Suns-Nuggets spread play and an MLB money line pick: Best Bets for May 9

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal game, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 129-124. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here are our best bets for Tuesday, May 9:


The play: NBA Playoffs, Denver Nuggets -6 over Phoenix Suns

The odds/bet: -114

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 10 p.m. (TNT)

Our take: It appeared that the Nuggets were going to run away with this series after taking a 2-0 lead, but the Suns evened things up despite the absence of Chris Paul.

Paul being out has been a blessing in disguise for Phoenix, but they’ll be traveling to Denver for Game 5, and the Nuggets have been nothing short of dominant at Ball Arena as evidenced by their undefeated home record this postseason.

We’ll bank on the home-court advantage trend continuing and back the Nuggets tonight, who have now had two games to adjust to the new-look Suns’ rotation that’s thrived without Paul.


The play: MLB, Houston Astros money line over Los Angeles Angels

The odds: +120

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 9:38 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)

Our take: The Astros are off to an uncharacteristically slow start and are dealing with several starting pitcher injuries, whereas the Angels are off to a strong start with Shohei Ohtani leading the way.

Ohtani will be taking the mound tonight for the Angels, but we like the Astros tonight as underdogs since they’ll also have their ace on the mound in Framber Valdez and still have one of the MLB’s elite bullpens.

It’s tough to bet against Ohtani, but the fact that we’re getting the defending World Series champions as underdogs with their ace pitching is too good of a value to pass up.


Monday’s best bets

  • NBA Playoffs, Miami Heat (-4.5) over New York Knicks (WON)
  • NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors (money line) over Los Angeles Lakers (LOST)

Monday’s record: 1-1

Total for the week: 1-1

Total for May: 8-8

Total for 2023: 96-113

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).


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