March Madness and The Masters have concluded, but that doesn’t mean the sports betting calendar is light on action this week. The NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, and so are the sportsbooks across the globe! Here’s a preview of this week’s upcoming events.
Following a memorable loss, the Philadelphia 76ers look to redeem themselves in game two against the Brooklyn Nets. Despite the upset over the weekend, the Nets (+280) are still heavy underdogs. Will Joel Embiid and his teammates be able to hit shots tonight? In the west, the Golden State Warriors are huge, 13.5-point favorites to take a game two matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. For those keeping track at home, the Warriors took game one by 17 points.
Both teams have disappointed early on in the season, but no rivalry is bigger in baseball than the New York Yankees facing the Boston Red Sox. A combined 12-19 on the year, these two teams are still expected to fight for an AL East crown. It remains to be seen if oddsmakers will give this game a large over/under run total like the one found in Monday’s Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles matchup; 11 (-118).
Could we see two of the Eastern Conference favorites eliminated on the same night, less than a week into the postseason? Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins will look to stave off elimination against the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders, respectively. Another Lightning loss will surely bust a few brackets and cost some future bettors at the sportsbooks.
A pair of playoff matchups tip-off in the association on Wednesday evening. The east’s top team, the Milwaukee Bucks (-1200), host the Detroit Pistons, while the Houston Rockets (-290) look to take a 2-0 lead over the Utah Jazz. James Harden went off over the weekend, putting up 29 points and 10 assists in a game one romp.
Thursday marks one week until the 2019 NFL Draft! Rumors continue to swirl around the Arizona Cardinals and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. Will the Heisman winner go first overall, and what does that mean for the future of Josh Rosen? Last year’s draft saw five QBs taken in the first round. FanDuel Sportsbook has an assortment of draft betting options found here.
While the weekend schedule could end up looking a lot different by the time it rolls around, Friday’s games are locked in. With both series knotted up at one game apiece, hockey audiences are guaranteed to see the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Boston Bruins, and the Colorado Avalanche-Calgary Flames’ matchup.
Of the 15 games slated for Saturday, none are bigger than the Los Angeles Dodgers meeting up with the Milwaukee Brewers. The four-game series could establish order in the NL hierarchy, and set the tone for the remainder of the year. Other big matchups include the Atlanta Braves facing the Cleveland Indians, and the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the New York Mets.