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Villanova vs. Temple odds: Picks from advanced computer model …

Villanova goes hunting for its 11th consecutive victory against crosstown rival Temple on Wednesday. The top-ranked Wildcats have been on a roll, but they will have their hands full against a feisty Owls squad in a nationally televised matchup (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Led by a pair of junior guards in Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson, Nova has been crushing its opponents by a whopping 22.3 points a game. Freshman forward Omari Spellman is a defensive beast, averaging nearly two blocks.

The Wildcats are 8.5-point favorites, up from a 7-point open. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 150.

Before picking either side, you need to hear what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, completely crushed its college basketball selections during the 2016-17 season, returning a massive profit of $6,529 on $100 bets for anybody who followed them.

Now, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Villanova-Temple and locked in against-the-spread and over-under picks.

We can tell you that the computer has the under winning 79 percent of simulations, making the total points pick a solid one. It also has a very strong pick for one side of the spread.

The Wildcats are coming off a 77-68 victory against La Salle, a game they trailed at halftime. Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo each scored 18 points to lead Nova.

On Saturday, Temple held off Saint Joseph’s 81-78 to improve to 6-2. Junior guard Shizz Alston was the top scorer for the Owls with 20.

Bridges leads Villanova in scoring at 18.1 points. He is also pulling down 6.4 rebounds with 2.1 steals. Brunson nets 17.2 points and 4.8 assists. He also shoots a remarkable 52 percent from 3-point range.

Alston is tops on the Owls with 17.3 points and shoots 54 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also a 96 percent free-throw shooter.

Does Villanova make it a perfect 11-0, or will Temple pull off the huge upset? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Nova-Temple do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Wildcats-Owls, all from the model that has absolutely crushed college hoops, and find out.

Villanova vs. Temple odds: Picks from advanced computer model

Villanova goes hunting for its 11th consecutive victory against crosstown rival Temple on Wednesday. The top-ranked Wildcats have been on a roll, but they will have their hands full against a feisty Owls squad in a nationally televised matchup (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Led by a pair of junior guards in Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson, Nova has been crushing its opponents by a whopping 22.3 points a game. Freshman forward Omari Spellman is a defensive beast, averaging nearly two blocks.

The Wildcats are 8.5-point favorites, up from a 7-point open. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 150.

Before picking either side, you need to hear what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, completely crushed its college basketball selections during the 2016-17 season, returning a massive profit of $6,529 on $100 bets for anybody who followed them.

Now, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Villanova-Temple and locked in against-the-spread and over-under picks.

We can tell you that the computer has the under winning 79 percent of simulations, making the total points pick a solid one. It also has a very strong pick for one side of the spread.

The Wildcats are coming off a 77-68 victory against La Salle, a game they trailed at halftime. Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo each scored 18 points to lead Nova.

On Saturday, Temple held off Saint Joseph’s 81-78 to improve to 6-2. Junior guard Shizz Alston was the top scorer for the Owls with 20.

Bridges leads Villanova in scoring at 18.1 points. He is also pulling down 6.4 rebounds with 2.1 steals. Brunson nets 17.2 points and 4.8 assists. He also shoots a remarkable 52 percent from 3-point range.

Alston is tops on the Owls with 17.3 points and shoots 54 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also a 96 percent free-throw shooter.

Does Villanova make it a perfect 11-0, or will Temple pull off the huge upset? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Nova-Temple do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Wildcats-Owls, all from the model that has absolutely crushed college hoops, and find out.

2017 College Bowl Odds: Confidence football pool picks by advanced computer model

With the 2017-18 college football postseason now locked in, fans across the nation will be entering bowl confidence pools and pick ’em leagues with their friends and coworkers. These are the contests where you make straight-up picks for every bowl game and then assign a confidence ranking based on how strongly you feel about each one.

The picks you have the most confidence in get the highest numbers, while the lowest numbers are assigned to picks you’re least sure about. The goal is to pile up as many points as possible. It’s that easy.

With so many games between teams that aren’t familiar with each other and so many evenly matched games, you need to see who SportsLine’s advanced computer model has the most confidence in.

This same model had double-digit profitable weeks last season and was an astonishing 8-1 on straight-up picks on Championship Weekend, nailing several close games like UCF’s win over Memphis and Ohio State’s victory over Wisconsin. It also went 10-1 on A-rated money line picks the last two bowl seasons.

Now it has simulated every bowl game 10,000 times and come up with some surprising results that will help you pick every game and correctly assign confidence points. You can only get these projections over at SportsLine.

One team the model is highly confident in: Northwestern. The Wildcats are winning 74 percent of simulations for their battle against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

Northwestern rolled through the second half of its schedule with seven straight victories to wrap up the regular season, including quality wins over Michigan State and Iowa. Kentucky, meanwhile dropped three of its last four, including a season-finale loss to rival Louisville, 44-17.

Northwestern’s rush defense, ranked fourth in the Big Ten, will limit the effectiveness of Kentucky star running back Benny Snell Jr., who was second in the SEC with 110 yards per game on the ground.

The model likes the Northwestern Wildcats as its third-most confident pick at 37 points. They’ll roll to a convincing 32-20 victory in Nashville, so lock them in near the top of your confidence pool. 

On the other end of the spectrum, the model likes Northern Illinois to beat Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl, but the Huskies are only winning 50.4 percent of simulations in what is expected to be a tight game.

The Blue Devils come into the game at 6-6 as they prepare to face an 8-4 MAC squad. Both teams have been streaky this year, and with no common opponents and little data to provide a strong lean towards either side, this is a game to avoid a high confidence number on.

Take Northern Illinois, but go with the lowest possible points with this pick for a game that the model views as barely more than a coin flip.

So who wins every single College Football Bowl Game and how confident should you be in every single selection? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations and which picks you can lock in with the most confidence, all from the model that went an amazing 8-1 on straight-up picks during Championship Weekend, and find out. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers odds: NBA picks from computer model on 34-18 run

The Cleveland Cavaliers go for their second straight win when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Cleveland had its 13-game winning streak snapped last week by Indiana, but started a new one with Saturday’s 105-98 victory over Philadelphia. The Hawks, led by Dennis Schroder, will have their hands full in a 7 p.m. ET matchup.

