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2019年09月13日 category : 未分類 

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three years of expertise to produce weekly selections in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
Final Four picks
LAS VEGAS — Can’t remember which one of the 279 websites where I read this, but this is the first time in 31 years that one of those so-called Blue Bloods won’t be at the Final Four. We are talking North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, UCLA and Louisville. That’s THIRTY-ONE YEARS! WOW!
Now for the winner of the first game on Saturday between Virginia and Auburn. Speaking of Blue Bloods, Charles Barkley’s Tigers beat Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky, back to back to back, to make it to their first EVER Final Four. That was VERY impressive. And the previous W against Kentucky was WITHOUT one of their greatest players, Chuma Okeke. Auburn rumbles into the celebration on a 12-0 straight-up PERFECTO and has covered eight of the previous 10.
Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers come in with an impressive resume too, winning 13 of their previous 14, but against the spread, the’Hoos have managed to cover just three of the last seven. Not necessarily calling for the outright upset, but might purchase the hook, push on the lineup to +6, and observe Sir Charles cry on national TV. Crying because, as we all know,” Barkley is a ferocious sports bettor, and he will be over Auburn plus the points.
In the nightcap, we are gonna roll with Texas Tech +2.5 points over Michigan State. Of course, we WILL buy the hook and push Tech to +3. What else can the Red Raiders do? They rolled into the Sweet 16 against the second-best defensive team in college hoops, Michigan, and hauled the Wolverines away 63-44. Then they looked in the daunting task of facing the NUMBER ONE crime in the country in the Elite Eight, Gonzaga. You believe the Raiders were nervous? Nah. They held the’Zags into ONLY 69 points, almost TWENTY points under their season average of 87.6.
What about any other matchups using all the Big Ten? Gotcha. Aside from the Michigan game, Tech stomped on Nebraska 70-52. More? OK. TT has won 13 of the previous 14 up, covered seven of the previous eight, and steps onto the court in Minneapolis working within an 8-0 spread PERFECTO on the road. It ai not gonna be simple, but we’re backing the blossom, Chris Beard!!!
NBA pick For your wagering pleasure, here will be some disperse stats of the day. The Nuggets may not catch the Warriors to the top seed in the Western Conference, but you know they are gonna bring some warmth to this ESPN matchup against the Blazers. Denver continues to be around a sweet roll, winning nine of the last 13 straight up, but against the spread, the Nugs have covered just four of the previous 12.
They have been stingy with points allowed and also have gone UNDER at 10 of the previous 12 games. Portland brings a similar portfolio into the dining table, winning eight of the last nine straight up, but have done WAY better from the spread, covering four of their previous five. Looking at the big picture, the Nuggets’ in general spread log sits in 40-38, 24-15 in the house and 29-26 as a favored. The Blazers’ in general spread mark is 44-33-1, 21-18 on the road and 13-15 within an underdog. Light tickle to Portland.
NHL pick Also skating on the NHL ice, also obtained a drama over the Rangers to the Blue Jackets.
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Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, together with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has conducted in the New York Daily News and above 100 other newspapers since 1988. It is possible to follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by many, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional failure. If you wanna bit of Eck, hit his email…ben@americasline.com.

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