Avello: USC Should Have Been 7 T0 10
In a perfect world for betting lines with public sentiment left out of the equation, USC might have been just a 7- to 10-point favorite over Oregon State. Instead, the Trojans closed at -22 at the Wynn and the house took a loss.
"Maybe the real number should have been from 7 to 10," said John Avello, director of race and sports operations at Wynn. "The 22 was a bookmaker’s line. Corvallis is not the easiest place to play. I thought the line was too high and not surprised the Beavers covered."
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‘Power Plays’ Goal: 63% Winners
GT hockey analyst Kevin Stott had been put on ice since the Detroit Red Wings beat Pittsburgh to capture the Stanley Cup back in June. Well, the NHL opens back up for business this Saturday and Stott is set to put his 61.9 win percentage (161-99-9) on the line. Stott’s first "Power Plays" column for the 2008-09 season can be found on Page 15.
Hockey has been Stott’s forte since his days in Chicago when advising bettors to to wager on and against the Blackhawks. Stott will again choose his best plays for the entire week of NHL action. The season opens in Europe with two games apiece in the Czech Republic and Sweden. In Prague, the New York Rangers face Tampa Bay. In Stockholm, the Cup runner-up Penguins oppose Ottawa. – Mark mayer