Boston Red Sox's Enrique Hernandez
Boston Red Sox's Enrique Hernandez watches his home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


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Red Sox vs Astros over 9 runs (-115 FD)
Starting for the Astros in this game is Luis Garcia. There is no other way around it, Garcia has been awful in two games this postseason. Over 3.2 innings total pitched, he’s allowed 10 earned runs including five in one inning against the Red Sox in Game two. Starting for Boston is Nathan Eovaldi, who has made two appearances in this series. In the first one, Eovaldi was decent, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing three runs. In his second outing this series, he struggled by allowing four earned runs while recording just two outs. Runs will be scored tonight. The over is a safe pick.

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Lakers ML vs Suns (-110 FD)
Both of these teams are extremely solid. As we know, the Suns ended the Lakers season last year in the first round. Of course, Anthony Davis was injured in that series. For tonight’s game, I like the Lakers for one reason: They are at home. I’ve noticed watching these early NBA games that the home crowd has had a huge impact. Last season, fans were rarely allowed to attend games. Gyms were dead. Energy was low. This season, the arenas are rocking. In my opinion, home teams are feeding like crazy off of this energy, to the point where they have a real advantage. The Lakers have some of the best fans in the world. Staples Center will be rocking tonight. This will help the Lakers tremendously.

PARLAY ALERT: Bulls ML (over Pelicans) Nuggets ML (over Spurs) (-121 FD)
For this parlay, we have two heavy favorites in the Bulls (-255) and Nuggets (-320). Once again, both of these teams are playing at home. More importantly, both of these teams are way better than their respective opponents. To me, this parlay is about as much of a lock as a parlay can be. The Pelicans are terrible without Zion playing. They should be easy work for this revamped Bulls team. The Spurs are just average. There’s no other way to put it. They will have zero chance at upsetting the Nuggets in Denver.

If you’d like to get feisty, please consider taking my NBA same game parlay. It’s all about LaMelo and the Hornets baby!

SGP: Lamelo Ball Over 19.5 Points, Lamelo Ball 6+ Assists and Charlotte Hornets to win by 1-10 Points = +591 Odds

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