The 49ers have done a really good job defensively thus far despite facing two teams many had pegged as headed to the playoffs in the Panthers and Seahawks. Those teams might also have the best two defenses in the league, and San Francisco should see the passing game improve from here on out. The rushing attack has been just fine, averaging 6.2 yards per attempt (second in NFL). The Rams are in a tough spot on the road for a Thursday night game, and the 49ers should be able to keep it close at the very least.
14-7-1 in last 22 NFL picks | +619
My numbers see about 11 runs hitting the board Thursday between the Reds and Cardinals, hitting the Over on a total of 8.5 with room to spare. The Over is 4-1 in the last five starts by Carlos Martinez of St. Louis, while the Over is on a 6-1 run when Reds starter Homer Bailey faces winning opponents.
34-20-2 in last 56 MLB OU picks | +1135
Reds starter Rookie Davis isn't ready for the majors. Take the Cardinals even at this steep price.
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The Indians have won 25 of their last 26 games, so this is a very cheap price. Josh Tomlin has been sparkling on the road lately; I say he keeps it up versus the Halos. Lay it and back Cleveland to win its 13th straight road game.
The Nats should be even bigger faves in this spot, with Gio Gonzalez facing Lucas Sims. Sims has not started since Sept. 2 and his last two starts resulted in 11 earned runs over 9 1/3 innings. Lay it.
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