NHL Restart Opening Weekend Betting Analysis

NHL Restart Opening Weekend Betting Analysis

This Saturday, the NHL returns with postseason action but with one big difference. This season the Stanley Cup playoffs will adopt a 24-team tournament with 12 teams from each conference playing in fan-less arenas in Toronto (for the East) and Edmonton, Alberta (for the West). The top four teams in each conference are in the Round of 16, and the Nos. 5 through 12 seeds will square off to see who will take the next step toward immortality.

NHL Restart Opening Weekend Betting Analysis

Saturday, August 1

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes

The National Hockey League kicks off their 2020 NHL Playoffs with Rangers versus Hurricanes. NYR was one of the worst squads in 2019. Not in 2020. The Rangers have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. 

Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton is one of the bubble host cities. Can the Oilers get back on track? Before the shutdown they had gone 5-3-2 in their last 10. The Blackhawks went 6-4 in their last 10 before the shutdown. They could surprise in the bubble. Pay attention to this and see if Chicago has a shot.

Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders

The Islanders should benefit more than most from the extended layoff. NYI had struggled before things got crazy. In fact, they were in danger of not making the playoffs at all. Also, it’s not a long drive from New York to Toronto. Much less than Florida to Toronto. 

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Pens believe they can win the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens are happy to be here. Pittsburgh shouldn’t have much trouble with Montreal. The Canadiens rank 19th in goals per and goals against per.  

Winnipeg Jets vs Calgary Flames

If Calgary picks up where they left off before the NHL hiatus, they should win this match. The Flames were 6-3-1 in their 10 games before the shutdown.

Sunday, August 2

Arizona Coyotes vs Nashville Predators

Arizona’s got a shot in their first game back. The Coyotes rank 3rd in goals against per at 2.6. Nashville gives up 3.1 goals each match. Coyotes-Preds sure looks like a toss-up!

Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins

The Bruins have become one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. There’s a reason why. Boston averages 3.2 goals per. The Bruins allow 2.4 goals per. Beantown feels they should have won the Cup last season. Expect them to show up big time in their first game after the layoff.

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche

On Sunday, arguably, the two best teams in the Western Conference hit the ice. The defending champion St. Louis Blues are ready. But Colorado is hungry. This match could set the tone for what happens in the Western Conference. 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Toronto Maple Leafs

A preseason favorite to win Lord Stanley’s hardware, the Toronto Maple Leafs had yet to get their defense together before the shutdown. The Leafs allow 3.2 goals per. But, their offense is dynamite. Toronto scores 3.4 goals each match. Their offense should lead them by Columbus on Sunday. 

Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver is a good hockey team. Before the shutdown, the Canucks went 8-2 in their last 10. That makes them a team to watch in the NHL Canada Bubble. If they beat the Wild in their first game back, watch out.  

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NBA Restart Open Weekend Betting Analysis

NBA Restart Opening Weekend Betting Analysis

The 2020 NBA is finally set to return after the Covid-19 pandemic paused action in March. With a final eight-game stretch to finish the regular season here are the top NBA games for the first weekend in the Orlando Bubble.

NBA Restart Opening Weekend Betting Analysis

Thursday, July 30

Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson left the bubble due to a family situation. He should return in time for this matchup. If he doesn’t, expect the Jazz to offer favorite’s odds.

L.A. Clippers vs L.A. Lakers

Kawhi versus LeBron to start the NBA Orlando Bubble? Doesn’t get better than that, right? Both players are dead set on winning a championship. Expect this game to set the tone in Orlando. 

Friday, July 31

Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers

The matchups in the NBA are awesome! On Friday, we witness one of the best point-guard battles in the league. Grizzly starter Ja’Morant takes on Blazers’ PG Damian Lillard. 

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks

The two favorites from the Eastern Conference to win the NBA Title are the Bucks and Celtics. Boston appears ready to rock it. The team seems more cohesive than ever. But Milwaukee has Giannis. 

Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks

Luka versus The Beard. That’s the story with this matchup. This is a big time hoops rivalry. So, expect both teams to put forth a top effort.

Saturday, August 1

Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets

Heat star Jimmy Butler reminds underrated except to the most hardcore NBA fans. Denver’s Nikola Jokic looks like he’s ready to dominate his competition. Both these teams have a shot to upset the favorites once the real playoffs start. 

Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder

If the Jazz get over their internal drama, they could be a tough team to deal with. The Oklahoma City Thunder might thrive in the bubble. Chris Paul will ensure his team members follow the rules and play at a high-level. OKC can throw two different starting fives at their opponents. 

