Seahawks vs 49ers NFL betting picks and predictions: Wilson will test San Francisco defense on Monday Night Football

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We have a NFC West battle on Monday Night Football, as the undefeated San Francisco 49ers host the 7-2 Seattle Seahawks led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson. 

From the first snap to the final whistle we break down the odds with our best bets and predictions for this marquee matchup. 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-6, 47.5)

QUICK HITTER

49ers tight end George Kittle is doubtful for this game due to a knee injury. Kittle is the Niners leading receiver with 46 catches for 541 yards.

Kittle has an incredible 17 catches for 194 yards in the first quarter alone this season. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could struggle to move the chains early in this contest without his favorite target. Take the Under on San Francisco’s first quarter team total.

PICK: First quarter team total – San Francisco Under 6.5

FIRST HALF BET

The 49ers defense has taken the league by storm this season, holding opponents to just 12.8 points per game and leading the league in defensive passing DVOA according to Football Outsiders.

That said, this is a list of the starting quarterbacks they have faced: Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Jared Goff, Case Keenum, Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. Out of that group, Goff might have the best track record and he’s the 23rd ranked passer in the league this season.

Murray has probably played the best out of any of those QBs and he had success against the Niners last week, throwing for 241 yards and two touchdowns, while scrambling for another 34 yards on the ground.

This week, the Niners have to play the top-rated passer in the league in Russell Wilson who has thrown for 2,505 yards and 22 touchdowns against just one interception despite often facing pressure from opposing defenses.

Don’t expect San Francisco’s stop unit to display it’s usual dominance against a Seahawks squad that averages 14.4 ppg in the opening half. Bet Seattle’s 1H team total Over.

PICK: First half team total – Seattle Over 9.5 (-110)

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

While the 49ers have a terrific defense against the pass, against the run they rank just 20th in DVOA. Over the last three weeks they’ve allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 81 yards on 20 carries, Christian McCaffrey to rush for 117 yards on 14 carries and Kenyan Drake to run for 110 on 15 carries.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson has rushed for at least 90 yards in five of his last six games, averaging 101 rushing yards per game during that span. With the 49ers losing one of their best defenders in linebacker Kwon Alexander to a season-ending injury last week, take the Over on Carson’s rushing yards.

PICK: Chris Carson Over 78.5 rushing yards

FULL GAME TOTAL

Although Seattle has a poor pass defense, giving up 278.1 passing yards per game, the 49ers might not be properly outfitted to take advantage of that weakness. San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for less than 200 yards in three of his last five games and doesn’t have many downfield weapons, especially with Kittle likely out.

However, both teams are among the best in the league at running the ball. San Fran ranks second in the league with 171.1 rushing yards per game, while the Seahawks rank seventh with 131.7 ypg. And both defenses allow a generous 4.7 yards per rush to their opponents.

When it comes to rushing attempts the 49ers are first in the league with 37.9 rushes per game and Seattle is fifth with 30.3.

Expect both sides to lean on their running games and soak up the clock. Bet the Under.

PICK: Under 47.5

FULL GAME SIDE

San Francisco has been ridiculously good at home this year, with an average scoring margin of plus-23.3 ppg. But Seattle has been terrific on the road going 4-0 SU with an average scoring margin of plus-7.5 ppg.

San Francisco will get both of their starting offensive tackles back for an offensive line that has been among the best in the league. But the losses of Kittle and Alexander will really hurt, Kittle as their most dangerous receiving threat and Alexander as the player often described as “the heart and soul” of their defense.

Russell Wilson will be the 49ers first truly elite quarterback they’ve gone up against. Even though the Niners have an excellent pass rush, Wilson is used to excelling under pressure after years of having a subpar O-Line in Seattle. And the Seahawks running game should find success against a San Fran run defense that’s been exposed lately.

Take Seattle and the points.

PICK: Seattle +6

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