The Latest from: Monique Vág

Every girl loves ponies. But not every girl knows how to bet on those ponies. To call Monique Vag a horse racing enthusiast would be like calling the Kentucky Derby just another weekend in May. When she isn’t betting on her hometown Raptors and Maple Leafs (OK, maybe against the Leafs), she’s at her second home at Woodbine Racetrack. Monique has written for Covers since 2013, taking on the challenge of betting every single 2014 NCAA tournament game as well as betting every college football bowl game in 2014-15.

Raptors vs Warriors NBA betting picks and predictions: Curry to orchestrate offense

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:29 AM ET

If Toronto want to close out the series against the Golden State Warriors and capture the NBA title tonight, they will have to do so on the road at Oracle Arena as 2.5-point underdogs. We break down the odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Warriors vs Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: Interior defense drives this prop

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:21 AM ET

The Raptors are one win away from winning their first ever NBA Championship as they return to Toronto up 3-1 in their series against Golden State. The Raps have limited the Warriors high-scoring offense all series but help could be on the way for the Dubs; after missing more than a month, Kevin Durant has been upgraded to questionable. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for what could be the final game of the 2018-2019 NBA season. 

Belmont Stakes odds for head-to-head prop bets: picks and predictions

Jun 7, 2019 - 2:32 PM ET

Bets for the Belmont Stakes aren’t limited to only Win, Place, Show or exotic wagers, there is also a prop betting market available. These props put two horses up against one another in a “match race” where you determine which horse finishes better.  We break down the five head-to-head wagers offered with odds, in-depth analysis and predictions.

Raptors vs Warriors NBA betting picks and predictions: Toronto offense clicking early

Jun 7, 2019 - 9:17 AM ET

Game 4 of the NBA Finals tips of between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors on Friday night, with Toronto hoping to get out to another fast start and take a commanding 3-1 series lead heading back to Toronto. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for this matchup.

Belmont Stakes betting odds, horse-by-horse preview and predictions

Jun 5, 2019 - 8:38 PM ET

The Triple Crown trail comes to a close with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Our resident horse racing expert Monique Vág sizes up the entire field and the odds to win the Belmont Stakes, giving her predictions and best picks for the 151st "The Run for the Carnations".

Raptors vs Warriors NBA betting picks and predictions: Raps to take advantage of short-handed champs

Jun 5, 2019 - 10:15 AM ET

The Warriors evened up the series at 1-1 after a win on the road versus the Raptors in Game 2, however it might have come at quite the cost with injuries to Klay Thompson, and Kevon Looney. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Warriors.

Warriors vs Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: Bettors can bank Curry to have big Game 2

Jun 1, 2019 - 10:54 PM ET

After winning their first ever NBA Finals game in the opener, the Raptors hope to make the most of their home court advantage by going up 2-0 in the series against the Warriors. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors.

Warriors vs Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: Toronto to take advantage with KD out

May 30, 2019 - 12:07 AM ET

The first ever NBA Finals game to be played outside the United States tips off Thursday as the Raptors host the Warriors. Kevin Durant will be sitting out again as the Dubs quest for a three-peat begins its final stage. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors.

Bucks vs Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: High-pressure Game 6 should have bettors thinking Under

May 25, 2019 - 1:59 PM ET

The Bucks have lost three straight first time all season as the Raptors pulled off the 7-point upset on the road and have pushed Milwaukee to the brink of elimination. Today, Toronto returns home hoping to punch their ticket to the Eastern Finals. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 6.

Bucks vs Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: Another Under in Game 5?

May 23, 2019 - 3:54 PM ET

The Raptors were able to even up the East Finals with the Bucks 2-2 after a big win as 3-point dogs in Game 4. Today, Toronto travels to Milwaukee once again as underdogs with hopes of pulling off another upset. We break down the NBA betting odds for this playoff matchup and give our predictions and best bets for a pivotal Game 5.

Bucks vs Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: Bucks rolling on the road

May 21, 2019 - 2:40 PM ET

The Toronto Raptors won Game 3 of their playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks in a double-overtime thriller on Sunday night. Toronto hopes to even up the series at 2-2 with a win today as 3-point underdogs at home. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for this pivotal Game 4 in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Warriors vs Trail Blazers NBA betting picks and predictions: Portland to continue fast starts

May 20, 2019 - 12:34 PM ET

The Portland Trail Blazers are 3.5-point underdogs at home against the Golden State Warriors. The Blazers have gotten off to fast starts this series but will need to play a complete game if they hope to win tonight and stave off elimination in the Western Conference Finals. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for what could be the final game in this series.

Bucks at Raptors NBA betting picks and predictions: Raptors desperate to win at home

May 19, 2019 - 1:51 PM ET

It's do or die for the Raptors, if they lose to the Bucks tonight they would be down 3 games to nothing, a playoff deficit no team in NBA history has ever recovered from. Despite losing by 22 points in Game 2 Toronto is a 2-point favorite at home tonight. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for this pivotal matchup.

Warriors vs Trail Blazers NBA betting picks and predictions: Home court to get Portland back in series

May 18, 2019 - 12:51 PM ET

The Blazers return to their home court down 0-2 to the Warriors in the Western Finals, but all hope is not lost. Portland is currently a 2.5-point home favorite and Golden State will once again be without Kevin Durant with no timetable set for his return. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 2.

The best bets, prop predictions, and Preakness Stakes odds you didn't know about

May 17, 2019 - 2:37 PM ET

If you’re looking beyond the standard Preakness horse racing odds and hunting for value in these alternative markets, racing analyst Monique Vág has some of the best bets for the Preakness that you didn’t know about.

Raptors at Bucks NBA betting picks and predictions: Bucks boosted by bench

May 17, 2019 - 11:50 AM ET

The Raptors and Bucks both struggled to hit their shots in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup in a 108-100 Milwaukee victory. The Bucks rode their bench to pull of a fourth quarter victory and will hope to put the Raptors on the ropes with a win in Game 2. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for this grudge match.

Preakness Stakes betting odds, horse-by-horse preview and predictions

May 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM ET

The top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby will all be skipping out on the 2019 Preakness Stakes, so bettors will have to familiarize themselves with nine new faces who'll take their chance to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Here’s a horse-by-horse breakdown for this Saturday’s 144th running of the Preakness Stakes.

Trail Blazers vs Warriors NBA betting picks and predictions: Lillard needs a big night to cover in Game 2

May 16, 2019 - 1:56 PM ET

The Warriors took care of business at home in Game 1 of the Western Finals without Kevin Durant in the lineup and they’ll have to try and do it all over again tonight but have won five of their last six games without him. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 2 between the Trail Blazers and Warriors.

Raptors at Bucks NBA betting picks and predictions: Game 1 to be defensive battle

May 15, 2019 - 3:48 PM ET

The Eastern Conference finals tip off today with the Bucks hosting the Raptors as 6.5-point favorites. Milwaukee finished with the NBA’s best record in the regular season, including taking three of four games versus the Raptors. We break down the NBA betting odds for this matchup and give our predictions and best bets for Game 1.

Trail Blazers at Warriors NBA betting picks and predictions: Golden State to contain McCollum

May 14, 2019 - 12:53 PM ET

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tip off as the Warriors host the Trail Blazers as 7.5-point favorites despite being without Kevin Durant for the first game. We break down the odds and give our predictions and best bets for this matchup. between the best in the West

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