Guys & Bets (Episode 269): NBA, UFC, Ligue 1, Two MLB & Two NHL Picks

Friday means one thing: a full episode of Guys & Bets with Joe Osborne, Andrew Avery and Iain MacMillan!

What a slate of games on tap for today! The NBA bubble has been unbelievable and the playoffs have gone to another level of excitement. Joe has a play in the Association while we’ve also got a few MLB picks, a bet for a solid UFC Main Event on Saturday, Ninja has a soccer wager and Iain is looking at a couple of Game 7s in the NHL. Let’s go!

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We’ll start in the NBA as Joe takes a look at a player prop in Game 1 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. The Lakers have had a few days to rest up while the Rockets are just a day removed from beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7, so we’ll see what kind of effect that has on the Rockets. The player prop Joe is looking at is Russell Westbrook’s point total. He’s been back in the Houston lineup for three games and has scored 7, 17 and 20 points respectively.

Joe moves on to MLB with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers are MLB’s best team with a 29-10 record and .744 win percentage. They’ve won five in a row and aren’t getting any favorable odds on moneyline bets these days. As for the Rockies, it feels like months ago now that they were the toast of the town. Now they’re under .500 and will have to fight tooth and nail to have a shot at the playoffs.

You know Guys & Bets couldn’t go a full show without a bet on the Main Event in the UFC this weekend and Joe has one for you. Alistair Overeem takes the Octagon against Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight bout. It’s a big step up in competition for Sakai, but the Brazilian brings a 15-1-1 record into this fight. Overeem is the favorite and this fight shapes up to be a slugfest as neither fighter is known for their takedowns. Sit back and enjoy the fight and the bet Joe has on it.

MLB has an all-Florida series on its hands with the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have come back to earth a bit since their torrid start and will no doubt have their hands full with the second-best team in MLB. The Rays are sitting at 26-12 and have a five-game lead in the AL East. The Rays are an impressive 12-5 at home and are +42 in runs scored thus far. The bet here is on the total.

Ninja takes a look at French Ligue 1 action with Lille taking on Metz. This will be the third match for Lille in the early stages of Ligue 1, having a draw and a victory under their belt. They are a big betting favorite heading into this match, as Metz is around a +575 dog depending on your book. Metz dropped its only decision thus far and will have an uphill battle in this match. Ninja has a play on the spread for this one.

Iain is betting on both Game 7s in the NHL today and he’ll start in the first game at 4 p.m. ET between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. This series has been non-stop action, mixed in with questionable goaltending and professional goal scorers – basically what the modern game needs. Nathan MacKinnon has been on an absolute tear and is the first player since Wayne Gretzky to have 25 points in his team’s first 14 playoff games. If you like goals, this series is made for you. Iain is looking at the total in this one.

The later Game 7 in the NHL is the Vegas Golden Knights vs the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks were down 3-1 in the series and have stormed back on the strength of Thatcher Demko’s goaltending. The 24-year-old netminder has been a brick wall in the last two games, allowing only one goal on 91 shots against. The Golden Knights have a goaltending issue of their own, as they are turning back to Marc-Andre Fleury after Robin Lehner dropped the last two games. Iain is looking at a bet on the puckline. Game 7s – you gotta love ’em!