Hot Cappers Update
Now over halfway through January, let's check in on which cappers are riding hot to start 2017.
Critics would be quick to point out that: "any handicapper can go on a good run"... But The Iceman isn't just "any handicapper". The thing that separates him from so many others, is that he does it with such consistency. His overall record from 1/8/16 to 16/1/17 is an INCREDIBLE 351-249 +$36,824!
Larry's official 10* NBA "PLAY OF THE YEAR" goes Thu and it'll test his 100% run w/ 10* BIG TICKET NBA releases (he's 4-0 w/ 10* NBA "GOM" releases this year and also EASILY hit his 2016 "GOY" on Hawks back on Apr 26th!). But the big news around these parts continues to be Ness' ABSOLUTE DOMINATION across the board! Off a 4-2-1 Wed, now 19-9 +$8,000 ALL L7 days and 146-98 +$33,766 since Dec. 1st! He's on a RIDICULOUS 50-26 +$20,000 CBB run and a 36-19 +$11K NHL streak! Also 26-11 (70%) NFL run!
Since wrapping up a winning '16, Ben Burns is taking his game to new heights in '17. Entering Thursday's tantalizing card, he's an EXTRAORDINARY 65-38 overall for the year. Basketball has led the charge, as Ben is now an INSANE 39-15 ATS ON THE YEAR, 23-5 NBA & 16-10 CBB. Going back further finds him on an EPIC 307-215 ATS HOOPS HEATER the L12 months.
Steve is a red-hot 10-2 (83%) overall the last 8 days. Going back even further finds him riding the following streaks:
FANTASTIC 85-59 College Hoops run!
AWESOME (339-267) All-Sports run since January 30th!
(628-508) since July 4th 2015; +$58,981 (499-391) in 2014!
Check back soon for Steve's releases.
After delivering a 5-0 SWEEP on Tuesday, Rogers had a "minor setback" Wednesday. But no worries; he's still a *HOT* 27-14-1 past 8 days with all picks! NHL won again yesterday, continuing a MONSTER 16-5-2 ROLL there! College Hoops has picked up steam with a 12-4 Run! NBA is +$5280 for the season!
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- The Covers Team
Australian Open: Picks and Advice
Before we dive into the matchups lets learn a little more about our resident Tennis Expert, Tennis Insiders:
In this golden era of tennis, who doesn't enjoy watching it? Our team members have all played tennis for the past 15+ years, and all have a deep rooted love for the game. Years of watching the game and understanding the different styles of play on each surface has led to the creation of a lucrative tennis betting record, hitting 55% in the past three months. Tennis betting is a complex market, and with just 5% of sports bettors turning a profit in the long-term, providing clients with a consistent return on their investment is our Number 1 motivation.
We don't like laying chalk, as tennis contains a number of more profitable betting opportunities. We like to pick in the -150/+300 range, landing numerous underdog winners in the past month alone. (Murray to beat Djokovic +200 - Madrid Masters) Tennis Insiders have between 1-3 plays every day during the tennis season, rising to between 4/5 mark during the slams, which are the equivalent of Christmas for the seasoned tennis bettor. Books have to output so many lines in a short period of time that value always presents itself.
We always advise to never bet more than 5-10% of bankroll on a single play. We have 4 different play ratings, covering from big underdogs to our top plays
2-5* Underdog plays
6-7* Heavy Favorites
8-9* Strong plays/Strong value in the market
10* Game of the Week/Month/Year plays
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Sunday January 15th - 2017 (2-1 +$640)
Marcel Granollers v Dudi Sela - Win (800)
Karen Khachanov v Adrian Mannarino - Win (800)
Federico Delbonis v Steve Johnson - Loss (-960)
Monday January 16th - 2017 (3-0 +$2,500)
Novak Djokovic v Fernando Verdasco - Win (800)
Dominic Thiem v Jan Lennard Struff - Win (900)
Stan Wawrinka v Martin Klizan - Win (800)
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NFL Divisonal Round: Expert Picks
It's now on to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Bet with confidence this weekend with Guaranteed Expert Picks! Let's look back at which cappers fared the best in the Wild Card Round and preview each matchup on the board.
Top Wild Card Records
Power Sports: 3-0 (100%), +$3,000
Larry Ness: 3-1 (75%), +$1,900
Al McMordie: 3-1 (75%), +$1,830
Zack Cimini: 2-0 (100%), +$1,800
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
When: 4:35 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: 4:35 p.m. ET, FOX
LINE: Falcons -5. O/U: 51.5
Matt Ryan may be the quarterback of the NFL's highest-scoring offense and a legitimate candidate to reel in league MVP honors this season, but the 31-year-old has enamored the masses with his less-than-stellar postseason play. With a 1-4 playoff record in his back pocket, Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons look to advance to the NFC Championship game for the second time in five years when they host the Seattle Seahawks in a divisional-round tilt on Saturday.
