Magic-Bulls Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

The Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at United Center.
Oddsmakers currently have the Magic listed as 6-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game’s total is sitting at 201.
The Magic had their seven-game win streak snapped in an 88-82 loss to the Pistons last time out. The Magic were favored by 3.5-points in that game, while the game’s 170 points fell well UNDER the posted total of 185.
Dwight Howard netted a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
The Bulls scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and ran away with a 100-87 victory over the Nets as 5-point underdogs on Monday. The 187 points fell UNDER the posted total of 209.5.
Ben Gordon led the Bulls with a team-high 24 points, and Derrick Rose tossed in 21 points with 13 assists.
Team records:
Orlando: 24-7 SU, 20-10-1 ATS
Chicago: 14-17 SU, 15-16 ATS
Orlando most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Orlando is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Orlando is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Orlando is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 7 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago’s last 11 games when playing at home against Orlando
Next up:
Orlando home to Miami, Friday, January 2
Chicago at Cleveland, Friday, January 2

 

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Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU vs. Georgia Tech Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

The LSU Tigers went from national champions to a team trying to win the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Things sure change fast in college football, especially in the SEC.
The 9-3 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be playing a home bowl game December 31 when they meet the 7-5 Tigers at the Georgia Dome.
Oddsmakers currently have the Yellow Jackets listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total is sitting at 54.
LSU lost to Arkansas 31-30 as a 7-point favorite last time out. The combined score went OVER the posted over/under total (54).
Jordan Jefferson passed for 135 yards with two touchdowns for LSU and Brandon LaFell caught two passes for 49 yards with a touchdown.
Roddy Jones rushed for two touchdowns, including a 54-yard run late in the fourth quarter, to give Georgia Tech a 45-42 win over Georgia in Week 14.
The Jackets covered the 7.5-point spread, while the final score played well OVER the posted total of 50.5.
Team records:
LSU: 7-5 SU, 2-9 ATS
Georgia Tech: 9-3 SU, 8-2 ATS
LSU most recently:
When playing in December are 9-1
When playing on turf are 9-1
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 10-0

Georgia Tech most recently:
When playing in December are 3-6
When playing on turf are 6-2
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
LSU is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LSU’s last 10 games
LSU is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
LSU is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Georgia Tech is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Georgia Tech is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

 

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Insight Bowl: Minnesota vs. Kansas Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

The Minnesota Golden Gophers were 7-1 and sitting pretty in the Big Ten at the end of October. Then, they four in a row and fell to 7-5 and a date with the Kansas Jayhawks December 31 at Sun Devil Stadium.
The 7-5 teams will battle for the Insight Bowl.
Oddsmakers currently have the Jayhawks listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Golden Gophers, while the game’s total is sitting at 60.
Minnesota was shut out 55-0 by Iowa in Week 13 as a 7-point underdog at home. That game’s 55 points made it OVER the posted total of 44.5.
Minnesota fell to 7-5 overall with the loss.
Todd Reesing’s TD pass to Kerry Meier with 33 seconds remaining gave Kansas a 40-37 upset win over Missouri in Week 14.
The Jayhawks covered the 16.5-point spread, while the combined score played OVER the posted total of 70.
Team records:
Minnesota: 7-5 SU, 7-4 ATS
Kansas: 7-5 SU, 6-5 ATS
Minnesota most recently:
When playing in December are 3-4
When playing on grass are 2-8
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

Kansas most recently:
When playing in December are 2-1
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games
Minnesota is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas’s last 6 games
Kansas is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Kansas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

 

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Music City Bowl: Boston College vs. Vanderbilt Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

Vanderbilt looked like a contender in the SEC before the Commodore season wrecked on the rocks with four losses in five games to end the year. Now at 6-6, they face the 9-4 Boston College Eagles – losers in the ACC title game – December 31 at LP Field in the Music City Bowl.
Oddsmakers currently have the Eagles listed as 5-point favorites versus the Commodores, while the game’s total is sitting at 41.
Dominique Davis threw for 258 yards, one TD and two interceptions for Boston College in a 30-12 loss to Virginia Tech in Week 15.
The Eagles failed to cover the 1-point spread, while the combined score played OVER the posted total of 39.
Vanderbilt fell 23-10 to Wake Forest in Week 14 as a 4-point road underdog. That game’s 33 points fell UNDER the posted total of 38.
Brandon Barden caught two passes and scored the lone TD.
Team records:
Boston College: 9-4 SU, 7-5 ATS
Vanderbilt: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS
Boston College most recently:
When playing in December are 8-2
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 10-0

