the bunch with 18 points.
|11-08-19||Marist +7.5 v. VMI||58-56||Win||100||9 h 12 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Marist +7½ -110
The Marist Red Foxes are set to open their 2019-20 college basketball season with a matchup against the VMI Keydets (0-1).
Marist will be looking to improve upon a season in which they managed just 12 wins. To end the season, the Red Foxes followed up a four-game winning streak with a five-game losing streak, including a 71-68 overtime loss in the season finale.
Against non-conference competition last year, the Red Foxes went 5-7 while allowing 68.9 points per game and scoring 65.8 points per game.
On the flip side, VMI went 3-6 out of conference and allowed those opponents to score 81.8 points per game while scoring 70.9 points per game of their own.
The Keydets started the season with a 80-68 loss to East Carolina. In that contest, only two VMI players managed to get to double-digit points.
Greg Parham was the leading Keydets scorer by a wide margin with 23 points. Parham also added four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Jake Stephens, who scored 10 points in 22 minutes, was the only other VMI player to reach double digits.
In addition to a lack of scoring, the Keydets have an issue slowing down opposing offenses. Against ECU, VMI allowed two Pirates to score 20 points or more.
|11-06-19||Cincinnati v. Ohio State -6.5||56-64||Win||100||13 h 47 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Ohio State -6½ -109
A pair of Ohio rivals will take the court in the season opener as the Cincinnati Bearcats go into Columbus to take on the #18 Ohio State Buckeyes.
After a strong 14-4 performance in the American Athletic Conference and a 28-7 season overall, head coach Mick Cronin left Cincinnati for greener pastures at UCLA. Cronin has been replaced by John Brannen, who led Northern Kentucky to two NCAA Tournament berths in three years.
Although they appear to be outmatched this evening, the Bearcats can lean on returning wing player Jarron Cumberland. Last season, Cumberland averaged 18.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Cincinnati will also send out transfer point guard Chris McNeal, who averaged 9.5 points a game last year, but who’s also going to be playing for his fifth team in five years.
After bringing in the top recruiting class in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are ready to bounce back from a disappointing 20-15 season.
The Buckeyes have a host of talent ready to replace the likes of C.J. Jackson, who averaged 12 points and 3.5 assists per game last year. Look for E.J. Liddell, who highlights a freshman class as a 6-6, 236-pound all-around player who blocked 500 shots in high school.
|11-06-19||Belmont -6 v. Illinois State||Top||72-79||Loss||-114||13 h 59 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Belmont -6 -114
After losing their head coach to retirement and their star guard to graduation, the new-look Belmont Bruins will look to start the season strong against the Illinois State Redbirds.
Rick Byrd did a wonderful job in his last season in charge of the Bruins, leading the team to a 27-6 record and an NCAA Tournament berth. Byrd now hands to reigns over to his former player, Casey Alexander.
On the floor, Belmont also loses a big piece in the form of guard Dylan Windler, who was a first-round draft pick after a senior season in which he averaged 21.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
However, the Bruins are returning three starters from a year ago, including OVC Freshman of the Year Nick Muszynski, who averaged 14.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Last year, Belmont was the second-ranked scoring offense in college basketball with 86.9 points per game.
Illinois State was perfectly average last year. On top of a 9-9 record in MVC play, the Redbirds went 17-16 overall.
The Redbirds are returning only one starter from last season – Zach Copeland. If Illinois State will improve, they’ll likely need more than 9.6 points per game from Copeland.
|11-05-19||Pepperdine v. California +2.5||71-87||Win||100||13 h 42 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on California +2½ -109
Berkley, California will be the site of a non-conference season opener for both the Pepperdine Waves and Cal Golden Bears with the latter playing host.
Under first-year head coach Lorenzo Romar, Pepperdine won 10 more games than the year prior last season. However, the Waves still finished with a losing record after winning only 16 games and advanced the school’s streak of NCAA Tournament absences to 17 seasons.
Colbey Ross was Pepperdine’s standout player last year. On average, Ross put up 19.7 points and seven assists per game whilst shooting 39.6% from three. In addition to Ross, Pepperdine will feature Kameron Edwards, who scored 14.7 points with 6.2 rebounds per game, and Kessler Edwards who scored 10 points with 5.6 rebounds per game.
The Pepperdine offense played with pace under Romar, but left themselves open to attack on the defensive end. Opposing offenses were able to score by shooting 53.9% from the field.
California is looking for a quick turnaround after last year’s 8-23 season, and they brought in former Georgia head coach Mark Fox to do so. Fox finished with a winning record in each of his last five seasons with Georgia in a tough SEC.
Senior Justice Sueing led the 2018-19 Cal team with 14.3 points and six rebounds per game.
|11-05-19||Heat +4.5 v. Nuggets||Top||89-109||Loss||-109||14 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Heat +4½ -109
Through 12 total games, you’ll find only three losses between the Heat (5-1) and Nuggets (4-2). Tonight, these two teams will do battle in Denver.
Miami has been a pleasant surprise in the Eastern Conference. Only a 116-109 loss to the Timberwolves separates the Heat from a perfect record. Most recently, Miami won back-to-back games against the Hawks before taking down the Rockets in a comfortable win.
On average, the Heat are scoring 117.8 points and allowing 106.2 points per game.
The Heat are getting production from all over the place. In total, Miami has eight players scoring in the double digits on average. Of those eight, half are scoring at least 15 points per game. Kendrick Nunn leads the way with his 19.5 points per game.
The Nuggets jumped out to a 3-0 start before dropping two straight against Dallas and New Orleans, the latter of which felt like a blowout against a weak NBA roster. Most recently, Denver bounced back with a 91-87 win in Orlando.
On average, the Nuggets are scoring 103.5 points and allowing 103.2 points per game.
Nikola Jokic is scoring 15.8 points while averaging a team-high 10.5 rebounds and six assists per game. While Jokic is the most productive player, Jamal Murray is leading the team in scoring, with 18.5 points per game.
|11-05-19||Lakers -7 v. Bulls||118-112||Loss||-109||12 h 13 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Lakers -7 -109
All of a sudden, the Lakers (5-1) look like the best team in the NBA. This evening, the Bulls (2-5) will do their best to slow down L.A. when they host LeBron and company in Chicago.
Since dropping the season opener to the cross-town rival Clippers, the Lakers have ripped off five victories in a row. Defense has been the special ingredient on this streak that includes wins over Utah and San Antonio.
On average, the Lakers are scoring 109.8 points and allowing 99.3 points per game.
When LeBron recruited Anthony Davis, the Lakers instantly had one of the best duos in basketball. So far, it’s showing. While James is scoring 25.5 points per game while leading the team with 11.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game, Davis is tops on the Lakers with 28.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and three blocks per game.
The Bulls haven’t had much success through the early part of the NBA season. After notching their second win of the season at the start of November, Chicago then lost handily to the Pacers.
On average, the Bulls are scoring 105 points and allowing 110.3 points per game.
Zach LaVine continues to be the leading scorer for Chicago. On the season, LaVine is averaging 21.1 points, four rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.
|11-05-19||Bradley -4.5 v. St. Joe's||Top||81-86||Loss||-109||12 h 42 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Bradley -4½ -109
The Hawks of St. Joe’s will kick off the season with a non-conference contest as they host the Bradley Braves.
Bradley is coming off a strong 20-15 season in which they won nine of their 18 games in conference play. With Drake leading the conference, the Braves finished fifth in the MVC standings.
By allowing just 65.3 points per game, Bradley ranked 35th in the nation a year ago. The Braves were clearly a defensive team, as they ranked 366th with their 66.5 points per game on offense.
St. Joe’s was one of the weaker teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, trailing well behind 25-8 VCU and 24-10 Davidson. With just six wins out of their 14-19 record coming in the conference, the Hawks will need a big improvement if they’ll come close to competing for anything meaningful this year.
The Hawks were a mediocre team on both side of the ball a season ago. While St. Joe’s ranked 269th in scoring offense with 70.5 points per game, they ranked 211th in scoring defense with 72.6 points allowed.
After serving as St. Joe’s captain for three years, guard Lamarr Kimble transferred to Louisville, taking his 15.6 points per game with him.
|11-05-19||George Washington +6.5 v. Towson||58-72||Loss||-110||11 h 15 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on George Washington +6½ -110
Both the George Washington Colonials and Towson Tigers struggled throughout the season last year. Tonight, both teams will aim to start a new campaign on the right foot as they face off on Towson’s home floor.
In the Atlantic Ten, George Washington managed just four conference wins as part of their 9-24 overall record. Meanwhile, Towson earned a similar record of 10-22 while going 6-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
After last year’s underperformance, the Colonials decided a change was needed at head coach. So, George Washington opted to hire Jamion Christian, who spent a single year in Siena, where he led the Saints to a record of 17-16 and 11-7 in conference play.
Christian will try to open things up for guard Maceo Jack, who returns as the team’s third-leading scorer form a year ago with 11.5 points per game.
Towson played decent defensive basketball last year, holding opponents to 43.6% shooting from the field. However, the Tigers’ offensive production was severely lacking. By shooting 32.7% from three and 43.5% from the field, Towson struggled to outscore anyone.
Senior Brain Fobbs led the team with 17.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
|11-05-19||Virginia Tech v. Clemson -6.5||67-60||Loss||-105||11 h 35 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Clemson -6½ -105
Neither the Virginia Tech Hokies or the Clemson Tigers will be ranked as the 2019-20 college basketball season gets underway. Tonight, these two teams will go head to head on Clemson’s home court.
Last year, Clemson finished with a record of 20-14 and went 9-9 in ACC play. Virginia Tech finished the season with a 26-9 record that included a 12-6 performance in the conference.
These two squads most recently met back in February. Although you can’t necessarily glean too much from a contest between last year’s teams, it’s worth noting that Clemson earned a 59-51 victory at home.
After a trip to the Sweet 16, head coach Buzz Williams departed Virginia Tech in favor of Texas A&M. Now, new coach Mike Young will have to see what he can do without the team’s top five scorer from a season ago, all of whom are no longer with the Hokies.
Finding offense will be tough for a Virginia Tech team that ranked 170th in the nation with 73.5 points per game last season.
By allowing just 63.9 points per game last year, the Tigers ranked 23rd in scoring defense. Offensively, Clemson will be counting on Curran Scott, who scored 8.9 points a game at Tulsa, and Tevin Mack, who scored nine points per game at Alabama.
|11-05-19||VMI v. East Carolina -7.5||68-80||Win||100||10 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on East Carolina -7½ -109
After a 10-21 season, the East Carolina Pirates are aiming for a more successful season this year. To start towards that goal, the Pirates will play host to the VMI Keydets in the first game of the new campaign.
VMI finished the 2018-19 season as one of the worst teams in the Southern Conference. Only Western Carolina was worse in a conference that featured the likes of Wofford, UNC Greensboro, and Furman.
The Keydets don’t have a lot to build on, and it’s gotten even worse after guard Bubba Parham, who led the Southern Conference in scoring, decided to transfer away from VMI to Georgia Tech. Without another scorer averaging even 11 points per game a season ago, VMI will miss the 21.4 points per game Parham racked up last year.
