Slam Dunk picks: Value in East teams

Every single game in Week 6 takes place in a West Division home stadium.

And each Eastern squad enters getting points – value lies with (some) teams from East of the Manitoba-Ontario line.

Montreal Alouettes (2-3) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-2)

Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m. EST

Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols admitted that Noel Thorpe and his defence is the toughest to play against in the entire league. Montreal ranks first in terms of points allowed per game at 21.8 – with Bear Woods gone from the defence. If Darian Durant and the offence just simply take care of the football, Als can cover.

Line: Bombers favoured by 3.5 points

Pick: Montreal

Bet: $11 returns $10

B.C. Lions (4-1) at Edmonton Eskimos (4-0)

Friday, July 28, 9:30 p.m. EST

Travis Lulay had time to throw for 400-plus yards in two outings since stepping in for Jonathon Jennings, but neither of those teams, Hamilton and Winnipeg, features a front like Edmonton. Plus, Manny Arceneaux did not take any team period reps in practice and he’ll be wearing a brace – key part of B.C.’s offence limited.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 2 points

Pick: Edmonton

Bet: $10.50 returns $10

Toronto Argonauts (3-2) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-3)

Saturday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. EST

Banged up, short week, travel – all reasons why squares are on the Riders. Saskatchewan does not deserve to be favoured, even at home, versus Toronto, the best team in the East so far.

All due respect, Marc Trestman > Chris Jones, Ricky Ray > Kevin Glenn, S.J. Green > Duron Carter, Shawn Lemon > Willie Jefferson, Bear Woods > Henoc Muamba, Jermaine Gabriel > Jeff Hecht.

Line: Riders -160 and favoured by 3 points

Pick: Toronto

Bet: $5 money line returns $12 and $10 spread returns $10

Bonus: four-team, seven-point teaser

Picks: Montreal, Edmonton, Toronto and Calgary

Bet: $15 returns $45

Bonus: three-team spread parlay

Picks: Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto

Bet: $5 returns $37

Season record against the spread: 11-3-2

Money line: 4-1

Teasers: 2-0

Parlays: 0-1

Bankroll: $232 from $100 starting budget