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Dallas Vs Arizona 2017 HOF Game Odds & Pick

The first 2017 NFL Preseason game of the year takes place this Thursday on August 3. The Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in what should be, if anything, an entertaining game. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, OH. NBC will broadcast the game.

The Dallas Cowboys ended last season with a 13-3 record. They won the NFC East. They went 10-6 against the spread. The Arizona Cardinals ended last season at  7-8-1. Arizona went 6-10 ATS.

Dallas Cowboys Vs Arizona Cardianls NFL Hall Of Fame Game Odds & Pick

What: Dallas Cowboys (0-0) vs Arizona Cardinaks (0-0)
When: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET  
Where: Fawcett Stadium
Stadium: Canton, OH
Spread: Dallas -1.5
Moneyline: Dallas -130 vs Arizona +100
Game Total: 40
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Dallas vs Arizona

Bet on Dallas -1.5 because…

The Cowboys are deeper than the Cardinals. Since this is Dallas’s first preseason game, it’s unlikely any of their starters see the field. No worries. The Boys have enough to beat the Cardinals with their second, third, and fourth string units.

For example, running backs that should get plenty of carries in this game are Darren McFadden, Ronnie Hillman, and Alfred Morris. All 3 started for teams in the NFL at one time during their careers.

Bet on Arizona +1.5 because…

Arizona has owned Dallas the last 5 times the two teams have met. The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Not only that, but Arizona wants to get the season off to a good start. Even though it’s the first preseason game, the Cardinals want to get the taste from last season out of their mouths as soon as possible. That means winning right away.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Arizona should be motivated while Dallas most definitely won’t be. The Cowboys are one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LII. Arizona? Not so much.
What’s crazy is that the Cardinals were one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl last season.  Arizona imploded due to an incredibly difficult schedule. They also let the pressure of being favorites get to them.

That won’t happen this season. Expect Arizona to come out swinging. They’re going to want to establish a winning culture as soon as possible. It starts by thumping Dallas as a dog in the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Game.

My final score prediction is Arizona 20, Dallas 10
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MLB Expert Picks Sept 3-9

Top Plays July 31-Aug 6

My top plays in MLB this week starts on Wednesday, August 2. Cleveland travels to Boston. Can Cleveland upset the Red Sox at Fenway? I like two games on Sunday. The first, in the afternoon, has Washington battling the Chicago Cubs. Who wins when two of the best teams in the NL throw down? Later that night, I like Dodgers at Mets. Can the Dodgers beat the Mets in Queens?

MLB Top Games July 31-Aug 6

Cleveland at Boston Red Sox
When:  Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:10 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Trevor Bauer vs BOS-Rick Porcello

Analysis: The Tribe sends Trevor Bauer to the mound. Bauer’s overall stats, 5.25 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, aren’t encouraging. To make matters worse for Cleveland’s listed starter on Wednesday, the Red Sox bat .300 against him.

Boston counters with Rick Porcello. Porcello has a decent 4.55 ERA. His WHIP is 1.38. The biggest problem with Porcello is that his mates don’t step it up when he’s on the mound. Porcello is a ridiculously bad 4-14.

It’s too difficult to back Porcello. He could pitch the game of his life. In that case, Boston might lose this one 0 to 1 on an error or something crazy like that.

The Red Sox do nothing when Rick Porcello’s on the mound. I’m going with the Tribe.

Pick: Cleveland money line

Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs
When:  Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2:20 pm ET
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Listed Pitchers: WAS-Gio Gonzalez vs CHIC-Jake Arrieta

Analysis: Two of the best pitchers the past few years head to what could be a duel in Chicago on Sunday. Washington sends out Gio Gonzalez.

Gio’s pitched well this season. He’s got an 8-5 record. The ERA is 2.81. The WHIP is 1.18. I keep waiting for Gonzalez to implode. So far, he hasn’t.

Gonzalez has also been great versus the Cubs. The Cubbies only have 21 hits from 111 at-bats versus Gio Gonzalez.

But Chicago starter Jake Arrieta has finally hit his stride.  Arrieta has only allowed 2 earned runs in his last 2 starts. I believe he pitches well versus Washington Sunday. I like the Cubs to get it done.

I’m going Chicago.

Pick: Chicago Cubs money line

L.A. Dodgers at New York Mets
When:  Sunday, Aug. 6 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Listed Pitchers: LAD-Kenta Maeda vs NYM-Steven Matz

Analysis: Just when the Dodgers needed him to step it up, Kenta Maeda has done so. The former Japanese League superstar has an ERA at 4.09. No worries.

Maeda hasn’t yielded more than 3 total runs in his last 15 innings pitched. How has Dave Roberts gotten Maeda to settle down? He hasn’t. Not really. What Roberts is doing is pulling Maeda after 5 to put in the best bullpen in MLB.

The Dodgers’ bullpen has allowed Maeda to be close to perfect in the first 5 innings of his last 3 games started. That’s a good sign for the Dodgers going into the MLB Playoffs.

When it comes to this battle, L.A. could rout the Mets. I think the Dodgers win by at least 2 runs.

Pick: L.A. Dodgers run line if favorites, money line if dogs

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USA vs Jamaica Gold Cup Final Odds & Pick

USA vs Jamaica Gold Cup Final Odds & Pick

Pat yourself on the back if bet on Jamaica to reach the 2017 Gold Cup Final.

The Jamaican team shocked perennial CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico in the semis. Now they face Team USA in the finals to decide the Gold Cup victor. The Las Vegas oddsmakers listed the Americans as huge -450 favorites to win. Jamaica is +331.

The kickoff is this Wednesday, July 26 on FS1 at 9:30 PM ET, from the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

USA vs Jamaica CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Odds & Pick

What: USA (4-0-1) vs Jamaica (3-0-2)
When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Start Time: 9:30 PM ET  
Where: Santa Clara, CA
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
Moneyline: USA -450 vs Jamaica +331
Game Total: 2
Watch: FS1
Stream: Fox Sports Go

Why Bet Team USA To Beat The Jamaica

Team USA should be on high alert. The Jamaican team channeled their famed bobsled team and beat the upstart Canadians and the talented Mexican squad. to reach the finals.

The introduction of some big names after the group stage has given the USMNT a boost in the knockout rounds the Gold Cup. The American team easily knocked off El Salvador and needed a late surge to beat Costa Rica to make it this far.

Dempsey played 20 minutes against the Ticos and destroyed their defensive scheme. He assisted Altidore in the first goal and then scored the second with a beautiful free kick. Clint Dempsey makes team USA huge favorite to lift its 6th Gold Cup trophy.

Why Bet Jamaica To Beat The Team USA

Fan favorite Jamaica need to be taken seriously in the CONCACAF. Two years ago they were beaten in the final by Mexico. This past weekend they earned their revenge over El Tri with a 1-0 win that secured their spot in another championship game.

They will need more than their six goals in five games so far to beat Team USA. If their defense continues to hold they could pull out a late win. Jamaica has only two goals so far this tournament, the fewest in the tournament.

Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

As much as I want to say we can take advantage of the value a Jamaican win represents, the best team is on the other side. Not only, the Americans are playing at home, but team USA will have the best player on the field in Clint Dempsey. Coach Bruce Arena has won this tournament twice before; he should have a third on Wednesday Night. Take Team USA to win 2-0.