Tuesday's Best Bets: We Have to Bet Something so Here we Are

Tuesday's best bets from handicapper John Hsylop. Admittedly, John doesn't watch hockey yet and has never watched either of the teams in his favorite college basketball pick of the day. But, that's exactly why both these bets will hit. We needs games to bet on, and that is why John is here
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Tuesday's Best Bets: We Have to Bet Something so Here we Are

It just hit me that the Mitchell Robinson game starts at 7:30 pm ET. That's the only NBA game on the board tonight unless you count the Pistons/Warriors game as an NBA game, which I don't. That means that we could be done gambling tonight by 8:15 pm ET if Mitch figures out Karl-Anthony Towns can't handle him. Unless we get creative. My idea is to bet college hoops and/or hockey. Does it matter that we don't really watch those sports? Not really. You see how easy soccer is to beat and I don't even know the rules to that sport. You just need to understand numbers.

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South Florida Bulls 1H Team Total Over 23.5 @ -124 (Bet $100 to win $80.65)

*Odds available at FanDuel at time of publishing*

I'm at FanDuel but you can bet this at DraftKings too. It's a little more expensive there but at -130, it's pretty much the same thing. Barstool has 24.5 at -117 which isn't crazy so they are an option too. I couldn't find first-half team totals on BetMGM, so they're out at this point.

I chose this game because it starts at 8:00 pm ET. If Mitchell goes crazy in the first quarter, we're toast. The night will be done. I for one will be stuck watching Emily in Paris with my wife, so that's obviously a no-go. But, if we have action beginning at the 8:00 pm ET hour, the night could be saved.

Now, I've never actually seen South Florida or Houston play, but you have to think South Florida can score at least 24 points in the first half. There are 20 minutes in a half. That's like one point a minute as long as you have four good minutes where you score two points. These kids are college athletes. They should be able to do that.

In their last four games, USF has hit this number three times. In the one game where they didn't, they hung 22. On top of that, one of the games was against this same Houston team and they dropped 37 in the first half of that game. This number is pretty disrespectful.

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Vancouver Canucks/Nashville Predators Over 5.5 @-120 (Bet $100 to win$83.33)

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I went BetMGM on this one since DraftKings has 5.5 for -125. If you can't play there, your only other option is taking 6 for +102 at either FanDuel or Barstool. In my opinion, the 5.5 even at -120 is more than worth it. But, if I absolutely had to, I'd do 6. Why not?

The reason I picked this one is because college basketball first halves last roughly 40 minutes or so. Let's say Mitchell goes off early. Even though we have the college hoops game, that's only lasting us until 8:40, at the latest. Still too early to go to bed, yet early enough to get roped into Emily in Paris. I'll need more action.

This one is pretty cut and dry. The Predators are expected to trot out David Rittich in goal. Every single game that guy has played this season (including preseason) except one has gone over 5.5. Picture a blindfolded guy playing goal. Vancouver should score on him.

On the Nashville side, they've scored at least three goals in eleven of their last 12 games. It's not like the Canucks' goalie is great either since he's given up at least three goals in three of his last four appearances. This feels like a fun over to take even though I don't even watch hockey yet.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.

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