Monday Night Football and Basketball Tips

Having beaten Philadelphia and Dallas over consecutive weeks, Washington looks to make it a trifecta of division wins against the Giants on Monday Night Football.

Monday night serves up a big NFC East divisional encounter as well as a six-game slate in the NBA. CasinoReview’s got you covered with our pick of the action on this first Monday of December.

 

NFL: New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

8:30 PM ET

Washington (5-6, 2-3 home) welcomes the New York Giants (7-4, 3-2 road) to FedEx Field tonight for Monday Night Football. This storied rivalry has some added flavor to it thanks to the compact NFC East standings.

A win for Washington will mean that both the Redskins and Cowboys are just one game behind the Giants with four to play. That means a small margin for error for all involved.

The two sides met earlier this season, with the Giants narrowly emerging victorious in a contest that ended 27-23. That game saw Robert Griffin III tally 258 yards through the air and 89 yards on the ground. A similar performance and we could be seeing another upset to go with the six that emerged from Sunday’s slate.

That Giants victory snapped a two-game Washington winning streak in the head-to-head series. However, it is New York that has had the run of this rivalry of late, winning 10 of the last 13 and 12 of 15 since Tom Coughlin arrived in town.

The Giants’ fairly sturdy rush defense will be up against the best rushing team in the league; Washington averages 163½ yards on the ground per game. The Redskins have won two straight games, scoring a total of 69 points. Both teams know how to pile the points on, ranking No. 5 and No. 6 respectively in scoring this season.

Odds: The Giants opened as 2½-point favorites, a number that has since risen to three. The over/under is 51.

Take: NY Giants – As much as it would be a great storyline for the Redskins to take a hat-trick of wins against division opponents in three weeks, the Giants will prove to be a little too much tonight. Take the Giants to cover the spread, but don’t be surprised if this is decided by a field goal. Despite both teams being high-scorers, take the total to go under; 51 points is a big ask in a tight divisional game.

 

NBA: Portland Trailblazers @ Charlotte Bobcats

7:00 PM ET

It may not be one of the NBA’s glamor matchups, but this could be a chance to make a little cash at the expense of your bookie.

After a very surprising start to the season, Charlotte (7-8, 5-4 home) has lost three straight, falling below .500. Meanwhile, Portland (7-10, 3-7 road) has lost five of the last seven and is floundering at the bottom of the Northwest Division. It’s highly unlikely that this will be a pretty game, but it’s one that the Bobcats can win. After all, Portland is the one and only casualty of the not-very-formidable Washington Wizards.

Odds: Portland is a two-point road favorite heading into Time Warner Cable Arena, with the over/under at 195.

Take: Charlotte – The fact that Portland is considered favorite plays into your hands here. The Bobcats may not have the best home record in the league, but that record is better than the Blazers on the road. Take the total to go under; points may well be at a premium.

 

NBA: Orlando Magic @ Golden State Warriors

10:30 PM ET

Orlando (6-10) took down the Lakers on Sunday night, claiming some bragging rights of sort in the wake of the debacle that was the Dwight Howard trade. That victory gives the Magic six wins on the season, enough to beat out four teams in the East. Basically, Orlando has had and will continue to have a tough time of it this season.

The Magic will visit Oakland on Monday night to take on the Golden State Warriors (10-6). After years of bottom-feeding, the Warriors are top of the Pacific Division, and whilst it’s far too early to get overly excited about that fact, the Warriors’ recent play – seven wins in nine games – suggests this may be a team about to turn the corner. And a team the Magic is not going to want to face.

Odds: Despite Sunday night’s win over the Lakers, the Magic are underdogs (+9½) with the over/under at 196.

Take: Golden State – The Magic will struggle in the second night of a back-to-back, giving the high-octane, hard-rebounding Warriors the advantage. Take the Magic to cover the spread though, and the total to go under.

 

Remaining NBA Fixtures (Favorites highlighted)

Cleveland @ Detroit | Milwaukee @ New Orleans | Toronto @ Denver | LA Clippers @ Utah

Philadelphia Visits Dallas on Sunday Night Football

Dallas and Philadelphia meets for the second time in four weeks, each in search of a much-needed win.

