One of the best feelings in sports betting is when you research and grind to identify a key mismatch in a game or a futures market to back a plus-money underdog.…and it hits! The vindication and reassurance that comes with hitting an underdog play can make you feel on top of the world and I want to bring that feeling to you daily. Welcome to Gilles Gallant’s, aka GDawg’s, “Dog of the Day”.
Each day, I’ll provide you with my best bet in a wide variety of sports like NBA, MLB, NFL or NCAA Basketball. This could be a regular-season game or a futures market like “NFL Super Bowl odds.”
Here’s the catch: my pick will only be a plus money pick. No favorites or any odds that have a minus sign (-) in front of it. The goal is to always double your investment each day.
My free betting picks will be posted here with a rundown at the bottom. If you’ve missed it, you can also check out the FTNBets’ bet tracker, where you can see every official bet I’ve ever made.
With the NFL in full swing and MLB postseason deep into October, readers of “Dog of the Day” can expect a lot more plus-money bets and moneyline underdogs with the 2021-2022 NBA season upon us. Sides and player props offer tremendous value for bettors like me who loathe taking favorites in basketball and can also offer upside like the way Blue Jays home run props did in August (13-34 for +6.9U).
With the NBA season tipping off Tuesday night, I’m going back to my roots of backing plus-money underdogs and what a better team to come out of the gate than the Brooklyn Nets, the clear favorite to win the 2021-2022 NBA Championship.
Yes, I’m fully aware the Nets will be without point guard Kyrie Irving for the foreseeable future, but the pairing of Kevin Durant and James Harden is more than enough to take down this Bucks squad. The Bucks barely squeaked by the Nets in the Eastern Conference playoffs and had Brooklyn had a healthy Harden or Kyrie for the duration of the series, we may be talking about the Nets as the reigning NBA champions.
Trio of All-Stars aside, the Nets have a lot more to offer on this roster in this iteration of the squad than last year’s playoffs. Adding a veteran point guard like Patty Mills from the Spurs will be crucial in allowing Harden to not have to make every play while also offering a deadly shooter from the perimeter. The Nets legitimately are a deep team now which could not be said about them during last year’s postseason run. It’s also worth noting that the Nets were 13-7 SU last year as an underdog and were the most profitable NBA team in that scenario.
I hate to use motivation as a factor, but Durant and the Nets are going to come out firing and I’m not sure if the Bucks or any team in the NBA can keep up when Brooklyn is clicking. Nets ML all day!
What are the best betting props for today?
The number of props for a given game to bet on in any league like the NFL, NBA or MLB can be overwhelming for new bettors. For someone just starting, the statistics and angles to consider when wagering on betting props is half the battle and FTNBets is here to help you wage war (figuratively, of course) with Las Vegas and the oddsmakers.
FTNBets has some of the sharpest betting minds in the industry to help you identify the best betting props for every sport. Whether that’s a O/U prop for strikeouts from Jacob deGrom with the New York Mets or if LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers will have a double-double vs. the Boston Celtics.
To ensure you get the best possible betting odds, use FTNBets’ Prop Shop to do odds comparisons and shop around to see what sportsbooks are offering the best value for your betting prop.
Today’s betting odds - MLB, NBA, NFL, CFB, etc.
No matter what sport you regularly bet on, knowing the latest betting odds is crucial for long-term success. Being able to pounce on a favorable spread or total can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing your bet.
With FTNBets, you can track up-to-the-minute betting odds for every game, props and futures market. If you see something you like and want to bet on it, check out our best sportsbooks guide to see which one you can use in your respective state and the type of promotions each offers.
Here are the top sports and the latest betting odds for each:
If you need help to understand the odds and what payouts each would entail if you win your bet, use our parlay calculator (link) to get you up to speed.
Using FTNBets’ Prop Shop to maximize player prop value
One of the best ways to optimize your prop bets long-term is to have CLV (closing line value) and to ensure you’re getting the best possible value for your wager. Allow us to introduce you to FTNBets’ Prop Shop.
This cutting-edge tool, which is free for all users, compiles a list of every available prop and its betting odds from sportsbooks available in your state. This way, you don’t have to have multiple tabs or windows open in your browser to do an odds comparison.
Let’s pretend you’re from New Jersey and want to bet on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to win NFL MVP for the 2021 regular season. If you go to the Prop Shop and enter his name into the field, here’s what would come up before the season starts:
As you can see, there are six different online sportsbooks that offer NFL MVP futures and each has varied odds. The key for the Prop Shop tool is to see which sportsbook has the best odds and provides the biggest bang for your buck. For this example, BetMGM is offering the highest odds (+500) while offering a promotion of a $600 free bet when you sign up. It’s that simple.
Even if you don’t make the bet today, this tool can still be utilized as a reference point to start your daily handicapping while getting a feel for the types of odds available for a respective prop.
Gilles Gallant’s “Dog of the Day” Betting Picks
Nets ML vs. Bucks +105 (Oct. 19)
Carson Wentz to throw INT vs. Ravens +100 (Oct. 11) (LOSS)
Chiefs -3 vs. Bills +100 (Oct. 8) (LOSS)
Russell Wilson to throw INT vs. Rams +140 (Oct. 7) (WIN)
Giants ML vs. Cowboys +265 (Oct. 6) (LOSS)
Rafael Devers to hit a home run +400 (Oct. 5) (LOSS)
Aaron Judge to hit a home run +320 (Oct. 5) (LOSS)
Giancarlo Stanton to hit a home run +310 (Oct. 5) (WIN)
Known as the “NFL Touchdown Prop God”, Gilles Gallant brings his years of betting experience and wealth of sports knowledge to the FTN family. Hailing from Canada and known as @GDAWG5000 on Twitter, he is an expert in NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops and any bet that offers plus money. Bonne Chance!