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Phil Naessens spent 38 years as a high performance international tennis coach and has been handicapping sports since he was a kid. He published his first tennis article in 2005 and has been writing ever since at places like SB Nation, Winners & Whiners, Stat Salt, Sharp App as well as many others. Phil has published four sports betting books and hosts podcasts This Week in Tennis, The Phil Naessens Show, and Line Grinders Betting Podcast.

Team: New York Rangers
Sport to bet on: NFL
Sports movie: Remember the Titans
Sports snack: Ice cream
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I hit a 23-1 long shot betting on a horse while waiting to pick up my grandmother from bingo at the Showboat in Vegas. What makes it memorable is I wanted to bet just 10, but mistakenly handed the ticket writer $100. Pride made me roll with it and needless to say, I paid for supper that night. Horse name: No Commitment, first race, Santa Anita, October 18, 1992.
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2013 Wimbledon First Round. I was the resident pro at the Corfu Holiday Palace in Corfu, Greece, it was raining, so I stopped in the bar for a beverage. The bartender starts asking me about tennis matches, and little did I know he was filling out a parlay ticket. We hit 16 out of 17 and our only loss was when Rafael Nadal was upset in the first round by Steve Darcis. UGH
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Toledo vs Ohio Odds, Picks and Predictions: Bobcats Offense Overwhelms in MAC Championship

Dec 1, 2022 • 9:44 AM ET

Ohio has the momentum in its favor heading into a matchup the Bobcats profile well in. See why Toledo won't be able to overcome its losses, as our college football picks break down the MAC Championship.

North Carolina vs Indiana Odds, Picks and Predictions: Defense Dominates in Bloomington

Nov 29, 2022 • 7:18 PM ET

Two lackluster 3-point shooting teams will continue to struggle from beyond the arc in a tight battle between two of the best defenses in the country. Find out more in our North Carolina vs. Indiana betting picks.

Rams vs Chiefs Week 12 Picks and Predictions: More Magic from Mahomes

Nov 27, 2022 • 8:36 AM ET

Kansas City is clicking on all cylinders while Los Angeles's Super Bowl hangover season continues. With Matthew Stafford listed out, read why Patrick Mahomes should be in for a big day in our Rams vs. Chiefs betting picks.

Bengals vs Titans Week 12 Picks and Predictions: Henry and Co. Stave Off Bengals at Home

Nov 27, 2022 • 8:25 AM ET

Tennessee is coming of a big road win on Thursday Night Football in Green Bay, and we like Mike Vrabel's team to keep padding their lead in the AFC South by taking care of business on Sunday. Find out more in our Titans vs. Bengals betting picks.

Falcons vs Commanders Week 12 Picks and Predictions: Atlanta's Offense Gets Stuffed

Nov 27, 2022 • 8:22 AM ET

Washington has found new life with Taylor Heinicke taking over for an injured Wentz, and now it faces off against the Falcons. With the Commanders' rush defense looking strong, our NFL betting picks are siding with them to take down Atlanta.

Mississippi vs Oklahoma Odds, Picks and Predictions: Defense Will Take Center Stage

Nov 26, 2022 • 8:20 PM ET

The final of the ESPN Events International brings us to Orlando as the Rebels and Sooners square off on Sunday afternoon. Find out why the betting edge lies with the total in our Mississippi vs. Oklahoma betting picks.

Georgia Tech vs Georgia Odds, Picks and Predictions: Yellow Jackets Won't Be Blanked in Athens

Nov 26, 2022 • 8:01 AM ET

Despite their record being under .500, the Yellow Jackets have two nationally-ranked wins and should be able to find the scoreboard against Georgia, which may be looking ahead to the SEC title game next weekend — read more below.

NC State vs North Carolina Odds, Picks and Predictions: Tar Heels Get Back in Win Column

Nov 25, 2022 • 8:21 AM ET

North Carolina suffered a setback last week against Georgia Tech but this offense led by Drake Maye should have more than enough firepower to cover against rival NC State. Read more in our college football betting picks below.