The Cavaliers are 11.5-point favorites, up sightly from an 11-point open. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 217, down from the open of 218.5.

Before picking either side, you need to read what the SportsLine Projection Model has come up with. This model would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports NFL office pools last season and has put together a blistering 34-18 run on its top-rated point-spread picks this season, returning over $1,400 to $100 bettors.

Now, the model has simulated Hawks-Cavaliers 10,000 times and locked in against-the-spread, over-under and money-line picks.

We can tell you that the computer has the under hitting in 68 percent of simulations. It also has a very strong pick for one side of this game against the spread.

Cleveland, with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 19-8, has rebounded after a slow start. The Cavaliers have won 14 of their past 15.

Big man Tristan Thompson is expected to be back in uniform for the Cavs. He has been out since Nov. 1 with a strained calf. Forward Kevin Love is also questionable with a sore hip and did not play against the Sixers.

The Hawks are coming off a 111-107 loss at the Knicks on Sunday. Atlanta is 6-20 on the season and 3-11 on the road. Schroder leads the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game and dishes out 6.4 assists.

Forward Taurean Prince is averaging 12.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg and Kent Bazemore averages 12.1 points and 3.6 assists.

LeBron James leads the Cavaliers in scoring (28.3 points) and is shooting an impressive 42 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also averaging 8.3 rebounds and is tops on the team with 8.7 assists.

Long-range sniper Kyle Korver remains a valuable bench asset who’s shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers.

Does Cleveland make it two in a row led by MVP candidate James or will Atlanta pull off the monster upset, or at least keep it within the spread? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Hawks-Cavaliers do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Hawks-Cavaliers, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NBA, and find out.

NFL odds and picks, Week 15: Advanced computer model loving Eagles, 49ers

Week 15 in the NFL will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The Seattle Seahawks are 1.5-point favorites over the L.A. Rams, the Carolina Panthers are favored by three over the Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots are 2.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a huge AFC showdown that has already seen plenty of line movement.

With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you need to know what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking. 

SportsLine’s Projection Model went 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season, better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch — every single one. It’s again threatening to be one of the top models in 2017.

SportsLine computer picks also would have won more than 96 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool Manager leagues that made straight-up NFL picks last season and would be leading many pools again this year.

It’s fresh off a week in which it nailed Arizona’s upset over Tennessee, predicting the Cardinals‘ margin of victory within a single point. It also nailed Carolina’s huge win over the Vikings and Jacksonville’s statement win over the Seahawks. Those NFL picks helped run its straight-up record to a stunning 37-11 over the past three weeks. Anyone who has followed its picks is up big.

With Week 15 here, the computer simulated every game 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.

One team the model loves in Week 15: the Philadelphia Eagles, who are 7.5-point road favorites against the New York Giants. Even with Carson Wentz on the shelf for the season and Nick Foles now under center, the model likes the Eagles to win and cover in a 22-14 final.

Philadelphia is winning outright in 71 percent of simulations and covering the spread over 50 percent of the time. With Foles likely needing time to get back in rhythm, the model likes Under 40 in this matchup 64 percent of the time.

One surprise: the San Francisco 49ers, slight favorites over Tennessee, will not only win, they’ll triple the two-point spread in a 26-20 decision.

At just 3-10, it’d be easy to glance at the record and assume the 49ers are a disaster. But looking closer, they’ve won three of their last four. And the emergence of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw for 334 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 victory at Houston last week, has the young 49ers inspired as they build for the future.

The Titans, meanwhile, are 8-5 and in the hunt in the AFC South, but they suffered a tough loss to underdog Arizona last week and have been highly inconsistent on offense. Quarterback Marcus Mariota (knee) will play, but might not be 100 percent.

The 49ers win this one straight-up 59 percent of the time and cover the spread in 56 percent of simulations, according to the model. Don’t let the records deceive you in this one and roll with the 49ers.

The model also has a strong pick you need to see for the huge AFC showdown between the Steelers and Patriots — two legitimate Super Bowl contenders — and it’s also calling for a contender to go down hard. You can only get those picks at SportsLine.

What NFL picks can you make with confidence in Week 15? Check out the NFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which NFL teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, plus see which side of the big Steelers-Patriots game you need to be all over and find out which NFC contender goes down hard, all from the model that would have won 96 percent of football pools last season and is on a blistering 37-11 run this year, and get NFL picks from 20 experts.

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (+2.5, 40.5)
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-5.5, 44)
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (+2, 46.5)
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (+7, 40)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (+7.5, 40)
Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings (-11, 42)
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (N/A)
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (-11.5, 39)
Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins (-4.5, 43.5)
Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers (-3, 45)
New York Jets at New Orleans Saints (-16, 47)
L.A. Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-1.5, 48)
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5, 53.5)
Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers (-2, 44)
Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders (+3, 46)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Bucs (+6, 47.5)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets odds: Picks from computer model that’s 34-18 on NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans are gunning for back-to-back victories as they travel to Houston to take on the Rockets on Monday. But Houston will be trying to increase its winning streak to a smoking-hot 10 straight as James Harden and crew tip off against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in a nationally televised matchup at 8 p.m. ET (NBATV).

The Rockets are 12-point home favorites, up two points from the opening spread. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 226.5, up from the open of 224.5.

Before picking either side, you need to read what the SportsLine Projection Model has come up with. This model would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports NFL office pools last season and has put together a blistering 34-18 run (65 percent) on its top-rated NBA point-spread picks this season, returning over $1,400 to $100 bettors.

Now, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Pelicans-Rockets and locked in against-the-spread and over-under picks.

We can tell you that the computer has the under winning 60 percent of simulations, making the total points pick a solid one. It also has a very strong pick for one side of the spread.

Houston, which holds the best record in the league at 20-4, has won eight of its past nine contests by double digits.

The Rockers return home after a successful three-game road trip in which they defeated the Lakers, Jazz and Trail Blazers. James Harden scored 48 on Saturday night in a 124-117 victory at Portland.

