NBA and Major League Baseball Picks | Odds Shark’s Guys & Bets (Episode 340)

We have a nice little episode of G&B on tap as Joe Osborne and Andrew Avery dive into the NBA and Major League Baseball to share their favorite picks for today’s slate of games.

We’re starting off with some MLB action as the Kansas City Royals hit the road to take on the Detroit Tigers. Danny Duffy takes the mound for KC and he’s been their ace thus far. He leads the team in wins (four), ERA (1.26) and strikeouts (40), while sporting a 1.07 WHIP. Joe is looking at a first-five inning bet and has a few key stats that help back this wager.

Moving along to the Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game, Joe has found a prop bet that he likes for J.A. Happ. The veteran lefty has combined for nine strikeouts in his last three starts. Father Time could be catching up to the 38-year-old, which means it could be a nice spot for a bet on his total strikeouts, like Joe is doing.

Over in the NBA, Joe found a nice spot for a first-quarter bet as the Los Angeles Lakers host the Houston Rockets. The Lakers could be getting a huge boost tonight (as of show time) as LeBron James is a game-time decision. The Rockets have been awful this season, but there are some areas that may appeal to bettors and tonight’s game offers some good value in such spots.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals meet in the second of a three-game set and Ninja is looking at the moneyline for his bet. Bryce Harper returned to his old stomping ground in Washington last night and promptly silenced some of the boo-birds with a first-inning home run. Meanwhile, the Nats are going the wrong way fast. They’ve dropped six straight games and have the sixth-worst run differential in all of baseball!

It’s a battle of division leaders as the Boston Red Sox host the Oakland Athletics. The Sox are tied for the league lead in wins with 22 and are fourth in the bigs in run differential at +32. Fenway can be a daunting ballpark on any given night, but it could be even more daunting for A’s rookie James Kaprielian, who is making his first major-league start at the legendary yard. Ninja keeps it simple here with a moneyline bet.