Ball State vs Miami (OH) Odds, Picks and Predictions: RedHawks Thrive at Home

Nov 22, 2022 • 4:02 PM ET

MACtion kicks off the Week 12 slate on Tuesday with a battle between Ball State and Miami of Ohio. With or without RB Carson Steele, the RedHawks should contain the Cardinals' attack — positioning the offense to cover this 3-point spread.

Chiefs vs Chargers SNF Prop Bets: Mahomes Lights Up SoFi

Nov 20, 2022 • 8:13 PM ET

In the slates' highest total, look for the stars to shine. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes should have a big day, and Austin Ekeler will be the focal point of the Chargers' offense. Read more in our Sunday Night Football prop picks.

49ers vs Cardinals MNF Prop Bets: Samuel Is Set Up for Success Against Arizona

Nov 20, 2022 • 2:01 PM ET

It's Deebo time, and he has a great opportunity ahead of him when the 49ers meet the Cardinals in Mexico City. Read more to see why the San Francisco superstar headlines our Monday Night prop picks in Week 11.

Bengals vs Steelers Week 11 Picks and Predictions: Higgins Earns His Stripes

Nov 20, 2022 • 8:29 AM ET

Tee Higgins should see a larger target share with Ja'Marr Chase out in Week 10, and against a Steelers secondary that leaks in the red zone, he's a good bet to hit paydirt, as our NFL betting picks explain.

Commanders vs Texans Week 11 Picks and Predictions: Washington Runs Wild in Houston

Nov 20, 2022 • 8:21 AM ET

Houston has just one win on the season and now must host a Commanders team that are winners in four of five. Which side will win in this non-conference affair? Find out in our NFL betting picks and predictions to find out.

Tennessee vs South Carolina Odds, Picks and Predictions: Volunteers Start Strong Once Again

Nov 19, 2022 • 7:25 AM ET

Tennessee needs a big result to keep its National Title hopes alive, and the Volunteers could come storming out of the gates against South Carolina. Our betting picks are foregoing the overall spread for a different market, though.

Miami (OH) vs Northern Illinois Odds, Picks and Predictions: Rough Weather Keeps Offenses Stifled

Nov 16, 2022 • 3:59 PM ET

MACtion continues this week with the Miami (OH) RedHawks heading to Huskie Stadium to face off against Northern Illinois. With plenty of snow in the forecast, our college football betting picks are eyeing the Under for this matchup.

Eastern Michigan vs Kent State Odds, Picks and Predictions: The Boys Are Back in Town

Nov 16, 2022 • 2:58 PM ET

It's going to be a cold and rainy night when Eastern Michigan battles Kent State. As 7.5-point underdogs, the Eagles might be a tad undervalued as they've performed admirably on the road. Still, the Golden Flashes have an explosive offense. Which prevails?

Seahawks vs Buccaneers Week 10 Picks and Predictions: Smith Stays Hot in Seattle's Dynamic Offense

Nov 13, 2022 • 8:16 AM ET

Seattle quarterback Geno Smith has a league-best seven games with multiple passing touchdowns, and we like that trend to continue on Sunday. Find out more by reading our Seahawks vs. Buccaneers betting picks.

Nebraska vs Michigan Odds, Picks and Predictions: Huskers Can't Slow Wolverines on Ground

Nov 12, 2022 • 8:07 AM ET

Blake Corum and Michigan are going to have a field day this weekend against floundering Nebraska and its conference-worst run defense. See how our college football picks like to fade the Huskers in Week 11.

Northern Illinois vs Western Michigan Odds, Picks and Predictions: Broncos' Defense Stifles Huskies

Nov 9, 2022 • 3:57 PM ET

MAC play continues when NIU takes on the Broncos in Kalamazoo Wednesday night. Western Michigan won't be partaking in any bowl games this season, but our college football picks believe it's the right pick for this matchup — find out why!

Ball State vs Toledo Odds, Picks and Predictions: Carson Steele Helps Cardinals Hang Around

Nov 8, 2022 • 4:18 PM ET

With first place in the MAC West on the line Tuesday night, our college football picks are expecting a much tighter affair than the 11.5-point spread suggests. We break it all down in our Ball State vs. Toledo betting preview below.

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