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Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon
Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He’s worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama’s Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He’s been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.
An Early Look At The NFL Super Bowl Odds
It’s never too early to talk a little football and it’s never too early to think about betting football, with the futures market in swing as we move closer to the summer months. Below is a general outline of the NFL Super Bowl odds with pertinent thoughts on each group of teams.
Keep in mind that these prices tell us more than just what meets the eye—they’re also indicators of how teams will be treated by Las Vegas in the early weeks of the season and where value may lie on a game-to-game basis.
New England Patriots: 18-5
In addition to the best coach and best quarterback, the Patriots get the best tight end in the league back healthy. They have the best backup quarterback. They have an outstanding defense. It’s going to take intense handicapping to find value spots on New England.
The Washington Nationals World Series Odds
The Washington Nationals are rolling, with a 28-18 record and a lead of 7.5 games in a weak NL East. The Nats are sitting at a 10-1 price to win the World Series in October. Is now too early to jump on that price or is this is as good as it will get for the Nats? And in either case, are they good enough to cash it in?
The first question is perhaps the easiest to answer. While I won’t literally say the price will not go higher than 10-1 if the Nats slump, it’s hard to see the value getting a whole lot better. The Nats are not being challenged in their division—the Mets are in disarray with injuries and some internal problems. In the National League overall, Washington is still not considered in a class with the Chicago Cubs. It’s more likely the Nats move closer to the Cubs in price than further away.
So that leaves the next question—are they good enough? The lineup is blasting baseballs all over the Beltway. Bryce Harper is on a quest for another MVP award, with a stat line of .450 on-base percentage/.673 slugging percentage. Ryan Zimmerman is at .401/.699.
Harper and Zimmerman get plenty of help, ranging from Daniel Murphy (.373/.554) to Anthony Rendon (.380/.516) to Jayson Werth (.387/.460) to Matt Wieters (.357/.440). Unsurprisingly, this lineup leads the National League in runs scored.
Durant, favored Warriors shrug off parity talk
The Golden State Warriors are tuning out talk that their star-studded teams in recent years are to blame for uncompetitive playoff basketball.
Bruce leads Mets past Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Jay Bruce took the Mets' team lead in RBIs by driving in two more on Sunday as New York rolled to a 7-2 series-clinching victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.