Finally a loss on the office lock. Can’t be perfect in betting — just not possible. 5 wins in 6 games isn’t bad so we are going to bounce back in the new year.
Arsenal vs Chelsea -0 (-122)
Taking the draw no bet for the off chance that Chelsea isn’t able to put one in the night. Arsenal is at home but are missing a few key players due to injury (Ramsay, Giroud, Ozil) and Chelsea are on form and just bagged in 5 against a decent Stoke team over the weekend. I see this being a 1 goal victory for Chelsea in a low-scoring affair, despite being at Emirates. Take Chelsea with the DNB for some cover if they draw.
LOTD: 5-1-0 Form: WWWWL
The Spurs didn’t make it easy with such hefty odds at the ML but came through when it mattered with a 96-93 win to bring us to 5-0. The spread was -4.5 so the ML was the better call as the Pistons would have won otherwise. Today, we have a huge slate of Champions League games which brings me to the pick:
Celtic FC (-110) vs Anderlecht
Celtic took the first meeting in Brussels 3-0 and I don’t see this one going much different in Scotland. They return Dembele from injury, who is surely able to help out the offense in this one. Celtic is out after being fortunate enough to be in PSG & Bayern Munich’s group but will look to wrap up a Europa spot tonight. Take the boys in Green at home.
I’m taking a heavy favorite today just to get back into the swing of things. Big Monday Night Football game tonight with the Steelers taking on the Bengals but that game screams trap to me. Home dawgs against Big Ben on the road? I’m all set on both sides of that. We have almost a full slate of NBA games tonight which brings me to the pick:
San Antonio Spurs ML (-160) vs Orlando Magic
Not great value out of this pick but it’s hard not to like it. The Spurs just lost a 90-87 game to the Thunder in which they rested just about everyone who is important. They return home to a matchup with Stan Van Gundy & the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons, who some would say have been overachieving this year sit at 14-8. It’s hard for me to think they’ll be able to steal one in San Antonio tonight. Give me the Spurs tonight but not taking any chances with the spread — take the ML tonight and enjoy the win.
Last lock of the day was a real close win thanks to the Celtics hanging in there after the Hayward injury. We had the Celtics + 3.5 and they lost by 3. We’ll take the extra half point (even though the line was closer to 5 when LeBron was announced to be active) and move on to Thursday Night Football. Always hard to predict, the 5-1 Chiefs travel to the 2-4 Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have massive underachieved due in part to the Carr injury. They’ll look to get back on track against the AFC West leaders.
The Pick: Oakland Raiders (+3) vs Kansas City Chiefs
Give me the Home underdog in a different time zone and I’ll take it more often than not. This line screams trap game for the Chiefs and I actually like the Raiders to upset here. The Chiefs were banged up a bit by the Steelers and I like Oakland to finally get their run game started against the Chiefs. Give me the points and give me the Raiders.
As the start of the NBA season commences tonight, the Office LOTD is going to make its return appearance. After a brief stint, both the locks and bonuses managed to hit both times. With all four major sports now in rotation, although baseball is coming to an end — we have plenty to bet on. In honor of the NBA returning, we will move there for the action.
Record: 2-0-0 Streak: 2W Last 10: WW
NBA: Boston Celtics (+3.5) @ Cleveland Cavaliers
For opening night, we have two fantastic games but we’re going to put the action on the ECF rematch between the Celtics and the Cavs. As we all know, this was a huge offseason for both teams which are trying to elevate themselves over that level that the Warriors are on. The teams shuffled players — sending Kyrie over for IT and Crowder. Kyrie needed a new change of scenary and got probably the best possible place for him to go. C’s fans are eager to see their draft pick Tatum is action who is slated to get the start tonight. Can’t sleep on their addition of a top 5 SF in Gordon Hayward either.
However, it’s damn near impossible to sleep on any team that has LeBron James step on the court. The King will certainly make this difficult for the Celtics and there’s no doubt a rivalry brewing between himself and Irving. But — he’s not 100% and I think that will certainly be a factor in tonight’s game. D-Wade and D-Rose aren’t scaring anybody and I think the youth from the Celtics is going to push them to keep this close — if not win outright. I like the Celtics with the points in a tough fought opening game.
Pick: Boston Celtics (+3.5) (-105) WIN
The season is finally here after a long wait since the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead. Week 1 is always a little difficult to predict due to the uncertainty of changes in the different organizations, the play of rookies, and the rust factor. We’re going to take our best shot at providing the most accurate picks all year. We won’t be covering Thursday games but all Sunday and Monday games will be picked. Let’s take a look:
CONSENSUS PICKS: BUF, ATL, HOU, LAR, CAR, NYG
Cleveland definitely made it a close one but hit in their sixth run in the top of the ninth inning to give us a perfect start to the lock of the day. The bonus pick hit as well, with the Celtics staying put to draft Jayson Tatum to round out the top 3. Onto the next.
Record: 1-0-0 Streak: 1W Last 10: W
Ireland Premier League – Cork City FC vs Derry City (2:45 EST)
Not the most popular league in the world, the Ireland Premier League is in its mid-season stride. Let’s take a look at the table:
As you can see, Cork City being dominant is an understatement. With an 18 point lead on second place, Cork travels to Derry in an attempt to raise the gap between the rest of the table. Derry, no slouch at home at 5-2-2, will not be a pushover. Cork City took the win in the teams’ first match of the season on April 7th by a score of 3-0. Cork will be without their captain Dunleavy due to a possible season-ending injury but look to continue their run of brilliance and take the win here.
Pick: Cork City ML (-155) WIN
BONUS PICK (1-0-0)
New England Revolution @ Toronto FC (ML, -139) WIN
MLB – Cleveland Indians vs Baltimore Orioles
The Indians are hot right now, winning 7 of their last 10 games. In those games, they have driven in an average of 7.1 runs per game. Baltimore however has been reeling in the month of June and finds themselves giving up 7.3 per game.
Wade Miley, who hasn’t been exceptional with a 4.29 ERA, is on the bump for the Orioles tonight. The Indians tend to have some success against lefties (first in hits against LHP with 222), so this one should be over quickly as Cleveland looks to finish the series.
Pick: Cleveland OVER 5.5 Team Total RUNS (-110)
Office Locks: 0-0-0 (Win-Loss-Push) — Streak: N/A
NBA Draft: Josh Jackson OVER 3.5 (-125)
Of course if the Celtics trade their pick, all hell can break loose but I’m going to bet on Danny Ainge keeping the pick. There’s not enough value for the Celtics to give up this pick and Jackson hasn’t even worked out for Boston. The Celtics seem to love Tatum so I’m going to take the risk on Jackson falling to the Suns.