We brought home a nice winner from game two of the NBA Finals as the Miami Heat were able to go into Oklahoma City an earn the outright win getting a generous +5 ½ points. Much like we thought the Miami Heat would bring a more intense defensive effort here and we saw the Heat really clamp down defensively in the first half which allowed the club to sustain the late rally by the Thunder. Unlike in game one where Lebron James carried the offense this time James got the much needed support from his teammates on the offensive end of the court which allowed the Heat to knot up this series. With our best betting pick from Friday we turn to Major League Baseball and the interleague series that begins tonight as the New York Yankees travel to face the Washington Nationals. The Yankees and Nationals will begin from Washington at 7PM Eastern Time and MLB Network has the live national television broadcast. With our MLB best bet we will play on the New York Yankees +112 odds against the Washington Nationals. The odds from the Yankees and Nationals come courtesy of BetOnline sportsbook.
The betting odds opened up in this MLB contest with the home club Washington Nationals the -128 favorite with the return on the Yankees at +118 odds. The run total came at 7 runs. The early money from the bettors has been on the Yankees as the Nationals has been bet down to a -122 favorite with the New York take back now at +112 odds. The run over under has moved up a tick to a current total of 7 ½ runs. Run line bettors laying the -1 ½ runs on the Washington Nationals will take back +175 odds. Bettors taking the +1 ½ runs on the side of the New York Yankees will lay -190 odds.
The Yankees will send right hander Phil Hughes to the mound on Friday to face the Nationals hitters. Hughes is coming off two solid starts by allowing just three earned runs total in 15 1/3rds innings of work and 14 strikeouts. The Yankees by far have the greater offense and this club is good against left handed pitching as they push across an average of over 5 ½ runs and have a team batting average of .276. Behind Hughes is a good Yankee bullpen with a team ERA of 2.59 on the highway. The Yankees are hot as they have won six straight and nine of their past ten games.
It will be left hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound on Friday night to face the Yankees hitters. Gonzalez has very poor career numbers when facing New York as the Nationals hurler sits with an ERA of 7.27and WHIP of 1.73 in five lifetime starts. In two starts against the Yankees last season Gonzalez allowed 10 earned runs and seven walks in 11 innings pitched. With Hughes in better form and a solid bullpen and hitting line up behind him the Yankees are the top play on Friday at the best sportsbooks online.