The XFL championship game and an MLB money line play: Best Bets for May 13

DC Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones (12) looks to pass against the Seattle Dragons during the first half of an XFL football game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Will Newton)

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 Saturday, May 13:


The play: XFL championship, DC Defenders -7 over Arlington Renegades

The odds: -110

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8 p.m. (ABC)

Our take: I haven’t followed the XFL, but our Jim Derry has, and he likes this as the best bet of a day with no NBA playoffs action. Here’s what Jim had to say:

“This line is all over the place and is as high as -7 in some spots, which would still be good line to take DC. Although Arlington has played well lately, especially on defense, the Defenders’ offense has been overwhelming to most teams on a consistent basis throughout the season.

And on the other side, Saints Super Bowl defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has done an excellent job with DC in the same role.

Arlington has averaged just 15.6 points in their 11 games this season, and it has been at its best when it is in low-scoring games. However, the DC offense, led by former Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, has been solid both through the air and on the ground.

In fact, Defenders running back Abram Smith led the league in rushing this season with 791 yards and seven touchdowns. This game might stay close for a half, but expect DC to pull away in the second half and win by two touchdowns or more.”


The play: MLB, Blue Jays money line over Braves

The odds: -126

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 3:07 p.m. (MLB TV)

Our take: At first blush, this line doesn’t make a ton of sense. The Braves are the best team in baseball, non-Rays division, and their starting pitcher, Bryce Elder, has superior numbers to Blue Jays pitcher Jose Berrios.

But as usual, when you dig deeper, the line is actually short. Berrios has been much better since two terrible starts to begin the season, and Elder, while he’s been good, isn’t quite as good as his numbers suggest. He’ll also be facing his toughest test of the season in this Blue Jays lineup.

Toronto topped Spencer Strider and the Braves on Friday night, and they’re poised to clinch the series victory here.


Friday’s best bets

NBA playoffs: Lakers -2½ over Warriors (WON)

MLB: Orioles -1½ over Pirates (WON)

Friday’s record: 2-0

Total for the week: 6-2, 2 pending

Total for May: 13-9, 2 pending

Total for 2023: 101-114, 2 pending

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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