Weekend Road Warriors
June 7, 2018
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Everybody loves a great weekend road trip, and with another weekend of sports betting action approaching I thought it would be interesting to see what teams are out on the road this weekend and good candidates to be trusted with a wager or two.
There are plenty of great story lines across the entire sports world this weekend as we could see the Stanley Cup and NBA Championship trophies get handed out this weekend, a Triple Crown bid in horse racing is on the line as Justify looks to make history, and there is the usual full slate of MLB games. It may not be as busy a time as weekends can be during the fall, but there is still plenty of action out there.
So for all you weekend road warriors out there, this is a piece that will take a look at some of the better bets out there every weekend that involve backing the visitors. With so much on tap this weekend, let's get right to it.
NBA Finals Game 4 – Golden State (-5.5) vs Cleveland – Friday 9 pm EST
Tough to begin anywhere else then with Game 4 of the NBA Finals as the Golden State Warriors look to sweep away the Cavs. The Warriors are laying 5.5 points on the road for Friday's Game 4, and this is probably a game where you've either got to lay the chalk with Golden State or simply pass on the game.
Everyone knows no team has come back from 3-0 in the history of the NBA playoffs and while Cleveland did make history coming back from 3-1 two years ago, this Cavs team looks all but done. Do you think they really want to get back on a flight after a Game 4 win to fly across the country just to watch the Warriors celebrate another NBA title on their own floor? I'd have to lean against that happening as LeBron just looks gassed out there and he simply doesn't have the help he did in 2016 to stage a comeback.
Now this game could also go the other way where we see Golden State look out of sorts, play bad from start to finish as they are the ones that get swallowed up by the moment knowing they are just one win away from another title. We saw the Warriors fall victim to a Game 4 loss in San Antonio in Round 1 when they were up 3-0 and it very easily could happen again.
But you've got to believe that the Warriors will have learned their lesson from 2016 against Cleveland and not want to give LeBron any hope of a comeback. Nobody questions whether or not this series is essentially 'over' and I've got to believe Golden State finishes things off on Friday night.
MLB – Boatload Of Good MLB Teams On The Road This Weekend
If you are looking for road teams to back as winners this weekend, you've really got to look no further than the MLB schedule. Teams like Milwaukee (at Philly), Cleveland (at Detroit), Seattle (at Tampa Bay), St. Louis (at Cincinnati), Yankees (at Mets), Houston (at Texas), L.A. Angels (at Minnesota), and Atlanta (at L.A. Dodgers) are all viable candidates to win their weekend series' against their respective opponents. That's a huge list of road sides that will see plenty of support overall this weekend. Yet, it's still important to pick your spots with these teams and how you do that could be based on a lot of things. For example, Atlanta is a team that I believe will be coming back down to earth soon so avoiding them against the Dodgers is probably the path I'll take, and the Houston/Texas series could be a dicey one backing Houston with it being an intense division rivalry and all.
But I'd look for the surging Mariners to take care of business with at least a series win in Tampa, and the same could be said for the Cleveland Indians in Detroit, and the Angels in Minnesota. The Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets will garner plenty of headlines, but the Yankees should win more then they lose there, but decisions on whether or not to back the visiting Yankees there should more be based on the ML odds that come out.
The most intriguing visiting team to bet on this week may in fact be the Milwaukee Brewers though. The Brewers find themselves in 1st place in the NL Central with a 37-25 SU record and they'll probably be plus-money underdogs almost all weekend. The Phillies are a team that may fall back soon like I believe Atlanta will, as both could be classified in the group of young rebuilding teams getting too much success too fast.
The Brewers have surprised many as well with their play this year, but they've still been one of the best teams to bet on all year (3rd in money won as $100 bet on Milwaukee every game would be up $1260) and those numbers should only grow this weekend.
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