January 13 NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Friday’s college basketball game for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Northwestern at No. 2 Michigan

Side Prediction/Full Game: Michigan -12 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 129 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Michigan -7 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: OVER 60 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Southern Cal at Oregon

Side Prediction/Full Game: USC +5.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game: OVER 141.5 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: USC OVER 67.5 points (5/5) — LOSS!
Side Prediction/1st Half: USC +4 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half: OVER 65 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Today’s Record: 3-6-0 (.333)
Previous Day’s Record: 15-9-0 (.625)
January Record 66-55-1 (.545)
December Record 86-62-5 (.578)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 233-208-12 (.528)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
3-Star Pick Record: 1-4 (.200)             (33-28-1 (.540) in January)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)             (17-13-0 (.567) in January)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)             (16-14-0 (.533) in January)

NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND PICKS

This is the condensed version of picks for Sunday’s NFL divisional round playoff games for Winners and Whiners between:

Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints

Wild-card round review:

Wow. I mean, just wow. Words really cannot do justice how wildly I let my ego run wild at my dive bar after rolling an 8-0 on Sunday. I was admittedly somewhat disappointed about my Colts-Texans picks, but after the Seahawks came through with a back-door cover for both the spread and the over/under, I felt a little better after Saturday’s games.

As a Jets fan who lives in Chicago, I must say the schadenfreude that came with watching Cody Parkey hit the post and then the crossbar was absolutely magnificently exquisite. More so when you actually post it on your Twitter time line before the final drive even starts. No really, go scroll through my timeline (@AlTruda73) and check the timestamp versus when the kick was made.

I’ll wait.

Anyway, all this self back-patting has set myself for an obvious 0-16 week for these four games, so the modest goal this week is 9-7 to beat the vig and have a still-impressive above-.600 percentage for the postseason. The full set of picks for the two Sunday games will come either Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Once more, THANK YOU for reading, and onto the picks!

For the individual games that have six picks, remember the 5/5 is simply the best pick of that individual game, not the entire week. 

Saturday, January 12

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs:

Full Game: Colts +5.5 (3/5) (*I expect the Chiefs to win, just not cover) — LOSS!
Over/Under: UNDER 56.5 points (4/5) — WIN!!

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams:

Full Game: Rams -7 (5/5) — WIN!
Over/UNDER: OVER 48.5 points (3/5) — WIN!

Sunday, January 13

Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots:

Full Game: Chargers +4 (3/5) — LOSS!
Full Total: UNDER 47.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Full Prop 1: Patriots UNDER 25.5 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Full Prop 2: Ekeler OVER 2.5 catches (5/5) — WIN!
Full Prop 3: Gronkowski OVER 49.5 yards (3/5) — LOSS!
1st Half: Chargers +3 (3/5) — LOSS!
1st Half Total: UNDER 23 points (3/5) — LOSS!
1st Half Prop: Patriots UNDER 13.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints:

Full Game: Saints -8 (4/5) — LOSS!
Full Total: UNDER 51.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Full Prop 1: Eagles UNDER 22.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Full Prop 2: Thomas OVER 87.5 receiving yards (3/5) — WIN!
Full Prop 3: Tate OVER 4 receptions (3/5) — LOSS!
1st Half: Saints -6 (5/5) — LOSS!
1st Half Total: OVER 26 points (3/5) — LOSS!
1st Half Prop: Saints OVER 15.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!

Hopefully, I’ve done well enough for you to not loathe me. Also as a reminder, this is how the timeline for NFL playoff previews on Winners and Whiners:

Monday night: Short lookahead
Thursday night/Friday: Deep dive preview covering both sides of the ball.
18-24 hours before kickoff: One last update based on line movement and injury reports.

One important thing to note: The format Winners and Whiners uses for Monday night only allows for a full game spread pick and full game over/under. Only HERE will you find the complete six-pick listing that I usually make with each preview I do. If that changes, I will inform you accordingly.

So follow Winners and Whiners on Twitter here (@WinnersWhiners) and follow me here @AlTruda73

Playoff Record: 19-17-0 (.528)

Day Record:                                  Overall Record:
1-Star Pick Record: 0-0-0 (.000)       Postseason Record (0-0-0, .000)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0-0 (.000)       Postseason Record (0-0-0, .000)
3-Star Pick Record: 3-9-0 (.250)       Postseason Record (11-13-0, .458)
4-Star Pick Record: 0-2-0 (.000)       Postseason Record (4-2-0, .667)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-1-0 (.500)       Postseason Record (4-2-0, .667)
Regular Season Record: 197-181-1 (.522)
Total Record: 216-198-1 (.533)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          Season (0-0, .000)              Playoffs (0-0-0, .000)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          Season (0-0, .000)              Playoffs (0-0-0, .000)
3-Star Pick Record: 3-9 (.250)          Season (139-128-1, .521)  Playoffs (11-13-0, .458)
4-Star Pick Record: 0-2 (.000)        Season (27-31, .466)            Playoffs (4-2-0, .667)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)          Season (31-22, .585)          Playoffs (4-2-0, .667)

