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Jason Spector
Jason Spector
The Speculator
As CBS Sports' lead data scientist, Jason is the architect of the ongoing rollout of SportslineAI. With a bachelors and masters in Statistics from UC Berkeley and the University of Arizona respectively, he brings advanced machine learning techniques to sports data. Jason created and taught sports analytics courses at both universities, working with Division I college coaches to improve their gameplans. His experience extends beyond the academic world though, as he spent multiple seasons working with the Golden State Warriors Analytics group. With a passion for sports analysis through data, Jason will supply picks that are objectively based on data with minimal human bias. For Jason Spector media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com
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NFL | Dallas 12 @ San Francisco 19 | 01/22 | 11:30 PM UTC

Christian McCaffrey OVER 67.5 Total Rushing Yards -117

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Our SportslineAI is predicting 69.2 yards for Christian McCaffrey. Believe it or not, Dallas’ run defense isn’t as good as you think. Out of the teams remaining, only the Bengals and Giants allowed more rushing yards this season than the Cowboys, who ranked 22nd in rushing yards allowed. The Cowboys have a great pass rush, but you can nullify that if you simply run the ball. As for trends with CMC, he went over this number in four out of his last seven games, and all four were over 100 yards.

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NFL | Jacksonville 20 @ Kansas City 27 | 01/21 | 9:30 PM UTC

Christian Kirk OVER 5.5 Total Receptions -101

WIN

ANALYSIS: Our SportslineAI is predicting Christian Kirk to have 6.1 receptions, and it makes sense, as Kirk’s regular-season high in targets (12) and receptions (nine) came against the Chiefs. This is a bet that the Jaguars are down early and will have to throw the ball more often than not. The books agree with that premise, as the line for Trevor Lawrence’s completions this week (23.5) is the third-highest for QBs, after Mahomes and Burrow. Lawrence is going to be passing a bunch, yet Kirk’s reception line isn’t too inflated.

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NBA | Oklahoma City 111 @ Miami 112 | 01/11 | 12:30 AM UTC

Oklahoma City +2

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Miami Heat are missing 4 starters. But really this is about OKC's constant undervalue by the market. This season the Thunder are 24-16 (60%) ATS and 10-2 (83%) ATS as road underdog's. Our SportslineAI model has OKC winning this game by 3 points but I am taking the points due to the fact that Miami will be unpredictable with so many players out. Lastly, OKC is more than just Shai Gilgeous-Alexander but it is going to be an SGA night, the Thunder will be playing on National TV for the first time since September 2020, if that isn't motivation, i don't know what is.

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NBA | L.A. Clippers 110 @ Boston 116 | 12/30 | 12:30 AM UTC

L.A. Clippers +6.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Our SportslineAI model is predicting a 113-117 win for Boston, a closer game than the 6.5 line suggests. The key to tonight's matchup is Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers are 11-3 in the 14 games Leonard has played in and those three losses were by 5, 5, and 17. The Clippers have only lost by more than 6.5 with Leonard once this season. If you need any more convincing for how key Leonard is; with him on the floor the Clippers are +14.5 points per 100 possessions. Without him, they are -3.4.

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NBA | Charlotte 105 @ Golden St. 110 | 12/28 | 3:00 AM UTC

UNDER 239.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Our SportslineAI model is predicting a 238 point total for this game, a 1.5 point edge on the under. The Hornets played in Portland last night and are on the last stop of their six game road trip. The Warriors' last game was an emotionally fueled Christmas day game against the Grizzles and this is one of those games Draymond Green says it is difficult to get motivated for. Add in the fact that this line means that both teams need to average 60 point quarter totals, we only need one bad quarter for this to hit.

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