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Douglas Farmer has covered Notre Dame football for various outlets since 2008. The joke around the Notre Dame press box each home game is to ask Douglas what the spread is on all other games across the country, knowing he spends as much time (if not more) with an eye on the national landscape as he does on the Irish. While the other beat writers may be joking, those answers directly influence what games are on the press box TVs up until Notre Dame's kickoff. Well-versed enough to hold a conversation about any sport short of cricket, his offseason focuses are all forms of basketball.

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A "return to living" trip to Vegas before the 2021 football season started by seeing value on Georgia to win the national championship at +800. By then, mid-August, the consensus line was +650. So, I took my entire weekend's bankroll and put it on what I affectionately referred to as "Clifford." The logic was, Georgia should make the Playoff and by then, I'll be sitting on great value to hedge out. Except, I never hedged out. I just added to the investment all season long, including with live odds of +140. The joy was not in the win, but in the five months of vindicated conviction.
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This may seem trivial, but it is the one that still aggravates me years later. There are few better bets in life than fading a Brian VanGorder defense. So when Bowling Green visited Notre Dame in 2019, I trusted the Irish to run it up on their former defensive coordinator, betting the Notre Dame team total Over 54.5. I think I am the only person in the world who vividly remembers Javon McKinley dropping an open crossing route inside the 10-yard line, forcing the Irish to settle for a field goal en route to a 52-0 win.
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Wizards vs Lakers Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: L.A. Takes The District Lightly

Feb 29, 2024 • 3:39 PM ET

The Lakers needed a Herculean effort to upset the Clippers last night, and with the Wizards being a team to understandably take it easy against, our NBA picks are looking to fade L.A. in a few spots as it rests tired legs.

Bucks vs Hornets Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Milwaukee Keeps Clamps Down

Feb 29, 2024 • 1:32 PM ET

Milwaukee has seemingly flipped a switch since the All-Star break with a defense that's shutting down opposing offenses. With the Bucks taking on the lowly Hornets tonight, our NBA picks expect that trend to continue.

NBA Odds, News & Notes: Luka Doncic Has Discovered a New Gear

Feb 29, 2024 • 7:34 AM ET

Luka Doncic just turned 25, and is only getting better with age. Opposing teams should be very afraid of what his continued development means for the rest of the NBA.

Grizzlies vs Timberwolves Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Memphis Falls Flat in First Half

Feb 28, 2024 • 3:19 PM ET

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been doing a stellar job of shutting down opposing offenses, and the feeble Memphis Grizzlies should be run out of the building early, per our NBA betting picks.

Cavaliers vs Bulls Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Mitchell Makes Chicago Pay from Deep

Feb 28, 2024 • 1:11 PM ET

If there's one thing the Bulls love to do, it's let opponents take as many shots from deep as possible. And with that, our NBA picks believe Donovan Mitchell will happily take this opportunity to let it fly from beyond the arc.

76ers vs Celtics Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Fade Embiid-less Sixers in Beantown

Feb 27, 2024 • 3:35 PM ET

Since the injury to MVP center Joel Embiid, Philadelphia's offense has struggled to establish an identity. Read more as Douglas Farmer expects Boston to clamp down on Philly in our 76ers vs. Celtics betting picks.

Spurs vs Timberwolves Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Minnesota's Defense Leads the Way

Feb 27, 2024 • 3:33 PM ET

Despite the offense struggling at times, the Timberwolves have always been able to rely on their defense. It's that defense that should lead them to victory against the visiting Spurs tonight — read more in our NBA picks below.

Heat vs Kings Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Barnes Heats Up From Beyond the Arc

Feb 26, 2024 • 7:53 PM ET

The Sacramento Kings are playing the second half of a back-to-back, while the Heat have had two days off to prepare for tonight's contest. Will rest win out, or will the Kings' offense stay hot against an inferior opponent? Read on to find out!

