<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Best Prop Bets MLB Baseball 8/3/20 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/08/03/best-prop-bets-mlb-baseball-8/3/20-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments There is always the over/under and money line plays that can offer great value in the MLB, but there are many other ways to bet a game to make money. Let's take some of the best prop bets for Monday's game that will make you some money.

Aaron Judge to hit a home run +245

Getting +245 on a player to hit a home run isn’t great value, but New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is a great play. Aaron Judge has hit a home run in five straight games, and there really isn’t any reason to think he won’t do it again.

Aaron Judge over 0.5 RBI’s -134

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There is always the over/under and money line plays that can offer great value in the MLB, but there are many other ways to bet a game to make money. Let's take some of the best prop bets for Monday's game that will make you some money.

Aaron Judge to hit a home run +245

Getting +245 on a player to hit a home run isn’t great value, but New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is a great play. Aaron Judge has hit a home run in five straight games, and there really isn’t any reason to think he won’t do it again.

Aaron Judge over 0.5 RBI’s -134

We already broke down why we love Aaron Judge, but even if he didn’t hit a home run, he will have enough success to at least drive in one run. The -134 isn’t a terrible number to lay on a bet that has a high probability of hitting. 

Sonny Gray over 6.5 strikeouts -134

The Cleveland Indians offense is struggling coming into this game, and Sonny Gray should go deep enough into this game to go over this total. In Gray’s first start of the season he had nine strikeouts, and in the second game he had 11 strikeouts. Getting this number at 6.5 is a gift and I would bet it all the way up to 8.5 strikeouts. 

San Diego Padres over 3.5 Runs -110

The San Diego Padres get to face off against Walker Buehler who will get the start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Buehler struggled in his first start of the season against the Houston Astros going 3.2 innings giving up two runs. The Padres offense might not be as strong as the Astros, but they will still find enough success scoring to get over 3.5 runs.

Pittsburgh Pirates Under 3.5 Runs -104

The Minnesota Twins pitching staff has been lights out this season, and the Pirates are going to have issues scoring in this game. The Twins used a starter on Sunday and gave up zero runs. Lewis Thorpe will get the start for the Pirates and he has gone 4 2/3rd of an inning giving up zero runs. The Twins have one of the best bullpens in baseball, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Pirates be shutout in this game. 

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:14:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404348
<![CDATA[Seattle Storm vs. Connecticut Sun - 8/4/20 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2020/08/04/seattle-storm-vs-connecticut-sun-8/4/20-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Connecticut Sun could use a feel good win here to rebound from a rough 0-4 start to the WNBA season. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 75.8 points on 37.7 percent shooting and allowing 82.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 27.5 points and 3.8 assists while Alyssa Thomas is averaging 15.3 points and 11 rebounds. Brionna Jones is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Jasmine Thomas is dishing 3.3 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent…

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The Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Connecticut Sun could use a feel good win here to rebound from a rough 0-4 start to the WNBA season. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 75.8 points on 37.7 percent shooting and allowing 82.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 27.5 points and 3.8 assists while Alyssa Thomas is averaging 15.3 points and 11 rebounds. Brionna Jones is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Jasmine Thomas is dishing 3.3 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game.

The Seattle Storm look for another victory to build on their solid 3-1 record. The Seattle Storm are averaging 82.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 38 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 18 points and 9.3 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 11.3 points and 1.3 rebounds. Sue Bird is the third double-digit scorer and Jordin Canada is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Seattle Storm are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:14:12 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404347
<![CDATA[Atlanta Dream vs. Phoenix Mercury - 8/4/20 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2020/08/04/atlanta-dream-vs-phoenix-mercury-8/4/20-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Phoenix Mercury look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 93.5 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 91.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Bria Hartley is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Skylar Diggins-Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Diana Taurasi is dishing five assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from…

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The Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Phoenix Mercury look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 93.5 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 91.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Bria Hartley is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while Brittney Griner is averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Skylar Diggins-Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Diana Taurasi is dishing five assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.

The Atlanta Dream look for a statement victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 84 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 91.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Betnijah Laney is averaging 19 points and 4.7 rebounds while Elizabeth Williams is averaging 16 points and 1.3 assists. Chennedy Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Monique Billings is grabbing 11.7 rebounds. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 28.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 39.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:06:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404346
<![CDATA[Chicago Sky vs. Dallas Wings - 8/4/20 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2020/08/04/chicago-sky-vs-dallas-wings-8/4/20-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Dallas Wings and Chicago Sky meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Dallas Wings look for a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Dallas Wings are averaging 83.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 84.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 18 points and 1.3 assists while Satou Sabally is averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Allisha Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Tyasha Harris is dishing five assists. The Dallas Wings are shooting 28.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The…

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The Dallas Wings and Chicago Sky meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the IMG Academy.

The Dallas Wings look for a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Dallas Wings are averaging 83.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 84.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 18 points and 1.3 assists while Satou Sabally is averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Allisha Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Tyasha Harris is dishing five assists. The Dallas Wings are shooting 28.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Wings are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.

