Slam Dunk picks: Tabbies purring

Since June Jones took over Hamilton has been a vastly improved squad and it’s paid off for bettors backing the Ticats.

The new-look Tabbies are 5-3 under Jones and 6-2 against the spread, including straight up wins as substantial underdogs against B.C. and Winnipeg on the road. That’s a similar spot Hamilton is in for Week 19.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-11) at Ottawa Redblacks (7-9-1)

Friday, October 27, 7 p.m. EST

Even though it’s a must-win game for Ottawa to have a shot at first in the East, The Redblacks being near touchdown favourite seems like too much. Hamilton has already won once at TD Place under June Jones in Week 12, yes, Trevor Harris was knocked from that game, but regardless the Tiger-Cats earned the victory.

Jeremiah Masoli has been playing well, Jalen Saunders – Hamilton’s leading receiver – returns to the lineup and the improvement on defence under Phillip Lolley has been marked.

Line: Redblacks favoured by 6.5 points

Pick: Hamilton

Bet: $10 money line returns $21 and $10.50 spread returns $10

Montreal Alouettes (3-13) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-7)

Friday, October 27, 9:30 p.m. EST

Darian Durant must have some Mosaic magic left from his days in the old stadium. Massive spreads are difficult to cover.

Line: Riders favoured by 17 points

Pick: Montreal

Bet: $11 returns $10

B.C. Lions (6-10) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-5)

Saturday, October 28, 4 p.m. EST

B.C. has been a difficult team to pinpoint for laying money. However, the last four games the Lions’ final scores have been with a major. Winnipeg has suffered a series of impactful injuries as defender Maurice Leggett was lost for the season, leading receiver Darvin Adams is gone for the regular schedule at least, all-star guard Travis Bond got hurt against Toronto and right tackle Jermarcus Hardrick experienced a setback in practice, four starters out for varying lengths.

The Lion are planning to play some younger faces to see what potential they might have and that means jobs are on the line. B.C. gives full effort.

Line: Bombers favoured by 6.5 points

Pick: B.C.

Bet: $22 returns $20

Calgary Stampeders (13-2-1) at Edmonton Eskimos (10-6)

Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m. EST

Just because Calgary has no playoff implications left to play for doesn’t mean the Stampeders want to hand the game to Edmonton, their Alberta rivals. Losing consecutive games in Calgary is just not a thing. Bo Levi Mitchell admitted he wants to get the offence rolling in advance of the playoffs.

Edmonton has been improving late in the season, but needed a large comeback to beat a B.C. squad that’s already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 3 points

Pick: Calgary

Bet: $11.5 returns $10

Bonus: four-team, six-point teaser

Picks: Hamilton, Montreal, B.C. and Calgary

Bet: $5 returns $15

Season record against the spread: 33-24-2

Money line: 8-3

Teasers: 3-7

Parlays: 1-3

Bankroll: $243 from $100 starting budget

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