Miami Heat Slams Orlando Magic

In the Miami Heat’s home opener, the team did not disappoint their fans. Dwayne Wade scored a total of 26 points for the team showing that he had fully recovered from a strained hamstring that caused him to miss almost the entire off-season while LeBron James scored 15 points with seven assists. The first 14 points during the second half of the game were scored by the Heat who beat the Magic 96-70 when all was said and done.

This was the sixth earned victory over the Magic in the last 21 contests of the two teams. These stand to be mentioned since in the previous five wins they did not have the Trio – Wade, James and Bosh – to help lift them to their triumph.

However, that is beside the point, the point here is that if the Trio is going to play like this with the Miami Heat in the home opener, how is the rest of the season going to go? If all goes according to plan and last night’s game, the season should be a rewarding one for the Miami Heat.

The Trio definitely played well together last night. To begin, Chris Bosh got a rebound, which he passed to LeBron James, who took a single dribble of the ball before passing to Dwayne Wade who took a dunk. This was just near the beginning of the game – could you imagine if I were to keep going with all of the highlights from the game?

Taking a look at Orlando for a moment, Dwight Howard scored a total of 19 points, which were all in the first half of the game but then went on to about the middle of the fourth quarter with 5 minutes and 41 seconds left in the game and fouled out. He had previously in the third quarter missed three of his attempted shots.

I think Miami Heat is definitely going to be one of the NBA teams to beat this year and definitely a team that you need to keep your eye on throughout the entire season.

Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals Sportsbook odds and predictions

The Cincinnati Bengals came into this NFL regular season with high hopes of defending their AFC North division title and possibly making a run at the Super Bowl as they seemed to have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL with the addition of perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens alongside superstar wideout Chad Ochocinco.

Unfortunately, things haven’t panned out they way they anticipated and the Cincinnati Bengals have really struggled in the first seven weeks of the season with just two wins thus far and three straight losses coming into Week 8’s matchup against the up and coming Miami Dolphins.

With Carson Palmer and company struggling to get on the same page this season, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken complete control of the AFC North division and have force the defending division champs to compete for the AFC Wildcard moving forward.

Even though I believe the Cincinnati Bengals are still a very talented team on both sides of the football, they will almost certainly continue to struggle in Week 8 as they will have no answer for the Miami Dolphins lockdown defense.

As of right now, the Cincinnati Bengals are favored to get back on track this week as with a -1.5 point spread, but even though Carson Palmer and company might be able to give the Miami Dolphins a run for their money, Chad Henne’s squad has played really well over the last few weeks and should pull off the slight upset.

With this fourth consecutive loss, the Cincinnati Bengals could be on the outside looking in on the playoffs this season as it will be extremely tough to get any kind of momentum going after yet another loss.

Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts Sportsbook odds and predictions

The Indianapolis Colts have been arguably one of the best teams in the NFL ever since four-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning took over under center and as a result they have won the AFC South division title six times in the last seven years and won a Super Bowl title.

Coming into this NFL regular season, the consensus around the league was that the Indianapolis Colts were once again the team to beat in the AFC Conference as they had the same team intact and were motivated to prove that the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints just caught them on a bad day last February. The odds for this matchup are pretty consistent across the many NFL sports betting sites.

Unfortunately, even though Peyton Manning and company are still one of the best teams in the league, they haven’t been able to play with the kind of dominance they had last season and as a result are sitting in third place in the AFC South division behind the first place Tennessee Titans and the second place Houston Texans.

If it weren’t for their Week 1 loss to the division rival Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts’ season would be going much differently right now, but in Week 8 they will be in a must win situation as they will be going up against the Houston Texans for the second time this season.

As of right now, the Indianapolis Colts are favored to get some revenge over their division rivals with a -6 point spread. This game will be huge to say the least as it will determine who will be in second place within the AFC South division and quite possibly which of these two teams will be competing for the division title and which team will have to compete for the AFC Wildcard.

Green Bay Packers vs New York Jets Sportsbook odds and predictions

Last season the New York Jets were able to do the seemingly impossible as they struggled midway through the regular season and then came on strong in the second half of the year in order to clinch a playoff spot. Not only were they able to get into the postseason, but they were able to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the red hot San Diego Chargers on their way to the AFC Conference championship against the Indianapolis Colts.

Unfortunately, they were unable to get the best of Peyton Manning and company, but they did prove to the rest of the league that they were a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the AFC Conference and could be Super Bowl title contenders next season.

Even though there were a lot of doubters that thought that the New York Jets were just a fluke last season, they have proved otherwise as they lead the way in the AFC East division right now with a 5-1 record coming into Week 8’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

Unlike the Jets, the Packers have play pretty inconsistently throughout the first seven weeks of the season as they have dealt with some injuries to some of their best players on the offensive side of the football.

