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What to Watch and Bet NFL and College Football for Thursday December 22nd

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

There is a game each scheduled from the NFL and College Football Bowls on Thursday December 22nd over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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NFL Thursday Night Football will kick off at 8:25PM Eastern Time on NBC TV as the Philadelphia Eagles welcome into town the New York Giants. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team New York Giants favored by -2 ½ points with the total set at 41 ½ points. New York Giants are in position to clinch a playoff spot with a victory in this game. They sit at 10-4 and have been an improved defensive team from a season ago. They are limiting the opposition to 18 points per game which ranks third in the NFL in scoring defense. Some don’t give much hope to the prospects of the Giants going far into the playoffs because of their struggles on the offensive end. They are 24th in scoring pushing across 19.4 points per game as they have the 30th and worst running game in the NFL. Since starting 3-0 it has been a downward slide for the Philadelphia Eagles as they sit at 5-9 going 2-9 since their bye week. They enter with a five game losing streak since dropping a one point decision at Baltimore.

It is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl set to kick off from Boise Idaho at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Colorado St Rams will face the Idaho Vandals. The current odds have the Colorado St Rams favored by -15 points with the total coming in at 65 points. Colorado St finished the year as one of the hottest teams from the Mountain West conference. They have won four of five games and have been a scoring machine averaging 45 points per game during that span. They have defended the pass very well sitting 21st in the nation by allowing 191 yards per game. Idaho finished the regular season at 8-4 during their last in FBS competition as the program is demoting themselves into the FCS ranks next season. They competed in the Sun Belt conference and suffered losses at Appalachian St and home to Troy to deny them a title. They closed the season on a four game win streak.

Memphis Tigers versus Western Kentucky Hilltoppers College Football Betting Preview

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The college football bowl season rolls on in the Boca Raton Bowl from Miami Florida on Tuesday December 20th as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet the Memphis Tigers. The teams begin play at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers favored by -6 ½ points with the total set at 81 points.

Memphis finished their regular season at 8-4. They closed out with victories at Cincinnati and a nice home victory to Houston by the score of 48-44. They have put up some major points down the stretch putting up 42 points or greater in three of their past four games. In their win against a highly touted Houston team the Tigers put up 555 offensive yards and got a great game from the quarterback position. Riley Ferguson hit on 30 of 45 passes for 409 yards and four touchdowns. The junior quarterback connected on 63.7% of his passes for 3326 yards with 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The Tennessee transfer played his first season of college football this season after not playing in his first two years. He has thrown three touchdowns or greater in four of his past five games. Memphis is ranked 17th in the nation in scoring as the team averages 39.5 points per game on the season.

Western Kentucky is 10-3 on the year. They are champions of Conference USA after they defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 in the title game. The Hilltoppers have punished conference opponents this year. On the season Western Kentucky has averaged 45.1 points per game which is second best in college football. Not only can they score they have shown the ability to defend as they limit opponents to 367 yards per game which is 38th best from college football. Quarterback Mike White a junior playing in his first season is completing 67% of his throws for 4027 yards with 34 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Western Kentucky has won seven straight games.

Central Michigan Chippewas versus Tulsa Golden Hurricane College Football Betting Preview

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The college football bowl season continues on Monday December 19th in the Miami Beach Bowl as the Central Michigan Chippewas will face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Chippewas and Golden Hurricane will get things started from Miami at 2:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Tulsa Golden Hurricane favored by -12 ½ points with the total lined at 69 ½ points.

Central Michigan enters the Miami Beach Bowl on a down note losers of four of their past five games. They became bowl eligible with a 27-20 home victory to Ohio but lost the following week to Eastern Michigan on the road 26-21. Their point production really came down the final few weeks of the season. They relied greatly on the pass as they rank as the 26th best passing team in the nation. They could not establish their running game as they rank 116th in the nation rushing for only 119 yards per game which hurts them when the weather changes in November. Quarterback Cooper Rush is a senior who has thrown only two touchdowns passes over his past three games. On the year he has completed 61% of his passes for 3300 yards with 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On the defensive side of the ball the team is about average in every category imaginable. They allow 28 points per game which is 69th in the nation.

