Lions vs. Tiger-Cats Prediction: CFL Week 9 Point Spread, Odds
August 10, 2019, 7:00 PM ET | Tim Hortons Field
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a legitimate case as the top team in the Canadian Football League right now – and they’re in great position to galvanize their place as they host the lowly B.C. Lions on Saturday night. The Tiger-Cats have been the class of the East Division and carry a perfect 4-0 home record into their weekend showdown with a Lions team that has dropped six of its first seven games and is already facing a must-win situation.
CFL Odds and BettingDouble-digit spreads can be tricky to navigate, but the Tiger-Cats are full value for this one with a +90 point differential through their first seven games. Hamilton has successfully covered five straight contests at Tim Hortons Field, and narrowly missed improving to 6-1 ATS through its first seven games with a five-point loss in Saskatchewan last week as a 3.5-point underdog. B.C. is 0-4 ATS in its last four overall, and has just one cover in its past six road games.
The total for this one opened at 52, and has since settled in at 51. And both teams are rocking divergent totals trends entering the weekend. The Lions are 9-0-2 to the under in their last 11 games in August, but are 4-1-1 O/U in their previous six games away from Vancouver. Hamilton is 7-1 to the over in its previous eight games against teams below .500 on the season, but has converted the under in four of its past five contests overall.
The Week 8 bye week might have been the best-case scenario for the Lions, who come in licking their wounds after dropping three straight games entering their week off. And changes are in the offing for a B.C. offensive line that has surrendered a league-high 25 sacks through its first seven games. The right side of the line could have a completely different look, with Sukh Chungh returning to right guard and new arrival Justin Renfrow in the mix at right tackle.
The Ti-Cats aren’t short on positives these days – and they’re about to enjoy another bit of good news with star linebacker Simoni Lawrence returning from his two-game suspension. The team fared decently in his absence, but his return is a significant one for a Hamilton side that will look to make things miserable for B.C.’s struggling O-line. Lawrence has been sensational, racking up 23 tackles, three sacks and a pair of interceptions through his first five games.