Slam Dunk picks: Feelin’ the flow

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Like Matt Nichols groovin’ with 19 straight completions, the winners are flowing.

Last week was by far the best of the season with a 3-1 mark against the spread (Calgary let us down and shame on the Stamps for not sinking the Argos and their seven turnovers by more). Since the beginning of the season – despite the overall picks record being under .500 – the feeling after some losses was the right side was wagered. It’s about to turn in our favour in a large way.

Calgary Stampeders at Ottawa Redblacks
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m. EST

Seeing the Stamps favoured by less than a full touchdown in Ottawa has our full attention.

Jon Jennings and the Redblacks offence literally can’t be worse than their offensive display in Winnipeg. But Calgary is a better team in all three phases and it’s about that time in the summer where the Stampeders kick up the horsepower.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 6 points
Pick: Calgary
Bet: $22 spread bet returns $20

Toronto Argonauts at Edmonton Eskimos
Thursday, July 25, 9:30 p.m. EST

Ricky Ray is going to be at Commonwealth Stadium watching the two team he played for go at it. Lucky for the surefire Hall of Famer he’s no longer playing for the Argos where his career finished. Toronto’s offensive line has allowed the quarterback to be sunk on way too many occasions in 2019.

Some people around the league feel Edmonton might have the best defensive line in the league, led by the wrecking ball on the interior: Almondo Sewell. The Eskimos are more talented and physical along both lines which should allowed the green and gold to win by margin.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 11 points
Pick: Edmonton
Bet: $22 spread bet returns $20

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Friday, July 26, 7 p.m. EST

Since the line opened for the marquee matchup of Week 7, money has come in on Winnipeg.

There is an inherent bias to pick West teams over the East, which plays into the line action. Being undefeated helps the Bombers in the eyes of the public and that perception alone brings money from the squares.

Overall the sharps should be on Winnipeg. Matt Nichols touchdown prowess, Andrew Harris running the rock, playmaking weapons such as Lucky Whitehead and a stingy defence when it comes to allowing points are main facets to the Bombers 5-0 record.

Hamilton’s best defender Simoni Lawrence sits for the first of his two-game suspension. But the player who can ruin a game for the opposition: Brandon Banks. The early-season leader for the CFL MOP award has been speeding away from would-be tacklers finding the end zone five times already. Beware Banks but fly with the Bombers.

Line: Bombers favoured by 2.5 points
Pick: Winnipeg
Bet: $22 spread bet returns $20

Saskatchewan Roughriders at B.C. Lions
Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m. EST

B.C. is admittedly in a must-win situation. Yes, it’s not even Labour Day yet, but if the Lions lose to the Riders DeVone Claybrooks’ group will lose the season series and be two games behind in the wild West Division. Until the protection issues are fixed, you just cannot put hard earned money on the Lions.

Line: Riders favoured by 2.5 points
Pick: Saskatchewan
Bet: $22 spread bet returns $20

Season record against the spread: 8-10

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.