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NFL Line Watch Week 4

Each week during the pro football season, AAA Sports looks at the NFL odds and tells you which spread to bet now, which one to bet later, and which total to watch as the week plays out.

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Inside the Game - Misleading college Football Final Scores Week 4

While the scoreboard tells us who won and lost, it is important to look inside the game to see if there were any misleading final scores. We break down Week 4 in college football here. 

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Betting NFL Football

Marc Lawrence discusses his picks for the month and gives a thorough breakdown of his picks. Home teams, Away teams, favorites, and underdogs.  It's all here!!! 

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Pro Football Stats: Read Between the Lines
NFL stats aren't always as they appear. Digest numbers carefully when analyzing team strengths and weaknesses.... Read this article
#NFL Line Watch Week 3

Each week during the pro football season, AAA Sports looks at the NFL odds and tells you which spread to bet now, which one to bet later, and which total to watch as the week plays out.


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Pro Football Stats: Read Between the Lines
NFL stats aren't always as they appear. Digest numbers carefully when analyzing team strengths and weaknesses.... Read this article
The Best of the NFL
The pro football season kicks off this week with a Super Bowl rematch between Carolina and the defending champion Broncos in Denver.... Read this article
2016 College Football's Top 1-20
College Football gets rolling full time tonight!  Here's a look at my Top 20 countdown.... Read this article
NFL and NCAAF regular season win total predictions
Are you ready for some football?  I know you are, and so am I.  Now let's have some fun for the season with my CFB and NFL season win totals and predictions.... Read this article
September Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
Marc Lawrence looks at the good and the bad with his selection for the end of the MLB season. With playoff's around the corner, who will he count on?... Read this article
NCAAF Top 21-40
The College Football season kicks off this week, with a big slate on tap next week. Here's a peak at my Top 21-40 , then next week my Top 20.... Read this article
2016 NFC Division Betting Preview

2015 Year In Review

Listed among the highlights on the 2015 NFC ledger, last year saw... A team from the NFC South (Carolina) win its division for a third straight season, only to fold like a cheap lawn chair in Super Bowl 50.



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2016 AFC Division Preview
In intra conference games - AFC versus AFC - over the teams off a SU underdog win have struggled to get back up the following game, going just 66-86-9 ATS.  Inside those numbers is a paltry 1-7-1 ATS mark as double-digit dogs, and a dismal 2-10 SUATS mark if the team owns a win percentage of less than .250 on the season.... Read this article
College Football Injuries and Depth Charts
College Football is just around the corner! Some teams are built for the long haul, but some surprise early in the season. Jim Feist explains why.... Read this article
2016 Sun Belt Conference Football Betting Preview

The fun in the sun guys have been especially profitable for backers when taking more than 3 points in bowl games, going 6-1 ATS. More impressive, they also managed to win six of the seven games in SU fashion, including Georgia Southern's impressive 58-27 romp over Bowling Green as 5-point dogs in last year's Go Daddy Bowl.

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NFL Preseason Pointers and Changes
The NFL Week 1 preseason is underway! Here's a peak at some weekend previews and betting trends.


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2016 SEC Conference Football Betting Preview
Marc Lawrence gives you his betting previews for this upcoming 2016 SEC Conference Football.... Read this article
NFL Preseason Betting Tips
Football is here! The NFL Preseason kicks off this weekend with the Hall of Fame classic. Let's go over some August NFL wagering strategies.... Read this article
August Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

With the MLB trading deadline officially closed, and the NFL preseason whetting our pigskin palates, the month of August sets the table for the stretch run of the baseball season.  Which pitchers can we count on to satisfy our tastes, and which ones figure to sour our stomachs?  Take a look below.


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2016 Pac-12 Conference Football Betting Preview

Quarterback Checklist 

Like most football conferences, the Pac-12 is a quarterback driven league.  And 2016 will be no different, with UCLA's Josh Rosen and Washington State's Luke Falk leading the charge.

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2016 Mountain West Conference Betting Football Preview

We're Back, Again

For the ninth consecutive year, the Mountain West sent at least five teams into postseason bowl games when eight participants hit the alleys last season.  The MWC has earned 77 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 42-35 (.546) all-time record in those contests. 

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College Football Teams with Something to Prove
Football is approaching! Let's examine some college football programs with something to prove in 2016... Read this article
2016 Mid American Conference Football Betting Preview

The West Is Best

Entering its 70th year of gridiron competition, the MAC welcomes 12 teams when it returns to a balanced format in 2016 as UMass has exited the conference.

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NCAAF New Coaches
Football is approaching! College football programs for 2016 have invested in some new head coaches to turn them around. Let's jump right in.... Read this article
2016 Independent Football Betting Preview

And Now There Are Four

With UMass' departure from the Mid American Conference, roll call among FBS Independent college football teams has inched up to four this year as the Minuteman join the ranks of Independents.