East Carolina only managed three wins out of 18 conference games last season to finish 13 games back of the AAC-leading Houston Cougars.
Second-year head coach Joe Dooley is spearheading one of the biggest rebuilds in the country with only two players returning from last year’s squad: Seth LeDay, who scored 11 points per game, and Jayden Gardner, who scored 16.3 points per game. 11 newcomers are joining this Pirates team.
|11-05-19||Louisville v. Miami-FL +7||87-74||Loss||-105||9 h 29 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Miami-FL +7 -105
After finished with a record of 20-14 a year ago, the #5 Louisville Cardinals are set to kick off the college basketball season against the Miami Hurricanes in Coral Gables.
While both teams will be short-handed to start the season, Louisville will have the biggest of the losses with the absence of center Malik Williams, who averaged 9.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in his last five games. After breaking his foot in September, Williams is likely to return later this month.
In Williams’ place will be Steven Enoch, who averaged 10 points and 5.6 rebounds per game from the bench over the Cardinals last 20 games.
Miami is looking to rebound from a 14-18 season, and they should have more talent and depth in that endeavor. Last season, the Hurricanes played the majority of their games with a seven-man rotation. This year, Miami should have more to offer with center Rodney Miller and forwards Sam Waardenburg and Anthony Walker in the frontcourt.
Last season, guard Chris Lykes led the Hurricanes with 16.2 points per game in addition to his 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Guard Dejan Vasiljevic was the best shooter on the team, hitting 91.8% of his free throws and 36.7% of his attempts from three.
|11-04-19||Bucks -6 v. Wolves||134-106||Win||100||11 h 35 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Bucks -6 -109
A pair of strong NBA rosters will face off in Minnesota this evening when the Timberwolves (4-1) play host to the Bucks (4-2).
Milwaukee has regained some of its preseason shine with a pair of victories over Orlando and Toronto. The Bucks won both those games handily, despite having to play them on consecutive days.
On average, the Bucks are scoring 119.2 points per game while allowing 111 points per game.
Milwaukee will go as far as Giannis Antetokounmpo takes them, and that will likely be enough for a deep postseason run. So far, Giannis leads the Bucks with 26.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
In Milwaukee’s most recent game, Giannis had a game-high 36 points in addition to 15 rebounds and eight assists. Three other Bucks starters pitched in with at least 11 points in the game.
Only a loss to the 76ers that featured a scuffle between Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid has kept Minnesota from earning a perfect record through five games. Most recently, the Wolves defeated the Wizards 131-109.
On average, the Wolves are scoring 118 points and allowing 112 points per game.
Towns has been Minnesota’s best player through the opening part of the season. With 27.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, Towns leads the Wolves.
|11-03-19||Mavs -4.5 v. Cavs||Top||131-111||Win||100||13 h 31 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Mavs -4½ -109
It’s been a strong start to the season for the Mavericks (3-2), who took the Lakers to overtime two night ago. Tonight, Dallas will go into Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers (2-3).
That overtime loss to Los Angeles was one of just two Dallas losses, with the other coming in a two-point game against a strong Portland team. The Mavericks have been able to take down the Pelicans, Wizards, and Nuggets so far this season.
On average, the Mavericks are scoring 113.8 points per game while allowing 112.4 points per game.
Of the star duos in the NBA, the pair of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are often forgotten behind the offerings of the Lakers, Clippers, or Rockets. However, the Dallas duo has been very strong. While Porzingis leads the team with two blocks per game in addition to his 21 points per game, Doncic leads the Mavs with 26.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
The Cavaliers have an interesting collection of talents, but they’re currently trying to get back to .500. Most recently, Cleveland lost to Indiana after having beaten the Pacers earlier in the season.
On average, the Cavaliers are scoring 103.8 points per game while allowing 107 points per game.
Kevin Love is back to averaging a double-double so far this year with his 17.2 points and 16.8 rebounds per contest. Tristan Thompson is also off to a solid start with 17.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
|11-03-19||Kings +1 v. Knicks||113-92||Win||100||9 h 28 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Kings +1 -114
An early-evening NBA matchup will feature two of the worst teams in the league when the Knicks (1-5) host the Kings (1-5) in New York. No matter what, one of these squads will start the year with just one win out of their first seven games.
After dropping their first five contests of the season, Sacramento was able to scrape together their first victory in a one-point game against a strong Utah team. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in that contest with his game-high 25 points.
On average, the Kings are scoring 99.2 points per game and allowing 113.2 points per game.
Fox leads the team on the season with his 17.7 points per game in addition to his 6.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Buddy Hield struggled from the three-point line in the team’s win over the Jazz, but he’s normally very capable from that range, which is why he’s averaging 16.3 points per game.
Since defeating Chicago towards the end of October, the Knicks have lost two straight to Orlando and Boston. In that contest against the Magic, New York only scored 83 points.
On average, the Knicks are scoring 100.8 points per game while allowing 108 points per game.
While Julius Randle leads New York in both rebounds, with 11 per game, and assists, with five per game, young RJ Barrett is the team’s leading scorer with 17.7 points per game.
|11-03-19||Fresno State v. Hawaii -2||Top||41-38||Loss||-109||28 h 36 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Hawaii -2 -109
With a win today, the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-4) could get back to .500. Tonight, they’ll attempt to do so against the high-flying Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (5-3) in Hawaii.
Fresno State appeared to be on a good run of form after winning three of four, but they’ve now dropped two of their last three games. In those losses, the Bulldogs allowed 43 points to Air Force and 41 points to Colorado State.
On average, Fresno State is scoring 33 points per game on 401 yards of offense while allowing 31 points per game on 388 yards.
Quarterback Jorge Reyna leads the Fresno State attack. On the season, Reyna has thrown for 1,655 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Hawaii has continued their long-standing tradition of trying to outscore opponents with a fast-paced offense. After losses to Air Force and #14 Boise State, the Rainbow Warriors returned to their winning ways with a 45-31 victory over New Mexico.
On average, the Rainbow Warriors are scoring 37 points per game on 488 yards of offense while allowing 35 points per game on 437 yards.
Completing 65.5% of his passes, quarterback Cole McDonald continues to chuck the ball all over the field. On the year, McDonald has 2,521 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 picks.
|11-02-19||Oregon -4 v. USC||56-24||Win||100||34 h 15 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Oregon -4 -109
The #7 Oregon Ducks (7-1) are the Pac-12’s best chance of having a representative in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks will face one of their toughest tasks of the season when they go on the road to take on the USC Trojans (5-3) Saturday evening.
Oregon’s lone loss of the season came on a neutral site game to open the year when they allowed #16 Auburn to earn a comeback victory. Since then, the Ducks haven’t lost. Oregon recently survived two tough games against #25 Washington and then Washington State.
On average, the Ducks are scoring 36 points per game on 466 yards of offense while allowing 15 points per game on 308 yards.
Quarterback Justin Herbert has been getting plenty of NFL draft chatter, and for good reason. On the year, Herbert has thrown for 2,104 yards with 21 touchdowns and just one interception while completing 68.3% of his passes.
USC has trudged through a difficult schedule that’s included a stretch of games against #10 Utah, #17 Washington, and #10 Notre Dame. To get to 5-3, the Trojans recently took down both Arizona and Colorado.
On average, the Trojans are scoring 31 points per game on 442 yards of offense while allowing 25 points per game on 429 yards.
A trio of receivers has accounted for 16 of USC’s touchdowns so far this year. Michael Pittman Jr. has racked up 755 receiving yards and seven touchdowns to lead the group.
|10-30-19||Clippers v. Jazz -1.5||Top||96-110||Win||100||15 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Jazz -1½ -105
The Clippers (3-1) are the favorites to win the Western Conference as well as the NBA Finals, but there’s plenty of good competition aiming for an upset. One of those good competitors is a talented Jazz team (3-1). Tonight, the Jazz are hoping to prove they can play with anyone when they host Los Angeles.
After opening the season with a pair of relatively comfortable wins over the Lakers and Warriors, the Clippers fell to the Suns before rebounding against Charlotte with a 111-96 victory.
With a 52% field goal percentage, the Clippers are averaging 121.5 points per game while holding their competition to 112.5 points per game.
There’s a sharp drop off in scoring without Paul George on the floor for Los Angeles. Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, and Montrezl Harrell are all averaging at least 20 points per game, but the next scorer on the list is Landry Shamet, who’s scoring just 10.3 points per game.
The Jazz have every chance to compete for a Western Conference championship, especially if Donovan Mitchell can take the next step towards superstardom. So far, he’s helped Utah to three wins out of four, with only a loss to the Lakers blemishing the record.
Mitchell, who’s averaging 24 points, five rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, is getting help from CJ McCollum, who’s scoring 23.7 points per game of his own.
The most impressive aspect of the Jazz in the early part of the season is their ability to hold all four opponents to 95 points or fewer.
|10-30-19||Blazers -1 v. Thunder||102-99||Win||100||12 h 54 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Blazers -1 -109
Through four games of the NBA season, the Trail Blazers (2-2) are a .500 team. Tonight, Portland will travel into Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder (1-3).
Portland is now set for its third-straight road game after going 2-1 against the Kings, Mavericks, and Spurs, with their only loss coming in the second game of a back-to-back against San Antonio. Before this road trip, the Blazers opened the season with a 108-100 loss to Denver.
On average, the Blazer are scoring 113.3 points and allowing 113 points per game.
The scoring duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum has picked up where it left off a season ago. So far, Lillard is averaging 30.8 points per game while McCollum is adding another 23.3 points per game.
Hassan Whiteside has gotten off to a great start for Portland, as he’s dominated the boards with 12.3 rebounds per game while pitching in offensively with 13 points per contest.
The Thunder haven’t found much success in this early season. Of their three losses, Oklahoma City failed to score more than a 95 points in two of them. On average, the Thunder are scoring 103 points per game while allowing 101.3 points.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the top scorer for Oklahoma City, averaging 23.8 points per game. The only other Thunder player over 14 points per game is Danilo Gallinari, who’s scoring 19.3 points per game.
|10-29-19||Hawks v. Heat -8||Top||97-112||Win||100||10 h 4 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Heat -8 -105
Through three games, the Hawks (2-1) and Heat (2-1) have identical records. Tonight, the Heat are set to host the Hawks in Miami.
Atlanta opened the season with a pair of wins over Detroit and Orlando. Most recently, the Hawks took their first loss in a tight 105-103 game against Philadelphia. With a win this evening, the Hawks would take control of the Southeast division.
Through three games, Trae Young has been exceptional for Atlanta. Young leads the team in both points, with 34 points per game, and assists, with nine per game. However, it’s hard to find a second scorer on the Hawks right now. John Collins, who leads the team with 10 boards per game, is second on the team with 14.3 points per game.
The Heat have followed the same path to 2-1 as the Hawks by winning their first two contests before dropping the third. It’s easier to forgive Miami’s loss, though, as it came in the second game of a back-to-back.
