The 2011 spring playoff season continues to get a little rowdier, and a little more unpredictable with each passing day, and for online sports betting as the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals continue towards their eventual conclusion, it becomes all the more exciting with each passing game. After last night’s conclusion of the most lopsided victory in the Stanley Cup Finals in 15 years, ending in an 8-1 win for the Boston Bruins amidst plenty of controversy (a concussion to Boston’s Nathan Horton, resulting in a 4-game suspension for Vancouver’s Aaron Rome), we prepare for what is certain to be another dramatic game in the NBA Finals tonight, as the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat prepare for battle in Game 4 with plenty on the line. With Miami leading in the series 2-1, and with only 2 games remaining in Dallas before the series shifts back to South Florida for the final two games (if necessary), tonight’s game is essentially a must-win situation for the Mavericks. Could we finally see a Dallas team control a ball game from start to finish, or will the Mavericks continue to just keep pace and falter once more at the end? One thing is for certain there will likely be no blowouts on the horizon, as this series has had the last two games end in a two-point margin of victory, and today’s betting lines at the Bodog Sportsbook (read the review of Bodog Sportsbook) finds the Mavericks with a -3 on the Spread, and a -145 to win on the money line. With the total points for each game getting smaller, and defense (or lack thereof) being the key to victory, We’re shooting for an under total points (187) wager today, along with the Heat to cover the points.
Up next on the online sports betting docket at the top sportsbook featured at Bodog, we turn to the 15 games slated for Major League Baseball today, as every team in the league gets into action across the United States and plenty of great match-ups will make for some exciting sports betting for Tuesday. Heading to the National League games set for the day, we check out a number of favorable bets, leading off with the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Philadelphia Phillies as the veteran Roy Oswalt faces rookie pitcher Rubby De La Rosa who gets called into the starting rotation for the first time. As we’ve witnessed over the past few weeks with fill-in pitchers coming from the minors or out of the bullpen for their first start, the adjustments for opposition hitting have been hard to come by early in games, leading to low scoring contests. Adding Roy Oswalt into the equation, who looks for his first win in 7 weeks and has pitched well historically against the Dodgers (5-0, 1.49 ERA in six starts dating to 2007), and we’ve got the making for another low-scoring game like last night, as both the Dodgers’ and Phillies’ bats have been erratic and prone to long spells of low production. Shifting to the next game we’re eyeing for a potential wager, we look to Milwaukee vs. the New York Mets, with the Brewers owning the best home record in the league. Shawn Marcum stands to improve that record, with a good match-up against the Mets’ Chris Capuano who has struggled to pitch consistently throughout his outings, and with Milwaukee looking for a 5th straight win, we’ll back the money line wager at -1 1/2 runs (+110) taking the Brewers to win.
Moving along to the next match-up of interest, the Florida Marlins also start a rookie tonight against Atlanta, and things can’t get much worse for the Fish, who have lost 5 straight at home and 8 of their last 10 overall. Facing Tommy Hanson tonight, it looks like a tough one for Florida to pull out, but we’ll make a gamble on the over total points at 7 1/2, as we look for the Braves’ bats to come awake tonight against the rookie Brad Hand (starting in place of injured Josh Johnson). Look for a few additional low-scoring match-ups as Pittsburgh faces Arizona (Kevin Correia vs. Dan Hudson), and San Francisco faces Washington (Jonathan Sanchez vs. Jordan Zimmerman), count on strong pitching duels to be well worth a stab at the under wager on total runs. Checking out the best options for bets on the American League games today, take a look over the Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays game as Angels’ staff ace Dan Haren tries to end a 3-game losing streak with the help of possible Tampa absences by Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton, and in Chicago Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners tries to bounce his team back against the White Sox in what should a tight showdown against Philip Humber. Rounding out our foray into online sportsbook betting at Bodog Sportsbook today, the best series of the week gets underway as the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees begin today in the Bronx with 1st place in the AL East on the line. Jon Lester faces Freddy Garcia, who has had a resurgence in his career with the Yankees, and has gotten plenty of run support against Boston, however with a rematch against Lester tonight, Boston’s bats get the better of him, and we’ll take the Red Sox with the -1 1/2 runs at +125. Make sure to check out all the available lines for betting on sports at the best sports betting website at Bodog, and have a great Tuesday with hopefully plenty of wins for your sportsbook account!