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Difficult time to bet on NFL games

The toughest part of the year is upon us.

For most football bettors, this time of year is almost impossible due to the many variables associated with each team.

For just one example, let’s look at the Rams. Will they have motivation to finish at 8-8 so they can have something positive to hang their hat on after the disastrous start?

Another team to wonder about is the Niners. They have nothing to play for, as they will host a first-round playoff game regardless what happens in the next two games.

Other angles to look into are the revenge factor, especially if playoff implications come into the fray.

This weekend, both games featuring AFC West teams have revenge and playoff implications. The Broncos need to win at Oakland to keep their playoff hopes alive and the Raiders need to win to keep the possibility of a bye and home game open. Kansas City, which lost a 35-31 shootout in San Diego in October, will try to even the score when the Chargers visit on Sunday. At 8-6, the Chargers need a win badly, especially after losing at Buffalo last week.

Also, back in Week 2 the Patriots blasted the Jets 44-7. This should add fuel to an already big game for the Jets.

Looking forward to the final week, be sure to check out any tiebreaker situations that have to do with margin of victory. Check out the various Web sites to get the latest information. If this situation comes up, play the game over to the team needing the win.

In other sports happenings, this just in: The Lakers are bad. If you bet the NBA, stop betting on the Lakers. For some reason the betting public thinks that any day now the Lakers will run off 20 wins in a row and they continue to lay points with this team. I say wait till they win 20 in a row, then bet them. Until then, keep playing against them, especially on the road where they are 2-11 mostly as a favorite.

How about this week’s 3-teamer: On Saturday, take the Cardinals +4 over the Niners, the Chiefs D2.5 over the fading Chargers and the Jets +4 against the Patriots.

Happy holidays and I’ll see ya in the Tavern.

— Ron Tipton is the sports book manager at Lakeside Inn & Casino.

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