In the Heat’s overtime win against Milwaukee, Goran Dragic led the team in scoring from the bench with 25 points. On the season, Dragic is tied with Justice Winslow as the second-leading scorer with 19 points per game.
Playing less than 32 minutes per game, Kendrick Nunn leads Miami with 22.3 points per game.
|10-26-19||Hawaii v. New Mexico +10||45-31||Loss||-110||30 h 3 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on New Mexico +10 -110
With Saturday’s game versus the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (4-3), the New Mexico Lobos (2-5) will try to begin digging themselves out of the basement of the Mountain West Conference.
Hawaii’s strong first half of the season came to a grinding halt with two straight losses to #14 Boise State and Air Force. In both games, the Rainbow Warriors gave up at least 56 points.
On average, the Rainbow Warriors are scoring 35 points per game on 475 yards of offense while allowing 36 points per game on 428 yards.
A dynamic Hawaii passing attack is led by quarterback Cole McDonald, who’s thrown for 2,284 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 picks. The rushing attack is far inferior, with running back Miles Reed leading the team with just 273 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
New Mexico has lost four straight since the end of September while scoring 10 points in two of the contests and 21 points in the other two. On average, the Lobos are scoring 24 points per game on 417 yards of offense while allowing 37 points per game on 494 yards.
The New Mexico offense features a pair of solid running backs. Averaging 5.1 yards per carry, Ahmari Davis leads the team with 543 yards and four touchdowns. Averaging 6.3 yards per carry, Bryson Carroll has added another 444 yards and two touchdowns.
|10-25-19||Blazers -2.5 v. Kings||Top||122-112||Win||100||15 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Blazers -2½ -109
Two teams looking for their first when will face off this evening when the Trail Blazers (0-1) take on the Kings (0-1) in Sacramento.
Portland is coming off a relatively close home loss to a good Nuggets team. The Blazers didn’t shoot well, making just 41.4% of their shots from the field, but they showed their scrappiness with nine steals in the game.
Damian Lillard led all scorers in the game with 32 points, including three three-pointers. Lillard also added eight assists and four rebounds.
Hassan Whiteside put in an efficient shift for Portland, snagging 19 rebounds and scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
Sacramento had a tougher time in their season opener against the Suns. By shooting a dismal 39.1% from the field, the Kings were blown out by a score of 124-95.
By shooting 50% from the three-point line and putting up a high volume of shots from the field, guard Buddy Hield scored 28 points in addition to his five rebounds and two assists.
With 14 points, Marvin Bagley III was the next-highest scorer for Sacramento. By bringing down 10 rebounds, Bagley III earned a double-double.
|10-25-19||Bulls -1 v. Grizzlies||110-102||Win||100||12 h 17 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Bulls -1 -109
Both the Bulls (0-1) and Grizzlies (0-1) will aim to avoid an 0-2 start when they take on one another this evening in Memphis.
These two teams opened up the 2019-20 season Wednesday night on the road, and while they both lost, Chicago fell by only a single point. By a score of 126-125, Charlotte bested the Bulls while the Grizzlies lost in Miami by a score of 120-101.
Although the outcomes were the same, the Bulls managed to display a better a shooting performance in their matchup. With a 46.7% field goal percentage, Chicago outshot a Memphis team that made just 42.7% of their shots from the field.
For the Bulls, Lauri Markkanen was a beast from everywhere on the floor aside from the three-point line, where he was 1-of-7. In 34 minutes, the Chicago big man scored 35 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.
Both Thaddeus Young and Coby White added 17 points each from the bench, which was more than any starter not named Markkanen.
Even without Jimmy Butler in uniform, the Heat cruised to victory over the Griz on Justice Winslow’s 27-point performance.
Memphis didn’t have a single player get to the 20-point mark, but Ja Morant started his NBA campaign with 14 points and five rebounds.
|10-24-19||SMU v. Houston +14.5||Top||34-31||Win||100||33 h 8 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Houston +14½ -110
D’Eriq King and the Houston Cougars (3-4) were supposed to be a top AAC team this year. Instead, it’s the undefeated #16 SMU Mustangs who lead the conference. Tonight, these two teams face off in Houston.
Ever since opening the season with a 37-30 win over Arkansas State, SMU has scored at least 41 points in every single contest. That includes a win over #25 TCU and a 45-21 performance against a good Temple team.
On average, the Mustangs are scoring 44 points per game on 521 yards of offense while allowing 27 points per game on 370 yards.
Quarterback Shane Buechele leads the SMU offense. Completing 64.8% of his passes, Buechele has thrown for 2,122 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Buechele is coming off a huge game against Temple in which he threw for 457 yards with six TDs and one pick.
The Cougars followed up a loss to #25 Cincinnati with a 24-17 win over UConn. On average, Houston is scoring 31 points per game on 393 yards of offense while allowing 31 points per game on 470 yards.
Houston features a running game with a pair of backs that have scored three touchdowns each. Kyle Porter leads the team with 448 yards, and Patrick Carr has racked up 301 yards of his own.
Although Houston doesn’t have the stingiest defense in the nation, giving 14.5 points to an offense that averages 31 is a dangerous affair.
|10-23-19||Cavs v. Magic -8||85-94||Win||100||10 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Magic -8 -114
New Cavaliers (0-0) head coach John Beilein is set to make his debut for the franchise on the road against the Magic (0-0) in Orlando.
Beilein is taking over a team that has three remaining or returning players from the 2016 glory days: Matthew Dellavedova, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson. Love hasn’t been able to return to his 26 point, 13 rebound days from Minnesota, but he averaged 17 points and 10.9 rebounds a season ago.
With some young talent in the form of Collin Sexton and rookie Darius Garland, the Cavs have a shot at the playoffs if they get solid contributions from Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
The Magic have made some moves that give them a great opportunity to make a second-straight postseason appearance for the first time since 2012. First of all, Orlando resigned Nikola Vucevic, who averaged 20.8 points, 12 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game last year.
Orlando simply offers more firepower than the Cavs, featuring Terrence Ross, Michael Carter-Williams, Markelle Fultz, Aaron Gordon, and Jonathan Isaac.
If Gordon, who shot 34.9% from three last year, and Isaac, who shot 32.3% from three last year, can improve from deep, this team could be dangerous.
|10-22-19||Lakers -2.5 v. Clippers||Top||102-112||Loss||-110||16 h 35 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Lakers -2½ -110
The NBA season will tip off with a bang as we get things started with the battle for Los Angeles between the Lakers (0-0) and Clippers (0-0).
While we’ll have to wait for the real war between LeBron James and Anthony Davis versus Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – George is out after undergoing surgery on his shoulders – tonight’s matchup will certainly quench a thirst that was created as soon as these two teams acquired their premier talent.
After sending a host of young players to New Orleans, including Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers acquired Davis and became an instant favorite in the Western Conference. Davis joins LeBron and the up-and-coming talent of Kyle Kuzma in addition to veteran role players like JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo.
The Clippers pulled off a pair of blockbuster moves to land free agent Kawhi Leonard and acquire Paul George from the Thunder. With the likes of Patrick Beverley leading the role players on the Clippers, this team is full of scrappy guys who’ll compliment their stars.
Without George on the floor, the advantage falls to the Lakers. Last year, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game with the Pelicans, and LeBron averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game for L.A.
As we get our first look at these two teams, keep an eye on Danny Green and what sort of contribution he can provide for the Lakers from three.
|10-21-19||Patriots v. Jets +10||Top||33-0||Loss||-115||33 h 15 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Jets +10 -115
Two familiar opponents are set for a Monday Night Football brawl as the undefeated Patriots (6-0) go on the road to take on the Jets (1-4).
The double-digit favorite Pats are yet to drop a contest, but they’ve also played one of the easiest schedules in the NFL through six weeks of play. New England has had the pleasure of playing the likes of Miami, Washington, and the Giants thus far.
While it’s taken the Patriots offense awhile to get going, the defense has been dominant throughout the season. On average, New England is scoring 32 points per game on 399 yards of offense while allowing an NFL-lowest eight points per game on 260 yards.
After throwing for only 150 yards against Buffalo, quarterback Tom Brady has bounced back with 348 yards against the Redskins and 334 yards against the Giants. On the season, Brady has thrown for 1,743 yards with 10 touchdowns and three picks.
The Jets have only been better than Miami in the AFC East, but they’re coming off their first win of the season on Sam Darnold’s return and their best offensive performance of the year.
On average, New York is scoring 13 points per game on 250 yards of offense while allowing 25 points per game on 369 yards.
Although New England won a Week 3 matchup between these teams by a score of 30-14, Darnold was out of the game with mono. Now, the Jets will have their starter under center after going 23 of 32 for 338 yards, two TDs, and a pick against Dallas last week.
|10-17-19||UL-Lafayette -6 v. Arkansas State||Top||37-20||Win||100||33 h 52 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on UL-Lafayette -6 -110
Thursday evening features a matchup of Sun Belt programs as the University of Louisiana – Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (4-2) go on the road to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves (3-3).
After four straight wins, Lafayette suffered their second loss of the season last week as they fell to the Appalachian State Mountaineers by a score of 17-7. Offensively, the Ragin Cajuns have been great, scoring between 35 and 77 points in each of their victories.
On average, Lafayette is scoring 38 points per game on 492 yards of offense while allowing 21 points per game on 344 yards.
The Ragin Cajuns can boast a trio of productive running backs. Trey Ragas leads the team with 572 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Following Ragas, running back Elijah Mitchell has racked up 470 yards and nine TDs while Raymond Calais has added 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Arkansas State is coming off a tough 52-38 loss to Georgia State, which is the first game they’ve dropped since the team’s 55-0 beatdown to #3 Georgia. On average, the Red Wolves are scoring 34 points on 430 yards of offense while allowing 39 points on 535 yards.
This appears to be the perfect storm for Lafayette, who will love their chances with a high-powered offense going up against a defense that’s used to giving up a ton or yardage and points.
|10-16-19||Melbourne United +23 v. Kings||Top||110-124||Win||100||13 h 19 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Melbourne United +23 -110
The Kings (2-2) will open up the regular season against the Suns on October 23rd. Tonight, Sacramento will complete its final in-game preparations in the team’s preseason finale against Melbourne United.
After starting the preseason with a pair of losses to the Pacers, including a 132-131 overtime loss in the first exhibition game, the Kings have rallied to defeat the Suns 105-88 and the Jazz 128-115.
The latter of Sacramento’s wins came against Utah, when the Kings received another effective night from guard Buddy Hield. On 9-of-17 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from three, Hield racked up 23 points in 28 minutes. Hield ended with a plus/minus of +22 and added five assists and three rebounds.
The team’s second leading scorer was Marvin Bagley III, who put up 22 points in 30 minutes on the floor. Bagley was a 50% shooter from the floor and from three on 16 and four attempts, respectively. The Kings power forward had a strong night on the boards, bringing down 11 rebounds and blocking two shots.
