Michael Briggs
Michael Briggs
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@MikeBriggsBets on Twitter I jumped into sports betting headfirst due to an irresistible call to action. I am a sports writer by trade, earning my B.A. in Journalism with a sports reporting concentration from Michigan State in 2012. With my journalism background, I combine thorough research with a keen eye for hidden value to generate consistent profits for my clients. In my free time, I enjoy talking "shop" with like-minded people. This allows me to see different angles and avoid traps that derail my progress. In short, their insight and intuition assist or deter my decision-making process. The pitfalls to avoid in sports gambling are following the crowd, assumptions, gullibility, and lack of accountability. A bettor is never as hot or cold as their best and worst streaks. By dedicating yourself to obtaining knowledge, you will never feel like you know it all. At its core, sports betting is about intuition. When you can predict which way the wind will blow, you will never feel caught up in the current stream. Sometimes you need to be counterintuitive. Risk is in the mind of the beholder, but when you bet with me, you'll find that the reward justifies the wager!
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Free Picks
Michigan vs. Iowa (Wolverines -21.5)
(NCAAF) Michigan vs. Iowa,
Point Spread: -21.50 | -110.00 Michigan (Away)
The Wolverines have a lot to play for and will be out for blood in the B1G title game!

Michigan's offense ranks in the top ten in both EPA/Play and success rate, dominating on the ground game after game. The passing attack has shined too, ranking in the top ten in passing yards per attempt. QB JJ McCarthy will look to put on a show with noted QB whisper Jim Harbaugh back on the sidelines, and I'm confident he will do so against an Iowa secondary missing its best player (Cooper DeJean). Aside from a 31-0 shellacking vs. Penn State, Iowa's defense benefitted from a weak schedule comprised of mediocre-to-poor Big Ten West offenses. 

The Wolverines' defense will exact revenge, too. Michigan was dominant against both the pass and the run this season and ranked 17th nationally in opponent third down conversion rate. Iowa ranked last in success rate and second to last in EPA/Play — will it even score in this game?

I'll bet on the Wolverines to win big in Indianapolis, stamping their ticket to the College Football Playoff.
SMU vs Tulane (Mustangs +3.5)
(NCAAF) SMU vs. Tulane,
Point Spread: 3.50 | -110.00 SMU (Away)
The Mustangs deserve more respect heading into this matchup, as their 2023 success shouldn't be overlooked just because their QB is out.

SMU's elite secondary (15th in passing yards allowed) and pass rush (40 sacks) will be x-factors, as Tulane relies heavily on its passing attack. The Mustangs are ranked in the top 20 nationally in pressure rate, Havoc, and sack percentage. The secondary surrendered just 6.0 yards per passing completion, as well. Green Wave QB Michael Pratt had a superb season (21 TDs and four INTs), but he's also been inconsistent and is coming off one of his worst performances (9-for-22 passing).

Tulane's passing attack could be without two of its main receiving threats, as Lawrence Keys III and Jha'Quan Jackson are questionable to play. The pass-catching duo combined for 57 receptions, 1,020 receiving yards, and 11 TDs, so if they can't play or are limited by injuries, the Green Wave will be hampered.

Another factor to consider is that Tulane doesn't run the football effectively. Without a complementary ground game, the Mustangs' pass rush will be unleashed. When pressured this season, Pratt was much less efficient, completing 44.8 percent of his passes for 5.8 yards, compared to a 74.4 completion percentage for 9.9 yards when not under duress. Considering he was pressured on 31 percent of his dropbacks, the Tulane offensive line could be in trouble against this SMU pass rush.

While the Mustangs' offense will be running at less than 100 percent without their starting QB, backup Kevin Jennings performed well enough in relief this season (18-for-24 passing for 330 yards, three TDs, and zero INTs). The Tulane secondary is vulnerable, too, as it ranked 100th in passing yards allowed. Even without Preston Stone, SMU can be counted on to move the chains and finish its drives (16th in red zone scoring percentage).
Oregon vs. Washington (Ducks -9.5)
(NCAAF) Oregon vs. Washington,
Point Spread: -9.50 | -105.00 Oregon (Away)
Read my betting prediction for the Pac-12 Championship: https://winnersandwhiners.com/games/ncaaf/12-1-2023/oregon-vs-washington-prediction-1858/
Oregon vs. Washington (Under 66)
(NCAAF) Oregon vs. Washington,
Total: 66.00 | -110.00 Under
https://winnersandwhiners.com/games/ncaaf/12-1-2023/oregon-vs-washington-prediction-1858/
Philadelphia vs Boston (Sixers +6.5)
(NBA) Philadelphia vs. Boston,
Point Spread: 6.50 | -110.00 Philadelphia (Away)
Read my full game prediction: https://winnersandwhiners.com/games/nba/12-1-2023/philadelphia-76ers-vs-boston-celtics-prediction-9855/
Philadelphia vs Boston (Over 222.5)
(NBA) Philadelphia vs. Boston,
Total: 222.50 | -110.00 Over
Read my total prediction here: https://winnersandwhiners.com/games/nba/12-1-2023/philadelphia-76ers-vs-boston-celtics-prediction-9855/
Last 10 Picks
(NBA) LA Clippers vs Golden State, 11/30/2023 10:00 PM, Score: 114 : 120
Total: 228.00 | -110.00, Under Premium Loss
(NCAAB) Creighton vs Oklahoma State, 11/30/2023 9:00 PM, Score: 79 : 65
Point Spread: -8.00 | -107.00, Creighton (Away) Premium Win
(NFL) Seattle vs Dallas, 11/30/2023 8:15 PM, Score: 35 : 41
Point Spread: -9.00 | -103.00, Dallas (Home) Premium Loss
(NBA) LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City, 11/30/2023 8:00 PM, Score: 110 : 133
Point Spread: 5.50 | -103.00, LA Lakers (Away) Premium Loss
(NBA) Indiana vs Miami, 11/30/2023 7:30 PM, Score: 132 : 142
Total: 239.00 | -110.00, Under Free Loss
(NCAAB) Texas Tech vs Butler, 11/30/2023 6:30 PM, Score: 95 : 103
Money Line: 135.00, Texas Tech (Away) Premium Loss
(NCAAB) Liberty vs Florida Atlantic, 11/30/2023 6:00 PM, Score: 58 : 83
Point Spread: 7.50 | -110.00, Liberty (Away) Premium Loss
(NBA) LA Clippers vs Sacramento, 11/29/2023 10:00 PM, Score: 131 : 117
Point Spread: -2.00 | -103.00, LA Clippers (Away) Premium Win
(NCAAB) Virginia Tech vs Auburn, 11/29/2023 9:15 PM, Score: 57 : 74
Point Spread: -9.00 | -105.00, Auburn (Home) Premium Win
(NCAAB) Georgia vs Florida State, 11/29/2023 9:15 PM, Score: 68 : 66
Total: 154.00 | -104.00, Under Free Win