NBA Betting Preview: Saturday Jan 30th, 2010

NBA Betting LinesWith all of the focus this time of the year on Super Bowl odds and everyone’s NFL predictions, it is easy to overlook some easy bets to make in other sports. This Saturday, there are three games that can be taken advantage of in the NBA if you take a close look.

Game 1)

Portland Trail Blazers (27-20, 6th in west) @ Dallas Mavericks (30-16. 3rd in west)

Sportsbook outlook:

Spread: Dallas -8

Total: 193

Money lines: Dallas -180, Portland +160

This matchup, which would be a first round playoff series if the season ended today, is more one-sided than it looks on paper. Portland has made a yeoman’s effort this season while dealing with injuries to both centers (Greg Oden, Joel Pryzbilla) and to forward Nic Batum who only now just came back. Just lost to the Blazers is All-Star SG Brandon Roy who is irreplaceable on this squad. Dirk Nowitzki is having an MVP-caliber season (if LeBron wasn’t in the league), and cannot really be stopped.

Prediction: Dallas 94- Blazers 81

Game 2) New Orleans Hornets (25-20, 9th in west) @ Memphis Grizzlies (25-19, 7th in west)

Sportsbook outlook: (*approximation)

Spread: Memphis -5

Total: 206

Money Lines: Memphis – 160, New Orleans + 140

The New Orleans Hornets are led by All-Star guard Chris Paul and CP3 has been terrific once again this season with 20.5 PPG, 11.1 APG, 4.6 RPG with 2.27 steals a contest. The players around him however, have been merely average. F David West has been bothered by an ankle of late but has been solid averaging 17.7 PPG and 7.6 RPG. New Orleans has begun starting rookie guard Marcus Thornton after a trade of former starter Devin Brown to the Bulls. Memphis has looked like a machine recently and All-Star Zack Randolph leads the way for this young team that features Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. Memphis is 17-5 at home this season and New Orleans is 9-16 on the road. Expect Memphis to ride the rejuvenated Zeebo Randolph to the W.

Prediction: Memphis 101- New Orleans 90

Game 3) Charlotte Bobcats (22-22, t-7th in east) @ Sacramento Kings (16-28, 3rd from the cellar)

Sportsbook outlook:

Spread: Charlotte - 1

Total: 196

Money Lines: Charlotte – 115, Sacramento -105

This under the radar matchup is listed for one main reason: The Bobcats stink on the road. Charlotte is 4-17 away from home while the Kings have 13 of their 16 wins in Sacramento (13-9). Kings G Tyreke Evans is the odds on favorite for rookie of the year and with former all-star Kevin Martin back from injury, provide for a lot of scoring. The Kings are a good young team battling growing pains this season, but have lots of promise. If they can ship Martin for a first round pick, they would be smart. Charlotte is led by first time All-Star Gerald Wallace and his high flying ways. Expect to see little defense and some spectacular plays in this potential, and likely let down game for the Bobcats.

Prediction: Sacramento 112- Charlotte 105

Gambling Advisor: If you parlay these three games, you will be in good shape to start the weekend. Take the money lines in games 1) and 2) and the spread for the Kings in game 3).

NBA Saturday Preview With less than a week away from the big game, the Super Bowl odds are up as are various NFL predictions. With all the focus on these bets, many are overlooking some pretty lucrative match ups in the other sports. This game is one such example:

Saturday 9:00 PM EST Portland Trail Blazers (27-20, 11-11 away, 6th in the Western Conference) @ Dallas Mavericks (30-16, 14-7 home, 3rd in the Western Conference)

Bookmaker Reviews:

Spread: Mavericks -8.5

Total: 193

Money Lines: Dallas – 180, Portland +160

The Dallas Mavericks have been rolling through their schedule grabbing wins of all kinds of late. A game after blowing out the Knicks in MSG by 50, they barely held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks by one point. The Mavs are coming off a 112-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday where the backups for the Suns outplayed the bench of the Mavericks to the tune of 41-26 in bench scoring. The Dallas bench which in years past was a strength of the team, has lost a little bit of its luster this season. You know there are problems when Louis Amundsen looks unstoppable at times against you. The Mavs need to add a body down low if they want to have a realistic shot at beating the league’s premier teams. Currently they are just one notch below the likes of the Lakers, Celtics and Cavaliers but are on the doorstep.

The Portland Trail Blazers have been riddled with injuries much in the same way Swiss cheese is riddles with holes. Losing starting and backup centers Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla for the season wasn’t enough, now they have to contend with playing without all-star guard Brandon Roy. Against the Jazz Wednesday night, the Roy-less Blazers fell behind big early and were dominated for most of the game losing 106-95 at home. Portland has been only .500 on the road and without Roy they will have a tough time in this one.

Key Players: Dallas

  • PF Dirk Nowitzki 25.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.2 blocks 0.93 steals. Top 5 in MVP voting if season ended today.

  • SG Jason Terry 16.5 PPG off the bench. Reigning 6th man of the year

  • SF Shawn Marion 11.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG. One of the league’s longest defenders. A big reason for the Mavs success

  • PG Jason Kidd 8.9 PPG, 9.2 APG 5.3 RPG, 1.69 steals

Key Players: Portland

  • F/C LaMarcus Aldridge 16.5 PPG, 8.3 RPG. One of the league’s best young big men. Can guard Dirk outside better than most.

  • PG Andre Miller 12.9 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.0 RPG. Will have to take more assertive role in Roy’s absence

  • SF Martell Webster 11.1 PPG Former bench player has had at least 14 points in last 4 games

  • SG Rudy Fernandez 8.5 PPG. Must show now or never if he has the chops to start in the NBA.

Who will win?

The Blazers being on the road and short-handed against a tough Dallas team is quite a tall order. Aldridge is the perfect foil to guard Dirk as he is his equal in height and length and is probably a little faster and stronger than Dirk. Dirk, however can hit any shot on the floor and has unlimited range and if he can’t do it all, he has a couple of nice swingmen to kick out to, not to mention a future Hall-of-Fame point guard in J. Kidd.

