|In his column this week, Brent Musburger writes:
The best advice I can give you for wild-card weekend is pick winners, but don’t get so obsessed about the lines.
Steve Makinen, editor of VSiN’s Point Spread Weekly, found that the outright winner owns a point-spread record of 37-4-1 ATS in the last 42 NFL wild-card playoff games. I was stunned when I saw this.
Interestingly, there were two non-covers a year ago. Jacksonville (–9) edged Buffalo 10-3, and New Orleans (–6½) failed to cover against Carolina 31-26. But those were clearly rare exceptions.
With that intro, here are Brent’s selections for wild-card weekend.
On Fridays, Brent and Mad Dog Russo go head-to-head on an NFL handicapping contest (and add the CFB title game to the mix). Here is the segment.
Contest corner . . .
Dave Tuley tracked down the first-place finisher in the winner-take-all SuperContest Gold competition — and he was closer than Dave could imagine. (Find it on the VSiN.com home page.)
In case you missed them, here are Dave’s profiles of the SuperContest winner and the Golden Nugget winner.
Perennial SuperContest contender James Salinas discusses Gill Alexander how he accomplished another great showing in the competition, his approach to handicapping, and which game he likes this wild-card weekend.
Seen & Heard on VSiN
On A Numbers Game, ESPN’s Chris Fallica talks to Gill about all the ways he likes betting the CFB national championship . . . and there are a lot of ways to bet it.
James Harden is your new betting favorite to win NBA MVP. Mitch & Paul discuss his amazing, unguardable run.
After another impressive win by Nevada, Caesars senior oddsmaker Matt Lindeman breaks down the movement in his Wolf Pack basketball goes undefeated prop.
Pauly demands the staff close Mitch’s mic after a stunning statement about Virginia basketball, which had a moment Paul would like to erase from history.
Matt Youmans is scared to death to bet the Colts vs. Houston in today’s AFC matchup.
Matt sees the opportunity to cash a middle on Monday’s CFB National Championship game.