It was a clean sweep with our picks last week as our 3-0 Bets Of The Week was fueled by the Denver Broncos covering in the Hall of Fame Game, the St. Louis Cardinals cashing on Tuesday and the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Let’s see if we can keep momentum on our side with this week’s Bets Of The Week:
Miami Marlins @ New York Mets
- Date: Tuesday, 7:10 PM ET
The New York Mets continue to play well as they exited the weekend having won nine of their last 10 games. Now they’ll host a Marlins team that is fifth in the National League East with an NL-worst 42 wins.
There was a lot of chatter about the Mets selling their team for parts at the trade deadline but it didn’t come to fruition. One of those players was Zack Wheeler, who has pitched very well of late. He gave up six earned runs in an 8-3 loss to Philadelphia on July 7th.
Outside of that, he’s allowed just seven earned runs in his last five starts, which spans 31.2 innings. The Marlins were batting just .197 against him over the last three seasons and in his only meeting with them this year, he lasted 7.0 innings while giving up just two earned runs.
The Mets will be a big favorite here so consider the runline to knock the price down. I expect them to win this game and stay hot with our first pick for Bets Of The Week.
Our Pick: Mets
Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates
- Date: Wednesday, 7:00 PM ET
We’ll see a matchup of Zach Davis versus Trevor Williams in this contest but it looks like the road team has the edge.
Brewers starter Zach Davies has a lofty 4.66 ERA on the road compared to a 2.97 ERA at home and the main differences are the home runs. He’s given up 10 home runs in 56.0 innings of work at Miller Park but just seven home runs in 66.2 innings of work on the road.
Meanwhile, Williams is the same as he’s pitched better on the road than at home. On the year, he’s posted a 5.53 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and .291 opponent batting average at home compared to a 4.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and .262 opponent average on the road.
Davies has faced the Pirates four times this season and is 2-0 against them, posting 2.31 ERA. The Brewers have won all four games. I’m expecting more of the same but I also wouldn’t be surprised if this game was under.
Our Pick: Brewers & Under
Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland Raiders
Odds: Raiders -3.5 at PointsBet
- Date: Saturday, 8:00 PM ET
The 2019 NFC Champs will visit the Oakland Raiders on Saturday as both teams get their preseasons started. I have a hard time believing the Rams are going to care much for this contest as they know exactly what type of roster they have. Head coach Sean McVay has led the Rams to 2-2 records in each of his two seasons but last year, this team scored a total of 47 points in the preseason.
I think the Raiders show up for this game as Jon Gruden seems to care about these games. He’s a 33-17 in the preseason with a perfect 9-0 record in Week 1.
I like the Raiders depth at key positions here as at quarterback, they Derek Carr, who probably won’t play much, but they also have former starters Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman. Gruden has had a lot of praise for Peterman.
At running back, this team has Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Doug Martin, so some experienced guys will probably get some carries. Add it all up and I expect the Raiders to win and cover.
Our Pick: Raiders -3.5
Other Things To Watch This Week
UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs Carmouche 2:
One of the most dominant fighters on the women’s side will be in the Octagon on Saturday as Valentina Shevchenko is back. She’s a massive -1118 favorite at PointsBet as she gets a challenge from a woman she’s already defeated: Liz Carmouche. Carmouche actually handed one of Shevchenko’s three career losses but Valentina was just 23 back then. Now Carmouche is 35 years old and is just 7-6 in her last 13 fights
NFL Preseason Week 1:
Although it’s still just the exhibition part of the calendar, there will be a lot of interesting storylines to follow this week. One thing to look forward to is that we should get our first look at rookie quarterbacks Kyler Murray with the Arizona Cardinals, Dwayne Haskins with the Washington Redskins and Daniel Jones with the New York Giants.
The men’s and women’s tennis tours head to Canada for the Rogers Cup. The women will be in Toronto where No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty will look to add to her strong 2018 campaign. Meanwhile, the men will be in Montreal where Rafael Nadal will be the No. 1 seed as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer skip out on this event.
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