Corrigan's Gambling Corner: Friday Night Best Bets: College Football, NHL, and NBA
Happy Friday to everyone who celebrates. It is a great day to pick out some winners and that is exactly what we will do here. We have a full slate of hockey, basketball, and we even have some college football tonight.
Of course, tonight is also Game 3 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves. If you are interested in our picks for the World Series, you can find them here. Anyway, let's get into the picks. If you do choose to gamble tonight, please do so responsibly.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
College Football Best Bet
Navy Midshipmen at Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
This is a battle between two completely different offenses. We all know that Navy runs the outdated, yet very awesome triple-option offense. On the other side, Tulsa runs a more balanced offense. Like Navy, they run the ball more times than they pass, but Tulsa still throws the ball on 47.5% of their plays compared to Navy's 18% pass play percentage.
Tulsa's passing game is not very efficient as evident by quarterback Davis Brin's 10 interceptions on the season. The good news is, Navy is not particularly great at defense against the pass, or just defense in general. For Tulsa to win tonight, they need to limit the turnovers and have an effective passing game.
Ripping off the explosive plays and tiring out the defense is the key to this one. If Tulsa can do that and stop the run, they should come out with a victory.
The question becomes, can they cover the double-digit spread?
Well, In the last eight head-to-head matchups between these two, Tulsa is only 2-5-1 ATS and despite the two wins in a row, the spread is too high to back a Tulsa team that struggles with turnovers.
Tulsa may be worth a live bet if you can find the number around 8.5, but with Navy covering in four out of their last five games, including against Cincinnati last week, Navy is the smart play.
Pick: Navy +11.5 (-110)
NBA Bets Bet
Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers
Man, Cleveland has looked solid to start the season. The No. 3 overall pick, Evan Mobley is averaging 13.8 points per game along with 8.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He is not the only big man on the Cavs to have a hot start. Jarrett Allen is shooting 75% from the field and is just shy of averaging a double-double with 14.4 points per night and 9.2 rebounds.
After an offseason of trade talks, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland are finally starting to find a groove together and Kevin Love actually cares about the team, which is the biggest storyline.
The Lakers, on the other hand, have struggled. With LeBron James out the last few games, the newly added Russell Westbrook has finally picked up his play, but the Lakers are still losing games they should not. After blowing a 25-point lead against the awful Oklahoma City Thunder, it is clear that this team needs LeBron.
Westbrook and Anthony Davis make up a winning combination, but they are just flat without LeBron. In terms of this game, it is going to come down to Cleveland's defense. The Cavs have held their last three opponents to under 100 points.
The Lakers' offense is still hot, but there is just too much size and athleticism on the Cavs for the Lakers to deal with. I find it hard to believe that Cleveland will win this one, but they will cover the spread.
Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 (-110)
Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers
The Blue Jackets have actually played some good hockey to start the season. There were no real expectations with this team and they have raced out to a 4-2 record and have eight points on the season.
A lot of the Jackets' success can be attributed to their power play converting at a 26.3% rate and goaltender, Elvis Merzlikins' magnificent start. Even though Columbus is likely just outperforming themselves, they are playing inspiring hockey right now.
The Rangers are struggling to produce any sort of offense right now. They are 26th in goals scored and 22nd in goals allowed. Even though the Rangers took four straight on the road before getting smoked by Calgary, you cannot be happy with the offensive production right now.
I am not sure who will win this game, but I do know that the under has hit in four out of the last five for Columbus and five out of the last six for New York. Both offenses are average and both teams have been under machines lately, so we will ride with the under.
Pick: UNDER 5.5 (-118)
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