Bruce Marshall

Marshall: MLB/NHL Picks

MLB-   Pittsburgh (Keller) at Oakland (Wood) -130; Total 8u -105.  As the Pirates don’t have a big following these days, we can’t help but speculate about the crowd count tonight at Oakland after an announced 3,528 on Monday night at the Coliseum. (“Over” or “Under” 3,550 on Tuesday night?) To the field, and the Marshall: MLB/NHL Picks

Thursday’s MLB Primer with Picks

Milwaukee (Peralta) -120 at Pittsburgh (Keller); Total 7u -110.  It was good for the Brewers to win on Wednesday to shake a mini-slump before it turned into something more ominous.  As it was, last night’s 3-2 verdict stopped a three-game skid and was the latest solid effort put forth by the Milwaukee staff, which allowed Thursday’s MLB Primer with Picks

Tuesday’s MLB Primer with Picks

A look at featured MLB recommendations for Tuesday night… Detroit (Maeda) at Tampa Bay (Pepiot) -160; Total 8u -115…  The Rays are treading water at 12-12, and we’re still waiting for them to begin a trademark win streak and extended uptick.   But Tampa Bay also hasn’t lost more than the current two in a row, wither, Tuesday’s MLB Primer with Picks

Tuesday’s NBA Playoffs Primer

Indiana at Milwaukee -1.5; Total 220.5. Time maybe for Rick Carlisle to give a call to Doctor Phil as the Pacers continue to ride a real emotional rollercoaster, exhibiting bipolar tendencies befitting of psychological help. The Dr Jekyll-Mr. Hyde act was definitely one of the latter on Sunday in Game 1 at Milwaukee, as the Tuesday’s NBA Playoffs Primer

Marshall: Big Dance Memories

It’s Final Four weekend in the Valley of the Sun, but whenever we get to this point in the season, we can’t help but reminisce.  Sometimes, we like to simply remind readers about a player or a team from the past that shouldn’t be forgotten. We suspect that since Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)’s college exploits Marshall: Big Dance Memories

NIT Final Four rotation arrives at Hinkle Fieldhouse

The “great survivor” of college basketball continues as the National invitation Tournament has managed to re-establish its foothold, albeit with a bit different look in 2024.  The NIT Final Four continues to experiment with a venue rotation like the MLB All-Star Game, landing this season at Indianapolis and Butler’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse after popping up NIT Final Four rotation arrives at Hinkle Fieldhouse

Friday Previews: FAU vs. Northwestern & Clemson vs. New Mexico

Northwestern vs. Florida Atlantic (2.5; 141.5); NCAA at Brooklyn… To grasp what Chris Collins has done at Northwestern, consider that the Wildcats hadn’t been to the Dance at all until her arrived on campus, and not then unitl 2019 did NU qualify.  Now, it’s back-to-back appearances, marking three in five seasons, heretofore considered impossible at Friday Previews: FAU vs. Northwestern & Clemson vs. New Mexico

Thursday Previews: NC St. vs Texas Tech, McNeese St. vs Gonzaga and Long Beach St. vs Arizona

Long Beach State vs. Arizona (-20, 163.5); NCAA at Salt Lake City… Surprising how many keen observers have told us they believe the Beach might be a tougher matchup for the Cats than either of the potential second-round foes, Nevada or Dayton. No matter three years, three seeds of one or two in the regionals Thursday Previews: NC St. vs Texas Tech, McNeese St. vs Gonzaga and Long Beach St. vs Arizona

Gonzaga is the favorite vs. Saint Mary’s in WCC Tournament finals

Louisville vs. NC State (-9.5, 148.5); ACC at Washington, DC… If the ‘Ville hasn’t rallied by now for Kenny Payne, it’s probably not going to happen, as most ACC observers suspect that his days with the Cards are likely numbered after two desultory campaigns.  That there will be no shortage of interested parties for this Gonzaga is the favorite vs. Saint Mary’s in WCC Tournament finals

Marshall: Thursday College Basketball Primer with Picks

Wright State (-2, 163.5) at Cleveland State… They’re the quintessential team of this season’s shoot ‘em up Horizon League, where high-scoring firefights have become as familiar as the icy winds off of Lake Erie. We’re talking about Wright State, whose previous claims to fame are being named after Orville & Wilbur (true!), owning a surprisingly beautiful Marshall: Thursday College Basketball Primer with Picks

Marshall: Super Wild Card Trends

CLEVELAND at HOUSTON (Saturday, January 13)… Browns won and covered this matchup 36-22 on Dec. 24 at Houston, though CJ Stroud missed game for Texans. That was part of a four-game Cleveland win and cover run in December with Joe Flacco at QB. Browns also closed season on 9-3 “over” run. Houston 6-2 last eight as Marshall: Super Wild Card Trends

