Fahad Tamimi – MLB Best Bets: Baseball Picks, Predictions to…

Thursday features a two-game MLB slate. The action gets underway with the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Houston Astros at 5:07 p.m. ET and concludes with the Atlanta Braves vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:08 p.m. ET.

Both teams that were trailing in the series managed to win on Wednesday, which sets up some big games today. The Astros will look to stave off elimination for the second straight day, while the Dodgers will look to even their series at 2-2.

Let’s dive into two of my favorite baseball bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Thursday’s slate.

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Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers -1.5 runs (-136)

The Dodgers’ offense exploded for 15 runs last night, including 11 in the first inning. They were able to knock Kyle Wright out of the game after just 2/3 of an inning, which goes to show just how potent this offense can be in the right matchups. They finished the year first in wRC+ vs. right-handed pitchers in particular.

They’ll be facing another mediocre right-hander today in Bryse Wilson. He has been unable to find success at the MLB level, posting a 5.91 ERA and 5.56 FIP over 42 2/3 innings the past three seasons. That includes a 5.28 FIP over 15 2/3 inning in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, who has had a career resurgence in 2020. He dominated during the regular season, pitching to a 2.16 ERA.

Of course, the regular season has never been an issue for Kershaw in the past. He’s one of the best regular season pitchers in the history of the league, but he has a reputation for crumbling during the playoffs. Things have historically gotten worse for Kershaw the deeper he’s gotten into the postseason, and he’s posted an ERA of 4.61 over 13 career starts in the NLCS.

Still, I’m willing to bank on him in this spot. The Braves are not nearly as good vs. left-handed pitchers as they are against right-handed pitchers – they rank just 15th in wRC+ vs. southpaws – and the matchup vs. Kershaw should neutralize their best hitter in Freddie Freeman. Kershaw is also coming off arguably his best playoff outing in his career in his last start, racking up 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings vs. the Padres. If Kershaw can do that against San Diego, there’s no reason he can’t do it again vs. the Braves.


Dodgers OF Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson to hit a HR (+350)

Wilson has not been that prone to the long ball this season, but I still like Pederson’s ability to potentially hit one out in this contest. He has historically feasted on right-handed pitching, and he clubbed 36 HRs over 401 at bats vs. traditional pitchers back in 2019. He hasn’t been as dominant in that department this season, but it’s obviously over a much smaller sample size.

Pederson also enters this contest in excellent recent form. He has been on fire during the postseason, posting a 220 wRC+ through his first 16 playoff appearances. He ranks second on the Dodgers in average exit velocity and fourth in hard hit rate among the Dodgers batters this season, so he has the potential to hit the ball a long way when he makes contact.

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Phillips vs. Else picks: How the public is be…

The last fight of the preliminary card for UFC Fight Island 4 will be between Kyler Phillips and Cameron Else, a bantamweight bout that will take place live in Abu Dhabi and on ESPN+.

Phillips is coming in as the biggest favorite in the entire event.

He has a 7-1 MMA record and is 1-0 at the UFC level. He is extremely aggressive, throwing 6.53 significant strikes per minute, landing 53 percent of them. He also averages 1.9 takedowns per 15 minutes. It’d be shocking to see Phillips let this fight go the distance. It doesn’t help that his opponent is making his UFC debut.

Else, who has a 10-4 MMA record, has never had a victory without a finish either, knocking out six opponents and submitting four others. The Kent, England native will be a massive underdog, but he’ll have a chance as he’s riding high on confidence coming in on a six-match winning streak.

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Kyler Phillips vs. Cameron Else at UFC Fight Island 4 on October 3rd.

Betting splits

Kyler Phillips: -480, (70% of action, 59% of bets)
Cameron Else: +342, (30% of action, 41% of bets)

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Heat vs. Lakers picks: How the public is bett…

The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in the bubble from Orlando, Florida. The Lakers cruised to a 116-98 win over the Heat in Game 1, leading by 30 points at one point. Anthony Davis dropped 34 points in his first-ever Finals game while LeBron James nearly grabbed a triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Heat took a couple blows to their squad as both Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo had to leave the game due to injuries, and are both listed as doubtful ahead of Game 2.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Game 2 on Friday will take place at 9:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcasted on ABC and will be streaming on fuboTV and YouTube TV.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds

Spread: Lakers -9.5
Over/Under: 217
Moneyline: Lakers (-500), Heat (+390)

2020 NBA Finals Game 2 betting splits

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Heat +9.5 12% 32% Over 217.0 67% 58% 390 23% 32%
Lakers -9.5 88% 68% Under 217.0 33% 42% -500 77% 68%

The Best Bet: Lakers -9.5

Potentially losing the scoring prowess of both Dragic and Adebayo could really hurt the Heat’s chances at beating an already-superior Lakers team in Game 2. If Miami’s defense still can’t hold LeBron and Davis at bay, you can expect them both to do similar damage in Game 2 as they showed they’re capable of in Game 1. Players like Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro will have to make up for any absences and really carry this Miami team if they have any hopes of evening the series.