The Chicago Sky look to stay hot while building on their 3-1 record. The Chicago Sky are averaging 88.3 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kahleah Copper is averaging 14.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while Azura Stevens is averaging 14 points and 1.3 assists. Cheyenne Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Allie Quigley is dishing three assists. The Chicago Sky are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:00:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404345
<![CDATA[Maki Pitolo vs. Darren Stewart - 8/8/20 UFC Fight Night 174 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2020/08/08/maki-pitolo-vs-darren-stewart-8/8/20-ufc-fight-night-174-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Darren Stewart and Maki Pitolo fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.

Darren Stewart enters this fight with a 11-5-1 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Stewart has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a March loss to Bartosz Fabinski. Stewart is averaging 2.94 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Stewart is averaging 1.38 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Stewart is coming off a decision loss at Cage Warriors 113 where he was a -186 favorite and the headliner at the BEC Arena.…

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Darren Stewart and Maki Pitolo fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.

Darren Stewart enters this fight with a 11-5-1 record and has won 64 percent of his fights by knockout. Stewart has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a March loss to Bartosz Fabinski. Stewart is averaging 2.94 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Stewart is averaging 1.38 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Stewart is coming off a decision loss at Cage Warriors 113 where he was a -186 favorite and the headliner at the BEC Arena. Stewart has won four of his last five UFC fights and has seen each of his last four bouts overall go to the judges. Stewart is a violent fighter who simply unloads on his opponent no matter where the fight goes. Whether Stewart is throwing haymakers on his feet or attempting tackle style takedowns to position a ground and pound, you can tell The Dentist is out to hurt his competition. There’s little feeling things out or using a jab to set up combinations, Stewart unloads in everything he throws. The downside is that Stewart can be a bit wild in the octagon and it leaves opening for counters, but the 29-year-old is going to take his chances, and if he connects with something, he has the ability to finish things quickly. This will be Stewart’s second career fight in Las Vegas.

Maki Pitolo enters this fight with a 13-5 record and has won 54 percent of his fights by knockout. Pitolo has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a June win over Charles Byrd. Pitolo is averaging 5.22 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45 percent. Pitolo is averaging 1.98 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Pitolo got his first UFC victory at UFC 250 where he produced a second round knockout, a fight he was dominating up to that point anyway. Pitolo has now produced knockouts in five of his last seven victories overall. Pitolo clearly comes from a boxing background, as he has a come forward style and throws combination after combination until he overwhelms his  opponent. Ground and pound, hooks to body and a strong jab, Pitolo is nice with his hands and has seven career knockouts. Pitolo has also shown some takedown success in two UFC fights, and he had a submission victory at Bellator 213, so there’s some balance to his attack. Still, Pitolo butters his bread with his standup and letting his hands go.

This could be the fight of the night, as we have two strong strikers who want a fight standing up and can end things at any moment. I expect a backyard brawl and blood in the octagon with this one. Stewart is the more proven fighter on the bigger stage, so it’s not a surprise to see him favored, but he was also dominated in his last bout in Cage Warriors and look gassed early in the fight.  Stewart can also be a bit sloppy when throwing punches, so I’m worried about counterstrikes here. Pitolo is a little more technical to his attack, and he also has success with the takedowns, something Stewart isn’t very comfortable defending. 

There’s a lot of value with Pitolo and the plus money. 

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 04:40:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404344
<![CDATA[Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman - 8/8/20 UFC Fight Night 174 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2020/08/08/omari-akhmedov-vs-chris-weidman-8/8/20-ufc-fight-night-174-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Chris Weidman and Omari Akhmedov fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.

Chris Weidman enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by knockout. Weidman has lost five of his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Dominick Reyes. Weidman is averaging 3.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42 percent. Weidman is averaging 3.82 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Weidman is coming off a first round knockout loss at UFC on ESPN 6 in his light heavyweight debut, and we’ve now seen him…

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Chris Weidman and Omari Akhmedov fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.

Chris Weidman enters this fight with a 14-5 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by knockout. Weidman has lost five of his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Dominick Reyes. Weidman is averaging 3.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42 percent. Weidman is averaging 3.82 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Weidman is coming off a first round knockout loss at UFC on ESPN 6 in his light heavyweight debut, and we’ve now seen him get knocked out in five of his last six fights. Weidman has won just one fight since his UFC 194 loss and is now entering must win territory now that he’s already 36 years old. Weidman comes from a wrestling background where he was a two-time All-American, and he’s also a black belt in BJJ. Weidman is highly successful with his takedowns, he keeps guys on the canvas and he just wears on his opponents. Weidman is also underrated on his feet, as he slips punches well, is an effective counterpuncher and has some underrated pop in his shots. Weidman is the same guy who beat Anderson Silva twice and knocked out Vitor Belfort, so the ability is there. It’s just a matter of getting back the basics and breaking out of this slump. This will be Weidman’s sixth career fight in Las Vegas.

Omari Akhmedov enters this fight with a 20-4-1 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by decision. Akhmedov has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Ian Heinisch. Akhmedov is averaging 2.99 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 34 percent. Akhmedov is averaging 2.40 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Akhmedov is coming off a win at UFC 245 where he landed 70 total strikes and produced three takedowns. Akhmedov has now seen his last six fights go the distance, and he’s 8-0-1 in decisions for his career. Akhmedov comes from a wrestling background, and he added combat sambo and Russian hand-to-hand combat over the years. Akhmedov is a polished standup striker with pure power and a tough chin as we see in most Russians, and he’s more than capable of holding his own on the canvas while producing five submissions. Akhmedov is highly successful with his takedowns, has a good ground and pound and has shown throughout his career he’s capable of finding submission holds to finish fights. At only 32 years old and with the winning streak he’s on, Akhmedov should probably get more love than he does. This will be Akhmedov’s fifth career fight in Las Vegas.

