Best Bets: Quality Over Quantity, April 17
Welcome to your weekend job. Whoever said making money is for Monday through Friday is dumb as hell because they have never dipped their toes into the betting world or read a Sports Gambling Guides article that gave them absolute locks.
There is a lot going on this weekend with FCS Football, MLB, NBA, NHL, golf, boxing , UFC, you name it. There is more to choose from on the board than a Peter Piper Pizza. And with this selection, you won’t even get food poisoning! Per usual with the Best Bets, we’ll lay out a few different bets from a few different leagues and hope to hit a couple home runs. Last week, we gave out six different bets and hit on three of them. I like to bat over 50 percent and I think the key this week is quality over quantity.
There aren’t a ton of spreads that I love from the Saturday slate and weekend betting in the NBA has been weird. Last week may have been the worst Saturday in basketball in an eternity. With that being said, there is one game that absolutely peaks my interest and I will be hammering.
Wizards -4.5 vs Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are a dumpster fire of a team and they are just sinking this ship to the bottom of the ocean until the season ends. On the other hand, the Wizards are showing some serious life in their last three games. They are giving 4.5 here and I don’t think they’ll need it. Washington has covered in 6 of their last 7, they’ve covered in 4 of their last 6 against the Piss-tons and most importantly, Russell Westbrook is on a Russ Tear.
When Russ is hot, we know not to mess with this man. In his last three games, he has averaged 28 points and 14 rebounds. I don’t get in Russ’ way when he is balling out like this. With him and Bradley Beal going at full health and the Pistons putting together an injury list that looks like a 25-man baseball roster, I’ll take the Wizards.
Last night’s Padres vs Dodgers game was one of the most epic regular season baseball games I have watched in a long time. That game had just about everything but a legitimate punch thrown and nothing was predictable. For that reason, I will be betting on baseball today but I will not be touching that game.
Braves -121 vs Cubs
I have a golden rule in baseball betting which is if you can get a moneyline for -125 or less, take that over the runline any day of the week. I am willing to put down a wager with odds of -121 here because I truly believe in the outcome. There is a serious issue in Chicago right now and their bats are seemingly still in Mesa, Arizona where they play Spring Training. Not a single batter in their starting lineup today has a batting average over .257 and they are facing Braves starters who has a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched this year.
Jose Candelario O 1.5 Bases
Betting on base totals is like a sick hobby of mine and while it may not be super healthy and it is really stressful, I tend to be very profitable. Candelario is not a household name so you should get nice odds here. He is hitting .296 so far this season and .323 on the road. He is facing a lefty starting pitcher and he is 3-7 against lefties so far to start the year. He has three multi-hit performances in the last five games.
Islanders Moneyline vs Bruins +106
We looked for the injuries and injuries we found. Boston is banged up despite being one of the top teams in the league. The Bruins will be without Brandon Carlo and Matt Grzelcyk in this game which provides as good of a movement as you will see in the line. I like that I’m getting plus-money in this one and am counting on the Islanders to put up more of a formidable defensive effort tonight.