The bowl season is officially underway. The first actual game doesn’t take place for eleven more days. But I made my first bowl wager yesterday, and I’m going to be firing on a few more over the next couple of days in hopes of getting an advantage on the number. There are some other sides I like that I’ll wait on, as I expect to be opposite the line moves. But the bottom line is that it’s action time, and I can’t wait for the bowls to get rolling.
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Monday was just fine, as I played just one game and nailed the easy winner with the Bears. Tonight’s card should be considerably deeper, as I see good spots in both the NBA and the NHL.
The Monday free play was never in doubt. The Mavericks were the wrong side from the opening tip in a fairly lopsided loss at Sacramento. Fortunately, I backed off the play and did not send it out to my players. Whether or not the free play makes my final card will always be noted on Twitter. Here’s a look at the Tuesday comp.
12/10 04:05 PM NBA (505) SAN ANTONIO SPURS (506) TORONTO RAPTORS
Take: (505) SAN ANTONIO SPURS -7.5
The Spurs are heading into Toronto off a double digit home loss to the Pacers. That’s bad news for the Raptors. The best teams in the league get my full attention when playing off losses, and the fact the Spurs got licked on their home court last game is even better news.
If you toss out a couple of meaningless losses at the finish line of the 2012-13 regular season, you’ll see how tough the Spurs have been off a loss. They’re off and running in this scenario so far this season. San Antonio is 3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS off a loss.
It’s the first game back home off a three-game road trip for Toronto, and the Raptors will be playing without the traded Rudy Gay. The Raptors are getting terrific production from the backcourt tandem of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Amir Johnson is off a remarkable game against the Lakers and is on a pretty good roll right now. But this team is pretty thin in terms of quality depth, and that’s a potentially big factor against a very deep San Antonio squad.
It should be noted that not only did the Spurs lose that most recent game, they got humiliated in front of their fans. The final margin was bad enough with the Pacers winning by 11. But the Spurs were actually down 22 heading to the final quarter, and I cannot imagine that pleased Greg Popovich and this proud veteran cast.
You’ll have to pay the piper as far as the number goes tonight, as the Spurs are not going to be bargain priced. But the better teams never are, which is why it pays to wait for the good spots before firing. I see this as one that’s definitely worth playing, so I’ll spot the points tonight with the Spurs.