It’s a bit of a surprise to me that Weidman is a slight favorite when he’s been knocked out in five of his last six fights. He has a size advantage in this fight we know what he’s capable of when in good form, but it’s tough to get behind him now. Akhmedov is a balanced and technically sound fighter who doesn’t get a ton of love nationally for whatever reason and clearly the oddsmakers don’t like him much either. I don’t understand it.

I’ll take Akhmedov and the cheap price.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 04:08:28 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404343
<![CDATA[Alexey Oleynik vs. Derrick Lewis - 8/8/20 UFC Fight Night 174 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2020/08/08/alexey-oleynik-vs-derrick-lewis-8/8/20-ufc-fight-night-174-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Derrick Lewis and Alexey Oleynik fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.

Derrick Lewis enters this fight with a 23-7 record and has won 78 percent of his fights by knockout. Lewis has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a February win over Ilir Latifi. Lewis is averaging 2.53 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49 percent. Lewis is averaging 0.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 24 percent. Lewis is coming off a decision win at UFC 247 despite his opponent landing far more total strikes and producing three takedowns.…

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Derrick Lewis and Alexey Oleynik fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 174 at the UFC APEX.

Derrick Lewis enters this fight with a 23-7 record and has won 78 percent of his fights by knockout. Lewis has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a February win over Ilir Latifi. Lewis is averaging 2.53 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49 percent. Lewis is averaging 0.48 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 24 percent. Lewis is coming off a decision win at UFC 247 despite his opponent landing far more total strikes and producing three takedowns. Lewis has now seen three of his last four wins go the distance, and he’s won four of his six career decisions overall. There’s no surprises with Lewis when he steps into the octagon, as he’s a powerful striker who has produced knockouts in 16 of his last 20 wins. With a boxing background and heavy hands, Lewis looks to land that one shot that flips the fight upside down and eventually ends things. Lewis doesn’t have much of a ground game, and he has a reputation for tiring quickly, so he’s going to live and die with his standup striking and hopes to end things in the early rounds. Lewis has improved his takedown defense as of late and his movement has gotten better, but his power striking is where he makes his money. Lewis is a boxer and will have the edge with most fighters on the feet. This will be Lewis’ sixth career fight in Las Vegas.

Alexey Oleynik enters this fight with a 59-13-1 record and has won 78 percent of his fights by submission. Oleynik has won six of his last nine fights and is coming off a May win over Fabrício Werdum. Oleynik is averaging 3.72 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Oleynik is averaging 2.41 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 46 percent. Oleynik is coming off a split decision win at UFC 249 where he landed far more total strikes but was taken down three times. It was the first time Oleynik had a decision fight in four years, and he now looks for three straight wins for the first time since 2013-14. Oleynik uses his striking to close the distance and while sloppy at times, he throws some nice overhand punches and has some pop in those hands if they land cleanly. Oleynik is most effective on the canvas where his deep background in combat sambo and submission wrestling allows him to find unique ways to finish fights. With 11 career victories via the Ezekiel choke (first fighter in UFC history to submit a fight this way), Oleynik is capable of finishing a fight in any position and it puts his opponent at risk whenever the fight goes to the canvas. This will be Oleynik’s third career fight in Las Vegas.

There’s extreme value with Oleynik and the plus money considering he has a massive edge if this fight goes to the canvas. Lewis isn’t a wrestler, has a reputation for tiring quickly and Oleynik is a nightmare on the ground. The issue we have here is that Lewis has improved his takedown defense over his career and has become smarter about staying on his feet. Oleynik is also somebody who eats shots standing up and has been knocked out seven times in 13 career losses. Lewis isn’t somebody you want to get tagged by.

I like Lewis to win the fight, and I’ll take him by KO to lower the ML price.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 03:28:07 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404342
<![CDATA[New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/3/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/08/03/new-york-yankees-vs-philadelphia-phillies-8/3/20-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees meet Monday in MLB action at Yankee Stadium. 

The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after losing two of their first three games. The Phillies have scored 15 runs in their first three games and six or more runs in two of their three games. The Phillies have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Phil Gosselin leads the Phillies with four hits and three RBI while Didi Gregorius and Adam Haseley have combined for eight hits and three RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he…

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The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees meet Monday in MLB action at Yankee Stadium. 

