Dec. 17 NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Monday’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. 20 Arizona State at Vanderbilt

Side Prediction/Full Game: Arizona State -1 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  OVER 152 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Vanderbilt +0.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  OVER 73.5 points (5/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Previous Day’s Record: 1-3 (.250)
December Record 42-36-2 (.538)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 123-127-8 (.492)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-1 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)             (19-19-1 (.500) in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)             (11-8-1 (.575) in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)             (12-8-0 (.600) in December)

Dec. 16 NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Sunday’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.

Pacific at Cal State Northridge

Side Prediction/Full Game: Pacific -6 (4/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Over 152 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Pacific -2 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Over 73.5 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Miami of Ohio at Northern Kentucky

Side Prediction/Full Game: Northern Kentucky -7.5 (4/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 142 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Northern Kentucky -3.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 67.5 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Previous Day’s Record: 4-4 (.500)
December Record 41-33-2 (.553)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 122-124-8 (.496)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-1 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 2-2 (.333)             (18-18-1 (.500 in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 0-2 (.000)             (11-7-1 (.605) in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 2-0 (1.000)           (12-7-0 (.632 in December)

Dec. 15 — NHL Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Saturday’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.

Dallas at Colorado:

Side Prediction/Full Game: Avalanche -165 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game: Over 6 goals (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Period: Stars +0.5 goals -175 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Period: Over 1.5 goals (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Period:

Previous Day’s Record: 3-1-0 (.750)
December Record 16-12-0 (.571)
November Record: 44-36-0 (.550)
October Record: 31-22-0 (.585)
Season Record: 91-70-0 (.565)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)           (0-0 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)           (6-8 (.429) in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (1.000)         (6-1 (.857 in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (1.000)           (4-3 (.571 in December)

Dec. 15 — NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Saturday’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.

UCSB at Rice

Side Prediction/Full Game: UCSB -5.5 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 142 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: UCSB -3 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 67.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Kent State at Louisville

Side Prediction/Full Game: Kent State +14 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Over 148 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Kent State +7.5 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Over 70 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Charleston at VCU

Side Prediction/Full Game: VCU -6.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 128 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: VCU -3 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 60.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Utah at No. 19 Kentucky

Side Prediction/Full Game: Kentucky -14.5 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 146.5 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Kentucky -8.5 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 68.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Cincinnati at No. 18 Mississippi State

Side Prediction/Full Game: Mississippi State -2.5 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 130 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Cincinnati +1.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 61 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Previous Day’s Record: 10-10 (.500)
December Record 37-29-2 (.559)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 118-120-8 (.496)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-1 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 5-5 (.500)       (16-16-1 (.500 in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 3-2 (.600)             (11-5-1 (.676) in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 2-3 (.400)             (10-7-0 (.588 in December)

Dec. 7 — NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Thursday’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.

Massachusetts at Providence

Side Prediction/Full Game: Providence -9.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Over 149 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Providence -5 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Over 70.5 points (5/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Previous Day’s Record: 3-1 (.750)
December Record 27-19-2 (.583)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 108-110-8 (.496)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          (0-1 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 1-1(.500)        (11-11-1 (.500) in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (1.000)           (8-3-1 (.708) in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (1.000)           (8-4-0 (.667) in December)

WEEK 14 NFL Picks — UPDATES WITH SUNDAY PICKS!

This is the condensed version of picks for the NFL Week 14 games for Winners and Whiners between:

No previews this week.

Just a note that I did not write any previews for this weekend’s games since my liver and myself are recovering from my alma mater Marquette defeating No. 12 Wisconsin in overtime. If you ever want to lose a layer of stomach lining, I strongly suggest watching your team — which entered the game shooting 75.9 percent from the foul line — miss six consecutive free throws while trying to protect a four-point lead in overtime. Good times. Anyway, there will be some games with between two picks for all 16 games this weekend to get to a total of 20.

And while I will not be on the “Bank the Bet” podcast in which Scott Steehn, you should give a listen because Scott always gets good people on that show who make smart, winning picks. So follow Winners and Whiners on Twitter here (@WinnersWhiners) and follow me as well here @AlTruda73

Week 13 Review:

I blame my love of offense on flopping Thursday night, and not trusting in the “rust” of the Rams in the first half. I also blame Mike McCarthy for the Packers debacle. Just like everyone in Green Bay. There were two picks I was proud of — the Dolphins money line in the first half and the Jets getting six points at Tennessee before that colossal collapse.

Also, it never ceases to amaze how close to a lock is the Patriots are when giving less than a touchdown. And so it goes for this bitter Jets fan. Once more to the picks!

Thursday, Dec. 6

Jacksonville at Tennessee: Over 18.5 points 1st Half (3/5) — LOSS!

Sunday, Dec. 9

New York Jets at Buffalo: Bills -4.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
New York Giants at Washington: Giants -3 (3/5) — WIN!
New Orleans at Tampa Bay: Saints -9.5 (4/5) and Under 54 points (3/5) —  WIN and WIN!
New England at Miami: Patriots -9 (3/5) — LOSS!
Baltimore at Kansas City: Chiefs -4 1st half (5/5) — WIN!
Indianapolis at Houston: Texans -4 (4/5) and Over 49 points (3/5) — LOSS! and LOSS!
Carolina at Cleveland: Over 23.5 points 1st half (3/5) — WIN!
Atlanta at Green Bay: Under 50.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Denver at San Francisco: Under 22.5 points 1st half (3/5) — WIN!
Cincinnati at Los Angeles Chargers: Chargers -9.5 1st half (4/5) — LOSS!
Philadelphia at Dallas: Over 21.5 points 1st half (3/5) — LOSS!
Detroit at Arizona: Cardinals +1 1st half (3/5) — LOSS!
Pittsburgh at Oakland: Steelers -7 1st half (3/5) — LOSS!
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago: Over 51.5 points (3/5) and Bears +1.5 1st half (3/5) — LOSS/WIN!

December 10

Minnesota at Seattle: Over 46 points (5/5) — LOSS!

Previous Week’s Record: 8-11 (.421)
Season Record: 157-140-1 (.529)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          Season (0-0, .000)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          Season (0-0, .000)
3-Star Pick Record: 6-9 (.400)          Season (114-97-1, .540)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)         Season (19-25, .432)
5-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)         Season (22-18, .550)

Dec. 6 NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Thursday’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.

Iowa State at Iowa

Side Prediction/Full Game: Iowa State -2.5 (2/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Over 152.5 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Iowa State -1 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Over 73.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Previous Day’s Record: 2-2 (.500)
December Record 24-18-2 (.568)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 105-109-8 (.491)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)          (0-1 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (1.000)        (10-10-1 (.500) in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 1-0 (.000)           (7-3-1 (.682) in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 0-1 (.000)           (7-4-0 (.636) in December)