Boxing Predictions, Best Bets, Odds: Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva, Vasiliy Lomachenko among top picks

During the boxing weekend it doesn’t get much busier than what’s on tap on Saturday. Four separate maps will start around the world with different reputation levels. The biggest of the day will take place in Glendale, Arizona, when social media star Jake Paul looks set to continue his march as he takes on former UFC middleweight champion and all-time greatest Anderson Silva (9pm ET, Showtime PPV).

The most famous fighter will take his talents to New York City when Vasiliy Lomachenko returns to take on Jamaine Taylor. Lomachenko has not fought in over a year while fighting the Russian invasion in his home country of Ukraine. In addition, up-and-coming candidate Joseph Diaz also faces a tough test when he faces William Zepeda in San Diego.

Every big weekend in the battleroom draws a lot of attention in the sportsbooks, but a weekend — and event — like this is likely to have even more people than usual willing to make a bet or two. With that in mind, we’ve got you covered with our three best bets to consider. Opportunities provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

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Vasily Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz under 10.5 laps (-105)

I predicted Lomachenko by knockout in the middle rounds in our official preview. The fight going under 10.5 actually gives you a better price than taking Lomachenko simply by KO, TKO or DQ (-135). Ortiz is a good fighter, but he just isn’t doing nearly as well as Lomachenko and Lomachenko has been dominant since he lost to Teofimo Lopez. Richard Commey and Masayoshi Nakatani are both rock solid fighters and Lomachenko put both down — and stopped Nakatani. Lomachenko has to do what he wants in this and that while trying to make a statement and have a shot at Devin Haney and the undisputed lightweight championship. Take the under, and if you feel like throwing a dart with some longer chances to spice things up, on rounds 4 to 6 Lomachenko is +500 and rounds 7 to 9 is +325.

Anderson Silva via decision (+800) vs. Jake Paul

This is something of a play based on principle more than anything else. While I think Paul is going to win this fight, probably by knockout, the +800 line implies an 11.11% chance. Silva by KO is at +300. Those two rules need to be reversed, as Silva Paul is far less likely to quit than to use his frustrating, unorthodox style to collect enough rounds to raise his hand at decision. Sometimes you have to play the value even when it goes against your expectations for a fight.

Joseph Diaz (+145) vs. William Zepeda

Zepeda has the hype of a 26-0 record and big, flashy power. Diaz is also fighting a weight class higher than where he was his best and that also means a six-inch deficit. So it’s easy to see why Zepeda is the little favorite going into the fray. Zepeda didn’t look as dynamic against Rene Alvarado in his most recent outing, however, and his strength didn’t do much against a higher-level opponent. Diaz is notoriously durable and is very good at working inwards, which negates Zepeda’s range advantage. Zepeda showed an inability to keep his distance against Alvarado and that could be his downfall against someone as good at power struggles as Diaz.

Who will win Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva? And which prop is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for Saturday, all from the boxing specialist who netted his followers nearly $4,000 in profits, and find out.

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