The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after losing two of their first three games. The Phillies have scored 15 runs in their first three games and six or more runs in two of their three games. The Phillies have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Phil Gosselin leads the Phillies with four hits and three RBI while Didi Gregorius and Adam Haseley have combined for eight hits and three RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he was 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA and 1110 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 3-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees look for a win to build on their six-game winning streak. The Yankees have scored 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five straight games. The Yankees are 7-0 this season when scoring at least three runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 12 hits and four RBI while Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have combined for 17 hits and 20 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Cole is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 7-15 in their last 22 Monday games, 2-6 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The Yankees are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 41-13 in their last 54 home games and 6-0 in their last 6 overall. The over is 8-1-2 in Phillies last 11 Monday games. The under is 4-1 in Yankees last 5 home games. The Phillies are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

Arrieta and this monster plus money price is worth consideration knowing what he's capable of on the big stage, and the Phillies are much better than what they showed in their opener against the Miami Marlins. With that said, the Phillies have been sitting around and haven't played in a week. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have won six straight games and their offense is downright rolling right now. Oh, and some guy named Cole is on the hill. I can't go against the Yankees here, and I'll lay the RL for added value.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 02:22:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404341
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens - 8/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2020/08/03/pittsburgh-penguins-vs-montreal-canadiens-8/3/20-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to take a 2-0 series lead after stunning the Pittsburgh Penguins in the series opener by a final score of 3-2 in overtime last time out. Jesperi Kotkaniemi opened the scoring for Montreal with the lone goal of the opening period and Nick Suzuki would double the lead just under seven minutes into the second period. Sidney Crosby would get Pittsburgh on the board 3:02 later and Bryan Rust would tie…

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The Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to take a 2-0 series lead after stunning the Pittsburgh Penguins in the series opener by a final score of 3-2 in overtime last time out. Jesperi Kotkaniemi opened the scoring for Montreal with the lone goal of the opening period and Nick Suzuki would double the lead just under seven minutes into the second period. Sidney Crosby would get Pittsburgh on the board 3:02 later and Bryan Rust would tie the game at two for Pittsburgh just 2:39 later. The third period saw no scoring, so it was off to overtime where Jeff Petry slammed the door on any Penguins comeback story, scoring Montreal’s OT winner with just over six minutes to play in the extra frame.

Carey Price got the win for Montreal after stopping 39 of 41 shots faced while Matt Murray ended up with the loss for Pittsburgh after allowing three runs on 35 shots faced in the defeat.

Montreal is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and 3-7 against a team with a winning record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 Monday games. Pittsburgh is 3-9 in their last 12 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference. The underdog is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Like it or not, these expanded playoffs gave an extra eight teams a chance to make an impact and Montreal was one of the teams that made the most of their first chance on opening night with the OT win. Pittsburgh has a bunch of talent on their team, but I think Montreal figured out the formula to beat Pittsburgh. It also doesn’t hurt that Carey Price stood on his head, and he's capable of doing that multiple times which could be key for the Habs if they’re going to win this series. Montreal has all of the momentum right now though so I’ll take a stab at Montreal and the plus money to push Pittsburgh’s backs against the wall here.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 01:29:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404340
<![CDATA[Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals - 8/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2020/08/03/tampa-bay-lightning-vs-washington-capitals-8/3/20-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in a round-robin matchup in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Monday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals enter the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference with 90 points and a record of 41-20-8 with a point percentage of .652 this season. John Carlson is Washington’s top point-getter in the regular season, logging 75 points with a team-high 60 assists and 26 power play points while Alex Ovechkin was second with 67 points and a team-high 48 goals on the year with 13 of those coming with the man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom…

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The Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in a round-robin matchup in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Monday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals enter the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference with 90 points and a record of 41-20-8 with a point percentage of .652 this season. John Carlson is Washington’s top point-getter in the regular season, logging 75 points with a team-high 60 assists and 26 power play points while Alex Ovechkin was second with 67 points and a team-high 48 goals on the year with 13 of those coming with the man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom had 54 points with 42 assists and Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov each have 52 points apiece this season. Braden Holtby leads the Caps in goal with a record of 25-14-6 with a 3.11 GAA and an .897 save percentage while Ilya Samsonov was the backup but is unable to play for Washington in the postseason.

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into the postseason as the #2 seed in the East with a record of 43-21-6 on 92 points with a point percentage of .657 this season. Nikita Kucherov led the Lightning with 85 points including a team leading 33 goals, 52 assists and 25 power play points. Steven Stamkos had 66 points with 29 goals, 37 assists and a team-high 10 power play goals and Brayden Point was close behind with 64 points with 39 assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy was once again one of the NHL’s top goaltenders and a Vezina trophy candidate, posting a 35-14-3 record with a 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage in the regular season.

Washington is 10-3 in their last 13 games as an underdog and 101-40 in their last 141 games against the Atlantic division while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Monday games. Tampa Bay is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Metropolitan division and 15-5 in their last 20 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite. Washington is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

This is a potential Eastern Conference finals preview if things shake out a certain way, but no matter what we say about the Lightning on the live show, they’re still a solid team, especially on offense. On the other hand, Washington has the great eight, Alex Ovechkin and he’s an offensive equalizer no matter what the situation. I think we see some scoring in this one so I’ll take the over as my free play for this game but my stronger play is on the side and that’s available as a premium pick that you can find here.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 00:52:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404339
<![CDATA[Best Parlay Bets MLB Baseball - 8/3/20 Picks, Odd, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/07/03/best-parlay-bets-mlb-baseball-8/3/20-picks-odd-and-prediction#comments Parlays aren’t a good thing to count on to build your bankroll, but throwing a few dollars here and there can be a lot of fun. There is also a chance for big paydays if you can hit on the right MLB parlays. Let’s take a look at two parlays that make a whole lot of sense for Monday. 

