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.
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Covers feature: Scores & Matchups
Cross-state rivals clash tonight as the Iowa Hawkeyes visit the Iowa State Cyclones as 7-point underdogs. This matchup has had its share of blowouts over the years and our betting picks look into whether or not another can be expected.
While Nebraska has been beating up on cupcake opponents to start the season, Minnesota has competed hard against several top teams. As we break down below, we think the Golden Gophers are better suited to get a win tonight — especially at home.
Florida Atlantic vs Illinois Odds, Picks and Predictions: Can Defense-Minded Illini Overcome the Owls?
The name of Illinois' game is defense. That's how the Fighting Illini win since their offense is so underwhelming. Our betting picks look into that dynamic and whether or not FAU can get anything going against such a tough opponent.
The Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Clemson Tigers last week and look to bounce back in a big way against the defensively deficient Arkansas State Red Wolves. Our betting picks are eyeing the game total. See which way you should lean.
The Big Ten title game figures to be low-scoring, yet our college football betting picks have identified a pair of playable Overs in the Michigan vs. Iowa player props. But topping Phil Naessens' card is a bearish bet on Blake Corum.
Appalachian State enters the Sun Belt Championship game on a five-game winning streak, yet are being spotted almost a touchdown vs. Troy, winners of nine straight. Our college football betting picks believe the Mountaineers are being undervalued.
It's an intriguing clash between Michigan and Oregon, two teams who hope to be dancing come March. While it's been a rather inconsistent start for both sides, our college basketball betting picks believe the visitors have the edge here today.
Texas Tech made a nice run at the Battle for Atlantis 4 tournament but things will get tougher in a hostile environment against a strong Butler squad. Find out where the betting value lies in our NCAAB betting picks below.
Texas A&M will square off against Virginia in tournament play, with these sides being evenly matched. However, our college basketball picks give the edge to the Aggies difference, and we think that'll be the difference maker.
Both the Heat and Bucks are banged up but Miami should have Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler in the lineup. Even without Tyler Herro, that could be enough for the home underdogs to topple Milwaukee, especially if Khris Middleton misses another game.
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Chicago Bears for the newest edition of MNF, with Josh Dobbs looking to continue to shine. Chicago's secondary is in shambles, and our NFL picks are loving the Minnesota QB to heat up.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have a strong defense and can clinch a spot on New Year's Day with a win over the struggling Michigan State Spartans. But which market offers the most value? Our betting picks investigate.
The Clippers are catching fire at just the right time for this important In-Season Tournament date with the Pelicans. Our NBA betting picks are centering on the newest member of L.A., James Harden, and one of his plus-money player props.
It's the regular season finale for Miami and BC and having clinched their bowl spot, there's very little left to play for. That doesn't mean both teams will just mail this one in. Our college football betting picks see two offenses who can put up points.
These teams will play at a solid pace but neither may see a ton of shots fall. Arkansas vs. Memphis should be a physical, contentious affair and our betting picks are looking for the right angle to tail below.
Midweek MACtion is coming to a close, but we can still capitalize in this Bowling Green vs. Western Michigan Matchup. The Falcons have a stout defense, and our college football picks love them to pull out the road win.
Despite Houston being a double-digit favorite against Dayton in the Charleston Classic Final, this game might be even more of a grind than the 131.5-point total suggests. Find out how to take advantage in our NCAAB betting picks below.
If you are looking for a high-scoring football game, you've come to the wrong place. This Big Ten clash between Nebraska and Wisconsin figures to take football back about three decades to a time when running the football was the bee's knees.
With a Sin City showdown taking place on Friday night between the Gaels and Aztecs, Phil Naessens breaks down why Jaedon LeDee and SDSU have value at plus-money odds. Read more in our Saint Mary's vs. San Diego State betting picks.
Western Michigan vs Northern Illinois Odds, Picks, and Predictions: Broncos Stay Close in Tight Contest
MACtion continues into Week 12 and we have ourselves a battle of 4-6 teams going head-to-head. Northern Illinois' defense makes up for its sus offense, and our college football picks think this game won't see many trips to the end zone.