NFL Week 2 Picks, Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds

Cardinals vs. Colts ATS Picks

 Week 2 Opening NFL Odds

By Mike Rose

So the Indianapolis Colts got their tails whipped so badly last week that head coach Chuck Pagano forgot who they actually played in his postgame presser. Talk about getting your bell rung! The Arizona Cardinals looked to be well on their way towards winning their season opener in Detroit, but then Matthew Stafford once again rose up from the ashes with another brilliant fourth quarter performance. Each of these teams are still licking their wounds heading into Sunday’s Week 2 clash.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date and Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Week 2 Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Cardinals -7, O/U 44.5
Cardinals vs. Colts TV Coverage: FOX

You can’t help but feel for the Cardinals right now. David Johnson was pretty much the unanimous No. 1 draft pick in fantasy league across the globe. Unfortunately, the multifaceted running back is going to miss a bulk of the season due to a dislocated left wrist suffered late in the third quarter at Detroit. His absence is detrimental to a Cardinals attack that’s gotten much longer in the tooth over the last few seasons.

Once he departed the game, the Cardinals offense went back into its shell. It took 26 unanswered points by the Lions offense and defense before Arizona found the end zone again. By then, the game was well in hand. Detroit went on to win 35-23 and covered the 2.5-point spread much to the dismay of those with Arizona tickets in hand. The defeat moved Bruce Arians’ squad to 2-5 straight up and against the spread in its last seven road games.

How bad is it in Indianapolis right now? So bad that the Colts just got their clocks cleaned by a Los Angeles Rams team that won a grand total of four games a short season ago. I mean seriously, what the heck was that?! Jared Goff picked Indy’s defense apart to the tune of 306 passing yards by way of completing 21 of 29 passes. The second-year signal caller enters Week 2 with a 117.9 QB rating because of it. Hey, at least the defense was able to keep fantasy owners of Todd Gurley depressed after limiting him to 40 yards and a score on 19 carries.

In all seriousness, it’s ugly in Indianapolis right now. The injury to Andrew Luck has sent shockwaves through the franchise. How upper management didn’t bring a viable back-up to replace him in the offseason is beyond me. Only recently was Jacoby Brissett brought in, and he still has a ton of studying to do to fully comprehend the playbook. It looks like it’s only going to get much worse before it gets any better for this franchise.

Injuries

David Johnson The absence of Johnson completely changes the way in which opposing defenses will look to defend the Cardinals’ offense. That bodes terribly for an aging Carson Palmer who did nothing to silence his critics last week after throwing three picks and only one touchdown with the latter coming in garbage time. Replacing Johnson in the backfield will be Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington with the recently cut Chris Johnson only a phone call away.

Andrew Luck How would you like to make your first start of the season and have your very first pass picked off and taken to the house? That’s the harsh reality Scott Tolzien dealt with last week when he got in under center to lead the Colts offense against the Rams. Then it happened again in the third quarter when a pass intended for T.Y. Hilton was pick-sixed. Having seen enough, Pagano called upon newly acquired Brissett. His first hand-off to Marlon Mack was fumbled. He pounced on it, but it was in the end zone. Safety. It’s nothing but a comedy of errors under center with Luck nursing yet another injury.

Cardinals vs. Colts Picks

As bad as the Cardinals looked in the second half last week, they’re still the much better of these two teams. Even with David Johnson out of commission. The Colts defense was a flat out joke last week. It failed to get any pressure on Goff ultimately allowing him to tally the best performance of his young NFL career. When Palmer has time to sit back in the pocket and survey the field, he’s deadly. That’s likely to occur on Sunday with Indianapolis registering just one sack against the Rams in its season debut.