Padres +110 / Indians +116 / Braves +110 ($100 Bet Pays $852.56)

A lot of times parlays are about hitting it big, and throwing some underdogs together can really help the payout. 

The Padres send out Chris Paddack to the mound and he has looked really good so far this season.…

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Parlays aren’t a good thing to count on to build your bankroll, but throwing a few dollars here and there can be a lot of fun. There is also a chance for big paydays if you can hit on the right MLB parlays. Let’s take a look at two parlays that make a whole lot of sense for Monday. 

Padres +110 / Indians +116 / Braves +110 ($100 Bet Pays $852.56)

A lot of times parlays are about hitting it big, and throwing some underdogs together can really help the payout. 

The Padres send out Chris Paddack to the mound and he has looked really good so far this season. After pitching a shutout in six innings in his first start of the season, Paddack only gave up two runs in five innings in his second start. Walker Buehler didn’t look good in his fist start and the Padres should be able to get after him in this game. 

There is no doubt Luis Castillo is good, but he might actually be the worse pitcher on the mound in this one. Zach Plesac will get the start for the Cleveland Indians .and in his first start against the Chicago White Sox he went eight innings giving up only three hits and zero runs. The Indians offense hasn’t been great, but they will score enough to come away with the victory at plus money.

The Mets send Jacob deGrom to the mall, and this is a Mets team that has never given him much run support. Mike Soroka will get the start for the Braves and in his start against the Mets earlier this year, he went six innings giving up four hits and zero runs. 

Braves +110 / Cubs -155 / Rockies vs. Giants Over 13 -110 ($100 Bet Pays $559.56)

The Chicago Cubs get to face the Kansas City Royals, and getting them in a parlay opens up some value. Danny Duffy will get the start for the Royals and he went five innings in his last start giving up four runs against the Detroit Tigers. 

The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants are going to run up the score in this game. Chi Chi Gonzalez has to feel fortunate to still be getting starts for this team. Last season, Gonzalez had a 2-6 record and an ERA of 5.29. Johnny Cueto will get the start for the Giants and in his last start, he went 3.2 innings giving up four runs. At high altitude, there are going to be plenty of runs scored. 

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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 00:24:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404338
<![CDATA[Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets - 8/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2020/08/03/calgary-flames-vs-winnipeg-jets-8/3/20-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction1596426886#comments The Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Monday night.

The Winnipeg Jets will try to rebound and even up the series after Calgary won the opening game of the series by a final score of 4-1 on Saturday. Andrew Copp actually gave Winnipeg the lead just under nine minutes into the game and the lead held until Johnny Gaudreau tied the game at one for the Flames just after the seven-minute mark of the second period. Tobias Rieder gave Calgary the lead short-handed with just over seven minutes…

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The Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Monday night.

The Winnipeg Jets will try to rebound and even up the series after Calgary won the opening game of the series by a final score of 4-1 on Saturday. Andrew Copp actually gave Winnipeg the lead just under nine minutes into the game and the lead held until Johnny Gaudreau tied the game at one for the Flames just after the seven-minute mark of the second period. Tobias Rieder gave Calgary the lead short-handed with just over seven minutes to go in the middle frame and Mikael Backlund pushed the lead to 3-1 with less than two minutes to play in the second period. Winnipeg would chase the whole 3rd period for a goal to get back into the game but it wouldn’t come as Anthony Mangiapane scored on an empty net late in the 3rd period to give Calgary a 4-1 lead as the Flames put the game on ice.

Cam Talbot got the win in the opener in goal for Calgary, stopping 17 of 18 shots faced in the win while Connor Hellebuyck took the loss for the Jets, allowing three goals on 32 shots faced in the losing effort.

Winnipeg is 7-3 in their last 10 Monday games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. Calgary is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Central division while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win. The favorite is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.

The Jets are up against it here and Connor Hellebuyck is more than capable of putting the team on his back and carrying them with a strong performance to get back into the series and make it a best-of-three. However, dirty tactics or not, Mark Scheifele will be gone for the time being for Winnipeg after a questionable check by Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, and Patrik Laine is also out of the mix for the Jets for now as well. That’s a large chunk of talent to be missing in a playoff atmosphere like this so I’ll back the Flames to take a 2-0 stranglehold on the series with a win here.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:54:46 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404337
<![CDATA[Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers - 8/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2020/08/03/carolina-hurricanes-vs-new-york-rangers-8/3/20-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Scotiabank Arena on Monday afternoon.

The New York Rangers will try to bounce back after the ‘Canes drew first blood with a 3-2 win in the series opener on Saturday afternoon. Jaccob Slavin got Carolina on the board just over a minute into the restart of playoff hockey and the lead held until Sebastian Aho doubled Carolina’s advantage at the 6:29 mark of the second period. Mika Zibanejad would get New York on the board with five and a half minutes to go in the middle frame.…

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The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Scotiabank Arena on Monday afternoon.

