Kent State vs Bowling Green

Kent State vs Bowling Green : College Football action on Tuesday even and a pair of teams from the Mid-American Conference will square off as the Kent State Golden Bowling Green won six football games, and two of those were against Kent State. For a Falcons team struggling in a third straight season Bowling Green has won three straight meetings in this Buckeye State series, but the Falcons are as vulnerable as they have been in years and Kent State may have just enough to take advantage.

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Weekday football has become a staple in the Mid-American Conference and Tuesday brings MACtion to the forefront as Kent State (1-7, 0-4) travels to face Bowling Green (1-7, 0-4) in an 8 p.m. ET kickoff. The Golden Flashes suffered a heartbreaking overtime defeat to Akron in their last outing, while Bowling Green was blown out by the Ohio Bobcats. Both teams are still searching for their first conference victory, and oddsmakers have opened this game as a pick’em in the latest Kent State vs. Bowling Green odds. Before you lock in your Kent State vs. Bowling Green picks and predictions, you’ll need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is saying.

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The model knows Kent State’s rushing attack will need to be a major factor if the Golden Flashes want to steal a conference victory on the road. The Golden Flashes are averaging over 170 rushing yards and get a dream matchup against Bowling Green’s porous run defense that gave up 381 rushing yards against Ohio in its latest outing.

But just because Kent State features a high-powered rushing attack doesn’t mean it can go on the road and earn a victory over Bowling Green.

Bowling Green has defeated Kent State in five consecutive meetings, including last year’s 44-16 blowout victory. In order to make it six straight, Bowling Green will need quarterback Jarret Doege to avoid turnovers and manage the game at home. He has already proven he can put up strong stats against Kent State, completing almost 80 percent of his passes and throwing two touchdowns in the Falcons’ lopsided road victory last season.

MACtion is back on Tuesday night, as Kent State takes on Bowling Green in a matchup of two teams looking to close out the 2018 season on a high note. The Golden Flashes and Falcons both enter Tuesday’s game at 1-7 and have yet to win a contest in MAC play.

The slow start cost Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks his job, as he was dismissed after a 42-35 loss to Western Michigan on Oct. 13. That defeat dropped the Falcons to 1-6 overall and just 7-24 overall under Jinks. Defensive coordinator (and former FAU coach) Carl Pelini was promoted to interim coach and led the team in a 49-14 loss to Ohio on Oct. 20. Bowling Green’s only win in 2017 came against FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky, and three out of the four MAC losses came by 15 points or more. While Jinks recruited well, both sides of the ball remained a question mark throughout his tenure. The defense ranked near the bottom of the MAC, and despite Jinks’ background on offense, the Falcons finished eighth in the conference in scoring in 2017 and ninth in ’16. While Bowling Green has clinched its third consecutive losing season, this is one of the MAC’s top jobs and won’t have trouble finding interested candidates. After all, this is a program that had Urban Meyer and Dino Babers patrolling its sidelines as head coach at one point.

While Bowling Green is looking to find the next leader for its program, Kent State has to be optimistic it found a coach who can elevate this team within the MAC. After the dismissal of Paul Haynes, the Golden Flashes handed the keys to the program to Sean Lewis. The 32-year-old coach had previous MAC experience from a stint at Bowling Green (2014-15). The former Wisconsin tight end comes from the Babers coaching tree and has made a noticeable impact this fall. Kent State gave Illinois all it could handle (31-24) in the opener, lost 38-17 at Ole Miss and has suffered two MAC defeats by one point.

New coach Sean Lewis has a big rebuilding project ahead at Kent State but landing Barrett was a huge pickup in his first recruiting class. The former Auburn signal-caller came to Kent after a year at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College and edged Dustin Crum for the starting job in preseason practice. Barrett has been a difference-maker for Lewis, completing 173 of 286 passes for 1,748 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also added 378 yards and five scores on the ground.

