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NBA predictions and betting odds: Conley to orchestrate the Jazz offense

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Mike Conley and the Utah Jazz will look to take advantage of a matchup advantage with the Phoenix Suns, while the Wizards and Bucks face off in what should be a very high-scoring affair.

Our analyst Monique Vag breaks down the NBA betting odds for those games and much more as she brings you the best predictions and picks for the basketball action on Monday, February 24. 

MILWAUKEE BUCKS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

EXPECT A SHOOTOUT

Milwaukee are 13-point road favorites as they travel to Washington to take on the Wizards. The Bucks have the league’s best record overall at 48-8, and have only lost five times on the road this season. With Washington playing on the tail end of a back-to-back going up against the highest scoring team in the league, expect a very high scoring game.

In their prior meeting this season, Eric Bledsoe shot 11 of 20 from the floor putting up 34 points with a usage rating of 34.6 percent! While expecting a shooting night like this may be a stretch, look for Bledsoe to have an impact offensively and bet Over his low points total of 15.5.

 

MIAMI HEAT AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

ROOKS DIG THE LONG BALL

Miami’s Kendrick Nunn has impressed as a rookie averaging 15.5 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the floor and 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. Although his three point shooting is inconsistent right now, he’s attempted four of more in seven straight contests.

Look for an efficient shooting night out of Nunn and bet on him to connect on quite a few from beyond the arc going up against a Cavaliers team allowing opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from deep (28th in the league). Bet Over Nunn’s total made 3-point shots of 1.5.

KEEPING IT CLOSE EARLY

Over their three most recent games, the Heat have been the highest scoring first quarter team in the NBA averaging 34 ppg. Today they travel to Cleveland to take on a Cavs team that has had some early success of their own lately, putting up 32.3 first quarter ppg over its last three contests.

With both teams ranking towards the bottom of the Association in pace, and no Jimmy Butler or Tyler Herro for tonight’s matchup, expect the Cavs to connect on some shots early and keep things close. Take Cleveland on the first quarter spread getting 2-points.

PHEONIX SUNS AT UTAH JAZZ

DROPPING DIMES

The Jazz have won 10 straight games against the Suns in the head-to-head and are 8-point favorites against them tonight.

Utah was happy to get Mike Conley back in the lineup last night against the Rockets. In that contest he struggled shooting the ball going 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, but handed out seven dimes and logged seven boards. Expect big numbers in the assists category out of Conely as he is up against a Suns team that surrenders a very high 8.7 assists per game to opposing point guards. Bet Over Conley’s assists total of 4.5.

 

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES AT LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

MINI SLUMPS FOR BOTH SIDES

The Clippers are 9.5-point favorites as they host the Grizzlies who have lost two straight games heading into tonight’s matchup. The last time these two teams met up on January 4, the Grizzlies pulled off a big upset victory winning 140-114.

The Clippers have had their share of struggles as well lately on the defensive end, allowing 130 or more points twice over their most recent five games and winning only one of those contests. While the Clippers should be able to take care of business with an outright victory, look for the Grizzlies to keep things close. Take Memphis on the spread getting 9.5-points.

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

MLB picks and predictions for Opening Day

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It was a long and scary road, but we finally get MLB betting back on Thursday, July 23. Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened 60-game baseball schedule is headlined by a pair of matchups, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers rekindling their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants.

Like we do each MLB season (COVID-19 or not), we’ll be taking a swing at today’s baseball odds and giving our best MLB picks and predictions. Up first: Opening Day 2020.

MLB picks for today

New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was supposed to miss the start of the season back in the spring, but the delay to the 2020 campaign allowed the outfielder to heal up from broken ribs and return to his longball-launching self.

Judge looked great in New York’s warmup games, albeit for a limited number of at-bats. He went 3-for-7 with all three hits leaving the ballpark. And he wasn’t alone, with the Yankees’ other power bats providing plenty of pop around him in the order. He’ll get a chance to go yard again on Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Aaron Judge home run (+210)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants are no strangers to Clayton Kershaw, who has long dominated the Dodgers’ divisional foes. In 49 career appearances against San Francisco, The Claw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and has allowed just 0.71 hits per innings pitched in those starts.

The Giants don’t pose much of an offensive threat, averaging 8.22 hits per game in 2019. San Francisco has managed 45 total hits in its last eight starts against Kershaw – an average of 0.86 hits per inning faced. Given the Dodgers’ ace looked ready for work in his tune-up efforts, we could see him go seven innings or more on Thursday, panning out to a little over six hits for San Fran.

PREDICTION: Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)

Mookie Betts has reportedly landed a whale of a contract extension with the Dodgers after joining the ballclub this offseason via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. And what better way to lock down that deal than an impressive effort on Opening Day.

Betts recorded 313 total bases in 2019 (30th) and 353 in 2018 (fourth). He’s been swinging well in training sessions this offseason: in 27 at-bats during the spring/summer schedule, he has 13 total bases, including two doubles and a home run, while hitting leadoff during Summer Camp. We like that to continue into Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)

Top MLB consensus for today

Want to know who today’s biggest MLB betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top MLB consensus picks.

Opening Day betting card

  • Aaron Judge home run (+210)
  • Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
  • Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)