The New York Rangers will try to bounce back after the ‘Canes drew first blood with a 3-2 win in the series opener on Saturday afternoon. Jaccob Slavin got Carolina on the board just over a minute into the restart of playoff hockey and the lead held until Sebastian Aho doubled Carolina’s advantage at the 6:29 mark of the second period. Mika Zibanejad would get New York on the board with five and a half minutes to go in the middle frame. Martin Necas would restore Carolina’s two-goal cushion just after the midway point of the third period but the Rangers wouldn’t go down quietly as Marc Staal cut into the lead with just under two minutes to go but that’s as close as the Rangers would get as Carolina held on for the win.

Petr Mrazek got his first win of the postseason in goal for the Hurricanes after stopping 24 of 26 shots faced while Henrik Lundqvist took the loss in the surprise start after Igor Shesterkin was deemed unfit to play, allowing three goals on 37 shots faced in the defeat.

New York is 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference. Carolina is 5-2 in their last 7 division games and 18-5 in their last 23 playoff games as a favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. New York is 41-15 in the last 56 meetings between these two teams.

Carolina picked up a solid win in the opener and I was one of many that was caught off guard with Lundqvist getting the start but he’s had success against Carolina, including three wins against the ‘Canes in the regular season. I think New York comes into this game with fixing their mistakes as a top priority, so I’ll take a shot with the Rangers and the plus money to even this series up at one win apiece.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:40:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404336
<![CDATA[Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 8/3/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2020/08/03/utah-jazz-vs-los-angeles-lakers-8/3/20-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz collide at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in great form, but they are coming into this one looking to bounce back after getting trounced by the Raptors in a 107-92 loss on Saturday. LeBron James led the team with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Kyle Kuzma added 16 points while Anthony Davis scored just 14 points on two of seven shooting. As a team, the Lakers shot just 35 percent from the field and 10 of 40 from the 3-point line as they held the Raptors to just 18 points in the…

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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz collide at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in great form, but they are coming into this one looking to bounce back after getting trounced by the Raptors in a 107-92 loss on Saturday. LeBron James led the team with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Kyle Kuzma added 16 points while Anthony Davis scored just 14 points on two of seven shooting. As a team, the Lakers shot just 35 percent from the field and 10 of 40 from the 3-point line as they held the Raptors to just 18 points in the second quarter to take the early lead, before getting blown out in the second half where the Raptors poured in 66 points behind a big game from Kyle Lowry. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored just five points on two of seven shooting while Danny Green finished scoreless on zero of seven shooting. 

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have won six of their last eight games, but they will be hoping to get back to winning ways after getting blown out by the Thunder in a 110-94 loss on Saturday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 13 points and four assists, Mike Conley scored 12 points while Rudy Gobert chipped in with just 10 points. As a team, the Jazz shot just 39 percent from the field and eight of 31 from the 3-point line as they were always fighting an uphill battle after getting outscored by 56-42 in a horrendous first half performance. Jordan Clarkson was particularly cold as he shot just four of 17 to finish with 11 points off the bench.

Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Monday games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 3-12-1- ATS in their last 16 home games against a team with a winning road record and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Utah, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Utah and the Lakers are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall.

The Lakers have already beaten the Jazz twice this season and they will be keen to bounce back after getting embarrassed by the Raptors on Saturday. The Jazz will be disappointed with themselves after shooting themselves in the foot against a motivated Thunder team in their last outing. The Lakers could win this easily if they come in with the right mindset, but there is clearly more on the line for the Jazz and I think they'll be good enough to at least get the cover here.

 

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:31:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404335
<![CDATA[Best Underdog Bets MLB Baseball 8/3/20 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/08/03/best-underdog-bets-mlb-baseball-8/3/20-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments One key with betting the MLB or any baseball is finding underdogs who have great value at an underdog price. Very rarely do all favorites win any given day, so picking the right underdogs can make a lot of money. Let’s take a look at a few underdogs who will come out with victories on Sunday. 

Padres +110

The San Diego Padres have lost two games in a row, but this is a great chance for them to get back on the right track. Walker Buehler will get the start for the Dodgers and he wasn’t great in his first start against the Houston Astros. In that game, Buehler…

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One key with betting the MLB or any baseball is finding underdogs who have great value at an underdog price. Very rarely do all favorites win any given day, so picking the right underdogs can make a lot of money. Let’s take a look at a few underdogs who will come out with victories on Sunday. 

Padres +110

The San Diego Padres have lost two games in a row, but this is a great chance for them to get back on the right track. Walker Buehler will get the start for the Dodgers and he wasn’t great in his first start against the Houston Astros. In that game, Buehler only went 3 2/3rd’s of an inning and he currently sits with a 4.91 ERA. It’s hard to imagine that he is going to be going deep in this game. Chris Paddack will get the start for the Padres and he has gone 11 innings total this year giving up only two runs. The Padres led by Paddack will get the job done.

Indians +116

The Indians at plus money is a gift on Monday night. The Indians offense is really struggling but they aren’t going to have to score many runs to come away with a victory in this one. Zach Plesac will get the start for the Indians and in his first start against the Chicago White Sox he went eight innings giving up three hits and zero runs. He does have a tough matchup with Luis Castillo going, but the Indians will still find a way to come away with a victory in this one. 

Phillies +280

This one is more based on value, rather then it being the best play on the board. The Phillies have had a long layoff, and Jake Arrieta will be making his first start of the season, and although he might not be as good as he once was, this is a big game, and Arrieta has found success before during his career in the biggest games. Don’t bet this one big, but based on value, it has some value. 