New Orleans Pelicans vs L.A. Clippers

If Williamson plays, the Pels could challenge the Clippers for the win. If he doesn’t, LAC figures to roll. Paul George, PG-14, and Kawhi Leonard will ensure the Clipps do. 

L.A. Lakers vs Toronto Raptors

Is Lakers-Raptors a preview of the NBA Orlando Championship Series? It could be. The Lakers have star power, but the Raptors have the best defense in the NBA. Toronto allows just 106.5 points per game.

Sunday, August 2

Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics

Portland voted against the NBA Orlando Bubble plan. But, now that they’re here, they figure to try as hard as possible to win the title. Before writing the Trail Blazers off, don’t forget that Jusuf Nurkic is back. How the Celtics play Nurkic could be the key to which teams wins this. 

Sacramento Kings vs Orlando Magic

Kings-Magic is important because both teams are fighting for a playoff spot. The Magic won’t have an edge because even though the bubble is in Orlando, games are played without fans. The Magic does have an underrated inside-outside game with point-guard Markelle Fultz and forward Aaron Gordon. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets

If you can’t get excited about Giannis versus James “The Beard” Harden, you mustn’t like basketball. Is there anything else we must say about Bucks-Rockets on Sunday? ‘Nuff said, right?

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Baseball Top Bets July 27 - Aug 2

Baseball Top Bets July 27 – Aug 2

Baseball is back and if you couldn’t keep up with all the Opening Day action, here is what you need to know if you are betting on MLB this week.

Baseball Top Bets July 27 – Aug 2

Monday, July 27

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

Arizona listed starter Luke Weaver had a decent 2019. He went 4-3 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Both teams could struggle to find runs. The Padres did combine for 12 runs in their first two games of the season, all against Arizona, though.

New York Mets at Boston Red Sox

Boston dominated the Orioles 13-2 in their first game of the season. But, then, in the second matchup, the O’s blasted the Red Sox 7-2. The Mets will start Michael Wacha. That could go either way.

Tuesday, July 28

New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies

Yankees listed starter Gerrit Cole was sensational against the Nats in NYY’s first matchup. He dominated with a 1.80 ERA, 5 strikeouts, and a .40 WHIP. If you play this one, think run line.

L.A. Dodgers at Houston Astros

L.A. went 2-1 against the San Francisco Giants last week. Ace Walker Buehler for the Dodgers gets his first start while the Stros send out Framber Valdez. If L.A. really is the class of the NL, they should handle Houston with Buehler on the mound. 

Wednesday, July 29

Colorado Rockies at Oakland A’s

A’s starter Frankie Montas had a great first outing. He threw 4 innings, struck out 5, and allowed just 1 run off 3 hits in Oakland’s 7-3 opening day win against the L.A. Angels. 

Seattle Mariners at L.A. Angels

Seattle hopes Justin Dunn becomes the ace starter they require. The Angels’ Andrew Heaney pitched a great game against the Oakland Athletics on July 14, giving up a run off 2 hits and striking out 6 in 4.1 innings.

Thursday, July 30

Cleveland at Minnesota Twins

Cleveland’s Mike Cleavinger threw a 7-inning gem in his first start of the season. Unfortunately, the Tribe could score just 2 two runs. The Twins Jose Berrios gave up 5 earned runs in 4-innings in his first start, but Minnesota beat the White Sox 10-5. Do baseball handicappers go with pitching or hitting in Thursday’s top game? 

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

The Dodgers didn’t keep Hyun-jin Ryu because Ross Stripling has come into his own. In his first start of the season against the Giants, Stripling threw 7 innings and gave up 1 earned run off 4 hits. Can Stripling shut down the D’Backs?

Friday, July 31

Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants

Although Colorado beat Texas 3-2 on July 25, it wasn’t Friday starter Mike Minor’s fault. Minor allowed just a single earned run. He could have success against the Giants’ offensively challenged batting lineup.

Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners

Oakland listed starter Sean Manea didn’t have his best stuff in his first start of the season. He faced the Angels’ awesome batting lineup, though. The Mariners could help him get back on the winning track.

Saturday, August 1

Houston Astros at L.A. Angels

Houston starter Zack Greinke should bring his usual stuff. But the Angles are a much different squad than the 2019 version. Starter Griffin Canning looked good against Seattle while we’ve already talked up the Halos’ bats.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

The Red Sox have yet to say who their starter on Saturday will be. The Yankees have pegged J.A. Happ. Boston doesn’t have the same batting lineup from year’s past. They garnered just 2 runs against the Orioles in a lost on July 25.

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