With his ability to hurt defenses with his legs or through the air, Barrett is the type of quarterback that can carry an offense to a victory. And the sophomore should have plenty of opportunities on Tuesday night, as Bowling Green’s defense ranks last in the MAC by giving up 47.8 points a game. Additionally, the Falcons are last in the conference versus the run and pass efficiency defense, give up 7.2 yards per play and have surrendered 11 plays of 40 yards or more.

When Barrett throws, freshman Isaiah McKoy (36 catches) has been his favorite target, but Antwan Dixon (32), Myles Carrigan (31) and Trey Harrell (22) will also factor into the mix. Running back Justin Rankin has caught 14 passes but should do most of his damage on the ground. The junior has 560 yards through eight games and faces a Falcons defense giving up 6.6 yards per carry.

Barrett has been one of the MAC’s top newcomers in 2018, and Pelini’s defense will have its hands full trying to slow down the dynamic sophomore. Can Bowling Green find a way to slow down the FlashFast attack from Kent State

Kent State’s defense is allowing 6.5 yards per play, 35 points a game, ranks eighth in the MAC against the run and 11th in pass efficiency defense. Additionally, this unit has allowed 16 plays of 40 or more yards.

Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege is in the midst of a breakout season. The sophomore is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,078 yards and 20 touchdowns to just eight picks. Doege leads all MAC quarterbacks by averaging 279.8 passing yards in conference-only matchups this season. Senior Scott Miller (48 catches for 785 yards and seven scores) is one of the league’s top receivers, while Quintin Morris and RB Marlow III round out the secondary options. Running back Andrew Clair (495 yards) was also poised for a breakout 2018 campaign, but the sophomore has been limited to just 23 carries over his last four games due to the flow of the game and injury. The extended bye week allowed Clair time to get healthy, but as of Monday, his status was uncertain for the matchup against Kent State.

The Falcons should lean heavily on Doege and Clair (if healthy) on Tuesday night, and assuming that’s the case, can Kent State find a way to slow them down

Points and yards for both offenses should be aplenty on Tuesday night. Whichever defense can find a way to get timely stops or generate a couple of takeaways is likely to lead their team to a win.

Kent State’s defense has forced 15 takeaways to 10 for Bowling Green this season. The Golden Flashes are first in the MAC in red zone defense, while the Falcons rank 10th. Both teams have struggled to get stops on third down, but Kent State ranks slightly better (10th in the conference to 12th for Bowling Green). And when it comes to generating pressure, Kent State has recorded 18 sacks to just six from the Falcons.

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Monday Night Football : Tom Brady is great at a lot of things — but few of them are as notable as his utter destruction of the Buffalo Bills over the course of his career. The New England Patriots have a 28-3 record against the Bills in Brady’s starts, and he’ll get a chance to add to that total when the Patriots play at New Era Field on Monday Night Football, beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming via WatchESPN).

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New England began their season with a narrow win over the Texans followed by consecutive losses to the Jaguars and Lions. But they picked up from there, and earned a quality win over the Chiefs during their ongoing four-game winning streak. Their most recent win was over the defensively-tough Bears.

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The Bills are living the rookie quarterback life, or at least they were until Josh Allen hurt his elbow and missed the last game. He’ll miss this one too, and Derek Anderson will be starting under center. Anderson completed 20 of 31 passes for 175 yards and three interceptions in his one start thus far.

Below is all you need to know for Monday’s game.

Time, TV, and streaming info

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Location: New Era Field, Bufallo, N.Y.

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN

Odds: The Patriots opened as significant 13-point favorites, and it’s gone up to 15 points on some books throughout the week.

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Fortunately for the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy has cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to start against the Patriots.

In other injury news, the Bills ruled out Trent Murphy and Taiwan Jones on their final injury report.

For the Patriots, they ruled out Jacob Hollister, Eric Rowe and Brian Schwenke. The more interesting name is running back Sony Michel, who is listed as doubtful. As usual, they’ve also listed a slew of players as questionable.