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2016 Conference USA Football Betting Preview

We Won't Back Down

Conference USA teams never shy away from playing challenging non-conference competition and this season is no exception.

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July Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game go hand-in-hand during the month of July.  It also denotes the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.  ... Read this article
Baseball: First Half Roundup
162 games is a long season. Every year teams sprint out of the gate in April and May with October dreams, only to come back to the pack by July.... Read this article
2016 Big 12 Conference Football Betting Preview

The idea of a conference championship game for a 10-team league didn't seem of interest to coaches...

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2016 American Athletic Conference Football Preview

Big Fish In A Small Pond

The American Athletic Conference remains the top Group of 5 league heading into the 2016 football season.  

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MLB Hot and Cold Streaks
Baseball betting can be fun profitable -- but be careful how you assess streaks, on the field and at the wagering window.... Read this article
2016 Big Ten Conference Football Betting Preview

All Big Ten teams will take part in a nine-game conference schedule for the first time since 1984.  Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five home games during odd-numbered years. 



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MLB Betting: Give Me Some Relief!
Baseball betting is not just about starting pitching. Defense and relief staffs must be examined, especially when figuring totals.... Read this article
2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Betting Preview

Heisman Watch

In a conference loaded with talent if would be safe to surmise a potential Heisman Trophy winner or two resides here.  Looking deeper, that estimate appears to be on the low side. Let's make it five Heisman contenders. In descending order they would include...

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Baseball Bettors Beware of Big Chalk
We like to watch big name pitchers shut down the opposition, but is there baseball wagering value playing on them or against?... Read this article
June Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
You know the saying, “May flowers bring June showers.”  For Major League Baseball pitchers hurling during the month of June, showers are hopefully not in their immediate plans.  ... Read this article
NBA Playoffs: Be Cautious of Blowouts
What do blowouts in the NBA Playoffs mean? Different things to oddsmakers and the betting public. Jim Feist provides the insight.... Read this article
NBA Postseason and Earlier Meetings by Jim Feist
The NBA playoffs are in full swing. So what happens to Vegas lines where there are blowouts? Jim Feist explains.... Read this article
Baseball Hot and Cold Starts
Baseball is back! Which means daily betting opportunities on the diamond with sides, totals and dogs.... Read this article
May Good Month Pitchers article

Horse racing fans recognize May as the month of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.  For baseball purists May is simply the 2nd month of the 2016 MLB season.  But for die-hard baseball fans, namely those who enjoy handicapping America's pastime, it signals our annual May Good Month/Bad Month pitchers report.

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Defense and Totals in the NBA Playoffs
Defense is king in the NBA Playoffs! So what does that do for totals with oddsmakers in Vegas this time of the season? Jim Feist examines.... Read this article
Handicapping The NBA Playoffs: Get The Brooms Out!

The NBA Playoffs often find many twists and turns when it comes to handicapping the postseason.  One of the more enlightening is when teams are winless in a series and are about to be swept. 

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NBA Playoffs: The Best of the West
The first weekend of the NBA playoffs is in the books! The Western Conference has won 12 of the last 17 NBA titles and is the favorite again. Here's a peak at the top teams in the West.... Read this article
NBA Zig Zag Theory

In NBA handicapping circles, Zig Zags are trendy applications that have been profitable moneymakers during the playoffs.  The premise is simple: 'Play On' a team off a playoff loss in its very next game.






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NBA Playoff Opening Round Betting Strategies

With help from our trusted well-oiled database, let's examine four time-tested proven theories that have lined our pocket during the opening round of playoffs since 1991.  Here's what the machine has to say.

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NBA Stretch Run: The Best of the East

Start your engines! The NBA playoffs have arrived. Let's start with the Best of the Eastern Conference.

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Packing it In Down the Stretch in the NBA
Stretch run for the NBA season means some teams don't care and even some good teams are resting players, making Vegas handicapping a challenge.... Read this article
April Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
Marc Lawrence highlights several pitchers who are notorious for being great or not so great in April.... Read this article
NCAA Final Four Out Trends And Stats
It's onward to Houston for the Final Four games.  To put the wraps on the 2016 NCAA Tournament, listed below are some interesting trends and angles to as our Fab Four heads off to H-Town this weekend.  All results listed below are ATS (Against The Spread) and are since 1991 unless noted otherwise.  Enjoy...... Read this article
NCAA Sweet 16 And Elite 8 Trends

If you are a player or a coach, there is nothing sweeter this time of the year than being alive in the NCAA Tournament. For those teams that survived the opening two rounds of this main event it's on to the Sweet 16 and, hopefully, the Elite 8 this weekend. 

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