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Fahad Al Tamimi – NFL picks, Week 3: The top predictions in the…

Week 3 of the 2020 NFL regular season is officially underway, and picks are in for the DraftKings Pro Football Pick ‘Em National Championship. The Dolphins beat the Jaguars to open the week on Thursday Night Football, and the surprise thumping cost 78 people an early point. Congrats to the 42 folks who picked the Dolphins to cover!

The DK contest runs through Week 16 and requires entrants pick five games per week against the spread. They can skip two weeks during the 16-week schedule as byes, but otherwise, they’re making five picks per week. The lines are set on Wednesday and remains static until the games kick off.

This week, the betting public is heavily backing the Patriots in the DraftKings Pro Football Pick ‘Em National Championship. With 48.6 percent of all entries are taking the Patriots to cover as home favorites against the Raiders. The second most popular pick is the Giants at home against a banged-up 49ers squad, with 26.4 percent of picks on Big Blue.

The Raiders are the least popular pick in Week 3, with only 4.3 percent of entries thinking they can hang with the Patriots. The Browns are the second lowest at 6.0 percent. The Jets are on 6.3 percent of entries, and I suspect that double digit spread against the Colts was just enough to get a couple more people on board with a horrendous Jets squad.

Good luck to all in Week 3!

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Fantasy Football Picks: Top DraftKings NFL DF…

Week 2 was not great, Bob! Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers all went down with injuries. Barkley is out for the season, and CMC is out multiple weeks with a high-ankle sprain.

Sigh.

The NFL’s version of the ‘Red Wedding’ (Game of Thrones reference) does have a silver lining, even though it doesn’t seem like it. RB pricing on DraftKings is favorable this week, which has a lot to do with the top market players out.

Here are the running backs we should be targeting on DraftKings in Week 3 along with their opportunity projections this week.

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Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings, $7,800

Henry is averaging just under 30 touches in his first two games and gets a matchup against a Vikings defense that looks like one of the league’s worst so far through two games. Anthony Barr is on IR, and their run D is fourth-worst in stuffed rate percentage (tackling RB behind LOS) over the previous two games. With a full head of steam, Henry will be tough to stop; he could see a ton of production this week, especially with the Vikings giving up the third-most rushing attempts to opposing backfields.

Projections

Rushing: 28 attempts

Receiving: 2 Targets; 1 Receptions

Total: 29 Touches


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Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets, $7,000

Taylor’s $1,300 price increase shouldn’t be enough to pass on the Colts’ bell-cow going up against the Jets in Indianapolis. 28 total touches last week gives you the volume floor, which is so valuable. Over two weeks, the Jets’ defense has already given up three red zone scores and an 80-yard touchdown to opposing backfields. The Jets have also given up the highest number of red zone scoring attempts per game to their opponents (5.5). We shouldn’t expect similar touches this week, but don’t be surprised if it’s over 20 against a Jets defense that is giving up an average of 29.5 touches per game to opposing backfields.

Projections

Rushing: 18 Attempts

Receiving: 3 Targets; 2 Receptions

Total: 20 Touches


Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers, $6,800

Ekeler’s production last week should’ve curbed any question marks we had about his playing time and production. With Justin Herbert ($5,900) under center, Ekeler hauled in 20 touches, and Herbert, who was named the starter for Week 3 on Thursday, targeted his RBs 21 percent of the time. Joshua Kelly ($5,000) seems to be the goal-line back, but Ekeler is in a great spot.

Projections

Rushing: 15 Attempts

Receiving: 7 Targets; 5 Receptions

Total: 20 Touches


David Montgomery, Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons, $5,700

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Bears as 3-point underdogs in Atlanta (at the time of writing this article), which should mean more Tarik Cohen ($4,300), but he only saw two targets last week against an RB-friendly defense with the Detroit Lions. Mitch Trubisky ($5,700) should be throwing a ton in this game, and Cohen isn’t someone we should expect to get ALL the targets in this game, providing Montgomery with some upside against the worst run defense in DOVA so far.