Check out the latest Billieve podcast for a preview of Monday’s game.

Derek Anderson will become the 13th Bills quarterback to start a game against the Bill Belichick-coached Patriots.

Things are going well in the defensive backfield for the Patriots.

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In SB Nation’s Week 8 NFL picks, all seven experts picking games think the Patriots will win. The OddsShark computer joins them, while the coin flip also landed on New England for a full shutout.

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The list of things Tom Brady succeeds at is fairly extensive. There are his five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVPs and three regular-season MVPs to name a few.

Then there is Brady’s sparkling success against the Bills in the form of a 28-3 record in his 31 starts against them.

Brady looks to add to his success against his AFC East rivals on Monday night when the Patriots visit Buffalo.

Brady’s last loss to the Bills was a 17-9 home loss in Week 17 of 2014 when the Patriots had little to play for. He also lost in Week 3 of the 2011 season at Buffalo and in the 2003 season opener in Buffalo.

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Other than those blemishes, Brady has produced some standout performances against the Bills. He has 12 games with at least three touchdowns against Buffalo and 10 300-yard games against the Bills.

The Patriots have scored at least 30 points in 17 of those games, including last season in a Week 16 win in New England when Brady threw a pair of touchdowns in a 37-16 win.

His 28 wins against the Bills are the most ever by a quarterback against a single team. Brady is 14-2 in games played in Buffalo.

Another achievement Brady can attain is climbing up the list for touchdowns on Monday Night Football. His 48 TD passes on Monday nights are the fourth-most in NFL history, behind Dan Marino (74), Brett Favre (69) and Drew Brees (50).

Still, despite Brady’s personal array of success against a Bills team that has made the playoffs once since 1999, nobody on the Patriots is focused on their success in the series.

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“It’s always tough playing up there in Buffalo,” Patriots running back James White said. “I mean, those fans are going to be excited for a Monday Night Football game, and divisional games are always tough, no matter what those guys’ record is. They’re still a good football team. They’re going to play you tough for four quarters. I mean, going to be a good environment, got to be ready to go from the get-go.”

Speaking of tough, the Patriots are coming off a pair of tough wins in the last two weeks and enter on a four-game winning streak. After getting a 43-40 win at the buzzer over Kansas City in prime time in Week 6, the Patriots held on for a 38-31 win at Chicago last week.

Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots survived when New England’s defense stopped Chicago wide receiver Kevin White at the 1-yard line on the final play.

“You hold your breath when I saw him jump up and catch it,” Brady said. “I didn’t have the angle on the goal line. He was getting close to the end zone. They were pushing and we were pushing. It was probably a half yard or a yard, pretty close. Good for us to hold them out.”

The Bills are coming off a 37-5 loss at Indianapolis last week when Derek Anderson started and finished 20 of 33 for 175 yards. It was the most passing yards in four weeks for the Bills. Anderson was playing because rookie Josh Allen injured his elbow.

Since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001, Buffalo has employed 17 different starting quarterbacks against the Patriots.

Still, despite those overwhelming factors in favor of the Patriots, there is some wariness in New England as the Bills did blow out the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season.

“It’s a division game,” Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick said. “It’s always tough with them up there. We know that. I mean, we know it’s going to be tough. We talked about it but talking about it is the easy part. It’ll be dealing with it Monday night that will be the hard part.”

Buffalo’s 81 points are the fewest in the league heading into Week 8. It’s the third-lowest in team history and worst mark since Buffalo produced 75 points in the first seven games of the 1977 season.

Buffalo has yet to get at least 20 first downs in a game this year and its seven offensive touchdowns through this point is the worst since 2007.

More signs of Buffalo’s struggles include this dubious number: only eight of 22 drives have gotten past midfield in the last two games.

“We know we are not where we need to be,” said Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who was a New England assistant in two stints spanning 11 seasons. “I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. You have to have a short-term memory. You have to look at the things you need to improve on, which for us, is a lot.”

