Guys & Bets (Episode 274): NFL, College Football, NBA Playoffs, Bundesliga and Three MLB Picks

A special Thursday edition of Guys & Bets as Joe Osborne, Andrew Avery, Iain MacMillan and Pamela Maldonado get you set for Thursday Night Football and much more!

Joe is starting off with the Thursday night NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. You could call this “The Beard vs The Mustache” as both quarterbacks have their own definitive look. Or you could call it a good spot for a road dog. The Dolphins come into this game having dropped both of their games thus far and are desperate for a win. Meanwhile, the Jags have looked better than expected to start the season, reeling off an impressive win in Week 1 against the Colts and hanging tough at Tennessee. After trading off most of their talent on defense, Jacksonville seemed primed to be a bottom-feeder this season, and they still might be. Joe is looking at the spread in this game.

Game 4 in the NBA’s Western Conference final goes tonight as the Los Angeles Lakers have a 2-1 series lead over the Denver Nuggets. Denver had a convincing 114-106 win in Game 3 and will look to keep rolling. It almost feels like the Nuggets have to be down in a series before they get going, and that’s what happened here. Now the series takes an all-new look. Jamal Murray led the way for the Nuggets last game with 28 points and 12 dimes, and Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 10 boards as well. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both played well in Game 3, but the supporting cast with the Lakers will need to step up for them.

Switching gears to MLB, the Chicago White Sox are in Cleveland to take on the Indians. Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for the Sox and Zach Plesac for the Indians. Both pitchers come into the game with good numbers across the board, but their F5 numbers are very impressive. Each team has clinched a playoff berth, but Chicago is only a half-game behind Minnesota for top spot in the division.

Ninja found a bet he likes in MLB in an NL East clash. The Miami Marlins are one of the darlings of the MLB season, but they will have their hands full against the Atlanta Braves, who trot out Ian Anderson to the mound. The Braves have won the first three games in this series and are looking for the sweep as Pablo Lopez takes the bump for the Marlins. The Braves are looking to keep that No. 2 seed in the National League playoff race, and a win today would all but seal it.

We look to the pitch now, and specifically the Bundesliga as Week 2 gets underway. Hertha Berlin is at home to host Eintracht Frankfurt. Hertha had an impressive showing to open their season with a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen. Eintracht opened their season with a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld, dominating possession at 62 percent.

Iain has an MLB bet for the show today. The bottom-feeders in the AL Central square off as the Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers. Now just because teams are eliminated from playoff contention doesn’t mean there isn’t an opportunity to make some money. Iain is looking at the total, which is set at 9, and sees a good spot as the numbers line up with Tigers hitters vs lefties and a few more stats to back his pick.

Time to head to the Big 12 as Pamela Maldonado is looking at the 15th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys going up against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Now, we know the Cowboys can score as that’s never been an issue. The issue has been on the defensive side of the ball. But last week against Tulsa, the Oklahoma State defense stopped all 12 third-down conversion attempts. Their quarterback, Spencer Sanders, did leave the game with an ankle injury, however. Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege leads what could be an exciting offense, and West Virginia has the potential to keep this one close and possibly steal a win considering Oklahoma State’s injuries. The Cowboys are 8.5-point faves.