Welcome, fellow degenerate gamblers! It me, Dav here to provide you with a grab-bag of lines that I like for today’s game including the Falcons-Eagles, Patriots-Titans and a few basketball & hockey games. Let’s ride, fam. *Picks in bold*
Falcons (-2.5) at Eagles
One of the league’s most explosive offenses has awoken and the NFC should be scared. When it mattered most, the Falcons rolled into a week 17 matchup with the Panthers and picked off Cam 3 times while Matt Ryan put up an efficient 317 yards. Last week, the Falcons waltzed into Los Angeles and stifled the Rams. It’s hard to believe that the Falcons hot streak will end in Philadelphia against a Nick Foles led Eagles team. The defense for Philadelphia is among the best in the league but I’m still going with the hotter team with more playoff experience. Falcons win 20-13.
Titans (+13.5) at Patriots
I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a playoff line this lopsided and go figure, I’m taking the points. Since a blowout loss in Pittsburgh in week 11, the Titans haven’t lost a game by more than 5 points. There’s a very real possibility of the Patriots pounding the Titans into the ground but I think Henry will be able to chew clock with some bruising runs and Mariota will be able to extend drives with decent passes and crafty scrambles. I also firmly believe that the Patriots (while they might not admit it) are already looking forward to meeting #2 with the Steelers. Patriots win 23-13.
Thunder (-1.5) at Hornets
The sliding Thunder go on the road against the “streaking” Hornets. I vowed earlier in the season never to bet on the Thunder again, yet here I am. I am anticipating a revenge game here for OK3 after an embarrassing loss earlier in the season at home to Charlotte that saw the Hornets shoot 53% from the field and 52% from 3. I find it hard to believe that they will be able to replicate this performance, especially in the second game of a back-to-back. Look for Westbrook, George and Melo to impose their wills and Charlotte to return to typical Charlotte form. Thunder win 115-108.
Quite possibly the best East-West matchup of the year (don’t @ me) and it should be an absolute shootout. Curry comes back to join an already deadly offense to take on a worthy opponent in Toronto. Even without Lowry and Ibaka, the Raptors put up 133 points on the Cavs. This was also despite only 13 points from Demar DeRozan. I’m expecting fireworks and you should too. Warriors win 118-115.
Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild (-128)
Winnipeg is on the road for the second consecutive night after getting shutout 2-0 by Chicago on Friday. The Wild come in to this home game after a much needed 2-1 win over the Hawks and a brilliant display from Dubnyk. Look for the Wild to build on their recent success against a tired Jets team at home. Wild win 3-1.
Best of luck and bet responsibly.