Last week, the Bills lost Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, who is in the league’s concussion protocol. McCoy hit his head on the turf and as of Thursday remains in the protocol, although he is practicing.

If McCoy sits out, the running game would feature a combination of Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy. They combined to average 6.1 yards per carry last week, while McCoy has five straight games with at least 100 total yards from scrimmage against New England.

Buffalo will be playing its first Monday night game since 2008 when it took a 29-27 home loss to the Cleveland Browns. Trent Edwards was Buffalo’s quarterback for its last Monday night game and Marshawn Lynch was the top rusher.

The Bills also have not won a Monday night game since beating Miami in 1999 and have not been victorious in a Monday night home game since beating Denver in 1994.

“This’ll be a big week for us in terms of the energy around the city and creating an environment in our stadium where it’s hard to play,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said.

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will have his number retired at halftime.

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Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots : AFC rivals square off on Monday Night Football when the Buffalo Bills host the New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Bills (2-5) have played just two home games, winning the last one over the Titans three weeks ago.

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The Patriots (5-2) have won four straight led by an offense that’s getting hot. New England is favored by 13.5 points in the most recent Patriots vs. Bills odds, up from the opening line of -13, while the Over-Under for total points scored is 44.5. While the Pats are overwhelming teams with offense, the Bills have the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense, so before making any Patriots vs. Bills picks, you’ll want to see what SportsLine expert Stephen Oh is saying about the matchup.

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A renowned data scientist who co-founded Accuscore, Oh has an uncanny beat on the Patriots. In his last 23 picks involving New England, against the spread or on the money line, Oh has been correct 16 times. Anyone who has followed him is way up. Now, Oh has crunched the numbers for Patriots vs. Bills and produced a strong point-spread pick that he’s revealing only at SportsLine.

The Patriots’ offense has really picked it up after a subpar start to the season. The defending AFC champions averaged 19 points in their first three games, but in the last four are putting up 39.3 ppg. Tom Brady has been relatively consistent, but his weapons have improved, and so too has New England’s prolific offense. Receiver Josh Gordon was added to the team in Week 4, and Julian Edelman returned from suspension in Week 5. The Pats haven’t lost since.

Starting RB Sony Michel won’t play on Monday (knee), but likely replacement James White is already an integral part of the offense. He’s second in the NFL among RBs with 45 receptions and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. New England’s defense, meanwhile, has just nine sacks, but it also has 10 INTs, one off the league lead. Both those numbers could rise dramatically against a Bills offense that has the most INTs in the NFL (12) and third-most sacks allowed (26).

Just because New England is the big favorite to win doesn’t mean it’ll cover. Just ask the Vikings, who were favored by 17 at home in Week 3 when Buffalo demolished them, 27-6.

Things did not go well last week for QB Derek Anderson in his first start in two years, a 37-5 loss at Indianapolis. But he was signed by the Bills just one week prior and fortunes should improve on Monday as he gets used to the playbook and his teammates.

While the passing game remains a work in progress, the run game has at least kept defenses honest. LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory have combined for 454 yards. McCoy is recovering from a concussion and is questionable, but is expected to suit up.

But if the Bills are to cover the spread Monday, it will be due to a defense that ranks No. 4 in the NFL in yards allowed. Buffalo has 19 sacks — defensive linemen Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams and Trent Murphy have combined for 11, allowing the LB crew to focus on stopping other aspects. Teams are managing only 210 passing yards per game against Buffalo, fourth-fewest.

We can tell you Oh is leaning under, but his stronger play is against the spread. An alarming stat has caused him to pounce on one side. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

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Monday Night Football:The list of things Tom Brady succeeds at is fairly extensive. There are his five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVPs and three regular-season MVPs to name a few.Brady, Patriots look to continue dominance of Bills

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The list of things Tom Brady succeeds at is fairly extensive. There are his five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVPs and three regular-season MVPs to name a few.