When you pair the advantage Arizona has offensively with the fact that the Colts will be marching either Tolzien or the unprepared Brissett under center, there’s really only one way I can go in this matchup when placing a wager at a top rated sportsbook. Lay the chalk and look for the Cards to vent some frustration. The boo birds will be out in full force at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Cardinals vs. Colts Week 2 ATS Pick: Cardinals -7.5 at BookMaker.eu
Cardinals vs. Colts Score Prediction: Cardinals 33 – Colts 10

2017 US Open Tennis Betting Odds, ATP Predictions

US Open Update

US Open Roger Federer Odds

The US Open is down to the final 32 men and the final 32 women with the main storylines the potential semifinal matchup between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and the surprising run of Maria Sharapova. As the action moves into the fourth round, the men’s side is all about No. 1 Nadal and No. 3 Federer, as none of the other players move the needle. On the women’s side, the top seed Karolina Pliskova is still alive but she doesn’t generate much excitement as people are more interested to watch Sharpova and Venus Williams. Let’s update the US Open as we head into the second week.

Bet the US Open

Men’s Side

Fourth Round

  1. Nadal (1) vs. A. Dolgopolov

If Nadal is going to lose before the semifinals it might come against Dolgopolov who has beaten him twice in eight matchups. Nadal is listed as a -700 favorite in this match.

  1. Goffin (9) vs. A. Rublev

Goffin will probably be the next player to go up against Nadal but he has had no success against him in the past. Goffin is listed as a 2-1 favorite in this match against Rublev, who at 19-years old is the only remaining teenager remaining on the men’s side.

  1. Federer (3) vs. P. Kohlschreiber (33)

Federer has never lost to Kohlschreiber in his career going 11-0, so this should be a match that is decided in straight sets. Federer is listed as a -625 favorite in this contest.

  1. del Potro (24) vs. D. Thiem (6)

The winner of this match would get Federer in the quarterfinals and the winner might be able to give Federer a good match. Even though he is the lower seed, del Potro is listed as a -125 favorite against Thiem.

  1. Querrey (17) vs. M. Zverev (23)

Querrey is the only player in the lower half of the draw to even make a semifinal in a Grand Slam event. He is listed as a 2-1 favorite in this contest.

  1. Lorenzi vs. K. Anderson (28)

Anderson will be favored in this match and in the lower half of the draw any player could make the final.

  1. Shapovalov vs. P. Carreno Busta (12)

The big run for Shapovalov ended on Sunday, as he was beaten by Busta.

  1. Pouille (16) vs. D. Schwartzman (29)

Pouille is a slight favorite in this matchup between two players getting very little attention.

Women’s Side

Fourth Round

  1. Pliskova (1) vs. J. Brady

Pliskova is listed as a -635 favorite in this match against Brady.

  1. Vandeweghe (20) vs. L. Safarova

Vandeweghe is a slight favorite at -125 against Safarova.

  1. Svitolina (4) vs. M. Keys (15)

The price on this match is interesting, as Svitolina is just barely favored at -125.

  1. Kasatkina vs. K. Kanepi

Kasatkina is a 2-1 favorite in this contest.

  1. Suarez Navarro vs. V. Williams (9)

Venus was a 2-1 favorite to win this match.

  1. Kvitova (13) vs. G. Muguruza (3)

Muguruza was listed as a -240 favorite in this match.

  1. Goerges (30) vs. S. Stephens

Stephens was a -175 favorite in this contest.

  1. Sevastova (16) vs. M. Sharapova

Sharapova was more than a 2-1 favorite to win this match.

Looking Ahead

On the men’s side it should be Federer vs. Nadal in the semifinals and the winner of that contest should have an easy time in the final, as there is no one in the bottom half that can give either player much of a challenge. Federer and Nadal have met 37 times but never in the US Open. Nadal holds the overall edge at 23-14 but Federer has won the last four meetings.

The women’s side has a little more intrigue, as a number of players are in the mix to win the title. Pliskova is the top seed but she is very beatable.  Much of the attention has been on Sharapova but there are other good stories including the 24-year old Stephens, No. 13-seed Kvitova who had her hand slashed at knifepoint last year, and the 37-year old Williams who is trying to shock everyone and win the US Open twenty years after she made the final in her debut.

