NFL 2014: Week 7 Predictions Against The Spread

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

*indicates outright upset
Thursday Night
Jets (+9.5) over NEW ENGLAND
Sunday (Early)

INDIANAPOLIS (-3.0) over Cincinnati

Cincinnati (+3.0) over INDIANAPOLIS

Tennessee (+5.0) over WASHINGTON

Tennessee (+5.0) over WASHINGTON

CHICAGO (-3.0) over Miami

Miami (+3.0) over CHICAGO

*JACKSONVILLE (+4.0) over Cleveland

Cleveland (-4.0) over JACKSONVILLE

Seattle (-7.0) over ST. LOUIS

ST. LOUIS (+7.0) over Seattle

Carolina (+6.0) over GREEN BAY

Carolina (+6.0) over GREEN BAY

Atlanta (+6.5) over BALTIMORE

Atlanta (+6.5) over BALTIMORE

Minnesota (+6.0) over BUFFALO

Minnesota (+6.0) over BUFFALO

*New Orleans (+1.5) over DETROIT

DETROIT (-1.5) over New Orleans

Sunday (Late)

SAN DIEGO (-3.0) over Kansas City

Kansas City (+3.0) over SAN DIEGO

Giants (+4.5) over DALLAS

Giants (+4.5) over DALLAS

Arizona (-3.0) over OAKLAND

OAKLAND (+3.0) over Arizona

Sunday Night

DENVER (-6.5) over San Francisco

San Francisco (+6.5) over DENVER

Monday Night

PITTSBURGH (-3.0) over Houston

PITTSBURGH (-3.0) over Houston

 

NFL 2014: Week 6 Predictions Against The Spread

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Thursday Night 

Indianapolis (-2.5) over HOUSTON

HOUSTON (+2.5) over Indianapolis

Sunday (Early)

JETS (-9.5) over Denver

JETS (+9.5) over Denver

*PIttsburgh (+1.5) over CLEVELAND

Pittsburgh (+1.5) over CLEVELAND

Jacksonville (+5.0) over TENNESSEE

TENNESSEE (-5.0) over Jacksonville

ATLANTA (-3.0) over Chicago

ATLANTA (-3.0) over Chicago

Green Bay (-2.5) over MIAMI

MIAMI (+2.5) over Green Bay

Detroit (+3.0) over MINNESOTA

MINNESOTA (-3.0) over Detroit

Carolina (+7.0) over CINCINNATI

Carolina (+7.0) over CINCINNATI

New England (-1.5) over BUFFALO

BUFFALO (+1.5) over New England 

TAMPA BAY (+3.5) over Baltimore

TAMPA BAY (+3.5) over Baltimore 

Sunday (Late)

OAKLAND (+7.0) over San Diego

OAKLAND (+7.0) over San Diego 

SEATTLE (-8.5) over Dallas

Dallas (+8.5) over SEATTLE

ARIZONA (-6.0) over Washington

Washington (+6.0) over ARIZONA

Sunday Night

PHILADELPHIA (-2.5) over GIANTS

PHILADELPHIA (-2.5) over GIANTS

Monday Night 

San Francisco (-3.0) over ST. LOUIS

ST. LOUIS (+3.0) over San Francisco

 

 

NBA 2014-15 Preview Atlantic Division: Can The Knicks’ Triangle Win A Division Title?

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

This is the first of my NBA divisional previews. For each team I will post my projected starting lineups, give a brief outlook on the season for each team, and highlight an X factor on the roster. The teams will be listed in the order I expect them to finish. We begin with the Atlantic Division.

Toronto Raptors (Last season: 48-34) 

Starting Five: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas 

The Raps aren’t going to catch anyone off guard this season, but they’re sporting an athletic, exciting corps. Lowry is the highest-profile player on this roster, but Valanciunas will be the straw that stirs the drink. Last year he averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 28 minutes a night. Expect him to be throwing up double-doubles this season.

Look at the EFFORT!!!!!

They added Lou Williams this offseason as a microwave off the bench, and Chuck Hayes to be a post presence defensively. While Hayes isn’t much of a rim protector, Valanciunas, Tyler Hansbrough and Co. haven’t proven to be top-notch defenders. Sometimes, if a big man is in too much of a groove, they can call on Hayes to rough him up.

X-Factor: DeMar Derozan’s Shooting

There’s no doubting Derozan can ball, but his 30 percent mark from behind the 3-point line won’t cut it if they want to seriously be Finals contenders. They remain a dark horse for that, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.  Continue reading

NBA 2014 Preview: Players Under Pressure To Step Up

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

There are names we expect to be near the top of their conferences in the NBA by the time the postseason rolls around–Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, etc. There are other teams, however, whose seasons could hinge on whether a certain player lives up to his billing/potential. Here are a few of them.