Then there is Brady’s sparkling success against the Bills in the form of a 28-3 record in his 31 starts against them.

Brady looks to add to his success against his AFC East rivals on Monday night when the Patriots visit Buffalo.

Brady’s last loss to the Bills was a 17-9 home loss in Week 17 of 2014 when the Patriots had little to play for. He also lost in Week 3 of the 2011 season at Buffalo and in the 2003 season opener in Buffalo.

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Other than those blemishes, Brady has produced some standout performances against the Bills. He has 12 games with at least three touchdowns against Buffalo and 10 300-yard games against the Bills.

The Patriots have scored at least 30 points in 17 of those games, including last season in a Week 16 win in New England when Brady threw a pair of touchdowns in a 37-16 win.

His 28 wins against the Bills are the most ever by a quarterback against a single team. Brady is 14-2 in games played in Buffalo.

Another achievement Brady can attain is climbing up the list for touchdowns on Monday Night Football. His 48 TD passes on Monday nights are the fourth-most in NFL history, behind Dan Marino (74), Brett Favre (69) and Drew Brees (50).

Still, despite Brady’s personal array of success against a Bills team that has made the playoffs once since 1999, nobody on the Patriots is focused on their success in the series.

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“It’s always tough playing up there in Buffalo,” Patriots running back James White said. “I mean, those fans are going to be excited for a Monday Night Football game, and divisional games are always tough, no matter what those guys’ record is. They’re still a good football team. They’re going to play you tough for four quarters. I mean, going to be a good environment, got to be ready to go from the get-go.”

Speaking of tough, the Patriots are coming off a pair of tough wins in the last two weeks and enter on a four-game winning streak. After getting a 43-40 win at the buzzer over Kansas City in prime time in Week 6, the Patriots held on for a 38-31 win at Chicago last week.

Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots survived when New England’s defense stopped Chicago wide receiver Kevin White at the 1-yard line on the final play.

“You hold your breath when I saw him jump up and catch it,” Brady said. “I didn’t have the angle on the goal line. He was getting close to the end zone. They were pushing and we were pushing. It was probably a half yard or a yard, pretty close. Good for us to hold them out.”

The Bills are coming off a 37-5 loss at Indianapolis last week when Derek Anderson started and finished 20 of 33 for 175 yards. It was the most passing yards in four weeks for the Bills. Anderson was playing because rookie Josh Allen injured his elbow.

Since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001, Buffalo has employed 17 different starting quarterbacks against the Patriots.

Still, despite those overwhelming factors in favor of the Patriots, there is some wariness in New England as the Bills did blow out the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season.

“It’s a division game,” Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick said. “It’s always tough with them up there. We know that. I mean, we know it’s going to be tough. We talked about it but talking about it is the easy part. It’ll be dealing with it Monday night that will be the hard part.”

Buffalo’s 81 points are the fewest in the league heading into Week 8. It’s the third-lowest in team history and worst mark since Buffalo produced 75 points in the first seven games of the 1977 season.

Buffalo has yet to get at least 20 first downs in a game this year and its seven offensive touchdowns through this point is the worst since 2007.

More signs of Buffalo’s struggles include this dubious number: only eight of 22 drives have gotten past midfield in the last two games.

“We know we are not where we need to be,” said Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who was a New England assistant in two stints spanning 11 seasons. “I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. You have to have a short-term memory. You have to look at the things you need to improve on, which for us, is a lot.”

Last week, the Bills lost Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, who is in the league’s concussion protocol. McCoy hit his head on the turf and as of Thursday remains in the protocol, although he is practicing.

If McCoy sits out, the running game would feature a combination of Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy. They combined to average 6.1 yards per carry last week, while McCoy has five straight games with at least 100 total yards from scrimmage against New England.

Buffalo will be playing its first Monday night game since 2008 when it took a 29-27 home loss to the Cleveland Browns. Trent Edwards was Buffalo’s quarterback for its last Monday night game and Marshawn Lynch was the top rusher.

