ATP World Tour Finals Tennis Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 19th November By @DavAulak

Andy Murray v Milos Raonic

The big serve of Milos Raonic is clearly going to be built up as the potential deciding factor in this match, but Andy Murray has shown he has the tools to blunt that weapon and make the Canadian work hard for a lot of what he earns on the court.

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It is Murray who has dominated their head to head this season and even the quicker conditions in the O2 Arena this season shouldn’t concern Murray who has beaten Raonic at the Cincinnati Masters. That is considered the fastest court along with Dubai and Murray was able to break the Raonic serve three times at that tournament and I do think he is seeing the ball big enough to make sure his opponent is not winning as many cheap points as he wants.

The second serve is where Murray will look to make hay and the limited time spent on court on Friday will certainly help him after that long match with Kei Nishikori on Wednesday. There has to be a better performance from Murray on his own serve to prevent Raonic finding a foothold in this match, but he has been solid for the most part this week and knows exactly where to serve to keep his opponent under pressure.

Murray now has seven wins in a row against Raonic and he would have covered this number in the last five best of three set matches he has played against Raonic. You would think the faster surface gives Raonic a chance to penetrate the Murray defences, but I think it takes some time away from a limited returner too and I think Murray will prove too good in the afternoon Semi Final and I will back him to come through with enough of a margin to cover this number of games.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Andy Murray – 3.5 Games at 1.84 with Unibet

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori

It will depend on your point of view as to why Kei Nishikori collapsed from an impressive first set to a three set loss to Marin Cilic on Friday night. Some will think Nishikori just lost his focus and didn’t put in a full effort, while others might point to some fatigue from the gruelling match with Andy Murray on Wednesday with Nishikori having conditioning issues at the back of tournaments throughout his career.

I will admit that I am in the latter camp as Marin Cilic was able to turn the match around by avoiding the unforced errors in sets two and three and forced Nishikori to go much deeper. Novak Djokovic is likely to do the same and Cilic also became the first player to actually have a lot of success against the Nishikori serve which is another area in which Djokovic can succeed in the second Semi Final at the World Tour Finals.

Tiredness is going to mean it is hard to pump the legs to pull out the big serves for Nishikori with that weakness in his game magnified when fatigue is in play. Novak Djokovic has not served as effectively as earlier in the 2016 season, but he should be much fresher and can break down the Nishikori game on his way through to the Final on Sunday.

It won’t surprise me if Nishikori is competitive through the first set, but Djokovic should be able to just drag him into deep waters at that point. Djokovic might have slipped from the standards he has set in recent years, but he has dominated Nishikori over the last twelve months and I can see the Serbian player coming through with a 75, 62 win in this one.

Tennis Handicap Betting Pick: Novak Djokovic – 4.5 Games 2.10 with Bet365

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @DavAulak.

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NFL Week 10 Handicap Betting Preview – Sunday 13th November by @DarkDyson

My trip to Miami was a blast and my first live NFL experience was amazing! The Jets at Dolphins turned out to be an action packed, close game with a thrilling finish.

Thankfully the final score of a game, a 96 yard kick-off return, by rookie Kenyan Drake won the game for Miami. Their four point victory capped a brilliant day out for me and landed last week’s pick of Miami -3.5 at 1.94.

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I have found a couple of interesting picks this week, which should see my good form continue this evening.

 

Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins – Fedex Field at 18:00

Washington Redskins…

The Redskins are currently 4-3-1 and three games off the red hot Cowboys in the NFC East. But this prime time division is the most equally balanced in the NFC, if not the entire NFL.

They still have a chance to claim a place in the post season playoffs. Even if the Cowboys go on to confirm their current status of number one seeds in the conference.

The Redskins have a multifaceted offence, which performs best when playing at home in Washington.

Even facing the fearsome Vikings defence this week Kirk Cousins and co, will be confident of claiming a vital fourth win of the season on Sunday.

 

Minnesota Vikings…

The Vikings started the season like a team on fire. Five straight wins so them being touted as potential Super Bowl contenders, not to mention getting crowned as the Team of ATL by everyone’s favourite NFL podcast crew.

However, since returning from their bye week the wheels have come flying off their early season hype train.

Three consecutive defeats have given their NFC North rivals all the encouragement they needed, in the race for the divisional title.

Plus, with two of those defeats coming against the limited quality of NFC North teams, Detroit and Chicago, the Vikings are in danger of total collapse.

 

Match up…

As mentioned the Redskins operate an impressive offence. They rank 19th in TDs per Game, 14th in Points per Game, 6th in 3rd Down Conversion, 4th in Yards per Game and 2nd in Yards per Play.

However, their main failing on offence is a critical one, they struggle badly when in the Redzone. They have so far converted just 40.62% of their visits to the 20 yard line into TDs. This really needs to improve if they want to go deep into the season.

Usually, leaving points on the field is a death knell to all team’s ambitions of winning any game. But this weekend the Redskins might just get away with it.

This is because they are facing a Vikings team which is almost completely devoid of any offence whatsoever.

They rank 26th or worse in virtually all main metrics and in the past three weeks. Plus, they have averaged just 12 Points per Game! When you add in the fact that they could only score 16 points at home against Detroit, one of the weakest Defences in the NFL, you get a vivid picture of how bad this offence really is.

