Slam Dunk picks: Riding the Riders

Perfection is tough to achieve in any facet of sports, gambling might be the hardest. Sweeping the Week 2 board was nice, but it’s about the next game.

That team in Saskatchewan and two road favourites stand out for different reasons in Week 3. Let’s get to the goods.

B.C. Lions (1-1) at Montreal Alouettes (1-1)

Thursday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. EST

After a fourth quarter surge in Toronto that earned B.C. a victory, the Lions stayed in the eastern time zone, preparing for the Als in Kingston at the Queen’s Gaels beautiful stadium. Jonathon Mincy, Montreal’s best cover man is out with a concussion. That means Don Umamba, who has not played in a CFL game since 2014, enters the starting lineup.

Line: Lions favoured by 3 points

Pick: B.C.

Bet: $17.25 returns $15

Calgary Stampeders (1-0-1) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-0)

Friday, July 7, 8:30 p.m. EST

CFL all-star defensive end being out for Calgary gives some pause, but the Stampeders won’t blow coverages like the Riders did a week ago. And even then Winnipeg needed two overtimes to beat Saskatchewan. Take Calgary spotting less than a major.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 3.5 points

Pick: Calgary

Bet: $11.50 returns $10

Toronto Argonauts (1-1) at Ottawa Redblacks (0-1-1)

Saturday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. EST

Surprisingly, Marc Trestman’s offence hit some choppy waters in Week 2 after smooth sailing in their season-opening win, bet that unit will play better in the nation’s capital. While Toronto’s front (Victor Butler leads the CFL with four sacks in two games) has notched a league-leading nine sacks should disrupt Trevor Harris who took a number of big hits last game.

Line: Redblacks -180 and favoured by 4 points

Pick: Toronto

Bet: $5 money line returns $8 and $11 spread returns $10

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-2)

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 p.m. EST

Chris Jones or none of the players will admit it publicly, but the Riders could easily be 2-0 or at the very least 1-0-1. The ball hasn’t bounced their way, just ask Tyler Crapigna, so some breaks are due to come.

Saskatchewan’s receiving core > Hamilton’s secondary. That’s a major factor.

Line: Riders -125 and favoured by 1.5 points

Pick: Saskatchewan

Bet: $12.50 money line returns $10

Season record against the spread: 4-2

Money line: 2-0

Bankroll: $125 from $100 starting budget

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