Both the NBA and the NHL playoffs have moved onto the best-of-seven conference finals round and there is plenty of betting action to choose from this week at America’s Bookie.
The new MLB regular season is in full swing and one of the featured series this week is an interleague matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals with Tuesday’s opener nationally broadcast in an 8:15 p.m. (ET) start on the MLB Network. ESPN with carry Game 2 from Busch Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m.
The NBA’s Western Conference Finals got underway this past Sunday and Golden State was able to extend its straight-up winning streak to nine games this postseason by erasing a 25-point second-half deficit to pull out a tight 113-111 victory against San Antonio. The Spurs not only lost a game it desperately needed to win as prohibitive longshots to win this series, they lost their top scorer, Kawhi Leonard for Tuesday night’s Game 2 with an ankle injury. Game time is set for 9 p.m. at Oracle Arena and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
America’s Bookie has listed the Warriors as heavy 13.5-point home favorites for Game 2 with the betting line for the total set at 208.5 points. Golden State has won four of the last six meetings straight-up, but the Spurs have a 3-1 edge against the spread in the last four games. The total went OVER the 209.5-point line in Game 1 and it has gone OVER in three of the last four games between these two bitter rivals.
Cleveland had to wait 10 days to get its Eastern Conference Finals clash against the top-seeded Boston Celtics underway with Game 1 set for Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Cavaliers come into Boston as 3.5-point road favorites and the total for this 8:30 p.m. tip on TNT has been set at 219.5 points.
The defending NBA champs have rolled to an 8-0 SU record in the postseason while going 4-2-2 ATS. The total has gone OVER in six of those games on America’s Bookie’s closing line. The Celtics have played 13 playoff games so far and their record stands at 8-5 SU with a 9-4 mark ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven games. Head-to-head, Cleveland won the season series 3-1 SU with Boston going 2-1-1 ATS.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to even up their Eastern Conference Finals matchup against Ottawa in the NHL at one game apiece with a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Game 2 on Monday night as heavy -204 home favorites. This followed a 2-1 loss to the Senators in Game 1 as -190 favorites at home. The total has stayed UNDER in both of those contests. The series now shifts to Ottawa for the next two games starting this Wednesday night with Game 3. The puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. and it will be available on NBC Sports Network.
Over in the Western Conference Finals of this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators is set for Tuesday night in an 8 p.m. start on NBC Sports Network. This series is also tied at 1-1 with a split in the first two games in Anaheim. The Ducks bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 1 as -112 home favorites with a 5-3 victory this past Sunday as -134 favorites at home. The total went OVER America’s Bookie’s five-goal line in that game after ending as a PUSH in the series opener.