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.

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Dog of the Day - NBA Pick - October 19 

Brooklyn Nets moneyline vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Odds: +105
Sportsbook: FanDuel Sportsbook

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!

Bonne Chance!

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:

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NCAAF 
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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 

October

  • 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)
  • Successful 2pt Conversion - Raiders-Chargers +320 (Oct. 4) (LOSS)
  • Raiders ML vs. Chargers +155 (Oct. 1) (LOSS)

September

  • Trevor Lawrence OVER 1.5 Touchdown Passes +125 (Sept. 30) (LOSS)
  • James Robinson O3.5 Receptions +120 (Sept. 29) (LOSS)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit a home run +340 (Sept. 28) (LOSS)
  • Marcus Semien to hit a home run +400 (Sept. 28) (LOSS)
  • Jalen Hurts O1.5 Passing TDs +110 (Sept. 27) (WIN)
  • Eagles ML vs. Cowboys +160 (Sept. 24) (LOSS)
  • Rams ML vs. Buccaneers +105 (Sept. 23) (WIN)
  • Sam Darnold To Throw INT vs. Texans +110 (Sept. 22) (LOSS)
  • DJ Moore OVER 5.5 Receptions +110 (Sept. 21) (WIN)
  • Aaron Jones To Have 25+ Receiving Yards +155 (Sept. 20) (WIN)
  • Eagles ML vs. 49ers +145 (Sept. 17) (LOSS)
  • Sterling Shepard O5.5 Receptions +120 (Sept. 16) (WIN)
  • Daniel Jones 25+ rushing yards +115 (Sept. 15) (WIN)
  • Marcus Semien To Hit a Home Run +325 (Sept. 14) (LOSS)
  • Teoscar Hernandez To Hit a Home Run +325 (Sept. 14) (LOSS)
  • Lamar Jackson to rush for 75+ yards vs. Raiders +110 (Sept. 13) (WIN)
  • Houston Texans ML vs. Jaguars +155 (Sept. 10) (WIN)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers -9.5 Alt. Spread vs. Dallas Cowboys +105 (Sept. 9) (LOSS)
  • Aaron Donald to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year +550 (Sept. 8)
  • Buffalo Bills - Most Regular Season Points Scored +1000 (Sept. 7)
  • Miami Hurricanes +20 vs. Alabama -110 (Sept. 4) (LOSS)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit a home run +425 (Sept. 3) (LOSS)
  • George Springer to hit a home run +350 (Sept. 3) (LOSS)
  • Sam Darnold to lead NFL in Passing Yards +10000 (Sept. 2)
  • Ben Roethlisberger to lead NFL in Passing Yards +8000 (Sept. 2)
  • Travis Kelce to lead NFL in receiving yards +1400 (Sept. 1)

September “Dog of the Day” recap

  • 8-13 (27.2%)
  • -2.1U for September underdog picks
  • Average odds: +220 (31.3% implied probability)
  • 5 NFL futures bets TBD

