Up 3.05 units
Chloe Kim and the Russian hockey team won me some units at these Pyeongchang Olympics. Chloe Kim is the present and the future of snowboarding. That gold medal hockey game was amazing between Russia and Germany. Yannic Seidenberg of the German team shot the puck when they were on the power play with only a few minutes left up a goal. This shot led to Russia clearing, taking off the goalie, and securing the equalizing goal. Russia then got a power play in overtime and eventually scored the gold medal goal. Kirill Kaprizov, the youngest guy on the Russian team, scored the game winner. Pavel Datsyuk played a great tournament as captain of the Russian team and said he has achieved all his goals in hockey now. He is now a part of the Triple Gold Club, not to mention the other Stanley Cup win and the Gagarin Cup win. Quite the career.
9-12-1 in Hockey up 0.62 units
Canadiens ML for 1 unit. Line has moved for more juice on the Montreal side. Islanders have a good offense, but they can’t seem to keep the puck out of their own net. The under has hit 4 of the past 5 times at the Bell Center which is interesting. Montreal will want to recover from their loss to the red hot Flyers. I like this spot.
The contestants are:
Donovan Mitchell – Jazz
Victor Oladipo – Pacers
Larry Nance Jr. – Cavaliers
Dennis Smith Jr. – Mavericks
I am betting Larry Nance Jr. at +220 for 2 units and Donovan Mitchell at +125 for 3 units. For those that don’t know, Larry Nance’s dad won the first ever dunk contest back in 1984. He will most likely bring out his dad to play to the judges, so he is almost guaranteed to make it past the first round. Dennis Smith is a freak athlete, but his wingspan is a foot shorter than all the other contestants. I just think Mitchell and Nance are more explosive and powerful than Oladipo. Larry Nance already has the dunk of the year over Kevin Durant. He has also dunked over past winner Blake Griffin this year. The odds have also come down for the both of these plays which I like.
37-28-1 in soccer up 1.59 units
Leicester -1 for 2 unit at -112. Sheffield United has not been good on the road lately and Leicester will look forward to getting back to King Power after a 5-1 beat down by Manchester City. The Mahrez drama has slowed Leicester’s season a little, but they will still want to get to Wembley for the FA cup final.
On a side note: Have you all seen these Donald Trump FA Cup round commercials. They really outdid themselves with this 5th round commercial. “VAR – very amazing referees.” and another gem “Look at these bad walls, disappointing […] no balls through my walls” Pretty damn good.
8-8-1 in Hockey up 5.79 units
Finland – Sm Liiga
Pelicans pk for 3 units at +104. Neither one of these teams have any players competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics. Hameenlinna has only scored 9 goals in the last 5 games to go along with one of the worst home records in the league. The Pelicans have actually been pretty good on the road. Pelicans are in better form, although both are on losing streaks. I’m taking the value play here.
SaiPa Vaasan Sport over 5 for 2 units at -117. Vaasan Sport have been letting in goals on goals and SaiPa should be able to put 4 goals up on their own.
SaiPa pk for 2 units at -180. Once again, neither one of these have important players competing in the Olympics. This is a Vaasan Sport fade. Vaasan has been in some of the worst form in the league and this high juice is indicative of that. SaiPa have won their last 3 games as well.
Lukko pk for 1 unit at +108. Lukko has lost their last 3 home games, but won their last game 4-1 against the Pelicans. These teams are in similar form, Jyvaskyla has the better offense, but Lukko has the better defense. I could see this game going to overtime, but Jyvaskyla did give up 6 goals their last time out against a team of lesser quality than Lukko.
NHL – OT included
Carolina Hurricanes ML for 1 unit at -165. Islanders fade. Islanders are on the second night of a back 2 back and have to travel south to North Carolina overnight. Cam Ward should be back in goal for the Hurricanes as they gave up 5 goals without him in their last game. Ward is 5-1-1 in his last seven games played. Cam is 12 years removed from winning the Stanley Cup with the Canes as a rookie, but he is still the best goalie they have in my opinion.
