Brewers at Nationals run total, plus an underdog play: July 31 best bets

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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 30, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

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.

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Here are our best bets for Monday, July 31:

TOP PLAY

The play: Brewers at Nationals UNDER nine runs

The odds/bet: -120 ($36 to win $30)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 7:05 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: The Milwaukee Brewers were involved in a series of slugfests over the weekend against the Atlanta Braves, but that script will likely be flipped against the struggling Washington Nationals.

The Nationals lineup has been among the worst in MLB as of late, and the Brewers will have ace Corbin Burnes on the mound to where the Nationals likely won’t score more than two or three runs.

The Brewers lineup should have some scoring success, but we feel confident in the under since Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin has seen improvement.

ANGELS UNDERDOG PLAY

The play: Angels (money line) over Braves

The odds/bet: +205 ($10 to win $20.50)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 7:20 p.m. (ESPN Plus)

Our take: The Los Angeles Angels have remained in contention amid the Shohei Ohtani trade rumors, and they’ve got an opportunity to make a statement tonight against one of MLB’s elite teams.

That team would be the Atlanta Braves, who swept the Brewers over the weekend, but we see the potential for an upset considering the Angels have won five of their last seven games and committed to keeping Ohtani.

While it will be tough to contain the elite Braves lineup, we’ll take a shot on the Angels as underdogs considering they offer serious value on the money line at +205.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Sunday’s best bets

Women’s World Cup, Germany -1.5 goals vs. Colombia (LOST $34.50)

Women’s World Cup, Switzerland -0.5 goals vs. New Zealand (LOST $10)

Sunday’s profit/loss: -$44.50 (0-2)

Final total for the week: -$136.70 (6-9)

Total for July: -$211.70 (24-31)

Total for 2023: -$600.50 (174-194)

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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