Just six days after failing miserably under the lights, Philadelphia (3-8, 1-4 road) returns to primetime to take on Dallas (5-6, 2-3 home) on Sunday Night Football.

The Eagles’ well-reported nosedive took another turn for the worse as the Carolina Panthers sauntered home with a 30-22 victory, leaving Philadelphia staring blankly at a seven-game losing streak.

The Cowboys meanwhile have had their own struggles – not least last week’s division loss to Washington – but remain within touching distance of the Wild Card chasing pack.

Division Foes Square Off

Dallas will be looking to defeat Philadelphia for the second time this season, keeping its postseason hopes alive in the process.

The Eagles should be fighting for respect and their figurative lives, but whether the team shows up remains to be seen. Plenty believe that head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick will both be goners by the end of the seas, while Bovada has Philadelphia as 5/1 to lose its remaining five games of the season, conjuring up a 12-game losing streak.

Whilst this will not be the big time division rivalry we’ve come to expect over the years, there is plenty at stake as the two sides take the field in Cowboys Stadium this Sunday night.

Home Sweet Home?

When Jerry Jones built the modern spectacle that is Cowboys Stadium, he expected its residents to win. For one season, he got his wish. The Cowboys posted a 6-2 home record in 2009, the $1.3 billion stadium’s inaugural season. The team even went on to defeat Philadelphia 34-13 in the playoffs that season.

Since the 2009 season, the Cowboys have been anything but dominant at home. 2010’s 2-6 home record was a woeful low point, and part of a 9-12 record at the stadium that has seen the Cowboys almost succumb to irrelevancy.

The Cowboys are 16-14 at Cowboys Stadium all time, and host a Philadelphia Eagles side that has so far posted a 2-2 record at the venue.

Looking for an Edge

Dallas leads the all-time head-to-head 60-47 but it has been Philadelphia that has gotten the better of recent matchups. Since Andy Reid took over coaching duties in 1999, the Eagles have posted a 17-11 record against the Cowboys, including an 8-6 record in Dallas.

Dallas has not won a home game against the Eagles since Jan. 9, 2010, the side’s sole playoff victory since 1997. That win actually came six days after the Cowboys defeated the Eagles at Cowboys Stadium in Week 17 of the regular season.

The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-28 in Week 10, a game that saw Texas side come back from a 17-10 deficit late in the first half. Prior to the victory, Dallas had lost three of five against the Eagles.

Whilst the Eagles have fared well against the Cowboys in recent years, bookmakers like Dallas at home, in this game at least. The Cowboys opened as nine-point favorites, a figure that has risen to 10½ ahead of kickoff.

The Eagles have been horrific when it comes to covering the spread. The team’s 1-9-1 ATS record is the worst in the league. Dallas hasn’t fared much better (4-7-0 ATS), but compared to the Eagles, the Cowboys look like a safe bet.

The over/under is set at 43. Both teams have seen the total go over in five games and under in six games this season. The game earlier this season saw a massive 66 points put up on the board, which would suggest taking the over was sensible, but in reality that was the first time the two teams had combined for more than 43 points in four games. The last ten games between the sides have split evenly in going over and under the 43-point marker.

Week 13 NFL Betting Tips

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos can wrap-up the AFC West with a win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

With just five weeks to play in the regular season, we’ve reached that point where almost every game is a big game (it’s hard to imagine any Chiefs game being considered ‘big’). The race for division titles and wild card spots heats up this week (and every week here after) and we’ve rooted around and picked out three of the most intriguing contests on the slate.

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears

Seattle (6-5, 1-5 road) heads to Soldier Field this weekend looking to do something it has only achieved once this season; win on the road. The Seahawks have lost three straight away from CenturyLink Field since beating Carolina at the beginning of October. Another loss could eliminate Seattle from the race for the NFC West.

