Today is the day we kick back, crack open a cold one, and take a break from the daily grind. But what better way to spend Labor Day than by making money without even going to work? Let’s bust our books with these best bets below.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
Monday, September 7, 2020 – 6:30 PM ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
We’re skipping all over the board in our Labor Day Special edition and we start with the Celtics and Raptors series. Boston initially took a 2-0 lead and was on the verge of putting a chokehold on the Raptors in Game 3 when they were up by a pair with half a second remaining before OG Anunoby buried a three at the buzzer (due to the Celtics playing a zone defense, why, I have no idea), cutting Boston’s lead in half. The Raps, feeling buoyed by the victory, won the following game, 100-93, and have knotted the series at two.
So, what happens in this pivotal Game 5? Well, as we check out the NBA odds, we see that the books are hanging Boston as anywhere between 1 to 2-point favorites in this one. And the truth be told, I’m not sure why because Toronto has clearly seized the momentum after the Celtics’ perimeter shooting was held in check in the last game with Jaylen Brown shooting a dismal 4-of-18 and 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. The only offensive force for the C’s was Jayson Tatum who had 24 points and 10 boards but Boston needs a team effort to beat Toronto.
Oh, and look who finally showed up to play for the Raps? Take a bow, Pascal Siakam, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Game 4 victory. I’m a bit surprised to see Toronto as the slight underdog here but I’m not going to argue. Let’s grab the deuce over at Bookmaker and back the Raps in our NBA picks.
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Monday, September 7, 2020 - 6:37 PM ET at Sahlen Field
Who would have thought it would be September before these two AL East rivals met? Well, in the global pandemic world of 2020 that’s just part of the new normal. And who would have believed that the Blue Jays would be in front of the Yankees with just a third of the season left to play? You better believe it because that’s where we are as the Jays enter this one after outslugging the Red Sox, 10-8, on Sunday while the Bombers were busy getting beat up by the lowly Orioles 5-1.
New York will send southpaw Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.76 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) to the hill who got roughed up in his last outing when he lasted only 2/3’s of an inning against the Rays where they touched him for four runs on five hits in a 5-2 loss.
On the other side of the diamond, the Blue Jays will hand the ball to a lefty of their own in Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.51, 1.09 WHIP) who pitched six solid innings of one-run, five-hit ball against the Marlins on Wednesday in a 2-1 Toronto win.
The MLB odds are showing the Jays as fairly sizeable favorites but I’m not buying it. In Montgomery’s four games (three starts), against the Blue Jays over his career, he is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA while Ryu is 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA in his two starts against the Yankees. In addition, Toronto’s home run leader, outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who has 14 dingers on the season will probably not play in this one because of soreness in his ribs.
Let’s grab all of that juice on the Yankees over at Intertops and include New York in our MLB picks on Labor Day.
New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Monday, September 7, 2020 - 8:00 PM ET at Rogers Place
The high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning open their series against the dangerously gritty New York Islanders. Tampa Bay is coming off of an impressive series against the Bruins in which they dispatched Boston in five games to claim their berth in the Eastern Conference Finals. Meanwhile, the Islanders have been slaying dragons since the postseason began by ousting the Capitals in five while prevailing against the top-seeded Flyers in seven.
Look, the Islanders can beat anyone in the league at this point and are 2-1 against the Lightning this season. The NHL odds are dealing Tampa Bay as substantial favorites but that looks like an opportunity for us to get down on the live dog here. Let’s grab the healthy number over at BetOnline in our NHL picks and cash a winner!