Red Sox vs. Yankees Betting Predictions, MLB Baseball Picks

MLB Betting: Red Sox at Yankees Odds

By Steven Wisner

MLB Betting Odds

If you’re not wagering with BookMaker Sportsbook then you’re just another square bettor. Shop for MLB lines where the pros do so register for your own betting account at BookMaker now! The ballgame pitting the Boston Red Sox versus the New York Yankees will commence Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 8:08 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Save a postseason meeting, this will be the final contest between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. With the Yankees and Sox both leading the AL East at different points throughout the year, this rivalry has gotten better after a few years of indifference. In the first 15 meetings between the teams, the results were split 8-7 with a slight edge to the home team in this series.

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ODDS ANALYSIS

Dating back 116 years, the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is the fiercest in baseball and—arguably—all of sports.

In 2,208 career meetings, the Yankees hold the led over the Sox by 88 games. New York also holds the edge in World Series titles 27-8. That’s all great for historians, but baseball is all about what you have done lately and lately, this rivalry has leaned more to the Sox whose last win came in 2013 compared to 2009 for the Bombers.

Getting back to the series at hand, the Yankees have the slight lead in the season series and will host this best of four.

New York is 37-24 at home while the Sox are just a few games over-.500 on the road. Based on overall record, the Sox are the better team, but given the home/road splits, the edge favors the Yanks.

Despite that, the Sox are the team having the better month of August. They’re 17-8 in the month, creating some separation in the division while the Yankees are just .500.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

There is a premier pitching matchup lined up for this series finale. The Red Sox will look for another stellar performance from Chris Sale. Meanwhile, the Yankees figure to send their new ace—and All-Star hurler—Luis Severino to counter the Red Sox’s Cy Young favorite.

Sale was one of the best offseason acquisitions for any team and has been the Cy Young frontrunner in the AL basically the entire season. Recently, Corey Kluber has closed the gap, but that takes nothing away from Sale.

The Sox lefty has been everything Boston has wanted this year, especially against the Yankees. Sale has a 2.12 ERA in four start against New York. Despite that stellar ERA, he’s 0-2 against the Yanks due to terrible run support.

Overall, Sale is 15-6 this year and Boston is 19-8 with him on the mound. Sale is the king of the strikeout. He’s struck out a league leading 264 batters in 185.1 innings of work. That should come in handy against a Yankees team full of high strikeout guys, particularly Aaron Judge.

On the other side, much like Sale for the Sox, Severino has been the Yankees’ best pitcher.

New York’s young right-hander is 11-6 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.102 WHIP. He’s also striking out 10.6 per nine innings.

Severino is having a great season, but his 163.1 innings is already more than double the innings he tossed in the Majors last year so fatigue is an issue.

He’s regressed some lately. He allowed four runs—including giving up three homers—in his last start as the Indians handed him a loss.

Despite that, he’s still 6-2 in his last eight games, though included in that run is a terrible outing against the Red Sox.

The last time Severino faced Boston, he allowed a career high 10 runs—eight earned—on eight hits in just 4.1 innings pitched.

LIVE BETTING

Boston’s biggest issue all season has been the offense, specifically the lack of power.

Losing David Ortiz was a huge blow, but Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia are all still on this team. Betts has regressed. Ramirez has been incredibly streaky and Pedroia was injured, though he is returning this weekend. On top of that, Xander Bogearts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are ice cold right now.

Fortunately for Boston, the additions of Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers helped spark the offense.

On the mound, Boston has been throwing the ball well. The bullpen has been shaky at times leading to Craig Kimbrel, but Addison Reed has looked better his last few times out.

The Yankees bullpen, of course, has slumped, too. Given the names, the New York pen should be lock down, but Aroldis Chapman isn’t pitching like Aroldis Chapman. Dellin Betances, while good, does make you hold your breath from time-to-time.

Offensively, the Yankees’ offense has slowed. This was an offense that was lights out early on, but the slow second half by Judge has really took its toll on this team. While it looked as though everything was going right in the first half, we’ve seen players regress since the break.