Tulsa has seen their program move back into possible double digit in victories. They are 9-3 and heavily favored in this game. They enter in good form having won two straight and four of their past five games. What kept them out of the AAC championship game was a two point road loss at Navy. The Golden Hurricane is an outstanding offensive team sitting near the Top Ten of college football in scoring, rushing and total offense. They are averaging 41 points and 523 yards per game. Quarterback Dane Evans in his senior year is completing 58% of his passes with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Carolina Panthers versus Washington Redskins NFL Pro Football Betting Preview

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Monday Night Football on December 19th will feature a pair of playoff teams from last season as the Washington Redskins will host the Carolina Panthers. The Redskins and Panthers get started from Washington at 8:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the home side Washington Redskins favored by -6 ½ points with the total set at 50 ½ points.

It has been a disappointing season for the Panthers this year. The team is 5-8 and will most likely miss the playoffs. The Panthers offensive line has been decimated by injuries and It could have played in the psyche of quarterback Cam Newton. He seems to settle for far too many throws downfield going for big plays instead of moving the chains. Newton no longer is having success running the football to convert third down plays. One of the best offenses in the NFL a year ago the Panthers have fallen to 19th in the league and 23rd in the passing game. Cam Newton had an MRI on his shoulder this week and it showed no structural damage so he will play on Monday night. He is completing just 53.5% of his throws this season with 15 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. After dropping games at Seattle and Oakland the Panthers returned home last week to defeat San Diego 28-16 and covering as a -1 point favorite.

Washington has a record of 7-5-1 and is in the playoff hunt in the NFC. They broke a two game losing streak in a 27-22 road victory at Philadelphia last week in their third straight road game. The Redskins possess the second best total and passing offense in the NFL this year. Kirk Cousins in a contract year is completing 67.5% of his passes for 4045 yards with 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Washington has struggled on defense this year as the team is 26th in the league by allowing 370 yards per game. They have won four straight homes games.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Saturday

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The NBA card for Saturday December 17th features seven games scheduled to the delight of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The lone game airing over national television begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Golden St Warriors will host the Portland Trailblazers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home team Golden St Warriors favored by -13 ½ points with a total set at 231 ½ points. Golden St returned home after a five game road trip that saw the team finish at 4-1. It was tough as they had to play those five games in seven days. They then got one day of rest and had to take the court to face a hot New York Knicks team at home. They got the 103-90 home victory on Friday but was not able to cover as a 17 point favorite. They got off to a fast start leading 59-45 at the half then the lead was 21 after three quarters. They got outscored 24-15 in the final quarter which was enough to win handily but not cover that huge spread. Klay Thompson had 25 points in the victory hitting on 10 of 17 from the floor. It was a cold shooting night for Stephen Curry and Draymond Green who combined for 5 of 26 from the floor. Portland a playoff team from a year ago is only 13-15. This is pretty much the same team that knocked the Clippers out of the playoffs in the first round of the playoffs last year. Problem is this team isn’t defending like it once was as they sit near the bottom of the NBA in key areas by allowing 112 points a game with nearly 38% from the three point line.

On NBA League Pass Channel at 7:30PM Eastern Time the Cleveland Cavaliers return to the court to battle at home the LA Lakers. Cleveland is favored by -15 ½ points with a total set at 218 points. LA Lakers have gotten many of their injured players back in the lineup and the team snapped an eight game losing streak in a 100-89 road victory at Philadelphia on Friday. Cleveland lost a road game at Memphis on Wednesday with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving out of the lineup resting. They all return to the court on Saturday.

NFL Pro Football Sports Betting Match Up Odds Previews for Sunday

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The Sunday NFL card from Week 15 on December 18th features 13 games on the schedule to the delight of pro football bettors worldwide.

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Two playoff contenders meet at 1PM Eastern Time on FOX as the New York Giants will host the Detroit Lions. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side New York Giants favored by -4 points with the total set at 41 points. The Giants are coming off a great defensive effort last Sunday night limiting the Cowboys to 7 points in victory. New York currently holds the first wildcat spot in the NFC and can clinch a playoff spot with a win along with a Vikings and Packers loss. Detroit held off a late rally by the Bears last week in victory and holds a two game lead in the NFC North over Minnesota and Green Bay.

