MLB & NBA Best Bets: August 4
Adam Ronis brings you his top plays for Tuesday's slate of games.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets, 9 p.m. ET
The Rockets have been impressive in their first two games in Orlando, beating the Mavericks in overtime and beating the Bucks. They hit 19 three-pointers against the Mavericks and shot 21-for-61 from beyond the arc against the Bucks. The Blazers benefited from the layoff, as well as getting Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins back from injury. They defeated the Grizzlies in overtime and came back from a big deficit against the Celtics but lost 128-124. The Rockets are 1.5 games behind Denver for the third seed in the Western Conference and the Blazers are two games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth seed. This will be a fun game to watch and the Blazers have a good shot to win and at worst keep it close.
PICK: Blazers +4
Jusuf Nurkic: Over 18.5 points (-114)
Nurkic has looked amazing since returning from injury and Hassan Whiteside has become an afterthought. Nurkic played 33 minutes in his first game in overtime against the Grizzlies and scored 18 points on 5-for-11 from the field. He played 32 minutes against the Celtics and shot 12-for-20 from the field and finished with 30 points. The Rockets have allowed 114.9 points per game and the game total is 244. There should be a lot of scoring and the Blazers are fighting for a playoff spot. The Rockets lack size and Nurkic should be able to score inside with ease.
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners, 10 p.m. ET
Mike Trout is expected to return to the lineup after the birth of his child and prospect Jo Adell was called up. The Angels are 3-7 mainly due to their pitching. They dropped two of three to the Mariners last week, but scored six, seven and ten runs. The Mariners also scored often with eight, ten, and two runs. The Mariners pitching is also a mess and Justin Dunn makes the start. He pitched three innings in first outing against the Angels and allowed one hit, two earned runs, three walks and struck out two. Andrew Heaney has been good in two starts, allowing three earned runs in 9.2 innings over two starts. The over is 7-2-1 in Angels games. The Mariners are allowing 6.5 runs per game.
PICK: Over 9 runs (-113)