We’re getting ready for another big sports betting weekend, with a full docket of NFL action alongside the NBA and NHL playoffs, and the Major League Baseball postseason stretch run. The options for sports bettors are dizzying right now, with all sorts of domestic and European soccer as well as the ongoing US Open, as well. Next week, the French Open tennis tournaments gets underway, as well.
If you’re interested in getting a little more bang for your buck, check out the various boosted odds available at BetOnline. BetOnline is updating their boosts every day to make things more interesting. Here’s what we have over there for Friday, September 18.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich to Win AND Over 4.5 Goals (+190)
Bayern Munich have won the Bundesliga every year since 2012. This team was the best in Europe last season, and there is little reason they won’t be right there at the top of the table again this term. The reigning European champions will begin their domestic season following a short break on Friday when they take on Schalke.
Schalke were a bit disappointing last term, finishing just 12th in the league table following a 14th-place showing two seasons ago. This is one of the most prolific sides in the history of German soccer, but they have fallen on hard times of late. In their two league meetings last season, Bayern beat Schalke by a combined score of 8-0.
Bayern were the highest-scoring side in Europe a season ago. They’re listed as massive -900 moneyline favorites for Friday’s game. They’re going to win, there’s little question about that. The over/under of 4.5 goals is a bit more tricky, but given the way Robert Lewandowski has played over the past couple of years, it’s not unfathomable to think that he’s capable of hitting the over by himself in this one.
MLB: White Sox, Indians, and Yankees ALL To Win (+425)
The White Sox officially clinched a playoff berth on Thursday, while the Yankees may be the hottest team in baseball right now. The Indians are chasing Chicago and Minnesota in the AL Central with an eye on a playoff appearance of their own.
The White Sox will face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Jonathan Stiever will make his second start for Chicago, while the Reds will counter with Tejay Antone. In a matchup between a pair of unproven pitchers, oddsmakers are siding with the slightly more proven commodity in Antone.
Chicago is listed as a +108 underdog at BetOnline.
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry may not be too compelling this season with Boston in the cellar of the American League, but these games always have a little extra sauce given the history. Jordan Montgomery will toe the rubber for the Yanks on Friday night at Fenway, while the Red Sox will counter with their own lefty, Martin Perez. The red-hot Yankees are -200 moneyline favorites, and with good reason.
The Indians will look for another win over the Tigers in Detroit after an easy victory on Thursday night. With Zach Plesac taking on Michael Fulmer in Friday’s matchup, the Tribe are sizable -215 favorites.
MLB: Astros and Padres BOTH To Win (+180)
The Padres were humbled by the Dodgers in the middle of the week, and they’ll look to get back on track this weekend. The scheduled series against the Mariners in Seattle was moved to San Diego due to air quality issues in the Pacific Northwest, so the Padres will technically be the “road” team in their own stadium. Chris Paddack will face Yusei Kikuchi in Friday’s series opener, and the Pads are -120 favorites, per BetOnline.
The Astros took two of three from the Rangers during the week, and tonight they’ll host a struggling Diamondbacks squad. Zack Greinke will take on his former team for the first time since the trade, while Arizona will put young righty Zac Gallen on the mound. The Astros have struggled offensively at home, but Houston is still a pretty hefty -162 favorite at Minute Maid Park.
NBA: Lakers To Win AND Over 211.5 Points (+300)
After nearly a week off, the Los Angeles Lakers will finally be back in action on Friday night to begin the Western Conference Finals. They’ve been waiting on the winner of the Nuggets-Clippers series, which was unexpectedly won by Denver in seven games earlier this week.
While the Nuggets have been incredibly beating the odds in these playoffs to this point, online betting sites are still trusting LeBron James and co. to advance to the NBA Finals. The Lakers are 6.5-point favorites in Friday’s Game 1, and they’re huge -575 favorites to get past the Nuggets in the series.
Los Angeles took three of the four regular-season clashes with Denver this season, including a 124-121 win in bubble play back on August 10. After making adjustments to beat the small-ball Rockets in the last round, the Lakers figure to get back to their big lineups against Nikola Jokic and Denver. Expect Anthony Davis to play power forward for most of this series, while JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard get dusted off after being relegated to bench duty against Houston.
What’s The Best Bet?
Jonathan Stiever is one of the better prospects in the White Sox’ decorated minor league system, but he has never pitched above High-A ball until this season. The 23-year-old may struggle early on given the massive leap in competition from High-A to the majors, so I’m not sold on the White Sox’ chances of beating the Reds tonight. I’m also typically not a fan of relying on a three-way result, so pass on White Sox, Yankees, Indians all to win at +425 tonight.
The two-way baseball bet is also tricky. Yusei Kikuchi has quietly been among the most-improved pitchers in baseball this season, so the thunderous’ Padres lineup won’t have a walk in the park tonight. The same can be said of the Astros against Gallen. Given their struggles with the bats at home, I’m not sure they should be as heavily-favored as they are. I’ll fade Padres and Astros both to win at +180, as well.
While the Lakers should take care of business against the Nuggets, it’s no lock. The Lakers lost the first games of their series to Portland and Houston before rallying to win four straight both times. The Nuggets may be the hottest team in basketball other than the Heat right now.
I’d still lean towards a Lakers win in Game 1, but the over on 211.5 is no sure thing. In fact, unders have been dominating the playoffs to this point. Since the beginning of the second round, the under has hit in an incredible 20 of the 26 games. In the playoffs as a whole, the under has hit 41 times in 69 games. If you have been hammering the under so far in the NBA playoffs, you’ve been raking in the cash.
I’m a little wary of the over in the Bayern/Schalke game considering 4.5 is pretty high for soccer, but I’m willing to make an exception for the best team in Europe. I’m certainly not sold on Schalke helping out on the over/under of 4.5 considering they failed to score against Bayern last season, but I like the value on this bet at +190. Bayern are a lock to win, and if the goals are flowing, this should be a no-brainer.
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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