Wednesday brings even more sports action to the forefront. Following a three-day break, the Boston Celtics will look to even their series against the Miami Heat at two games apiece in tonight’s crucial Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
We also have Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as full slates of MLB and MLS action. BetOnline is once again offering boosted odds on a few outcomes ahead of Wednesday’s action, so let’s find the bets most worth of your wager.
MLB: Padres, Phillies, and Indians ALL To Win (+400)
The Padres will play the tail-end of their two-game home series with the Angels on Wednesday afternoon. San Diego will be taking their hacks against a vulnerable right-hander in Jaime Barria, who has struggled to contain righty power in his career. That doesn’t bode well for him against a lineup featuring sluggers like Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers, and Tommy Pham. The Padres are -171 home favorites, and with good reason.
The Phillies will have Zach Eflin toeing the rubber tonight in Washington against Erick Fedde for the Nationals. Fedde has been one of the most hittable pitchers in baseball this season, with a walk rate nearly as high as his low 11.8 percent strikeout rate.
Eflin has quietly been one of the better strikeout pitchers in baseball this season, and the Nationals have tumbled to the bottom of the standings on the heels of last fall’s improbable World Series run. The Phillies being -139 favorites on the moneyline looks a bit light for what seems to be a pretty lopsided matchup in their favor.
Tomorrow has some hilariously good pitching match-ups in important games:
The Indians, meanwhile, will have ace Shane Beiber on the mound against the White Sox and another Cy Young candidate in Lucas Giolito. Bieber has been the best pitcher in baseball this season, and Cleveland has gone 9-2 in his starts. Runs will come at a premium in this game, but the Tribe are decent -152 favorites, according to BetOnline’s odds.
MLS: New York City FC and New England BOTH To Win (+400)
The Revolution will take the pitch as betting favorites against a struggling Montreal Impact side tonight. New England is at -174 to win the game in regulation, while the Impact are way down at +469 to accomplish the feat.
The Revs haven’t exactly been in flying form themselves, but Montreal has been outscored 7-2 in their last two games. The Impact will also be without a key playmaker in Romell Quioto, who will miss this game after seeing red last time out against Philadelphia.
NYCFC were held to a scoreless draw in their last match by New England, but they’ll look to get back into the win column tonight at home against Toronto. New York City are slight moneyline favorites (+140) in a game listed as a pick’em on the spread.
Toronto and NYCFC are seed Nos. 4 and 5 in the Eastern Conference heading into this gone, but Toronto (plus-6) has the far better goal differential than NYC (plus-1).
MLB: Dodgers and Giants BOTH To Win (+175)
Back to baseball, we’ve got a couple of games taking place on the west coast tonight. The Dodgers, who clinched the NL West title for the eighth consecutive year last night, will host the A’s once again in a potential World Series preview.
Julio Urias will be opposed by another lefty, Sean Manaea. Urias and Manaea have both struggled this season relative to expectations, but the Dodgers are almost always going to be favored in a game in which the pitching is evenly-matched. LA is a -155 home favorite.
However, there is a chance Dave Roberts trots out a weakened lineup tonight. The Dodgers really don’t have anything to play for at this point, so don’t be surprised if he gives a few of his regulars the night off after last night’s celebration.
The Giants are in the midst of a furious battle for one of the last postseason spots in the National League, and they’ll play host to the shorthanded Rockies tonight. Colorado will have one of its weakest pitchers on the mound in Ryan Castellani, while the Rockies will be without Nolan Arenado for the rest of the year.
Logan Webb starting for San Francisco doesn’t instill a ton of confidence, but he’s good enough to get through a weakened version of the Colorado lineup. The Giants have the clear offensive advantage here against Castellani, so the -185 moneyline for San Francsico makes plenty of sense.
NBA: Celtics to Win AND Over 210.5 Points (+315)
The Celtics-Heat series has been a hard-fought battle thus far. It’s 2-1 in favor of Miami, but a few breaks here and there could have this looking like a vastly different series. Still, Boston has a golden opportunity to level things tonight in Game 4.
The Celtics have been favored throughout the series, and the same is true again tonight. Boston is a 3.5-point favorite at NBA betting sites including Betonline, along with -162 moneyline odds to pick up the win. Interestingly enough, there is also a little more juice (-115) on the over on 210.5 than the under (-105).
Through the first three games of the series, the teams have combined to score 231, 207, and 223 points.
What’s The Best Bet?
The +400 odds are interesting, but I think we can pretty easily write off the MLS odds boost right away. New York City FC-Toronto FC is essentially a toss-up. I like New England’s chances of beating Montreal, but the unpredictability of the other matchup has me staying away tonight.
The unders have been the more profitable betting option in the NBA playoffs thus far. While oddsmakers think the over has a better chance of being the play in tonight’s Game 4 between Boston and Miami, I’m still leery of taking that side of it. I do like Boston’s chances to win the game, but at +315 I think you’re better off passing on the NBA booster.
That leaves us with baseball. Dodgers and Giants both to win at +175 is stellar value. I think the Giants are a near-lock tonight. If the Dodgers roll out their usual lineup, I think this boost is absolutely worth a wager. If Roberts decides to take it easy on his regulars, this could be a trap. Keep an eye on the Dodger lineup before committing to this one.
The three-way result with a payout of +400 is very appealing.
The Padres should have little trouble with Jaime Barria, while the Phillies have a clear-cut advantage with Eflin facing Fedde for the hapless Nationals. The ace-off between Bieber and Giolito is a dicier proposition, but given Cleveland’s track record in Bieber’s starts, I think the Tribe ultimately pull it out.
Dodgers and Giants BOTH to win at +175 is the safe play, but I’m willing to shoot for the moon with the three-way Padres/Phillies/Indians result at +400.
Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...
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