The Sacramento bench was led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, who scored 16 points alongside eight assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes.
|10-16-19||Spurs +4 v. Rockets||128-114||Win||100||11 h 40 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Spurs +4 -110
Through three preseason games, the Spurs (0-3) are winless. For head coach Gregg Popovich, getting better performances out of his team with just two games remaining before regular season play will be the objective. Tonight, the Spurs will take on the Rockets (3-1) in Houston.
While the Spurs have allowed between 107 and 125 points in each preseason game thus far, the Rockets have scored at least 109 points in each of their exhibition games. The bigger issue for Houston is having allowed 129 and 111 points to the Raptors in back-to-back games.
San Antonio most recently took on New Orleans in a game highlighted by Demar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes. While DeRozan had 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, Forbes was 7-for-13 on his way to 18 points for the Spurs.
It was no surprise to see both James Harden and Russell Westbrook leading the Rockets in scoring in their latest contest. Both men put up 22 points, three rebounds, and three steals while Westbrook dished out four assists and Harden assisted nine times.
Both teams will have one preseason game remaining after this evening’s contest.
|10-16-19||South Alabama v. Troy -14.5||Top||13-37||Win||100||11 h 59 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Troy -14½ -110
Despite entering a Wednesday evening game against the South Alabama Jaguars (1-5) as a two-touchdown favorite, the Troy Trojans (2-3) have just two wins on the season.
South Alabama hasn’t won since a 37-14 victory over Jackson State, but they’re coming off a 20-17 double-overtime loss against Georgia Southern. On average, the Jaguars are scoring 17 points per game on 319 yards of offense while allowing 29 points on 400 yards per game.
With 170 yards per game on the ground, the running game is the strength of this South Alabama team. Running back Tra Minter leads the Jaguars with 477 yards and two touchdowns.
Both South Alabama and Troy enjoyed a bye week last weekend, but the Jaguars have also had two extra days to prepare for this contest.
Troy has fallen in their last two games to Arkansas State and Missouri, allowing a total of 92 points. On average, the Trojans are scoring 35 points per game on 450 yards per game while allowing 32 points per game on 402 yards.
The defense looks very susceptible right now, so Troy will be counting on quarterback Kaleb Barker to perform. On the season, Barker has thrown for 1,476 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.
|10-15-19||Celtics v. Cavs +4.5||Top||118-95||Loss||-110||10 h 32 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Cavs +4½ -110
Through three preseason games, the Celtics (3-0) have failed to lose a single contest. Tonight, the Celtics will go into Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers (1-2) for the second-straight game.
Game by game, Boston has scored 107, 100, and 118 points against the Hornets, Magic, and Cavs. Meanwhile, Cleveland has scored 120, 105, and 72 against San Lorenzo, Detroit, and Boston.
In Sunday’s matchup between these two squads, a 37-9 second quarter put the game out of reach for Cleveland before the halftime break. On the way to a 118-72 blowout, Boston outscored the Cavs in every single quarter of play.
The Cavaliers can’t be much worse from the three-point line. The five Cleveland starters went a combined 1-for-22 from beyond the arc. So, of a potential 66 points, the starter alone left 63 points on the floor.
Sindarius Thornwell was Cleveland’s best player, scoring 12 points and bringing down five rebounds in 17 minutes. Thornwell wasn’t all that far off from matching the combined point total of all five starters, who managed just 21 points on a horrid shooting night.
The Celtics, who received double-digit scoring nights from three starters and three subs, should be expecting tougher competition from a Cavaliers team that would struggle to shoot worse than they did a few nights ago.
|10-14-19||Lions +4 v. Packers||Top||22-23||Win||100||33 h 6 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Lions +4 -110
As a favorite in the NFC, the Packers (4-1) will be aiming to defend their home field as they host the Lions (2-1-1) in Green Bay this evening.
Detroit, who is coming off a bye week, only lost by four to a strong Kansas City team. Before that, the Lions took down the Chargers and Eagles in consecutive weeks. On average, Detroit is scoring 24 points per game on 401 yards of offense while allowing 24 points per game on 418 yards.
Green Bay was victorious against the Cowboys a week ago, but fell to the Eagles at home the week before. On average, the Packers are scoring 24 points per game on 354 yards of offense while allowing 19 points per game on 397 yards.
Although underdogs, the Lions have won four straight against the Packers, including last year’s 31-0 slaughter at Lambeau.
Aaron Rodgers is on a four-game streak of throwing for at least 300 yards on Monday Night Football, but he’ll be without his top target, Davonte Adams, who remains sidelined with turf toe.
Through four games, Matthew Stafford has thrown for 1,122 yards, nine touchdowns, and two picks.
|10-12-19||Suns v. Blazers -1.5||Top||134-118||Loss||-109||11 h 46 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Blazers -1½ -109
Both the Suns (1-1) and Blazers (1-1) have earned one win and one loss so far in the preseason. Tonight, these two teams will continue the road towards regular season basketball with a contest in Portland.
Phoenix followed up a 111-106 win over the Timberwolves with a 105-88 loss to the Kings.
In that recent game against Sacramento, Devin Booker led the Suns with 18 points in 24 minutes. Booker also contributed seven rebounds alongside three assists and three steals.
Dario Saric failed to get in a rhythm, shooting just 3-for-12 from the field and 1-for-5 from three. In the end, Saric had nine points and six rebounds in the game.
The Trailblazers opened the preseason with a 105-94 loss to the Nuggets, but quickly rebounded with a 104-68 win over Haifa Maccabi.
In the latter game, Anfernee Simons scored a team-high 22 points in 30 minutes on the floor. In addition to a plus/minus of +21, Simons added four three-pointers, five rebounds, and three assists. With 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, Zach Collins earned the best plus/minus on the Blazers with a +22.
|10-12-19||Florida State v. Clemson -27||14-45||Win||100||28 h 44 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Clemson -27 -109
The undefeated #2 Clemson Tigers (5-0) have an ACC matchup against the Florida State Seminoles (3-2) in South Carolina on Saturday.
After a rough 1-2 start that included losses to Boise State and #25 Virginia, Florida State has won two straight games against Louisville and NC State. On average, the Seminoles are scoring 33 points on 429 yards of offense while allowing 30 points on 447 yards.
With 582 yards, seven touchdowns, and 5.1 yards per carry, running back Cam Akers leads this Florida State offense. Akers will need to be great against Clemson if FSU will have a chance, as the Seminoles have lost nine of their last 10 games against ranked opponents.
Clemson is coming off a narrow 21-20 victory over North Carolina, but has stayed perfect through five games despite losing #1 overall status. The Tigers have scored at least 41 points against Georgia Tech, Syracuse, and Charlotte.
On average, the Tigers are scoring 38 points per game on 486 yards of offense while giving up 12 points per game on just 255 yards.
Although neither team has played yet in the month of October, FSU figures to face the toughest task up against a Clemson defense that’s had extra time to prepare for the Seminoles.
|10-11-19||Virginia v. Miami-FL -2||Top||9-17||Win||100||11 h 44 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Miami-FL -2 -110
A good Friday night matchup pits #20 Virginia (4-1) against unranked Miami (2-3) in Florida. Despite the losing record, Miami is favored by two points in this contest.
The Virginia Cavaliers earned ranked status with wins over Florida State and Pittsburgh, but are coming off a 35-20 loss to #10 Notre Dame. On average, Virginia is scoring 32 points on 363 yards of offense while allowing 21 points on 275 yards.
One hurdle Virginia will have to overcome is the lack of back-to-back ACC road wins since 2011.
In the Notre Dame loss, Virginia’s lack of running game was exposed. Against the Irish, the Cavaliers racked up just 29 yards rushing as a team.
Miami has enjoyed little success under head coach Manny Diaz. Other than a 63-0 explosion against Bethune Cookman, the Hurricanes have failed to impress on offense. Losses to #8 Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech have set Miami back this season.
However, it’s worth noting that seven points is the widest margin by which Miami has lost all season. On average, the Hurricanes are scoring 32 points on 448 yards of offense while allowing 21 points on 283 yards.
|10-09-19||Jazz v. Bucks -2.5||Top||99-133||Win||100||10 h 28 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Bucks -2½ -110
As the Utah Jazz (1-0) and Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) prepare to kick of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, they’ll face off against one another this evening. Both teams won their preseason opener.
The Jazz began their preseason campaign with a 133-81 win over the Adelaide 36ers. Center Tony Bradley led the team with 18 points and a plus/minus of +30. Jeff Green added 16 points in 18 minutes of play.
The Bucks kicked off the preseason with a 122-112 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Lopez brothers each played 19 minutes. Robin Lopez ended the game with 14 points and five rebounds while Brook Lopez racked up 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Utah will go into this game with several players on the injured list. Donovan Mitchell, Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert are all listed as day-to-day at this point in time, with no reason with risk their health in a preseason game.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, and Khris Middleton didn’t see action in the first preseason game, coach Mike Budenholzer has intimated those players are likely to get action in this game.
The Jazz will play New Orleans, Sacramento, and Portland before getting the regular season underway. The Bucks have Dallas, Washington, and Minnesota remaining on their preseason schedule.
|10-06-19||Bills v. Titans -2||Top||14-7||Loss||-110||27 h 31 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Titans -2 -110
The Buffalo Bills (3-1) will put their strong defense to the test on the road as they go into Tennessee to take on the Titans (2-2).
In the AFC South, every team owns a record of 2-2, so this matchup gives Tennessee the chance to stay in the race. The Titans are coming off a 24-10 victory over Atlanta after dropping back-to-back games against Indianapolis and Jacksonville.
The AFC East looks like a two-team race between Buffalo and the undefeated Patriots, as the Jets and Dolphins are both winless. New England edged out the Bills last week in a hard-fought 16-10 contest.
On average, the Bills are scoring just 19 points per game on 404 yards of offense while allowing 16 points per game on 290 yards. Meanwhile, the Titans are scoring 23 points per game on 352 yards of offense while allowing 16 points per game on 361 yards.
The difference in this contest could be the quarterback play. For Buffalo, Josh Allen is expected to play after being cleared from concussion protocol. On the season, Allen has thrown for 903 yards, three touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing just 60.3% of his passes.
For Tennessee, Marcus Mariota is completing 62.2% of his passes for 933 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions so far.
|10-05-19||Ball State +5 v. Northern Illinois||27-20||Win||100||30 h 14 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Ball State +5 -109
The Ball State Cardinals (1-3) haven’t had much to celebrate so far in the 2019 season. However, as the Cardinals go on the road to take on the Huskies of Northern Illinois (1-3) they have a great chance against an underwhelming team with just a single win to its name.
For Ball State, quarterback Drew Plitt has been solid. With a completion percentage of 67.6%, Plitt has thrown for 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Led by receiver Riley Miller, who has 306 yards and two touchdowns on 22 receptions, the Cardinals offer three players with at least 200 receiving yards and five players with at least 100 receiving yards.
Although Ball State has lost to NC State, FAU, and Indiana, they’ve managed at least 24 points in each contest. The Cardinals are averaging 34 points per game and giving up 35 points per game.