Ryan's lone postseason win came in a three-touchdown performance versus Seattle in January 2013, and he also threw for three scores three-plus years later - albeit in a 26-24 regular-season setback to the Seahawks on Oct. 16. Electric wideout Julio Jones made seven catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in the most recent encounter but was left searching for a pass interference call that never came against Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman that effectively ended the game. Thomas Rawls missed that contest with a fractured leg but showed his mettle in Seattle's 28-6 rout of Detroit in last week's wild-card game by finding the end zone while rushing 27 times for a franchise playoff-record 161 yards. Another effective performance on the ground against Atlanta's 29th-ranked run defense would keep the Falcons' top-ranked scoring offense (33.8 points) off the field while opening up avenues for Seattle's play-action passing attack.
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Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
When: 8:15 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, CBS
LINE: Patriots -15.5. O/U: 44.5
The Houston Texans visited the New England Patriots in Week 3 and were demolished 27-0, a loss that was more eye-opening given that they were up against a rookie third-string quarterback making his first career start. So it's hardly a surprise that the top-seeded Patriots are overwhelming favorites in Saturday night's AFC Divisional Round matchup against visiting Houston.
The Texans won the AFC South with a 9-7 record and knocked off fifth-seeded Oakland 27-14 in the first round of the playoffs, but they are more than two-touchdown underdogs against New England. “It’s OK if we’re called the underdogs, I kind of like it,” Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus told reporters. “Definitely get to shock a whole lot of people, so we’re looking forward to that.” The Patriots closed the season with a seven-game winning streak and have outscored Houston 54-6 in two matchups over the last 13 months, but quarterback Tom Brady dismissed the idea that they are looking past the Texans. “I don’t see any letdown from us. That’s ridiculous to think that," Brady told reporters. "I’m preparing like this is the hardest game we’ve faced all season, which it will be, and it means the most."
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
When: 1:05 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2017
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, NBC
LINE: Chiefs -1.5. O/U: 44
The Pittsburgh Steelers flashed their offensive might last week in a drubbing of Miami in their wild-card game, but their best offensive performance of the season came in a 29-point thrashing of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. The Chiefs get a chance to exact some revenge - this time on their home field - when they host Pittsburgh in the AFC Divisional Round on Sunday.
Kansas City fell into a 22-point hole after one quarter in the 43-14 loss at Pittsburgh, but it recovered to win 10 of its final 12 games to claim the AFC West title and No. 2 seed. “This team understands how far we’ve come from that game," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who acknowledged the Steelers will be "a big challenge," told reporters. Pittsburgh was in a similar position to Kansas City a week ago, avenging a lopsided loss at Miami during the regular season with a resounding 30-12 victory. "We have to understand that the same passion and dedication that we put in to beat Miami, that's how Kansas City is going to try to beat us," Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters.
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Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
When: 4:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2017
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TV: 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX
LINE: Cowboys -4.5 O/U: 52.5
The Green Bay Packers painted themselves into a corner earlier this season on the heels of a four-game losing streak, prompting Aaron Rodgers to claim the club could "run the table" in order to gain its eighth straight playoff appearance. Six victories to end the campaign and a convincing rout in the wild-card game have the Packers surging into the NFC Divisional Round for Sunday's date with the well-rested Dallas Cowboys.
"They were off last week, and they're hosting the game (Sunday), so there's extra pressure on them as the No. 1 seed to win," Rodgers told reporters. "And we're coming in with a lot of confidence and riding the streak. We're feeling good about the way we've been playing." With good reason, as Rodgers threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns - three to wideout Randall Cobb - in a 38-13 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday. While Dallas liberally has rested its stars dating back to a Week 17 loss to Philadelphia, its rookie Pro Bowl tandem of quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Ezekiel Elliott (NFL-best 1,631 yards, 5.1 per carry) shredded Green Bay at Lambeau Field in a 30-16 victory on Oct. 16. Prescott threw for three touchdowns while Elliott gashed the Packers' then top-ranked rush defense for 157 yards in the win.
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Mid-Week Hoops Report
While we wait for the next round of NFL Playoffs to arrive, let's check in on the hoops board to see who's hot and which picks are strong.