Sportsbook outlook: The Mavs have too much at home for the banged up Blazers. If Aldridge can’t stop Dirk at least a little bit, this one could be a blowout. Either way, Mavs still take this contest easy.

Final: Mavericks 94 – Blazers 81. Take the Mavs and the under.

Udinese Eliminates Milan from Italy Cup

Udinese Eliminates Milan from Italy CupUdinese's, eliminate Milan of the online football betting Italian Cup by defeating home today 1-0 to advance to the semifinals.

The Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inlar authored the game-winner in the 55th minute after a pinpoint pass from Sanchez. Chile striker rounded off a great game, not just in attack, but was sacrificed in the defense, which does not happen often.

Udinese, who is in 16th place and close to the relegation zone in the online sports betting Italian league, could have retired with a much more succulent booty in front of a computer that is in second place in the standings with 40 points and seven behind leaders Inter.

Particularly in the first half, Udinese had several reasons to retire to rest with a result that would have allowed him immediately to ensure victory.

The occasion was clearer Sanchez in the 25th minute when he was alone in front of Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, the best of his team and his shot hit a stick.

The coach of the Rossoneri, Brazilian Leonardo, played for the reserves because their priority is the championship, the only set that from a distance, he is fighting the Scudetto to Inter.

Anyway, to try to change the fortunes of the party, Leonardo court ordered some of his senior players like Andrea Pirlo and Marco Borriello, but it was Udinese who had more chances.

The attack was the veteran Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, who was the shadow of the big striker was, without even once pulling the bow.

Island also played a great game, but overall his team did a great level.

Udinese will play the semi-final with Roma, who qualified by winning Catania 1-0 yesterday. The semifinal round will be played on February 3 and the return on 10 February.

Super Bowl OddsTeam To Use First Timeout

Super Bowl 2010 Odds: Colts -115, Saints -115

Although both offenses are very smart with their timeouts, it’s surprising to see both teams even on the odds in this prop.

The Colts are always lineup well and very rarely are surprised by anything that the opposing defense presents. They usually have all three of their timeouts when they head into the two-minute warning each half, so they have an edge in this one. Bet the Saints to be the first to use a timeout.

Will The First Touchdown Of The Game Happen Via Run Or Pass?

Super Bowl Betting: Pass -200, Run +160

With two passing teams, this appears to be an obvious one. The Colts had 33 passing touchdowns this year and just 16 rushing while the Saints had 34 passing touchdowns and just 21 rushing. When you do the math, the pass is the play here.

Both teams struggle in the red zone as well so they will be looking to pass it in even if they get up close.

Will There Be A Special Teams Or Defensive Touchdown?

Super Bowl Prop Betting: Yes +150, No -180

No is an excellent play on this line, which seems surprisingly low considering the two teams that are playing. Both teams are very efficient with the football and with two Pro Bowl quarterbacks, the defenses are going to have to make an amazing play to cause a takeaway. Furthermore, there are far more playmakers on the offensive side than on defense, which means not only forcing a turnover but taking it to the house is going to be a tall order.

As far as special teams go, neither team is known for their returns. This whole prop is essentially “Will Reggie Bush score a special teams touchdown?”.

-180 looks good for ‘no’.

The First Turnover Of The Game Will Be…

Bodog Review: Fumble +125, Interception -155, No Turnover +800

It’s not often that an NFL game goes without a turnover, but bettors have to be curious about the 8-to-1 odds offered up for two fairly efficient teams.

Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are about as careful as can be with the football and when consider how sloppy the Minnesota Vikings were in the NFC Championship Game, both teams will be preaching to be careful. +800 looks like some good value.

Manchester United vs. Manchester City Betting Odds

Manchester united vs. Manchester city Betting OddsManchester United will be playing against Manchester City on Wednesday January 27th in the online sports betting Carling Cup semi-final 2nd leg at Old Trafford.

The most recent encounter between Manchester City and Manchester United was a high-scoring Premier League fixture played at Old Trafford earlier in the season that saw United prevail 4-3 over its visitors.

Man United are the current holders of the carling cup and need to turn around a 2-1 defeat from the 1st leg. Match odds have Man United at 4/6 and City are 9/2.

United go into the clash in confident mood after returning to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a Wayne Rooney-inspired 4-0 win over Hull City on Saturday. Sir Alex's squad is also in peak physical condition and boosted by Rio Ferdinand's return in defence.

This is a tough match to call. While City’s home football betting record deserves respect, the close proximity of Old Trafford means that United is likely to enjoy fairly substantial crowd support during this match. Furthermore, United is the team most capable of putting an end to City’s sterling home record.

NFL Betting – NFC goes for three in a row in Pro Bowl

Pro Bowl Betting OddsSuper Bowl betting players should warm up for the big game on February 7th with some Pro Bowl betting because for the first time in its history, the Pro Bowl will be held before the Super Bowl, and it’s being held outside of Hawaii for the first time since 1979.

Pro Bowl betting – Sunday, January 31, 7:20 PM ET

The AFC figures to be led by Houston’s Matt Schaub and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson, who won AFC Offensive Player of the Year. Peyton Manning of Indianapolis and the other six Colts will miss this game due to their Super Bowl commitments, and there are a few injuries on the team. Tom Brady and Wes Welker of New England, along with Philip Rivers of San Diego and Jake Long from the Jets, will be missing from the offensive side, while Buffalo’ Jairus Byrd and Houston’s Brian Cushing are the defensive injuries. Still, even with all the injuries, it’ll still be worth the price per head to see the AFC talent do their thing in Miami.

The NFC had four of the five top-rated quarterbacks in the NFL, and two of them have a history; Aaron Rodgers was given the starter’s role in Green Bay in place of Brett Favre, who retired, then came back to lead Minnesota to the NFC Super Bowl game. Favre and Rodgers should split time for the NFC under center, as Drew Brees joins four other New Orleans teammates in preparing for the Super Bowl. Injured players include St. Louis’ Stephen Jackson, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Dallas’ Andre Gurode on offense, while Chicago’s Lance Briggs and Arizona’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will miss out on defense.

