Tuesday brought the end of the sports equinox with all of the Big Four (football, baseball, basketball and hockey) four major sports (running at the same time as the Atlanta Braves clinched their second World Series title.
We lost a run-line play on the Astros (and also saw our Astros series bet disappear from our pending bets in our app), but Tuesday’s good news was that we won our first MACtion bet of the season with Eastern Michigan beating Toledo outright. In fact, the Mid-American Conference is our kind of league – and not just because my alma mater is Northern Illinois – as underdogs went 3-0 ATS on the night.
We’ll return to the MAC with a play for Wednesday night, but let’s get to the general recaps from all four sports.
MLB: Braves routed the Astros 7-0 Tuesday night as + 114 road underdogs to clinch the WorldSeries 4 game to 2. The game stayed Under the betting total of 8.5 runs. Faves/dogs and home/road teams both split 3-3 in the World Series while Unders dominated at 4-1-1. Overall in the playoffs, home teams went 22-13, faves were 21-14 and it was Overs that finished on top at 19-15-1.
CFB: Underdogs went 3-0 ATS in MACtion on Tuesday night as Eastern Michigan (9-point road dog) upset Toledo 52-49 and Ohio (7-point home dog) upset Miami-Ohio 35-33 while Akron (20-point home dog) covered in a 31-25 loss to Ball State. Overs went 2-1.
NBA: Favorites went 5-0 SU on Tuesday, but just 3-2 ATS as the Kings (+ 9.5 at Jazz) and Rockets (+ 11 at Lakers) covered in SU losses. The Bucks (-4.5 at Pistons), Heat (-2.5 at Mavericks) and Suns (-10 vs. Pelicans) covered as chalk in their wins. Overs went 3-2.
NHL: Favorites went 5-4 on Tuesday with upsets by the Predators (+ 135 at Flames), Ducks (+ 110 vs. Devils), Canucks (+ 110 vs. Rangers) and Jets (shortest of dogs at -105 vs. Stars). Overs went 6-3.
Central Michigan + 10 at Western Michigan: No, I’m not going to be a homer and take my alma mater NIU + 3.5 at Kent State. Instead, just like Tuesday night, we’ll take the biggest MACtion dog of the night as we’ve seen how much parity there is in this conference. Both these teams are in the lower half of the MAC West with a 2-2 conference record (trailing my Huskies by two full games) and both teams average exactly 29 points per game. Western Michigan has the slightly better defense (allows 27.2 points per game compared to 28.4 for Central Michigan), but there’s very little difference between these two teams to warrant a double-digit spread. Central Michigan QB Daniel Richardson has 14 TD passes and only 2 interceptions since taking over for Jacob Sirmon and can match Western Michigan’s Kaleb Eleby if this turns into another MACtion shootout. In addition, these two teams have one common opponent and Central Michigan beat Toledo 26-23 two weeks ago as a 5-point home underdog while Western Michigan was run over by Toledo 34-15 as a 1-point road favorite. I’ll take the generous points in what should be another competitive one-score MACtion game.
Good luck today (and every day!).