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Sports – Covers.com NBA Odds

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NBA Odds, presented by Covers.com

The NBA season begins and no story is bigger than the beginning of the Lebron James era in Los Angeles.  Lebron joins the Lakers and the team is immediately in the NBA Finals conversation, since James has proven his immediate impact many times before.  Be it with Cleveland or Miami, he is a player who can shoulder the entire load, who can take a team on his back and carry them to the postseason.  But will James be enough?  Can the Lakers win the Championship?  Here’s a look at the current odds-on favorites as the season begins.

  1. Golden State Warriors -195
  2. Boston Celtics +500
  3. Houston Rockets +850
  4. Los Angeles Lakers +1000
  5. Toronto Raptors +1400
  6. Philadelphia 76ers +1600
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder +3000

And then the odds drop off significantly; rounding off the Top 10 are the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks.  The Lakers come up to challenge the status quo, proving that Lebron is a game-changer by definition.  They are winless so far with their new star player, but slow starts are to be expected, no on is panicking in Los Angeles.  At the top of the list and most likely to win the Championship are the Golden State Warriors, who are a legitimate dynasty and should be for some time to come.  Does Lebron’s arrival to California change that?  We will see, but it should be exciting to watch.  And the Rockets will have something to say about who wins and who loses, with a strong team of their own, one that should play well all winter, and deep in the playoffs.  This NBA season should be an extremely entertaining one, a year to watch and to remember.

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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 7

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Here are my NFL Week 7 Picks

(9-6 last week, 55-36-2 for the season)

Bye teams: Packers, Raiders, Steelers, Seahawks

 

Den @ Ari

Ten @ LAD

Hou @ Jax

Car @ Phi

Min @ NYJ

NE @ Chi

Buf @ Ind

Cle @ TB

Det @ Mia

NO @ Bal

Dal @ Was

LAR @ SF

Cin @ KC

NYG @ Atl

 


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Sports – Covers.com MLB Odds

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MLB Odds, presented by Covers.com

October baseball is here, and that means the road to the World Series has been paved.  With the preliminary games out of the way and the Final Four decided, we move on to the ALDS and the NLDS, the contests that will decide the two teams who play for the MLB Championship.  So far no 2018 Postseason series has been close, but odds are that’s about to change.  Let’s take a look at the matchups that will lead to the Fall Classic.

 

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These are the top two seeds in each league, so the results of the first round of the playoffs were no surprise.  But here’s where it gets interesting, as the best teams in the majors face off to determine who moves on.  The Red Sox and the Brewers, being the top seeds, have home field advantage, and so will look to take that opportunity as far as it can go.  Fenway is not an easy place to play, with the Green Monster looming over you, and neither is Miller Park, with that slide and those fans, so the Astros and the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them.  But those teams do have the best pitchers in their respective leagues playing on their teams in Verlander and Kershaw, so an unset is not impossible, and perhaps the word ‘upset’ is too strong, since no club left in the playoffs is an underdog any longer.  These series are guaranteed to be tight, hard-fought, and down to the wire, and odds are we are in for an October to remember.

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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 6

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Here are my NFL Week 6 Picks

(9-6 last week, 46-30-2 for the season)

Bye teams: Lions, Saints

Phi @ NYG

TB @ Atl

Car @ Was

Sea @ Oak

Ind @ NYJ

Ari @ Min

Pit @ Cin

SD @ Cle

Buf @ Hou

Chi @ Mia

LAR @ Den

Bal @ Ten

Jax @ Dal

KC @ NE

SF @ GB

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 5

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Here are my NFL Week 5 Picks

(11-4 last week, 37-24-2 for the season)

Bye teams: Bears, Buccaneers

 

Ind @ NE

Ten @ Buf

Atl @ Pit

Den @ NYJ

Jax @ KC

GB @ Det

Bal @ Cle

NYG @ Car

Mia @ Cin

Oak @ LAC

Ari @ SF

Min @ Phi

LAR @ Sea

Dal @ Hou

Was @ NO

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 4

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Here are my NFL Week 4 Picks

(8-8 last week, 26-20-2 for the season)

Bye teams: Panthers, Redskins

 

Min @ LAR

NYJ @ Jax

Mia @ NE

Phi @ Ten

Hou @ Ind

Buf @ GB

Det @ Dal

TB @ Chi

Cin @ Atl

Sea @ Ari

Cle @ Oak

NO @ NYG

SF @ LAC

Bal @ Pit

KC @ Den

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 3

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Here are my NFL Week 3 Picks