Despite losing three straight games to #13 Utah, Nebraska, and Vanderbilt, Northern Illinois is a five-point favorite in this contest. The Huskies have scored a maximum of 24 points this year, with 18 points being their largest offensive output in any of their defeats.
With just four touchdowns and three picks on the season, Ross Bowers hasn’t been good enough to win ball games for Northern Illinois. He’ll look to add to his 1,056 passing yards on the season.
|10-04-19||Rockets -3.5 v. Clippers||Top||109-96||Win||100||15 h 2 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockets -3½ -110
Coming off a 140-71 victory over the Shanghai Sharks, the Houston Rockets will face off against the Clippers in another preseason matchup. This will be Los Angeles’ first preseason contest, and will take place in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
After a 53-29 season, the Rockets will head into a new year with James Harden at the forefront of everything they do. However, Houston has added a big piece in the form of former Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russel Westbrook.
Last season, Harden scored 36.1 points per game while earning an average of 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Meanwhile, Westbrook racked up 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 10.7 assists per game.
Despite putting Westbrook and Harden together, the more anticipated duo will be that of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard comes to LA after a championship season with the Raptors, and George arrives in his new home after playing with Westbrook in Oklahoma City last year.
Leonard, who averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game last year, is unlikely to play in the Clippers’ two preseason games in Hawai’i.
In the 2018-19 season, George led the Thunder with 28 points per game. George also average 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
|09-28-19||Kansas +16 v. TCU||14-51||Loss||-110||26 h 50 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Kansas +16 -110
The Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) are getting 16 points as they go into Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (2-1). Kansas won this matchup last season by a score of 27-26.
So far, Kansas has experienced an impressive 48-24 win over Boston College and played well against West Virginia, but the Jayhawks also let a disappointing 12-7 loss against Coastal Carolina ruin an otherwise positive start to the season.
On average, Kansas is scoring 26 points per game on 402 yards of offense while allowing 21 points per game on 374 yards.
Quarterback Carter Stanley has been good for Kansas thus far, throwing for 861 yards on 72% passing while tossing eight touchdowns and four picks. On the ground, Khalil Herbert leads the team with 384 yards, followed by the 296 yards of Pooka Williams Jr.
TCU got out to a blistering start, winning their first two games by a combined 73-20. However, the Horned Frogs couldn’t keep up with SMU last week in a 41-38 defeat.
On average, TCU is scoring 37 points a game on 443 yards of offense while allowing 20 points a game on 275 yards.
Quarterback Max Duggan is completing just 50% of his passes, but he’s been careful with the football. Duggan has thrown for 423 yards and five touchdowns without an interception on the season.
With Kansas getting 16 points on the road, this game could come down to which TCU defense shows up; the defense that held Purdue to 13 points, or the defense that gave up 41 to SMU.
|09-28-19||Central Michigan +17 v. Western Michigan||15-31||Win||100||25 h 26 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Central Michigan +17 -110
Two teams with identical 2-2 records will face off Saturday when the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-2) go on the road to take on the Broncos of Western Michigan (2-2).
Excluding a 61-0 loss to #17 Wisconsin, Central Michigan has played pretty well against its early schedule. The Chippewas scored 38 and 45 points in wins over Albany and Akron, and lost a tight 17-12 game against the Miami Hurricanes.
On average, Central Michigan is scoring 24 points a game on 342 yards of offense while allowing 31 points a game on 367 yards of offense.
Quarterback David Moore has taken over the Chippewas offense and has played reasonably well. Moore has thrown for 534 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick in limited action this year. Expect Moore to get more and more comfortable as he gets more time under center.
Other than in the 51-17 loss to #19 Michigan State, Western Michigan has scored at least 33 points in every contest. On average, the Broncos score 39 points per game on 515 yards of offense while allowing 32 points per game on 446 yards of offense.
Western Michigan is very much an offense-first team, led by quarterback Jon Wassink and his 1,222 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Western Michigan looks poised to outscore Central Michigan, but 17 points is a lot to lay for a Bronos defense that’s given up more than 50 points on two occasions this season.
|09-21-19||Colorado v. Arizona State -8||34-31||Loss||-110||36 h 6 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Arizona State -8 -110
Coming off two overtime games, the Colorado Buffaloes (2-1) are headed on the road to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0).
Many expected the momentum from a huge come-from-behind win versus #25 Nebraska to carry over into Colorado’s contest against Air Force. It didn’t. The Falcons won the game by seven in another overtime thriller.
The Buffaloes are averaging 36 points on the back of 421 yards per game. Defensively, Colorado is allowing 30 points per game and giving up 472 yards of total offense on average.
With Arizona State’s suffocating defense, Buffalo quarterback Steven Montez will need to be careful as he attacks through the air. On the season, Montez is 67 of 104 for 827 yards, six touchdowns, and two picks.
The aforementioned defense of the Sun Devils is why Arizona State has gotten off to a flawless 3-0 start. In each of the teams three games, the opponent has been held to just seven points, and that includes #18 Michigan State.
The Sun Devils are averaging just 20 points a game, but that’s just fine when they’re only giving up a touchdown every time they step on the field.
With one of the best scoring defenses in the nation, Arizona State would love to get more production out of the offense and quarterback Jayden Daniels. The freshman is 47 of 77 for 728 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
|09-21-19||New Mexico State v. New Mexico -4||52-55||Loss||-109||31 h 39 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on New Mexico -4 -109
Saturday features an all-New Mexico affair as the New Mexico University Lobos (1-1) host the New Mexico State Aggies (0-3).
New Mexico State started off the season with a brutal schedule, taking on #23 Washington State and #2 Alabama. However, the Aggies will have wanted a better performance against San Diego State, to whom they lost by a score of 31-10.
Through three games, New Mexico State is scoring an average of nine points while allowing opponents to score 50.
Aggies quarterback Josh Adkins needs to have a good game, which includes protecting the football. On the season, Adkins is 73 of 113 for 665 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions.
New Mexico edged out Sam Houston State by eight in the season opener before falling to #7 Notre Dame by a score of 66-14. Those two results won’t scare many teams, as the Lobos are averaging 26 points per game while giving up 48.
While the Lobos have allowed 438 passing yards per game, they’ll be looking to pick off a turnover-prone Adkins and hand their offense extra possessions. If New Mexico can contain an Aggies rushing attack that’s averaging just 75 yards per game, they should be able to put pressure on Adkins.
|09-21-19||South Carolina +9.5 v. Missouri||14-34||Loss||-110||31 h 36 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on South Carolina +9½ -110
A pair of SEC foes will go head to head in Missouri as the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2) try to take down the Missouri Tigers (2-1).
Although South Carolina’s record is the worse of the two, the two defeats have come against a good North Carolina squad and the #2 team in the country, Alabama. Missouri has beaten up on inferior competition, but also lost a shocker to Wyoming in the season opener.
By the numbers, we’re looking at an offensive strength versus a defensive strength in this matchup. While South Carolina has put up 501 yards a game, Missouri is averaging 473 yards of offense. However, the Tigers are allowing just 218 yards per game while the Gamecocks are giving up 440 on average.
Rico Dowdle was a solid performer last week against Alabama. On just 12 carries, Dowdle ran for 102 yards. That brings the running back’s season total up to 251 yards with a pair of scores.
Also encouraging for South Carolina is the play of freshman quarterback Ryan Helinski, who’s thrown for 606 yards, four touchdowns, and two picks in the two games he’s played. 324 of those yards and two of those TDs came against the Crimson Tide.
Kelly Bryant looked decent for Missouri against Southeast Missouri State a week ago. The senior QB threw for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
9.5 points feels like a lot to lay for a Missouri team that failed to beat Wyoming.
|09-21-19||Central Michigan +30 v. Miami-FL||12-17||Win||100||30 h 15 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Central Michigan +30 -110
The Chippewas of Central Michigan (2-1) bounced back from a 61-0 thrashing at the hands of #17 Wisconsin to take down Akron. Saturday, Central Michigan takes on the Hurricanes (1-2) in Miami.
Although Central Michigan puts up just 373 yards of total offense per game, they’ve scored 38 and 45 points in their two victories this season. The team’s average of 35 points allowed is skewed heavily by the loss to Wisconsin.
Quarterback David Moore performed well in the start last week. Against the Zips, Moore threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns without a pick. Alongside running back Kobe Lewis, who rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns a week ago, the Chippewas offer a balanced offensive attack.
The Hurricanes appear to be in the midst of a decline. After a 10-3 season in 2017, Miami went 7-6 a year ago before starting off the 2019 season with a record of 1-2. Before blowing out Bethune Cookman, the Hurricanes fell to #8 Florida and North Carolina.
Offensively, Miami scores an average of 36 points on 459 total yards. Defensively, the Hurricanes allow 17 points a game on 276 yards. Sticking to those averages won’t be enough to cover the 30 points Miami is giving Central Michigan.
In fact, Miami has failed to reach 30 points in two of its first three games.
So far, Miami quarterback Jarren Williams has thrown for 777 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. However, half of Williams’ TDs came against Bethune Cookman last week.
|09-21-19||Boston College v. Rutgers +8.5||Top||30-16||Loss||-109||27 h 51 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rutgers +8½ -109
Each with one loss on the record, the Boston College Eagles (2-1) are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-1) on Saturday.
Thus far, Boston College has had very little trouble putting points on the board. Since an impressive 35-28 win over Virginia Tech to start the season, the Eagles have scored 45 and 48 points. Although Boston College is allowing 30 points per game, they’re scoring an average of 35.
After a strong start, Boston College suffered an embarrassing loss to Kansas after coming into the matchup as 21-point favorites. Against the Jayhawks, Boston College allowed 329 yards on the ground and 567 yards of total offense.
Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown completed just half his passes for 195 yards and a TD. Running back AJ Dillon rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown, but the Boston College offense was scoreless in the second half.
After a 48-21 win over UMass to start the 2019 season, Rutgers was demolished by #20 Iowa in the team’s second contest. With an extra week to prepare, Rutgers will attempt to improve its 24 points a game and 25 points allowed per game.
Against superior competition, Rutgers only managed 125 yards of offense. Now going up against a Boston College team that struggled to finish tackles a week ago, the Scarlet Knights should have more success on the back of Isaih Pacheco, who’s rushed for 223 yards and four TDs through the first two games of the year.
|09-21-19||Southern Miss +39.5 v. Alabama||7-49||Loss||-110||26 h 15 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Southern Miss +39½ -110
The Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi (2-1) have a tough task ahead of them as they go into Tuscaloosa to take on the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0).
In the team’s lone loss, which came against Mississippi State, Southern Miss only managed 15 points. However, the Golden Eagles were able to score 38 and 47 points in wins over Alcorn State and Troy. On average, Southern Miss is scoring 33 points and allowing 30 points per game.
Much of the Golden Eagles’ 453 yards per game come from the arm of QB Jack Abraham. Abraham has thrown for 990 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions on the season. With 347 passing yards per game, Southern Miss is ranked 12thin the nation.
The Golden Eagles will be hoping for another kickoff return for a touchdown from Jaylond Adams, who’s averaging one per game this season.
