BC a Good Value Pick vs. Calgary as CFL Playoff Push Continues

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 6:36 PM UTC

The imbalance of power between the East and West has created a scenario where Ottawa and Hamilton have clinched playoff berths while four of the five teams in the West are battling for the final three spots.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/cfl-football/british-columbia-lions-vs-calgary-3478760/odds/" title="Game Odds">CFL Betting Pick of the Week: British Columbia at Calgary</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Saturday, 8 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free CFL Pick: British Columbia +10.5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4579&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3478760, "sportsbooksIds":[19,139,999991,169,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2>Betting Overview</h2><p>BC went into a Week 8 matchup at Calgary as a heavy 12.5-point underdog and it managed to cover in a 27-18 loss. Going back to an early September victory at home against Ottawa, the Lions are 4-1 straight-up with a 3-2 record against the spread in their last five games. Overall, they are an even 7-7 SU with an 8-6 record ATS. The total has stayed "under" or ended as a "push" in eight of their last nine games starting with the loss to the Stampeders.</p><p>Jonathan Jennings continues to get the call at quarterback for an injured Travis Lulay and he has done just enough to help the Lions continue their push toward the postseason. He threw for 199 yards and a score in Saturday’s win against Toronto with Jeremiah Johnson adding 118 yards running the ball on 19 carries. BC has turned up the dial on defense with a much better effort over its last five contests.</p><p>The Stampeders moved to 12-2 SU with Monday’s uninspired 12-6 victory at Montreal as 13.5-point favorites. After failing to cover in five of their last eight games, their overall record ATS stands at 8-6. The total stayed well "under" 51 points in that latest win after going "over" in five of Calgary’s last six games.</p><p>With a 2-3 record ATS in their last five home games, the Stampeders have a tendency to play down to the level of their opponents on their home field. They are easily the best team in the CFL for the third-straight season, but they have also had to manufacture a few SU victories along the way with fourth-quarter rallies.</p><p> </p><h2>Head-to-Head Betting Trends</h2><p>Calgary is on a SU five-game winning streak against BC overall and it has also won its last five home games against the Lions SU. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/cfl-football/" title="Live CFL Odds">The total has stayed "under"</a> in four of the last five meetings.</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Prediction</h2><p>Betting against the best team in the CFL always comes with some added level of risk, but the Lions need this game much more than Calgary does. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">I do not necessarily see BC winning this game SU</a>, but I do believe it can keep things close enough to cover.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Week 18 brings plenty of excitement to the 'Wild West' &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Shaw_CFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@Shaw_CFL&lt;/a&gt; Playoff Scenarios: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/rHZvIoI3Or\"&gt;https://t.co/rHZvIoI3Or&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/ITMjLiaEiL\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/ITMjLiaEiL&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— CFL (@CFL) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/CFL/status/1049721681336565760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 9, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Other Week 18 CFL Games</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/cfl-football/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-toronto-argonauts-3478757/odds/" title="Game Odds">Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-7) at Toronto Argonauts</a></h2><p><strong>When:</strong> Friday, 7:30 p.m. <strong>Total Line:</strong> 52.5<br /><strong>Analysis:</strong> The Tiger-Cats are still in contention for the East Division title while Toronto is counting the days until this nightmare of a season ends.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/cfl-football/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers-3478758/odds/" title="Game Odds">Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-3.5)</a></h2><p><strong>When:</strong> Saturday, 2 p.m. <strong>Total Line:</strong> 53<br /><strong>Analysis: </strong>The Roughriders won the first two meetings this season (SU and ATS) in a home-and-home sweep, but I have Winnipeg coming out on top both ways this time.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/cfl-football/ottawa-redblacks-vs-edmonton-3478759/odds/" title="Game Odds">Ottawa RedBlacks at Edmonton Eskimos (-3.5)</a></h2><p><strong>When:</strong> Saturday, 5 p.m. <strong>Total Line:</strong> 51<br /><strong>Analysis:</strong> The RedBlacks are in excellent position to steal a win on the road against an Edmonton team that is fading fast with a current three-game losing streak while scoring a combined 30 points.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Week 17 Recap</h2><p>Last week in my free CFL pick, I went with British Columbia at home against Toronto. Although the Lions won the game 26-23, they could not cover as seven-point favorites.</p>
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