Baylor vs TCU Odds, Picks and Predictions: Target the Total in Big 12 Rematch

Feb 26, 2024 • 6:04 PM ET

Even with a quick turnaround for Baylor, our college basketball picks expect both offenses to be firing on all cylinders in Fort Worth in hopes of surpassing a total that may be a few points too low.

Nets vs Grizzlies Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Memphis Shuts Down BK

Feb 26, 2024 • 2:36 PM ET

The Brooklyn Nets are nowhere near contenders, and the lack of offense plays a major part in that. With Memphis' defense looking respectable recently, our NBA picks aren't expecting Brooklyn to have much to cheer for tonight.

Ohio State vs Minnesota Odds, Picks and Predictions: Golden Gophers Keep Covering

Feb 22, 2024 • 11:14 AM ET

Minnesota is a ming-boggling 22-3 against the spread this season and is catching an Ohio State squad ripe for a letdown after upsetting No. 2 Purdue last time out. As such, our NCAAB betting picks expect that ATS success to continue.

Golden State Warriors Odds to Make Playoffs: Draymond Holds the Key to Warriors Playoff Hopes

Feb 21, 2024 • 4:12 PM ET

The Golden State Warriors dynasty appears to be coming to an end with a ton of issues surrounding the team. Klay's struggling, Draymond's being Draymond and there is only so much Curry can do on his own. Find out if these issues are enough to keep the Warriors out of the playoffs come April.

Illinois vs Penn State Odds, Picks and Predictions: Fighting Illini Dominate Boards

Feb 21, 2024 • 12:29 PM ET

It just so happens that Penn State's biggest weakness — rebounding — is among Illinois' biggest strengths. Our choice on the 7.5-point spread reflects just that, with analysis in our college basketball betting picks below.

Los Angeles Lakers Odds to Make Playoffs: Too Late for the Lake Show?

Feb 20, 2024 • 4:45 PM ET

The Lakers have been a fringe team for much of the season and are hanging on by the skin of their teeth to even make the Play-In Tournament. With just a couple of months left, can L.A. sneak into the postseason?

5 NBA Win Totals to Target After All-Star Break: Mavericks Level Up

Feb 20, 2024 • 2:59 PM ET

With the NBA season about to hit its home stretch following the All-Star break, we're looking at five win totals worth targeting before play resumes on Thursday. One pick is the Over for the Mavericks, who have found a new gear on defense.

Mid-Season NBA Awards Odds and Analysis: Can Coby White Make a Push For MIP?

Feb 19, 2024 • 5:07 PM ET

With the NBA All-Star Game a thing of the past, teams will now make their push to secure a playoff spot. With lots left to play for, let's set the scene for the NBA Awards markets as we await the return of actual NBA games on Thursday!

NBA All-Star Game Odds, Picks, and Predictions: Young In a Helping Mood

Feb 18, 2024 • 1:04 PM ET

The NBA All-Star game might be a glorified exhibition match, but it still offers plenty of highlight-reel plays to go viral. With plenty of points comes plenty of assists, and our NBA picks believe Trae Young will lend a helping hand.

Georgia vs South Carolina Odds, Picks and Predictions: Gamecocks Walk the Walk in Sunday Matinee

Feb 18, 2024 • 11:25 AM ET

South Carolina can see a path to an undefeated season, and our women's college basketball betting picks believe Georgia will put up little to no resistance on Sunday afternoon.

Warriors vs Jazz Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: Steph Does What Steph Does Best

Feb 15, 2024 • 4:58 PM ET

Steph Curry has been as hot as an NBA player can be from beyond the arc and there's no reason to think that'll stop tonight when the Warriors head to Salt Lake City. We break it all down in our NBA betting picks below.

Timberwolves vs Trail Blazers Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: A Trail Un-Blazed

Feb 15, 2024 • 4:17 PM ET

The Trail Blazers' youth movement hasn't yielded immediate results and gets another tough task to wrap things up before the break against the Timberwolves. Will tired legs and a desire to be on island time play a role tonight?

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