Best Bets of the Day: Aug. 31, 2020

Other Aug 31, 2020

Last Day’s Record: 1-2

Overall Record: 7-5

Wow, August is over?  How?  2020 has been the most insane year we could have ever imagined, and it has gone by fast.  Now September is right around the corner, and it promises to go by even faster with the addition of tennis’  traditional last major of the year being the first one to come back and the impending return of the NFL in addition to the current NBA and NHL playoffs, MLB pennant races going down to the wire, and all the soccer you can handle.

If you think your brain just short-circuited out of a sheer overload of sports, allow me to restore your sanity with the best three picks to start off your month with some extra dough and ease the sting of all those bills coming your way.

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS – GAME 1

Upset Pick of the Day!

MILWAUKEE BUCKS vs MIAMI HEAT

Do I dare?  Yes, I dare.  Why? B ecause of two simple reasons.

The first is that, while the Orlando Magic didn’t overly exert the Bucks during their five-game series, the number one seed in the East has had an emotionally exhausting week with the boycott added to the playoff pressure they already feel, and Miami’s fast paced ball movement combined with their relentless 48-minute style of play will add to that exhaustion.

Meanwhile, the Heat is fresh after seven days of rest that Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder have used to heal their respective strained shoulders and twisted ankles while head coach Erik Spoelstra has come up with a scheme to initially contain Giannis Antetokounmpo.

That leads me to the second reason: I believe that the Heat will pounce on the Bucks just like the Magic did or like the Blazers blitzed the Lakers, and it will be up to Milwaukee to make the necessary adjustments for Game 2.

My pick: Miami Heat (+185)

NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

ROUND 1 – GAME 6

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER vs HOUSTON ROCKETS

Do I dare?  Nah, not on this one.  The 66-35 spanking by the Rockets in the second half of Game 5 marked a turning point in the series. The meltdown began way before Schroder’s ejection, so that’s not an excuse for the Thunder.

The Rockets could go ice cold from long distance while Chris Paul displays his clutchness, but I also expect Russell Westbrook to score more than 7 points in 24 minutes as he regains even more of his rhythm.

My pick: Rockets (-260)

MLB REGULAR SEASON

TAMPA BAY RAYS @ NEW YORK YANKEES

I am 4-0 all-time on Best Bets with our baseball wagers, and I aim to make it five in a row with this battle for AL East supremacy by trusting an ace that has already served us well on the mound before: Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.51 ERA)

This is practically a must-win game for an injury-riddled Yankees squad that met its match in futility in the New York Mets to stop a 7-game losing streak thanks to a couple of walk-off wins last weekend.

Enter Cole, who allowed five runs in 5.0 innings last Wednesday in Atlanta, his first start in seven days due to COVID-19 related postponements. I expect him to bounce back on normal rest and repeat what he did in his most recent start at home, coincidentally against the Rays: 6.2 IP, 2 earned runs and 10 strikeouts in a winning effort.

My pick: New York Yankees (-150)

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-- written by El Hombre


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