If you were up early enough in the States today, hopefully you were able to catch the wild conclusion of the Barclay’s Premier League season, as Survival Sunday played out to be one of, if not the, most exciting finishes to a sports season in recent memory. With the action finished in the U.K. as Manchester City raises the trophy for the first time since 1968, scoring two stoppage time goals against Queens Park Rangers to edge out Manchester United in points, we say goodbye to another fantastic year of soccer, and welcome in the beginning of two more playoff series stateside this afternoon and evening. With the NBA playoffs second round continuing to get underway today, with the Indiana Pacers set to tip-off against the Miami Heat, and with the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs moving to the conference final round with the Los Angeles Kings facing off against their regular season foes from the Pacific Division, the Phoenix Coyotes, the top of the online sports betting lines are already ripe with great picks to be had, and exciting competition to witness. For our foray into the best sports betting lines on Sunday, we turn our sights to the TopBet Sportsbook, one of the top reviewed online sportsbooks found here at CR.
Though we’re still not sure why the NBA chooses to continue with another round of action before the first round is concluded, nonetheless today’s split between Game 7 in the first round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies and Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat should give basketball fans a well-rounded dose of exciting wagers to chase down. First, the Los Angeles Clippers will try to avoid melting away a 3-1 lead in the series against Memphis, as the Grizzlies are primed for a 3-game winning streak to claim series victory at home at the FedEx Forum. With Memphis playing their best ball of the series at home, and with all the momentum on their side (including a health advantage as LA has both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin not at 100 percent), there is every reason to expect the Griz to be favorites on the betting lines at TopBet Sportsbook. Sure enough, with -7.5 points against the spread, Memphis is the bookmaker’s pick to win, also getting huge -385 odds straight up on the money line. Looking to become only the 8th NBA team to rally from a 3-1 series deficit in the playoffs, we’re taking Memphis to complete the spectacular comeback and send Lob City back to the drawing board after what was a truly impressive comeback season.
For the next NBA match-up on the day, a great series gets underway as the Miami Heat play host to the Indiana Pacers in what should be scrappy series with two solid defenses, lots of offensive weaponry, and plenty of depth on both sides of the court. Miami is a solid -8.5 point favorite against the spread, and with -450 odds at home there’s firm support for the Heat grabbing Game 1 in this semifinal series. Miami, despite winning 3 of the 4 meetings against Indiana this year, should have its hands full against a well-rounded Pacers team that has stepped up down the stretch to win 16 of 20 games since April 1st. Indiana is hot coming into this series, and holds a key advantage in size, and has a slightly deeper bench. With the front ranks consisting of Roy Hibbert, David West and Danny Granger formidable in size when matched up against LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, it’s no question that a big part of this battle will lie with the rebounding game, and second chance points. Though Miami has found ways to step up big especially on defense at home, they should have their hands full tonight, so our expectations have the Pacers being a solid wager to cover the +8.5 points against the spread.
Shifting gears to action on the ice, the NHL playoffs break into the Conference finals with a great showdown between the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes, with two of the best playoff goalies this season set to get down to business. Jonathan Quick of the Kings, a Vezina Trophy candidate for top goalie of the year, and Mike Smith of the Coyotes, a Conn Smythe candidate, get set to see who can show up for the third straight series. With just 1/100 of a point difference in save percentage thus far (.949 for Quick, .948 for Smith), every goal will be critical in this series, and defense will once again be the focus for both of these well-disciplined teams. With Game 1 at Phoenix, the Kings actually get the nod as slight favorites, with -115 odds on the money line compared to the Coyotes’ -105. The under/over is most telling here, with just 4.5 goals set as the mark, the lowest O/U so far in this NHL playoff run. Though the lines are tight, we’re going to have to side with our hometown Kings for Game 1, as they’ve been extremely strong starting out series on the road thus far, and should come out with all the intensity they’ve displayed against Vancouver and St. Louis previously. Look for a low-scoring affair, with our choice taking LA to pick up a 2-1 victory, matching their current odds of winning the Stanley Cup.
Wrapping up the best online sports betting options for Sunday, turn to Major League Baseball, which has a number of great series wrapping up play today. Great games to check out include an AL-West battle between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels, as Jered Weaver of the Halos shoots for a 6-0 start vs. Neftali Feliz of the Rangers, the Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals, with STL’s Lance Lynn looking for his 7th straight win on the year as he battles Tommy Hanson on the mound for the Braves, and look for another solid showdown in the AL East as Tampa Bay takes on Baltimore with the Orioles looking for a rare sweep over the Rays if Jake Arrieta can outduel Tampa’s James Shields. Spot other intriguing match-ups worthy of checking the betting lines for, as the New York Mets battle the surging Miami Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Colorado Rockies, and the Cleveland Indians take on the Boston Red Sox. It’s a fine afternoon and evening for betting on sports at one of the top reviewed sportsbooks, so head on down to the betting lines at TopBet Sportsbook to get your fill of all the days’ exceptional sports action to come. Wishing you a great remainder of the weekend and hopefully a lucky one, check back with us tomorrow for fresh updates on online sportsbook betting to start the new week!