August

  • LA Rams To Win NFC West Division +190 (Aug 31)
  • New Orleans Pelicans to make NBA Playoffs +170 (Aug. 30)
  • Portland Trail Blazers to miss NBA Playoffs +200 (Aug. 29)
  • Raiders ML at +180 vs Baltimore Ravens - Week 1 (Aug. 27)
  • New York Yankees To Win World Series +900 (Aug. 26)
  • Dalvin Cook to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year +1800 (Aug. 25)
  • Yoan Moncada to hit a HR +550 (Aug. 24) (LOSS)
  • Teoscar Hernandez to hit a HR +325 (Aug. 24) (LOSS)
  • Marcus Semien to hit HR +325 (Aug. 24) (LOSS)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr to hit HR +330 (Aug. 23) (LOSS)
  • Bo Bichette to hit HR +550 (Aug. 23) (LOSS)
  • Teoscar Hernandez to hit a HR +325 (Aug. 22) (LOSS)
  • Marcus Semien to hit HR +325 (Aug. 22) (LOSS)
  • Teoscar Hernandez to hit a HR +340 (Aug. 21) LOSS)
  • Marcus Semien to hit HR +340 (Aug. 21) (WIN)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr to hit HR +340 (Aug. 20) (WIN)
  • Bo Bichette to hit HR +400 (Aug. 20) (LOSS)
  • Patriots ML/U38.5 Parlay at +235 (Aug. 19) (WIN)
  • Atlanta Hawks to win NBA Championship +3500 (Aug. 18)
  • Saquon Barkley to win NFL Comeback POY +800 (Aug. 17)
  • Zion Williamson to lead NBA in scoring +1000 (Aug. 16)
  • Marcus Semien to hit HR +325 (Aug. 14) (LOSS)
  • George Springer to hit HR +285 (Aug. 14) (LOSS)
  • Bo Bichette to hit a HR +325 (Aug. 13) (LOSS)
  • George Springer to hit HR +325 (Aug. 12) (LOSS)
  • George Springer to hit HR +325 (Aug. 11) (WIN)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit HR +275 (Aug. 11) (LOSS)
  • Bo Bichette to hit a HR +575 (Aug. 10) (LOSS)
  • Teoscar Hernandez to hit a HR +475 (Aug. 10) (LOSS)
  • Kyle Pitts to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year +1000 (Aug. 9)
  • Teoscar Hernandez to hit HR +340 (Aug. 8) (LOSS)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Hit HR +250 (Aug. 8) (WIN)
  • Jalen Suggs to win NBA Rookie of the Year +800 (Aug. 7)
  • Bo Bichette to hit HR +525 (Aug. 6) (LOSS)
  • George Springer to hit HR +340 (Aug. 6) (LOSS)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit HR +215 (Aug. 5) (LOSS)
  • Bo Bichette to hit HR +325 (Aug. 5) (WIN)
  • Marcus Semien to hit HR +350 (Aug. 4) (LOSS)
  • Bo Bichette to hit HR +425 (Aug. 4) (LOSS)
  • Teoscar Hernandez to hit HR +330 (Aug. 3) (WIN)
  • George Springer to hit HR +300 (Aug. 3) (WIN)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit HR +215 (Aug. 2) (WIN)
  • Bo Bichette to hit HR +350 (Aug. 2) (LOSS)

August “Dog of the Day” recap

  • 9-24 (27.2%)
  • +1.85U for August underdog picks
  • Average odds: +370 (21% implied probability)
  • 9 NFL/NBA futures bets TBD

July

  • Sean Payton To Win NFL Coach of the Year +2500 (July 31)
  • Blue Jays -2.5 Alt. Runline +130 (July 30) (LOSS)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit HR +350 (July 30) (LOSS)
  • Sharife Cooper U22.5 Draft Position +120 (July 29) (LOSS)
  • Seattle Mariners ML +105 (July 28) (LOSS)
  • Seattle Mariners ML +140 (July 27) (LOSS)
  • Seattle Mariners ML +160 (July 26) (WIN)
  • Dallas Cowboys to miss the playoffs +115 (July 24)
  • Giants -1.5 RL +110 (July 23) (LOSS)
  • Phillies ML +120 (July 22) (LOSS)
  • Giants ML +145 (July 21) (WIN)
  • Yankees ML +110 (July 20) (WIN)
  • Red Sox ML +110 (July 19) (WIN)
  • Reds ML +110 (July 17) (LOSS)
  • White Sox ML +125 (July 16) (LOSS)
  • Suns ML at +170 (July 14) (LOSS)
  • American League -1.5 Runline in MLB ASG at +170 (July 13) (WIN)
  • Washington To Win NFC East at +200 (July 12)
  • Pat Connaughton 3+ 3PT Made +300 (July 11) (LOSS)
  • Conor McGregor KO/TKO or DQ at +140 (July 10) (LOSS)
  • Red Sox -1.5 Runline at +140 (July 9) (WIN)
  • Bucks 1H ML at +155 (July 8) (LOSS)
  • Pat Connaugton O1.5 3PT Made at +145 (July 8) (WIN)
  • Oakland Athletics Moneyline at +125 (July 7) (LOSS)
  • Cam Johnson O1.5 3PT at +140 (July 6) (WIN)
  • Cleveland Browns To Win AFC North at +165 (July 5)

July “Dog of the Day” recap

  • 8-14 (36.4%)
  • -1.4U for July underdog picks
  • Average odds: +155
  • 4 NFL futures bets TBD

(For all of my betting picks, check out the FTN Bet Tracker.)