Heat vs. Nuggets NBA Finals Game 5 pick, Angels vs. Rangers run total: June 12 best bets

Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin (16) goes to the basket against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and forward Michael Porter Jr., rear, during the first half in Game 4 of the basketball NBA Finals, Friday, June 9, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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 Monday, June 12:


The play: NBA Finals, Miami Heat (+9) over Denver Nuggets

The odds/bet: +126 ($23.81 to win $30)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. (ABC)

Our take: The Miami Heat are facing elimination tonight in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and they’re underdogs by a significant margin after the Denver Nuggets handed them a pair of double-digit defeats at home.

While this Heat team might simply be overmatched to the point where they won’t be able to keep up with Nikola Jokic and company, they’ve consistently exceeded expectations throughout their postseason run to where we feel like they’ll be able to keep the contest close.

The Heat are also expected to see Tyler Herro return in a limited capacity, but he could provide enough of a spark to throw the Nuggets off, so we’ll take our chances with the nine-point spread.


The play: MLB, Angels at Rangers OVER 9.5 runs

The odds/bet: -120 ($12 to win $10)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8:05 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: The Rangers possess one of the scariest lineups in MLB, especially at home, and they get a juicy matchup against struggling Angels starting pitcher Tyler Anderson.

While it will be tough for the Rangers lineup to hit the over by themselves even if they make life rough on Anderson as expected, the Angels are capable of scoring plenty as well and shouldn’t have much trouble against Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning.

Dunning’s been trending in the wrong direction as of late, so we’ll take the over since the bullpens can also be scored upon if the starting pitchers exceed expectations.


Sunday’s best bets

MLB, Houston Astros over Cleveland Guardians (LOST $23.80)

MLS, St. Louis City over LA Galaxy (LOST $10)

PGA Canadian Open: Tyrell Hatton to finish in top 10 (WON $13)

Sunday’s profit/loss: -$20.80 (1-2)

Final total for the week: -$115.70 (4-10)

Total for June: -$140.40 (8-14)

Total for 2023: -$474.10 (129-147)

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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