US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews) for this game aren’t out yet as some players could still drop out of the contest due to injury or other reasons, but the NFC has won the last two meetings and three of the last four in a change from their Super Bowl betting fortunes: The AFC has won seven of the last 10 in the Super Bowl. This game, which is usually a meaningless exhibition, should be won by the talent under center, and with injuries to Rivers and Brady, as well as no Manning, the NFC has the upper hand with Rodgers and Favre, who will want to make up for his deadly pick in the late seconds of Minnesota’s overtime loss to New Orleans.

NFL picks: NFC

2010 Pro Bowl OddsWhile most people are already looking forward to the Super Bowl betting line, keep in mind that we do have one more week of football before we get to the big game. The Pro Bowl has moved to the week before the Super Bowl, which means we won’t be entirely football-free this week. Here is a preview of the NFL’s All-Star Game, which will take place in Hawaii this year.

2010 Pro Bowl

NFC @ AFC

Gambling Advisor blog Pick : NFC -2

NFL Betting Total: 58.5

Normally, the week between the AFC and NFC Championship Games, and the Super Bowl, is fairly dull. We get excited on the Monday when we find out what the matchup is, handicap it for a couple of days and then by the end of the week, we are tired of all the different speculating and are craving the game already.

This year, Commissioner Roger Gooddell has implemented a change in the hopes that the Super Bowl off week isn’t a dry week, and that NFL fans have something to look forward to this week – regardless of how small – to distract us a little bit from the big game.

This year’s contest lacks luster as the changing of the date has had a big ripple effect on the contest. With the Pro Bowl being played in the week before the Super Bowl, the players on either of the teams in the Super Bowl will not be partaking in the Pro Bowl. Generally speaking, that’s a big deal since the two teams in the Super Bowl are the two best.

It has had a big impact on this year’s roster in particular as the AFC will be without all three of its originally three pick quarterbacks. Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning will not participate in the game, which thrusts Matt Schaub, Vince Young and David Garrard into the spotlight.

The NFC has a real edge at quarterback as they’ll have Aaron Rodgers, Donovan McNabb and possibly Brett Favre. After the beating Favre took, he’ll likely sit this one out but even so, the NFC has a big edge at the most important position on the field.

The total is tough to handicap but based on the quarterback rotations alone, the pick here has to be the NFC.

Free Sports Betting Pick: NFC -2

NFL Betting – Saints look to make it tough on Favre away from home

Vikings vs Saints oddsThose playing 2010 Super Bowl odds will have a difficult choice in Sunday’s NFC championship contest, as New Orleans will host Minnesota for the right to go to the big game in Miami. The crowd will play a huge factor in this game, and it’ll be on the shoulders of a 40-year-old quarterback who is “just having fun out there”.

Vikings vs Saints odds – Sunday, January 24, 6:40 PM ET

Favre was on fire in a 34-3 rout of Dallas at home, where he got comfortable quickly in his first year with the Vikings. Favre was 15-of-24 for 234 yards and four touchdowns, and his play in the Metrodome was a huge reason for his success in Minnesota. However, Favre’s numbers were slightly lower across the board away from home, and the Vikings lost their last three road games of the season. His numbers in losses at Arizona, Carolina and Chicago? A completion percentage of 64.9%, 273.3 yards per game, with four touchdowns and three picks and a passer rating of 86.5.

The Saints lost their last two home games of the regular season to Dallas and Tampa Bay, but reclaimed the Superdome with a 45-14 mauling of Arizona last week. The offense, which had struggled down the stretch, came alive behind Drew Brees, who was 23-of-32 for 247 yards and three touchdowns, while Reggie Bush had a pair of big touchdowns and 217 all-purpose yards, showing the big-play ability that New Orleans thought they were getting with the second overall pick in the 2006 draft. The defense, after giving up a big play on their first drive, pulled their sleeves up and dominated the Cardinals for the rest of the game, even knocking Kurt Warner out of the game twice.

The Saints are 3.5-point favorites at home according to US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews), and the Brees we saw last week is more like the one that finished second to Peyton Manning in the MVP race, and who also had a 120.1 rating at the Superdome this year. Favre will need to be at his best in front of the Metrodome crowd, and he’s 1-1 in conference-championship games on the road in his storied career. But the edge goes to the Saints, who will be aiming for their first Super Bowl appearance, and the key will be a front seven that pressures Favre all day long.

Super Bowl betting pick: Saints -3.5

Warriors vs Suns oddsMuch like this week’s Super Bowl line between Minnesota and New Orleans, you can almost guarantee a shootout on Saturday night, when Phoenix and Golden State meet in the desert. These two score the most points in the NBA, but they also give up the most.

Warriors vs Suns odds – Saturday, January 23, 9:00 PM ET

The Warriors can barely put together a lineup these days, as they’ve played three straight games with eight players ahead of Friday’s game against New Jersey. Monta Ellis has played every minute of the last four games despite a sore ankle, the ankle he had surgery on the offseason. But he’s still put up 31.0 points over his last five games, taking 138 shots in the process. Corey Maggette has averaged 30.8 points, while Andris Biedrins has grabbed 10.8 boards over his last five games. Even rookie Stephen Curry is coming on, putting up 17.8 points, and these injuries are giving him some valuable learning experience.

The Suns snapped a four-game skid by throttling New Jersey on Wednesday, and they also face Chicago on Friday night. Phoenix is just happy to be home after coming up empty on a four-game road trip, and they were 16-4 at home before Friday’s game against the Bulls. The Suns’ disdain for defense is amusing at times, and with this meeting with the Warriors, a ticket would definitely be worth the price per head in entertainment value.

