Sharps on Eagles, cause shocking game day swing


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Week 16 of the NFL season kicks off tonight in the City of Brother Love, apropos for Christmas weekend. And the line has been moving in fast and furious form throughout the day. Covers talks about where the action is with Tony Nevill, sportsbook director at Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip, and Scott Kaminsky, sports director for offshore site TheGreek.com.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – Open: +3; Move: +2.5; Move: +2; Move: +1; Move: Pick; Move: +1

New York’s solid second half of the season has it in position to clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight. The Giants (10-4 SU, 9-5-1 ATS) are 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games, including a 17-6 victory over Detroit as a 4-point home chalk on Sunday.

Philadelphia (5-9 SU, 6-8 ATS) will have to settle for playing spoiler, entering this contest on a five-game slide (1-4 ATS). The Eagles gave Baltimore a good go on Sunday but fell just short 27-26 as a 5-point road underdog. Philly pulled within 27-26 with a final-seconds touchdown, then opted to go for the win on a 2-point conversion attempt, which Baltimore snuffed out.

Treasure Island opened the Giants at -3 on Monday, and after moving to 2.5 later that day, the line stayed there until late this morning. But there’s been a flurry of activity on the Eagles in the past couple of hours, taking the line down to pick ‘em before rebounding back to Giants -1.

“I gotta think this is wiseguys taking the Eagles. And I’ve gotta think people coming in later are gonna go with the Giants,” said Nevill, adding that he’s sticking with New York -1 for now. “We’re gonna be more of a wait and see. If people want to bet Philly, we’ll take it. It doesn’t make sense to move (more) until we see money.”

The Greek also opened the Giants at -3 and saw it creep down to -1.5 earlier today, then come crashing through the gate, with Philly now a 1.5-point home favorite. Several Las Vegas shops have Philly -1 or pick ‘em.

“Crazy move, and personally, I don’t get it,” Kaminsky said, noting it was sharp Eagles money that prompted today’s big leap. “We needed the Giants (before), and now we need them more.”

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.


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