Bah, Humbug! Sports betting "Scrooges" this December

Dec 21, 2012 |
Calvin Johnson and the Lions should expect three ghostly visits this Xmas Eve.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Calvin Johnson and the Lions should expect three ghostly visits this Xmas Eve.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
If you’ve bet on these teams listed below this month, you’ve been getting the “Bob Cratchit” treatment.

These three “Scrooges” have reached deep into your pockets during December and that iPad you planned on buying your wife has downgraded to a yellow legal pad and some crayons.

But, if Charles Dickens has taught us anything, these money-burning busts will get a nasty trio of visitors on Christmas Eve.

Detroit Lions (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS in December)

The Lions have been busting bankrolls all season with their lousy play. But things have gotten especially rotten in December. Detroit is 0-4 SU and ATS this month with two of those losses coming as sizable favorites. The Lions were 3.5-point underdogs at home to Atlanta Saturday, losing 31-18. The focus may have been more on getting Calvin Johnson the single-season receiving record than winning the football game. Now that Megatron has the record, perhaps Detroit will go out with a bang versus Chicago in Week 17.

Charlotte Bobcats (0-12 SU, 3-9 ATS)

Finding the Bobcats on this list is about as surprising as opening that bowling-ball shaped gift that weighs about 12 pounds. Oh, it's a bowling ball... . That's the level of excitement for Charlotte fans this month. The team hasn't won since Nov. 24 and that quick start to the season has made this dry spell even more agonizing. The Bobcats do catch a break, putting an end to a four-game western road trip with a home game on Dec. 26. Oh wait, that game is against the defending champion Miami Heat.

Indiana-Purdue Jaguars (1-5 SU, 0-5 ATS in December)

For a team that takes away a lot of money, they sure love to give up offensive rebounds. The Jaguars rank among the worst rebounding teams in the country (28.9 per game – 333rd) and have allowed opponents to scoop up more than 10 offensive boards per night. All those second-chance opportunities are killing IUPUI backers (if there are any left after a 0-10 ATS start to the season). The Jags have a small excuse, playing nine of their first 14 games away from Indianapolis this season.
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