Sam Bradford is not a bad QB. In fact he is pretty good, with a current rating of 99 putting him 7th in the NFL. But, he simply has nothing to work with and very poor protection from his offensive line.

Bradford also ranks 7th in most sacked QBs and with Washington’s Defence ranking 6th in QB Sack’s per Game. He is in for another bruising afternoon on the Gridiron.

The Vikings did show a little more on offence at the end of their latest defeat, when going into a hurry up offence, this is clearly the best option for their limited players and it reduces the pressure & hits on their QB.

However, Washington have a solid defence. Which has only allowed an average of 21.57 Points per Game, since their opening day defeat against the Steelers.

Minnesota’s D should be able to keep the score down as usual but even 14 Redskin points could be enough to win this. That is why I am taking two bets in this match.

 

NFL Handicap Betting Pick: Washington Redskins -2.5 at 2.04 and Under 42 Points at 1.98 with Eastbridge

Finally, some RBs with a good chance of covering their lines this week are –

Jordan Howard on Over 70.5

Melvin Gordon on Over 87.5

LeVeon Bell on Over 84.5

David Johnson on Over 113.5 (Its a big line but still, it is against the 49ers)

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DarkDyson

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NFL Week 9 Handicap Betting Preview – Sunday 6th November by @DarkDyson

The Dallas Cowboys needed overtime to grab a hard fought win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week. But, thankfully they won with a touchdown and the 6 point walk off win landed my Cowboys -4.5 bet!

This weekend’s preview is going up early because I am away this weekend, in Miami! So, it only seems right that I should preview their divisional match with the New York Jets this week.

Plus, I am going to the game, at the Hard Rock Stadium cheering on English Running Back @JayTrain23 (Jay Ajayi) and his Dolphin teammates!

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New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins – Hard Rock Stadium at 18:00

Miami Dolphins…

The Miami Dolphins have endured an up and down first half of the season, but their schedule over the opening 8 weeks has been tough.

Adam Gase’s team have been pitted against the Seahawks, Patriots, Browns, Bengals, Titans, Steelers and Bills. That has to be one of the toughest opening halves to a season for any team this year!

The Seahawks, Patriots and Steelers would all rank in most peoples top five teams in the NFL, while the Bengals, Titans and Bills have won 3, 4 and 4 games respectively.

Consistency has been the issue with the fins, but a quirk of the schedule means that this weekend they play their fourth straight home game.

Although they lost the first one against the Titans, the Dolphins have found some form behind breakout English RB star Jay Ajayi.

Ajayi became only the 4th running back to rush for over 200 yards in two consecutive games, last weekend against the Bills.

This week he has the chance to rewrite history against the Jets, but they currently rank as the best run defence in the NFL, giving up just 74 yards per game.

It is highly unlikely that Ajayi will get close to 200 yards this week, but Miami are building up some good form of late.

 

NFL Handicap Betting

Jay Ajayi

New York Jets…

The Jets season has been a massive disappointment, especially to @DanHanzus and his Dad lol! But, back to back wins over the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns had lifted Gang Green back toward the playoff picture.

However, beating the Ravens at home and then winning in Cleveland, is not really much to get excited about. Particularly when they trailed at half time in both games!

Sure, it is always good to make adjustments and win from behind, but the Ravens and Browns are not known for being able to close out games at the best of times.

Plus, with Ryan Fitzpatrick in at QB the Jets are always likely to struggle moving the ball, while also turning it over.

On defence they can stop the run, but their secondary is vulnerable in the passing game and facing Jarvis Landry on Sunday could well be too much for them.

Stats Match Up…

As mentioned the strengths on these teams currently lies in the running game, on offence for the hosts and defence for the visitors.

Miami rank 7th in Rushing Yards per Game and 2nd in Rushing Yard per Attempt, while the Jets rank 1st in Opponent Rush Yards per Game and 2nd in Opponent Rush Yards per Attempt.

This unstoppable force against an immovable object scenario should give Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill the chance to air the ball out.

This may or may not be a good thing because Tannehill is a very inconsistent QB, but they do rank 5th in the NFL in Yards per Pass and the Jets do give up big plays.

The Jet’s offence has not been the same since Eric Decker went down injured, they currently rank 28th in Points per Game. Add to this Miami’s rank of 21st and the potential for the Jay Train to be slightly derailed this weekend.

So, it looks like a tough, low scoring divisional battle under the Florida sun this weekend, but both teams have been scoring a lot more points in recent weeks.

The Dolphins have notched 58 points in the previous two weeks, while the Jets claimed 55 in their two recent victories.

These stats get confused further when you look at both teams Redzone TD conversion rates, the Jets score on 41.38% of their trips to the Redzone, while Miami are not much better at 47.62%.

For perspective, this ranks the Jets and Dolphins at 30th and 26th in the NFL respectively. Ultimately, it puts me off the Points Total line of 44, as it could quite easily go either way.

In my opinion the Dolphins deserve a lot of credit for beating the Steelers and Bills these past two weeks and playing at home again gives them a real edge over a poor Jets team.

The Jets are not even as good as their 3-5 record and both recent wins could easily have been defeats.

As I will be at the game, supporting our English star running back in his quest for immortality, I am glad that the stats and price have leaned towards the Dolphins getting their 5th W on the board.

NFL Hanidcap Betting Pick: Miami Dolphins -3.5 at 1.94 (including OT) with Eastbridge

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DarkDyson

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