Vanderbilt most recently:
When playing in December are 0-1
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Boston College is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston College is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston College’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Vanderbilt’s last 9 games
Vanderbilt is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Vanderbilt is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games

 

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Sun Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Oregon State Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

The Pittsburgh Panthers clobbered Oregon State the last time they met in a bowl game back in 2002. But Pitt (9-3)opened as a small dog for its New Year’s Eve battle with the 8-4 Beavers in the Sun Bowl.
Oddsmakers currently have the Beavers listed as 1-point favorites versus the Panthers, while the game’s total is sitting at 52.
Bill Stull threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead Pittsburgh to a 34-10 win over Connecticut in Week 15.
The Panthers covered the 1.5-point spread, while the combined score played just UNDER the posted total of 46.
Oregon State was upset 65-38 by Oregon in Week 14 as a 3-point favorite at home. That game’s 103 points sailed OVER the posted total of 58.
Lyle Moevao threw for 363 yards with five touchdowns for Oregon State. Shane Morales finished with 62 yards rushing with two touchdowns in the loss.
Team records:
Pittsburgh: 9-3 SU, 6-6
ATS
Oregon State
: 8-4 SU, 8-4 ATS
Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing in December are 6-3
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

Oregon State most recently:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After being outgained are 10-0
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh‘s last 18 games
Oregon State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Oregon State is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games

 

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2008 Closes Out Great For Sports Picks

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

There is plenty of action around the sports world leading up to the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. While 2008 has been a rough year for those dumb enough to gamble on Wall Street stocks, it’s been one of the greatest years in recorded history for the smartest investors, professional gamblers. One of the 10 strongest investment cards of the year closes out 2008 and here are all the sports picks needed by bettors.

Here’s a look at the full calendar in your Daily Sports Roundup.

The Gridiron Spotlight

The first bowl game on Wednesday gets underway at 12:00pm ET, with Houston (7-5 straight-up, 4-7 against-the-spread) taking on Air Force (8-4 SU, 7-4 ATS) in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. The oddsmakers have Houston pegged as a 3.5-point fave in this game, while the posted total has been steady at 64 points.

Next up is the Sun Bowl at 2:00pm ET, with Pittsburgh (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) taking on Oregon State (8-4 SU, 8-4 ATS) in El Paso. Oregon State is listed as a 2.5-point favorite at Sun Bowl Stadium, while the total for the contest is at 51.5 points.

Boston College (9-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) and Vanderbilt (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) will then take the field at 3:30pm ET in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. The Eagles might not have the crowd on their side in this one, but the oddsmakers still have them listed as 3.5-point favorites in the game. The total is pegged at just 40.5 points.

At 5:30pm ET we’ll then get Kansas (7-5 SU, 6-5 ATS) and Minnesota (7-5 SU, 7-4 ATS) in the Insight Bowl at Tempe‘s Sun Devil Stadium. This game features the biggest spread on the day, as the oddsmakers have Kansas sitting as an 8.5-point favorite against the Golden Gophers. The total for the game is 58.5 points.

Finally, it’ll be LSU (7-5 SU, 2-9 ATS) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3 SU, 8-2 ATS) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at 7:30pm ET at the Georgia Dome. The ranked Yellow Jackets are 4-point favorites in this contest, while the oddsmakers have the total at 52.5.
 
Other Notable Events

The Orlando Magic will try to end 2008 on a winning note when they play on the road against the Chicago Bulls in matinee action on Wednesday afternoon (with tipoff at 2:00pm ET). The Magic were knocked off 88-82 on the road by the Pistons on Monday evening despite Dwight Howard’s 18 points and 18 rebounds.

There are five other NBA games on the schedule for Wednesday, including a 3:00pm ET contest between the Nets and Pistons in Detroit. As well, it’s Milwaukee at Houston, Denver at Toronto, and Golden State at Oklahoma City, while the Sixers and the Clippers will finish the night with a game in Los Angeles.

The Rest of the Schedule

The NHL offers up seven games on Wednesday, including a Panthers/Islanders matchup on Long Island at 2:00pm ET. Rounding out the day’s slate: Atlanta at Carolina, Colorado at Phoenix, New Jersey at Dallas, Columbus at Anaheim, Edmonton at Calgary, and San Jose at Minnesota; the Sharks kept on winning on Monday, beating the Stars by a score of 3-1 thanks to two third-period tallies.