Harden leads the team in scoring (32.3 points) and is shooting an impressive 41 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also averaging 5.3 rebounds and is second on the team with 9.2 assists.

Bolstering the Rockets charge is point guard Chris Paul, (14.3 points, 9.8 assists) and center Clint Capela (13.1 points, 11.2 rebounds).

The 14-13 Pelicans, meanwhile, knocked off the 76ers on Sunday night, 131-124. New Orleans’ leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 points) poured in 23 to go with nine rebounds against Philadelphia.

Former Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday scored 34 points and hit five 3-pointers against his former-team Sunday.

Does Houston make it a perfect 10 led by MVP candidate Harden, or will New Orleans pull off the monster upset, or at least stay within the spread? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Pelicans-Rockets do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Pelicans-Rockets, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NBA, and find out.

Raptors vs. Clippers odds: NBA picks from computer model that went 10-3 last week

The Toronto Raptors have won six straight and because of it can claim the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. They’ll look to make it seven in a row when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Monday night at 10:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV).

The Raptors are 5.5-point home favorites. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 215.5, up from the opening line of 212.5

Before picking either side, you need to read what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. This model would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports office pools in football last season is currently on a roll in the NBA, too, going 10-3 on its top-rated picks last week, an amazing 77-percent win percentage.

Now, it’s simulated Raptors-Clippers 10,000 times and came up with some unexpected results.

One we’ll give away: The computer is projecting the final score to land just below the Over-Under of 215.5 in a majority of its simulations. It also has a strong pick against the spread.

There’s no point to figuring out whether Toronto is winning because of its offense or its defense. Both are rolling right now. The Raptors (17-7) have put up at least 112 points in all but one of the games during this current win streak. They haven’t scored under 100 points since Nov. 12, a span of 12 games, and are 10-2 in that span.

Overall, the offense ranks third in the league in scoring (111.3 per game), behind only the prolific Warriors and Rockets.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry form one of the NBA’s top background duos. DeRozan is a star, averaging 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists. Lowry averages 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

Toronto’s defense ranks No. 9 in points allowed, with Serge Ibaka (13.0 ppg, 5.5 rbg, 1.4 blocks per game) leading the effort. The Raptors average more blocks and steals than their opponents and are holding teams to 45.2 percent shooting.

The Clippers (9-15) had lost four straight since Blake Griffin was injured, but perhaps they found a form for the future on Saturday.

Danilo Gallinari, in his second game back from injury (hip), scored 25 points, while Lou Williams had 35 in a 113-112 win over the Wizards.

The team may also get back starting point guard Milos Teodosic (foot), who has played in just two games this season. Teodosic is considered questionable for Monday’s game, and likely for Wednesday’s.

Powerful center DeAndre Jordan is averaging 10.5 points per game, his lowest output since 2013-14. But his 14.3 rebounds is his best in four seasons and No. 2 in the NBA. His free-throw shooting is at 58.2 percent, easily his best in 10 seasons and above his career average of 43.4 percent.

Will the favored Raptors take care of business in sunny L.A., or will Clippers take advantage of a fatigued opponent to start their own streak — or simply keep it close at home? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Raptors-Clippers do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Raptors-Clippers, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NFL and is on a 10-3 NBA roll, and find out.

College Bowl Odds for 2017: Confidence football pool picks by advanced computer model

With the 2017-18 college football postseason now locked in, fans across the nation will be entering bowl confidence pools and pick ’em leagues with their friends and coworkers. These are the contests where you make straight-up picks for every bowl game and then assign a confidence ranking based on how strongly you feel about each one.

The picks you have the most confidence in get the highest numbers, while the lowest numbers are assigned to picks you’re least sure about. The goal is to pile up as many points as possible. It’s that easy.

With so many games between teams that aren’t familiar with each other and so many evenly matched games, you need to see who SportsLine’s advanced computer model has the most confidence in.

This same model had double-digit profitable weeks last season and was an astonishing 8-1 on straight-up picks on Championship Weekend, nailing several close games like UCF’s win over Memphis and Ohio State’s victory over Wisconsin. It also went 10-1 on A-rated money line picks the last two bowl seasons.

Now it has simulated every bowl game 10,000 times and come up with some surprising results that will help you pick every game and correctly assign confidence points. You can only get these projections over at SportsLine.

One team the model is highly confident in: Auburn. The Tigers are winning 69 percent of simulations for their Peach Bowl game against Central Florida.

Auburn was a game away from punching its College Football Playoff ticket, but couldn’t get past Georgia in the SEC Championship.

Still, the Tigers remain one of the most talented teams in the nation. Led by elite running back Kerryon Johnson, who should be healthier, and quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Auburn’s offense will overwhelm UCF’s defense, which gave up 48 points in regulation to Memphis in the AAC title game.

The model thinks Auburn will be too much for UCF and has the Tigers locked in as its ninth-most confident pick at 31 points. It has Auburn winning by a score of 35-25.

On the other end of the spectrum, the model likes Northern Illinois to beat Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl, but the Huskies are only winning 50.4 percent of simulations in what is expected to be a tight game.

The Blue Devils come into the game at 6-6 as they prepare to face an 8-4 MAC squad. Both teams have been streaky this year, and with no common opponents and little data to provide a strong lean towards either side, this is a game to avoid a high confidence number on.

Take Northern Illinois, but go with the lowest possible points with this pick for a game that the model views as barely more than a coin flip.

So who wins every single College Football Bowl Game and how confident should you be in every single selection? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations and which picks you can lock in with the most confidence, all from the model that went an amazing 8-1 on straight-up picks during Championship Weekend, and find out. 

NFL odds and picks for Week 14: Advanced computer model loving Steelers, Patriots

The 2017 NFL season’s 14th weekend will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The New England Patriots are 10.5-point favorites over the Miami Dolphins, the L.A. Rams are 1.5-point favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys are 3.5-point favorites at the division-rival Giants in a game that opened at -6.

With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you need to know what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.

