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United States players celebrate after defeating Spain in an exhibition basketball game in preparation for the Olympics, Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Best Bets: Back Team USA on Sunday

Time card: Punched. Welcome to the weekend, also known as: my second job where I come to make money as I focus all my free-time on gambling. Rumor has it, we are up thousands from our weekend side gig this year and if you aren’t giving any labor on Saturday and Sunday, you just are preferring to be poor. 

So grab a beer, put on a shirt that is slightly wrinkled, find that perfect crease in the couch that makes you go mmhmmm and fire away some locks with us because we don’t plan on losing. 

This may not be a typical Weekend Best Bets article because let’s face it, there isn’t a whole lot going on. Thankfully, we can look forward to the Summer Olympics beginning on Friday night. Plus, Major League Baseball is still here and if you know about base props, well…you know I have a slight addiction. Plus, there is no shame on throwing down some cash on a UFC fight you don’t actually plan on watching because there are no headliners in it. 

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MLB

Red Sox vs Yankees UNDER 9.5 – Saturday
The Sox have Nasty Nate Eovaldi on the mound for them on Saturday and he has hit the UNDER in his last three starts. When you start to really look at how bad the Yankees lineup is, it’s concerning that the total is even this high. New York is also going to have to start Rob Brantly behind the plate over Gary Sanchez. Brantly is hitting .091 this season so basically there is an automatic out for the Yanks if he strolls up to the plate. Couple all of that with Jameson Taillon starting for New York who’s allowed just 3 earned runs over his last 18 innings pitched. He’s faced Boston twice this season and has a sub-2 ERA. 

Cubs vs Diamondbacks MONEYLINE Cubs (-150) – Saturday
The Cubs and the Diamondbacks both collectively suck. It feels like we are back in the late 2000s and it feels like childhood all over again. But this season, it really is shocking to see just how bad this Arizona team really is and how Chicago has imploded. Basically what I’m looking at here is a bullpen matchup where Chicago has a significant edge. Even if Dbacks starter Merrill Kelly gives them six innings, the Dbacks have one of the worst pens in the league to close out the final three innings. This seems too easy not to throw into some sort of parlay as free cash.

Olympics 

France vs Team USA – Team USA (-11.5 )- Sunday
I won’t lie, I thoroughly enjoyed watching everyone lose their minds over Team USA losing their first two exhibition games. What we weren’t considering during those losses was the fatigue this team was feeling after coming straight from the playoffs to Tokyo, adapting to MUCH softer FIBA rules than the NBA, and understanding how to play with each other. These other countries for the most part don’t have the competitive stable that the US does and they have all played with each other many times before. Now that the US has had a second to gel, I have a feeling they will find their footing. Consider this a statement game from the Americans. The French need a near-perfect game out of Rudy Goebert and Evan Fournier to keep it close on Sunday. 

UFC

Miranda Maverick vs Maycee Barber
Okay, this is going to probably be a bit of a lame UFC fight but there are two separate trends that I liked when researching so I’m handing them out to you. The first is not great value but feels like a lock at “Fight Goes the Distance -200” Six of 13 Maverick fights have gone the distance and judges are typically involved. There is going to be a lot of grappling in this fight which takes time off the clock. The value bet would be “Barber via Decision (+145)” This might not be the popular outcome or the one that the public likes, but Barber is a more experienced fighter with an 8-0 record heading into this fight. 

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