We’ve just wrapped up yet another wild sports weekend. The Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA title with a blowout win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Finals on Sunday night. We also had a full slate of college football and NFL action, as well as the beginning of the American League Championship Series.
The ALCS will continue between the Astros and Rays on Monday afternoon, while the NLCS between the Dodgers and Braves gets started tonight. We’ve also got a Monday Night Football contest pitting the Chargers against the Saints in New Orleans. How should you approach Monday’s slate of odds boosters at BetOnline? We’re glad you asked.
MLB: Rays and Dodgers BOTH To Win (+240)
It wasn’t easy, but the Rays got out to a 1-0 series lead on Sunday night with a 2-1 win over the Astros. Blake Snell was able to navigate some choppy waters through five one-run innings, while the Rays’ stellar bullpen was able to nail things down in the game’s latter stages. Houston got a solo homer from Jose Altuve in the first inning, but they blew several scoring chances afterward on their way to a frustrating loss.
Houston will have Lance McCullers Jr. on the mound in Game 2, while Tampa Bay will counter with ex-Astro Charlie Morton. Both pitchers have struggled relative to expectations this season, but both have pitched better of late.
McCullers did have a rough outing last week against Oakland, but his matchup against the Rays is more attackable. Tampa Bay had the second-highest strikeout rate in the majors against right-handed pitching this season, and McCullers is a reverse-splits righty. Those splits should be of use for him against the Rays’ power-hitting lefty trio of Austin Meadows, Brandon Lowe, and Ji-Man Choi.
Morton and the Rays are -124 moneyline favorites here in Game 2. Morton pitched well in his most recent outing against the Yankees, and he’ll face a comparably powerful lineup today. While 59 percent of all bets have been placed on the Rays’ moneyline as of this writing, 56 percent of the money favors the Astros to even the series.
The Dodgers will have Walker Buehler on the mound in Game 1 of the NLCS tonight against Max Fried and the Braves. The Dodgers’ lineup didn’t hit quite as well against lefties in 2020, but the depth of this offense makes them an incredibly difficult matchup for any pitcher. Fried hasn’t even cracked 80 pitches in either of his postseason outings to date, so we’ll see how deep he can go before Brian Snitker opts to let the bullpen take charge.
Something has to give tonight.
Both Los Angeles and Atlanta are a perfect 5-0 in the playoffs thus far. The Dodgers having swept their way past the Brewers and Padres, while the Braves have gone unbeaten against the Reds and Marlins. While this should be an excellent series, the Dodgers are undeniable favorites. LA is at -133 on the moneyline, per BetOnline’s odds. 61 percent of bets and a whopping 95 percent of the money favor the Dodgers, too.
NFL: Saints (-7.5) to Cover AND Over 50.5 Points (+300)
The Saints opened the season among the odds-on favorites to get out of the NFC this season. New Orleans has been hit-or-miss thus far, though. The Saints are off to a 2-2 start, and they haven’t looked overly convincing along the way. Part of their troubles can be attributed to the absence of Michael Thomas, who hasn’t played since Week 1 due to an ankle injury. Thomas was potentially set to return to the lineup tonight, but he is reportedly being suspended by the team for disciplinary purposes. So, Drew Brees will be without his top playmaker again tonight.
Still, the Saints are favored over a 1-3 Chargers team at home.
New Orleans is better than a touchdown favorite, and they’re at -325 on the moneyline. The team picked up a solid win last week in Detroit despite falling into an early 14-0 hole, and a victory tonight would pull them into a three-way, first-place tie in the division with the 3-2 Buccaneers and Panthers.
The Chargers named Justin Herbert their full-time starter last week, and the rookie has been impressive since being pressed into duty. The Chargers haven’t won a game with Herbert under center, but he can’t shoulder too much of the blame. The former Oregon standout went toe-to-toe in a phenomenal back-and-forth game against Tom Brady last week, so it’ll be fun to see what he can do against another future Hall of Famer in Brees tonight.
53 percent of the bets have come in on the Saints to cover the spread, but 90 percent of the money has LA to cover. The Chargers are 3-1 against the spread this season despite their 1-3 win-loss record, while the Saints are 2-2 against the spread. All four Saints games have gone over the over/under, as well, while just one of the Chargers’ first four games has done so.
NFL: Alvin Kamara To Score First Touchdown (+550)
With Thomas sidelined, Alvin Kamara has taken over as the man in the Saints’ offense. While he was fairly quiet last week with Latavius Murray and Tre’Quan Smith combining to score four touchdowns, Kamara still led the team in touches. Through four games, Kamara has touched the ball 80 times, with 50 carries and 30 catches already. Only Josh Jacobs, Ezekiel Elliott, Joe Mixon, and Dalvin Cook have touched the ball more frequently per game among skill position players so far this season.
While the Saints have tried to get Kamara more involved this season, they still use Murray quite often in goal-line scenarios. Murray vultured a pair of touchdowns last Sunday in Detroit, and their willingness to hand him the ball in short-yardage situations hurts Kamara’s scoring equity.
If you’d bet on any player to score the first touchdown in this game, though, it would have to be Kamara. The Saints are home favorites, and he has found the end zone seven times already this season. He should remain heavily involved with Thomas out of the fray, so the +550 odds on this prop are certainly intriguing.
What’s The Best Bet?
Combining the results for the Rays and Dodgers at +240 is a logical choice. Both of these teams are minus-money favorites to win their games today, so pairing them at +240 certainly gives you way more upside than betting on either of them individually. While I think the Dodgers take care of business tonight, I’m not so sure about the Rays. The Astros blew their fair share of opportunities to score in Game 1, and I’d be surprised if they let those opportunities slip away today. I like Houston to even the series, so I’ll pass on the two-way MLB result booster.
Kamara to score the first touchdown in tonight’s Monday Night Football clash definitely has appeal at +550. He’s listed at -250 to score at the game at any point, which are easily the most favorable odds of any player. If you think his touchdown happens to be the first of the game, I’m perfectly fine taking a flier on this prop at those odds.
The best bet looks to be the Saints covering with the game going over 50.5 points. I’m confident in the over with this game taking place in a dome, and neither of these defenses has been all that impressive in the season’s early stages. The spread would be bigger if the Superdome were packed full of 70,000 fans, but even in a less-hostile atmosphere, I’m not convinced Herbert will be leading the Chargers to an upset on the road here.
The 7.5-point spread is a bit on the high side, but the Saints’ offense is potent enough to cover it. Pair the over and the Saints’ cover at +300 tonight.
Boosted Odds Prop Bet:
Saints (-7.5) to Cover AND Over 50.5 Points (+300)
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