SportsLine’s Projection Model went 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season, better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch — every single one. It’s again threatening to be one of the top models in 2017 and already called the Falcons‘ big NFC South win on Thursday Night Football against the Saints.

SportsLine computer picks also would have won more than 96 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool Manager leagues that made straight-up NFL picks last season and would be leading many pools again this year.

It’s fresh off a week in which it went 13-3 on straight-up NFL picks, improving its record to 26-6 over the past two weeks. Last week, it nailed the exact margin of victory for the Steelers‘ win over the Bengals and It was also all over the Titans‘ win and cover over the Texans, nailing that margin of victory within a single point. Anyone who has followed its picks is up big.

With Week 14 already here, the computer simulated every matchup 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.

One team SportsLine’s proven model is all-in on: the New England Patriots. The model loves Tom Brady and company to beat the Dolphins in an AFC East showdown and easily cover a 10.5-point spread in a 29-12 decision. They’ve covered six straight games.

The Patriots covered against the Dolphins two weeks ago as 16.5-point favorites, winning by 18. Even with Rob Gronkowski (suspension) out, the model has New England covering the spread in 60 percent of simulations. And the Patriots may get WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) back for the first time since Week 8. He’s practiced on a limited basis all week and looks like a go for Monday Night Football.

Another team the model is all over in Week 14: the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 4.5-point home favorites against the division-rival Baltimore Ravens. Even with WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended, the model is calling for a 26-19 Steelers win.

The Steelers are winning outright in 65 percent of simulations and covering the spread 54 percent of the time. It’s projecting QB Ben Roethlisberger to throw for almost 300 yards and two scores against a Ravens’ defense that will be without CB Jimmy Smith (suspension, Achilles).

Pittsburgh had a clutch, come-from-behind victory on Monday Night Football in Week 13 to run its win streak to seven games and its overall record to 10-2. They’ve have had a receiver top 100 yards in four of the last five games, with ‘Big Ben’ hitting 230 yards in each outing during that span.

Back the hometown Steelers with confidence on Sunday Night Football. The Steelers won 26-9 in the Week 4 meeting.

One surprise: the AFC South-leading Titans, who are three-point favorites on the road against the Cardinals, go down hard in a 24-20 upset.

The Titans will likely get WR Rishard Matthews (hamstring) back after a two-week absence, although he’ll face Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals’ 12th-ranked total defense. Arizona beat the 8-4 Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago and the Cardinals are gunning for two straight against the AFC South.

The public is taking Arizona against the spread just 39 percent of the time, but the model likes the Cardinals against the spread 62 percent of the time. The Arizona money line is +130.

The model also has a strong pick you need to see for the huge NFC showdown between the L.A. Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles — two legitimate Super Bowl contenders. You can only get that pick at SportsLine.

What NFL picks can you make with confidence in Week 14? Check out the NFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which NFL teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, plus see which side of the big Rams-Eagles game you need to be all over, all from the model that would have won 96 percent of football pools last season and went 13-3 straight up last week, and get NFL picks from 16 experts.

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5, 39)
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (+3.5, 41.5)
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-4, 48.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (+2.5, 40)
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns (+3, 39.5)
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-2.5, 45)
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Bucs (+1.5)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (-3)
New York Jets at Denver Broncos (+1.5, 41.5)
Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals (+3, 43)
Washington Redskins at L.A. Chargers (-6, 46.5)
Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5, 40)
Philadelphia Eagles at L.A. Rams (-1.5, 48)
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5, 43.5)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (+10.5, 47.5)

Funding model able to cover needs of Hong Kong’s public hospitals, health chief insists

Hong Kong’s health chief on Saturday said community health care services must be strengthened to reduce hospitalisation rates, after the city’s public hospitals reported their first financial deficit in eight years.

But Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee insisted that the current funding model for the Hospital Authority would be able to meet the growing needs of health care service providers as the city’s population aged in the coming decades.

Public health care spending has been on the rise in recent years, with expenditure this financial year standing at HK$62 billion, up HK$3.2 billion from 2016-17.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced in her maiden policy address in October that an extra HK$2 billion of annual funding would be set aside for the Hospital Authority, starting from next year, to meet rising demand.

 Funding model able to cover needs of Hong Kong's public hospitals, health chief insists

The adjustment proved to be timely for the body, which manages the city’s 41 public medical institutions. According to its annual report submitted to the city’s legislature on Friday, it recorded a deficit of HK$1.52 billion in the year ending March 31.

It was the first time the authority had been in the red since 2009-10, when it lost HK$28.2 million.

Expenditure last year totalled HK$62.3 billion, representing a 6.6 per cent increase.

Most of the spending went on staff payrolls, which shot up 6.9 per cent to HK$43.1 billion, with the five highest-paid executives costing HK$27.1 million alone.

Easing the overcrowding in Hong Kong’s public hospitals starts with an informed public

The top earner was the authority’s chief executive, Leung Pak-yin, who got a 4.3 per cent pay rise to net HK$6 million.

The deficit was covered by the body’s reserves, which now stand at HK$13 billion.

Responding to the authority’s financial woes, Chan admitted it was inevitable that public hospital spending would only go up in future.

“With an ageing population and chronic diseases, [health care] services need to keep growing,” she said on Saturday.

 Funding model able to cover needs of Hong Kong's public hospitals, health chief insists

Apart from the extra HK$2 billion in public funding Lam has pledged, her predecessor Leung Chun-ying also suggested increasing recurrent funding every three years to tackle “population growth” and “demographic changes”.

Chan said another solution would be to strengthen primary health care services at the district level so as to reduce the need for people to rush to hospitals and emergency wards.

“If we do not boost primary services in the community, that is, focus on the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care, the situation may become worse,” Chan said.

Hong Kong’s health priority should be elderly care in the community not more hospitals

According to the government’s Department of Health, primary care is the first point of contact for most patients along with health promotions, disease prevention strategies and rehabilitative services.

Secondary and tertiary care, meanwhile, includes specialist and hospital services.

Overcrowding at the city’s public hospitals has long been a problem.

During the peak flu season this summer, the occupancy rate at the city’s 17 hospitals with inpatient services reached 114 per cent on one night in July.

