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 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’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.


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.



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.




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.

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1


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.


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

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

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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)


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)


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