Here we go! All the picks you could ask for to get your betting card filled out for Friday and beyond!
Joe Osborne, Andrew Avery and Iain MacMillan break down their favorite bets, which include a couple of BIG plus-money picks.
We’ve got a nice matchup in the Western Conference in the NBA tonight as the Phoenix Suns face the New Orleans Pelicans. The Suns have been hot, winning six of their last seven games, led by Devin Booker and his 24.4 points per game. The Pelicans did beat the Suns 123-101 earlier this season as Zion Williamson went 12-for-14 from the field en route to 28 points. It’s a good test for the young Pelicans as they try to make a push up the Western Conference. Joe’s looking at the spread for his bet here.
Joe has a bet on the total as the Memphis Grizzlies host the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons own the second-worst record in the NBA with a mere eight wins. They have a couple of guys who’ve played well, including Jerami Grant, who’s averaging 23.8 points per game. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, have been tearing it up when it comes to totals betting markets.
Time for a player prop in the NBA. Joe has his eyes on total points for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are going the wrong way quickly as they’ve dropped four in a row. One of those losses was to the Thunder, even though Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t play.
In the Premier League, Chelsea takes the pitch at Southampton on Saturday and that’s where Ninja is going for his bet. Chelsea currently sits in fourth spot in the Prem and looks to maintain its position to qualify for Champions League. Chelsea is riding a four-game winning streak in Premier League play, while Southampton has been going the other way. It’s a moneyline bet in this match.
For Ninja’s next wager, he’s got a big plus-money bet in Serie A. Parma and Udinese square off in what isn’t a star-studded game, but one that could lead to some money. Parma is second-to-last in goals allowed, surrendering 43 on the season. Ninja is in love with Udinese when it comes to xG and xPTS and his bet hinges on one of those becoming a big factor.
In college hoops, it’s a Big West matchup with UC Irvine on the road to play CSU Fullerton. By now you know Iain loves those Anteaters and they are big road faves with some major statistical advantages. But will it be enough for Iain to take his squad?
There’s another big plus-money play for the show and Iain has it for his bet on the main event in the UFC. The No. 2-ranked contender in the heavyweight division, Curtis Blaydes, gets into the Octagon against No. 4-ranked contender Derrick Lewis on Saturday night. Blaydes is a massive betting favorite to win the fight, but Iain is picking how he will win. Blaydes is on a four-fight winning streak as he’s climbed the heavyweight rankings, but he has come out with his strategy to win this fight, so we’ll see if it pays off.