Friday’s Betting Tips

Friday’s Betting Tips

Friday’s Betting Tips
By Covers.com

Who’s hot

NCAAF: West Virginia has covered in seven of its last 10 meetings with Syracuse.

NCAAF: Rutgers is 5-1-1 against the spread in its last seven overall.

NHL: Detroit is 4-0 to start the season.

NHL: New Jersey is 19-7 in its last 26 home games.

CFL: Edmonton is 9-4-1 in its last 15 games in Toronto.

Who’s not

NCAAF: Syracuse is riding a 1-4 slump against the spread.

NCAAF: Louisville is 0-5 against the spread in its last five home games.

NHL: Dallas is 1-4 in its last five games in Anaheim.

NHL: San Jose is 2-8 in its last 10 meetings with New Jersey.

CFL: Saskatchewan is 4-10 against the spread in its last 14.

Key stat

1 – The Columbus Blue Jackets have just one regulation win in its last 28 games.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils – New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will be sidelined for 7-to-10 days with his injured shoulder. The future Hall of Famer said he "tweaked" his shoulder while diving back into the net in the first period of Thursday's game against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The injury forced Brodeur to leave the game, and he sat out Saturday's contest against the Nashville Predators as well. Johan Hedberg, 38, will continue to start in his absence for the Devils, who return to the ice on Friday versus the San Jose Sharks. Brodeur, 39, is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average so far this season for the Devils.

Game of the day

West Virginia Mountaineers at Syracuse Orange (14, 59)

Notable quotable

"The truth of this whole situation is I still need to evaluate (Palmer) and give him an opportunity to feel comfortable with our football team, with himself. Like (Palmer) said, he's been sitting on the couch, so what I want to do is make sure that at the end of the day I'm making the right decision for our football team, for our organization, for him, for everybody." – Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson on the speculation that newly-acquired quarterback Carson Palmer would start this week against Kansas. Oakland is currently set as a 5-point favorite.

Notes and tips

Rutgers heads into its date with Louisville riding a 5-1 run both against the spread and straight up, but after opening as 1.5-point favorites, action has forced the books to flip the line. It bounced around a bit Thursday but currently sits at Louisville -2. We talked to Todd Fuhrman, race and sportsbook analyst at Caesar's in Las Vegas earlier this week for our Mid-week line moves piece. “This is a Louisville team which drew a ton of wiseguy action last week against Cincinnati and it looks to be more of the same this week," Fuhrman said. "The Cardinal have shown steady improvement this year and the university has shown faith in Charlie Strong by adding seven years to his deal. Rutgers has been a pleasant surprise but I'm not sure they were ready to be road chalk."

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was held out of practice for a second straight session Thursday in hopes the extra rest will help his recovery from a high-ankle sprain. The second-year QB is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the host Dallas Cowboys. Bradford suffered the injury in last weekend's 24-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The 23-year-old has completed 53.1 per cent of his passes this season, throwing for 1,177 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. A.J. Feeley will get the call if Bradford can't go Sunday.

Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers will make his first career start in Saturday's game against Army. The brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, he has appeared in all six games for the Commodores this season. Rodgers struggled last week, completing 4-of-19 passes for 47 yards and an interception last week against Georgia. He has thrown for 236 yards with one touchdown and three picks. He will replace Larry Smith, who has exited all six games this season.

The Texas Rangers have announced their starters for their first two home games in the World Series, opting for lefthanders Matt Harrison in Game 3 and Derek Holland in Game 4. Harrison has been decent in two postseason starts, going 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old went 14-9 in the regular season with a 3.39 ERA over 30 starts. Holland's playoff resume is not as impressive, as he's 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA in four games (three starts). He had a career year with 16 victories and a 3.95 ERA in 32 regular-season outings. The Cardinals have not confirmed their pitchers for Games 3 and 4.

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