Top Bets In Sports For September 9, 2022: Puskar's Picks

Top Bets In Sports For September 9, 2022: Puskar's Picks

Grant Puskar
3 months ago
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon throws a pitch vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

As football fans recover from opening night in the NFL last night and get ready for an action packed weekend of footbal acorss the board between college football and the NFL, let's cash some slips on this beautiful friday and head into the weekend feeling good.

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Bet No. 1: UCF ML (-223)

Week two of the college football season will kick off Friday night as Louisville will travel to Florida to face UCF.

The Knights opened their season with a blowout win vs. SC State by a score of 56-10, while Louisville didn't show up for their opener, losing to Syracuse by a score of 31-7.

The spread in this game only favors UFC by six points, and I think they end up covering that and then some. I'm going to play it safe, however, and just take UCF on the moneyline. A $100 bet here would win $145, so there's not a ton of return. 

Bet No. 2: Astros -1.5 (-106)

Having won seven of their last ten games heading into tonight's matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros are red hot.

The Astros will start Lance McCullers Jr, as he will face Michael Lorenzen of the Angels.

The Astros have the edge here when it comes to the pitching matchup, and given that the game is at home for the Astros and it is the first game of the weekend series, it makes too much sense for the Astros to win this game as well as cover the spread. A $100 bet here would net you $195, so you'll almost double your money if it hits.

Bet No. 3: Giants ML (-150)

For me, dealing with bets and the San Francisco Giants is always easy whenever starter Carlos Rodon is on the mound.

Rodon is interestingly enough one of my favorite pitchers to tail in the MLB, whether I take a moneline play or a NRFI (no run first inning) bet involving Rodon. 

He will be facing a Cubs team tonight that is 57-80 this season after shipping away almost every young and promising player this past offseason. Drew Smyly will be the starter for the Cubs tonight, and I'll take my chances with Rodon over Smyly anytime. 

Bet No. 4: Mariners/Braves Inning 1 Runs Under 0.5 (-139)

For our last bet of the day, we have a matchup that features not only two solid teams, but two solid starting pitchers as well. 

Charlie Morton of the Braves will take the hill to face former Cy Young winner Robbie Ray of the Mariners.

I don't see a lot of runs being scored in this game with the over/under being set at just seven runs. While I do think it is a confident play, I trust the NRFI more here, as I see both teams struggling to put up runs early. 

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