Every day, one of our experts will suggest a better choice (or two or three) that mobile sports betting offers. This can be a traditional spread pick, a player prop, or one of the various odds boosts offered by the books.
Here are our top picks for Friday, November 4:
The game: NBA, Cavaliers -5.5 on Pistons
Odds/stake: -110 ($33 to earn $30)
The book: Caesars
Time: 7:10 p.m.
Our opinion : Cleveland got off to a flying start after making a string of offseason acquisitions. The Cavaliers are currently the second-best team in the NBA with a 6-1 record (behind only the Milwaukee Bucks 7-0). Additionally, they lead the league against the spread with the same record.
Cleveland overcame a 26-point effort from Jayson Tatum and the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics in a 114-113 overtime victory on Wednesday. Darius Garland had 29 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds in his return to action to help secure the victory.
This win was a statement to the rest of the league that Cleveland’s new look was here to stay. JB Bickerstaff’s men are flying high right now.
On the other hand, the Detroit Pistons slipped out of the gates. They are 2-7 at the start of the year and their average margin of loss is 15.7 points. Both of Detroit’s wins came at home — that’s where it’ll be against the Cavs — there’s just no way to convince us the Pistons are covering in this game.
Donovan Mitchell (arguable) missing this game after rolling his ankle midweek would be a start for Detroit, but Garland’s return poses a whole new problem in itself. Bickerstaff’s team play very well all over the court against their Friday night opponents.
The Pistons will drop to 4-6 ATS and 2-8 overall when the Cavaliers cover the 5.5-point line at Little Caesars Arena.
UMASS AT UCONN, NOT ENTERTAINED?
The game: NCAAF, Massachusetts to Connecticut over 40 years
Odds/stake: -110 ($11 to win $10)
The book: Caesars
Time/TV: 7:00 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Our opinion : We love such low over/under lines, especially during weekday college football games. These teams are considered two of the worst teams in the NCAA – although the Huskies deserve credit for starting to turn things around under Jim L. Mora – although they have proven they can score points sometimes this season .
7 of the last 10 meetings between these two rivals have seen more than 40 points scored between them. Get ready for a barn burner in East Hartford.
HOW WE DID
Thursday’s Top Picks
NFL, Texans +14 on Eagles (WIN $30)
NFL player accessory, Davis Mills won’t throw an interception against the Eagles (lost $10)
Profit/loss for Thursday: +$20 (1-1)
Total for the week: +$105.70 (4-3, 1 pending)
Total for November: +$79 (3-2, 1 pending)
Total for 2022: +$95.30 (282-308)
REMARK: If a line or odds are negative, it considers the juice needed to place the bet. Ex: Team A is at -160 on the money line, you would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, would have to wager $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)
Conversely, on the positive lines, if Team C is at +140 on the money line, $100 would earn $140 (or $10 to earn $14).