Another day, another team out of the playoffs. With the dismissal of the Los Angeles Lakers from the NBA postseason at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, we’re another step closer towards the NBA Conference Finals, and for Tuesday the NBA action shifts over to the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers getting set to square off with their series evened at two games apiece. Getting the online sports betting started right away at the Bovada Sportsbook, one of the top reviewed sportsbook found here at CR. Back home in South Florida, the Miami Heat enter Game 5 tonight as 6 1/2 point favorites to win straight up, but just like in Game 2, where the Pacers snuck away with a tight victory to even the series, you can bet tonight’s match-up will be hotly contested, and close down to the wire with Indiana proving they can hang with the best from the East. Make sure to check out all the betting options for this intense match-up, which has reached critical mass through 4 games, and expect an exciting outcome to greatly enhance the sportsbook betting today.
Shifting gears to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Phoenix Coyotes will continue on their quest to do the impossible; recover from a 3-0 series deficit against the Los Angeles Kings. After stealing away a win on Sunday in LA to avoid elimination, Phoenix now will have the comfort of home ice under their skates, and with a win would make this series all the much more intriguing. It’s evident that defense is a huge priority for the Coyotes, needing a shutout from goalie Mike Smith to secure them a 2-0 win in Game 4, so look for Phoenix once again to take a page out of the Kings playbook, to chase down every loose puck, finish all their checks, and put lots of pressure on in the offensive zone. The Kings on the other hand need to regroup and get back to their poised and intense style of hockey, which went absent for stretches during their Game 4 loss at home. Expect both team to be at their best tonight, the scoring to be low and hard to come by, and look for good betting options taking the Kings as +105 underdogs (they are undefeated on the road in the NHL playoffs this year), and/or the underside of the total points line set once again at 4 1/2 goals.
Moving over to games in Major League Baseball at Bovada Sportsbook, there’s plenty of great action stretched across the 15 games made available on the MLB schedule, so dive right into the online sports betting lines for a closer look at which teams are getting the best odds on Tuesday. Interesting games to check out include the Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners, with the M’s on the upswing looking for their 5th straight win after Felix Hernandez outdueled Texas’ Yu Darvish in the series opener. Texas should be able to get their bats going against Seattle’s Hector Noesi, and we like the Rangers to cover the 1 1/2 runs against the spread at -110 odds. Another good-looking match-up to check out is the one between the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers, with quality pitching in the form of Matt Cain and the Brewers’ Shaun Marcum setting the tone for what should be a low-scoring night for the two clubs. Catch the best pitching match-up of the evening taking place in Philadelphia tonight, as the Washington Nationals bring up Jordan Zimmerman to go toe-to-toe with the Phillies’ Roy Halladay. This should be a game well worth watching tonight, and with the Phillies desperate to get out of a 3-game skid, expect a big night from Halladay to prop them up for a victory at home. Check out other exciting MLB pairings at the Atlanta Braves face the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Red Sox clash again with the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, and the Los Angeles Dodgers look for 6 straight wins if they can get past the Arizona Diamondbacks once again on the road. Enjoy all this great action for online sports betting at the top reviewed sportsbook found at Bovada, and as always we wish you the best of luck in all your wagers placed throughout the week to come!