The Suns should definitely be favored by bookmaker odds (bookmaker reviews) at US Airways Center, as the Warriors haven’t won there since March 2005, which is a span of nine games. The Warriors are a brutal 4-17 away from home, and to make matters worse, they’re a miserable 2-6 in the second half of back-to-back games. This won’t be helped by their injury worries. The Suns are 3-6 in the second half of back-to-back games, but they get the advantage of being at home. Neither team has a particularly tough opponent on Friday night, but the Warriors still have to travel, while the Suns should be rested and riding the momentum of an easy win on Friday night. Take a close look at the total, as well: surprisingly, three of the last five meetings between these two have gone under.

Sports wagering pick: Phoenix

Hornets vs Nuggets Betting Odds2010 Super Bowl odds are the big story in New Orleans right now with the Saints, but the Hornets have improved since the beginning of the year and could be ready to take over the city when NFL betting season is over. However, they’ll have their hands full when they take on Denver on the road on Saturday night.

Hornets vs Nuggets betting – Saturday, January 23, 9:00 PM ET

The Hornets will kick off a stretch to end January where they play five road games in six outings in Minnesota on Friday, but prior to the meeting with the Grizzlies, New Orleans had a very good 8-3 record in January after a slow start to the season. David West is starting to get on a roll, averaging 19.8 points in his last five games prior to Friday. Defense is essential to the Hornets’ sportsbook odds, as they’re 6-12 when the opponents score 100 points or more.

The Nuggets have dropped 100 points or more in their last six games, which, not coincidentally, has resulted in a six-game winning streak. Carmelo Anthony has averaged 27.8 points over his five games, but it’s a healthy Chauncey Billups that has Denver rolling. Billups has averaged 24.0 points in his last five games and he’s been hot since returning from a groin injury. We saw how Billups changed the Nuggets last year, and they’re a different team with him in the lineup.

US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews) should favor Denver at home, where they are a brilliant 19-3. The Hornets have dropped their last four trips to Denver, and combined with the high altitude in Colorado and a 3-5 record in the second half of back-to-back games this season, it doesn’t look good for the Hornets. The matchup between Billups and New Orleans’ Chris Paul at the point position will be fun to watch, but the outside of Paul and West, there isn’t very much offense, and the Nuggets have plenty of weapons to run up and down the floor. Also, look for a big game from the Nuggets’ big-man trio of Nene, Kenyon Martin and Chris “Birdman” Andersen. These guys are an underrated part of Denver’s success.

Bet on sports: Denver

Vikings vs Saints oddsThe Super Bowl line for this week’s NFC championship matchup between New Orleans and Minnesota has fallen a bit since opening, and linesmakers are banking on a close game. Can the Saints prove them wrong to reach their first Super Bowl in franchise history?

Vikings vs Saints odds – Sunday, January 24, 6:40 PM ET

The Vikings stomped Dallas 34-3 at home to end the season 9-0 at the Metrodome, and they even threw in an unnecessary touchdown at the end of the game to shut up the Cowboys, who were talking earlier in the contest. Brett Favre was 15-of-24 for 234 yards and four touchdowns, and of course, his favorite target was Sidney Rice, who caught six passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns that were worth the price per head of admission by themselves. Defensively, the Vikings’ front four dominated, racking up for turnovers while sacking Dallas quarterback Tony Romo six times.

The Saints showed no signs of rust in a 45-14 romp over Arizona, as Drew Brees went 23-of-32 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Reggie Bush was a force, putting up 217 all-purpose yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run and an 83-yard punt return for a score, and he ran with more purpose than he has, possibly, in his entire career. The defense gave up a 70-yard touchdown run on their first play from scrimmage, and then shut down a high-powered Arizona offense.

Bookmaker odds (bookmaker reviews) have the Saints as a 3.5-point favorite, falling at least a half-point in most sportsbooks, and this may be due to the powerful Minnesota offense, featuring Favre and Rice. The Saints made some big plays against the Cardinals, but they can still be burned. Look for safety Darren Sharper, who tied for the league lead in picks with nine and recovered a fumble against the Cardinals, to be watching Rice over the top because the lanky receiver burned Dallas all day long with big plays. Also, the biggest factor this week will be the crowd, and the Vikings know all about that. The Cowboys crumbled when the Vikings got the Metrdome behind them with big plays, and the Superdome is just as loud. How they handle the crowd will dictate how they play on Sunday, but it just seems like this is the Saints’ year.

NFL picks: Saints -3.5

AFC Championship OddsPeople betting the 2010 Super Bowl odds didn’t think that new head coach Jim Caldwell would be able to keep the Indianapolis Colts a well-oiled machine. After all, Tony Dungy meant so much to the team and his retirement obviously had a big impact on the team.

Nonetheless, the coaching change from Dungy to Caldwell could not have been any smoother. NFL betting fans saw the Colts start the season with 14 straight wins, which adds to another in the long line of 10-game winning seasons in the Peyton Manning era, and saw the Colts flirt with perfection.

As it stands now, they’ll have to face the team that ruined their perfection in the AFC Championship Game.

The Colts were in a very unique position in Week 16 and they made a controversial decision that could be second-guessed. With a 14-0 record, the Colts had already locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC along with home-field advantage through the playoffs, which meant that win or lose, they were playing for nothing. But some people might not a call a perfect regular season record ‘nothing’.

On the other hand, the Jets needed the win just to keep their playoff hopes alive and not only did they get that win, they have won their way all the way to the AFC Championship game.

If the Colts win, then Caldwell and the coaching staff made the right move. If not, then the Colts will regret not disposing of the Jets when they had the chance.

The sportsbook odds makers (us sportsbook review) favor the Colts heavily because the Jets are a fairly one-dimensional team. The Jets run the ball well but everyone knows they have to run the ball because they are playing with a rookie quarterback at the helm.

The Colts faced a very similar team last week when the Baltimore Ravens were in town and they know what they are up against. If the Colts can succeed in shutting down the Jets running game, then winning this game will be rather easy. If not, the Jets will hang around.

The Jets got lucky last week as they won 17-14 over the San Diego Chargers, whose Pro Bowl kicker, Nate Kaeding, missed three field goals.