Without running back Ryan Grant and tight end Jermichael Finley who are out for the season with knee injuries, the Packers once potent offense has played well, but nowhere near up to their potential and they will almost certainly have their work cut out for them this week against the lockdown defense of the Jets.

As of right now, the New York Jets are favored with a -6 point spread. With the Green Bay Packers being as banged up as they are, this spread is right on the money in my opinion.

Denver Broncos vs San Francisco Sportsbook odds and predictions

The Denver Broncos are a talented team with seemingly a bright future ahead them with all the young players they are developing, but this season has been rough to say the least as they have dealt with injury problems all year long and a nonexistent running game.

Even though they are a team that desperately needs to get healthy in order to have any hope of being playoff bound or contending for the AFC West division from here on out, they do have a good chance of rebounding from their devastating 59-14 loss to the division rival Oakland Raiders last week by getting the best of one of the most troubled NFL teams in the league in the San Francisco 49ers.

Coming into this NFL regular season, the San Francisco 49ers were considered to be one of the best teams in the league and a sure bet to win the lowly NFC West division, but that hasn’t been the case as Mike Singletary’s squad has really struggled to get it together in the first seven weeks of the season and will have only one win coming into this matchup with the Denver Broncos.

Ironically enough, as of right now, the San Francisco 49ers are favored to win this matchup against Kyle Orton and company with a -1 point spread, but even though I believe this will be a close game, the Denver Broncos should get back on track in this one with an impressive performance and a blowout victory.

The San Francisco 49ers will put up a fight on their home field this weekend, but Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels will have his team ready to prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with as they should almost certainly come out with their third win of the season.

Carolina Panthers vs St. Louis Rams Sportsbook odds and predictions

The Carolina Panthers are arguably one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but they are coming off their first win of the year against the San Francisco 49ers and will look to continue this forward progress coming into Week 8 when they take on number one overall pick Sam Bradford and the up and coming St. Louis Rams.

Even though the Rams could still be on the outside looking in on the playoffs this season, they have made some drastic improvements to their squad this season and look like they could be the team to beat in the NFC West division in the near future, but in order to keep this good thing going in St. Louis, rookie quarterback Sam Bradford will have to lead his team to victory in Week 8 over a resurgent Carolina Panthers squad. Last week was a crazy week of NFL football betting with all those high scores, but this game should be more the norm.

The one key part to this matchup between the Rams and the Panthers in my opinion will be the play of the quarterbacks. Coming into this NFL regular season, Matt Moore was supposed to be the future face of the franchise after the Panthers parted ways with veteran Jake Delhomme (Cleveland Browns).

Unfortunately, Moore has been able to live up to expectations thus far, but he is coming off an impressive performance against the 49ers where he threw for 308 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception.

Sam Bradford on the other hand has exceeded expectations up to this point in the NFL regular season as he has been able to lead his Rams to a 3-4 record coming into Week 8.

As of right now, the St. Louis Rams are favored to come out on top in this one with a -3 point spread and I believe that is just about right as Sam Bradford and company should improve to 4-4.

2010 World Series Game 4 – San Francisco Giants

Last night at the ballpark in Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Colby Lewis showed that they were meant to be a part of the 2010 World Series. Colby Lewis showed exactly why he is a starting pitcher while Neftali Feliz posted yet another save this year (making him the second-youngest to post a save in the World Series) and Lewis continued his postseason success with a 4-2 win for the Rangers over the San Francisco Giants.

Tonight is Game 4. The Rangers are handing the ball over to Tommy Hunter. Hunter hasn’t had quite the success in the postseason that he had in the regular season. Hunter had an earned run average of .373. Looking at the postseason, his longest start was only four innings – in his two postseason starts, he allowed a total of five runs over the course of 7 1/3 innings. Not impressive at all.

As for the Giants, they will hand the ball over to Madison Bumgarner. The rookie has a postseason earned run average of 3.55. During his single start in the NLCS, he lasted only 4 2/3 innings but in the clinching Game 6 for the Giants, he was able to throw two scoreless relief innings.

The bullpens for both teams have been impressive. Josh Hamilton showed that he was back last night by hitting a single homerun. Earlier in the game, Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homerun, which put the Rangers on the board. As for the Giants, both Cody Ross and Andres Torres scored single home runs.

The Giants still currently lead the World Series 2-1 but the Rangers are now in their groove and on the board.

2010 World Series Game 3 – San Francisco Giants

Saturday night, the 2010 World Series Game 3 will kick off at Arlington Ballpark. The San Francisco Giants who currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Texas Rangers will look to extend that lead to 3-0 while the Rangers will look to get the deed done at home that they were unable to successfully fulfill at AT&T Park.