Roy Hibbert: C, Indiana Pacers

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NFL 2014: Week 5 Predictions Against The Spread

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Thursday Night

GREEN BAY (-9.0) over Minnesota

Minnesota (+9.0) over GREEN BAY

Sunday (Early)

Chicago (+2.5) over CAROLINA

Chicago (+2.5) over CAROLINA

Cleveland (PK) over TENNESSEE

TENNESSEE (PK) over Cleveland

Buffalo (+7.5) over DETROIT

Buffalo (+7.5) over DETROIT

PHILADELPHIA (-7.0) over St. Louis

St. Louis (+7.0) over PHILADELPHIA

Atlanta (+4.0) over GIANTS

GIANTS (-3.0) over Atlanta

NEW ORLEANS (-10.0) over Tampa Bay

NEW ORLEANS (-10.0) over Tampa Bay

Houston (+6.5) over DALLAS

Houston (+6.0) over DALLAS

INDIANAPOLIS (-3.5) over Baltimore

INDIANAPOLIS (-3.5) over Baltimore

JACKSONVILLE (+6.0) over Pittsburgh

JACKSONVILLE (+6.0) over Pittsburgh

Sunday (Late)

DENVER (-7.5) over Arizona

DENVER (-7.0) over Arizona

SAN FRANCISCO (-4.5) over Kansas City

SAN FRANCISCO (-4.5) over Kansas City

Jets (+6.5) over SAN DIEGO

Jets (+6.5) over SAN DIEGO

Sunday Night

NEW ENGLAND (+1.0) over Cincinnati

NEW ENGLAND (+2.0) over Cincinnati

Monday Night

WASHINGTON (+7.0) over Seattle

WASHINGTON (+7.0) over Seattle

 

 

NFL Week 5 Picks Podcast With Coach Gottlin: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Coach Gottlin is back for the Week 5 picks. Due to weekend festivites, all best bets are locked in right now. Get to betting!

MLB Playoffs 2014: Top 5 Players I Will Miss This October

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

The postseason began with a bang! Kansas City vs. Oakland in that AL Wildcard game was an all-timer for sure. It featured big pitchers, clutch hits, copious steals–EVERYTHING. There will be more great games, featuring great players. Hell, Mike Trout is making his postseason debut.

Let’s pour some out though for the players who didn’t reach the postseason. 

Some of these players barely missed out, while others excelled for teams that just weren’t any good. Here are the top five (there are plenty more) that I would’ve loved to see this fall. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather’s Next Move And More: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

Matty Borgata, Joe Labisi and I break down Mayweather vs. Maidana II, the next move for Floyd and Manny Pacquiao, and much much more.

 

 

NFL 2014: Week 4 Predictions Against The Spread

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

*indicates outright upset

Italics are Coach Gottlin’s picks.

Thursday 

WASHINGTON (-3.5) over Giants

Giants (+3.5) over WASHINGTON 

Sunday (Early) 

*OAKLAND (+4.0) over Miami

OAKLAN (+4.0) over Miami

Green Bay (-1.5) over CHICAGO

Green Bay (-1.5) over CHICAGO

HOUSTON (-3.0) over Buffalo

Buffalo (+3.0) over HOUSTON

Tennessee (+7.0) over INDIANAPOLIS

Tennessee (+7.0) over INDIANAPOLIS

BALTIMORE (-3.0) over Carolina

BALTIMORE (-3.0) over Carolina

*JETS (+1.5) over Detroit

JETS  (+1.5) over Detroit

Tampa Bay (+7.5) over PITTSBURGH

Tampa Bay (+7.5) over PITTSBURGH

Sunday (Late)

Jacksonville (+12.0) over SAN DIEGO

Jacksonville (+13.0) over SAN DIEGO

Philadelphia (+5.5) over SAN FRANCISCO

Atlanta (-3.0) over MINNESOTA

MINNESOTA (+3.0) over Atlanta

Sunday Night

New Orleans (-3.0) over DALLAS

DALLAS (+3.0) over New Orleans

Monday Night

New England (-3.0) over KANSAS CITY

KANSAS CITY (+3.0) over New England

 

NFL Week 4 Picks Podcast With Coach Gottlin: The Deli Counter

By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)

This week Coach and I make our best five picks while dealing with the first round of bye weeks.