QUICK PICK

Boston is the better team. The Yankees have a good, young core to build around, but we’re seeing them having their growing pains right now after the first half was all sunshine and rainbows.

Given the home/road splits for these two teams, the Yankees have a good chance at a series win—or at least a split—but the series finale should go to the Sox.

Chris Sale is a lights-out pitcher. He’ll throw a gem against New York and while Severino has pitched well this year, he’s not nearly as proven. He doesn’t have the track record and he’s well past any innings total he’s ever seen. Further, he bombed against Boston last time he faced them and that’s got to wear on your psyche after such a blowout.

Look for the Sox to hang a couple runs on Severino early and cruise to a close victory with Sale going deep and the duo of Reed and Kimbrel closing it out in the final two frames.

MLB Odds: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Picks, Week 1 College Football Odds

Ohio State vs. Indiana ATS Picks

By Andrew Ryan

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers

The Ohio State Buckeyes are starting to get to the status of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Sure, Nick Saban’s dynasty isn’t set to be tarnished any time in the near future, but Urban Meyer has put together a program that doesn’t know how to rebuild; the Buckeyes merely reload with highly-touted recruits every single season. That’s bad news for the Indiana Hoosiers in the opening Big Ten battle of the 2017 season.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Date and Time: Thursday, August 31, 2017, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

Opening College Football Odds: Ohio State -21

Ohio State vs. Indiana TV Coverage: ESPN

When the Buckeyes crashed the College Football Playoff last season as the first ever non-conference winner in the “Final Four,” they arguably arrived a year ahead of schedule. After all, quarterback J.T. Barrett is only just now a senior, and the mass majority of a defense that allowed just 300.2 yards and 15.5 points per game returns.

Mike Weber and Barrett combined to account for 42 touchdowns last season, and they rushed for very nearly 2,000 yards between them. Better will be expected this year, especially with Curtis Samuel now in the NFL.

Sure there are some question marks at wide receiver, but Meyer has never been short of options on the outside on a year in, year out basis, even when things seemed limited.

After years of sitting on a very hot seat, Kevin Wilson finally got the axe last season from Indiana.

The cupboard isn’t nearly bare for Wilson’s replacement, Tom Allen. He’ll be getting back nine starters on the defensive side of the ball.

That said, offense is going to be a big question mark. Richard Lagow is no slam dunk to keep this job this year. He’s a statue in the pocket at times, holds onto the ball far too long and makes questionable decisions. Lagow only went 14-of-28 for 182 yards last year when these teams met. He only threw one interception, but after tossing 17 for the season a campaign ago, it wouldn’t be hard to envision him getting picked off two or three times in this one.

Betting Trends of Note

The Buckeyes have a history of coming out and slaughtering teams like this one in September. Sure, a conference game isn’t what’s normally on tap in Week 1, but OSU is making an exception this year for sure.

The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in openers under Meyer, and most of the games haven’t been anywhere near close. Included in this mix are a 56-10 win over Miami (OH) and most recently, a 77-10 ripping of Bowling Green. The Buckeyes started the year at 4-0 SU and ATS last season before “only” beating this Indiana team by 21 at the Horseshoe against a 28-point spread.

Indiana wasn’t a bad team in the Big Ten last season, though it should be noted that it only covered one of its last four games as an underdog in conference play.

Still, the Hoosiers didn’t lose a single game last year by more than the three TDs Ohio State beat them by, and as we now know, they covered that spread. Indiana’s last loss at home by a margin anywhere near this big? A 56-17 loss to Michigan State in 2014.

Ohio State vs. Indiana Free Picks

You just know that Wilson has an axe to grind with his former team. He’s the new offensive coordinator at Ohio State and should be a good one at that.

This is a defense that Wilson built from the ground up, one that should once again end up being a solid unit. But if there’s a man who should know how to pick that unit apart, it’s Wilson.

All the cards are pointing towards a romp for the Buckeyes in Bloomington. It’s odd for OSU to not open up at the ‘Shoe, but we suspect it isn’t going to make any difference. We’d lay 30 in this game if we were forced to do so. Giving just three touchdowns will look like a steal at halftime, and it’s only going to get worse from there for the hosts.