The Giants will start with starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez has been incredible and then below par throughout the postseason this year. He allowed just two hits, which turned into only a single run, when playing against the Atlanta Braves during the ALDS over 7 1/3 innings. Then during his start during the ALCS Game 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies, he only lasted a total of two innings. So, we’ll see which game he’ll represent tonight against the Rangers.

The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. Lewis has been very impressive this postseason and currently has a 1.45 ERA over the course of three starts. He had the most impressive game during the ALCS clincher when he only allowed a single run for the New York Yankees over eight innings. The thing with Lewis is that this postseason he has walked a total of 11 batters.

The Rangers will be in their home setting, which I think is going to play a major role on how well they play. The batters are going to feel more comfortable at their own ballpark, which is batter-friendly (since AT&T Park is not) and Lewis is going to feel much more comfortable pitching at home. However, the Giants have been impressive so far this postseason but if Sanchez pitches like he did in his last start then he better hope that his bullpen can pull through again.

While I obviously favor the Rangers and probably shouldn’t, I really do think they are going to pull through in tonight’s game. They aren’t going to go down so easily and I think they are finally realizing this isn’t going to be as easy as they once thought.

2010 World Series Game 2 – Texas Rangers

The Giants and Tim Lincecum sure showed that they had what it takes to win a World Series last night. It’s only the first game, but still. As for Cliff Lee, I do believe that his eight days of rest was a little too much. He just wasn’t as promising as he had been previously in the postseason. Final score for Game 1 was 11-7 in favor of the Giants.

Tonight is Game 2 – still in San Francisco. The Giants will look to Matt Cain. This right-handed pitcher hasn’t allowed a single run over 13 2/3 innings during the postseason, which includes seven scoreless innings with two hits in Game 3 of the NLCS, which was the last time he had pitched – almost 10 days ago.

The Rangers will counter with C.J. Wilson, who had a promising Game 1 in the ALCS then Game 5 just wasn’t the best he had pitched – giving up five runs over five innings. In the ALDS against the Rays, he was able to throw 6 1/3 innings allowing no scores. For the postseason, he is 1-1 with an earned run average of 3.93.

As for the batting, if you watched game 1, you’ll know that the Giants obviously have a strong bullpen. However, the Rangers do as well but they just weren’t with it last night. Maybe making it to the World Series was still a dream rather than a reality – if that’s the case, they had better wake up!

My pick: I think that the Giants are probably going to secure the win tonight (but most expected the Rangers to win last night and that didn’t happen). The Rangers just simply don’t do well at AT&T Park. Unless they get their shit together to even things out, they aren’t going to win tonight and will hand over a Game 2 win to the Giants to give them a 2-1 lead.

2010 World Series Game 1 – Texas Rangers

Tonight is Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, or also known as the Fall Classic. Game 1 kicks off at 7:57 p.m. ET at the San Francisco Giants home stadium, AT&T Park, with the visiting Texas Rangers. Both teams declared their LCS victory in Game 6 when the Giants won over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Rangers were able to destroy the New York Yankees.

The Rangers will obviously hand over the ball to ace starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who was ready to start Game 7 in the ALCS had it been necessary. Since it was not, he is fully rested, ready and pumped to begin tonight’s game against the Giants. For the postseason, Lee is 3-0 with a 0.75 earned run average.

The Giants, on the other hand, weren’t so sure about their starting pitcher for the night but have decided that it will be their ace pitcher, Tim Lincecum, a two-time winner of the NL Cy Young award. Lincecum is 2-1 for the postseason with an earned run average of 1.93. The Rangers are new to Lincecum as he has never pitched to them before so it’s going to be a surprise on how well he can do on both ends – his own and the Rangers batters.

The pitching match-up is going to be intense tonight and both guys are going to not only have to give it their best game but rely heavily on their bullpen to take charge as well. Speaking of batters, I wonder if the Giants are going to decide to intentionally walk Josh Hamilton, who was the LCS MVP, like the Yankees ended up doing in the ALCS?

Out of 11 games in the postseason, the Rangers have made 107 total hits with 17 home runs and have 55 RBI’s. Their batting average as a team is .281 and have stolen 15 games with only 2 caught stealing. Looking at the Giants in the postseason of 10 games, they have 77 total hits with 6 home runs and 27 RBI’s. They have 3 stolen bases, 4 caught stealing and a batting average of .231. Who do you think has the better bullpen looking at just those stats?

Now, the Giants definitely have a strong and solid pitching staff but the Rangers have Cliff Lee as well as strong lineup in the bullpen and offense. My personal opinion is that the Rangers are going to take it home in the World Series.