Funding model able to cover needs of Hong Kong’s public hospitals, health chief insists

Hong Kong’s health chief on Saturday said community health care services must be strengthened to reduce hospitalisation rates, after the city’s public hospitals reported their first financial deficit in eight years.

But Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee insisted that the current funding model for the Hospital Authority would be able to meet the growing needs of health care service providers as the city’s population aged in the coming decades.

Public health care spending has been on the rise in recent years, with expenditure this financial year standing at HK$62 billion, up HK$3.2 billion from 2016-17.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced in her maiden policy address in October that an extra HK$2 billion of annual funding would be set aside for the Hospital Authority, starting from next year, to meet rising demand.

 Funding model able to cover needs of Hong Kong's public hospitals, health chief insists

The adjustment proved to be timely for the body, which manages the city’s 41 public medical institutions. According to its annual report submitted to the city’s legislature on Friday, it recorded a deficit of HK$1.52 billion in the year ending March 31.

It was the first time the authority had been in the red since 2009-10, when it lost HK$28.2 million.

Expenditure last year totalled HK$62.3 billion, representing a 6.6 per cent increase.

Most of the spending went on staff payrolls, which shot up 6.9 per cent to HK$43.1 billion, with the five highest-paid executives costing HK$27.1 million alone.

Easing the overcrowding in Hong Kong’s public hospitals starts with an informed public

The top earner was the authority’s chief executive, Leung Pak-yin, who got a 4.3 per cent pay rise to net HK$6 million.

The deficit was covered by the body’s reserves, which now stand at HK$13 billion.

Responding to the authority’s financial woes, Chan admitted it was inevitable that public hospital spending would only go up in future.

“With an ageing population and chronic diseases, [health care] services need to keep growing,” she said on Saturday.

 Funding model able to cover needs of Hong Kong's public hospitals, health chief insists

Apart from the extra HK$2 billion in public funding Lam has pledged, her predecessor Leung Chun-ying also suggested increasing recurrent funding every three years to tackle “population growth” and “demographic changes”.

Chan said another solution would be to strengthen primary health care services at the district level so as to reduce the need for people to rush to hospitals and emergency wards.

“If we do not boost primary services in the community, that is, focus on the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care, the situation may become worse,” Chan said.

Hong Kong’s health priority should be elderly care in the community not more hospitals

According to the government’s Department of Health, primary care is the first point of contact for most patients along with health promotions, disease prevention strategies and rehabilitative services.

Secondary and tertiary care, meanwhile, includes specialist and hospital services.

Overcrowding at the city’s public hospitals has long been a problem.

During the peak flu season this summer, the occupancy rate at the city’s 17 hospitals with inpatient services reached 114 per cent on one night in July.

Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Picks from computer model on 33-18 NBA run

The Washington Wizards travel to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday afternoon in a matinee NBA showdown. The visitors are 2.5-point favorites, down a point from where the line opened.

The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 207.5, up a point from the opener.

Before you lock in your picks for this Eastern Conference showdown, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.

It’s on a remarkable 33-18 run in top-rated NBA against-the-spread picks. Anyone who has followed its advice is cashing in big right now.

Now the model has simulated Clippers-Wizards 10,000 times and come up with some surprising results.

One we’ll give away: It’s calling for Over 207.5 to hit in a whopping 70 percent of simulations, while only 52 percent of the public is backing it.

And the model says you can bank on one side of the spread hitting well over 50 percent of the time.

It knows the visiting Wizards have won three of their last four games. Guard Bradley Beal has scored 85 total points the last two games to lead the Wizards to two straight wins on their West Coast road trip.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have lost four straight, two at home. Star forward Blake Griffin is out with a knee injury and, in his stead, four different players have led the team in scoring the last four games.

But just because momentum favors the Wizards doesn’t mean they cover the spread, especially on the road in an early afternoon NBA game.

The Clippers may have just lost back-to-back games to the Northwest-leading Timberwolves, but they were by a combined 12 points.

If Beal goes cold, so too may the Wizards. In the last two games while Beal has been an offensive force, only one other Wizards player has contributed more than 20 points in an outing.

And the underdog is 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams.

Will Beal and the Wizards continue rolling on their road trip? Or will the Clippers play spoiler on their home court, or at least keep it within the spread? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Wizards-Clippers you need to be all over, all from the model that’s 33-18 on top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.

NFL odds and picks, Week 14: Advanced computer model loving Bengals, Patriots

The 2017 NFL season’s 14th weekend will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The New England Patriots are 11-point favorites over the Miami Dolphins, the L.A. Rams are 1.5-point favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are 4.5-point home favorites against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football in a game that opened at -7.

With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you need to know what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.

SportsLine’s Projection Model went 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season, better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch — every single one. It’s again threatening to be one of the top models in 2017 and already called the Falcons‘ big win on Thursday Night Football against the Saints.

SportsLine computer picks also would have won more than 96 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool Manager leagues that made straight-up NFL picks last season and would be leading many pools again this year.

It’s fresh off a week in which it went 13-3 on straight-up NFL picks, improving its record to 26-6 over the past two weeks. Last week, it nailed the exact margin of victory for the Steelers‘ win over the Bengals and It was also all over the Titans‘ win and cover over the Texans, nailing that margin of victory within a single point. Anyone who has followed its picks is up big.

With Week 14 here, the computer simulated every matchup 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.

One team SportsLine’s proven model is all-in on: the New England Patriots. The model loves Tom Brady and company to beat the Dolphins in an AFC East showdown and easily cover an 11-point spread in a 28-12 decision. They’ve covered six straight games.

The Patriots covered against the Dolphins two weeks ago as 16.5-point favorites, winning by 18. Even with Rob Gronkowski (suspension) out, the model has New England covering the spread in 59 percent of simulations. And the Patriots may get WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) back on Sunday for the first time since Week 8. He’s practiced on a limited basis all week.

Another team the model is all over in Week 14: the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 6.5-point home favorites against the Chicago Bears, up a half-point from the opener.

