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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 bet: five-team money-line parlay (selections and game dates below)
Toronto Raptors: The Raptors have retooled for a run to the NBA Finals with Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol. They visit the New York Knicks (Sat., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. ET) who are doing everything in their power to lose games and get the number one draft pick. Raps should cruise.
Boston Celtics: Their Saturday night game hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (Feb. 7, 8 p.m. ET) is a strange game in some ways because if the Clippers make the playoffs (they’re currently 8th in the West) Boston gets their first round pick next season. With the trades the Clips just made, they want to keep that pick. Boston defends home court here.
Milwaukee Bucks: The visiting Orlando Magic (Sat., Feb. 7, 9 p.m. ET) have been scrappier than many expected this year, but Milwaukee looks like a legit title contender. They added Nikola Mirotic at the trade deadline and he is a perfect compliment to their team. The Bucks can shoot from anywhere and are an outstanding pick here.
Michigan Wolverines: The Wolverines take on rival Wisconsin, but the game is at home for Michigan (Sat., Feb. 7, noon ET). That is a huge difference as Michigan is nearly unbeatable at home. I'll take the Wolverines to get it done.
Sacramento Kings: The Kings are knocking on the door of the playoffs, stunningly. To that end they added Harrison Barnes at the trade deadline, which was a fantastic move. The visiting Phoenix Suns, on the other hand, are cruising towards the draft lottery. (Sun., Feb. 8, 6 p.m. ET)
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. 9
Desert Stone (#4): He broke slow, settled towards the back of the pack and had tons of traffic trouble down the stretch when missing by a nose behind fellow Thunder Road rival River Boyne in the Mathis Brothers Mile. River Boyne got the jump on him and I’m hoping that Desert Stone will turn the tables today with a better trip. This is a field of six versus field of ten runners last time out and hopefully that means less of a possibility for traffic trouble. I like the switch to jockey Joel Rosario.
$1 Pick-3 ticket:
Race 7: 4
Race 8: 1,3,4,6,7
Race 9: 1,3,4,8