Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ BC Lions | Betting Tip (24-08-2019)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ BC Lions for CFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
Saturday 24th August 2019
Spread: Tiger-Cats by 3
Money Line: Tiger-Cats -175.54; Lions +155
*Odds via Bet365.com
Hamilton Tiger-Cats – BC Lions | Prediction, Odds & Tips
Fans at the beginning of the season expected this game to be a hard-fought battle between two great teams led by two of the better pivots in the league (Masoli and Riley). Instead, Masoli is out for the season and Riley, and the Lions have been struggling all year long.
But with a young, inexperienced pivot in Dane Evans running the show for Hamilton, this could be a chance for the Lions to steal a much-needed win. Their only win so far this season came against the lowly Argonauts back in Week Four by a single point.
While the odds are going to be against the Lions, they did nearly beat the Dane Evans -led Tiger-Cats a couple of weeks ago. They led by eight going into the fourth quarter but got outscored 16-7.
The BC defence is not strong, so if the Lions are going to win this one, they are going to need a magical night from Mike Riley—which could happen.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. BC Lions Preview
Hamilton Tiger-Cats News
The BC Lions will probably always have a special place in the heart of Ticats pivot, Dane Evans. Their game a couple of weeks ago was Evans first win as a starting QB in the CFL. But how that game played out could be indicative of how the Ticats games will be going forward.
They are not going to be able to count on Evans like they did Masoli to pull out a game. Instead, other guys will need to step up instead—as Brandon Banks did a couple of weeks ago.
“He’s one of the best receivers in the league, if not the best,” Evans said after the game, via PentictonHerald.ca. “… When we need plays, he’s there, and I think the thing that helps him the most is we have other playmakers, too. They can’t just double him. If they do, we’ll just feed it to somebody else.”
However, Hamilton’s defence has been giving up a lot of yards. While the rank third in fewest points allowed per game (20.0), they rank sixth in net offensive yards allowed per game (365.2). So, if the defence starts missing a few critical plays during games, the Ticats may find themselves working from behind more than they’d like.
BC Lions News
When the Lions faced the Ticats a couple of weeks ago, they put together one of their better performances of the year. Mike Reilly completed 75 percent of his passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns (but also threw two interceptions). The team also got a great game out of running back John White (15 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns).
Defensively, they didn’t do a bad job against the Ticats. They just didn’t do a complete one and let Hamilton score 16 points in the fourth quarter. Miscues on both sides of the ball led to that game ending in defeat. Head coach DeVone Claybrooks talked about the outcome after the game, via TheProvince.com:
“I mean it sounds like a broken record, but we can’t get out of our own way sometimes. It’s about us finishing what we started, and guys have to understand we don’t need hero ball at that point.”
If they are going to have a shot at winning, they will need to figure out an issue that has been plaguing them all season—protecting the quarterback. They have allowed a CFL-high 36 sacks this season; Hamilton is second in the league in sacks made with 25.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. BC Lions Head-to-Head
The Ticats and Lions have already met once this season back In Week Nine, a game the Ticats won by a single point, 35-34. But from a historical perspective, the two have faced off 96 times in the regular season since 1954. Of those games, the Lions have won 55 and the Ticats, 38. Three games have ended in a tie.
They have met twice during the playoffs with each team winning once and three times during the Grey Cup (Hamilton won twice).
Odds and Predictions
The Ticats are not the same team without Masoli, but they are still a very good team. There is a lot less room for error for the rest of the season, but when you don’t make too many mistakes, that’s okay. With how the Lions have been playing this season, there is no reason to think they are going to force Hamilton into making any.
Hamilton is going to be a little more focused in this game after almost losing the last time they faced the Lions. Look for them to control the game from beginning to end this time and win with ease.
Take Hamilton to win (-175.54), straight up and ATS (-3). As for the over/under (47.5)—don’t count on this game being as high scoring as the last one. Take the under.
Lions fans can get an extra point (+4) and a better money line (+154) at SportsInteraction.com.
Our Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ BC Lions Betting Tip:
Hamilton isn’t as strong as they once were, but they are still a much better team than the Lions. They will win and beat the spread.