Giants vs Eagles NFL betting picks and predictions: Philly to spoil Manning’s return on Monday Night Football

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Monday Night Football features a divisional battle as the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants.

The Giants have lost eight games in a row but, for the first time since September 15, Eli Manning will start at quarterback.

The 16-year-veteran, and the only guy that can say he’s got Tom Brady’s number, was unceremoniously benched after Week 2 to give more reps to Giants first rounder Daniel Jones. After Jones won in his debut, Manning’s fate looked sealed but with the rookie injured, Eli returns to the field.

The Eagles are on a three game losing streak and are coming off an embarrassing defeat to the Dolphins. Despite sitting at 5-7 they still have a shot at making the playoffs because they play in the worst division in the NFL.

From the opening snap to final whistle we break down the odds and give you our best bets and predictions for this matchup between NFC East rivals.  **video

NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (-9.5, 45)

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Eli might be everyone’s favorite pariah in New York (besides Adam Gase and James Dolan) but the Giants might actually be better with him slinging in the ball. Manning had an effective game against the Cowboys in Week 1 and although he struggled in Week 2 vs the Bills, it turns out that Buffalo is actually one of the best defenses in the league against the pass.

With Manning the G-Men averaged 6.4 yards per play (seventh in the league) and under Jones they’ve averaged just 4.7 yards per play…which is what the Bengals average.

The Eagles defense isn’t great in the opening quarter allowing 5.4 points per game (22nd in the league), and there is value in taking Eli and the Giants to get on the scoreboard first.

PICK: First team to score – New York Giants (+130)

FIRST HALF BET

These squads are two of the worst defenses in the league in the early going. The Giants defense allows a league-high 16.1 ppg in the first half while the Eagles surrender 13.4 ppg in the first 30 minutes.

With the 1H total set at just 22.5, hit the Over.

PICK: First Half Over 22.5

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

Carson Wentz has struggled this season but is coming off a 310 passing yard performance against the Dolphins and this could be a get right spot for him. The Giants have a terrible pass defense, ranking 30th in the league in defensive passing DVOA according to Football Outsiders and they give up a whopping 312.8 passing yards per game on the road.

Wentz finally has close to a fully healthy offensive line and receiving corps and should be able to inflict some damage downfield against the Giants porous secondary. Take the Over on his passing yards.

PICK: Carson Wentz Over 254.5 passing yards

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The Eagles offense has gone through some droughts this season, most noticably in losses against the Patriots, Cowboys and Seahawks. But the Patriots have one of the best defenses in the league and Philly’s offense struggled against Dallas and Seattle mostly due to sloppy play, turning the ball over a total of nine times in those two contests.

The Giants stop-unit doesn’t cause many turnovers (just 1.2 takeaways per game) or pressure opposing QBs (27th in the league in pressures). Expect Philly to put up some points against the G-Men.

On the other side of the ball, Manning should provide some veteran stability under center. Tight end Evan Engram is out with an injury but considering the amount of injuries that the Giants have dealt with this year, that’s far from the end of the world.

Saquon Barkley seems to be inching closer to 100 percent (his 83 rushing yards last week were the most he’s had since suffering an ankle injury in Week 3), rookie speedster Darius Slayton is improving each week and Golden Tate is finally healthy.

With the O/U set at a modest 45 the Giants playmakers should be able to do enough to push this total Over.

PICK: Over 45

FULL GAME SIDE

While Manning might be able to move the chains more consistently than Jones, the 38-year-old still isn’t going to set the world on fire with his check down throws. The Eagles rank a respectable 15th in defensive passing DVOA, and are one of the better teams against the run allowing just 69 rushing yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry to opposing running backs.

Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz should be able to shred a Giants defense that gives up 404 yards and 30.8 points per game on the road. With a win the Eagles will tie the Cowboys for the best record in the NFC East, so expect them to be fired up and eager to put this one out of reach in front of their home crowd. Back the Eagles to win and cover.

PICK: Philadelphia -9.5

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