The Bengals have won two of their last three after dropping a close game to the division-rival Steelers last week. Rookie RB Joe Mixon (concussion) is out for Week 14, so it’ll be Giovani Bernard as a nearly every-down back.

Meanwhile, the Bears have lost five straight and are 1-4 on the road this season, most recently a 31-3 destruction at the hands of the Eagles two weeks ago. Cincinnati is winning a whopping 76 percent of simulations straight up and 58 percent of the time against the spread. SportsLine is calling for a 21-11 Bengals win that easily clears the Under (38.5).

One surprise: the AFC South-leading Titans, who are three-point favorites on the road against the Cardinals, go down hard in a 23-21 upset.

The Titans will likely get WR Rishard Matthews (hamstring) back after a two-week absence, although he’ll face Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals’ 12th-ranked total defense. Arizona beat the 8-4 Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago.

The public is taking Arizona (+3) against the spread just 38 percent of the time, but the model likes the Cardinals against the spread 59 percent of the time. The Arizona money line is +135.

The model also has a strong pick you need to see for the huge NFC showdown between the L.A. Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles — two legitimate Super Bowl contenders. You can only get that pick at SportsLine.

What NFL picks can you make with confidence in Week 14? Check out the NFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which NFL teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, plus see which side of the big Rams-Eagles game you need to be all over, all from the model that would have won 96 percent of football pools last season and went 13-3 straight up last week, and get NFL picks from 16 experts.

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5, 38.5)
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (+3.5, 41.5)
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-4, 48.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (+2.5, 40.5)
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns (+3, 40.5)
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-2.5, 45)
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Bucs (n/a)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (n/a)
New York Jets at Denver Broncos (+1.5, 41.5)
Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals (+3, 44)
Washington Redskins at L.A. Chargers (-6, 46.5)
Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5, 40)
Philadelphia Eagles at L.A. Rams (-1.5, 48)
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5, 43.5)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (+11, 47.5)

College Bowl Odds 2017: Confidence football pool picks from proven computer model

With the 2017-18 college football postseason now locked in, fans across the nation will be entering bowl confidence pools and pick ’em leagues with their friends and coworkers. These are the contests where you make straight-up picks for every bowl game and then assign a confidence ranking based on how strongly you feel about each one.

The picks you have the most confidence in get the highest numbers, while the lowest numbers are assigned to picks you’re least sure about. The goal is to pile up as many points as possible.

With so many games between teams that aren’t familiar with each other and so many evenly matched games, you need to see who SportsLine’s advanced computer model has the most confidence in.

This same model had double-digit profitable weeks last season and was an astonishing 8-1 on straight-up picks on Championship Weekend, nailing several close games like UCF’s win over Memphis and Ohio State’s victory over Wisconsin.

Now it has simulated every bowl game 10,000 times and come up with some surprising results that will help you pick every game and properly assign confidence points. You can only get these projections over at SportsLine.

One team the model is highly confident in: Ohio State. The Buckeyes are winning 72 percent of simulations for their Cotton Bowl showdown against Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans.

Ohio State will be playing with a chip on its shoulder after just missing the College Football Playoff field. And the running trio of quarterback J.T. Barrett and backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber will be a huge challenge for a USC rush defense that finished in the middle of the Pac-12.

The model thinks Ohio State will be too much for USC and has the Buckeyes locked in as its fourth most-confident pick at 36 points. It has Ohio State winning by a score of 35-21.

On the other end of the spectrum, the model likes Northern Illinois to beat Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl, but the Huskies are only winning 50.4 percent of simulations in what is expected to be a tight game.

The Blue Devils come into the game at 6-6 as they prepare to face an 8-4 MAC squad. Both teams have been streaky this year, and with no common opponents and little data to provide a strong lean towards either side, this is a game to avoid a high confidence number on.

Take Northern Illinois, but go with the lowest possible points with this pick for a game that the model views as barely more than a coin flip.

So who wins every single College Football Bowl Game and how confident should you be in every single selection? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations and which picks you can lock in with the most confidence, all from the model that went an amazing 8-1 on straight-up picks during Championship Weekend, and find out. 

Warriors vs. Pistons odds: Picks from computer model on 33-18 NBA run

The Golden State Warriors will be gunning for a road sweep when they travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Friday. Golden State has won five straight, but will be without Stephen Curry in a nationally televised matchup at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN). The Warriors are 5.5-point road favorites.

The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 212.5, down from the open of 213.

Before picking either side of the spread, you need to read what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. This model would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports office pools in football last season and has put together a blistering 33-18 run on its top-rated NBA point-spread picks this season, returning nearly $1,400 to $100 bettors.

After simulating the game 10,000 times, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Warriors-Pistons and locked in against-the-spread, Over-Under picks, and money line picks. You can only see them over at SportsLine.

We can tell you that the computer has Under hitting in 61 percent of simulations. It also has a very strong pick for one side of the spread.

The defending NBA champion Warriors are 20-6 and have won their last four games by 21 points (at Orlando), 28 (at Miami), 10 (at New Orleans) and 14 (at Charlotte).

But Curry sprained his ankle in Monday’s win over the Pelicans and left the arena on crutches. He’s expected to miss at least two weeks. Curry led the team in scoring (26.3 points per game), and his plus/minus of 11.5 ranks second in the NBA.

Despite losing Curry, the Warriors still have Kevin Durant (25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists per game), Klay Thompson (20.6 ppg) and Draymond Green (10.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 7.1 apg).

The 14-10 Pistons, meanwhile, are currently mired in a four-game losing streak, including Wednesday’s 104-100 defeat to the Bucks. Leading scorer Tobias Harris poured in 21 points, five rebounds and three steals in Milwaukee.

Detroit had been on a three-game winning streak before its recent skid, having racked up impressive victories in Boston and Oklahoma City. The Pistons have lost their last three by a combined total of 12 points.

Does a new streak begin tonight for the Pistons or will Golden State continue its own road win streak without its MVP leader? SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Warriors-Pistons do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Warriors-Hornets, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NFL and is 33-18 in NBA, and find out.

