It’s a new month, and it’s almost time for my favorite sport of all to bet: college basketball. We’ve still got a week to go before that gets underway, but we’ve got plenty of great betting options coming this week with hockey, football, the NBA and a few soccer matches sprinkled in there. Here are my best bets for November 1.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS, +125
Don’t look now, but Wolves are starting to rocket their way up the table and are closing in on the top half of the Premier League. Wolves have taken 10 points from their past four matches, and only a late penalty at Leeds denied them a fourth straight victory. Everton has dropped three of its past five and doesn’t look comfortable right now, which should leave them vulnerable to a Wolves side that’s getting better each match.
When it comes to my teams, I’m pretty far from a homer. If I’m actually willing to pick the Senators to get a win — on the road, no less — it means there’s a pretty good reason. That reason is the fact that the Blackhawks are a horror show right now at 0-7-2. Chicago is giving up far too many goals and no longer has the kind of attack that can bail the defense out on a bad night. Ottawa is still a long way from being a contender in a loaded Atlantic Division, but the Senators are showing good signs for the future, while the Blackhawks appear to be the early favorites in the Shane Wright sweepstakes. The Sens are good value at plus money on the road.
With sports betting, you need to look past the result and look at the why more than anything else. Indiana is shooting too well to keep this skid going. The Pacers are just 1-6 right now, but they’re making shots and generating offense. They should be able to get the job done at home against San Antonio’s less-than-stellar defense. Throw in that the Spurs only averaged 100.5 points in their past two games, and Indiana should win a scoring contest here.
The Nuggets hate going to Tennessee. Memphis has dominated Denver at FedEx Forum, covering in six of their past seven matchups with the Nuggets in western Tennessee. With the Grizzlies shooting the ball well at home, Memphis should be able to dictate the tempo and emerge with a win here.
The juice is terrible here, and I’ll probably play this on the spread. But sometimes you just have to take your cheap wins where you can get them. The Chiefs need to have this game and they’ve already shown themselves head and shoulder above the pathetic NFC East. Kansas City should run away with this one.