Marshall: Week 18 NFL Trends

PITTSBURGH at BALTIMORE (Saturday, January 6)… Underdog side has covered last eight in series. Steelers have won and covered last two weeks with Mason Rudolph at QB, Pittsburgh also “over” four in a row, though last six “under” in series.   Ravens have won six straight outright and 5-1 vs. line in those games.  Tech edge-Steelers, based on Marshall: Week 18 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 17 NFL Trends

NY JETS at CLEVELAND (Thursday, December 28) … J-Men have dropped five of their last six vs spread this season, also 1-4-1 vs. spread as visitor. “Under” last four on road as well, though “over” 3-2 last five since late November. Brownies have won and covered their last three (3-1 with Flacco), and “over” 4-1 last Marshall: Week 17 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 16 NFL Trends

NEW ORLEANS at LA RAMS  (Thursday, December 21)… Saints have won and covered two straight, both at Superdome against punchless foes (Panthers & Giants), but had dropped previous three.  Also “under” 18-6 since mid 2022.  Surging Rams have won four of last five outright and have covered four straight.  Tech edge-Rams and slight to “under,” Marshall: Week 16 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 15 NFL Trends

LA CHARGERS at LAS VEGAS (Thursday, December 14)… Home team has now won and covered last five in series. Last three and four of last five meetings “under” as well.  Bolts 9-1-1 “under” last eleven in 2023, Raiders now on 9-2 “under” run this season. Vegas 3-1-1 vs. line for Antonio Pierce even though losing Marshall: Week 15 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 14 NFL Trends

NEW ENGLAND at PITTSBURGH (Thursday, December 7)… Patriots have lost and failed to cover last five and eight of last nine this season. Belichick also “under” four straight and eight of last ten in 2023. Steelers on 9-1 “under” run. Tech edge-“Under,” based on series trends. JACKSONVILLE at CLEVELAND… Jags had won and covered seven Marshall: Week 14 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 13 NFL Trends

SEATTLE at DALLAS (Thursday, November 30)… Cowboys 8-3 vs. line this season, including 5-0 at home, where no win has been by fewer than 20 points.  Dallas also “over” 4-1 at Arlington, and 9-1 “over” last ten as host. Seahawks only 1-3-1 vs. spread last five this season, slowing down late in campaign as a Marshall: Week 13 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 12 NFL Trends

GREEN BAY at DETROIT (Thursday, November 23)… Lions have actually lost six in a row SU on Thanksgiving, though did cover last year vs. Bills. Detroit 4-15 SU last 19 on Thanksgiving. Lions have beaten Pack last four meetings, and now 16-4 last 20 vs. spread since mid 2022 even after non-cover vs. Bears. Green Marshall: Week 12 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 12 Technical Edges

BUFFALO at MIAMI-OHIO (Wednesday, November 15)… Home team has covered last six meetings. Bulls under six straight in 2023, RedHawks on 8-1 spread run this season. Tech edge-Miami-Ohio and under, based on team and totals trends. CENTRAL MICHIGAN at OHIO (Wednesday, November 8)… Last meeting 10-9-21 when Chips won but didn’t cover in Athens (30-27 Marshall: Week 12 Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 11 NFL Trends

CINCINNATI at BALTIMORE (Thursday, November 16)… Note Lamar Jackson is 7-1 SU in his career vs. Bengals.  Visiting team, however, covered all three meetings last season (Jackson missed the last two games at Cincy, including wild card round).  Before losing to Texans, Bengals had won and covered four in a row this campaign. Tech edge-slight Marshall: Week 11 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 10 NFL Trends

CHICAGO at CAROLINA (Thursday, November 9)… Bears showing a bit of life, covers in 3 of last 5 after long slump (only one cover in preceding eleven), “over” 6-3 this season (though “under” 3-1 last four).  Panthers even worse, just 1-6-1 vs. line this season, “under” all four in Charlotte.  Tech edge-slight to Bears and Marshall: Week 10 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 11 Technical Edges

EASTERN MICHIGAN at TOLEDO (Wednesday, November 8)… Eagles 5-1-1 vs. spread last seven meetings, EMU also now 22-1-1 last 24 as MAC road dog! Rockets only 4-11 as chalk since mid 2022.  Tech edge- Eastern Michigan, based on team and series trends. BOWLING GREEN at KENT STATE (Wednesday, November 8)… Road team has covered last Marshall: Week 11 Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 10 Technical Edges

BOSTON COLLEGE at SYRACUSE (Friday, November 3)…Home team has covered last three meetings. Eagles have won last four and covered three of those this season. BC also on 9-2-1 over run since late 2022. Orange in a real nosedive, 0-4 SU and vs. line last four this season. Tech edge-Boston College and over, based on Marshall: Week 10 Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 9 NFL Trends

TENNESSEE at PITTSBURGH (Thursday, November 2)… Titans 14-8 vs. line as dog since 2021 (2-2 in role this season).  Tenn was also “under” four straight before Atlanta last week. Steel “under” five straight and six of seven this season. Tech edge-“Under,” based on “totals trends. MIAMI vs KANSAS CITY (at Frankfurt, Germany) … Dolphins 6-2 Marshall: Week 9 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 9 Technical Edges

