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Jesse Schule's Hot Hand!

2 hours, 57 minutes ago
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Have you ever followed one of our handicappers' hot streaks and wondered what the key to their success was? Keep reading below as Jesse Schule sits down with us to share his insight and tips for succeeding in the sports betting industry!

Jesse Schule has started off 2015 with a bang! Since January 1st, Jesse has put up a crazy 124-93-1 (57%) record across all sports, banking an impressive $7,590 overall with his winning picks! Jesse's spectacular 2015 record, including an astounding 59% (+$6,390) winning record for NCAAB and a hot 60% (+$3,467) win streak for NHL, makes him our top capper year to date, and an ideal candidate for our next 'Ask the Expert' feature of 2015.

Covers Team: Your current record is truly awe-inspiring (congrats!). When you're on a huge roll like this, do you do anything differently? Do you have good luck charms or habits/routines, or do you just continue on as usual?

Jesse Schule: The old saying goes: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". That being said, my recent success with future/prop bets has inspired me to be more aggressive with such wagers. After I won big with the NHL Playoffs in May & June, picking the Kings to win it all, and cashing in 11-of-15 with my series props, I decided to try to duplicate that success at the World Cup in Brazil. I ended up picking the tournament winner (Germany +$605) and 7-of-8 group winners, making it an even bigger payday. This has forced me to try my luck with prop bets on the World Series, Superbowl, Stanley Cup, NBA Championship and NCAAF National Championship.

Covers Team: Conversely, when you are in a 'valley', how do you keep yourself motivated and positive that you will come out of the cold?

Jesse Schule: When times are tough, I like to remind myself that even the greatest of all time have dealt with losing: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan.

Covers Team: How do you stay calm and centered in what is arguably a very stressful and fast-paced industry? For example, when I'm feeling pressure, I like to listen to music, cook, do yoga, or run - do you have any hobbies or strategies that keep you grounded?

Jesse Schule: With all due respect, I don't get paid to be calm and centered, I get paid to win. I don't do yoga, or listen to music, I spend every waking moment trying to be the best sports handicapper that I can possibly be. I work seven days per week, I drink a lot of coffee and sleep is hard to come by. As far as I am concerned, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Covers Team: Many Covers.com users have been following your current hot streak, and they want to get on board to make big money fast. What is your advice - based on your personal experience - to bettors who are just getting started?

Jesse Schule: The best advice I can give would be to avoid messing around buying picks on individual games. Pick a handicapper with a proven track record, and subscribe long term, this will give you the best chance to make a decent profit in a relatively short period of time.

Covers Team: How has the advent of social media (Twitter, Facebook) influenced or changed the way you approach sports handicapping?

Jesse Schule: Social Media has really helped kick start my career, and I owe a lot of my success to my following on Facebook. Clients know that they can contact me 24/7, and I am never too busy to respond to any of their questions or concerns.

Visit Jesse's Covers Experts page today to review his latest stats and purchase his winning picks/subscriptions!


See spot. See spot bet: This week's best spot bets

10 hours, 16 minutes ago
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Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you're betting. Whether it's a team looking past this week's opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots. Covers Expert Ben Burns points out his favorites:

Letdown spot

NBA fans are treated to a potential Finals preview with the Golden State Warriors visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. These teams have identical 6-2 records in February, heading into Tuesday, and if the NBA futures are right, Cavs priced at +300 and Warriors priced at +400, will be battling for the league title this spring.

But after the smoke has cleared and the dust settles Thursday, Golden State must travel overnight to the Great White North to face another of the NBA’s elite. The Toronto Raptors are waiting to sink their claws into the Warriors, who are ripe for a letdown in the Air Canada Centre. Toronto was smashed by 21 points in the Bay Area back in January and would love to return the favor Friday.

Lookahead spot

The BYU Cougars are long shots to make the NCAA tournament, sitting third in the West Coast Conference behind projected No. 1 seed Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. It’s not completely crazy to think three WCC schools could go to the Big Dance and in order for that to happen, the Cougars must boost their NCAA portfolio with a win over the Bulldogs this weekend.

But, with BYU setting its sights on the Zags Saturday, the Cougars could look past this week’s opponent Portland. They travel to the Earle A. Chiles Center Thursday night. The Pilots had strung together four straight wins before road losses at St. Mary’s and Pacific (in overtime). Portland showed it has the offensive firepower to keep pace with BYU and could spoil the Cougars’ tournament hopes before they get a shot at Gonzaga.

