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NFL Wildcard Weekend 2022 Winners Pick: Straight up, against the spread, over/under

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The NFL is on to the postseason, with the 14 playoff teams beginning the trek to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Miami Dolphins are not one of the top 14 teams this year, though they did finish the season with a winning record for the second straight year. Of course, the Dolphins ended the regular season, then fired head coach Brian Flores and are beginning their search for a replacement.

While that has been the primary focus on the site all week, there are still games to be played, with plenty of great matchups this weekend in the second edition of “Super” Wildcard weekend. This weekend also includes the first Monday Night Football playoff game, so a lot of football to watch Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Throughout the season, we have been running a picks pool among the contributors here on The Phinsider. We began in Week 1 and will continue all the way through the Super Bowl. Justin Hier won last year’s pool, but he has put himself in a hole heading into the postseason if he wants to repeat as champion. Marek Brave heads into the postseason just ahead of James McKinney in our overall standings.

We primarily focus on the straight-up winners picks, but we do have some contributors who also make picks against the spread and over/under picks. You can check out those picks using the tabs at the top of the table below. You can get the latest odds for each game over at the DraftKings Sportsbook.

For Week 18, CT Smith came away with an 11-5 record, while Kevin Nogle and Hier each had 10-6 marks. Brave and McKinney tied at 9-7 for the week.

Through Week 18 our standings are:

Marek Brave 175-96-1 (64.5%)

James McKinney 174-96-1 (64.4%)*

Kevin Nogle 169-102-1 (62.3%)

Justin Hier 167-102-1 (62.0%)*

*McKinney missed a Thursday game during the season and Hier missed two, giving them fewer games in the standings.

CT Smith and Josh Houtz have both missed at least a week of picks, so they are not in the overall standings, but they do continue to make their picks:

CT Smith 149-90-1 (62.3%)

Josh Houtz 81-51-1 (61.3%)

On to this week’s picks. Check out all of our predictions using the chart below. Thanks to TallySight.com for the widget:

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Florida Panthers trade unleashed Sam Bennett. He returns to Calgary tonight

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Sam Bennett will skate onto the ice at the Saddledome on Tuesday night for the first time since the Calgary Flames traded him to the Florida Panthers last April.

Bennett spent seven seasons in Calgary after the Flames made him the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Although things did not work out the way anyone hoped in Calgary, Bennett has elevated his game in the Sunshine State.

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“It’s going to be weird and it’s going to be different for me, but I’m really excited,” Bennett said. “Just to be back in that building, it’s going to be weird playing them for the first time, but it’s a game I’m really excited for.”

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Miami basketball versus North Carolina: Line, Predictions, Odds, TV Channel and Live Stream

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Jan 5, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami basketball team hosts North Carolina following a week off. Miami last played when they lost 65-64 at Florida State on January 11. The Hurricanes have started the season 13-4 overall and 5-1 to lead the ACC. North Carolina travels to Coral Gables 12-4 overall and with wins in nine of its last 11.

The loss by the Miami basketball team at Florida State last week broke a nine-game Hurricanes winning streak. Returning home head coach Jim Larranaga stated he hopes for a big crowd on Tuesday night. North Carolina will challenge Miami with its pace and size. The Tar Heels average 79.3 points per game which are 32nd nationally.

With an undersized lineup, Miami has played at a quicker pace this season than in past years. Miami is averaging 76.3 PPG which is 81st. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels should produce a high-scoring game on Tuesday night. Miami has scored at least 70 points in 11 of their 17 games this season.

North Carolina has scored 70 points in all but one game in 2021-22. The Tar Heels travel to Coral Gables 4-1 in the ACC, one half-game behind Miami. This is the biggest home game of the season for Miami. If the Hurricanes defeat North Carolina that will add to their win over Duke in their quest to contend for the ACC Championship.

Miami basketball game versus North Carolina

GAME 18 | JAN. 18, 2022 • 7 P.M. ET • CORAL GABLES, FLA.

RV North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4, 4-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Hubert Davis (North Carolina, 1992)

Record at NC: 12-4 (first season), Career Record: 12-4 (first season)

RV Miami Hurricanes (13-4, 5-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)

Record at UM: 213-134 (11th season), Career Record: 683-468 (38th season)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: 8-26 (8-24 since rebirth) | Home: 3-10 | Away: 4-12 | Neutral: 1-4 | Coach L: 7-11 (6-10 at UM)

Streak: Lost 5 | Last Meeting: 67-65 home loss (Jan. 5, 2021) | First Meeting: 55-53 home loss (Jan. 13, 1950)

Courtesy MiamiHurricanes.Com

Miami basketball versus North Carolina Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under

WynnBet lists North Carolina as a 2.5 point favorite over the Miami basketball team with an over/under of 159.0. The moneyline on North Carolina is -105 and Miami is -110. The over has a moneyline of +110 and the under moneyline is -130.

Miami versus North Carolina Prediction Tonight

The over/under of 159 is high. In an important game in the ACC expect the under. This is a huge game for Miami. After winning at Duke earlier this month, the Hurricanes should be confident. Miami and North Carolina is a tight game that can go either way. Motivated by the Watsco Center crowd Miami could win a close game.

What Channel is the Miami basketball Game On?

BROADCAST INFORMATION

ACCN • Play-by-Play: Rece Davis • Color: Debbie Antonelli |WatchESPN

AM 560 WQAM • Joe Zagacki • Danny Rabinowitz | audacy.com/wqam

90.5 FM WVUM • Nick Marino • Brendan Reilly | wvum.org

990 AM WMYM • Jose Martinez • Broderick Zerpa | unanimodeportes.com

Miami will continue playing at home this week with the return game from Florida State on Saturday. Wins over the Tar Heels and Seminoles would be huge as Miami continues its quest to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018. Miami needs three more wins to clinch its first winning season since 2018.

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GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Calgary Flames

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Panthers (26-7-5 57P) at Flames (17-11-6 40P)

  • WHEN: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • ON THE TUBE: Bally Sports Florida, Sportsnet 1, Sportsnet West
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #TimeToHunt, #Flames, #FLAvsGCY, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Matchsticks and Gasoline
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0-0)
  • LAST MEETING: @FLA 6, CGY 2 – (Recap) 1/4/2022
  • NEXT MEETING: Stanley Cup or next season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Bobrovsky (19-3-3 .921 / 2.47 0SO) vs Markstrom (12-8-5 .924 / 2.23 5SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Calgary

Scouting Report (Full preview @ Winners & Whiners)

Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Florida has the best record in the NHL at 26-7-5 after picking up another win on Saturday by a 9-2 final to cash in as a huge -292 home favorite. Calgary is coming off an ugly 4-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators as a big -273 favorite last Thursday, falling to 17-11-6 on the season. These teams met on January 4 in Florida, with the Panthers rolling to a 6-2 win to snap a stretch of seven Calgary victories in the previous nine head-to-head matchups.

Tuesday in the Atlantic (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Carolina (25-8-2 52P) at BOSTON (22-11-2 46P) 7 p.m.
  • BUFFALO (11-20-7 29P) at OTTAWA (11-18-2 24P) 7 p.m.
  • MONTREAL (7-25-5 19P) at Dallas (18-15-2 38P) 8:30 p.m.
  • TAMPA BAY (26-9-5 57P) at Los Angeles (20-14-5 45P) 10:30 p.m.

Idle: TOR (51P), DET (41P)

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