Alabama has yet to truly struggle this season, scoring at least 42 points in every game. On average, the Crimson Tide put up 50 points while holding opponents to 12 points per game. Alabama is also holding opponents to 308 yards of offense while racking up 562 yards themselves.
Already over the 1,000-yard mark, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is 70 of 91 for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy is on the receiving end of most Tagovailoa passes, earning 308 yards and four touchdowns thus far.
Southern Miss will point to a tight first quarter for Alabama against South Carolina in which the Crimson Tide only led by a score of 14-10. If Alabama has another slow start, the Golden Eagles will be sitting pretty with regard to the 39.5-point spread.
|09-21-19||UL-Monroe +18.5 v. Iowa State||20-72||Loss||-109||26 h 9 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on UL-Monroe +18½ -109
Identical records will be put on the line Saturday when the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks (1-1) go on the road to take on the Cyclones of Iowa State (1-1).
Both teams are coming off heartbreaking losses in their last contest. Let’s start with UL Monroe, who lost to Florida State 45-44 in overtime. That near-stunner came on September 7, so the Warhawks will have had an extra week to prepare for Saturday’s game.
Through two games, UL Monroe is scoring 37.5 points per game on 460 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Warhawks are allowing 27 points while opponents are racking up 454 yards per game.
Senior quarterback Caleb Evans has looked good for UL Monroe thus far, tossing three touchdowns and a pick while putting up 424 yards through the air. Although Iowa State presents a formidable rush defense, Warkawks running back Josh Johnson was able to run for 126 yards against FSU two weeks ago.
Despite two very close games to start the season – a three-point win in triple overtime before the one-point loss to Iowa – Iowa State is favored by 18.5 points.
To cover, the Cyclones will need a big performance out of quarterback Brock Purdy, who’s thrown for 554 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games of the season. Yet even with Purdy’s success so far in 2019, Iowa State is scoring just one more point per game than they’re allowing (23-22).
One reason Iowa State hasn’t enjoyed more offensive production this year is the lack of a running game. Kene Nwangwu is the team’s leading back with just 84 yards on the season.
In the last seven games, the Cyclones are 1-6 against the spread.
|09-20-19||Air Force +8.5 v. Boise State||Top||19-30||Loss||-110||35 h 27 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Air Force +8½ -110
A pair of undefeated teams will face off on the blue turf of Boise State as the #20 Broncos (3-0) host the Air Force Falcons (2-0). This game could have big implications for the Mountain West Conference standings at the end of the year.
The visitors are coming off an impressive overtime win against Colorado. Before that, the Falcons demolished Colgate in their season opener. The old-school Air Force offense has produced 454 yards per game while a strong defense is holding opponents to an average of 243 yards.
Don’t expect Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond to rack up a ton of yardage through the air. On just seven of 12 passes, Hammond threw for 155 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. The Falcons’ offense relies much more heavily on the run game, which is led by Kadin Remsberg, who rushed for 146 yards against Colorado.
Boise State has started the year strong, taking down FSU in the opener before earning a close win against Marshall and blowing out Portland State. In contrast to an Air Force team led by defense, the Broncos want to outscore opponents. Boise State is averaging 516 yards of offense while giving up 280.
Averaging more than 300 yards a game, Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier has thrown for 927 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions on the season. Bachmeier’s favorite target is Khalil Shakir, who’s reeled in 17 balls for 237 yards and a TD.
Against a triple-option team that will wear any opponent down throughout the course of a game, Boise State will need its freshman QB to protect the ball and be efficient through the air. A relentless Air Force defense will love getting 8.5 points against a Broncos team that only managed 14 points against Marshall.
|09-19-19||Houston +5.5 v. Tulane||Top||31-38||Loss||-110||35 h 45 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Houston +5½ -110
Thursday night will feature an American Athletic Conference clash between the visiting Houston Cougars (1-2) and the Green Wave of Tulane (2-1).
Houston has two losses on the record, but they’ve also faced one of the toughest opening schedules in the nation. After an impressive performance in a loss to #4 Oklahoma, the Cougars easily defeated Prairie View before dropping last week’s contest to #20 Washington State by a touchdown.
On the season, Houston is scoring 30 points per game while giving up an average of 32.
Tulane has enjoyed an easier schedule, but they did run into a brick wall when they faced #10 Auburn, losing 24-6. The Green Wave easily took care of business against two inferior opponents in the lead up to this conference game.
So far, Tulane is scoring 35 points per game while allowing an average of 14. Tulane is also putting up 436 yards of offense per game while allowing 276.
Houston is getting 5.5 points on the road, which is an interesting line considering the Cougars dominated Tulane in a 48-17 game last season.
So far, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King is 42 of 77 for 434 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Tulane quarterback Justin McMillan is 37 of 67 for 424 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks.
|09-16-19||Browns v. Jets +7||Top||23-3||Loss||-115||24 h 6 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Jets +7 -115
Although much of the NFL’s offseason hype surrounded the Cleveland Browns (0-1) and New York Jets (0-1), both teams lost their season opener. Now, the Browns and Jets are set to face off in primetime on Monday Night Football.
Cleveland kicked of 2019 with a disappointing 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Browns only allowed 371 yards while putting up 387 yards of offense themselves, but an all-around underwhelming performance ended in a 30-point loss.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has the worst day for Cleveland, throwing for 285 yards and touchdown but tossing three interceptions. The Browns also expected more out of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who caught seven balls for 71 yards.
The Jets looked poor offensively in their season opener, but lost by only a single point in a 17-16 contest against the Bills. While racking up just 243 yards of total offense, the Jets allowed Buffalo to help themselves to 382 yards, including 128 on the ground.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold did better to protect the football, but was just 28 of 41 for 175 yards and a touchdown. Le’Veon Bell managed just 60 yards on 17 carries against a strong Bills rushing defense.
With the Browns allowing 123 yards on the ground a week ago, expect Bell to have a more prolific outing Monday night. A better performance from Bell and a repeat performance from Jamison Crowder, who caught 14 passes for 99 yards in Week 1, would allow New York to control the clock at home.
|09-15-19||Saints v. Rams -2||Top||9-27||Win||100||26 h 7 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rams -2 -109
The Saints (1-0) have gone through the entire offseason thinking about a blown pass interference call that cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. On Sunday, New Orleans will get a chance at revenge as they go into Los Angeles to take on the Rams (1-0).
A wild Monday night affair ended with the Saints overcoming the Texans with a last-second field goal. As we’ve come to expect from New Orleans, Drew Brees and the offense made this team tick. The Saints shredded the Houston defense for 518 yards of total offense.
Despite missing some throws, Brees went 32 of 43 for 370 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick through the air. Michael Thomas was one the receiving end of 10 of those completions for 123 yards. On the ground, Kamara ran for 97 yards to help the Saints earn 148 total rushing yards.
While the Saints struggled to defeat a tough opponent, most expected the Rams to have an easier go against the Carolina Panthers, who just recently lost to the Buccaneers on Thursday night. In fact, the Rams were only able to earn 352 yards of offense while giving up 366.
In the end, Los Angeles won by three points, but quarterback Jared Goff wasn’t at his best. On 23 of 39 passing, Goff threw for 186 yards, one TD, and an interception.
The Rams, who are two-point favorites at home, will have been excited to see running back Todd Gurley have success running the football. On 14 carries, Gurley rushed for 97 yards.
With a 7-1 home record last season, only two of the Rams’ home wins were by five points or fewer.
|09-15-19||Cowboys -5 v. Redskins||31-21||Win||100||23 h 42 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cowboys -5 -110
After jumping out to a nice lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins (0-1) couldn’t hang on in Week 1. Sunday, the Redskins will host the Dallas Cowboys (1-0) in Washington D.C.
The NFC East could begin to take shape very quickly in 2019, as the Cowboys have a chance to hand Washington an 0-2 record in the division while jumping out to two straight wins against division opponents. Dallas defeated the New York Giants 35-17 in the season opener.
After ending his holdout days before the start of the season, running back Ezekiel Elliot was held to just 53 yards and one touchdown the ground. With a full week of preparation, expect a fuller workload and more productions for Elliot on Sunday.
The balance of the Cowboys’ offense will be scary of Dak Prescott can replicate his opening game performance. Against New York, Prescott threw for 405 yards, four touchdowns, and no picks on 25 of 32 passing.
Washington ended up allowing 436 yards of total offense, 123 yards on the ground, against the Eagles last week. A pair of long TD passes to Desean Jackson made up a big chunk of that yardage, and those plays seemed to turn the momentum of the game.
Case Keenum ended up with a nice game at QB for the Redskins. Keenum was 30 of 44 for 380 yards and three touchdowns. However, Washington only managed 28 yards rushing.
If Dallas can make Washington one-dimensional, Keenum could have pressure in his face all day.
|09-15-19||Bills v. Giants +2.5||28-14||Loss||-105||22 h 45 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Giants +2½ -105
After kicking off the 2019 season with a win, the Buffalo Bills (1-0) will go one the road to take on the New York Giants (0-1) on Sunday afternoon.
The Bills are returning to MetLife Stadium after their comeback victory over the Jets a week ago. On the back of John Brown’s 123-yard, one-touchdown performance, Buffalo won 17-16.
Quarterback Josh Allen went 24 for 37 to rack up 254 yards and a TD, but he also threw two interceptions. In total, the Bills managed just 382 yards of offense.
Despite a 35-17 loss to the Cowboys, the Giants were able to earn 474 yards of total offense. Eli Manning did a decent job with the weapons he has, throwing for 306 yards and a touchdown on 44 attempts.
Saquon Barkley could be the difference in this matchup. On just 11 carries, Barkley ran for 120 yards. If the Giants don’t fall behind and have to rely on Manning’s arm, they’ll have a chance to control the game through Barkley with their running game.
With Allen behind center and facing a New York defense that held Ezekiel Elliot and the Cowboys to just 89 yards rushing, don’t expect the Bills to light up the scoreboard.
|09-15-19||49ers +1 v. Bengals||41-17||Win||100||18 h 24 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on 49ers +1 -110
In his return from injury, Jimmy Garoppolo led the San Francisco 49ers (1-0) to victory in Week 1. He’ll aim to make it two straight as the 49ers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals (0-1).
Despite a 31-17 score line, Garoppolo put in a lackluster performance against the Buccaneers in the season opener. The San Francisco QB appears to be shaking off the rust, as he threw for just 166 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Garopollo was bailed out by his defense, which returned two interceptions for scores.
It was a strong effort from that 49ers defensive unit, holding Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay offense to just 315 yards. Meanwhile, San Francisco put up 264 yards of offense themselves.
Unless the 49ers can count on pick-sixes again, they’ll need more offensive production against a Bengals team that allowed just 267 yards of total offense. Cincinnati racked up 452 yards of offense, but still fell to the Seahawks by a point.
San Francisco will need to pay close attention to the Andy Dalton-John Ross connection. Dalton was 35 of 51 for 418 yards and two touchdowns, both to Ross. On just seven catches, Ross put up 158 receiving yards in addition to those TDs.
