Thursday’s Betting Selections All Across the Board

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:20 PM GMT

Thursday night features our top NFL picks, NBA picks, NHL picks and even a best bet UFC pick. There’s plenty of action to be had and money to be made, so let’s sweep the board!

Minnesota Vikings (8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS) vs. Arizona Cardinals (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS)

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NFL Pick: Cardinals -10 
Best Odds Offered By Bet365

When I saw what the NFL odds makers were hanging on this I immediately leaned heavily towards Minnesota. After all giving an above average, though partially schizophrenic, team like the Vikings more than a touchdown head start seemed like the books were ready for a deluge of action on the Cardinals from the chalky squares who never saw a big favorite they didn’t like. But after doing my homework I couldn’t help but sidle up to the bar with Joe Q. Public and back the Redbirds in my NFL picks for tonight’s Thursday night contest.

We know Arizona can throw and we know they can score. They rank 3rd in the league in passing yards and tops in average points scored with 31.8 per game. Their defense is no slouch either tied for 4th in the NFL allowing just 19.3 per contest. Conversely, the Vikings have a pretty fierce defense of their own (tied for 4th with the Cardinals) despite their abysmal performance against Seattle last week when they allowed 38 points in a thorough pummeling at the hands of the Seahawks. But that disappointing performance is reflective of some serious injuries on the defensive side of the ball for Minnesota. Harrison Smith (one of the league’s top safeties), Linval Joseph (top tier defensive tackle) and Anthony Barr (team’s best linebacker) will all be out again and if the Seahawks can hang 38 then what do you think the Cardinals will do in the desert? I say they drop as many if not more which is why this offensively challenged Vikings squad will be unable to compete in this one.

 

Philadelphia 76’ers (1-21 SU, 11-10 ATS) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6-15 SU, 12-9 ATS)

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NBA Pick: Nets -6½ 
Best Odds Offered By TheGreek

I will grant you that the Brooklyn Nets are not a good team. However, their opponents tonight are an historically hellacious team. The Philadelphia 76’ers outdid themselves in their last outing when they met San Antonio on Monday night, installed by the NBA odds makers as 10 ½ point home dogs, and illustrated to their paying customers what a mid-level college basketball squad would look like against an NBA caliber team. The results were so heinous that there ought to be a class action lawsuit by the 14,000 plus in attendance who watched their sandlot team with the nifty uniforms (sponsored wholly by the sheeple who patronize them) lay down to a team that had so little regard for them that they sat out not one, not two but three critical players! Okay, to be fair one was ill but that did not deter Spurs coach Gregg Popovich from sitting two. That’s right folks, if you spared yourself from the embarrassment that is this NBA franchise then let me inform you that the Sixers fell to their guests sans Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard by the score of 119-68.

It was the fifth worst defeat in franchise history and Philly laid that stinker right in front of their brand new grand poohbah Jerry Colangelo who is now the captain of this NBA Titanic. It got so bad that the Sixers fans actually began chanting the name of Spurs’ bench jockey Boban Marjanovic during his 18-point reign of terror in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile the Brooklyn Nets look like the Showtime Lakers of the 80’s compared to this motley crew – apologies to the band Motely Crew who could no doubt put on a better show than this ragtag bunch.

In closing, the Nets had a nice pick-me-up win over the Rockets on Tuesday night as five-point home dogs and will be ready to make it two in a row when they face the atrocious Sixers on Thursday night. I am including the Nets in my NBA picks not because I am smitten with them but because I am disgusted by their opponents.

 

Philadelphia Flyers (11-17 SU, -5.2 units) vs. St. Louis Blues (16-12, +0.6 units)

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NHL Pick: Flyers +165
Best Odds Offered By at Bookmaker

They say there is no value in losing but we never know that unless we make that value bet which is exactly what we are doing here in our NHL picks for Thursday night. The Flyers are coming off consecutive losses to the Blue Jackets and Islanders while the Blues snapped their three game losing streak with a win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night. The NHL odds makers have installed the home team to as much as -210 favorites in some shops and that my friends is simply too high.

These two clubs have not hooked up since March of last season where the Blues skated away with a 1-0 victory. However, this season the two are more closely matched than one would be led to believe. The Flyers lost to the Islanders 4-3 in their last outing yet blistered 46 shots against New York. Goalie Steve Mason was chased after allowing three goals on 10 shots and we would feel even better about betting Philly if we knew his understudy Michal Neuvirth would be tending the twine. Neuvirth looked sharp in relief of Mason stopping all 16 shots in regulation but allowing the game winner in the shootout round. Nevertheless the Flyers are excellent value here as the NHL odds makers are installing them as +175 underdogs in this game tonight in St. Louis. We believe that is a price well worth betting.

 

Rose Namajunas (4-2, 0 KO’s, 4 Subs) vs. Paige VanZant (6-1, 1 KO, 2 Subs)

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UFC Pick: Van Zant -141 
Best Odds Offered By BetOnline

Two killer cuties will meet inside the Octagon tonight as Rose Namajunas, aka The Thug, takes on Paige VanZant also known as 12-Gauge. Both ladies have similar styles with Namajunas employing front kicks, ax kicks and roundhouses to wear down her opponents in order to set up her submission game. Meanwhile, VanZant has evolved from simply a striker and dirty boxer to a much more dangerous mat tactician. Both are BJJ blue belts and making the most of their ever increasing grappling skill set.

The UFC odds makers see this one about as close as I do. VanZant has a higher profile and will naturally be more familiar to those looking to include one or the other in their UFC picks tonight. While I would normally lean towards the underdog in a match where both ladies are seemingly so evenly matched, I will deviate this time and side with VanZant who trains with Team Alpha Male, producer of world class MMA talent. I believe that 12-Gauge has the edge in striking and grappling as well as an impressive cardio to keep her going in the latter rounds. This should be a fight that will ultimately lie in the hands of the judges which is why Van Zant will get a victory here. I see this going into the latter rounds with VanZant simply being better equipped to swim in deep waters.