15-10-1 on NCAAB in 2017 up 5.25 units
33-34 on NCAAB in 2018 down 3.13 units
Rhode Island -1 for 3 units. This may be a sucker bet, just like Ohio State +1 was last night, but I am going to bet it. Rhode Island won the first game between these two by 14. This line may be so low because it is a home game for St. Bonaventure and they have won 7 in a row. I just think Rhode Island has a better defense and that showed in the first matchup. Rhode Island held St. Bonaventure to 38% shooting in the first meeting. The Rams also out-rebounded The Bonnies in that game. Rhode Island is not getting the national recognition they deserve because of the “mid-major” conference they play in. I’ll take the best team in the conference on a 16 game win streak with a low spread.
7-7-1 in Hockey up 6.96 units
NHL – OT included.
Rangers ML at +103 for 2 units. Islanders fade. Islanders have given up 22 goals in their past 5 games. The Rangers have actually lost the last 6 games between these two teams so I expect that streak to end. The Rangers are in last in their division, but if they win here, they will be less than a game back from a playoff spot.
Ducks ML at -120 for 1 unit. Blackhawks fade. Blackhawks have lost 7 in a row overall and 6 in a row at home. Blackhawks only have 7 goals in their past 5 games and only two of those came without a power play. If the Ducks can stay out of the penalty, they will win this game.
15-10-1 on NCAAB in 2017 up 5.25 units
33-31 on NCAAB in 2018 up 2.87 units
Ohio State +1 for 3 units. Penn State beat OSU earlier in the season so this is a revenge game for the Buckeyes. OSU has a slightly better offense and defense, but this small difference may not matter as much in rivalry games like this. OSU will most likely have the Big 10 coach and player of the year in Chris Holtmann and Kevin Bates-Diop respectively. OSU lost to Penn State on a last second half court bank shot by Tony Carr. Kam Williams should be back for this game for OSU as well. I like the revenge angle and OSU’s ability to play defense with lengthy big guys that can switch on pick and rolls.
Purdue -10 for 2 units. Purdue has the advantage on defense and inside. Wisconsin is missing 2 of their 4 best guards and their big men have not played to their potential this season. Purdue won this game by 28 earlier this season and I expect another double digit win here.
Arizona State +1 for 1 unit. Another revenge game here. Arizona State lost this game by 6 at Arizona earlier this season. The Sun Devils have been playing a lot better on defense lately and the home crowd should give them an added boost. Arizona State has beat Xavier and Kansas this year, so they can compete with the some of the best schools in the country. Arizona does have the height advantage inside, but Arizona State averages more rebounds. ASU got a lot of shots blocked in the first matchup and I think they will make the necessary adjustments to pull out the home win.
35-27-1 in soccer down 1.54 units
Dortmund ML at -128 for 4 units. Dortmund has not lost at home this calendar year and will want to prove something after not winning a game in Champions League. Pulisic, Reus, Schurrle, and Batshuayi will be too much for Atalanta’s backline. Dortmund know they need an advantage going to Italy for the second leg if they want to advance. Atalanta did come away with first in their group, but that was when Everton was in awful form. Batshuayi and Dortmund have won the last two games and he actually might be a better fit than Aubameyang. Aubameyang seemed to be offsides a lot and did not always link up with other Dortmund players. Batshuayi may not have the pace of the man he replaced, but he seems better at finding space in the box already.
Lazio ML at -103 for 3 units. Lazio have been struggling domestically and will look to the Europa league to change their recent run of poor form. This should be a fairly open game wth exciting counters, but I expect Immobile to be the difference. If Ciro does not play, I will most likely stay away. Lazio has scored in every away Europa league game, while FCSB has scored in every home Europa league game, so we should see some goals.
Atletico Madrid -1 at +103 for 3 units. I just can’t see Copenhagen scoring against Atletico’s backline. Antoine Griezmann has been in fine form and is averaging a goal a game over his last 5. Madrid has held opponents scoreless in 6 of their last 10 on the road. The under on goals is an interesting play here too, but I usually stay away from that with a home underdog in the first leg.
6-7-1 in Hockey up 5.85 units
NHL – OT included.
Maple Leafs ML for 2 units at -180. Leafs have scored 41 more goals than Columbus this season. Maple Leafs have won their past 5 home games. Auston Matthews leads Toronto in points, and the twenty year old looks like he is on his way to stardom in this league. Also, William Nylander has been playing the best season of his young career for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have more talent and are in better form. The Blue Jackets have won their last 2 games, but one of those was against the Islanders. The Islanders have the worst defense in the league according to my numbers so take that win with a grain of salt.