If the Bengals defensive line, which sacked Russel Wilson four times, gets pressure on Garoppolo, it could be a long day for San Francisco. But if the 49ers quarterback can stay upright, he’s likely to improve as he gets more live action under his belt.
|09-14-19||San Diego State v. New Mexico State +16||Top||31-10||Loss||-110||35 h 60 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on New Mexico State +16 -110
It’s Aggies versus Aztecs on Saturday night as 0-2 New Mexico State plays host to 2-0 San Diego State.
San Diego State is coming off an upset 23-14 win over UCLA a week ago. So far, the Aztecs are scoring 14 points per game but allowing just six, due in large part to their shutout victory over Weber State to kick off the season.
New Mexico State may be winless through two games, but both were against quality opponents. After kicking things off against #23 Washington State, the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa to face #2 Alabama. Both games, which were on the road, ended in losses of at least 50 points.
San Diego State will need to be sharp if they’ll cover a 16-point spread on the road. That means the Aztecs will be counting on an efficient performance from running back Juwan Washington, who’s averaging 96 yards per game.
However, it’s the defense that leads the Aztecs. A solid UCLA team managed just 261 yards against the San Diego State D last week. Against the run, the Aztecs rank eighth in the nation.
Despite strong competition, New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins has looked pretty good. Although he’s thrown two picks versus one touchdown, Adkins is completing 65% of his passes and put up 366 total yards against two ranked opponents.
Against the spread, San Diego State is 2-8 out of their last 10 games overall.
|09-14-19||TCU -1.5 v. Purdue||34-13||Win||100||35 h 40 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on TCU -1½ -110
Thus far, the TCU Horned Frogs (1-0) have played just one game, a 39-7 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Saturday night, TCU will go into Ross-Ade Stadium to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1).
Favored by 1.5 points in this contest, the Horned Frogs figure to be in the mix when it comes to the Big 12 title.
Although TCU went up against an FCS opponent in their first game of the year, they certainly took care of business. With 200 yards on the ground and 284 yards through the air, the Horned frogs carried an advantage of 484-215 yards of total offense over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The most intriguing part of Saturday’s matchup should be TCU’s pass defense against Purdue’s pass offense. The Horned frogs gave up just 114 yards through the air in their opener, and Purdue is third in the nation after putting up 466 yards per game thus far.
In last week’s win over Vanderbilt, Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw for 509 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. However, the Boilermakers managed just two yards per carry on the ground.
Purdue’s defense could be in trouble after allowing 420 yards to Vanderbilt through the air.
|09-14-19||Hawaii +22 v. Washington||20-52||Loss||-110||34 h 48 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Hawaii +22 -110
Following a pair of impressive home victories, the Rainbow Warriors of Hawai’I (2-0) will go on the road to take on the #23 Washington Huskies (1-1).
Hawai’i is known for scoring points, and they’ve done just that through their first two games by averaging 37 per game. An opening game win over Arizona was followed by a 31-28 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. Despite a strong start, the Rainbow Warriors are getting 22 points in this upcoming contest.
Washington looked great in their 47-14 drubbing of Eastern Washington. However, a tough 20-19 loss at the hands of Cal brought the Huskies’ average points per game down to 32.
It’s fair to say that Hawai’i junior quarterback Cole McDonald is a gunslinger. So far, McDonald has racked up 799 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. With a strong Washington defense searching for turnovers, McDonald will need to take better care of the football.
The Rainbow Warriors have put up 542 yards per game thus far, which is good enough for 14thin the nation.
After a 349-yard performance in the first game of the season, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason threw for just 162 yards and a pick in last week’s loss to California. A decent game out of Eason alongside a Huskies defense that ranks 48thin the country in yards allowed should be good enough to win, but they’ll need to score at a high clip if they’ll make up the 22 points they’re laying in this one.
|09-14-19||Western Kentucky v. Louisville -10||21-38||Win||100||31 h 51 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Louisville -10 -109
A pair of unranked 1-1 teams will face off in a neutral location as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers go up against the Cardinals of Louisville in Nashville, Tennessee.
After a 35-28 defeat to Central Arkansas, Western Kentucky bounced back to beat Florida International by a score of 20-14. After both contests, the Hilltoppers are averaging 24 points and giving up an average of 24.
Louisville also lost on opening week, but they played tough against #9 Notre Dame. The Cardinals showed they’re not a pushover after putting up 17 against the Irish before dominating Eastern Kentucky 42-0. Per game, Louisville scores 29 points and allows 17.
Getting 10 points, the Hilltoppers will need to be more careful with the ball if they’re going to compete with Louisville. Against FIU, Western Kentucky forced zero turnovers and coughed the ball up twice, one of which was a pick-six.
Western Kentucky racked up 339 yards of total offense and held Florida International to just 217, but the level of competition will be much higher this Saturday.
It felt like Louisville was letting out some frustration after letting the Notre Dame game get away from them as the Cardinals ran up the score against Eastern Kentucky. Louisville earned 542 yards of total offense while allowing just 172 yards.
Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass is 24 of 46 for 330 yards and four touchdowns alongside one interception.
|09-14-19||USC -3.5 v. BYU||27-30||Loss||-110||30 h 3 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on USC -3½ -110
After a big win over #23 Stanford, the #24 USC Trojans (2-0) look to stay unbeaten as they go on the road to take on the unranked BYU Cougars (1-1).
After falling behind 20-10 against the Cardinal, USC scored the final 35 points of the game to get an impressive victory over Stanford. After two games, the Trojans are averaging 37 points per game while giving up 21.
The Cougars were expected to lose to #14 Utah in the season opener, and they did so by a score of 30-12. BYU faced Tennessee next, needing double overtime to win by three points. So far, BYU is averaging 20 points for and 27 points against.
The visitors come into this matchup as 3.5-point favorites, and the spread should be even bigger if USC will get a repeat performance out of freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis. In his first career start, Slovis was 28 of 33 for 377 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks.
Although quarterback Zach Wilson was able to lead the Cougars on a game-tying drive before an eventual 2OT win last week, he may have trouble finding time to pick out receivers with an offensive line allowing pressure. Wilson was 19 for 29 with 232 yards and a TD against Tennessee.
Following a win by 20 or more points, USC is 5-2 out of their last seven against the spread.
|09-14-19||Arkansas State v. Georgia -32.5||0-55||Win||100||27 h 60 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Georgia -32½ -109
The 1-1 Arkansas State Red Wolves face a very tall task Saturday as they go into Athens to take on the #3 Bulldogs of Georgia (2-0).
Arkansas State has been able to put up points so far this season, scoring an average of 36 after scoring 43 in last week’s win over UNLV. With 93 total points through two weeks of play, Georgia has scored even more. With an average of 46 points scored and 11 points allowed per game, Georgia has gotten off to a fast start.
Although the Red Wolves were good against UNLV, they allowed almost 200 yards on the ground. That’s a scary statistic as they come up against a Bulldogs rushing attack that averaged 6.7 yards per attempt and racked up 269 yards last week against Murray State.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm hasn’t been lighting up the passing numbers, but he hasn’t needed to. In his first two games, Fromm has thrown for 156 and 166 yards, but only had one incompletion a week ago. If the running game has the success we expect, Fromm could become deadly on play-action passing plays.
Following a win by 20 or more points, Georgia is 14-5 in their last 19 games against the spread.
|09-14-19||Miami-OH +18.5 v. Cincinnati||13-35||Loss||-110||27 h 42 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Miami-OH +18½ -110
The Redhawks of Miami of Ohio (1-1) will travel into Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats (1-1) in a noon kickoff on Saturday.
While Miami is coming off a 48-17 trouncing of Tennessee Tech, Cincinnati will be looking for a comeback performance after a dreadful 42-0 defeat at the hands of #5 Ohio State.
With the Redhawks getting 18.5 points in this contest, it’s worth noting that Miami of Ohio lost to #20 Iowa by 24 points. On average, Miami has scored 30 points per game while allowing 27. After the shutout loss, Cincinnati has averaged just 11 points per game while giving up 27.
If Miami is going to keep this game close, they’ll likely need a bigger performance through the air from quarterback Brett Gabbert. In his first two games, the freshman QB threw for 186 and 152 yards. Gabbert provides a threat on the ground as well, but the Redhawks will need his arm against a good Cincinnati defense.
While it’s no surprise that Cincinnati lost to Ohio State, the 42-0 score line was a bit of a shocker for most. Sophomore quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for just 166 yards and a pick against the Buckeyes, and might need a few plays to shake off that rough outing.
Against the spread, Cincinnati is 0-5 coming off a game in which they allowed 40 or more points.
|09-13-19||Kansas +21 v. Boston College||Top||48-24||Win||100||23 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Kansas +21 -115
Boston College has gotten off to a strong 2-0 start after dispatching both Virginia Tech and Richmond. Tonight, the Eagles with host the Kansas Jayhawks (1-1).
While Boston College has been able to put up points, scoring a total of 80 through two weeks of play, Kansas has struggled to do so. After squeaking out a 24-17 win against Indiana State, the Jayhawks managed only seven in a loss to Coastal Carolina.
Under new head coach Les Miles, the Kansas offense is expected to pick up as the season progresses, and the Jayhawks should be able to keep many games close with a defense that’s allowing an average of just 14.5 points per game on the season.
Offensively, Kansas can count on the running duo of Khalil Herbert and Pooka Williams Jr., the latter of whom was one yard shy of triple digits rushing on 22 carries last week.
Allowing an average of 20.5 points, the weakness of this Boston College squad could turn out to be a defensive line that lost plenty of talent from a year ago. However, the Eagles were able to comfortably take down Virginia Tech despite being 4.5-point dogs.
For Kansas, the key to this game will likely be turning the ball over. Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown hasn’t thrown a pick yet this season, but a Jayhawks defense that held Coastal Carolina to just 291 total yards last week could frustrate Brown enough to force the ball into tight windows.
|09-12-19||Bucs +7 v. Panthers||Top||20-14||Win||100||33 h 47 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Bucs +7 -105
Two 0-1 teams will face off in an NFC South showdown on Thursday Night Football as the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay go on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers.
The Buccaneers opened the 2019 season with a 31-17 beating at the hands of San Francisco in a game full of turnovers. While the 49ers gave the ball up twice, Tampa Bay gave it away four times.
The biggest of Tampa Bay’s problems was Jameis Winston’s inability to protect the football. San Francisco picked off the Bucs quarterback three times, two of which were returned for touchdowns. That allowed the 49ers to pull away in a game in which Tampa Bay had an advantage in offensive yardage.
Winston was 20 of 36 for 194 yards with a touchdown in addition to those three aforementioned interceptions. If Winston can take better care of the ball, Tampa Bay has a great chance to move the ball against a Panthers team that allowed 352 yards of offense a week ago.
After falling behind 13-0, Carolina was never able to come all the way back to catch the Rams, who won the contest 30-27. Cam Newton threw for 239 yards and a pick on 25 of 38 passing in the game.
One of the league’s best weapons, Christian McCaffrey, kept the game close for Carolina. McCaffrey led the team in both rushing, with 128 yards and two touchdowns, and receiving, with 81 yards on 10 catches.
