We’re all set to break into the sports action on Monday as continuing NBA and NHL playoff games, as well as the ever-present pool of Major League Baseball competition, will certainly make for another fine week of online sports betting at the top sportsbooks reviewed here! Breaking into today’s top betting lines at the Betonline Sportsbook, we’re first and foremost eyeing the two games set for the NBA Conference Semifinals, as the Boston Celtics square off once more with the Philadelphia 76ers with the two teams seeking to break a 2-2 series deadlock, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will have a chance to take home court and knock off the Los Angeles Lakers once and for all. With the Los Angeles Clippers ousted from the playoffs as of last night and the San Antonio Spurs left standing in the Conference Final round, today’s Game 5 in Oklahoma City could wrap up the final two teams in the West, setting the stage for what would be an outstanding series between the number one and two teams in the NBA this season. Check out the betting lines for both the Celtics vs. Sixers match-up, where Boston on home court has a -245 odds advantage straight up, and the Lakers vs. Thunder contest, where the home side has -425 odds to win and is an 8 point favorite to prevail over Kobe Bryant and company.
Moving over to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for NHL hockey competition, last night’s game between the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings didn’t solidify the Western half of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Coyotes avoided the sweep with a 2-0 shutout win, so we’ll move on today to the Eastern Conference Finals action, with the New York Rangers battling once more with the New Jersey Devils for Game 4 of their heated series. Both teams should be thankful to see that Phoenix held on in their series, so the Kings wouldn’t be treated to an extra couple days of rest as both the Devils and the Rangers have had many more games to push through in this years’ playoffs. With the Rangers up 2-1 heading into tonight’s game, it’s critical for the Devils to stand strong at home, or risk heading back to Madison Square Garden in a 3-1 series hole. At home, New Jersey stands as a slight favorite on the betting lines at Betonline Sportsbook, getting -114 odds to win straight up, with the visiting side Rangers only +103 underdogs. There’s no question that with the level of defensive play that New York is exhibiting in front of goalie Henrik Lundqvist, the Devils will have to be equally good on defense, and try to find a way to avoid so many blocked shots and put more pucks at Lundqvist tonight. Expect another low scoring affair to produce a great wagering opportunity once again to go under the 4 1/2 goals on the total points line, and a hard-fought hockey match-up here to make your wagers on this game just that much more exciting.
Rounding out Monday’s contribution to online sportsbook betting, turn focus over to Major League Baseball, which switches out of Interleague play to resume the traditional National League and American League showdowns. With 13 games on tap, you can be assured that there are some great looking wagers to be had on teams that continue to play top baseball heading into a new week, so make sure to watch out for teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of 4 straight, who challenge the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cincinnati Reds, who will be in a tough series looking for 3 straight wins as they take on the Atlanta Braves, and the Baltimore Orioles, who despite losing yesterday to the Washington Nationals, will look for their 8th win in 11 games at home against the Boston Red Sox. Other great MLB match-ups include the Philadelphia Phillies at home for a series against the aforementioned Washington Nationals, the Toronto Blue Jays headed south for what should be an exciting showdown with the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners, as the hosting M’s try for their 4th consecutive win in a row. Catch all these great betting opportunities and more today at the Betonline Sportsbook, and catch us again tomorrow for more updates on the exciting world of online sportsbook betting!