Schedule spot

The Ottawa Senators escape the horrid winter weather in Canada’s capital with a West Coast Road trip this week, dropping the puck in Anaheim Wednesday night. The Sens went 3-2 during a five-game home stand but now play five in a row on the road, including three games in four nights to end the month. Ottawa is just 10-13-3-2 away from the Canadian Tire Centre this season.

Following Wednesday’s game with the Ducks, the Senators stay in Los Angeles to face the Kings Thursday, then have a day off to travel to San Jose to play the Sharks Saturday. Ottawa is outside of the playoff picture heading into this tough stretch of schedule and a couple quick losses could have the front office packing it in for the season, playing the prospects, and sizing up potential deals before the trade deadline. Keep an eye on the Sens motivation come Saturday in San Jose.

Honda Classic Preview and Picks

Feb 24, 2015
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The PGA Tour ended its west coast swing last week with James Hahn winning the Northern Trust Open in a playoff over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. They head east for the Florida swing as it is time to start gearing up for the Masters which is coming up quick, just seven weeks away. This week it is The Honda Classic from the Champion Course at PGA National which is a Jack Nicklaus re-design and this will mark the ninth year it has hosted the event.

In 2010 and 2011, PGA National was ranked as the hardest par-70 course on tour of the non-Major layouts as players averaged 2.54 shots over par. Three years ago, it was the second hardest of the par-70 non-Majors and in 2013, it again ranked as the hardest par 70, averaging +1.32 shots over par. Last year however things were a lot different as scoring was an all-time low at just 0.48 over par. There was no real rhyme or reason behind it and we should see it revert back to difficult status.

This is true test of golf and a lot of the players who have won here have gone on to bigger and better things. Since 1990, five different winners of the tournament have gone on to later win a major championship in their careers and twice, the winner has gone on to win a major in the same year. Seven years ago, it was Y.E. Yang who brought home the over $1 million prize and he went on to win the PGA Championship as he held off Tiger Woods in a classic duel on Sunday.

We have a very strong field in Palm Beach Gardens which is typically the case for the Florida swing leadoff event. 16 of the top 25 players are in the field this week including Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell who are all making their 2015 PGA Tour debuts. The 16 are an all-time high for the Honda Classic. Additionally, 28 of the top 50 are here. The forecast calls for the chance of rain throughout with heavy wind the first two days.

Justin Rose (+2,200) missed the cut in his first 2015 start at the Farmers but that can be solely attributed to a thumb injury that occurred right before the tournament when he fell. He is back to full health and he certainly is not intimidated by Rory. He did not start here in 2014 and 2011 but his other three starts at the Honda since 2010 resulted in a T4, T5 and solo third.

While McIlroy has a win and a solo second the last three years, Keegan Bradley (+2,500) has been the most consistent over the last three years. After missing the cut in 2011, he has gone T12, T4 and T12 the last three years so we should see him do well again. He has not missed a cut all season long and he has three top fives including a T4 last week at the Northern Trust Open.

Graeme McDowell (+3,000) is making his 2015 PGA Tour debut and it comes at a place he has played very well at. He has never missed a cut in six career Honda Classic starts which includes a run the last five years. A poor weekend pushed him to T46 last year but the three previous years resulted in a T9, T9 and T6. That includes a pair of 64's so he has the ability to go low here.

Graham DeLaet (+5,000) is way overdue for a breakout victory and why not have it come here. He was in contention last week at Riviera but a costly double bogey on No. 2 on Sunday was something he could not recover from and settled for a T8. It was his second top ten in three starts and his 16th over the last three years. He has been up and down here but finished T9 in his last start in 2013.

Chris Stroud (+20,000) is a massive longshot this week but there is a ton of value in this number. Over the last five years, only five players have made the cut every year at the Honda Classic and Stroud is one of those that includes a T12, T13 and T9 the last three years. After missing the cut in his first three 2015 events, he has bounced back with a T45 and a T30 the last two weeks.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Honda Classic - All for 1 Unit

Justin Rose (+2,200)
Keegan Bradley (+2,500)
Graeme McDowell (+3,000)
Graham DeLaet (+5,000)
Chris Stroud (+20,000)

2015 Record to date after 6 events: +35.5 Units

Hyundai Tournament of Champions -5 Units
Humana Challenge +24 Units
Waste Management Phoenix Open -5 Units
Farmers Insurance Open +8.5 Units
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am +18 Units
Northern Trust Open -5 Units


You will now be able to purchase Matt's Tournament Matchups in one convenient non-guaranteed pick pack. He will have a minimum of FIVE Tournament Matchups each week starting with the Honda Classic this week. Get your winning matchups here!