The Colts won’t make those types of mistakes.

NFL Picks: Colts -7.5

Jets vs Colts Betting OddsAs far as NFL betting underdogs go, the Jets have been an online betting player’s dream this year, picking up a pair of wins on the road. But this week, they face an Indianapolis team that has probably wanted to play them since the Jets gave the Colts their first loss of the year in Week 16.

Jets vs Colts betting – Sunday, January 24, 3:00 PM ET

Depending on who you talk to, the Jets beat San Diego 17-14 on the road, or the Chargers handed the game to New York. Either way, the Jets don’t care how it turned out, they’re in the AFC championship game by forcing a pair of turnovers, and running for 169 yards, led by Shonn Greene’s 123 yards, which included a gamebreaking 53-yarder in the fourth quarter. The Jets also needed Pro Bowl kicker Nate Kaeding to miss three field goals, although there was a 57-yarder at the end of the half that he wasn’t expected to make. Mark Sanchez went 12-of-23 for 100 yards and a pick, but he did throw a touchdown early in the fourth to give the Jets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Colts forced four Baltimore turnovers in a dominating 20-3 win at home, and the week off looked like it really helped members of the Indy front seven, like ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, time to get healthy. They were all over the Ravens from the first whistle, and they shut down the Baltimore ground game, which put all the pressure on the Ravens’ sophomore pivot Joe Flacco, who was also hobbling with a hip injury. Peyton Manning was 30-of-44 for 246 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and while he got no support from the running game, Super Bowl odds players shouldn’t be worried: the Colts haven’t had a ground attack all season.

US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews) have the Colts as a 7.5-point favorite in this contest, and they were probably secretly rooting for the Jets to beat San Diego, so they could avenge their 29-15 loss in Week 16, when the Colts took out their starters with a five-point lead in the third quarter, and the Jets came back to win. The Colts should do what they did last week, which is stack the line against the Jets’ duo of Greene and Thomas Jones, and put the pressure on Sanchez’s rookie shoulders. Manning has dealt with Rex Ryan’s defenses before, when Ryan was with Baltimore, and the Colts’ timing offense is good enough to avoid their blitz schemes. It’s payback time.

NFL betting line pick: Indianapolis -7.5

Schumacher not to show the new Mercedes

Schumacher not to show the new MercedesThe new model presented by the GP Mercedes team for the new season of Formula 1 debut as the team's second driver, Germany's Nico Rosberg, and not his compatriot Michael Schumacher, informed team boss Ross Brawn.

"Nico will be responsible for giving the first laps on the new car. It was the plan that we have always materialize before the return of Michael, "said Brawn.

Mercedes Grand Prix team will present next week in Stuttgart, but the new model of competition will run for the first time for the public on 1. St February in Valencia, where trials are started every team official to face new season.

The tournament begins March 14 with the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Brawn admitted that Schumacher, the world seven times, will need "several races to be in place, but so is the favorite to win the championship, ahead of Jenson Button defending champion or former world champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

"If I had to bet on any of them, clearly opt for Michael," said Brawn, who worked with Schumi in the seven Serie A titles with Benetton and Ferrari teams.

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Barca stun and starts to gain an advantage to Madrid

Barca betting OddsLionel Messi got a double yesterday in Barcelona's 4-0 victory against Sevilla in Spanish league soccer, which helped the Catalan side to extend the lead to five points over second-placed Real Madrid.

With the win, unbeaten Barcelona has 46 points in 18 games, while Real coach Manuel Pellegrini was left at 41 after losing his visit Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona took revenge Sevilla last week that kept him out of the Copa del Rey Odds.

Julien Escude against their fence, in the 49th minute, Peter at 70 'and Messi at 85' and 91 ', scored for the defending champion.

With his goals, Messi became the top scorer with 14 goals, two more than David Villa, Valencia striker, also reached 100 points with Messi .

In an encounter that was played earlier, the Madrid blew a good opportunity to remain as interim leader of the League after losing 1-0 against Athletic.

The inspired Bilbao goalkeeper, Gorka Iraizoz, refused repeatedly to the goal box Pellegrini, who scored his third defeat.

The Basque left early to intimidate his rival, and midfielder Carlos Gurpegi and striker Tobias Mikaelsson had opened the account just the first minute of the match.

A disadvantage was surprised Madrid two minutes later when Lassana Diarra could not control Fran Yeste, who crossed for Fernando Llorente scored the 1-0 unmarked in the eyes of the goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka had numerous options to beat Iraizoz, but the draw did not come.

Gurpegi was ejected in the fifth minute of added time for a second yellow card.

In another match, Bridge and Uruguayan Walter Pandiani before 10 minutes sealed victory Osasuna 2-0 at home to Espanyol.

Juanfran midfielder opened the scoring in the 7 minutes, after a confusing play in the area.

Pandiani, who had not scored in Pamplona this season, hit a header two minutes later, before the Osasuna midfielder, Rupert, was sent off for a second yellow card near the end of the first part.

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NFL Betting – Jets in over their heads in San Diego

NFL Betting – Jets vs. Chargers Odds and PicksNFL betting players have watched coach Rex Ryan make some comments about his New York Jets, saying that they should be the favorites for the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of confidence to show in your team, and now they’ll have to prove it when they head to San Diego this Sunday.

Jets vs Chargers odds – Sunday, January 17, 4:40 PM ET

For the second week in a row, the Jets’ defense dominated in a 24-14 win over Cincinnati, holding the Bengals to 281 yards, including only 110 yards through the air. A lot of this had to do with the job Darrelle Revis did on Chad Ochocinco, limiting the receiver to two catches in two games. Ryan thought Revis was jobbed out of the Defensive Player of the Year award, which went to Green Bay’s Charles Woodson, but he should just be happy to have the premier cover corner in the game. Mark Sanchez was 12-of-15 for 182 yards and two touchdowns in his playoff debut.