Chicago (8-3, 5-1 home) meanwhile is looking to extend its lead at the top of the NFC North. The return of Jay Cutler – following a concussion – last week heralded a first win in three games, and established a one-game lead over Green Bay.

The matchup sees the No. 2 (Chicago) and No. 3 (Seattle) ranked defenses – in terms of points per game – take to the field so expect this to be a dogfight.

Odds: Chicago is favored (-3) at home with the over/under at 38.

Take: Chicago – Not only is Seattle poor on the road but Chicago has only struggled against teams that can put points on the board (Green Bay, Houston, San Francisco), something the Seahawks struggle at. In the head-to-head series, no team has won two in a row since 2007, and with the Seahawks winning last time out, the Bears will look to maintain that trend. Take the Bears to cover the spread but take the under with these two defensive-minded teams.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens

Bookmakers kept schtum on this one until news that Ben Roethlisberger was definitely out. He is and as such the Ravens are favorites in this one.

Pittsburgh (6-5, 2-4 road) will hope that backup Charlie Batch has a better outing than last week in Cleveland. In fact, the entire side will need to improve on an eight turnover performance.

Baltimore (9-2, 5-0 home) will defend its unbeaten record at home and look to all but secure the AFC North championship with a win. Whilst the offense has looked patchy over the past few weeks, the defense has secured victories. The Ravens have won four-straight and eight of the last nine.

A win for Baltimore will mark the second consecutive season the Ravens have swept the Steelers in regular season play. A loss for Pittsburgh, and a 6-6 record, will make it very hard to make the postseason.

Odds: Baltimore is favorite (-8) with the over/under at 34.

Take: Baltimore – Pittsburgh is 0-6 when playing the Ravens without Ben Roethlisberger, and while Troy Polamalu will return for the defense, it doesn’t look good for a Steelers side in trouble. However, take the Steelers to cover the spread and the total to go under; this could well be a repeat of the 13-10 game we saw two weeks ago.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver Broncos

Two sides that struggled early in the season but have been hot of late square-off at Mile High on Sunday afternoon.

Tampa Bay (6-5, 3-2 road) opened the season 1-3 but has turned things around as the season has progressed. A 24-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons may prove costly though. If the Bucs lose this weekend, the Falcons will be awarded the NFC South title.

Denver (8-3, 4-1 home) opened up the season 1-2 but has taken seven of the last eight, including the last six. A win on Sunday would give the Broncos their first seven-game winning streak since 1998, when John Elway and Co. went on to win a second consecutive Super Bowl. A win also would be enough to wrap-up the (pitiful) AFC West.

Denver has had good fortune against the Buccaneers in the past, winning five of seven encounters all-time and three of the last four. Tampa Bay meanwhile is 1-3 in Denver, with that solitary win coming back in 1996.

Denver will look to take advantage of the No. 32-ranked Tampa Bay defense instead of running the football; Willis McGahee is out injured and the Bucs have the best defense against the run in the league.

Odds: Denver is seven-point favorites heading into this one, with the over/under at 51½.

Take: Denver – Home field advantage could play big in this one (when doesn’t it in Denver?), especially with the Bucs woeful record in the Mile High City. Tampa Bay has very much punched above its weight class this season, but Denver will prove too much. Take the Bucs – the best team in the league against the spread (8-2-1 ATS) –  to cover the spread though. Take the total to go over; Denver and Tampa Bay are numbers three and four respectively in scoring this season.

 

Week 13 Schedule

Thursday: New Orleans 13-23 Atlanta

Sunday: (1 PM ET) Jacksonville @ Buffalo | Seattle @ Chicago | Indianapolis @ Detroit | Minnesota @ Green Bay | Carolina @ Kansas City | New England @ Miami | Arizona @ NY Jets | San Francisco @ St. Louis | Houston @ Tennessee; (4:05 PM ET) Tampa Bay @ Denver; (4:25 PM ET) Pittsburgh @ Baltimore | Cleveland @ Oakland | Cincinnati @ San Diego; (8:20 PM ET) Philadelphia @ Dallas

Monday: (8:30 PM ET) NY Giants @ Washington