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. 



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


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)


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


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


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

PointsBet USA unveils partnership with Detroit Tigers

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In the absence of MLB games until – hopefully – later this month, MLB betting made some news Thursday with the announcement that PointsBet USA is now the official gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers. It’s the first such arrangement between a sports betting entity and an MLB team, made possible by PointsBet USA’s recent agreement with MLB designating the sportsbook as an authorized gaming operator by the league.

“The PointsBet team is excited to announce our groundbreaking deal with the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball, becoming the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with an MLB franchise,” PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken said in a news release. “We offer the most betting options in the world on MLB games via our unique PointsBetting product, and we are excited to inject a unique and robust betting proposition into the great state of Michigan.”

Michigan legalized sports betting in December, for both brick-and-mortar and online operators, and books began taking bets in March. PointsBet USA is not only the first book to partner with an MLB franchise, but the first to partner with any Michigan-based professional sports team.

As part of the multi-year deal, PointsBet USA will have TV broadcast-visible branding at Comerica Park, a sponsored presence on the Tigers’ digital platforms, and will be integrated into The District Detroit app and the MLB Ballpark app.

“We are thrilled to welcome PointsBet as a gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers,” said Chris Granger, group president of sports and entertainment for Ilitch Holdings. “Our incredible fans will love the unique experiences and innovative offerings that PointsBet’s personalized platform provides. We look forward to the fan-friendly enhancements this will bring to the game-day experience in and around Comerica Park for years to come.”

NBA betting: Eight seeding games to bet when NBA returns

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NBA betting is back on the board with the NBA season restarting in Orlando after the COVID-19 shutdown. From July 30-August 14, the 22 remaining teams with NBA Championship aspirations will face off against each other to determine playoff seeding, so get ready for some exciting matchups.

We take a look at eight must-bet NBA seeding games to watch as the league returns to action.

Clippers vs Lakers (-1.5, 218.5), July 30, 9 p.m. ET

When the Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, take on Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA doesn’t get much better than this. Opening day and Christmas Day also featured this marquee matchup and the opening night of the restart in Orlando will mark the fourth time this season that these LA rivals have faced off.

The Lakers are third in the NBA in scoring defense, allowing 106.9 points per game, while the Clippers hold opponents to just 43.6 percent shooting from the field, also third-best in the league. With both teams coming in off lengthy breaks, there may be some rust on the offensive end of the floor making the Under 218.5 an intriguing play.

Betting trend to watch: The Clips won the first two meetings while the Lakers won the last one in March. The Under hit in each of those contests with an average score of 108.7-106.7 in favor of the Clippers.

Celtics vs Bucks (-5, 217.5), July 31, 6:30 p.m. ET

Barring an absolute collapse, the Milwaukee Bucks will wrap up the No. 1 seed in the East, but they will still likely want to play MVP front-runner Giannis Antetokounmpo in this one just to shake off the cobwebs after the break.

This could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals and it will be interesting to see how Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker looks after being hampered by knee issues following the All-Star break. Boston split the series with Milwaukee during the season and Walker torched the Bucks both times, scoring 32 points against them in November and putting up 40 on them in January.

Betting trend to watch: Milwaukee opened as a five-point favorite, with the total set at 217.5, but don’t count out the Celtics, who have gone an impressive 14-4 ATS as an underdog this season.

Rockets vs Mavericks (+1.5, 225.5), July 31, 9 p.m. ET

The battle between James Harden and Luka Doncic will be a treat for basketball fans, but the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks have plenty of firepower in addition to their All-NBA guards.

With the full game total for this contest opening at a reasonable 225.5, keep an eye on the first half total when it drops.

Betting trend to watch: Fast starts have been a trend for both squads, with Houston leading the league with 59.9 first-half points per game and Dallas second with 59.3 ppg. For good measure, the Rockets also rank 25th in the NBA in first-half scoring defense, surrendering 58.1 ppg.

Heat vs Nuggets (-1, 212.5), August 1, 1 p.m ET

Both the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets could see their seeding change dramatically based on how they perform in Orlando. Miami has an absolute gauntlet to run through with its first four games against Denver, Toronto, Boston and Milwaukee.

The Nuggets have long had a massive edge at home, due to the increased elevation at the Pepsi Center, and losing that advantage in Orlando could hurt. Then again, Miami could be in the same boat considering that they posted an average scoring margin of plus-9.3 ppg at home — and that plummeted to minus-2.7 in away contests.

Betting trend to watch: The Heat have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the league during the first quarter, but have really struggled to put the ball in the hoop at the end of games, averaging just 26 ppg in the fourth quarter. With Denver holding opponents to just 26.2 fourth-quarter points per game on the road, this is a trend you’ll want to consider when live betting in the final 12 minutes.

Bucks vs Rockets, August 2, 8:30 p.m. ET

It’s always a blast watching two MVP favorites face off against each other, and after Harden came up short against Antetokounmpo last year there seems to be a lack of respect between the two superstars. The Greek Freak took a potshot at Harden when he selected his team during All-Star weekend, with the Rockets guard responding with, “I wish I could be 7 feet and run and just dunk. Like, that takes no skill at all.”

Betting trend to watch: Unfortunately for the small-ball Rockets, defending in the paint is their biggest weakness, especially after trading away Clint Capela left them with the 6’5″ PJ Tucker often manning the center position. Houston allows 51.5 ppg in the paint, sixth-worst in the league, and Giannis is the most dominant inside scorer since Shaq, putting up 29.6 ppg this season.

Grizzlies vs Pelicans, August 3, 6:30 p.m. ET

Not only will this matchup feature the two best rookies in the league in Ja Morant and Zion Williamson, but it will also be a prime spot for the New Orleans Pelicans to gain ground on the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

New Orleans was impressive on offense even without Zion and have become even more unstoppable since the first-overall draft pick joined the team on January 22. Once Zion joined the fold the Pelicans averaged 120.1 ppg and played at the fastest pace in the league.

Betting trend to watch: Thanks in large part to Morant, Memphis also looks good on the offensive end of the floor, ranking seventh in the league in both possessions per game and shooting percentage. With both teams electrifying on offense – and terrible on defense – this should be a very fun game with the Over worth looking at.

Trail Blazers vs Nuggets, August 6, 8 p.m ET

There might not a more dangerous team currently outside a playoff spot than the Portland Trail Blazers, who arguably boast the second-best backcourt out of all 22 teams in Orlando and will also get center Jusuf Nurkic back from a broken leg. The Nuggets are third in the West but sit only 1.5 games behind the Clippers and 1.5 games ahead of the Jazz, so every game matters.

This is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinals, where the Blazers upset the Nuggets in seven games. In three games head-to-head this year the Nuggets went 3-0 SU and ATS.

Betting trend to watch: Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard has struggled against Denver, averaging 21.6 ppg on 37.7 percent shooting over his last seven regular-season games against the Nuggets. Although he played better during the playoff series last season, it was CJ McCollum who carried the Blazers offense, especially in Game 7 when Lillard went 3-17 from the field.

Raptors vs 76ers, August 12, 6:30 p.m. ET

There might not be much on the line if the Toronto Raptors have already secured a seed by this time, but if their nerve-wracking seven-game playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers last year is any indication, this should still be a great game.

Betting trend to watch: It will be interesting to see how these teams play on neutral ground. Toronto has been one of the best teams in the league away from home, going 23-9 SU and 16-15 ATS and posting an average scoring margin of plus-4.2 ppg. On the other hand, the 76ers have been terrible on the road, going 10-24 SU, 9-23 ATS and posting a scoring margin of minus-5.3.