The Chargers had a bye week for winning the AFC West, and there wasn’t a hotter team in the league as San Diego won their final 11 games of the season. Philip Rivers led a pass-happy offense, throwing to Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, while LaDainian Tomlinson grinded out yards, but the big-play ability is gone. The defense would bend, but not break, usually coming up with big plays when they’re most needed.

Bookmakers odds have the Chargers as a seven-point favorite, and they’ve won their last two meetings with the Jets, who don’t back down from anyone. Sanchez will be back in southern California, where he grew up and went to school at USC. However, the Chargers will do their best to stack the line and stop the Jets’ running duo of Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene. This will put pressure on Sanchez, who may try to do too much in his homestate. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Rivers will be able to deal with the Jets’ pressure, and look for Gates to be a big target as Revis will probably cancel out Jackson’s big-play ability. The Jets have a great foundation in Ryan, a rookie coach, Sanchez, a rookie pivot, and Revis, who is only in his third year, but it stops in San Diego.

Bet NFL football: Chargers -7

NFL Playoff Betting OddsThe Baltimore Ravens rocked Super Bowl odds last week when they upended the New England Patriots and took out a number of bets by people who projected that the Patriots could be a Super Bowl dark horse.

NFL betting fans saw the Ravens blow out the Patriots last week and now they’ll get a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens lost to the Indianapolis Colts back in Week 11 so they’ll have to come up with a different game plan to win.

Ravens Season Recap

The Ravens season started out great when they won their first three games and were considered among the best teams in the NFL. Then they completely lost their rhythm.

The Ravens proceeded to alternate wins and losses for nearly two months after that and were in danger of missing the playoffs completely. But a run in December secured their berth and for a second year in a row, they have won a playoff game.

Colts Season Recap

The Colts season was a little different as they played at a level far more consistent than the Ravens. The Colts started the year with 14 straight wins and there was some serious debate as to whether they could become just the second team in NFL history to win all 16 regular season games.

But in Week 16, coach Jim Caldwell decided to rest his starters in the second half and the Colts lost for the first time. In Week 17, the Colts lost again as they rested their starters and they know head into the playoffs without having played a serious game for nearly a month. We’ll see if the rust is a factor.

The Matchup

The Colts are a big favorite in the sportsbook (us sportsbook reviews) for this game and considering they already defeated the Ravens once this season, they should be fairly confident.

The first battle took place in Baltimore and the Colts won 17-15. They did a fantastic job of shutting the Ravens running attack down and the Ravens simply couldn’t respond with their passing game.

That’s really where the Colts have the advantage.

At home, they’ll be able to dictate the pace and as rested as they are, don’t be surprised if this game turns out to be a blowout. The Ravens just can’t succeed in this contest unless they find a way to run the ball.

NFL Picks Pick: Colts -7

NFL Betting – Vikings To Remain Perfect At Home

NFC Divisional Playoffs OddsNFC Divisional Playoffs

Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings

BSNblog Pick: Vikings -2.5

NFL Betting Total: 45.5

The Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl odds took a hit down the stretch of the season as the team that won 10 of its first 11 games also lost three of its last five. It was a perfect start to the season for the Vikings, who had a lot of things coming together at one time.

Obviously, quarterback Brett Favre made the biggest impact on the team as he introduced a lethal passing game in one of his best seasons as a pro. He garnered MVP votes all the way throughout and helped develop youngsters Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. Meanwhile, the defense also took off.

But in the final stretch of the season, the Vikings suffered injuries to cornerback Antoine Winfield and linebacker E.J. Henderson, and the defense went south. Beyond that, the running game on offense was not much of a factor in the final six weeks and as the team relied solely on Favre’s arm, the offense became too predictable.

While it was a tough finish to the season for the Vikings, the good news is that they have had a bye week to rest the players that needed some extra time off and to give the coaches a clear path on how to fix the previous miscues.

While most people want to pile on the Vikings and suggest that they fell off with their final stretch, the truth of the matter is that all three losses they suffered – to the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears – all took place on the road whereas they still finished 8-0 at home.

The Dallas Cowboys will be a tough test for Minnesota but the Vikings have consistently played their best football at home. The Cowboys have won four straight games impressively but this is still a team that relies on the run, which the Vikings are good at stopping, and tend to make mistakes in the passing game when they are forced to be one-dimensional.

The Vikings should be fresh and at home, they are tough to run again. Look for them to force the game into Tony Romo’s hands, which can sometimes be dicey.

This will be a close contest all the way around but at home after a bye week, we should a team closer to the 10-1 Vikings rather than the team that finished 2-3.

NFL Picks: Vikings -2.5

NFL Betting – Vikings Will Get Act Together For Cowboys Everyone knows that the Minnesota Vikings had a late-season collapse, which doesn’t bode well for the playoffs. The good news for them is that they had a bye week to clear their minds.

NFL betting fans know that the Vikings lost three of their last five games after a 10-1 start but they ended the year with a big home win over the New York Giants and they had a bye week to heal up some injuries. Now that they have their focus back, they should be able to top the Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings

Gambling Advisor blog Pick : Vikings -2.5

Last Week

The Vikings had an off week and gave a number of key players some time to rest while the Cowboys were busy.

The Cowboys had a big monkey on their back last week as they faced off with the Philadelphia Eagles. They hadn’t won a playoff game since 1996 and head coach Wade Phillips was basically coaching to keep his job. The Cowboys played extremely well and got a big, easy win.

Everything worked well for them as the Eagles turned it over regularly and overall, just collapsed. The story might be a little different this week as they head out on the road against a team that is rested and likely to be crisper.

This Week

The Cowboys Vikings odds have the Vikings as the home favorite and rightfully so. The Vikings were 8-0 at home this year and they played their best football there. Sure, many people point to the Vikings late season struggles but keep in mind that their losses against Arizona, Carolina and Chicago all came on the road. The Vikings are still perfect at home.

Dallas has been hot but this will be their toughest opponent in their recent stretch. Look for Adrian Peterson to get his wheels churning and for Brett Favre to look sharp after the bye.