It will be an AFC West showdown at 4:25PM Eastern Time on CBS TV as the San Diego Chargers are home to the Oakland Raiders. Oakland is favored on the road by -3 points with a total set at 49 ½ points. Oakland looks to rebound after a Thursday night loss at Kansas City. San Diego at 5-8 will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss.

An AFC Championship Game rematch from last year is set to go at 4:25PM Eastern Time on CBS as the Denver Broncos have a home date with the New England Patriots. The road team New England is favored by -3 points with the total set at 44 points. The Patriots will have a short week after beating Baltimore on Monday night. The Patriots lost at Denver twice last season including in the AFC Championship Game. Denver at 8-5 in clinging to the final playoff spot in the AFC West and trails both Oakland and Kansas City by two games in the division with three to play.

Sunday Night Football gets underway at 8:30PM Eastern Time on NBC TV as the Dallas Cowboys will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas is a -7 point favorite with the total lined at 46 ½ points. With a win and a Giants loss the Cowboys win the NFC East division and can secure a first round bye. A win and Detroit loss gives Dallas home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Tampa Bay is tied atop the NFC South with the Falcons as the Bucs defense has shined in recent games as they carry a five game win streak.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The college football bowl season begins on Saturday December 17th as there are five games scheduled over national television to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets going at 2PM Eastern Time on ESPN in the New Mexico Bowl as Texas San Antonio meets New Mexico. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has New Mexico favored by -7 ½ points with the over under line of 58 ½ points. This game is being played on the home field of the New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos are the top rushing team from college football as they run for 361 yards per game. Texas San Antonio at 6-6 broke a two game losing streak to become bowl eligible by beating Charlotte at home 33-14.

The Las Vegas Bowl kicks off at 3:30PM Eastern Time on ABC TV as the San Diego St Aztecs will face the Houston Cougars. Houston is favored by -4 points with the over under of 51 ½ points. More was expected by Houston as they land in Las Vegas instead of a New Year’s Day Bowl game as their defense failed the team in their three losses on the season. San Diego St comes in off a victory at Wyoming for the Mountain West conference championship. The Aztecs are a solid rushing team behind running back Donnel Pumphrey who is going for the rushing record from college football.

The Cure Bowl from Orlando Florida will air on CBS Sports Network at 5:30PM Eastern Time as Central Florida will meet Arkansas St. UCF is favored by -6 ½ points with the total of 50 points. Arkansas St earned a share of the Sun Belt title entering with a 7-5 record. The Red Wolves were off to a slow start as they closed out winning seven of their past eight games. Central Florida enters on a two game losing streak after dropping a 48-31 road defeat at rival South Florida.

At 5:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN it is the Camellia Bowl from Montgomery Alabama as Toledo Rockets meet the Appalachian St Mountaineers. Toledo is favored by -1 point with a total set at 60 points. Appalachian St finished up at 9-3 and earned a share of the Sun Belt title. They gave Tennessee a scare on the road in September in a close loss. Toledo has an outstanding passing attack behind quarterback Logan Woodside. They closed the regular season with a loss at Western Michigan losing 55-35.

The final game on the slate will be the New Orleans Bowl at 9PM Eastern Time on ESPN as Louisiana Lafayette Rajin Cajuns take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Southern Miss is favored by -6 points with a total lined at 59 points. Southern Miss started fast but faded down the stretch. They got their sixth win and became bowl eligible after a 39-24 home victory to Louisiana Tech to break a three game losing streak. UL Lafayette finished at 6-6 and needed to win their final two games against Arkansas St and UL Monroe to become bowl eligible.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Friday

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The NBA on ESPN Friday returns with a double header of games on December 16th over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN as the Philadelphia 76ers will host the LA Lakers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Philadelphia 76ers favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 208 ½ points. The LA Lakers have hit a low point of their season. They are 10-18 and looking to break an 8 game losing streak after they dropped a 107-97 decision at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. The 107 points allowed were the lowest they had given up in their past four games. The team had gotten healthier of late as they had been without Nick Young, Tarik Black and DeAngelo Russell during this downward streak. But these players had returned and losing continued. It has been a challenge for this young team to defend this year as they are giving up 111 points a game and allowing their opponents 48% shooting. Philadelphia has been a major disappointment the past several seasons. They have shown some improvement on the court this year. It has been from the three point line as they shoot 36% and allow 34% which sits in the upper third of the league. They had a streak of two wins in a row snapped in a 123-114 home loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

