Slam Dunk picks: consequences from 50 burgers

The Ticats made sure to put us in the black for two straight weeks by beating Edmonton and cashing in as a substantial money line value.

Montreal allowed rookie quarterback Chris Streveler to drop a 50 burger on their home turf and until proven otherwise don’t put your hard earned money on the Alouettes, those are the consequences for backing the Als.

The lines are tight for Week 3, but we’re used to fitting the ball into tight coverage.

Ottawa Redblacks (1-0) at Calgary Stampeders (2-0)
Thursday, June 28, 9 p.m. EST

Rick Campbell knows the Calgary Stampeders better than anybody else outside the organization, which is part of the reason why Ottawa has beaten (2016 Grey Cup), tied and lost by a close margin (at McMahon Stadium) in the last three outings against the Stamps.

Trevor Harris looked sharp in his 2018 opener as the Redblacks put up 40 points on Saskatchewan after the Riders appeared to be stout on defence. Ottawa needs that type of offensive production to hang with a healthy Bo Levi Mitchell and the cast of receivers.

Take more than a touchdown in what could be a wild shootout.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 7.5 points
Pick: Ottawa
Bet: $11 returns $10

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-1) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-1)
Friday, June 29, 7 p.m. EST

Each squad piled up points in Week 2 wins.

Jeremiah Masoli might be the hottest quarterback in the league and Bombers defenders have commented in the lead up about how difficult it can be to cover down on the June Jones run offence.

Chris Streveler has been a Strevelation, but the Eskimos and Alouettes did not provide the stiffest defensive tests. Delvin Breaux makes the Ticats an elite defence and there are a couple games of film for Jerry Glanville and the defence to evaluate and pick out tendencies from Streveler.

Line: Ticats favoured by 4.5 points
Pick: Hamilton
Bet: $11 returns $10

B.C. Lions (1-0) at Edmonton Eskimos (1-1)
Friday, June 29, 10 p.m. EST

Due to injuries, Edmonton has shuffled the offensive line in front of Mike Reilly, which played a role in the 2017 CFL MOP looking more uncomfortable than normal against Hamilton. Reilly said the Eskimos got their asses kicked, so a bounce-back effort is expected.

The Lions beat what appears to be a poor Alouettes team in Week 1 and enter Commonwealth after a bye week. There are a number of former Eskimos on B.C.’s roster, most famously among them Odell Willis who admitted to having the date circled on the calendar since Edmonton traded him away in the off-season.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 6.5 points
Pick: B.C.
Bet: $11.50 returns $10

Montreal Alouettes (0-2) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-1)
Saturday, June 30, 9 p.m. EST

The largest line of the season so far sees the Riders favoured by double digits.

Montreal and Saskatchewan allowed a combined 90 points in Week 2, but there are some stark differences. One team was at home, the other on the road. One team faced a rookie quarterback, the other an experienced veteran who consistently produces. One team continues to start Drew Willy, the other a dynamic young talent at the pivot position.

Line: Riders favoured by 10 points
Pick: Saskatchewan
Bet: $10.50 returns $10

Bonus: three-team, seven-point teaser

Picks: Hamilton, B.C. and Saskatchewan
Bet: $10 returns $24

Season record against the spread: 4-2

Money line: 2-2

Teasers: 1-0

Bankroll: $414 from $393 starting budget

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