Finally, No. 1 North Carolina will try to boost their perfect record to 13-0 by beating Nevada in college hoops action on Wednesday night. Other ranked teams in action Wednesday include No. 3 Pittsburgh vs. Rutgers, No. 5 Duke vs. Loyola MD, No. 7 Notre Dame vs. DePaul, No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 21 Minnesota, No. 16 Gonzaga vs. Utah, No. 18 Louisville vs. UNLV, No. 22 Xavier vs. Robert Morris, No. 23 Michigan vs. Wisconsin, and No. 24 Ohio State vs. Iowa.

A Peek at the Future

New Year’s Day features five more bowl games, including Southern Cal (-9) vs. Penn State in the Rose Bowl. As well, it’ll be Cincinnati (-2.5) vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Iowa (-4) vs. South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, Clemson (-2.5) vs. Nebraska in the Gator Bowl, and Georgia (-7.5) vs. Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl . . . the NBA doesn’t have any games on the schedule for Thursday; the league will return to action on a busy Friday night with 15 games.

Sports Headlines

Following an emotional ceremony for Todd Doxey, Oregon took care of business and made GodsTips 80 percent this year with bowl Wise Guy plays. Wise Guy plays from Joe Duffy’s GodsTips are widely accepted by high rollers, bookmakers, linesmakers, and fellow handicappers as the biggest play in the handicapping abyss. This is just fact….Published reports out of New York say that Bill Cowher turned down the Jets head coaching job because he has no interest in coaching washed up Brett Favre…Charles Barkley has been arrested on DUI suspicion. Surely by the Times Square ball drop, Barkley will blame his arrest in racism…Mike Shanahan was fired as coach of the Denver Broncos…Free taxi rides and First Night notwithstanding, the sports betting card for New Year’s Eve is the way the wisest will celebrate as basketball holiday tournaments are overshadowed by the bowls but not by bettors who want to beat the sportsbooks…Aston Villa won 1-0 at Hull despite the antics of John Carew.

Politics

In entertainment and political betting odds Al Franken leads Norm Coleman by 48 votes in the never ending Minnesota Senate Race….Democratic Governor Rod Blagovich has appointed Roland Burris to the US Senate to fill the seat vacated by President Barack Obama…Reports say virginity pledges ineffective. Oscar Dooley is a virgin by choice, just not his choice.

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New Year’s Eve Winning Bets

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

First night is the last day of a sensational 2008 for bettors, but 2009 promises to be even better as sharp players are winning more than ever and squares losing more.

Let’s take a look at who is hot and who has the big plays for New Year’s Eve 2009 betting.

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In entertainment and political betting odds Vicki Iseman is suing the NY Times for their unsubstantiated innuendo about her having an affair with John McCain. Bristol Palin gives birth to a son.

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Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force vs. Houston Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

A rare bowl game that serves as a rematch of a game earlier in the year, the Air Force Falcons will try to beat the Houston Cougars for a second time December 31. The teams meet at Amon Carter Stadium in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cougars listed as 4-point favorites versus the Falcons, while the game’s total is sitting at 65.
Jared Tew ran for Air Force’s only touchdown in their 44-10 loss to TCU in Week 13.
The Horned Frogs managed to cover the 20-point spread in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the day’s posted total (41.5).
Case Keenum put up five TD passes for Houston in a losing cause as they were upset by Rice in Week 14.
The Cougars failed to cover the 3-point spread, while the final score played OVER the total of 79.
Team records:
Air Force: 8-4 SU, 7-4 ATS
Houston: 7-5 SU, 4-7 ATS
Air Force most recently:
When playing in December are 4-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

Houston most recently:
When playing in December are 2-6
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Air Force is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Air Force’s last 10 games
Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

 

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Sports Headlines For Tuesday Night

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From the OffshoreInsiders.com newswires, here are the latest headlines.

Mike Shanahan has been fired as coach of the Denver Broncos according to the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Meanwhile, contrary to reports by WFAN and other media sources, Bill Cowher could yet be coach of the NY Jets.

Sportsbooks have taken a beating as many public players unloaded on the over thanks to Nevada football and the Maryland Terrapins. Robert Marve has quit the Miami Hurricanes. Mike Martz has been let go as San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator.

ESPN Radio in Dallas is reporting that “unnamed” Dallas Cowboys players say they miss the discipline of former coach Bill Parcells. Larry Johnson wants out in Kansas City.

While some ready for the Mummers Parade, Dick Clark, and MTV on New Years Eve, the world’s best sports handicappers continue to win big time and the best bowls are yet to come.

Grand Master Legend handicapper Joe Duffy of GodsTips is 75 percent in the bowls with Wise Guy plays. Wise Guy plays from Joe Duffy’s GodsTips are widely accepted by high rollers, bookmakers, linesmakers, and fellow handicappers as the biggest play in the handicapping abyss. This is just fact. 

