Thursday's Big Winners: Elite Sport Picks Across the Betting Board

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, November 12, 2015 7:45 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 7:45 PM UTC

Today we feature our top college football picks, NFL picks, NHL picks, & NBA picks. Thursday night we give you the best bets of each of the four majors and look to fatten your bankroll.

NFL - Bills +3 (-120) vs. Jets
The NFL odds makers hung this line at Bills +3 to open but as of this writing that line has dropped in virtually all the major sportsbooks, except still offering Buffalo plus the field goal, albeit at -120 and not the normal 10 percent juice. But we fully intend to buy the hook from 2½ to 3 no matter where we shop because we all know how critical that number can be when determining our NFL picks.

These AFC East rivals meet for the first time this season and these are the games that will determine their fates. Buffalo now has their offensive weapons back together and getting gang the back on the field at the same time proved to be a recipe for success as they dominated the Dolphins 33-17. Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins and even Karlos Williams were together again and it made a huge difference. When the Bills signed LeSean McCoy they didn't realize that there would be a Robin to his Batman in fifth round pick Karlos Williams out of Florida State. Buffalo now has a two-headed monster in the backfield and as a result, the Bills are ranked 2nd in the league in rushing averaging an impressive 141.6 yards per game on the ground.

Yet, the Jets defend the run as well as anyone and paralyzed the Patriots rushing attack a few weeks ago. However, the Bills have a mobile quarterback in Tyrod Taylor and a burner in Sammy Watkins who nabbed 168 yards and a touchdown in his first week back off the DL last week. The Jets simply do not have the tools to trade with the Bills and I believe Buffalo will win this one outright but we will grab the points just in case.

Free NFL Pick: Play Buffalo +3 (-120) at Bovada

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College Football – Virginia Tech +3½ vs. Georgia Tech
It was a little over two years ago when the Hokies last played at Georgia Tech and at the time the college football odds makers installed them as 6 ½ point underdogs. However, those that chose to include the road dog in their college football picks were glad that they did when Virginia Tech not only covered the number but won the game outright 17-10.

Fast forward to tonight and we see a V. Tech team that is coming off their best game of the season with a dominating 26-10 road win over the Boston College Eagles as 3½ point road chalk. Quarterback Michael Brewer completed 15-of-21 for 180 yards and a touchdown including one pick. Running back Travon McMillian chewed up 105 yards on the ground while wideout Cam Phillips led Tech with six receptions for 87 yards.

Meanwhile the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech have been doing a whole lot of nothing this season. They have lost six of their last seven outright and have failed to cover the number in six of those seven as well. In their last game they traveled to Virginia as 4½ point road favorites and were beaten yet again 27-21. Despite the fact that Georgia Tech is coming of their bye week and should be well rested for this ACC tilt, I have not seen evidence that this team is worthy of being a favorite in any contest, let alone a team like Virginia Tech that is buoyed by a strong performance last week and should carry that momentum into tonight's contest.

Free College Football Pick: Play Virginia Tech +3½ (-120) at GTBets

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NBA – Jazz +5 vs. Heat
The Utah Jazz are a different team from their 38-44 season last year. This edition is a gritty, gutsy and physical group that will not overwhelm their opponents offensively but is playing a mean brand of defense boasting the top points allowed average (89.7 PPG) in the league. They had won four of their last five heading into Cleveland Tuesday night but LeBron got hot and well, no one can stop him when he's got that look in his eye. Despite the Jazz holding a nine point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Utah fell 118-114.

The Heat have done a bit of winning as well recently after knocking off three of their last four opponents. In their last contest on Tuesday night, they hosted the Lakers and the NBA odds makers installed them as 11-point home favorites. When the final buzzer sounded Miami's Chris Bosh led the way with 30 points en route to a 101-88 victory and a cover for all those that included the Heat in their NBA picks.

While the Heat has been playing well the Jazz are too good to pass up getting a decent head start. Let's take the road dog here.

Free NBA Pick: Play the Jazz +5 at Youwager

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NHL – Avalanche vs. Bruins (-165)
Boston has had a streaky season to say the least. They dropped their first three games of the season before tearing  off a 6-0-1 mark that saw all those who kept the faith rewarded in their NHL picks. But then the Bruins lost three in a row before winning their last game against the Islanders 2-1. The Bruins had been putting the puck in the net in bunches but have cooled off recently with only five goals over their last three contests. But the power play is still the best in the league as they are converting at a 33.3 percent rate.

The last time the Avalanche skated against the Bruins they were handled quite easily by the score of 6-2. Granted Semyon Varlamov was in net and he's been doing the team no favors with his subpar performances this season. Fortunately for the Avs he's out of commission with a strained groin so he will be replaced by backup Reto Berra who is clearly auditioning for the lead role between the pipes. Berra has been much better than Varlamov this season though he has been less active.  The 6'4" Swiss netminder is 2-3-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in six games (five starts) including two shutouts this season.

Though the Bruins haven't been lighting the world on fire, they do have the offensive weaponry to get the job done tonight as they did in their last meeting on October 14th in Colorado. The NHL odds makers are hanging the home team as big favorites here, and though we try not to lay north of -150, sometimes rules are made to be broken. Boston's defense is physical enough to handle the Avalanche forwards and Tuukka Rask looked sharp in his last outing against New York, turning aside 36 of 37 shots in the team's 2-1 victory.

Boston is 12-4 over their last 16 games, following a win and their four day rest should be exactly what the doctor ordered to get them well rested for their game at home tonight. In addition, this is just the second stop on Colorado's grueling seven-game road trip with a meeting in Montreal looming. Boston is a big favorite here but worth the money.

Free NHL Pick: Play the Bruins -165 at Pinnacle

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