College Football ATS Pick: Ohio State -21 at BookMaker.eu

College Football Score Prediction: Ohio State 56, Indiana 17

Baseball Predictions, Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals Lines

Angels vs. Nationals Series Preview

By Mike Rose

Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals Lines

A huge week lies ahead for the Los Angeles Angels who currently own the second wild card slot in the American League. Five teams sit within 2.5 games of them in the standings, so it’s imperative the team succeeds on the road over the next week. Up first is a trip to D.C. where the NL East leading Washington Nationals will go at them without the services of Bryce Harper who suffered a mighty injury scare of the weekend.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals

Dates: Tuesday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Location: Nationals Park

Don’t look now, but the Halos are making their run towards securing a bid into the postseason. Winners of six straight and off a huge road sweep at Seattle that saw them take four straight from the division rival Mariners, Mike Scioscia’s squad continues its road trip on the east coast where it will look to improve upon their 28-32 record as visitors( $668 ).

The Nationals suffered a huge scare on Saturday night when they watched Bryce Harper go down like a house of cards on a close play at first base. Test results later confirmed there were no broken bones or ligament damage, so the All-Star right fielder will be back for the stretch run. Washington holds an enormous 14 game lead atop the NL East standings, so there’s no reason to rush their superstar back.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7:05 p.m. ET ( Local )

Tyler Skaggs vs. Gio Gonzalez

Skaggs’ return from the DL has been decent with the youngster holding the A’s and Mariners to 11 hits and just 3 ER with a K/BB ratio of 8:5 through 10.1 total innings. He was much better in his most recent turn shutting Seattle out through 6.1 innings. The three walks were a concern however, and he’ll now run up against a Nats offense ranked 15th in the league at taking free passes. The lefty was electric in his lone appearance against Washington back in 2014 when he limited Anthony Rendon and company to just three hits and 2 ER through seven innings. LA has split his four road starts where he’s pitched to a 2.28 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 23.2 innings. The under cashed in three of those contests.

Gio Gonzalez continues to put forth a season for the ages. The veteran will enter start No. 24 with an impressive 2.59 ERA and .209 BAA through his 149.1 total innings of work. The lefty will be gunning for win No. 16 in his twelfth home start of the season. Gio has shined in his home digs where he’s allowed just 52 hits through 69.1 innings and pitched to a stellar 1.95 ERA. Each of his last three starts have been of quality, and he should be in line for another good outing in this one matched up against a Halos offense hitting just .239 versus left-handers ( No. 23 ). Washington’s just 5-6 in his 11 home starts with the under cashing in seven of those outings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:05 p.m. ET ( MLB Network)

Ricky Nolasco vs. Tanner Roark

The Nats will be licking their chops about the prospects of stepping into the box to face Nolasco whose been nothing short of wretched in his last two turns. It all started with him getting shellacked for nine hits ( 1 HR ) and 5 ER against the A’s at home back on August 6. That gory outing was followed up with another nightmarish stint on the road in Seattle where the Mariners ripped him for seven hits ( 2 HR ) and another 5 ER through five innings. The veteran has failed to pitch past the fifth inning in three of his last five starts, and will take a 2-7 record and 5.37 ERA with him on the road to D.C. for his 25th start of the season. LA has dropped nine of his 12 road starts with the under cashing at a 7-4-1 clip.

Since navigating through some choppy water through the end of June, Roark has turned it around in a big way tossing quality efforts four of the last six times he took to the starting bump. His last two appearances have been nearly identical with him holding the Cubs to just five hits and 2 ER through 6.1 innings, and following it up with another six innings of four hit and 2 ER ball at home against the Marlins in his last turn. The outing snapped a string of four straight non-quality starts in front of the hometown faithful, and moved him to 3-5 with a 5.24 ERA in D.C. Another solid performance wouldn’t come as a shock with the Halos 40-42 and averaging just 4.2 runs per game against right-handed pitching ( No. 26 ).