Top 3 Sports Bets For December 24-27

Three touchdowns to Atlanta Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman (pictured below) helped the NFC South leaders destroy Jarryd Hayne’s former team the San Francisco 49ers 41-13 in a one-sided NFL contest on Monday.

As predicted by this blog, the 49ers' run defence was non-existent and the Falcons no.1 RB took advantage finishing with 138 rushing yards on 20 carries to deliver sure thing backers (1.13) an easy collect. 

We weren’t so fortunate in the Arizona Cardinals v New Orleans Saints shootout in Arizona with the Cardinals going down in a high-scoring affair 48-41.

Value bet backers (1.75) can consider themselves unlucky not to be walking away with a win considering the Cardinals’ 41-point haul was the NFL’s equal second highest points total for the week.

Suffice to say, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians will be working hard on their defence this week.

Darts fans who backed our best bet of Dutchman Michael van Gerwen (1.33) reaching the final of the PDC World Championships at the Ally Pally will be feeling pretty good after the Dutchman eased through the opening round in straight sets over Kim Viljanen.

At the time of writing, van Gerwen is set to take on Cristo Reyes in the second round. 

We’re looking to Boxing Day Test cricket, A-League football and the NBA for our top 3 bets this weekend.

Sure Thing - Melbourne City win or draw (1.14) over slumping Perth Glory 

Melbourne City v Perth | Tuesday, December 27, 7.50pm (AEDT), AAMI Park, Melbourne 

It’s hard to believe but Melbourne City’s last victory in the A-League was a month ago when they defeated Wellington Phoenix 2-1 in round 8 on November 27.

The pre-season favourites will be desperate to return to the winner’s list when the slumping Perth Glory travel to Melbourne after the Christmas break.

City have endured a tough schedule of late, including a FFA Cup Final against the Victory and back-to-back league games against leaders Sydney FC and last week’s Melbourne derby against Victory.

They’ll welcome an easier match-up against the Glory who have suddenly hit the wall in unspectacular fashion following rare back-to-back defeats at home to the Newcastle Jets (2-1) and Sydney FC (4-1).

This is City’s final home game of the calendar year and they’re primed to heap more misery on the struggling Glory and while we like them to win outright, taking them at the double chance makes this a sure thing. 

Unibet Odds (Double Chance): Melbourne City FC or Draw 1.14, Melbourne City FC or Perth Glory 1.21, Perth Glory or Draw 2.50

Tip: Melbourne City FC or Draw

Best Bet - Australia (1.39) to extend series lead over Pakistan in Boxing Day Test 

Australia v Pakistan | Monday, December 26, 10.30am (AEDT), MCG, Melbourne 

The annual Boxing Day Test Match at the home of Australian cricket at the MCG is the most anticipated fixture on the Australian test cricket calendar.

It’s a game which arouses a passion and excitement which no other ordinary test match can deliver.

On the back of a 39-run victory in the pink ball day/night first test at the Gabba, Steve Smith’s Aussies head into Melbourne on the back of plenty of momentum and in front of what is expected to be a massive Boxing Day Test match crowd, the Australians should roll to another test victory and extend their series lead over the Pakistanis to 2-0.

Australia boast an enviable record in the Boxing Day Test and have won three of the past four Boxing Day tests including last year’s 177-run victory over the West Indies. 

Unibet Odds: Australia 1.39 Draw 6.50 Pakistan 5.50

Tip: Australia

Long Shot – Knicks to upset Celtics In Christmas clash At The MSG

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics | Monday, November 26, 4am (AEDT), Madison Square Garden, New York

It will be a festive atmosphere at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day (US time) when Carmelo Anthony’s New York Knicks face the visiting Celtics in a vital Eastern Conference showdown.

Both teams are in the Eastern Conference play-offs conversation, so a win here is a much-needed W on the winner’s resume.

The Knicks were in a mini slump earlier this week but guided by a 35-point haul from multiple All-Star Anthony (pictured above), the Knicks ended a three-game skid on Wednesday (AEDT) with a 118-111 win over the Pacers.

There’s lot to like about the Knicks who boast their own version of the big three in Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis.

The Celtics have been a roll of late with impressive wins over the Hornets, Heat and Grizzlies, but if Melo and the big three can get hot, an upset is on the cards.

At the time of writing, there was no available markets, but check back closer to tip-off for the latest prices.

Tip: New York Knicks

Happy punting!

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