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The World Series last night saw a huge performance from Johnny Cueto as the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the World Series. They are just two wins away from winning the whole thing and after last night that is looking very likely. Of course, the Mets are heading back home and anything can happen once this series gets back to New York.
There is no baseball tonight which leaves us to the beginning of the NFL week. The undefeated Patriots are in action against the Dolphins in New England. This is a lopsided match-up on paper, but these two teams have a 2-2 record against each other over the past two seasons. Plus, the Dolphins are coming off their most impressive performance of the season against Houston and would love to keep the good times rolling.
We also have three NBA games and a full slate of college football. Thursdays are always a great night for sports so let’s get into today’s tips.
NFL Betting Tips:
Despite the relatively close record that these two teams hold against each other, most of New England’s issues against Miami have come in Miami. There is just something about that place that causes New England to struggle, no matter who is one the team. At home they are 14-9 against the spread since 1992. This year’s team is so good too and still relatively healthy that I am not worried about this large spread tonight. Ryan Tannehill has probably been having nightmares about Chandler Jones and the New England defense all week. The Patriots have a real chance to go undefeated this season and I just don’t see Miami being the team to challenge them. Patriots -8 is our play.
NBA Betting Tips:
The New York Knicks were supposed to be bad again this season, but surprised everyone with a huge 122-97 win last night in Milwaukee. We should never put too much stock in one game though (especially one against a short staffed Bucks team) and tonight at home against the Hawks should be much more difficult. The Hawks, of course, won 60 games last season on their way to the top seed in the East. They play at a frantic pace and are just a more talented team than the Knicks. Greg Monroe had a big game last night and I could see something similar from Al Horford here tonight. The Horford/Paul Milsap due should have no issues dominating Robin Lopez and Porzingis. Good times may be in the future for the Knicks, but not tonight as Hawks -3.5 should ruin their home opener.
The Grizzlies play the Pacers tonight in what should be a defensive battle. The total on this one is set at just 187.5 and we could see some seriously low field goal percentages tonight. In a defensive battle, you have to go with the Grizzlies. Their two big men, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, can dominate the glass against any team especially one that is weak up front like the Pacers. Paul George can negate some of that, but I have to go with the Western Conference team that is known for it’s grit and grind. Memphis -2.5 should spoil another home opener.
College Football Betting Tips:
A pretty huge game is going down this week as North Carolina takes on Pittsburgh. Both teams are 6-1 on the season and this is a true style clash. Pittsburgh has gotten here mostly through defense while North Carolina has a more explosive offense. However, the Tar Heels defensive is no slouch themselves, allowing just 16.7 points per game on the season. Pittsburgh is lucky to be sitting where they are right now while North Carolina is just better, more rounded football team. We hate laying points on the road, but North Carolina -3 is just too good to pass up.
Looking for that Thursday college scoring madness? Oregon and Arizona State have you covered. These two combine for an average 68 points per game and that feels like a low end estimate. Prepare for some crazy points scoring as this one goes over 68.5.