Friday Betting Free For All
The weekend is finally here and Joe Berra is going to get yours moving in the right direction with some picks for a Friday that has six games on the NHL schedule and nine slated for hard-court action. We’re inching ever so close to NFL Conference weekend, so be sure to like and share Ask the Bookie’s official Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any of their great picks and sports information. Here are some games @TheJoeBerra likes for tonight.
Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres
The Detroit Red Wings (23-15-5-3, 17-29 ATS, 15-22 O/U) travel to the First Niagara Center to play the Buffalo Sabres (19-24-1-3, 32-15 ATS, 15-19 O/U). America’s Bookie has the Red Wings favored, with the moneyline at -135 and the Sabres paying +115 and the total at 5. Puckline odds have the Wings -1½ +215 and the Sabres +1½ -270.
Goalies have been confirmed for this one, with Petr Mrazek (16-9-4, 2.10, 0.931, 2) getting the nod for Detroit and Robin Lehner (0-2-0, 2.45, 0.922, 0) between the pipes for Buffalo. Tonight’s start for Lehner is just his third of the season after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the first game of the season. The start for Mrazek will be his 4th in a row and ninth in 10 games having outplaying Jimmy Howard this season.
The Wings sit in third place and the Sabres 8th in the Atlantic Division however neither has played great hockey recently. The Wings have lost 3 of their last four after putting together a 4-game win streak. The Sabres lost their last game, a 2-1 defeat in Colorado, but have won 4 of their last six following a six-game losing streak.
Expect the Red Wings to get back on the winning track and take the W on the road tonight, I’ll be taking them -135 on the moneyline, however I’ll be doing a little extra research leading up to game time with a possibility of taking them -1½ +215.
Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors
I wasn’t expecting the spread to be at 9½ for this one when I checked this morning, but I guess I’m not the only one that sees the winning potential for this game. The Miami Heat (23-20, 20-22-1 ATS, 14-28-1 O/U) meet the Toronto Raptors (27-15, 24-18-0 ATS, 22-20 O/U) having lost seven of their last 9, scoring 87 or fewer (87, 79 and 74) in their last three games.
The Raptors on the other hand are winners of their last 6 and sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the Cavaliers. Double De (DeMar DeRozan) is leading the Raps in scoring with 23.1 points per game with Kyle Lowry second at 20.9. Ex-Raptor Chris Bosh is leading the Heat with 18.9 PPG.
This is the third of four meetings between these two this season, the last on December 18th in Miami with Toronto coming out on top 108-94 with DeRozan scoring a game high 30 points, with four other Raps hitting double digits. The Heat will have to cut down on the turnovers, after committing 13 in their last match-up, if they stand a chance tonight.
As stated earlier, the Raptors are a 9½-point favorite with the number at 187½, the lowest total of the night. The best offshore sportsbook currently has no moneyline odds posted for this one. Although the 9½ might be a little much, I think the Raptors will handle to Heat with ease tonight, playing much better ball as late. I’ll take the Raptors -9½ and the OVER.
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