(10-5-1 last week, 18-12-2 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

NYJ @ Cle

NO @ Atl

GB @ Was

Ind @ Phi

Buf @ Min

Oak @ Mia

Den @ Bal

Cin @ Car

NYG @ Hou

Ten @ Jax

SF @ KC

LAC @ LAR

Dal @ Sea

Chi @ Ari

NE @ Det

Pit @ TB

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 2

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Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

(8-7-1 last week, 8-7-1 for the season)

Bye teams: none

 

Bal @ Cin

Car @ Atl

Ind @ Was

Hou @ Ten

Phi @ TB

KC @ Pit

Mia @ NYJ

LAC @ Buf

Min @ GB

Cle @ NO

Det @ SF

Ari @ LAR

NE @ Jax

Oak @ Den

NYG @ Dal

Sea @ Chi

 


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Sports – NFL Picks 2018, Week 1

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Here are my NFL Week 1 Picks

(169-86-1 in 2013, 170-85-1 in 2014,

163-93 in 2015, 156-98-2 in 2016, 167-87 in 2017)

Bye teams: none

 

Atl @ Phi

Buf @ Bal

Jax @ NYG

TB @ NO

Hou @ NE

SF @ Min

Ten @ Mia

Cin @ Ind

Pit @ Cle

KC @ LAC

Sea @ Den

Dal @ Car

Was @ Ari

Chi @ GB

NYJ @ Det

LAR @ Oak

 


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Sports – 2018 Fantasy Football: TEs, Ks, & DEFs

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With the preseason beginning and many fantasy drafts planned for the next few weekends, it’s time to prep for your 2018 Fantasy Football team. Here is my advice/predictions as it relates to running backs and wide receivers:

TEs

  • Obviously, the other skill positions are the sexier in fantasy football, but having an elite (or at least solid) tight end can be the difference between a championship and a consolation.  One year I won the league because Jason Witten threw a touchdown, no joke, it happens, so don’t forget about this position come draft day.  Gronkowski has been #1 for several years, and this season should be no different.  He’s injury-prone, Brady isn’t getting any younger, but Gronk should still be the first end off the board.  But honestly I’m more excited about Graham, who moves to the Packers and a whole new opportunity.  He should get redzone looks galore, or Rodgers is an idiot, and we know that’s not true.  So those guys are easy, but the rest of the group isn’t so clear cut.  In the next tier are guys like Kelce, Rudolph, Olsen, Reed; familiar names.  But someone I love is Walker, who is good for 75 yards every game, with an occasional TD.  The the list starts to thin out, but there are still solid pickups: Kittle, Njoku, Brate McDonald.  After that, I wouldn’t waste anything but a late-round pick.

Ks

  • Again, pulling from personal experience, a kicker has saved my bacon more than once, and Tucker has turned my mediocrity into a championship.  I’ve had him four or five years in a row now, in my book he’s the absolute best, and I wouldn’t pick any kicker over him.  Still, there are some guys who are projected to score more points: Boswell, Zuerlein, Gostkowski, Bryant, Prater.  You can’t go wrong with that first tier, and those guys could really make a huge difference, so don’t wait too long to get your franchise kicker.  The next tier you can wait a while for: Butker, Gould, Elliott, Gano, Lutz.  These are solid, week-in-week-out kickers, so don’t be afraid to pull the trigger.  After that, wait till your final pick to choose anyone else: Carlson, Succop, Crosby, Vinatieri, Hopkins.  Just don’t undervalue the position; it’s more important that most amateurs would think.

DEFs

  • Defense seems to be a position that can be picked up in free agency later in the season, but the flip side philosophy is to be the first team to select one, that way you get the absolute best.  Jacksonville is at the top of the list, them Philly, LAR, or Minnesota.  Get one of those teams before other people think about defenses and you’ll be set for the season.  Otherwise, you can wait a while or even simply pick one up in free agency after team’s show their true colors.  Still, there is a solid group after the first tier, and they are worth consideration.  Baltimore, New England, Tennessee, Denver, Houston; can’t go wrong with those solid teams, they will (probably) not let you down.  After that, the third group might be the last to really even consider: LAC, New Orleans, Atlanta.  The other teams just pick who like and hope for the best, replacing them as you need.