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Blue Jays vs. Rays MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: August 23rd 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
MLB Betting Pick: Toronto -109 odds (August 23rd 2017)
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The Blue Jays are fading out of the AL wild card race with four straight losses to start their road trip, as they continue this three-game series at Tropicana Field with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The Rays won 6-3 last night in the series opener and coupled with a 3-0 shutout of Seattle on Sunday, have put together back-to-back wins for the first time since opening August with three consecutive victories. Tampa Bay is 62-65 on the season and is currently four games back in the race for the American League’s second wild card spot, while Toronto is two games back of the Rays, as well as six back of the No. 2 wild card spot. The problem looming for both clubs is the sheer volume of teams in the wild card chase. The Rays are one of five teams vying for that spot, followed by Baltimore (a half-game back of the Rays) and Toronto. That makes seven teams, all within six games of that final wild card spot.

Marcus Stroman (11-6, 2.99 ERA) comes in off three straight quality starts and six in his last eight games overall (Jays are 5-3 in that stretch). He’ll be opposed by Tampa Bay rookie Austin Pruitt (6-4, 5.37 ERA). Pruitt pitched a career-high seven innings last time out against Seattle but also allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks in a 7-1 loss this past Friday. This will be his first career start against Toronto, although he is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in three previous relief appearances against the Blue Jays. Returning to Stroman, he limited Tampa Bay to two runs on six hits over 6.1 innings last Wednesday in a 3-2 Toronto victory. Stroman is 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rays (team is 5-5).

I favor Stroman over the rookie Pruitt, who owns a 1.50 WHIP and .302 BAA to go along with that 5.37 ERA. Play the Blue Jays.

Alex Smart betting the Navy Midshipmen -12.5 points on September 1st 2017

Navy vs. Florida Atlantic
College Football Prediction: Navy -12.5 points (September 1st 2017)
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A lot has been made about Navy only returning 9 starters , but that is of no matter to me, as the recruiting class that Niumatalolo  has on board,is more than capable of taking out lower tier opponents with ease via a triple option offense that is extremely hard to stop, when not having experienced it regularly ie ( Florida Atlantic). I expect Zach Abey The 6’2″, 212-pound junior who after being thrown into his first game because of injury to the Middies starter struggled in his proverbial first kick at the cat. But going forward after that ugly effort he performed much better in the Armed Forces Bowl, rushing for 114 yards and passing for another 159 and looks primed to be even smoother this season, behind a deep crew of powerful backs. On defense, Navy has 6 returning starters and look primed for a stellar season.

I know a lot has been made about Lane Kiffin the new coach of Florida Atlantic,  but he will have some monumental problems trying to reformulate a  FAU front four that was disastrous last season, allowing close to 3,000 rushing yards and 37 scores. Early on in this season,  Im betting Lanes D is not ready for what’s coming their way.

I’m projecting that Navy puts 28 or more points on the board-FLA ATLANTIC is 0-10 ATS L/10 when they allow 28 or more points.

A home team Florida Atlantic – in the first month of the season, after closing out last season with 2 or more straight losses against opponent in the first month of the season, bowl team from prior season who lost their last 3 games are 6-30 ATS dating back 25 seasons.FLA ATLANTIC is also 0-6 ATS L/6 in home lined games.

Play on Navy to cover

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Betting Pick from Jimmy Boyd: August 20th 2017

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
MLB Betting Pick: Yankees -106 odds (August 20th 2017)
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I like the value here with New York, as they come in riding a huge wave of momentum after defeating Boston 4-3 on Saturday with the Red Sox having their ace Chris Sale on the mound. Now it’s the Yankees that have the huge edge on the mound with Sonny Gray going up against Doug Fister.

Gray got his first win as a member of the Yankees last time out against cross-town rival Mets, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings. That’s now 9 straight starts dating back to June 25th in which Gray has completed at least 6 inning and allowed 2 earned runs or fewer. Fister just gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in his last start at home against the Indians and now owns a 6.27 ERA on the season with a ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.741 WHIP in 3 day starts. Take New York!

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Falcons vs. Steelers Preseason Point Spread Pick: August 20th 2017

Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Preseason Point Spread Pick: Falcons -3 (August 20th 2017)
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The Atlanta Falcons travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Sunday afternoon.  Atlanta is 0-1 SU so far this preseason while Pittsburgh comes in with a 1-0 SU record.  Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU and ATS last 3 years when playing on grass.  Atlanta is 6-1 ATS last 7 games as road favorites in preseason action.  I like the Falcons QB rotation here.  Feel like they are definitely better overall in that area.  We’ll recommend a small play on Atlanta today!  Thanks and good luck, Rocky

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New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions NFL Preseason Pick from Mark Franco: August 19th 2017

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions
NFL Preseason Pick: Lions -5 (August 19th 2017)
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A week ago Jets coach Todd Bowles said the competition for the starting quarterback job was wide open. After the first week of the preseason it appears it’s down to veteran Josh McCown and youngster Christian Hackenberg. McCown is expected to start against the Lions with Hackenberg backing him up. This team will be downright bad all season at the QB spot.

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The Lions are expected to give their starters two to three series or more against the Jets on Saturday.

Jets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Ottawa vs. Hamilton CFL Point Spread Pick from Scott Rickenbach: August 18th 2017

Ottawa vs. Hamilton
CFL Point Spread Pick: Hamilton +3.5 (August 18th 2017)
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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Free Pick Friday CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+) vs Ottawa Redblacks @ 7:30 ET – The Tiger-Cats are still winless on the season but hosting a 1-6-1 Redblacks team provides them with some hope here. The fact is that the points could prove to be valuable here as two struggling teams square off but the home dog is there for the taking. It’s one thing to get embarrassed on the road (which has happened to Hamilton a couple times this season) but to get trounced at home like they were last week is something unexpected and unacceptable. Look for the Ti-Cats to respond in a big way against a division rival here. Ottawa is only 1-3 ATS as a favorite this season and, long-term, the Redblacks are on an 8-13 ATS run when they are a fave in a range of 3.5 to 9.5 points.

The Tiger-Cats, as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points, are a perfect 2-0 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS the last 3 seasons combined. Grab the ugly home dog in this one as Ottawa is so disappointed to be 1-6-1 after winning the Grey Cup last season while the Tiger-Cats won’t stop fighting for their first win of the season and certainly getting it against the Grey Cup Champs (no matter their record) would be a feather in their cap. Free Pick HAMILTON plus the points early Friday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

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