It’s Thursday, and we have a limited slate of sports tonight. There’s no hockey, and there are only three baseball games. While there are four WNBA games, my WNBA betting process is nowhere near where it needs to be for me to recommend any bets.
Thankfully, we have the NBA Draft. It messes with my head that the NBA Finals ended less than a week ago, and we’re already at the draft, but I’m good with it. The draft is when the NBA offseason begins in full force, and I expect we’ll see some movement tonight. The .
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Even if there are only three MLB games tonight, I’ve found two worth betting on, and I also have a few NBA Draft props. The action never stops around here, nor does our desire to learn. So let’s get smart by reading these stories.
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All times Eastern, and all odds via Caesars Sportsbook
The Hot Ticket
Astros at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV
New York Yankees
- Key Trend: The Yankees have won 11 of the last 16 meetings in New York.
- The Pick: Yankees (-125)
Houston starter Framber Valdez does a lot of things well. While his strikeout rate of 20.5% is below the average for a starter, opposing hitters have a barrel rate of only 3% against him — and the contact they make is overwhelmingly of the groundball variety.
He does lose the zone from time to time, though. His walk rate of 8.4% is higher than league average, and even if he avoids hard contact, the absolute last team I want to see a pitcher who walks too many hitters and doesn’t…