Chilly conditions leads to cold betting totals
January 12, 2016 3:01 AM
by Alan Berg
What can I say, it’s January and the weather was unkind to the totals this week.
OK, yes, that’s not an excuse for the two hockey games from last week. They basically play in winter all season. All we can do is keep trudging ahead and hope for better results.
Hey, look at the Vikings and Bengals, man, to be fans of those two teams right now is a form of torture I wouldn’t wish on any sports fan. I told friends and colleagues this week Marvin Lewis would not be fired as the Cincinnati head coach. Looks like my prophecy came true as media reports say the team has no plans to fire him. It’s a huge mistake; coaches that can’t keep their players from melting down in the playoffs should be shown the door. His postseason record speaks for itself, 13 years in charge: 0-7. The Bengals roster is too talented for this to continue but this is what bad ownership looks like.
Well now that my Bengals rant is over let’s move on to the picks:
Last Week: 1-4
Blue Jackets-Islanders OVER 5.5: Islanders have dropped two straight but have beaten the Jackets twice this year. That means Columbus must bring their A game to try and stay in this one on the road; they will need to find the back of the net to do so.
Lightning-Avalanche OVER 5.5: The Avalanche love to get into goal scoring battles and are coming into this one with three straight overs and averaging 4 goals a game in that stretch. I don’t think the streak is over just yet.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE – Manchester United-Newcastle United OVER 2.5: The Red Devils have to make up ground, and against one of the weaker defensive teams this is a good spot to try to increase their goal differential. Meanwhile the Magpies must attack for a result against Man U as they sit in the final relegation spot two points back of Swansea City.
Chiefs-Patriots OVER 42.5: With Julian Edelman coming back, Tom Brady almost has his offense back, missing only Dion Lewis who is done for the year. The Chiefs defense has put on quite a show winning 11 straight games, allowing 11.6 ppg during that stretch. Here’s a breakdown:
Steelers (with Landry Jones at QB)
Lions (before the firing of Detroit’s offensive coordinator)
Broncos (Worst game of Peyton’s career, plus he was injured)
Chargers (Rivers had the worst offense of his career thanks to the OL)
Ravens (Jimmy Clausen at QB)
Browns (Johnny Manziel had a chance to win at the end in 17-13 loss)
Raiders (came on late in a game that meant nothing for the playoffs)
Tom Brady in Foxboro playoff time, you don’t think he remembers the drubbing at Kansas City in 2014? The Pats might score 42 in this one.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: PETTIS VS. ALVAREZ OVER 2.5 ROUNDS: This is Pettis’ first fight back since losing the UFC Lightweight Championship so I expect him to be cautious and calculated. As long as Alvarez takes his time he shouldn’t get caught.
Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Twitter: @vegasberserker Email: ABerg@GamingToday.com.