Guys & Bets (Episode 265): NBA, Champions League, NHL, NASCAR and 4 MLB Picks

There is a full lineup of games and bets to navigate through and Joe Osborne, Andrew Avery, Iain MacMillan and Harry Gagnon will do just that for you.

The guys have five different sports for the show to wager on. Champions League is back in the soccer world, the NBA’s bubble has been a big success, the NHL qualifying round has been dynamite and MLB keeps rolling on. The guys have a lot of capping stats and info to share, so let’s get to it!

We start the show in the Association, or the bubble if you will, with a player prop. The Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic lock up and Joe is looking at a point total for Joel Embiid. With Ben Simmons out, Embiid has to shoulder more of the load, and has done so quite fine. The 76ers can be a tough team to figure out, but for this bet Joe doesn’t have to.

Joe leads off a series of MLB picks in the AL East with the New York Yankees in Tampa Bay to square off with the Rays. It’s a good pitching matchup with Blake Snell vs Masahiro Tanaka. The Yanks have come out of the gate hot and have a four-game lead in the division, and the Rays have not lived up to the offseason hype thus far. Given the pitching, a bet on the total could be something to look at but the wager here is on the moneyline.

Moving along to the NL Central, everyone’s darling in this division, the Cincinnati Reds, have been slow out of the gate. They play in Milwaukee against the Brewers in what could be a low-scoring affair. Joe has an F5 play for this matchup with some encouraging and maybe surprising numbers to back it up.

Ninja takes his first pick to the pitch as Champions League takes center stage in the footy world. While Juventus releasing their new away kit for next season is cool and all, the Italian squad must overcome a deficit in their second leg in the Round of 16 matchup if they want to advance. Ninja is looking at roster moves and recent form to make his bet here. BUT, the wager isn’t on the moneyline or spread.

Next up for Ninja is MLB. He’s been hitting MLB bets at a pretty good clip thus far in this shortened season. The Colorado Rockies are in Seattle to face the Mariners. The Rockies have been hot (9-3) and are being led by their best players. Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon and company have been lacing the ball around the field and look to stay hot. Moneyline or runline bet? We shall see.

Iain takes a swing at more MLB betting, and he has a moneyline bet as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies have played half as many games (7) as the Braves (14) due to positive tests for COVID-19, which could mean rust. The Braves come into this game having won seven of their last nine games. Iain has a valuable stat for Phillies pitching that can put some money in your pocket.

Harry is up next and he starts in the NHL. The qualifying round is nearing its end and there is one game today that Harry likes. The Vancouver Canucks lead the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in their best-of-five series as Zach Parise and company look to stave off elimination. This series has been very evenly played and a deciding Game 5 wouldn’t surprise anyone, so we shall see which way Harry goes with his moneyline bet here.

Finally, Harry has a NASCAR pick. “GAS” Gagnon has hit a couple big ones and has been consistently good on NASCAR this season. This week it’s the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick has been dynamite this season and looks to keep it rolling and Harry has a bet on a finishing spot for him this weekend.