JACKSONVILLE STATE at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (Wednesday, October 25)… Rich-Rod 5-2 vs. line and under 6-2 with Gamecocks in their FBS debut. Golden Panthers 5-2 as dog since late 2022, also under 5-3 this season. Tech edge-slight to Florida International, based on team trends. UTEP at SAM HOUSTON (Wednesday, October 25)… Miners now 2-6 vs. line Marshall: Week 9 Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 8 NFL Trends

TAMPA BAY at BUFFALO (Thursday, October 26)… Bucs no covers three of last four this season, also “under” four in a row. Bills no covers last three this term, only 7-12 vs. spread since mid 2022. Buffalo “under” 5-2 in 2023.  Tech edge-“Under,” based on “totals’ trends. NEW ORLEANS at INDIANAPOLIS… Saints notched their first Marshall: Week 8 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 7 NFL Trends

JACKSONVILLE at NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, October 19)… Jags surging with three wins and covers on the spin, 10-3 spread run since late 2022. Saints “under” 6-0 this season, 11-1 “under” last 12, 14-2 “under” since mid 2022.  Tech edge- “Under” and Jags, based on totals and team trends. ATLANTA at TAMPA BAY… Falcons covered both Marshall: Week 7 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 6 NFL Trends

DENVER at KANSAS CITY (Thursday, October 12)… Broncos have lost a numbing 15 in a row to the Chiefs, last win during first meeting of the Denver Super Bowl season of 2015.  Yet Broncos have covered last three and four of last five meetings. Last three in series “over” as well.  Tech edge-“Over,” based on Marshall: Week 6 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 5 NFL Trends

CHICAGO at WASHINGTON (Thursday, October 5)… Bears SU losing streak now at 14 games, only two spread covers that span (2-11-1). Chicago also 4-0 “over” in 2023, and “over” 12-3 since mid 2022. Wash no covers last four as chalk, also “under” last seven at FedEx Field.  Tech edge-Washington and slight to “over,” based on Marshall: Week 5 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 5 CFB Technical Edges

Bruce Marshall, formerly of The Gold Sheet, has been providing content and picks in the sports betting industry for decades. You can find his work weekly here at MajorWager, and you can find more of his picks and analysis at both VegasInsider and SportsLine. MIDDLE TENNESSEE at WESTERN KENTUCKY (Thursday, September 28)… Tops have now Marshall: Week 5 CFB Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 4 NFL Trends

Bruce Marshall, formerly of The Gold Sheet, has been providing content and picks in the sports betting industry for decades. You can find his work weekly here at MajorWager, and you can find more of his picks and analysis at both VegasInsider and SportsLine. DETROIT at GREEN BAY (Thursday, September 28).. Lions have now won and Marshall: Week 4 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 4 Technical Edges

GEORGIA STATE at COASTAL CAROLINA (Thursday, September 21)… Road team has won and covered last three years in series. Panthers covered 4 of last 5 on road a year ago. Tech edge-slight to Georgia State, based on series trends. WISCONSIN at PURDUE (Friday, September 22)… Wiscy 1-2 vs. line for Luke Fickell, who has covered Marshall: Week 4 Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 2 NFL Trends

MINNESOTA at PHILADELPHIA (Thursday, September 14)… Birds won and covered over Vikes also in Week 2 last season (Monday night). Though 13-6 SU since last season, Minny only 7-11 vs. line, and 2-4 as dog.  Vikes also “over” 19-8 since mid 2021 despite “under” in opener vs Bucs.   Birds 8-3 vs. line at Linc last Marshall: Week 2 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 1 NFL Trends

CAROLINA at ATLANTA…  Frank Reich debut for Panthers.  Carolina 3-1 vs. line last four in series, Falcons closed last season dropping 8 of 11 vs. spread.  Atlanta 3-6-1 as chalk past two seasons.  Tech edge-slight to Panthers, based on team trends. HOUSTON at BALTIMORE… DeMeco Ryans Houston debut, Texans 5-3-1 vs. line away for Lovie Marshall: Week 1 NFL Trends

Marshall: Week 2 Technical Edges

VANDERBILT at WAKE FOREST…Wake won and covered this matchup 45-25 last season at Nashville. Note however that the visiting team is 9-0 vs. the line in Vandy non-conference games since Clark Lea arrived in 2021. Dores have covered seven of last nine as visitor. Deacs have covered just 1 of last 6 reg season games Marshall: Week 2 Technical Edges

Marshall: Week 1 CFB Technical Report

Editor’s Note: Bruce Marshall has been involved in the sports betting industry for several decades. You may recognize his name from his work through the years at The Gold Sheet and VegasInsider. We’re thrilled to announce that he’ll be providing weekly football content for MajorWager during the 2023 season!  NC STATE at UCONN (Thursday, August Marshall: Week 1 CFB Technical Report