Slam Dunk CFL picks: Don’t underestimate the champs

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The linemakers are leading bettors on in a few ways.

The Lions, Argos and Stampeders all deserve more respect with regards to the point spread than they’re receiving in Week 5. Let’s hit some winners starting with B.C.

Edmonton Eskimos at B.C. Lions
Thursday, July 11, 10 p.m. EST

B.C. has led in every game so far in 2019, but the poor 1-3 record is drawing much of the focus. Rightfully so because in actual football all that matters: wins and losses.

Despite being at B.C. Place – if teams are viewed as even the home side is normally favoured by three points – the Lions are getting three-and-a-half points. The Lions are locking their wounds after a win that felt like a loss in Toronto. There was only relief on the faces of each and every member of the B.C. franchise who were on the sideline.

That means the Lions will bring full energy and effort, it’s a

Line: Eskimos favoured by 3.5 points
Pick: B.C.
Bet: $23 spread bet returns $20

Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Friday, July 12, 8:30 p.m. EST

The Argos showed some signs of righting the ship a week ago and more than two touchdowns is a large margin to cover.

Line: Bombers favoured by 15 points
Pick: Toronto
Bet: $23 spread bet returns $20

Calgary Stampeders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m. EST

Calgary came through as outright money line winners in Week 4. The Stamps being decided underdogs again is too good to pass on.

Line: Ticats favoured by 4.5 points
Pick: Calgary
Bet: $23 spread bet returns $20

Season record against the spread: 5-6

*Check back as Week 5 goes along for more plays. At the time of writing there were no lines for the other three games.