Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) carries the ball during the first half of the NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) carries the ball during the first half of the NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)|(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The Weekend: How We Fared

Results of our predictions for Dec. 28-30, 2018

Howard Gensler

Howard Gensler

FRIDAY

In college hoops, our Philly Props bet had Drexel over 71.5, they scored 83 in a loss to Northeastern. Our Friday Teaser also won as we had Northeastern giving Drexel 8.5 and Hofstra giving Delaware 7. Hofstra eked it out 90-46.

In NBA action, we had the Nets +4.5 at the Hornets. They lost 100-87.

In the NHL, the Senators were at the Islanders and we decided to go over 6 (-135). The Isles won 6-3 which is over 6.

In NCAAF Bowl action we liked Syracuse -2 against West Virginia and the Orange won 34-18. We also liked Purdue +3.5 against Auburn, because we mistakenly thought it said +35. And we still would have lost. The Tigers crushed the Boilermakers 63-14.

With the ponies, Mick McMudder bet five races Friday (three at Aqueduct and two at Penn National) and finished the day down $21.20. His big winner was his $10 W/P/S wager on Hero’s Welcome in the 3rd at Aqueduct. Hero’s Welcome won and paid $7.70, $3.40, $2.60.

Saturday

In NCAAF Bowl action, getting Florida +6 against Michigan turned out to be a good play. The Gators won 41-15. Our Philly Props bet was a low-risk, high reward play that Flyer Jordan Weal would score a goal. He didn’t, although he did get an assist. It cost us $3, could have won $240. In other NHL plays, we got the under right in the Hurricanes-Devils daytime matchup, but once it got dark so did our ability to see the winners, going 0-4.

Our NCAAB Teaser pick could not have been more wrong. Penn (+10) was up 17-13 when starting forward Michael Wang got injured. Wang was already starting for the injured Max Rothschild. With no inside depth the Quakers got pummeled by a big, good Toledo squad, 77-45. There was nothing In Princeton’s resume that saw them playing close at Arizona St. (they did lose by 50 at Duke), so we felt confident giving 11.5. The Tigers then upset the Sun Devils on the road. Guess that’s why they play. The Last Tango also lost as Alabama A&M hung with Hawaii. They lost the game but the teams beat the over/under.

We had good reason to believe the Nets-Bucks contest would stay under 222. It instead became a high-scoring affair which Milwaukee won 129-115.

Mick McMudder’s first pick at Aqueduct got the day off to a rousing start as His $10 W/P/S bet on 2-Professor Snape paid $10.60, $4.20, $3.50. 7-King’s House finished second in Parx 2, but second place is win bet loser. In Parx 5, 4-Optic Way finished 3rd and his trifecta was a loser. He had tw winners in the Laurel Pick 6, but you need to pick six. And his Santa Anita 8 runner finished out of the money. So he won $61.50 on his first play of the day and then gave it all back.

Sunday

The NFL Degenerate warned you. “If you or anyone you know looks forward to betting the final week of the NFL season,” he wrote, “please seek professional help, and soon. The wacky spreads, the backup QBs, the teams knocking on the door of the playoffs vs. the teams that have checked out, dropped off the key and are heading to the parking lot. It all boils down to a headache for those of us trying to make an honest buck. Starting Sunday at a gaudy 8-3, NFLD half-heartedly took the Cowboys +6.5 against the Giants. As is common with the Giants, they had the game in the bag until the final 2 minutes, then the Cowboys won (and covered), raising his record to 9-3. Thinking the Jets would cover +13.5 against the Patriots was a big mistake. QB Tom Brady played the entire game and the Pats punished the Jets, 38-3. (9-4) NFLD lifted his Bettors Insider mark to 10-4 by taking the playoff-bound Eagles -7 at the Redskins. The Birds won 24-0. He won again with the Bengals +14.5 at the Steelers, who took the game 16-13. His record is now a very pleasing 11-4. On to the playoffs.

With the Philly Props, we thought Eagles backup TE Richard Rodgers would catch a TD pass. He didn’t. The longshot didn’t pay off.

For the second day in a row on his first bet, Mick McMudder picked a $10 W/P/S winner. 5-Stonesintheroad took the first at Aqueduct, so Mick started his Sunday +$24. The rest of the day didn’t go so good, finishing down $66. If, however, you would have only bet Mick’s first race Saturday and Sunday then gone home, you’d be up over $85.

And in the NBA, we took the Trailblazers, at home, -1 against the 76ers. The Blazers were up 35 with a minute to play so we’re assuming they held on for our win.

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