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Thursday’s betting tips: Bettors like Cardinals after rainout
Weather to watch
-There is a 40 percent chance of rain in both of Thursday’s college football games – Virginia at Miami and Rice at Houston. Wind may also be a factor in Houston with 12-17 mph winds expected.
-Weather isn’t expected to be a factor in Game 6 of the World Series following Wednesday’s rainout. Temperatures should be around 50 degrees with a 6 mph wind blowing in from left field to first base.
MLB: St. Louis is 5-1 in its last six games as a favorite.
NCAAF: Houston is 4-0 against the spread in its last four home games.
NHL: Boston is 12-5 in its last 17 home games.
NHL: Washington is 7-0 to start the season.
MLB: The over is 0-4 in Texas’ last four interleague road games.
NCAAF: Miami is 2-6 against the spread in its last eight home games.
NHL: The New York Islanders are just 6-20 in their last 26 meetings with Pittsburgh.
NHL: Dallas is 3-10 in its last 13 games against Los Angeles.
4-7-1 – Conventional wisdom suggests NFL teams would be more profitable after their bye weeks but so far this season teams are 4-7-1 against the spread following their off week. Buffalo, Cincinnati, New York Giants, New England, Philadelphia and San Francisco were off last week.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Tim Connolly, Toronto Maple Leafs – Connolly (shoulder) is currently listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against New York at Madison Square Garden, but word has it he may make his regular season debut with the Maple Leafs. The Rangers are set as -160 favorites in their home opener. MSG was undergoing renovations, forcing the team on the road to begin the season.
Game of the day
Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals (-115, 7)
"We've got to be physical," "You can't make errors with Case. For us to have a chance, we have to make sure that we have the best tackling game of the year. They are just incredibly gifted. And they have an incredibly gifted man at the quarterback who gets the ball where it needs to go." – Rice coach David Bailiff on facing Houston and quarterback Case Keenum. Rice is set as a big 27.5-point underdog at Houston.
Notes and tips
Following Wednesday’s rainout of Game 6 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals remain set around -115 against the Texas Rangers and the majority of bettors see this series going seven games. As of Wednesday evening, about 55 percent of Covers.com Consensus bettors were backing the Cards, while a number of Vegas sportsbooks had moved them to -120. Jaime Garcia and Colby Lewis will enjoy an extra day of rest after being scheduled to start Wednesday. The total remains at 7 at most shops.
With Virginia’s passing attack struggling, coach Mike London is making some changes to the team’s dual-quarterback system. Sophomore Michael Rocco will get more snaps Thursday against Miami, leaving freshman David Watford with a smaller role. Rocco is said to be still nursing a rib injury and had 10 consecutive incompletions last week against N.C. State, but Watford also threw three picks in that game. Virginia is a 13.5-point underdog at Miami.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lynch was a last-minute scratch from last week's game against the Cleveland Browns when he hurt his lower back in pregame warmups. The team's leading rusher with 239 yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries, Lynch was coming off his best game of the season when he rushed for 98 yards against the New York Giants. The Seahawks are set as 3-point underdogs.