The late night game tips at 10:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Utah Jazz are home to the Dallas Mavericks. Utah is favored by -12 points with a total set at 185 ½ points. Utah has the look of a playoff team sitting at 16-10 on the year. The Jazz have been led by Gordon Hayward who averages 23 points per game. He had missed seven games early in the season but once back in the lineup Utah has been winning. Dallas is bound for the lottery this season and owner Mark Cuban doesn’t seem to mind too much. It is an old team in need of a youth movement and that may mean a few seasons drafting in the lottery to reload talent. Dirk Nowitzki has been sidelined with an Achilles injury and there is no timetable for his return.

Miami Dolphins versus New York Jets NFL Pro Football Betting Preview

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The NFL is in action on Saturday night December 17th as the New York Jets will host the Miami Dolphins. The Jets and Dolphins get things started from New York at 8:25PM Eastern Time and NFL Network has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the road team Miami Dolphins favored by -2 ½ points with the total lined at 37 ½ points.

Miami at 8-5 is in the thick of an AFC Wildcard playoff battle in the final three weeks of the season. The team sits in a tie with Denver for the sixth and final playoff spot but there are two teams just one back of Denver and Miami contending for the final berth. The Dolphins are just 2-4 away from home this season. They did pick up a home victory last week hosting Arizona winning 26-23 as they covered as a +2 point underdog. The Dolphins responded after having their six game win streak snapped the week before at Baltimore losing 38-6. In the victory last week the Dolphins failed to hold a double digit fourth quarter lead as they allowed the Cardinals to rally to tie the score overcoming a 21-9 deficit. It took a 21 yard field goal by Andrew Franks for the win. Backup Matt Moore led the game wining drive as he relieved an injured Ryan Tannehill. The veteran Moore gets the start on Saturday. He has spent ten years in the league as a starter and backup. He last started a game back in 2011 with Miami a team he has been with now for six seasons.

The New York Jets will miss the playoffs once again as they enter with a record of 4-9. They team hit rock bottom two weeks ago as they dropped a 41-10 home decision to Indianapolis on a Monday night. They fell behind 17-3 at the half to San Francisco last week but rallied for the 23-17 road overtime victory. The Jets offense has digressed this season as the team puts up 17.6 points per game along with 222 yards passing which sits near the bottom of the NFL.

NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Thursday

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A doubleheader of games is scheduled from the NBA on TNT TV on Thursday December 15th to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide.

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It gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time on TNT as the Milwaukee Bucks are hosting the Chicago Bulls. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Milwaukee Bucks the -2 ½ point betting favorite with the total lined at 209 ½ points. Chicago hits the road after a 2-1 home stand. They earned victories against the Heat and Spurs. They beat San Antonio 95-91 as a 3 ½ point underdog which was the Spurs first home loss of the season. They hosted Minnesota on Tuesday losing 99-94 as a 6 point favorite. Chicago got outhustled on the boards grabbing seven fewer than the Timberwolves. The Bulls have not shot threes well this season as they are 30th and last in the NBA making 30.7% from beyond the arc. Milwaukee is one game under .500 with a record of 11-12. They have hit a down point in their season as the team has lost three straight and four of their past five games. Before this downward swing the Bucks were a very good defensive team and still have respected numbers sitting fourth in field goal defense and third in three point defense. They have allowed 107 points or greater over their past four games.

The late night game tips at 10:30PM Eastern Time on TNT as the Golden St Warriors are home to the New York Knicks. Golden St is favored by -14 points with the over under line set at 225 points. The Knicks have improved this season. They have a record of 14-11 and sit at 2-1 on this west coast trip after losing by two in overtime at the Phoenix Suns. New York is putting up 105 points a game which sits 11th in the league. Golden St is back home after a five game road trip that they played in seven days. They hung on despite fatigue beating New Orleans on the road Tuesday 113-109 but not covering as a -11 point favorite. They failed to cover the past four games on the trip.