Slam Dunk picks: tight lines and getting those dimes

The lines are tightening up as CFL games gain greater importance down the back half of the season.

Every matchup in Week 13 sees the difference in point spreads less than one major. That’s our money zone.

Ottawa Redblacks (6-4) at B.C. Lions (3-6)
Friday, September 7, 10 p.m. EST

The Lions enjoyed a bye week while watching the Labour Day weekend rivalry games.

Ottawa was surprisingly beaten by Montreal in an uninspiring performance. Leos head coach Wally Buono is trying to inspire the squad to a late-season surge into the playoffs. B.C. Place is an ideal setting for the Lions as the team has gone 3-1 at home compared to 0-5 away from the Left coast. The Redblacks needed a literal last-minute touchdown to beat B.C. in the nation’s capital.

Line: Lions favoured by 1 point
Pick: B.C.
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-5) at Toronto Argonauts (3-7)
Saturday, September 8, 1 p.m. EST

Hamilton and Toronto played their respective historic Labour Day rolls with the Tabbies winning the holiday Monday affair.

That put the Argos in a desperate situation for the rematch. Toronto needs a win so badly Marc Trestman activated Duron Carter. Putting Carter onto the lineup should provide a boost to the offence.

All the players in double blue know it’s a vitally important game.

Line: Ticats favoured by 5.5 points
Pick: Toronto
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-4) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-6)
Saturday, September 8, 4 p.m. EST

Chris Jones and the green short enter hostile territory for the Banjo Bowl. The Riders are a perfect 3-0 when Jones wears green and the team is all about the head man wearing brighter colours than his usual black.

Traditionally Winnipeg plays better and wins the back end of the home and home set during Labour Day week, but the Bombers should not be favoured – take the line value.

Line: Bombers favoured by 3.5 points
Pick: Saskatchewan
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Calgary Stampeders (9-1) at Edmonton Eskimos (6-5)
Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. EST

Jason Maas wants his player to say exactly what’s on their minds, but it may have given an extra jump to the Stampeders who don’t even need it sitting at 9-1.

Calgary outgained the Eskimos and held the ball longer on Labour Day, two key categories that led to their last-second field goal for the win. If the Stamps protect the football better – four fumbles last game – the score would’ve been much more in favour of the best team in the league.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 3 points
Pick: Calgary
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Season record against the spread: 16-18-2

Money line: 2-3

Teasers: 2-1

Over/under: 0-1

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