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:30:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404334
<![CDATA[Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 8/3/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2020/08/03/philadelphia-76ers-vs-san-antonio-spurs-8/3/20-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Antonio Spurs and the Philadelphia 76ers duke it out at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday night.

The San Antonio Spurs were stuttering before the season suspension, but they've hit the ground running since the restart as they are now aiming for a fourth straight victory after outlasting the Grizzlies in a 108-106 win last night. Dejounte Murray led the team with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, Derrick White added 16 points with seven assists while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 14 points and seven assists. As a team, the Spurs shot just 41 percent from…

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The San Antonio Spurs and the Philadelphia 76ers duke it out at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday night.

The San Antonio Spurs were stuttering before the season suspension, but they've hit the ground running since the restart as they are now aiming for a fourth straight victory after outlasting the Grizzlies in a 108-106 win last night. Dejounte Murray led the team with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, Derrick White added 16 points with seven assists while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 14 points and seven assists. As a team, the Spurs shot just 41 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead, before escaping with the win on the back of a pair of clutch free throws from DeRozan in the final second of the game. 

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have lost four of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the shorthanded Pacers in a 127-121 loss on Saturday. Joel Embiid led the team with 31 points, 21 rebounds and four assists, Tobias Harris added 30 points on 12 of 29 shooting while Ben Simmons added 19 points with 13 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the 76ers shot 49 percent from the field and nine of 25 from the 3-point line as they held the Pacers to just 20 points in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead, before they blew it in the fourth quarter where they allowed 46 points. With the disappointing loss, Philadelphia falls to 39-27 overall and 10-25 on the road. 

Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Monday games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. The 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on one days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against a team with a losing road record. 

Head to head, the under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings overall, the Spurs are 2-5 ATS in the last  seven meetings overall and the Spurs are 6-14 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Philadelphia. 

The 76ers could do with a win to continue their climb up the rankings and they've already blown out the Spurs back in November. The Spurs are just 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and they will struggle trying to contain a healthy Embiid, so I'm sticking with the 76ers to bounce back in fine fashion with a much-needed win over the shorthanded Spurs here.

 

 

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:20:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404333
<![CDATA[Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/3/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/08/03/milwaukee-brewers-vs-chicago-white-sox-8/3/20-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in MLB action from Miller Park on Monday.

The Chicago White Sox will try to build off of a 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in their last game on Sunday. Yasmani Grandal led the White sox with three RBIs while going 3 for 4 at the dish while Nicky Delmonico had two RBIS and Jose Abreu and Nick Madrigal each had an RBI with Madrigal going 4 for 5 at the dish while Abreu went 2 for 5 with a double. Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 4 while Danny Mendick and Luis Robert each had a base hit to cap off the White Sox offense in the win. Dylan…

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The Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in MLB action from Miller Park on Monday.

The Chicago White Sox will try to build off of a 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in their last game on Sunday. Yasmani Grandal led the White sox with three RBIs while going 3 for 4 at the dish while Nicky Delmonico had two RBIS and Jose Abreu and Nick Madrigal each had an RBI with Madrigal going 4 for 5 at the dish while Abreu went 2 for 5 with a double. Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 4 while Danny Mendick and Luis Robert each had a base hit to cap off the White Sox offense in the win. Dylan Cease got the win to improve to 1-1 after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Carlos Rodon will start this one and is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodon’s first career start against the Brewers.

The Milwaukee Brewers have had time to rest up after having their entire three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals postponed after a COVID-19 outbreak on the Cardinals’ roster. Keston Hiura leads the Brewers with two home runs and five RBIs this season as well as a team-high six hits in 23 at-bats. Lorenzo Cain has 6 hits as well for a .333 batting average but opted out of the season over health concerns this past weekend. Brandon Woodruff has been the rock of the pitching rotation, going 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 11.1 innings with 15 strikeouts. Adrian Houser is second on the innings pitched list with 5 innings under his belt but he will start here and is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. This will be Houser’s first career start against the White Sox.

Trends will be updated once they’ve been released.

Rodon’s usually got some magic stuff when he’s really on but lately, he’s been a pinata for opposing teams for the most part and that’s not good when the White Sox have been disappointing to begin with and Milwaukee’s had a few days to rest up and have also been itching to get back out there and play. I’ll side with the Brewers to pick up a win here.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:17:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404332
<![CDATA[Minnesota Twins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/3/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/08/03/minnesota-twins-vs-pittsburgh-pirates-8/3/20-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Minnesota Twins meet in MLB action from Target Field on Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in their last game. Kevin Newman went 2 for 4 with the Pirates’ lone RBI coming on a first inning home run. Josh Bell, Jacob Stallings, Phillip Evans and Adam Frazier each had a base hit as well in the losing effort to cap off Pittsburgh’s offense as the Pirates had just six hits as a team. Steven Brault threw three shutout innings, striking out four without allowing a hit, not factoring in the decision. Cody…