*Records updated as of 1/12/2017*
Ben Burns: 60-43 (58%), +$12,590 YTD
Will Rogers: 63-51 (55%), +$4,400 YTD
Matt Fargo: 52-45 (54%), +$4,040 YTD
Power Sports: 56-47 (54%), +$3,336 YTD
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Power Sports: 52-24 (68%), +$24,750 YTD
Larry Ness: 49-33 (60%), +$12,070 YTD
Ben Burns: 48-33 (59%), +$10,856 YTD
AAA Sports: 23-13 (64%), +$9,100 YTD
Zack Cimini: 39-28 (58%), +$7,434 YTD
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BCS Championship Game
College Football Playoff National Championship
(2) Clemson Tigers vs. (1) Alabama Crimson Tide | ALA -6.5 O/U: 51
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 9, 2017
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME STORYLINES
1. Top-seeded Alabama looks to claim its fifth national title in 10 seasons under Nick Saban when it battles second-seeded Clemson in Monday's College Football Playoff championship contest at Tampa, Fla. It is a rematch of last season's title game in which the Crimson Tide prevailed 45-40 despite a huge game by Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (405 yards passing, 73 rushing). Alabama is attempting to record its 27th consecutive victory while Clemson is pursuing its second national title and first since 1981.
2. Watson passed for 259 yards and one touchdown while adding two rushing scores in Clemson's 31-0 rout of Ohio State in the semifinals, and he has a major advantage in experience over counterpart Jalen Hurts. Watson, who finished second in this season's Heisman Trophy balloting and third in 2015, has passed for 4,173 yards and 38 touchdowns this campaign but also is prone to miscues, as evidenced by his 17 interceptions. Hurts has accounted for 34 scores (22 passing, 12 rushing) and is aiming to join Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway (1985) as the only true freshman quarterbacks to lead a team to a national title, but he passed for only 57 yards in the Crimson Tide's 24-7 semifinal victory over Washington.
3. Alabama made the odd move of separating itself from offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin after the win over Washington, as the new Florida Atlantic coach became a distraction while attempting to juggle two jobs. Saban was highly disappointed with the offensive showing against the Huskies and promoted offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian to offensive coordinator, insisting it will be a smooth transition. "I just feel like I have to make decisions about what's best for the players to have the best chance of being successful," Saban told reporters. "You know, we made the decision and we're not talking about it anymore. We're moving forward. We're looking forward, and everybody is doing everything they can to support the people that are here now to make it work."
ABOUT CLEMSON (13-1): Watson threw three or more touchdown passes on seven occasions and topped 300 yards six times while fueling a powerful offense that averaged 39.5 points and scored over 40 seven times. Juniors Mike Williams (90 receptions, 1,267 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Artavis Scott (73 catches) form a potent one-two receiving combo while junior running back Wayne Gallman rushed for 1,087 yards and 16 scores. The Tigers' defense allows averages of 17.1 points and 306.9 yards per game but features weak-side linebacker Ben Boulware (team-best 121 tackles), defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (team-high 10.5 sacks) and strong safety Jadar Johnson (team-leading five interceptions) - all seniors.
ABOUT ALABAMA (14-0): Bo Scarbrough is the squad's third-leading rusher (719 yards) behind fellow sophomore Damien Harris (1,013) and Hurts (891), but he'll play a major role after rushing for two touchdowns and a Crimson Tide bowl-record 180 yards against Washington. Clemson's defense certainly will be paying close attention to senior tight end O.J. Howard (41 catches, 489 yards, two touchdowns) after he made five catches for a career-best 208 yards and two TDs while winning Offensive MVP honors in last year's national title game. Senior defensive end Jonathan Allen (9.5 sacks, two fumble-return scores) won the Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and, along with sophomore strong safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (team-best six interceptions), is among the standouts for a unit that scored 11 defensive touchdowns (six interceptions, five fumbles) and leads the nation in both scoring defense (11.4 points per game) and total defense (244 yards).
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- Southern California
- Jesse Schule
- January 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM
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- allyoubet @ 4 -110 USC
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The Arizona Wildcats will be a significant road favorite at USC tonight, and I really don't think this is an easy game for Arizona. The Trojans are 9-1 at home, and the one loss came by a single point to California. Their only other two losses this season came on the road at Utah and Oregon. These two teams are very familiar with each other, and the home team has won outright in six of the last seven meetings. The Wildcats have been the favorite in each of the last eight meetings, but USC has won two of their last three home games versus Arizona. Last January these two teams played an epic 103-101 game that required four overtime periods to decide a winner. I wouldn't be surprised if we see something similar this time around.
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