The Bills also have not won a Monday night game since beating Miami in 1999 and have not been victorious in a Monday night home game since beating Denver in 1994.

“This’ll be a big week for us in terms of the energy around the city and creating an environment in our stadium where it’s hard to play,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said.

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will have his number retired at halftime.

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Patriots vs Bills : The streaking New England Patriots, winners of four straight, go for five in a row on “Monday Night Football” when they travel to Buffalo to battle the Bills. Kickoff from New Era Field is at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Patriots, who were 1-2 a month ago, have averaged 39 points over their past four games to take control of the AFC East.

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This is the Bills’ third home game of the season after they played five of their first seven on the road. The Patriots opened as 13-point favorites and now are laying 14, while the over-under is 44.5 in the latest Bills vs. Patriots odds after dipping as low as 44. Before you make any Bills vs. Patriots picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

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It went 10-4 straight up in a wild Week 7, including calling the Patriots’ huge win over the Bears, improving its record to a blistering 71-34 on the season. And when it comes to top-rated picks, it is now on a strong 62-43 run. Anybody who has been following those picks is way, way up.

Now, the model has simulated the Patriots vs. Bills on “Monday Night Football” 10,000 times. We can tell you it says the over cashes in 52 percent of simulations, and it has also found plenty of value on one side of the spread. This pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model knows that at 41, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues to play at an elite level. He’s on pace to toss 37 touchdowns this season and already has 1,876 passing yards. With running back Sony Michel out with a knee injury, expect James White and Kenjon Barner to handle most of the rushing duties. Not only is White averaging a healthy 4.7 yards per carry, he’s also the team’s leading receiver with 45 catches for 380 yards.

All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is likely to suit up against the Bills after missing last week’s game with back spasms. Gronk has only one score this season, but is netting an impressive 15.6 yards per grab. Wide receiver Josh Gordon notched his first 100-yard game as a Patriot last Sunday, which included a nifty 55-yard reception.

But just because the Patriots have been hot doesn’t mean they’ll cover a two-touchdown spread in a divisional road game.

A strong ground game capable of keeping the high-flying New England offense off the field and taking pressure off Bills quarterback Derek Anderson will be key to a Buffalo cover. Buffalo’s top two running backs are banged up, but both are expected to play.

LeSean McCoy leads the squad with 244 rushing yards, but has yet to hit pay dirt. He has cleared the concussion protocol after practicing all week. Backup Chris Ivory topped 100 yards from scrimmage last week in the blowout loss to the Colts.

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The Chicago Bulls’ defense took a step in the right direction during Saturday’s victory at Atlanta.

Next up is one of the great defensive challenges in NBA history, as the Golden State Warriors make an early-season visit to the United Center.

The Bulls, missing four key players with injuries, will do what they can to slow down Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and company.

Needless to say, it’s a daunting task.

“Obviously, we’re facing one of the greatest rosters of all time,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Sunday at the Advocate Center. “Their constant movement, it’s a work of art what they do out there on the floor.”

In the past few days, Curry scored 51 points in three quarters against Washington, then Durant delivered a 25-point fourth quarter against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

The Warriors defeated the Nets 120-114 on Sunday in Brooklyn, Curry hitting seven 3-pointers on his way to 35 points.

Bulls point guard Ryan Arcidiacono will be playing against the Warriors for the first time. He said a year ago he watched the Bulls play the Warriors on television from Florida, during a Windy City Bulls road trip.

“I think my awe factor of playing against dudes is kind of gone from last year,” Arcidiacono said. “Even in preseason, playing against the Cavs and warming up and on the other side you see LeBron (James) and stuff. I try not to get too high or too low and bring that same energy regardless of who we play.”

Arcidiacono played the entire fourth quarter Saturday in Atlanta and fared well against Hawks rookie Trae Young. Arcidiacono scored a career-high 13 points, while Young went 0-for-6 from 3-point range.