NFL odds, picks for Week 14: Advanced computer model loves Steelers and Patriots

The 2017 NFL season’s 14th weekend will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The New England Patriots are 11-point favorites over the Miami Dolphins, the L.A. Rams are 2.5-point favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Seattle Seahawks are 2.5-point road underdogs cross-country against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game that’s already had plenty of line movement.

With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you’ll want to know what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.

SportsLine’s Projection Model went 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season, better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch — every single one. It’s again threatening to be one of the top models in 2017.

SportsLine computer picks also would have won more than 96 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool Manager leagues that made straight-up NFL picks last season and would be leading many pools again this year.

It’s fresh off a week in which it went 13-3 on straight-up NFL picks, improving its record to 26-6 over the past two weeks. Last week, it nailed the exact margin of victory for the Steelers‘ win over the Bengals and It was also all over the Titans‘ win and cover over the Texans, nailing that margin of victory within a single point. Anyone who has followed its picks is up big.

With Week 14 here, the computer simulated every matchup 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.

One team SportsLine’s proven model is all-in on: the New England Patriots. The model loves Tom Brady and company to beat the Dolphins in an AFC East showdown and easily cover an 11-point spread in a 28-12 decision.

No matter how high the line, the Patriots continue to cover and burn Vegas in the process. Their cover of a double-digit spread against the Bills last week moved them to 8-4 against the spread this season, and it was their sixth straight cover. 

The Patriots covered against the Dolphins two weeks ago as 16.5-point favorites, winning by 18. Even with Rob Gronkowski out (suspension), the model has New England covering the spread in 59 percent of simulations. And the Patriots should get WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) back on Sunday for the first time since Week 8.

Another team the model is all over in Week 14: the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are five-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Despite no JuJu Smith-Schuster (suspension) for Pittsburgh, the model says the Steelers win and cover with room to spare, 26-19.

Though this could be a tough battle, don’t be turned off by the five-point line. Back the Steelers and their elite playmakers on offense such as Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown over the Ravens’ inconsistent offense. They’re covering in 55 percent of simulations. 

The Steelers have won seven straight and scored 30 points in two of their last three games. They’ve had a player go over 100 yards receiving in all but four games this season.

One surprise: the AFC South-leading Titans, who are three-point favorites on the road against the Cardinals, go down hard in a 23-22 upset.

The Titans don’t always win pretty, but they’ve had six victories in their last seven games. The Cardinals are barely afloat at 5-7, but they did pull the stunner against the Jags in Week 12, and the model is expecting Arizona to throw another wrench in the playoff race this week.

The public is taking Arizona (+3) against the spread just 37 percent of the time, but the model likes the Cardinals against the spread 55 percent of the time. The Arizona money line is +135.

The model also has a strong pick you need to see for the huge NFC showdown between the L.A. Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles — two legitimate Super Bowl contenders. You can only get that pick at SportsLine.

What NFL picks can you make with confidence in Week 14? Check out the NFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which NFL teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, plus see which side of the big Rams-Eagles game you need to be all over, all from the model that would have won 96 percent of football pools last season and went 13-3 straight up last week, and get NFL picks from 16 experts.

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5, 38.5)
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (+3.5, 41.5)
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-4, 48.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (+2.5, 40.5)
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns (+3, 40.5)
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-2.5, 44.5)
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Bucs (n/a)
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (n/a)
New York Jets at Denver Broncos (+1, 41.5)
Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals (+3, 44)
Washington Redskins at L.A. Chargers (-6, 46)
Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5, 40)
Philadelphia Eagles at L.A. Rams (-2.5, 48)
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5, 44)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (+11, 47.5)

LA Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers odds: Picks from computer model on 33-18 run

The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, two of the NBA’s younger teams, square off in an intriguing inter-conference showdown at 8 p.m. ET Thursday (TNT). The 76ers are eight-point home favorites. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 219, down from the open of 222.5.

Before picking either side of the spread, you need to read what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. It would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports office pools in football last season and has put together an amazing 33-18 run on its top-rated NBA point spread picks for SportsLine.

Now, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Lakers-Sixers and locked in against-the-spread, over-under and money-line picks.

One we’ll give away: After 10,000 simulations, the computer is projecting points will be tough to come by, with the under hitting 69 percent of the time. It also has a very strong pick for one side of the spread.

Two weeks ago, Philadelphia was riding high and chasing the Cavaliers and Celtics in the quest for Eastern Conference supremacy. But then the Sixers played the Cavaliers and the Celtics — and dropped both games by a combined 33 points.

Philly rebounded from last Thursday’s loss at Boston to down the Pistons in a meeting of two playoff-contending teams in the East. But then the Sixers lost at home 115-101 to the struggling Suns.

Philly and L.A. faced off on Nov. 15, and the Lakers had no answer for Joel Embiid in that one. The Sixers center had 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in a 115-109 win in L.A. Ben Simmons nearly registered a triple-double, with 18 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, out-dueling Lonzo Ball, who managed just two points, five rebounds and two assists.

The Sixers should get another weapon back in top reserve guard T.J. McConnell (shoulder), who has missed the last three games.

The Lakers’ defense has failed them in this five-game skid that’s dropped the team to 8-15 overall. Every opponent during the run has scored at least 113 points.

Youth is being served in the City of Angels. Second-year pro Brandon Ingram had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists on Sunday, while rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points to go with 12 rebounds.

Kuzma and Ingram rank first and second on the team in scoring. Lonzo Ball, another rookie, leads the team in rebounds and assists. Brighter days are ahead.

Will the favored Sixers take care of business and roll over the Lakers, or can L.A. get back on track and keep the game close until the end, perhaps even pull out the win? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in.

So what side of Lakers-76ers do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Lakers-76ers, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NFL, and find out.

New health care model given legal clearance to be tested in Missoula

Dr. Carol Bridges, the co-founder and co-owner of CostCare in Missoula, said their family practice location at 2819 Great Northern Loop in Missoula, off Mullan Road, will be changing to a direct primary care model on Jan. 1, 2018. The urgent care walk-in clinic on Russell Street, across from the YMCA, will still accept insurance.

