Why no Monday Night Football play, you ask? Because a team that’s 2-8 is laying a field goal
on the road against a team that’s 3-7, has lost five straight games and is without its starting quarterback and No. 1 running back. In other words, it’s easier to handicap a bunch of ninth-graders playing a game of tackle at the park than it is this atrocious Panthers-Eagles matchup. (By the way, thanks for the parity, Roger Goodell—great product you’ve got there.)
So I’m sure the next question is, why back the Cavaliers, who at 3-10 have one of worst records
in the NBA and whose best player (point guard Kyrie Irving) is out till late December with an injury, against a Grizzlies squad that is 9-2 and owns the league’s best winning percentage? Answer: Value. See, not only is Memphis is 9-2 overall, but it’s also a league-best 9-2 against the spread, which means the oddsmakers are forced to inflate this point spread a couple of points. Proving that point: The Grizzlies haven’t been a double-digit favorite all year; hell, they haven’t been favored by more than seven points. Additionally, only two of Memphis’ nine victories were by more than 10 points.
Cleveland has dropped the first two games of this road trip, but by a total of just six
points, including Saturday’s 110-108 loss to LeBron James and the Heat. The Cavs—who have lost by more than 10 points just three times this season—easily cashed as a 15-point underdog in that one, their third consecutive spread-cover (all as an underdog). And for what it’s worth, the Cavs are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings with Memphis, including four straight covers (the last three as an
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Nov. 15 Result: Dolphins +2.5 at Bills (loss)