Young is a similar style of player, but there’s no one like Curry. He’s averaging an unheard-of 12.3 attempts from 3-point range per game and connecting on 53 percent.

“I just try to be aggressive,” Arcidiacono said. “I know if you get too aggressive, you might be on a highlight video, but that happens to everyone. I’m up for the challenge and I think it’s going to be a team challenge, not just one-on-one, so we’re all have to be locked into the game plan.”

After playing on back-to-back nights, NBA teams traditionally take a day off, but Hoiberg chose to hold a light practice Sunday. He said the biggest reason was because the Bulls took a day off Thursday and the following night gave up 135 points in a loss to Charlotte.

“We feel we have too much work to do to take a day off at this time,” Hoiberg said. “You’ve got to come in, get your legs moving, get a sweat. We won’t do a lot. We’ll do a good long film session and walk through some things that we’ll see tomorrow and work on some execution.”

The Bulls made a 50-point improvement in points allowed, since they gave up just 85 in the victory over the Hawks. With so many key players injured, Hoiberg said the goal has been to simplify the game plan.

“We’re trying to do a good job executing a small amount of plays,” he said. “Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it does not look very good. We had 25 assists in 36 baskets (against the Hawks). That’s a step in the right direction.”

The Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls are two teams clearly operating on very different verticals.

The Warriors, who have won three of the past four NBA championships, have won four straight games and six of their first seven. The Bulls, meanwhile, have been hit hard by injuries — including a pair that has stripped Chicago of starters Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis for 4-6 weeks while fellow starter Lauri Markkanen remains out until mid-November and reserve Denzel Valentine remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

That sets up Monday’s meeting between the two teams at the United Center, where Golden State hopes to keep rolling while the Bulls are looking to simply stay afloat while being held down by the adversity that has beset Fred Hoiberg’s team early on.

The Warriors withstood a late surge by the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday in a 120-114 victory paced by 35 points from Stephen Curry to go along with 34 from Kevin Durant. Golden State outscored Brooklyn by 10 points in the fourth quarter to extend its winning streak.

Even with Golden State coming off another title, Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged there is a freshness to his team this season in the midst of its quick start out of the gate.

“We should have a lot of joy,” Kerr told reporters after Sunday’s victory. “We have a lot of things going for us. Our players are definitely in a good place. I think we’re playing pretty well — we can play better. I like the direction we’re heading. I feel like we’re getting better as we go.”

Kerr’s players can sense the momentum building as well as they head to Chicago to attempt to keep things moving. But the Warriors can’t get too far ahead of themselves.

“We kind of set mini-goals to start off the season better,” Curry told reporters Sunday. “Obviously, you’re not going to blow people out every night. It’s going to be tough. It’s the NBA. There’s talent everywhere.”

For all of its early-season struggles, Chicago is coming off a 97-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Already severely short-handed, the Bulls — who have won two of their past three games — got a huge effort from Zach LaVine, who scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Jabari Parker contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and went 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Ryan Arcidiacono and Wendell Carter, Jr., each tallied career-high scoring efforts to bolster the Bulls.

The victory was a big boost in the arm for the Bulls (2-4), who were coming off a 29-point loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and who needed something positive before welcoming the Warriors to town on Monday.

The well-balanced effort is exactly what the Bulls needed.

“They didn’t like how (Friday’s loss) went,” Hoiberg told reporters on Saturday. “They watched the film session. They were embarrassed and I could see it in their eyes that they were going to come out with a good effort (against the Hawks). When the ball was not going in the hoop, we stuck around and stayed with it. It’s been a problem for us the first five games; it affected our defense.”

Now, with an ugly win behind them, the Bulls will look to build off of Saturday’s win although they know the Warriors will provide a major challenge. But finding a way to right the ship — at least for now — will help.

“(We were) upset with the effort we gave (against Charlotte),” LaVine told reporters. “It felt good to bounce back and get a win.”

