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Five for Friday: Best Bets for November 5

Thursday almost turned into a fantastic day, as the NBA Parlay very nearly cashed, falling one point short of the number when the Rockets fell by 12 to the Suns, and the NHL Parlay just missed with the Flyers losing in overtime. Luckily, the Blue Parlay was a comfortable cash, giving us a +535 win and an overall victory of +3.35 units for the day.

We’ve got some solid momentum and some extra money going into the weekend after that win, so it’s time to keep it going with Friday’s games. Here are my best bets for November 5.


Aston Villa is skidding, having dropped four straight matches, and now they’re facing off with a Southampton side that they’ve had trouble with in recent years. Southampton has won three of the past five meetings between the teams, and the Saints have conceded a goal in all of them. With Villa scoring in all of its past four matches, backing a win and BTTS is the play.


Chicago is giving up a fair amount of looks at the net, but the offense leaves a bit to be desired. Winnipeg’s attack has been pretty consistent at home, scoring at least four goals a night in Manitoba. As long as the Blackhawks can get two goals — and they should, given that Connor Hellebuyck hasn’t been anything special in goal — the over should end up cashing here.


Virginia Tech can’t pass the ball and Boston College hasn’t looked right at all since going to its backup quarterback. The under is not a very friendly number, but it’s difficult to see either offense getting going in this situation. The Hokies have seen the under cash in five of their past six ACC games, and the under has hit in all four of BC’s league games this year. I might pair the Hokies with the under here if I want to get aggressive.

KNICKS +4, -110

Not only are the Bucks playing without Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, but the road team has won the game outright in six straight games for Milwaukee. I’m not going to push the envelope that far against the defending champions here, but I think the Knicks can get the job done at Fiserv Forum, and I like taking them with the points.

KINGS -1.5, +200

Los Angeles is a different team at home and the Devils have had little experience away from Prudential Center. The Kings have won three in a row at Staples Center, and I think this is a good time to get aggressive and back them on the puck line, as they’re 7-2 with the spread this year.

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