Browns vs. Jets NFL betting picks and predictions: Cleveland to exploit undermanned Jets on MNF

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The Cleveland Browns head to New York on Monday night to face the Jets in what was supposed to be a matchup between two up-and-coming teams in the NFL. Instead both squads are coming off disappointing losses at home with the Browns getting embarrased in a 43-13 defeat against the Titans while the Jets squandered a commanding fourth-quarter lead to fall by a single point versus the Bills.

The Jets will also be without quarterback Sam Darnold for the next several weeks making them sizable underdogs for this matchup at home. We break down the odds for this game with our best bets and predictions.

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT NEW YORK JETS (+6.5, 45 @ BETAMERICA)

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After the news came out that Darnold would be out until at least Week 5 due to mono the line for this game jumped from the Jets being 3-point underdogs to 6.5-point dogs. Sportsbooks  have little faith in backup quarter Trevor Siemian who hasn’t thrown a regular season pass since 2017 when he started ten games for the Broncos. That year he completed 59 percent of his passes and tossed 12 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions.

Le’Veon Bell is also listed as questionable for the game after an MRI on his shoulder turned up negative. Even if he ends up playing (and that’s looking likely) the Browns will stack the box and force the Jets to beat them through the air which Siemian likely can’t do. Take the Browns offense to score first.

PICK: First team to score – Cleveland (-150)

FIRST-HALF BET

Cleveland signal-caller Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter last week but don’t expect that play to continue into the Monday night matchup. Mayfield has a gunslinger mentality and has shown the crucial ability to shrug off mistakes. Expect the Browns to come out fired up, even in hostile territory.

With the Jets missing key players on both sides of the ball look for them to come out flat-footed and go into halftime with a deficit of at least a field goal.

PICK: First Half Spread – Cleveland -3

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

Last week Cleveland was gashed by Titans running back Derrick Henry who rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on the ground and added a 75-yard TD catch. This week they can expect a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell with Siemian behind center.

There was talk that Bell might miss this game due to shoulder problems but an MRI turned up negative and Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters on Friday that Bell is “good to go”. While you can’t trust Bell to get many rushing attempts because that’s entirely dependent on game script, it is likely that Bell will get a lot of targets in the passing game. Bell played every snap in Week 1 and caught six passes on nine targets.

This might be a wager you wait until Monday to take, just to make sure that Bell is indeed playing without any restrictions, but the Over 4.5 on Bell’s receptions total seems like a good bet.

PICK: Le’Veon Bell – Over 4.5 receptions (+105)

FULL GAME TOTAL

We already touched on why the Jets offense will struggle but the Browns defense, at least on paper, is pretty good as well. They have an athletic front seven led by Myles Garrett and a lockdown defensive back in second-year corner Denzel Ward. Cleveland allowed three pass receptions of more than 45 yards last week but if they can limit those big plays they will be solid.

As for Cleveland’s offense they looked out of sync against the Titans, especially late in the game when they were forced to abandon the run and play catch up, forcing Mayfield into making some bad throws.

Mayfield is more efficient when he can lean on the ground game and with the Jets offense unlikely to get going early the Browns will feature a more balanced attack that controls the clock. Take the Under.

PICK: Under 45

FULL GAME SIDE

This line has jumped and for good reason, it’s hard enough to win in the NFL with a backup quarterback let alone one who has no receiving targets. And yes wide receiver Jamison Crowder caught 14 passes in Week 1, but 99 receiving yards on 17 targets isn’t good. The Jets will also be without All-Pro linebacker CJ Mosley and the third overall pick in this year’s draft in defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. So it’s not just their offense that will be hurting.

One reason that the Browns offense struggled in Week 1 was because their line couldn’t protect Mayfield, letting their franchise QB get sacked five times. But the Jets managed only one sack last week and if they can’t get pressure on Mayfield he will be able to attack downfield with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, while Nick Chubb eats up the clock with carries. Take the Browns to win and cover the spread.

PICK: Cleveland -6.5

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1

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Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Injuries

Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

Betting Trend to Know

Canucks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. Find the latest NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Golden Knights.

MONEYLINE PICK

The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)

OVER/UNDER PICK

Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)

PROP PICK

Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook