After another exciting and action-packed weekend of sports, the competition in the NBA and NHL playoffs once again set the tone for online sports betting heading into Monday, as elimination games start to bubble up, making each and every playoff game available just that much more interesting. Looking across some of the best options for betting on sports today, the NBA playoffs catch our attention first and foremost, as a number of series have been pushed to 3-1 mark after Sunday’s competition, and already last year’s champions, the Dallas Mavericks, have seen the exit signs after being defeated in 4 straight games by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Next up on the playoff chopping block are the Utah Jazz, who are down 3-0 in their series with San Antonio, a team that quite simply is just too good for the Jazz to compete with this postseason. For the first wager of the new day at Sportsbetting Sportsbook, one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here, look for San Antonio to wrap up on the road with a 4-game sweep, and challenge the -7.5 points against the spread. Utah hasn’t come within 12 points of the Spurs in this series so far, but expect them to make a strong final push in what could be their last game of the season. Secondly for NBA playoff action today, check out the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, in a series that still could be a long way from being over. While Los Angeles has managed to jump out with a 2-1 lead coming into Game 4 tonight, victory has been decided by an average of 3 points per game thus far, making this contest at Staples Center likely another close one. The Clips are just a 1 point favorite tonight at home after winning 87-86 in Game 3, but I’ll expect a higher scoring game this evening to challenge the 182.5 points on the over/under for the best looking wager on this match-up.
Moving along to action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings have become the first 8 seed in playoff history to oust the #1 and #2-seeded teams in their conference, and also have sealed the first spot in the Conference Finals to come. Heading into more elimination game action tonight, the Phoenix Coyotes, also of the Pacific division, look to cap off a great series of their own by knocking out the Nashville Predators, who sit down 3 games to 1 back in Glendale, AZ. If the ‘Yotes can close out the series tonight at home, they’ll have a little time themselves to prepare for a tough showdown of division rivals to come, but they’ll have to avoid letting the Predators get back in the series with a win tonight, which would force Game 6 back in Nashville later this week. Looking to the second game scheduled for the NHL playoffs today, catch what has been a truly exciting series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, with tonight’s Game 5 taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. With the series knotted at 2 games apiece, tonight’s showdown is a crucial one for both sides, as it looks more and more likely that this series will be pushed to 7 games to decide the outcome. Get set for another great, fast-paced contest this evening, as the New York Rangers take a slight edge on the betting lines playing at home, but Washington looks to be enjoying their underdog status in this year’s playoffs after being heavily favored to reach the Cup Finals in the two year prior, coming up short both times.
Turn your last strands of attention today towards the sports betting options set up for Major League Baseball, as per usual a number of series shift for the new week, and a few series played out over the weekend wrap up on Monday. First on the list of great baseball action for betting on sports is the highly anticipated meeting between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a 3-game series opening up at Dodger stadium as the hot-starting Barry Zito of the Giants faces and equally strong-starting Ted Lilly from the Dodgers. Another surprisingly good series taking off today features the AL West-leading Texas Rangers against the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, with the latter team looking for their 6th consecutive win and redemption against a Texas team that beat them 5 times in 6 games last season. Coming off a sweep of the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, Baltimore will try to contain the Texas bats, which have brutalized the O’s 46-17 in total runs over last year’s final 5 meetings. Next up on the baseball betting docket, turn to a great match-up between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets today, as Philly’s Roy Halladay faces New York’s Jonathon Niese, the Chicago White Sox do battle with division foes the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of their 4-game set featuring AL Central rivals, and expect an exciting series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks, as the surprising Lance Lynn of St. Louis shoots for 6-0 on the season, but will face a hefty challenge from Arizona’s Joe Saunders on the mound tonight, who has been spectacular with a complete game shut-out under his belt already, and a 1.24 ERA through 5 games pitched. Expect a wealth of options like these games to be available for online sports betting at the Sportsbetting Sportsbook, and start your week off with hopefully some wagering wins on the available games for the NBA and NHL playoffs, as well as the host of options for MLB baseball. Until tomorrow, best of luck to you in all your sportsbook betting endeavors, and we hope to see you around here tomorrow for more updates on all the best wagering options at one of the top reviewed sportsbooks found at CR.