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October 22, 2021

Corrigan's Gambling Corner: Friday Night Best Bets

It's a great day for two reasons. First of all, it is Friday and a full weekend of football is upon us. Secondly, there are some great bets to be made across all the major sports. We will be giving out the best bet for college football, NBA, NHL, and, of course, in tonight's Game 6 matchup between the Red Sox and Astros. 

It is a great day to have a great day and I intended on not losing a single bet. If you choose to place some bets tonight, please remember to do so responsibly. Let's pick out some winners. 

Make sure you check out our best bets for college football and in the NFL for this weekend.   

*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

College Football: Colorado State Rams (-2.5) at Utah State Aggies

FanDuel is offering an incredible line in this game and everyone needs to take advantage. Many books are offering this game at -3 or -3.5 and having the hook on your side is extremely valuable.

While Colorado State's offense has been hit-or-miss this season, the Rams are averaging almost a full yard more per play against conference opponents and over 450 yards total per game in-conference. The team stats do not jump off the page, but Colorado State holds the 16th-fastest offense in the country, and the Utah State defense ranks outside the top 100 in yards allowed per game, yards allowed per play, and yards allowed per rush.

The combination of Colorado State's speed on offense and Utah State's vulnerability to explosive plays on defense give Colorado State a distinct advantage in this one. It is also worth mentioning that the Rams are 4-2 ATS in their last six games at Utah State while the Aggies are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

There is too much firepower on this Colorado State offense to ignore. Bet this number up to -3.5 as the Rams have an incredible opportunity to score on any given play tonight.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets (-2) at Cleveland Cavaliers

The NBA season is so young that we are going to ignore any gambling trends for a few weeks. However, it is worth noting that the Hornets are 4-2 ATS in their last six games played in Cleveland.

The Hornets are a young team that has an extremely high potential, especially with LaMelo Ball turning into a superstar in his sophomore season. 

The Cavs lost their first game of the season to the Grizzlies 132-121 and while the defense looked shaky all night, it was encouraging to see a very productive frontcourt with Jarrett Allen and the third overall pick in last year's draft, Evan Mobley.

The Cavaliers will likely rely on their frontcourt of Mobley, Allen, Kevin Love, and Lauri Markkanen to pick up the team as Darius Garland and Collin Sexton still look to find a groove together. Eventually, the Cavs will have to shake up this roster, but as of now, I have a hard time believing that the Cavs have the athleticism on defense to guard the three-point line. With Charlotte being a good three-point shooting team, the Hornets have a clear edge tonight, and they will cover at a road favorite.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Las Vegas Golden Knights ML (-130)

Despite the 1-2 start to the season, the Golden Knights have looked very sharp so far in 2021. The offense is doing a great job at creating scoring opportunities and the Golden Knights are tied for fifth in most goals scored at even strength. The numbers show that Las Vegas is only averaging 2.3 goals per game on 32.7 shots per game, but the opportunities are there.

For as good as Las Vegas has been on offense, Edmonton has been better as the Oilers have scored 14 goals in just three games this season and the 3-0 start to the season has been a welcoming sight for a franchise that is dying to return to the cup.

Both teams have great offenses that are producing scoring opportunities while the defenses need some work. The Golden Knights are coming into this game with a lot of rest as this is only their second game in eight days and the Oilers are on the second game of a back-to-back.

The Oilers have produced on the opportunities that the Knights haven't capitalized on yet in 2021, but with fresher legs, Las Vegas gets a big win tonight.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros: OVER 9

I was all-in on the Red Sox money line (-102) tonight until some pretty awesome stats were unearthed. Even with that said, I like the Red Sox to win tonight, but it is no longer my best bet.

In the Red Sox's last eight games, all eight games have gone over. For Houston, it is the same thing, their past eight games have also gone over the total. It does not stop there. Every game in this series has gone over the total and the Red Sox and Astros have gone over the total in their last seven matchups overall.

We are still not done, in the Astros' last 12 games, 11 have gone over the total, and in the Red Sox's last 11 games, 10 have gone over. That is a lot of runs between these two teams.

The trends support the over and with both teams being two of the best offenses in baseball, the odds are in our favor. I like both the over and the Red Sox money line tonight, but the over is a much better bet.

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