76ers vs Hawks

76ers vs Hawks:The Philadelphia 76ers (3-3) host the Atlanta Hawks (2-3) on Monday at 7:00 PM ET. This is their first meeting since April 10th 2018, a game Philadelphia 76ers won by the score of 121-113 (Sixers: Franchise-record 15th straight win).

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The Philadelphia 76ers are a -11 favorite in this game, 62.2% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread. The total number of points scored for the over/under is listed at 229.5, 77.1% have picked the under. For moneyline bets, the line is Philadelphia 76ers: -810, Atlanta Hawks: +560 and 80.1% have picked the Philadelphia 76ers to win the game. Get a 50% bonus up to $1,000 when you join MyBookie with Promo Code: HeroSports

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS PREVIEW
Philadelphia won their last game against the Charlotte Hornets, 105 – 103; Embiid: 27 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks. The 76ers enter this contest with a 3-3 record in their last 10 games and a 3-0 mark at home. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 27 points in their last game against the hornets. He went 10-of-22 from the field, for a 45.5% field goal percentage; 6/6 from the line, 1/5 from three-point range. In 36 minutes, Embiid’s stat line came out to 27 points, 2 assists, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 three with 3 turnovers.

The 76ers rank highly on defensive rebounds per game (#2), turnovers per game (#4) and assists per game (#5). The team needs work on steals per game (#22), field goal percentage (#19) and three point percentage (#19).

76ERS BETTING TRENDS

The 76ers have played 6 games during the last two weeks. In that time, their win-loss record is 3-3 with an average point differential of -2. Their record against the spread is 1-5, with an average pre-game line of -3.3 and an average -5.3 against the spread.

The 76ers and their opponents’ final score has beaten the Over/Under 4 times, while falling under 2 times. The Over/Under lines have averaged 219.6 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of 7.4.

Atlanta lost their last game to the Chicago Bulls, 97 – 85; LaVine: 27 points, 11 rebounds. The Hawks have a 2-3 record during their last 10-game stretch and are 1-2 in away games this season. Taurean Prince finished the game with a team-high 16 points against their last opponent, the bulls. He shot 35.7% from the field, making 5 of his 14 attempts (4/4 from the line, 2/5 from three-point range). Prince ended up with 16 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 2 threes with 6 turnovers in 34 minutes.

The Hawks rank well in three point percentage (#6), defensive rebounds per game (#9) and assists per game (#9). The team needs work on turnovers per game (#28), free throw percentage (#25) and field goal percentage (#22).

HAWKS BETTING TRENDS

In the last 5 games, the Hawks have gone 2-3 with an average point differential of -3.2. Against the spread, their record is 2-3, with an average pre-game line of 2.9 and an average -0.3 against the spread.

They have beat the Over/Under 3 times in this two-week span, while falling under 2 times. The Hawks’ Over/Under lines have averaged 226 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of -1.6.

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -11 — Over/Under: 229 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, NSPA
The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers meet Monday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Atlanta Hawks look for their second road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 110.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Taurean Prince is averaging 20.6 points and five rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Miles Plumlee is grabbing three rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last nine road games.

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The Philadelphia 76ers look to remain undefeated at home to get a game above a .500 record. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 112.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 114.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 29.2 points and 12.7 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 20.2 points and 3.3 assists. Robert Covington is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is dishing 7.4 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.3 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t lost a regular season home game since March 13.

The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic. The 76ers are 21-9 ATS in their last 30 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia, 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Atlanta Hawks have been better than expected out of the gate, and it has a lot to do with an offense that has shown improved depth and is seventh in three point percetnage. The Philadelphia 76ers have been dealing with injuries to their key players and have yet to really put together anything consistent. The Atlanta Hawks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games when a double-digit underdog. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last eight games ATS when a double-digit favorite. Given the 76ers shaky form, the value here is with the Hawks and the points.