Slam Dunk picks: Labour Day hangover cure

Labour Day hangover hit hard, but it’s time to get back rolling.

Some large lines are featured on the board in Week 12, except for the Banjo Bowl which has the tightest spread of the slate.

Montreal Alouettes (3-7) at B.C. Lions (5-5)

Friday, September 8, 10 p.m. EST

Putting money on Montreal might seem risky, but the Alouettes offence can’t be much worse than its shown recently.

B.C.’s defence has had trouble pressuring the quarterback and that should allow Darian Durant time to find a rhythm – the 35-year-old has been in a funk. More carries for Tyrell Sutton could help the Als offence take flight.

Line: Lions favoured by 8.5 points

Pick: Montreal

Bet: $11 returns $10

Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-4) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-3)

Saturday, September 9, 3 p.m. EST

Spitting, mascot head-removing, billboards – so much drama surrounding the Riders and Bombers, which makes the Banjo Bowl must-watch TV.

Winnipeg’s home stadium is sold out and you can bet – pun intended – that Mike O’Shea will have his group focused.

Line: Bombers favoured by 2.5 points

Pick: Winnipeg

Bet: $10.50 returns $10

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-8) at Ottawa Redblacks (4-6-1)

Saturday, September 9, 6 p.m. EST

Brandon Banks playing receiver full-time is intriguing and paid off in Hamilton’s first win of the season on Labour Day Monday. June Jones made that change immediately and others too, which has created some hope in the Hammer.

Line: Redblacks favoured by 11 points

Pick: Hamilton

Bet: $11 returns $10

Calgary Stampeders (8-1-1) at Edmonton Eskimos (7-3)

Saturday, September 9, 9 p.m. EST

Edmonton brought Derel Walker back into the fold, but receiver hasn’t been a sore spot for the Eskimos. Mike Reilly has been beaten around – especially in Monday’s Labour Day loss. If Edmonton wants to have a chance in the rematch the offensive line has to shore up protection.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 6 points

Pick: Calgary

Bet: $10.50 returns $10

Bonus: four-team, six-point teaser

Picks: Montreal, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Calgary

Bet: $10 returns $30

Bonus: two-team parlay

Picks: Winnipeg and Hamilton

Bet: $5 returns $13

Season record against the spread: 20-14-2

Money line: 6-3

Teasers: 2-3

Parlays: 0-3

Bankroll: $222 from $100 starting budget

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.

2 Comments on Slam Dunk picks: Labour Day hangover cure

  1. The Riders are in a must win situation. The team is maturing enough to defeat Winnipeg.

  2. No doubt this is an important game. Yet I wouldn’t call it a must win situation. What many people are forgetting. The Riders still have a game in hand.
    What could and would make things very interesting is a couple wins and the next thing you know is there is a 3 way tie for 2nd place in the West.
    Very interesting season in the West this year.
    If the new play hard and fast and score often Riders show up in Winnipeg. The crowd will become ineffective.

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