For Dallas, their big win was last week and they are overly content with that. They celebrated like their first playoff win since 1996 was a Super Bowl win and their focus may not be as strong for this game as it was the last one. That could be a big difference.

Throw in a couple of Romo mistakes and the Vikings will win and cover.

NFL Picks: Vikings -2.5

NFL Betting – Cardinals Experience Will Carry Them In New Orleans

NFL Divisional Playoffs BettingWhen the Cardinals go marching in to New Orleans, they won’t have a lot of advantages but one that will be on their side will be experience. Last week, NFL betting cappers know that it was the difference and it will be once again this week.

Sports betting sharps saw a different Kurt Warner than they had seen in the last month of the season. Warner finished 29-of-33 with 379 yards and five touchdowns. If he plays like that again, he’ll be tough to stop along with the Cardinals.

Why The Cardinals Can Win

The Cardinals actually played better on the road than they did at home this year, which is a great sign for them. They were 6-2 away from home this year and they played very sharp on the road.

Their entire team went to the Super Bowl last year and they had a similar run like this a year ago. Nobody believes in them, they are a weekly underdog and they are just buying time until they lose. They were a home underdog to Green Bay last week and they pulled it out. Considering how the Saints played down the stretch – losing three straight – they can hop on top of this listless team early and really force their hand.

Why The Saints Can Win

Because the Saints always thrive in a shootout. The Packers put 45 points and 500+ yards worth of offense on the Cardinals defense last week – what are the Saints capable of doing?

They had a week off to clear their minds, nurse some wounds and study their problems. Sean Payton and Drew Brees have been this far in the playoffs once before, so they won’t be complete newbies.

This is the perfect matchup for the Saints – they just have to play their game.

What Will Happen

The Saints will feel confident going into this game but the Cardinals will hop on top of them early on. The difference is they know that in the playoffs you have to kick it up a notch and we saw it last week when they hung 51 on one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Saints will be a bit rusty after a bye week and that will be all it takes for the Cards to get ahead and play with the lead like they did last week.

BSNblog Pick: Saints -7

NFL Picks: Cardinals +7

NFL Betting – Cardinals Too Battered To Succeed

NFL Betting – Cardinals Too Battered To Succeed If you are placing some bets and making your NFL picks this weekend, it’s hard to side with the Arizona Cardinals in this matchup. Sure, they represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last year but the magic is gone. The Cards have stumbled into the playoffs and they aren’t healthy. Unfortunately for them, their opponent is. It’s going to be tough sledding for the Cardinals, even though they are at home.

Storylines: The Packers

Not many people have noticed this but the Packers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They won seven of their last eight games to finish the year and their lone loss was that miraculous last-second comeback by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers offensive line, running game and defense has improved every single week and they are now a very dangerous team.

Although they’ll have to go on the road the entire way, this team is capable of winning in different ways. They will be tough to stop.

Storylines: The Cardinals

For a second year in a row, those who bet NFL football watched the Cardinals stumble into the playoffs. They won three of their last six games but their two wins over Detroit and St. Louis were fairly uninspiring.

Throw in a rash of injuries and it’s really simple math: the Cardinals might be running out of gas.

Sure, they still have Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald, but they’ll need more than that. They’ll need turnovers and they’ll need the Packers to be off their game. That may be too much to ask.

Matchup

NFL betting cappers need to be aware how beaten up the Cardinals are. They were already without left tackle Mike Gandy and now will likely be without wideout Anquan Boldin. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is questionable with a knee injury and could be limited if he does play. Safety Antrel Rolle is also banged up and is in a similar boat.

That’s a lot for the Cardinals to overcome especially without a top-flight wide receiver and their top cornerback.

The Packers led the NFL in turnover margin, interceptions and run defense. That indicates that not only are they the hotter, healthier team, but they also have the better defense and the better fundamentals.

The only thing the Cardinals have going for them is home field advantage but that won’t be enough.

BSNblog Pick: Packers -1

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals Betting OddsThe Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals are matching up for a second week in a row but the NFL lines for this contest are a little different. Last week, the Packers were a three-point favorite as the Cardinals rested – or tried to rest – their starters. This week, the Cardinals opened as a three-point favorite but the line has shifted into the Packers favor as several Cardinals injuries have surfaced. Don’t expect to see a blowout once again but you can still expect a Packers win.

Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals

Gambling Advisor blog Pick : Packers -1

Last Week

Sports handicapping experts saw the Packers roll up the Cardinals 33-7 last week but the bigger loss for the Cardinals was not the game. Rather, it was the loss of a few key players who shouldn’t have been playing in the first case.

Receiver Anquan Boldin sprained his ankle and knee in Week 17 and is highly questionable for this week’s contest. While the Cardinals are 5-1 without Boldin in the last two years, they are still a much more lethal team with him in the lineup.

The Cardinals also lost cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a knee bruise in Week 17 and while he’s more likely to play, he will still be limited by the injury. That’s on top of Antrel Rolle, who is dealing with a thigh injury, being questionable and left tackle Mike Gandy being out.

This is a lot for any team to deal with and the real question that needs to be answered is why were key players in the game if the game plan was to rest the starters.

This Week

The Cardinals are in a tight spot but they are at home and they have the experience. Unfortunately, the Packers are playing lights out football right now and are healthier.

Beyond that, they also have the better defense as their third-ranked unit led the league in rush defense, interceptions and turnover margin. The Cardinals unit simply can’t compare in those aspects.

The Packers offense is going to be tough to contain for the Cardinals and while this won’t be a blowout again, it’s likely to produce the same result as the Packers have too many edges. Look for a close Packers win on the road.

NFL Picks: Packers -1

NFL Betting – Eagles-Cowboys…Again

NFL Betting – Eagles-Cowboys…Again Since 1970, there have been 19 instances where two teams have faced each other three times in a season. In 12 of those series, there have been sweeps.

The Philadelphia Eagles will be hoping to help the smaller part of that stat out as they have already lost to the Dallas Cowboys twice this year and will be looking to avoid a third – and season-ending loss – to the Cowboys this Saturday.

