This has been a tremendous week to date. 9-0 over the past four days (6-0 NHL, 3-0 hoops). But the Friday card is very thin, with just three CBB games and a pair on the ice. So no free play today, but I'll return with something on Saturday.
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Much later than usual blog today, but I just now made two NHL bets for this evening, and that's all I'll be doing tonight. Having a monster week thus far, 7-0, +8.3 the last three days. Let's hope this continues!
Here's the daily free play.
ARIZONA COYOTES -1
Create a -1 line here. Half unit on the Money Line, and half unit on the -1.5 Puck Line.
Red hot to start the week, 5-0 +6.3 the last two nights. Let's hope that trend continues tonight. I'm likely passing the pucks but landed on a couple of college basketball plays, one of which is being posted here as the free play. Reminder to get signed up for the Bowl Package or the Super Bowl special. The sooner you sign up, the sooner you start getting all my plays!
Here's the free play.
653 SAN DIEGO -3 or 3.5: This line has bumped up a bit from the open, my info is a sharp group backed the Toreros. Good spot for USD against a Fullerton entry that simply cannot put the ball in the basket.
Today's free play will be posted later than usual. Figure sometime around 1PM Pacific time.
Very nice Monday with the free play on the +160 Islanders winning as well as my play on the +130 Flames (in overtime yet).
Sorry for the delay today, can't be avoided. Will update on Twitter once the play is posted (@davecokin).
Here's tonight's free play!
Short schedule tonight, but I've landed on a pair of games in the NHL. Here's one of them that will serve as tonight's free play.
Take: ISLANDERS +160
Tampa Bay continues to be priced as an elite team. But the fact is they have simply not been all that good this season. The roster is still loaded and on some nights TB looks unstoppable. But there have also been plenty of down games, and that's why their record is what it is. The Lightning are just 5-8 this season off a win, which displays their inconsistency. Tampa will also have backup McElhinney in goal tonight. Varlamov in goal for the Isles and he's in very good current form. The visitors aren't playing at the same level they were during their very long hot streak, but this is a good team that still isn't getting much respect in the market. I like the upset possibilities tonight and will go with the Islanders.
I'll be making just one play in the NFL on Sunday. Gonna have a little fun with this one, as it's a three-team, six-point teaser +160.
49ers +8/Cardinals +8/Raiders +9
Back with more on Monday. Heckuva nice week with the free plays, let's see if we can get one more. Don't forget to consider the Bowl Package, or even better the all-sports special through the Super Bowl!
I've settled on three Championship Week football plays. I'll post the early starting Saturday game between Baylor and Oklahoma today as the free play among the trio I'm betting.
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Free play: BAYLOR +9
It's a power ratings value play for me, as my projection is Oklahoma -6. I've been higher than most on my Baylor ratings all season. Can't complain with the way that has worked out. I'll trust my numbers again here.
There will be a handful of days where there will be no free play. I'm only posting actual selections, and as of now I have a blank slate today. There might be one NHL personal service play, but even that is not a definite at this point.
The good news is the comps are a perfect 3-0 for the week to date. Back tomorrow!
Tuesday night was enjoyable, as the free play on Dartmouth got there as well as each of my two NHL sides, on the Coyotes and Jets.
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Here's today's free play, again in college basketball.
865 AIR FORCE -2
One click, one free pick as the daily blog is now back. Details tomorrow on the Bowl Package. The postseason has been quite good for me over the years, and no reason to expect anything different this season.
Free play got there on Monday as the Ducks won at home against the Kings. I'll go with a college basketball call tonight.
757 DARTMOUTH +6.5
Okay, the blog is back. One click, one pick and occasionally some commentary.
The post season packages will be posted on the menu at some point. Meanwhile, you can email me for info if you're interested. Solid college regular season, every reason to expect another good bowl campaign.
As for the daily free plays, it'll work like this. I'm only going to post actual plays. No leans or added opinions I'm not betting myself. I won't be posting till the morning on most days (which means you'll have to check back on Monday morning for today's free play).
That's it! Back about 9-10AM Pacfic with the Monday comp.
Tonight's free play: Anaheim Ducks -145
Time for this week's free selection in college football!
191 SYRACUSE at 192 LOUISVILLE
Take: SYRACUSE +9.5
I am definitely not crazy about this Syracuse team. Don't like the QB, the defense can be had, just not much of a team. But this is a great spot for the Orange. Syracuse's task is very simple. The win over Duke kept them in the hunt for six wins and a bowl. They need to win here to stay alive. The Orange at least have some plus momentum off their best game of the season to date. It's a dead fade spot for Louisville. The Cardinals have really progressed nicely from last year's disaster. But they just achieved a huge goal with the win at NC State as they're now guaranteed to go bowling. That makes this a tough rebound for a very young team. Also, they finish up with a major rivalry game against Kentucky. As terrific a coach as Satterfiend is, I think he'll have a tough time keeping the young Cardinals focused here. The number is also too big in my view. I power ...