January 12 NHL Picks — Arizona at Edmonton

These are the condensed versions of picks for Thursday’s NHL games for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Arizona at Edmonton

Side Prediction/Full Game: Oilers -139 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game: OVER 5.5 goals (5/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Oilers OVER 3 goals (4/5) — LOSS!
Side Prediction/1st Period: Coyotes +0.5 goals -200 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Period: OVER 1.5 goals -120 (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Period:

Day’s Record: 2-6-0 (.250)
Previous Day’s Record: 2-2-1 (.500)
January Record: 16-14-2 (.531)
December Record 39-33-1 (.541)
November Record: 44-36-0 (.550)
October Record: 31-22-0 (.585)
Season Record: 130-105-3 (.553)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)           (0-0 (.000) in January)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)           (0-0 (.000) in January)
3-Star Pick Record: 0-4 (.000)           (8-8-2 (.500) in January)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)           (4-3 (.571) in January)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)           (4-3 (.571)  in January)

January 12 NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Friday’s college basketball game for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State

Side Prediction/Full Game: Duke -7 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 156.5 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Florida State +4 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: UNDER 74.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

No. 16 Ohio State at Iowa

Side Prediction/Full Game: Iowa -2.5 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: OVER 147 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Iowa -1.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half: OVER 69 points (5/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Seton Hall at No. 21 Marquette

Side Prediction/Full Game: Marquette -4.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 151 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Marquette -2.5 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: UNDER 71 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

VCU at Davidson

Side Prediction/Full Game: Davidson -2.5 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 130 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Davidson -2 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: UNDER 61 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Toledo at Western Michigan

Side Prediction/Full Game: Toledo -6 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: OVER 145 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Western Michigan +3 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: OVER 69 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Texas-Arlington at Coastal Carolina

Side Prediction/Full Game: Coastal Carolina -6 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 142.5 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Coastal Carolina -3 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half: UNDER 67 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Today’s Record: 15-9-0 (.625)
Previous Day’s Record: 0-5-0 (.000)
January Record 63-49-1 (.562)
December Record 86-62-5 (.578)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 230-202-12 (.532)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
3-Star Pick Record: 6-6 (.500)             (32-24-1 (.570) in January)
4-Star Pick Record: 5-1 (.833)             (16-12-0 (.571) in January)
5-Star Pick Record: 4-2 (.667)             (15-13-0 (.536) in January)

January 11 NCAA Basketball Picks — Purdue at Wisconsin

These are the condensed versions of picks for Friday’s college basketball game for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Purdue at Wisconsin:

Side Prediction/Full Game: Wisconsin -3 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 136 points (5/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Purdue UNDER 64.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Side Prediction/1st Half: Wisconsin -1.5 (4/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half: UNDER 61.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

Today’s Record: 0-5-0 (.000)
Previous Day’s Record: 4-4-0 (.500)
January Record 48-40-1 (.545)
December Record 86-62-5 (.578)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 215-193-12 (.526)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
3-Star Pick Record: 0-3 (.000)             (26-18-1 (.589) in January)
4-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)             (11-11-0 (.500) in January)
5-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)             (11-11-0 (.500) in January)

January 9 NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Wednesday’s college basketball games for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Davidson at George Mason

Side Prediction/Full Game: Davidson -1 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: UNDER 139 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Davidson -0.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: UNDER 65 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half: 

La Salle at VCU

Side Prediction/Full Game: VCU -14.5 (4/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  OVER 139.5 points (5/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: VCU -7 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half: OVER 67 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Fordham at Duquesne

Side Prediction/Full Game: Duquesne -7 (4/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  OVER 129 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: 
Side Prediction/1st Half: Duquesne -4 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half: OVER 61 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Today’s Record: 5-7-0 (.417)
Previous Day’s Record: 3-5-0 (.375)
January Record 48-33-1 (.591)
December Record 86-62-5 (.578)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 215-186-12 (.535)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0-0 (.000) in January)
3-Star Pick Record: 2-4 (.333)             (26-15-1 (.631) in January)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-2 (.333)             (11-9-0 (.550) in January)
5-Star Pick Record: 2-1 (.667)             (11-9-0 (.550) in January)

January 8 NHL Picks — Columbus at Tampa Bay

These are the condensed versions of picks for Tuesday’s NHL game for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning

Side Prediction/Full Game: Lighting -185 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: OVER 6.5 goals (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Lightning OVER 3.5 goals (3/5) — WIN!
Side Prediction/1st Period: Blue Jackets +0.5 goals -165 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Period: OVER 1.5 goals (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Period:

Day’s Record: 3-2-0 (.600)
Previous Day’s Record: 2-2-1 (.500)
January Record: 14-8-2 (.625)
December Record 39-33-1 (.541)
November Record: 44-36-0 (.550)
October Record: 31-22-0 (.585)
Season Record: 128-99-3 (.563)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)           (0-0 (.000) in January)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)           (0-0 (.000) in January)
3-Star Pick Record: 2-1 (.667)           (8-4-2 (.643) in January)
4-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)           (3-2 (.600) in January)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (1.000)         (3-2 (.600)  in January)