Dave Carney 10/25/2021
What’s on the table today?: Monday Betting Preview (Saints/Seahawks & Bucks/Pacers)
Tonight in Seattle the Seahawks (still led under center by backup QB Geno Smith) will play host to the New Orleans Saints and Jameis Winston who’s in his first year as the starter for the Saints.
At 2-4, the Seahawks are in last place in perhaps the toughest division in the league and with only Detroit and the New York Giants having worse records in the NFC. While New Orleans isn’t in the same precarious position as Seattle, the Saints can’t afford many stumbles if they want to keep up with Tampa Bay in the NFC South. The Saints are currently sitting at 3-2.
On the season, the Saints stand 31st in the league in passing offense with 169.4 yards per contest while they are 9th in rushing offense with 125.8 yards per game. New Orleans is 9th in the league in scoring offense with 25.4 points per contest while they are fourth in the league in scoring defense by allowing an average of 18.2 points a game. Jameis Winston is 70 of 116 passing for 892 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Seahawks are 22nd in passing offense as they average 233.3 yards per game through the air while they are 15th in the league in rushing offense with 110.7 yards per contest. Seattle is 18th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 23.3 points per game while they stand 21st in scoring defense by allowing 24.8 points per contest.
Saints (-4) @ Seahawks (+4) / total 41.5
- Saints moneyline -190
- Seahawks moneyline +160
- New Orleans has won 16 of its last 17 games when playing in October.
- Seattle has failed to cover the spread in four of its last five games when facing the NFC.
- New Orleans has covered the spread in three straight games.
- The point total has gone UNDER in three of the last four meetings.
My prediction: Take the UNDER 41.5 in what I think will be a true stinker of a Monday Night game…
Up next in our Monday Betting Preview: Bucks at Pacers.
The Bucks rebounded from their 137-95 a** whooping at the hands of the Miami Heat in the 2nd game of the season with a nice 121-111 win over the Spurs on Saturday night in San Antonio. Leading by one early in the fourth quarter, Milwaukee took control of the game with an 11-2 run to go up 101-91 with 8:30 to play and didn’t let San Antonio closer than four the rest of the way. The Bucks shot 53% from the field, including 15 of 35 from three-point range, and held a 44-38 edge on the glass to help overcome turning the ball over 22 times in the game. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 28 points in the victory.
Indiana comes into tonight’s game fresh off their first win of the season, a 102-91 (OT) win over the Heat in Miami. Against Miami, Indiana led by four after the opening quarter and by 10 at the half only to see Miami rally to force overtime. In the extra session, the Pacers outscored the Heat 16-5, highlighted by a 9-0 run to break an 88-88 tie, to earn the win. Indiana shot 39.2% from the field, including 10 of 39 from three-point range, and forced 22 Miami turnovers while holding the Heat to 38.5% shooting. Chris Duarte led five Pacers in double figures with 19 points in the win.
Bucks (-2.5) at Pacers (+2.5) / total 230
- Bucks moneyline -145
- Pacers moneyline +120
- Bucks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite
- Over is 5-0 in Bucks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest
- Over is 8-1 in Pacers last 9 games following a ATS win
My prediction: Take the Bucks (-2.5). The Bucks and Pacers may well go OVER the total, however the Pacers are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, the Bucks are still going to be without Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis, which has me leaning slightly to the UNDER. I won’t make that play however, I’m just sticking with the Bucks (-2.5).
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