CFL Picks: Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. BC Lions

David Schwab

Monday, August 26, 2013 5:00 PM GMT

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will try and continue their climb in the East Division standings when they square-off against the British Columbia Lions at BC Place this Friday night.


Hamilton Overview

Do not look now, but the Tiger-Cats are making a move in the East with a three-game winning streak both straight-up and against the spread. The offense has gotten in gear after a slow start and has now scored 30 or more points in all three wins. The one thing to keep in mind about this run is that the victories came against Edmonton and Winnipeg (twice), which are a combined 2-14 on the year.

Nonetheless, Hamilton is now just one game back in the East Division race at 4-4 SU (3-5 ATS). It is 2-2 both SU and ATS on the road and the total has gone OVER in three of the four games. Henry Burris continues to lead the CFL in passing with 2,454 yards and 12 touchdown throws while completing 65.2 percent of his attempts. His favorite target in the passing game has been Greg Ellingson. He has 33 receptions for 538 yards and three scores.

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BC Overview 

The Lions are still kicking themselves after blowing a 21-7 halftime lead in last Thursday’s game against Montreal to eventually fall 39-38 as 10-point favorites on the road. The loss dropped BC to 5-3 SU (4-4 ATS) on the year and two games in back of Saskatchewan in the West Division title race. It is now 2-2 SU in its last four games and 1-3 ATS. The good news for Lions’ fans is a perfect 4-0 SU (3-1 ATS) record at home this season.

Travis Lulay has taken the majority of the snaps for BC at quarterback this season and comes into this matchup with the third-most passing yards in the league. He has completed 63.6 percent of his throws for 1,897 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Lions have also gotten some solid production from a running game that is anchored by Andrew Harris. He is averaging 5.1 yards a carry and is fourth in the CFL in total yards with 534. Lulay has also proven to be a threat with his legs after rushing for 230 yards on just 29 attempts.

Hamilton vs. BC Betting Lines and Trends

BC has been opened as a five-point home favorite by TopBet on its opening CFL betting lines and the total has been set at 54.

The Tiger-Cats are 3-6 ATS in their last nine road games and 2-9 SU on the road in their last 11 contests. The betting odds total has gone OVER in six of their last seven games away from home.

The Lions are 10-1 SU in their last 11 home games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games at home.

Head-to-head in this matchup, the two have split the last 10 games evenly SU, but Hamilton has a 7-3 edge ATS. BC has failed to cover in five of the last six meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in 12 of the last 18 games between the two.

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Hamilton vs. BC Free CFL Pick      

While the Tiger-Cats’ current winning streak has come at the expense of the two worst teams in the league, they are more than capable of matching-up against BC on both sides of the ball. While it is highly doubtful that the Lions’ current four-game winning streak at home comes to an end on Friday night, they will find themselves in a battle to the bitter end. The free pick in this contest is to take Hamilton plus the five points.

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