BetAnySports Weekend Betting Preview - Aug. 18-20

By Dave Schwab

One of the best division title races in the stretch run of the MLB regular season is in the AL East between two of the most bitter rivals in baseball. Heading into Thursday’s action, the Boston Red Sox held a 4.5-game lead over the New York Yankees in advance of a three-game clash between the two teams this weekend at Fenway Park starting on Friday night with Game 1 at 7:10 p.m. (ET).

This weekend’s series will be the backend of an extended home-and-home showdown after Boston took two out of three from New York last weekend at Yankee Stadium; however New York still holds a slight 7-5 edge in the season series. Be sure to check BetAnySports for the betting lines for this series as well as all the MLB games on the board over the next few days.

The second week of the NFL preseason offers up a number of great matchups on NFL Network starting with a NFC clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks this Friday night in a 10 p.m. kickoff at CenturyLink Field. These teams actually met in Week 2 of the preseason last year with the Vikings coming away with an 18-11 victory as 2.5-point road underdogs. The total in that game stayed UNDER the closing 39-point line. BetAnySports has opened Seattle as a three-point favorite at home this time around and the total has been set at 40. Both teams won their preseason opener both straight-up and against the spread.

Saturday’s preseason slate on NFL Network kicks things off with an inter-conference clash between the Carolina Panthers and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in a scheduled 3 p.m. start. Tennessee comes in as a three-point favorite with the total set at 41.

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In a 7 p.m. start on NFL Network at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the Indianapolis Colts go on the road as 5.5-point road underdogs to face the Cowboys and the betting line for this inter-conference clash has been set at 39.5 points. NFL Network’s nightcap on Saturday in a 10 p.m. start at Levi’s Stadium pits the Denver Broncos against the San Francisco 49ers. Denver comes into this game as a 2.5-point road underdog and BetAnySports has set the total at 40.

Sunday’s NFL Network’s double header of action starts with Atlanta on the road against Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. The Falcons are actually listed as 2.5-point favorites with the total set at 39.5. In an 8 p.m. start at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. the Los Angeles Chargers will play host to the New Orleans Saints as three-point favorites with the total set at 42.5 points.