Carolina has several key players questionable to play Thursday, including tight end Greg Olsen and defensive end Bruce Irvin.
|09-09-19||Broncos v. Raiders +3||Top||16-24||Win||100||37 h 20 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Raiders +3 -115
The final game of NFL’s Week 1 will feature a pair of AFC West teams as the Denver Broncos travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders.
With a record of 4-12, the Raiders were the worst team in the division a year ago. Denver failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season after a 6-10 performance in 2018.
Although a shaky preseason left questions about Antonio Brown and his availability for the Raiders’ opener, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden expected to have his star receiver on the field Monday night until the team released Brown on Saturday.
The passing game was expected to improve with Brown on the roster after Oakland ranked 18thin the NFL with 234 yards per game in 2018. Now, there’s one fewer game-breaking option for quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 4,049 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions a year ago.
The Broncos were far from an explosive offense last season, ranking 24thin the league with 20.6 points per game. With the addition of veteran Joe Flacco to the roster, Denver figures to improve. In nine games last season, Flacco threw for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six picks.
For a team that allowed a 22nd-best 365 yards per game in 2018, three points is a lot to lay for the Broncos on the road. With Brown absent for much of the Raiders’ preseason, his release could very well be overstated in the line for this game.
|09-08-19||Giants +7.5 v. Cowboys||Top||17-35||Loss||-110||27 h 43 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Giants +7½ -110
The New York Giants are getting more than a touchdown on the road as they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in an NFC East showdown.
While the Cowboys progressed to the second round of the playoffs after taking the division crown a year ago, the Giants finished the 2018 season with a record of 5-12.
Although Dallas will have Ezekiel Elliot on the active roster for this Week 1 matchup, the star running back has only been through one padded practice in the offseason. Elliot should start, but don’t expect a full workload.
Speaking of star running backs, New York will hope to control the game through Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Any success with Barkley on the ground will help a passing offense that ranked 11thin the NFL in 2018.
While Dallas has more talent on the roster, the offense struggled in the red zone last year. By scoring in only 52% of their red zone trips, they ranked 26thin the league in that category.
On the flip side, New York ranked 12thin red zone defense a year ago, which means Dallas could have to settle for field goals more often than not.
|09-08-19||Redskins +10.5 v. Eagles||27-32||Win||100||18 h 27 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Redskins +10½ -110
As visitors in this NFC East clash, the Washington Redskins (7-9 last season) are getting double digits against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7 last season) in Philly this afternoon.
One reason for such a big number is surely the fact that Washington will be without seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams at left tackle due to a holdout. Donald Penn will replace Williams in Week 1.
Penn and the rest of the Redskins offensive line will be protecting new starting quarterback Case Keenum, who spent last season in Denver after a great season in Minnesota. In 2018, Keenum threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchowns, and 15 interceptions. The Redskins will be hoping for Keenum to return to his 2017 self, which threw for 3,547 yards with 22 TDs and just seven picks.
Despite losing the NFC East title to Dallas, the Eagles made a playoff appearance as a Wild Card a season ago. Once again, they went into the postseason without starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who was injured in Week 14.
Wentz racked up an impressive 21/7 touchdown-to-interception ratio last year. However, he was available for just 13 games in 2017 and 11 games in 2018.
Washington will need to be successful in the running game in this matchup. With 110 yards per game on the ground a season ago, the Redskins ranked 17th. A backfield of four-time All-Pro Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice will carry the load.
At 4.6 yards per carry allowed, the Eagles ranked 20thin the league last year. That could be the key for Washington to control large periods of this contest and keep the score close.
|09-07-19||Arkansas State +1.5 v. UNLV||Top||43-17||Win||100||37 h 50 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Arkansas State +1½ -110
Seeking its first 2-0 start in two decades, the UNLV Rebels (1-0) will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves (0-1) Saturday evening in what figures to be a tight matchup.
Despite big passing numbers from its quarterback, Arkansas State lost to SMU by a touchdown at home in Week 1 of the season. Against Southern Utah, UNLV took care of business and won by a score of 56-23.
In their opening game loss, Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns, all of which were caught by Omar Bayless. Bayless finished the game with 10 catches for 132 yards, and proved that the Red Wolves have a scary quarterback-receiver combination.
The downfall for Arkansas State in Week 1 came in the form of a kickoff returned for a touchdown and 11 penalties, both of which should be correctable coming into the second game of the season.
Against significantly inferior competition, it’s hard to gauge just how well UNLV can carry over its 534-yard performance against Southern Utah. However, they’ll be hoping for more from Charles Williams, who rushed for 143 yards on 15 carries.
Of UNLV’s last 13 Week 2 games, the Rebels have won only three.
|09-07-19||Eastern Michigan +15.5 v. Kentucky||17-38||Loss||-109||33 h 57 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Eastern Michigan +15½ -109
Although Kentucky might be looking ahead to next week’s matchup with #11 Florida, the Wildcats (1-0) could have their hands full this Saturday when the Eastern Michigan Eagles come to town.
While Eastern Michigan took down Coastal Carolina by a score of 30-23 in their first game of the season, Kentucky jumped out to a 1-0 start by overwhelming Toledo to the tune of 38-24.
With their sights set on a MAC title, the Eagles would love to prove their might against Kentucky. To do so, they’ll need another near-perfect game from quarterback Mike Glass, who completed 20 of 22 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns against Coastal Carolina.
If Eastern Michigan can get running back Shaq Vann going, this offense could be dangerous. Vann rushed for 84 yards last week, but was expected to do better against a lesser opponent than the one they’ll face Saturday.
Kentucky received a good performance out of QB Terry Wilson in Week 1. Wilson threw for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but with Kentucky playing as more than two-touchdown favorites, he’ll need to be as good or better against Eastern Michigan.
DeAndre Square had a monster game from the linebacker position for Kentucky last week, yet the Wildcats allowed 24 points. If square can’t replicate his 11 tackles, 0.5 sack, and interception once again, Kentucky might be poised to give up a significant amount of points.
|09-07-19||BYU v. Tennessee -3.5||29-26||Loss||-105||32 h 24 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Tennessee -3½ -105
One team will remain winless after Saturday’s contest between the Brigham Young University Cougars (0-1) and Tennessee Volunteers (0-1).
BYU was overmatched against #14 Utah in last week’s 30-12 loss. Against Georgia State, Tennessee suffered one of the most shocking defeats of college football’s opening week by a score of 38-30.
Although BYU quarterback Zach Wilson notched a career-high 21 completions for 208 yards, he also tossed a pair of pick-sixes that would’ve been enough to earn the Utes the win by themselves. Tyson Williams also fumbled away a possession that led to a TD for the Utes.
Taking care of the football will be a focus for BYU, but they also need to improve against the run. Utah tallied 262 yards on the ground and controlled the game.
Tennessee struggled to run the ball against Georgia State, racking up just 93 yards on the ground, but quarterback Jarrett Guarantano threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Like BYU, the real struggle for the Volunteers was defending the run. They allowed 213 rushing yards in what they hope to be a wake-up call for this defense.
Tennessee now has a great chance to bounce back against a weaker BYU team at home.
|09-07-19||San Diego State v. UCLA -7.5||23-14||Loss||-110||30 h 39 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on UCLA -7½ -110
The Rose Bowl will be the venue for a Week 2 clash between the San Diego State Aztecs (1-0) and UCLA Bruins (0-1).
The Aztecs started their 2019 campaign with one of the lowest-scoring football games you’ll ever see: a 6-0 win over Weber State. UCLA wasn’t able to score much more, and lost to Cincinnati by a score of 24-14.
The Bruins are more than a touchdown favorite in this one, and the lack of production for San Diego State’s offense is a big reason why. Against Weber State, the Aztecs averaged just 3.3 yards per play. While the San Diego State defense did its job, allowing only 154 yards, the offense failed to find the end zone. Instead, it needed kicker Matt Ariaza to score all six of its points.
UCLA lost by 10 to Cincinnati in large part because of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson tossing two interceptions and losing two fumbles. Thompson Robinson completed just eight passes for 156 yards.
The Bruins’ offense struggled, but injuries have to take at least some of the blame. UCLA was without the services of two offensive linemen, its leading returning receiver, and 1,200-yard rusher Joshua Kelley. All four injured players were at practice this week and would provide a huge boost to the team.
UCLA has never lost to San Diego State.
|09-07-19||Illinois v. Connecticut +22||31-23||Win||100||30 h 51 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Connecticut +22 -110
It was hardly a fair fight when Illinois (1-0) defeated Akron last week. Now, the Fighting Illini shift their focus to their first away fixture of the year as they take on the UConn Huskies (1-0).
After jumping out to the lead on the first drive of the game and going into halftime up 28-3, Illinois coasted in their 42-3 drubbing of Akron last week. Meanwhile, the Huskies squeaked out a three-point win over Wagner at home.
Illinois earned 401 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers while holding Akron to just 192 yards of offense. It was a great start for Michigan transfer Brandon Peters, who completed 14 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns on top of 36 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground.
However, the loss of running back Mike Epstein, who led the team with 45 yards on eight carries, should hinder the Fighting Illini run game.
Although UConn was only able to defeat an FCS opponent by three, the Huskies led by a significant amount in just about every category other than turnovers. If they can limit those giveaways, one of which was a pick-six, UConn could be a tough opponent.
On top of a 26-12 advantage in first downs, the Huskies earned 392 yards of offense and allowed just 185. And with a strong run game that earned 234 yards on 60 carries, UConn could easily slow this matchup down and bleed the clock, giving Illinois a tighter window to reach the 22 points they’re laying.
|09-07-19||Rutgers +20 v. Iowa||0-30||Loss||-110||26 h 6 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rutgers +20 -110
Apart from Purdue and Northwestern, the Big Ten went undefeated through the first week of college football. That means we’ll see two 1-0 teams face off in Iowa City as the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes host the unranked Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.
Rutgers opened the season with a 48-21 throttling of UMass, while Iowa took care of business against Miami of Ohio with a convincing 38-14 victory.
The Scarlet Knights will obviously be facing tougher competition in this contest, but they’ll be encouraged by their come-from-behind victory after giving up the first 14 points of the game. Texas Tech transfer and starting quarterback McLane Carter threw a pick on his second pass of the game, but ended with 340 yards, two TDs, and three total interceptions in a 21-for-31 performance.
And while Rutgers can be excited about Carter’s arm talent, they may be even more eager to see if running back Isaih Pacheco and an improved offensive line can duplicate a 156-yard, four-touchdown performance. We’ll see how far the Rutgers running game can go against last year’s 12th-ranked rush defense.
Returning Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley has been safe, consistent, and efficient over the past two years with 52 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Stanley offered more of the same against Miami of Ohio when he racked up 252 yards and three TDs without a pick.
Only leading by a field goal at halftime versus Miami, the Hawkeyes will need to be much better out of the gate if they’ll have a shot at covering the 20-point spread against a tougher Rutgers squad.