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Poison Ivy
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Betting NFL Football - Trends to Watch - December
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Betting NFL Football - Trends to Watch - November

Courtesy of the 2018 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine and the well-oiled machine (aka our sports database), here are the best and worst situational roles for NFL teams during the month of November.

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2018-19 NBA Betting Tips: Western Conference Preview By Marc Lawrence

2018-19 NBA Betting Tips: Western Conference Preview

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2018-19 NBA Betting Tips: Eastern Conference Preview By Marc Lawrence

2018-19 NBA Betting Tips: Eastern Conference Preview

By Marc Lawrence

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NBA Total Wins

NBA Total Wins, by Jim Feist

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Early NFL Season Overview
The NFL Season is a quarter of the way done and it’s a good time to have a look what we thought would happen versus what is happening.... Read this article
NFL October Football - Betting Trends to Watch By Marc Lawrence

With the first month of the 2018 NFL season in the history books it's on to October where certain teams shine while others struggle - at least in the pointspread wars.  Here is a composite of possible 'Play On' and 'Play Against' teams throughout the month of Halloween.  

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NFL Changes on the Horizon
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NFL Division Breakdowns by Jim Feist

The NFL is back, and I wanted to look at each division, give you my picks in those divisions, the conferences and who I expect to be in this year's Super Bowl. 

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2018 NFC Preview
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Let’s Get Back to Basics
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2018 AFC Preview

In his 2018 AFC Preview Marc Lawrence provides his analysis of each team in the AFC. Marc includes an overall team theme, interesting team stats, and a key game during the season to either play on or against the team. 

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September Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

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NFL Betting Trends to Watch - September
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2018 Sun Belt Conference Football Betting Preview
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2018 College Football’s Top 21-40

It's time to kick off a new football season!  College football begins on August 25, so here's a look at the top teams, starting with my top 21-40.  I have the odds to win the NCAA Championship next to team name (if they have odds) and the odds to win their respective conference championship next to that. Let's get started with teams 40 through 21.

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2018 SEC Football Betting Preview
The SEC features 5 first-year new head coaches for the 2018 season.  In fact that number actually reaches 6 if you include Ole Miss mentor Matt Luke, who is back after taking the reins on an interim basis last season following the Hugh Freeze fiasco.... Read this article
The Big Gamble

Was the risk of making these moves worth it and will they pay off?

The Minnesota Vikings lack of confidence in Case Keenum throughout the 2017 season carried over to the offseason as they did not offer the quarterback a contract.  Then they turn around and pay huge money to Kurt Cousins, who has never won a playoff game. 

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2018 PAC-12 Conference Football Betting Preview
According to the Pac-12, a total of 178 starters, who started at least half of his team's games or a majority of games at a specific position, return to Pac-12 football squads in 2018.... Read this article
Thoughts and Tidbits
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Declaration Of Independence
During its first six years of being an independent team BYU won 52 games, with never fewer than 8 victories in any one season. Last year, however....... Read this article
August Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
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Reasons To Bet Pre-Season Football
Years ago, it was just those in need of betting football because they haven't been able to bet in it in nearly 6 months, that would bet exhibition football. However, there are a few hidden gems in pre-season play that you can take advantage of. And, if you're disciplined, you can go into the regular season with a bankroll.... Read this article
Taking a look at AFC teams and some coaches
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2018 Mountain West Conference Football Betting Preview
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NFC West Preview
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2018 Mid American Conference Football Betting Preview
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AFC East Preview
New England Patriots:   Of course, we will begin here. When you think of domination, the Patriots control of the AFC East is unprecedented. ... Read this article
2018 Conference USA Football Betting Preview
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AFC North Preview
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2018 Big 12 Conference Football Betting Preview
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July Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
Independence Day Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game always go hand-in-hand during the month of July.  It's also signals the start of the second-half of the MLB campaign.  And as we've come to learn the key to each and every team's fortunes lies with the pitching staff.... Read this article
AFC South Preview
The AFC South produced two playoff teams last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. Both clubs actually went a few games deep into the postseason as well.
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2018 Big Ten Conference Football Betting Preview
Thirteen Big Ten teams - sans Rutgers - will square off against at least one non-conference team that participated in a bowl game last season, with 24 of all 39 non-conference games featuring opponents coming off bowl trips.... Read this article
NFC East Preview
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2018 ACC Football Betting Preview
The 2018 ACC football season will be the 66th season for the conference. Clemson's Dabo Swinney, Duke's David Cutcliffe and Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson are the loop's longest tenured coaches with 11 seasons each at their respective schools.... Read this article
NFC North Preview
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Previewing the NFC South
This is a power packed division and I would not be shocked if the one of these teams ends up in the Super Bowl and maybe winning it.... Read this article
June Good Month Pitchers
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Previewing the AFC West
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Analyzing the NFL Draft, Part 3 by Jim Feist

Analyzing the NFL Draft, Part 3 by Jim Feist

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Monmouth Park Could Take Sports Bets in Two Weeks

You may well be able to place a sports bet at New Jersey's Monmouth Park before the final leg of the Triple Crown. Yes, you read that right. The racetrack, one of the most well-known and vocal in New Jersey, hasn't just been sitting around waiting for the Supreme Court to deem the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act illegal. No, Monmouth Park has been banking on New Jersey sports betting really happening.


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Analyzing the NFL Draft, Part 2 by Jim Feist

This week I take a look at part 2 of the NFL draft and my second set of teams.

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2018 NFL Win Totals And Strength Of Schedule

By conventional measure, weighing an NFL team's strength of schedule is simple and straightforward.

The common approach is to collectively add-up each opponent's win-loss record from the previous season to help determine each opponent's potential win probability for the coming campaign.

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Analyzing the NFL Draft

I will be taking a look at a few teams each week and how they drafted this year and also a few other changes the team may have made in the offseason.  

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NBA Playoffs Round Two Betting Edges

With the top seeds having flexed their muscle in the opening round of the NBA playoffs, it's one to Round Two where a series upset or two is always in the realm of possibility.

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May Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

The call to the post in the month of May signals the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.  For baseball purists, May is simply the 2nd full month of the season as we head toward the sweltering days of summer.  And for die-hard baseball fans that enjoy handicapping America's pastime, it also signals the arrival of our annual May Good Month/Bad Month pitchers report.

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Betting the NBA Playoffs by Jim Feist

The NBA playoffs are here and I have been asked if betting the playoffs is the same as betting the regular season.  My answer is a simple one, NO!   The playoffs are very different from what you've seen in the regular season. In the regular season many of the coaches and players pace themselves so that they avoid injuries and fatigue with the sheer intention of being ready for the playoffs which are much more important to them. Based on current odds the Golden State Warriors are the favorite to win the championship with Houston the second choice. Because of this pacing and not putting full effort into each game, it's more difficult to measure the quality of each team based on regular-season play.

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NBA Playoff Opening Round Betting Strategies

With help from our trusted well-oiled database, let’s examine four key time-tested proven theories that have lined our pockets during the opening round of playoffs since 1991.  Here’s what the machine has to say as we head into the 2018 postseason.

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