Miami Dolphins travel to Las Vegas Raiders this weekend for what could be the defining game of the Florida franchise’s season. The Dolphins need to win their last two games of the season to guarantee a spot in the play-offs. The Raiders’ own play-off hopes have all but ended, but they will be looking to finish the season as strongly as possible, so fans should be treated to an entertaining game. Read on to see where we think the best betting value can be found!
Will Carr start for Raiders?
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has stated this week that for his team the play-offs start now. Miami currently has a 9-5 record and if the Dolphins want their play-off fate to stay in their own hands then they must beat the Raiders and then also the Bills the following week. Flores wants his players to adopt a one game at a time mentality in their pursuit of victory.
Flores will be able to call on some key players who are returning from injury for the trip to Nevada. Wide receiver DeVante Parker and tight end Mike Gesicki should be back in action to give the Dolphins a boost. It looks even likelier that they will be pushed to play given the way that Flores has insisted that everything is on the line.
For the Raiders, Derek Carr is reportedly keen to hang onto his spot as the starting quarterback, despite injuring his groin in last Thursday’s defeat to the LA Chargers. Carr was injured in the first quarter of that game, and coach Jon Gruden has rated his chances of playing this weekend as 50-50. Carr has missed just two regular season games in his seven-year career and is reportedly pushing hard to play.
Our Pick: Miami by 1-6
Our tip for this game is that the Dolphins will keep hold of their play-off destiny by achieving a narrow win on Nevada soil. 888Sport is offering odds of +295 on that prediction turning out to be accurate, and that looks like a pretty inviting price to us. For the Dolphins, the business end of the season is here and that will provide them with enough motivation to overcome the Raiders, for whom this game is really about ending the season as strongly as possible.
Our pick: Miami by 1-6 @ +295 with 888Sport