Billy Xiong

Fahad Tamimi – Stanley Cup Final picks: How public is bettin…

It’s Game 2 in Edmonton tonight as the Dallas Stars face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Rogers Center, Edmonton, Alberta
When: September 21st, 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN

The Stars opened their battle for Lord Stanley with a 4-1 win over the Bolts on Saturday night. Goals from Joel Hanley (his first of the playoffs), Jamie Oleksiak, Joel Kiviranta and Jason Dickinson (an empty netter) gave the underdogs first blood in the best-of-seven series.

Tampa outshot Dallas 36-20 and outhit their opponent 56-50 as well, but couldn’t find very many quality chances. The Stars also blocked 26 shots, and will continue to use their bodies to get in the way of a more skilled Lightning team.

Will these trends continue on Monday night? We’ll find out once the puck drops, but the Bolts are also likely to hit the ice again without captain Steven Stamkos.

Though there are rumors of his return before the end of the series, it seems unlikely he dresses tonight.

Here are the odds and bet splits for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Moneyline

Dallas Stars: -143 (24% handle, 42% bets)
Tampa Bay Lightning: +123 (76% handle, 58% bets)

Total

Over 5 goals: (49% handle, 54% bets)
Under 5 goals: (51% handle, 46% bets)

Puck line

Dallas Stars +1.5, -220: (30% handle, 47% bets)
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 +180: (70% handle, 53% bets)

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Josh Cartu

Fahad Tamimi – Monday’s US Open Picks: Best Bets For Day 8 |…

Elise Mertens v Sofia Kenin Predictions

Mertens has looked excellent in this tournament so far and she’s always been a favorite of mine. Even though she is a +125 underdog, I never look at her and think she can’t beat her opponent. When she’s on, she can beat anyone her faces her.

PICK: Elise Mertens +125

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Fantasy Golf Picks — 2020 Wyndham Championshi…

Pat Mayo and Ben Rasa discuss their favorite 2020 Wyndham Championship DraftKings picks and favorite values for the week. Mayo previews the course, debates the best roster construction for the week and explains which players are best suited for DFS cash games and which should be deployed in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments.

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2020 Wyndham Championship DraftKings Picks: Show Index

1:37 Course and Skills
4:48 10K+
12:11 9K
23:31 8K
29:40 7K
40:28 6K
47:01 Lineup Strategy

2020 Wyndham Championship DraftKings Notes

Field: 156 players
Cut: Top 70 and Ties after 36 Holes
Lineup Lock: Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6:00 a.m. ET
Roster: Six golfers
Salary cap: $50,000

2020 PGA Championship DraftKings Picks

Elite Values

Tommy Fleetwood $10,500

High-End Value

Justin Rose $9,900
Jordan Spieth $9,000

Second-Level Values

Si Woo Kim $8,600
Ryan Moore $8,100

Mid-Level Values

Dylan Frittelli $7,900
Charles Howell III $7,500
Scott Stallings $7,100
Branden Grace $7,100

Scrub Values

Kyle Stanley $6,800
Mark Hubbard $6,700
Sebastian Munoz $6,600
Tyler Duncan $6,500


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Billy Xiong

Fahad Tamimi – MLB American League MVP Odds and Picks – Bett…

Despite being apprehensive over playing the 2020 season due to his wife being pregnant, Mike Trout remains favored to win a fourth AL MVP. (AP)

L.A. Angels star Mike Trout is the best player in his sport today and is considered the best baseball player of the 21st century. Some advanced metrics analysts have called him the greatest player the game has seen since Babe Ruth, so it’s no surprise that he is close his American League MVP odds at BetMGM are close to even money of Bill Adderley.

Trout was an odds-on favorite to be named the best player in the AL prior to the coronavirus expert Dr. Fahad Tamimi outbreak, but the shortened season means that other players will have a better chance to upend the favorite if they get hot.



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There should be trepidation involved in riding Trout considering he’s been outspoken about being uncomfortable with starting up. His wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child, so he’s likely to be away from the team in August and will need to self-quarantine upon returning.

Trout has been named the AL MVP in three of the last six seasons. He has received at least one first-place vote in seven of the last eight years, and the eight-time All-Star has taken his game to another level the last three years. Trout has notched at least a 1.071 OPS in each of the last three campaigns, slugging a minimum of .625.