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Minnesota Twins meet in MLB action from Target Field on Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in their last game. Kevin Newman went 2 for 4 with the Pirates’ lone RBI coming on a first inning home run. Josh Bell, Jacob Stallings, Phillip Evans and Adam Frazier each had a base hit as well in the losing effort to cap off Pittsburgh’s offense as the Pirates had just six hits as a team. Steven Brault threw three shutout innings, striking out four without allowing a hit, not factoring in the decision. Cody Ponce took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year in relief. Derek Holland will start Monday and is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA and in his career, Holland is 3-7 with a 5.56 ERA and 57 strikeouts against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Twins will look to build off of a 3-1 win over Cleveland last time out. Mitch Garver had a solo home run while Jorge Polanco went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Nelson Cruz had an RBI as well in the victory. Max Kepler went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Marwin Gonzalez added a base knock as well in the winning effort to cap off the Twins’ offense. Devin Smeltzer got the win in relief to improve to 1-0 while Sergio Romo closed things out for his 2nd save of the season. Lewis Thorpe will start this one and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be Thorpe’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

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I expect this to be a bullpen game for the Twins kind of like we saw on Sunday, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Twins handle the rotation as six pitchers were used in Sunday’s win. Derek Holland’s been serviceable in his first couple of starts as a Pirate, but I’ve made my fair share going against Holland in the past as he’s one of the more consistently-hittable pitchers in the majors. I’ll side with the Twins to get the job done here, but this price is thick so I'll take Minnesota on the run line

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:12:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404331
<![CDATA[Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/3/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2020/08/03/cincinnati-reds-vs-cleveland-indians-8/3/20-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds meet in a battle of Ohio in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Monday.

The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound from a 3-1 loss to the Twins in their last matchup on Sunday. Francisco Lindor had an RBI and Cesar Hernandez had the only other base hit as the Tribe put up just two hits as a team in the losing effort. The Indians did a good job making contact though, only striking out twice in 29 combined at-bats within the team in the loss. Aaron Civale took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing three runs on five hits while striking…

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The Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds meet in a battle of Ohio in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Monday.

The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound from a 3-1 loss to the Twins in their last matchup on Sunday. Francisco Lindor had an RBI and Cesar Hernandez had the only other base hit as the Tribe put up just two hits as a team in the losing effort. The Indians did a good job making contact though, only striking out twice in 29 combined at-bats within the team in the loss. Aaron Civale took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing three runs on five hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. Zach Plesac will start on Monday and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Plesac’s second career start against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to build off of a pair of victories in their doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Game one saw the Reds emerge victorious by a score of 4-3 while taking game two by a final count of 4-0. In game one, Nick Castellanos had a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Shogo Akiyama had an RBI to finish off Cincinnati’s scoring with Freddy Galvis adding a double. Anthony DeSclafani threw five shutout innings not factoring in the decision, while Raisel Iglesias got the win in relief. Game two saw Christian Colon have a double and two RBIs while Aristides Aquino and Matt Davidson each had a double as well to finish off Cincy’s scoring as a team in the win. Trevor Bauer threw a “complete game” shutout, throwing seven scoreless innings with a pair of hits allowed and seven strikeouts. Sonny Gray will start Monday and is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 4-3 with a 3.33 ERA and 53 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 interleague road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Cincinnati is 2-8 in their last 10 home games and 8-20 in their last 28 series opening games while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

This should be a great game as both pitchers have been good early on this season, but as a team, the Tribe have struggled to score and Cincinnati’s been in their fair share of low scoring games this season as well. I think this one shapes up to be a pitchers’ duel, so I’ll side with the under as my free pick for this game but my stronger play is on the side and I have it available as a premium pick that you can find here.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:10:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404330
<![CDATA[New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 8/3/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2020/08/03/new-orleans-pelicans-vs-memphis-grizzlies-8/3/20-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Orleans Pelicans play host to the Memphis Grizzlies at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday night.

The Memphis Grizzlies have been in rough shape as they've lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to bounce back after last night's 108-106 loss to the Spurs. Ja Morant led the team with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points on eight of 13 shooting while Grayson Allen chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 46 percent from the field and seven of 30 from the 3-point line as they rallied…

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The New Orleans Pelicans play host to the Memphis Grizzlies at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday night.

The Memphis Grizzlies have been in rough shape as they've lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to bounce back after last night's 108-106 loss to the Spurs. Ja Morant led the team with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 21 points on eight of 13 shooting while Grayson Allen chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 46 percent from the field and seven of 30 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, only to lose in the final second as the Spurs' DeMar DeRozan drained the game-winning free throws.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans are still looking for their first win since the season restart as they are coming into this game off a 126-103 loss to the Clippers. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the team in scoring with 15 points off the bench, Brandon Ingram added 14 points while Derrick Favors scored 12 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line which was never nearly enough to hang with the Clippers who drained a franchise-record 25 3-pointers. Lonzo Ball scored just seven points, Jrue Holiday scored just four points while Zion Williamson scored just seven points as he remained on his strict minutes restriction.

Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest. 

Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings, the Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Grizzlies are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in New Orleans. 

Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall, the Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Grizzlies are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in New Orleans. 

The two squads have already met twice this season with the Pelicans winning both meetings by double digits, but I'm expecting a close one with the Grizzlies needing to win to keep their spot in the Western standings. I would be all over the Pelicans if Williamson played his usual minutes, but with the teams as they are, I'm taking the Grizzlies with the points in a game they could win outright.

 

 

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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:01:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=404329