Weekend Hot Takes: Tennessee is Super Bowl bound

January 17th, 2020

Is it getting hot in here or is it just our takes? BetAmerica columnists Ashley Anderson,  Jeremy Balan, Ryan Murphy and Thomas Tassone share their sizzling picks for this weekend’s sports action. Handle with caution!

NCAAB: Saint Louis has Dayton's number

Ashley: Dayton has suffered just two overtime losses on the season against then-No. 4 Kansas and Colorado. On Friday night, Player of the Year candidate Obi Toppin and his 13th-ranked squad will visit a 14-3 Saint Louis team on a three-win streak. The Billikens have won three of the last five meetings with their Atlantic 10 conference mate and can pull off the upset at home with solid defense and the help of Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French, who both average double-doubles.

NFL: Tennessee will continue to shock the world

Jeremy: If a team continues to produce unexpected results, at what point do they stop being unexpected? After a defeat of defending champ New England and Super Bowl favorite Baltimore, Tennessee is once again a significant underdog against Kansas City. I'm going to keep rolling with whatever magic Mike Vrabel and Tennessee is working with. And although everyone was impressed with Kansas City's unrelenting comeback against Houston, that same team also fell into 24-0 hole. If Kansas City stumbles at the start again, it won't be coming all the way back against Tennessee.

NBA: Chicago will stand it's ground against Philly

Ryan: I’m not going to try to convince you that the Bulls are world beaters. I respect you too much for that. But I do believe they can cover the overly generous +7 point spread against Philadelphia tonight. Brett Brown’s squad has lost six of its last 10 games and has looked rudderless since losing All-Star center Joel Embiid to torn ligament in his left hand. The big fella was averaging 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and his absence has been sorely felt on both sides of the court. Chicago, meanwhile, is coming off a convincing 115-106 win over Washington and should be able to keep this game close until the final buzzer. It won’t be pretty (and there may even be stretches where it won't be watchable), but it will be a valuable win against the spread.

EPL: Expect plenty of cards in heated Liverpool-United showdown

Thomas: A rivalry rooted in hate, Liverpool vs. Manchester United is always a match that soccer fans around the globe circle on their calendar. Although the tables have turned and Liverpool look set to become the dominant force in England for years to come, this matchup will always be a fiery affair regardless if Liverpool are 23 points ahead of United. With a buzzing crowd at Anfield and United side slowly climbing back into a Champions League position, I expect a testy match from start to finish and that's why I'm taking Over four total bookings in the match at -110.