Hoops and Horses: All-Star Weekend, Spicy Selection at Santa Anita


If you like betting both basketball and horse racing, you've come to the right place!

Each week in Hoops and Horses you'll find analysis and key basketball bets from The Action Network's BlackJack Fletcher plus racing picks from Jose Contreras.

BlackJack Fletcher is a senior gambling  analyst for The Action Network. He studies and breaks down gambling angles from all sports and delivers consistent winners. For all of BlackJack’s plays visit http://myaction.app/blackjackfletch.

Handicapper Jose Contreras is an analyst for horse racing network TVG and a regular contributor to America's Best Racing.

Get this week's picks below, and be sure to check back for new selections each week. Happy betting!


This week’s bets

Slam-Dunk Competition — This is a small field this year and there is no clear-cut favorite. I’m going to ride with John Collins. The Atlanta Hawks big man has amazing vertical ability and has some ferocious in-game dunks. He’s also a great value at +225.

Three-Point Shootout — I’m going with SETH Curry here. Everyone knows how great his brother Steph is at the three ball, but this may be little brothers only chance to get one over on his more-decorated brother. Sibling rivalries can be powerful and I love the price at +550.

Skills Competition — This feels like a two man battle between De’Aaron Fox and Luka Doncic. I’ll go with the incredible rookie and his +325 price.

Team LeBron (-3.5) — The NBA All-Star game is tough to bet generally, but this year the rosters are just tilted too much in one direction. Team LeBron not only has the King, but Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, and Paul George as well. Team LeBron should cover this number pretty handily.


For this series, I will be looking for one key horse to single in a Pick-3 in hopes of cashing a profitable exotic wager. The budget will be in the $20 range and I will keep track of ROI each week. This week’s key horse:

Saturday, Feb. 16

Santa Anita Park, Race 8, Wishing Well Stakes, 6:30 p.m. ET

#3 Tesora: She stamped herself a horse to watch when beginning her career a perfect 2-for-2 in 2017, but she then finished off the board a couple of times before bouncing back with a stakes win at Belmont Park. She’s now under the care of a new barn that is off to a good start in 2019. I think her running style should be a good fit for this downhill turf course, and I expect her to fire a big effort off the layoff.

$1 Pick-3 ticket:

Race 7: 3

Race 8: 1,2,3,4,6

Race 9: 1,2,3,6

Total: $20

ROI: -$20

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