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Tuesday Sports and Betting Preview

By JoeDuffy.net Administrator

Maryland will meet Nevada in one of three bowl games on the schedule for Tuesday.  While suckers lost their shirt on the stock market in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack, wise investors are profiting beyond their wildest dreams and goals in the sports betting marketplace. Here’s a look at all of the day’s action in your Daily Sports Roundup but even more importantly the investing and sports betting crib sheet for today. .

The Gridiron Spotlight

Nevada is favored by 1.5 points versus Maryland in the Humanitarian Bowl on Tuesday afternoon (4:30pm ET kickoff). The Wolf Pack (7-5 straight-up, 5-6 against-the-spread) have won three of their last four games, and played tough against Boise State (losing 41-34). The Terrapins (7-5 SU, 5-6 ATS), in turn, have lost three of their last four, including 28-21 to Boston College last time out.

Western Michigan then takes on Rice in the Texas Bowl at 8:00pm ET, with the Owls listed as 2.5-point favorites. Rice has won six straight games to sit at 9-3 SU and 8-4 ATS, and they put up at least 35 points in each of those wins. The Broncos (9-3 SU, 5-6 ATS) fell 45-22 to ranked Boise State in their last contest.

Oregon will then take on Oklahoma State at 8:00pm ET in the Holiday Bowl, which matches up two ranked teams (the Ducks are No. 15, the Cowboys are No. 13). Oklahoma State (9-3 SU, 8-3 ATS) is listed as a 3-point favorite in this contest, but they were pounded 61-41 by Oklahoma last time out to finish off their tough schedule. Oregon (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) beat up on Oregon State 65-38 in their last game, and they enter this bowl matchup riding a three-game win streak.

Other Notable Events

The Blackhawks and Red Wings will get a tune-up game for Thursday’s Winter Classic when they meet on the (indoor) ice on Tuesday night in Detroit. Chicago improved to 20-6-7 on the season with a 4-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday, and they’re trying to chase down Detroit in the Central Division standings. The Red Wings sit at 23-7-5 after suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado Saturday night.

The NHL offers up seven more games on Tuesday night, including a clash between Eastern powers Boston and Pittsburgh in the Steel City. As well, it’s Washington at Buffalo, Montreal at Tampa Bay, Atlanta at Toronto, New Jersey at St. Louis, Ottawa at Edmonton, and then finally Philadelphia visiting Vancouver.

The Rest of the Schedule

In the NBA, the Celtics are back in action on Tuesday night with a road game in Portland. Boston put an emphatic end to a two-game losing streak on Sunday, bouncing the Kings 108-63 in Sacramento. The Trail Blazers also cruised to a victory in their last outing, getting 32 points from Brandon Roy in a 102-89 home win versus Toronto. Rounding out the NBAs slate for Tuesday: Atlanta at Indiana, New York at Charlotte, Cleveland at Miami, Washington at New Orleans, Phoenix at Memphis, Minnesota at Dallas, and Milwaukee at San Antonio, while the Kings will look to shake off that Sunday rout when they host the L.A. Clippers.

Finally, college hoops sees several ranked teams in action on Tuesday, including No. 4 Oklahoma vs. Arkansas and No. 6 Wake Forest vs. Radford. As well, it’s No. 9 Purdue vs. Illinois, No. 13 Syracuse vs. Seton Hall, No. 20 Clemson vs. South Carolina, and Missouri, who just fell out of the Top 25, taking on Centenary.

News from the Wire

The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend, but the home teams aren’t getting much love from the oddsmakers early in the week as all four road teams are currently pegged as the favorites. On Saturday it’s Atlanta (-2) at Arizona and Indianapolis (-1) at San Diego, while Sunday has Baltimore (-3) at Miami and Philadelphia (-3) at Minnesota . . . Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) is expected to rest this week but be back in time for next weekend…Bills coach Dick Jauron will have his employment status determined New Year’s Eve day…Bill Cowher will not interview for the NY Jets head coaching job….Wolpole High School football coach and former New England Patriots Daniel Villa will be arraigned today on rape charges…

A Peek at the Future

There are five bowl games on the schedule for Wednesday, including Houston (-3.5) vs. Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. As well, it’s Oregon State (-2.5) vs. Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl, Boston College (-3.5) vs. Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl, Minnesota vs. Kansas (-9) in the Insight Bowl, and LSU vs. Georgia Tech (-4) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl . . . there are a pair of NBA matinees on Wednesday (Orlando/Chicago, New Jersey/Detroit), while the league will close out 2008 with Philly against the Clippers in a 9:30pm ET tipoff at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

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