The company that makes chips for top Android phones announced its new model – here’s what it means for Android …

Qualcomm announced details of its new Snapdragon 845 mobile chip on Wednesday during its event in Hawaii, and it offers a good idea of what improvements and features we can expect from phones that will run on the new chips.

Timing-wise, Qualcomm expects the chip’s release as soon as 2018, so we could potentially see the next generation of top Android devices from Samsung, Google, LG, HTC, and others running on the new Snapdragon 845 next year.

As expected, the chip should bring general improvements to performance and battery life. It’ll also allow Android phone makers to improve photo and video capture quality, as well as improving the functionality of AR, VR, and mixed-reality applications. Smart AI assistants, like Google’s Assistant, will also get an intelligence boost.

Check out what we can expect from Snapdragon 845-powered Android phones:


Android phones will be more power efficient for even better battery life.

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Battery life on many of the top Android phones is very good, especially on the Pixel 2 phones. That’s partly due to the current power-efficient Snapdragon 835 processor running many top Android phones today.

We can expect even better battery life, with 2018-2019 Android phones as Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 845 will be 30% more power efficient than the 835.


Photos will be even sharper and clearer, especially in low light.

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The Snapdragon 845 chip will let Android phones take advantage of a photography technology called “multi-frame noise reduction” for images up to 16 megapixels. It’ll allow 2018-2019 Android phones to take up to 60 photos per second and combine them into one photo to reduce “noise,” which is that grainy look you most often see in low-light photos.


It’ll add a feature to video recording that will make videos look amazing.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip will allow Android phones to record 4K video in HDR (high dynamic range) at a smooth 60 frames per second (fps). Videos recorded in 4K HDR from smartphones will look fantastic on 4K HDR TVs.

HDR is a feature that enhances contrast ratio. That’s to say it enhances colors, especially those the brighter and darker ends of the spectrum. As my former colleague Jeff Dunn put it: “The result is a picture that is more vivid, and more importantly, noticeably more life-like. Colors are less muted, and objects appear to have more depth. It’s not a gimmick so much as a straight improvement.”

It’ll also allow 2018-2019 Android phone cameras to take videos with a wider color gamut, which could bring even more fine color shades to videos.

So far, no smartphone can record video in HDR, despite the fact that several phones from 2017 have HDR-capable displays.

The Snapdragon 845 will also let Android phones record 720p video at a whopping 480 fps, which is twice as many frames per second as current smartphones that can record in 240 fps for slow-motion. It should make for ultra-smooth slow-motion that can slow down extremely fast movement.


It’ll be faster and more powerful than current 2017 Android phones.

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Qualcomm claims the new Snapdragon 845 will be 25% more powerful than the current Snapdragon 835, and 30% more powerful for games.


It’ll bring great improvements to AR, VR, and mixed-reality applications.

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The Snapdragon 845 will allow you to physically move in AR, VR, and mixed-reality applications, much like you can with HTC/Valve’s Vive VR headset. When you physically move forward, you’ll move forwards in a VR game, for example. The feature is called “6DoF,” which stands for 6 degrees of freedom.

Qualcomm’s new chip will also come with features that help VR, AR, and mixed-reality apps prevent you from colliding into walls and objects while you move around.

We’ll also see an overall improvement in AR, VR, and mixed reality visual quality, performance, and power consumption.


2018-2019 smartphones will be even smarter.

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AI performance on 2018-2019 Android phones running on the Snapdragon 845 will be tripled, which will help voice assistants better understand more natural ways of speaking.

Better AI will also make it easier to take good photos and videos, according to Qualcomm. Camera features like Portrait Mode, which use AI to identify the subject in the frame, will also get performance boosts.

Hornets vs. Warriors odds: Picks from computer model on 33-18 NBA run

The Golden State Warriors are unbeaten through four games of their six-game road trip but will be without Stephen Curry when they take on the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday in a nationally televised matchup at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN). The Warriors are five-point road favorites.

The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 215.5, down sharply from the open of 219.5.

Before picking either side of the spread, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. This model would have won over 96 percent of CBS Sports office pools in football last season and has put together a blistering 33-18 run on its top-rated NBA point spread picks this season by simulating each game 10,000 times.

Now, the model has examined every matchup, every player and every trend in Warriors-Hornets and locked in against-the-spread, Over-Under and money-line picks.

We can tell you that the computer says the over hits in just 52 percent of simulations. The public is backing the over almost two-thirds of the time, so tread lightly before you do, too. But what about against the spread?

The defending NBA champion Warriors are 19-6 and have won their last three games by 21 points (at Orlando), 28 (at Miami) and 10 (at New Orleans), scoring at least 123 points in all four games of the current road trip.

But Curry sprained his ankle in Monday’s win over the Pelicans and left the arena on crutches. He’s expected to miss at least two weeks. Curry led the team in scoring (26.3 points per game) and his plus/minus of 11.5 ranks second in the NBA behind Eric Gordon of the Rockets.

If there’s a team that can survive the loss of such a star, it’s the Warriors, who have three more of them to fall back on in Kevin Durant (24.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game), Klay Thompson (20.5 ppg) and Draymond Green (10.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 7.1 apg).

The Hornets, meanwhile, snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday with a 104-94 win over the Magic. Leading scorer Kemba Walker returned from a two-game absence to pour in 29 points, plus seven assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Charlotte has been a team of streaks this season. Since Oct. 29, it has won three in a row, lost six straight, won three straight and lost four straight before Monday’s win. 

Each team had a player scuffle in Monday night victories to boot. Kevin Durant was tossed after getting two technical fouls following an altercation with the Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins. It was the second time Durant’s been tossed during this four-game road trip.

And Cody Zeller was thrown to the ground by Orlando’s Marreese Speights, who cited a 40-14 free-throw discrepancy in favor of the Hornets. 

Does a new streak begin tonight for the Hornets, or will Golden State continue its own road win streak without their MVP leader? The SportsLine Projection Model’s picks are in. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread pick for Warriors-Hornets, all from the model that has absolutely crushed the NFL and is 33-18 on NBA picks.




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