By Dan Behringer, LVSportsBiz.com Sportsbook Author
If you’ve been following UNLV football this season, there’s good news and bad news.
The good news is that the team is 7-3 against the spread.
The bad news is they are 4-6 and on a five game losing streak.
But with two games left, the Rebels can still become bowl-eligible by winning their remaining two games against Hawaii and UNR. To put it another way (dial 1-800 SPORTS CLICHES), they control their own destiny.
First up is Hawaii. The Rebels are 10.5-point favorites for Saturday’s game in Hawaii. The total has dropped from 59 to 55.5.
Ironically, the Rainbow Warriors (2-8) are also battling in the win/loss column, but have 7-3 ATS.
“(The end of the season) means something for the first time in a long time,” coach Marcus Arroyo told dem Las Vegas Review Journal. “That is exciting.”
We’ll find out how exciting it will be after kick-off at 8 p.m. in Aloha Stadium
— Attention Runnin’ Rebels: UNLV basketball program Runnin’ Rebels is attracting some attention after upsetting No. 21 Dayton, 60-52 on Tuesday.
“I just couldn’t be prouder of them,” said UNLV coach Kevin Kruger afterwards.
The Rebels (3:0, 1:2 ATS) receive the next high point on Friday at Thomas & Mack. The Panthers are also 3-0. They covered the only game that had a betting line, a 91-80 win over Wofford in which they were favored -2.5.
UNLV is -12.5 for the game with a total of 139.5.
Tip off is at 7 p.m
— The facts at Mile High: The Las Vegas Raiders (2-7), whose season has slowly capsized like a less glamorous version of the Titanic, next meet the Denver Broncos, also in the NFL minor division at 3-6.
The Broncos are 2.5-point favorites with a 41.5 aggregate score for the game at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High, with Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels right in the crosshairs of the discussion.
“People in today’s world want instant gratification. The guy coached nine games. We’re 2-7, not the results we’re looking for, but at the same time we lost six games by one goal and ended up with a chance to win,” owner Mark Davis told ESPN.
Let’s just say Sunday’s game lacks playoff drama. The combined record of the two teams is 5-13. The Raiders are without a win in five games. At Covers.com, 56 percent of the betting interest is with the Broncos.
Kickoff, for those brave enough to watch, is at 1:05 p.m
– Again on the street: The Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from losses to the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night that left them heavily favored in the -405 area.
“We made them work hard to get in the zone … and put some energy and time into getting set up,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy told The Associated Press.
The Golden Knights now return to the streets with a game on Saturday at the Edmonton Oilers. No line in play yet, but we make the Knights (14-4) a -150 favorite over the Oilers (9-8) with a total of about 6.
Puck throw is at 7 p.m
– snow day: Oddsmakers don’t expect much offense in Saturday’s college football match between Iowa and Minnesota. 32.5 overall. Winds are forecast at 21 km/h and snow is possible.
— Game of the week (8-3): We improved our record to 8-3 on the season when Auburn, -1.5, beat Texas A&M 13-10 last weekend. This weekend we play Oklahoma State in Oklahoma over 66.5.