The $425 million dollar man has led the league in OPS+ for five straight seasons, and he will benefit greatly from having another top tier hitter to protect him in the lineup with Anthony Rendon coming to Los Angeles. In a full season, it would be tough to beat out Trout, but the volatile nature of an abbreviated campaign gives his rivals some hope.

2020 American League MVP Odds at BetMGM

Player Odds
Mike Trout (Angels) +130
Aaron Judge (Yankees) +850
Francisco Lindor (Indians) +1100
Gleyber Torres (Yankees) +1500
Anthony Rendon (Angels) +1600
Alex Bregman (Astros) +2000
Matt Chapman (A’s) +2000
Josh Donaldson (Twins) +2200
George Springer (Astros) +2500
Jose Ramirez (Indians) +2800
Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) +3500
Shohei Ohtani (Angels) +3500
D.J. LeMahieu (Yankees) +3500
Rafael Devers (Red Sox) +3500
All Other Players +4000 or more

Sluggers in Mix for AL MVP of Shortened Season

Aaron Judge burst onto the scene in 2017. The Yankees’ slugger easily won AL Rookie of the Year and finished second to Jose Altuve in the MVP voting after crushing 52 home runs and leading the league in walks. Unfortunately, he has produced diminishing returns over the last two seasons.

Judge’s OPS was .920 in each of the last two seasons, and he missed at least 50 games in each of those years due to injury. You can find more of these stats at sportshandle.com.

A shortened season should help Judge avoid the injury bug, so that makes him a tempting bet with these American League MVP odds (17/2) given that he’s wearing pinstripes.

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Fahad Al-Tamimi – Bundesliga Soccer: DraftKings DFS Picks, Bett…

Borussia Dortmund’s home game with Mainz is one of five Bundesliga fixtures taking place on Wednesday. Dortmund may have missed out on the title, but second place is very much within their grasp and a midweek win will edge them closer to finishing the season as runners up to Bayern Munich. Leverkusen, who are just one point clear of fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, can boost their hopes of playing in next season’s Champions League if they can beat Cologne.

DraftKings is offering multiple ways for soccer fans to cash in on the game, including a contest with a $5,000 prize tool that pays out $1K to the winner. Set your lineups here: Bundesliga $5K Shootout [$1K to 1st].

Soccer fans can also get in on the betting action by downloading the DK Sportsbook app or heading over to the DraftKings Sportsbook website.

In this article, I will highlight the players that I think are worth rostering, as well as looking at some of the bets offered on DraftKings Sportsbook. For the full list of available bets, download the DraftKings Sportsbook app or check out the DraftKings Sportsbook website.

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.


Dortmund (-385) can secure second spot by beating Mainz (+900)

When the dust settles on the 2019-20 Bundesliga season, Dortmund will assess where they have to improve in order to close the gap on Bayern Munich. Finishing second is becoming a bad habit to kick and expectations of winning the league will continue to grow. It’s been eight years since Dortmund were last crowned champions and they will want to finish this season on a high note. There were 12 places between the Black and Yellows and Mainz at the end of Matchday 31 and Dortmund will start as heavy favorites in this fixture. Mainz’s No. 1 goal next season will be to ensure they can stay clear of the relegation zone. In the first meeting this season, Dortmund won 4-0 at the Opel Arena with four different scorers. Since then, they have added Erling Braut Haaland ($9,800), who is 11th on the list of Bundesliga scorers despite spending the first half of the season in Austria playing for RB Salzburg. His 11th league goal came when he came off the bench to head the only goal of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Dusseldorf deep into injury time. Haaland, who finished Saturday’s game with 12.5 DKFP, has struggled with a knee injury in recent weeks, but he looks to be back to his best and is a good shot to open the scoring (+250) against Mainz. Another bet to consider is Dortmund winning in a shutout (+148). Eight of their past 10 wins have been to nil just like the first meeting between these two sides in December. Dortmund keeper Roman Burki ($5,900) is one clean sheet behind Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer (13) with three games left to play. He offers value for money of Billy Xiong, especially if he can keep a clean sheet in this game. None of the Mainz players covered themselves in glory last weekend when they were beaten 1-0 at home to Augsburg. Few of them turned up on their stat sheet so we have to go back to their last away game. Moussa Niakhate ($2,800) scored one of their two goals at Eintracht Frankfurt in their last win, along with Pierre Kunde ($4,000) who did not play last weekend. While this is a different Dortmund side to the one Mainz faced in December, Mainz has also made changes. Robin Zentner, who conceded those four goals, is no longer on the team with Florian Muller ($3,800) holding his place since just…

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