Top 5 NBA Betting Teams Down the Stretch

Feb 24, 2015
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The NBA regular season is headed for the stretch run to the playoffs with the month of February rapidly coming to a close. Teams such as Atlanta in the East and Golden State in the West have led the way both straight up on the court and against the spread for most of the season, but Doc’s Sports is looking for a few teams that might be able to help line our pockets heading into the final third of the 82-game schedule. Here are five that might do the trick.

Oklahoma City Thunder

It has been a wild ride for the Thunder this season, but they are starting to find that championship form even with Kevin Durant once again sidelined with an injury. Coming off of this past Sunday’s 119-94 victory against Denver as 8.5-point home favorites, they have now won their last six games both SU and ATS. This run has moved Oklahoma City into eighth place in the Western Conference standings at 31-25 SU on the year. It’s now 16-9-1 ATS at home this season. Some roster moves right before last week’s NBA trade deadline that added Kyle Singler and Enes Kantner to the mix could make Oklahoma City a very dangerous team once Durant is 100 percent.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have already more than doubled last season’s win total with last Friday’s 89-81 victory against Denver as 8.5-point home favorites. While they have not been a bargain to bet on lately with a 1-6 record ATS in their last seven games, this is still a solid team to wager on over the long haul with a SU record of 31-24 and a 34-21 record ATS. Milwaukee has been especially profitable on the road this season with a 21-7 record ATS in 28 previous road games. While you might want to back off the Bucks right now given their current slide ATS, this should still be a good team to go with over the course of the rest of the year once they get back on track.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland remains the favorite to win the East this season, and following back-to-back victories against Washington and New York it has climbed to fourth in the conference standings at 35-22. During the Cavaliers’ recent 12-game winning streak, they also posted a 10-2 record ATS. Since that streak ended in a Feb. 6 loss to Indiana they have gone 4-2 (SU and ATS) in their last six outings to keep this positive return going. Overall, Cleveland is still below .500 ATS at 28-29, but the outlook for the future at the betting window remains promising given its current form on the court.

New Orleans Pelicans

This is another up-and-coming franchise in the NBA behind the stellar play of power forward Anthony Davis in just his second season in the league. Following this past Saturday’s 105-91 victory against Miami as 2.5-point road underdogs, the Pelicans are now 28-27 SU on the year and just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot in the West. New Orleans has also been a solid bet all season long at 31-24 ATS despite a recent downturn in which it failed to cover in five of its last seven contests. Just like the Bucks, the long-term betting outlook for this team remains positive, especially when it closes as an underdog. The Pelicans are currently 18-8 ATS as underdogs this season.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers made this list as a good team to actually go against for the rest of the season. They have made tanking a virtual art form the past few seasons, and the front office’s recent decision to trade one of their only legitimate scorers in Michael Carter-Williams for even more future draft choices points towards an epic fail over the next two months to try and lock up a top spot in the draft. Philadelphia has actually been a pretty solid bet lately with an 8-2 record ATS in its last 10 games, but this should not hold up. This has been an excellent team to go against on the road all season long with a 11-16-1 record ATS.

Huge Sunday from MMA OddsBreaker!

Feb 23, 2015
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Covers Expert MMA OddsBreaker took a different approach to UFC Fight Night 61, and boy did it ever pay off! Our resident MMA capper opted to play 6 round robin underdog parlay bets and the result was nothing short of spectacular: a perfect 6-0 event, netting his clients 6,781 units. Here's a breakdown of his Sunday card:

Michael Johnson (+145) & Sam Alvey (+270): +806

Michael Johnson (+145) & Adriano Martins (+400): +1,125

Michael Johnson (+145) & Marion Reneau (+205): +647

Sam Alvey (+270) & Adriano Martins (+400): +1,750

Sam Alvey (+270) & Marion Reneau (+205): +1,028

Adriano Martins (+400) & Marion Reneau (+205): +1,425

 

UFC 184 takes place this Saturday in Los Angeles, California and the MMA OddsBreaker is primed to keep this run going. Notable fights include:

Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm

Josh Koscheck vs. Jake Ellenberger

Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

 

Stay tuned for a full preview of this weekend's blockbuster event and more winning picks! Get ahead of the game and grab a Weekly Event Pass for only $60 and gain access to all of MMA OddsBreaker's picks and analysis for UFC 184.

 

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