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Five for Friday: Best Bets for May 27

There wasn’t much for me on the slate yesterday, but thanks to the Oilers’ offense, there was more than enough. I’m really going to miss the Battle of Alberta, as it’s been very fun to watch and very good to my wallet. Taking the Oilers TTO 3.5 has been a winner in every game, and if you had the foresight to play a nightly parlay of Hurricanes-Rangers U 5.5 and Oilers TTO 3.5, let’s just say you’ve been printing money on that play.

We don’t have two hockey games today and the Blues-Avalanche series has been harder to handicap, so things might get a little dicey this time. But we’ll try it anyway; here are my best bets for May 27.

BIRMINGHAM LEGION WIN TO NIL, +220

With only six goals to their name, New York Red Bulls 2 has been the weakest attack in the USL’s Eastern Conference. Birmingham hasn’t been great this year, but the Irons can play defense, holding nine of their past 10 opponents to a goal or less. You might want to play this a bit less aggressively and back Birmingham and Under 3.5 goals at +155, but I think you’ll be fine taking the higher payout by backing the Irons to blank RBNY 2.

JAMESON TAILLON U4.5 STRIKEOUTS, -120

Look for Taillon to regress to the mean in this one. The seven innings he threw against Chicago was a season high, and it’s part of why he fanned seven White Sox hitters, also a season high. In his four preceding starts, he managed four or less each time, despite two of those coming against the free-swinging Orioles. When you can’t strike out Baltimore, you’re not a strikeout pitcher, and I think the Rays put balls in play tonight.

ORLANDO PRIDE-WASHINGTON SPIRIT O2.5, +105

Am I a little worried about Washington’s attack in this one? Absolutely, I am; the Spirit only have three goals in four games this season and could easily fire a blank. But the Pride have hemorrhaged goals this year, giving up a staggering 10 goals in five matches despite keeping a clean sheet against Angel City in one of them. Plus, these teams already met in the NWSL Challenge Cup and Washington dropped four on Orlando in that matchup. I think I can get one or two out of the Spirit tonight.

DIAMONDBACKS +0.5 F5, -120

Madison Bumgarner isn’t afraid of the Dodgers. In 13 of his past 14 starts against Los Angeles, he’s held the Dodgers to three earned runs or less. With Ryan Pepiot going to the mound for the Dodgers, Arizona has the better pitcher on the mound for the first five innings. The D-Backs are at home and should be eager to bounce back behind their ace after getting spanked yesterday. Look for Arizona to play Los Angeles to at least a draw through five.

AVALANCHE ML, -165

Colorado had no business losing Game 5 to St. Louis, and I don’t think the Avs will make the same mistake twice. The Avalanche have dominated the Blues in Missouri as of late, winning their past five trips to the Enterprise Center. Sometimes, a team steals a game and rides the momentum to come back in the series, but I think the Notes only bought themselves a couple more days before the Avalanche finish the job.

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