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Friday Sportsbetting Frenzy

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Friday Sportsbetting Frenzy

By: Joe Berra

A busy weekend in the sporting world is approaching, and with it comes plenty opportunities to increase your sportsbetting bank roll. I’ve spent countless hours analyzing lines and found a couple gems to make your Friday a little better, even if you are a Prince fan.

Chicago Cubs (J. Lester) @ Cincinnati Reds (J. Moscot) – 7:10 PM ET

Coming off Jake Arrieta’s second no-hitter in the last two years, 11 regular-season starts to be exact, now Jon Lester gets a chance to stymie the Reds batters. Arrieta’s gem puts him at 15-0 with a miniscule 0.53 ERA in his last 16 starts. He struck out six batters, throwing 20 first pitch strikes to the 29 batters he faced, but did walk four.

Not only did Arrieta do his job, so did the Cubs batters, putting up 16 runs in the win. Kris Bryant led the way with two homeruns, including a seventh inning grand slam. Bryant finished going 4 for 6 with six RBI and four runs scored. Utility man Ben Zobrist got his first rounder tripper of the year, and finished 3 for 5 and three RBI.

Cubs starter Jon Lester is 1-1 after three starts, with 19 K’s through 20.1 innings of work, issuing only 4 walks. He got a no decision in his second start of the year against the Reds on the 11th, giving up 3 earned runs on five hits in 6 innings. Lester took the hard luck loss in his last outing, a 2-0 defeat to the Rockies on the 17th, allowing only one run, a homer to Nolan Arenado. He struck out 10 in the loss.

Reds starter, 24-year-old Jon Moscot, is starting only the fifth game of his career, his last a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals on the 17th. The young right-hander gave up two 4-baggers in the loss, striking out 2 and walking one.

With the Cubs riding high with Arrieta’s dominance and getting production up and down the lineup, take the Cubs -1½ -125 in this one.


San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies – 9:30 PM ET

The Spurs have absolutely dominated this series thus far, beating the Grizzlies by 32 and 26 in Games 1 and 2 respectively. In Tuesday’s Game 2, the Grizzlies managed just 33 points in the second half, shooting only 32.6% from the field in the game, including a ridiculous 13.3% from behind the arc. Memphis didn’t do themselves any favors, hitting just north of 50% from the free-throw line (10-18 for 55.6%).

San Antonio on the other hand shot 47% from the field, finding the twine on 9 of 17 (52.9%) from 3-point range. Patty Mills led the way, leading all scorers with 16 points after Coach Popovich gave his starters plenty rest. LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs starters playing 27 minutes.

As the series moves to Memphis for Game 3, San Antonio are a 11½-point road favorite with the number at 182 at America’s Bookie. Although Memphis hasn’t lost to the Grizz since December of 2014, the total hasn’t gone UNDER 182 in Memphis the last four times these two have met there. Take the OVER.