Those following the NFL lines know that the Cowboys shutout the Eagles last week and have a very good chance to win again this week. The Cowboys are favored by four and unless the Eagles can come up with a different game plan, they are likely to lose.

Why The Eagles Can Win

The Philadelphia Eagles have the most explosive passing offense in the NFL. They led the league with 21 passing plays of 40 yards or longer and with DeSean Jackson on the field, they can score at any point.

Those who are betting NFL football know that you can only contain Jackson for so long, but at the same time, the Eagles have to create some other threats. In the two matchups this year, they haven’t run the ball well. By running the football, it will force the Cowboys to pay attention to other aspects of the offense other than Jackson.

Once the Eagles soften the Cowboys defense up, then they can go deep to Jackson all they want.

Why The Cowboys Can Win

The Dallas Cowboys can win because they have the edge on the line of scrimmage. In two games against the Eagles this year, the Cowboys have eight sacks and have held the Eagles running game to 3.8 yards per carry. Last week, the Eagles only ran the ball a total of 10 times.

Look for more of the same from the Cowboys, who know they can protect Tony Romo and they can attack Donovan McNabb when they feel like it.

The Cowboys are hot right now and considering they know what it takes to be the Eagles, they should be confident for this game.

What Will Happen

Those who bet on sports know that the Cowboys are hot right now. Romo has a quarterback rating of 100 or more in five of his last six games, Miles Austin is impossible to cover, Jason Witten is a solid weapon over the middle and the running game is working.

The Cowboys have the edge along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and that will again be the difference.

NFL Picks: Cowboys -4

NFL Betting – Eagles, Cowboys Set For Round 3NFC Wild Card Playoffs

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

Loose Lines Odds (Loose Lines Reviews): Cowboys -4

NFL Betting Total: 45.5

The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Dallas Cowboys for a third time this season as the two teams get set for their first-round playoff matchup this Saturday.

The Eagles are 0-for-2 so far after losing 20-16 at home in Week 9 and lost on the road in Dallas 24-0 in Week 17.

The latter loss was a big one for the Eagles and they know it. The Eagles came into the week holding the No. 2 seed in the NFC after the Minnesota Vikings lost three of their previous four games. With a win, Philadelphia could have secured the No. 2 seed, home-field advantage in the playoffs against any opponent save for New Orleans, and a week off in the first round of the playoffs.

Instead, the Eagles lost to the Cowboys and not only lost their cushy spot in the NFC, they also lost their division title, which dropped them all the way to No. 6. Now the Eagles won’t play at home at all in the playoffs and will not have any time off.

The Eagles also have to go back on the road to Dallas for a second straight week to face a team that has pushed them around twice this year.

Philadelphia’s offensive line has been a mess all season long and the Cowboys have taken advantage. The latest loss for the Eagles was center Jamaal Jackson, who is out for the year, and that’s a problem. The Cowboys defensive line has stuffed the Eagles running game and generated eight sacks in two games. That’s not likely to change this weekend.

The Eagles have lived off the big-plays all year long as they lead the NFL in passing plays of 40 yards or longer, but the Cowboys have even found a way to snuff those out. In two games, sports handicapping experts haven’t seen DeSean Jackson make a noticeable impact.

The Eagles don’t really have any answers right now because the Cowboys are just a bad matchup for them. Unless Tony Romo, who has had a quarterback rating of 100 or better in five of his last six games, comes out and starts coughing up the football, the Cowboys are going to win for a third straight time over the Eagles.

NFL Picks: Cowboys -4

It was not enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers

It was not enough for the Pittsburgh SteelersAt the edge of elimination from the NFL Playoff Schedule , the Pittsburgh Steelers avoided the collapse in the fourth quarter and extended their season.

All ended three hours later.

The still reigning Super Bowl Odds champions to the side sent two Miami quarterbacks, including Pat White with a worrying injury to the head, and beat the Dolphins 30-24 on Sunday. But Pittsburgh (9-7) ended up being eliminated when Baltimore tied the NFL Playoff Brackets when they win in Oakland 21-13.

"I'd rather stay out winning than losing," said Ben Roethlisberger, who threw three touchdown passes.

The Dolphins (7-9), who won the AFC East last season, were eliminated in the final 2 minutes when Houston beat New England. The Dolphins spent much of his season trying to recover from an 0-3 start, climbing above .500 for the first time being 7-6, then lost the last three games.

"I told the team that a 7-9 is mediocrity, and mediocrity are not going to accept this," said second-year coach Tony Sparano.

Pittsburgh ruined his season with the unfortunate falling Chiefs, Raiders and Browns in a span of 19 days where he recorded five defeats in a row.

"We did what we should do and take care of our own," said Santonio Holmes. "So we have to suffer the consequences of our actions."

Many fans of the Steelers stayed with them until the end. Many dressed in black and gold remained in the stadium, and the visiting team gave them much to cheer.

LaMarr Woodley led the defensive shots with two sacks, two kills and three-time rushing quarterbacks the Dolphins. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 94 yards and Willie Parker added 91.

But the crowd was silenced when White was taken off the field with a head injury caused in a crash helmet to helmet with cornerback Ike Taylor. White moved his arms and legs before being evacuated from the area in a delay of eight minutes and was taken to hospital for examination.

"I said, I hope you feel better kid," said Taylor, who was unhurt. "You never want to see someone fall like that. He kept repeating Thanks. and I just told him to expect improvement. "

Tyler Thigpen made his first appearance with the Dolphins.

Sports Odds : They were down 27-10, when Thigpen led two sets to a pair of touchdowns.

With 6 minutes remaining and the score 27-24, Joey Porter recovered a fumble on one sack Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh 13 yard line that gave Miami a chance to take the lead. But Thigpen was intercepted by Ryan Clark in the yard 2.

Roethlisberger drove 83 yards in 14 plays to Pittsburgh for Jeff Reed put the score 30-24 with 40 seconds remaining. Taylor intercepted Thigpen on the next play from Miami to seal the result.

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