Central Florida vs East Carolina
UNDER 77 -110
Small play on under 77 in this early (12 noon) start on Saturday in Greenville, NC. The Pirates are playing their opener and may get off to a slow start. There are going to be plenty of points scored but a 45-28 type of game still goes under by a few points.
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Bengals vs Eagles
Eagles -5½ -110 at 5Dimes
474 Cincinnati at Philadelphia
Despite the cover on Thursday night the Bengals did not look impressive. The Browns won the yards per point battle by a whopping 3.0 ypp. The problem was the Browns couldn’t get the Bengals off the field. Cincinnati was a perfect 5 for 5 on fourth downs.
Philadelphia has looked bad the first two weeks and now the press is really coming down on Carson Wentz. The Eagles are a much better team than what it has shown, and is getting healthier by the week. Despite the extra days to prepare we simply want no part of the road underdog here.
White Sox vs Indians
Indians -115 at sportsbook
The set-up: Chicago has lost four straight and it’s also lost its hold on the AL Central lead, as the Twins now hold a .5 game advantage of the White Sox fell for a second straight time vs. the Tribe in extra innings. Chicago is in a “free fall” right now and I think it’ll have its hands full here with this surging Indians side. Dallas Keuchel is 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA for the White Sox and Zach Plesac is 4-2 with a 1.85 ERA for the Indians. Let’s call these starters a “wash.”
The pick: Cleveland is 8-4 in its last 12 at home as well, while Chicago is just 1-5 in its last six on the road. “Momentum” is a very real, tangible factor in sports and I expect the Indians to once again ride the big wave that they’ve created here at the end of the season. Great price on the home side here!
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Cubs vs Pirates
Cubs -175 at betonline
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The MLB Comp play is on the Chicago Cubs at 1:35 eastern. The Cubs fit a nice 35-10 database system here that pays on road favorites of 140 or more that are off a 140 or higher road favored loss, vs an opponent off a 140 or higher home dog win if both teams scored 2 or less runs. The Pirates have won the last 2 vs the Cubs but are just 14-45 vs winning teams. The Cubs are 4-2 on the road with Mills. Kuhl has been awful of late allowing 13 runs in his last 7 innings. Look form the Cubs to take the finale. For the MLB Comp play. Play on the Cubs. Rob V- GC Sports
Dolphins vs Jaguars
Jaguars -2½ -123 at pinnacle
Thursday NFL Free play. My selection is on Jacksonville minus the points over Miami at 8:20 pm et on Thursday.
I’ll gladly back the Jaguars laying under a field goal on Thursday night (I would still play them at -3). Despite facing two terrific stables of running backs in Weeks 1 and 2, the Jaguars still managed to earn a split thanks in large part to some stout run defense, giving up just north of 3.5 yards per rush. Now things get a whole lot easier as they host the Dolphins, who due to injuries and otherwise, haven’t had a great deal of success moving the football on the ground. That leaves this game in the hands of mistake-prone QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who continues to play on borrowed time with Tua Tagovailoa waiting in the wings. Offensively, the Jags appear to be in good hands with Gardner Minshew as he continues to exceed expectations and silence his doubters. Here, Minshew should feast on a Dolphins pass defense that has been virtually non-existent through the first two weeks of the season. Note that Miami has recorded only three sacks so far this season so Minshew should be able to operate in a clean pocket for much of the night on Thursday. I’m higher on the Jags receiving corps than most and expect another big performance from them on Thursday night. Take Jacksonville (8*).