Slam Dunk picks: Keep the cash flowing

Just like the Eskimos, Riders, Stampeders and Lions we’re feeling the season-opening winning vibes.

Slam Dunk picks threw down an alley-oop in Week 1 hitting both spread selections, one money line underdog winner and easy teaser money. Plus B.C. got a victory so just seven more to go for our over win total bet. The only blemish came thanks to Richie Hall and the Bombers defence blowing a late fourth-quarter lead: don’t do that again, please Mr. Hall.

Money was made in Week 1 and it’s going to keep flowing.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0) at Ottawa Redblacks (0-0)
Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. EST

Three straight years the Riders have practised on Parliament Hill, but the first two came after wins against Ottawa in the nation’s capital.

Saskatchewan won their first season-opening game since 2014 and it sent Riderville into a green tizzy. The Riders are going to be a team to be reckoned with but their best offensive playmaker is starting at defensive back and the team managed one touchdown on offence against Toronto at home.

There is lots of Noel Thorpe film out there, but none with the Redblacks and his versatile group assembled on defence. Trevor Harris seems to be all healed from the pre-season injury scare and the dynamic trio of Greg Ellingson, Brad Sinopoli and Diontae Spencer return.

The Redblacks bring the Riders back down to earth.

Line: Redblacks favoured by 1.5 points
Pick: Ottawa
Bet: $10.50 returns $10

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1) at Montreal Alouettes (0-1)
Friday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. EST

Taking the Bombers feels like a trap.

Winnipeg beat Montreal by one point at home and three in overtime on the road last year. That was with Matt Nichols at quarterback. Montreal is a sneaky tough spot to play for West opponents – just ask Calgary – and even though Chris Streveler looked promising in his CFL debut, winning on the road as a rookie QB making career start number two seems difficult.

The Alouettes defence is stout and capable of keeping the home side in the game. Drew Willy – cringe – just needs to generate 20 points and the game is winnable.

Line: Bombers favoured by 3 points
Pick: Montreal
Bet: $11.50 spreads returns $10 and $5 moneyline returns $6.75

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1) at Edmonton Eskimos (1-0)
Friday, June 22, 10:00 p.m. EST

The Ticats were eight-point dogs in Calgary, the Stampeders covered the margin with a late Jeremiah Masoli interception which Don Jackson converted into a touchdown, and entire Edmonton getting a lot of points.

Hamilton stayed out west for the week, so time change shouldn’t be a factor. And the Tabbies readded the best cover man in the league: Delvin Breaux. Even without Breaux, the secondary held Bo Levi Mitchell under 50 per cent in terms of completion rate. That’s a boost in confidence as Mike Reilly presents a MOP-level challenge.

Masoli seems to be comfortable in Edmonton, setting a CFL record with 23 straight completions in his last action at Commonwealth Stadium. First-year signal caller Chris Streveler managed three touchdown passes a week ago and even though a different secondary with Aaron Grymes back in the mix lines up for the Eskimos, the Ticats can scratch and claw.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 6.5 points
Pick: Hamilton
Bet: $11 spread returns $10 and $5 moneyline returns $11

Calgary Stampeders (1-0) at Toronto Argonauts (0-1)
Saturday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. EST

Despite beating Calgary in the 2017 Grey Cup on a neutral field, oddsmakers are still not respecting the Argos. Toronto went 6-3 at home in 2017 and beat every West Division team down the stretch.

The Argos defence allowed one offensive touchdown and played well enough to win in Saskatchewan. The revamped secondary gave up one chunk play – 34 yards on a third-down gamble – but other than that were stout.

Ricky Ray did seem just off target against Saskatchewan which was his first game action in 2018. The Hall of Fame quarterback usually bounces back. And James Wilder Jr. seems like he’s about to pop off.

All aboard the Argos love boat at BMO.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 3.5 points
Pick: Toronto
Bet: $10.50 returns $10

Season record against the spread: 2-0

Money line: 1-1

Teasers: 1-0

Bankroll: $410 from $393 starting budget

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