It’s official. There are only 2 more possible games left to go for the 2011 spring playoff season in professional sports, as last night’s decisive 105-95 win for the Dallas Mavericks cemented their first NBA Championship, as well as our last shot at wagering on the NBA until the fall. Though it’s been an exciting ride once again for sports fans, and even more so for those fans putting their money at stake for the games throughout this year’s playoffs, it’s not without a bittersweet feeling that we see the NBA doors close, with questions around a possible lockout as the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement is set to end and next year’s season remains in doubt much like that of the NFL. Though there’s little doubt that months of speculation will dot the headlines of the major sports websites and blogs much as it has for the National Football League, we’ll continue to take our sports action one day at a time as we get it, and today turn our focus to the next exciting playoff showdown scheduled as the Vancouver Canucks head to face the Boston Bruins in an elimination game for the Stanley Cup trophy. In a drama-filled match-up that finds the Canucks benefitting from home-ice advantage and holding a 3-2 series lead with one more home game if needed, Boston will need to continue their winning ways in front of the home crowd at TD Garden, and once again turn on the offense that was present in Games 3 and 4, should they hold out for a final showdown back in Vancouver in the rowdy Rogers Arena. If you haven’t been keeping tabs on the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this year, there’s no question that you’ll want to take a moment to join in the fun and excitement of watching this fast-paced, hard-hitting game at its possible apex, and join us today in wagering on what is arguably the best playoff season of any sport, anywhere in the world. Catch up with us today with bets on Game 6 tonight at the WagerWeb Sportsbook (read the review of WagerWeb Sportsbook), one of the best online sports betting websites reviewed right here.
Tonight’s game features an expected breakdown of betting options for the Vancouver vs. Boston match-up, with the home team Bruins getting the favorable treatment at WagerWeb.com. Boston is -140 to win tonight, and gets a +210 for a -1 1/2 goal margin of victory while Vancouver sits at +120 on the money line, and gets a -250 for a +1 1/2 goal margin of defeat. There really has been no bigger factor in this playoff series than the home ice advantage, however we must throw everything out the window as the Stanley Cup will be present in the building, and both teams will be playing this game like it’s their last. No doubt the eyes on the Canucks will be looking at Roberto Luongo, who tries to shake off his sketchy road play and silence his critics tonight, as well as the Sedin twins who have scored only 2 points in this series combined, while the eyes on the Bruins look to Tim Thomas to be his usual outstanding self, and hope that the Bruins power play can once again be a difference maker in tonight’s game. However, as we’ve seen in many of the series-ending games so far, the hero is rarely the one who typically gets all the attention. No one is going to be doling out controversial hits. There will be pushing, shoving, and name-calling, but no fighting. This is going to be a game that comes down simply to who is the better team on this day. Throw everything you may know about these two teams so far in the series out the window. It’s one game to decide the Cup tonight, and in a dog fight to the end, we’ll bank on the Vancouver Canucks with another late goal to be the difference maker, and to cap a low-scoring game in the record books as they grab their first Stanley Cup Trophy in team history. Regardless of where your alliance lies for this match-up, expect a hard-fought exciting battle to be one of the best games so far in this year’s playoffs, worthy of a wager at the top sportsbook at WagerWeb.com.
Checking out further options for betting on sports today, we’ll conclude the NCAA Baseball Championships with two wagers for the Game 3′s in action today, as the last two spots for the College World Series get filled with the victors in the best-of-three series ending this afternoon and evening. A surprising UC Irvine continues to pester #1 Virginia as they look for an upset bid to the CWS, and we’ll look for a low-scoring game as Will Roberts (one of only 8 pitchers since 1957 to throw a perfect game), takes on fellow Junior Crosby Slaught today. With Roberts going at an 11-1, 1.61 ERA clip through 16 starts this season, no doubt Irvine is up against the wall, but an underdog is always a fun wager to make, especially with a good looking betting line. With few upsets in the tournament so far, we’ll side with Irvine hoping for luck to prevail against the top-ranked team in the nation. Make sure to check out the second game of the day as Texas A&M faces Florida State, with the Aggies at +175 underdogs visiting the Gators, who dismantled Texas 23-9 yesterday to even the 3-game series and force tonight’s Game 3. However, Texas A&M has saved their best pitcher for tonight’s match-up in Michael Wacha, who has given up only 1 run in his last 21 innings of work. He’ll be the one to watch today against the mighty FSU bats, and could see his team to victory especially if the Aggies can crack Hunter Scantling, who has been shaky in his last three starts (7.72 ERA, .333 opponent batting average). These two games today will be a great start to the College World Series to come, so if baseball is your game, check out the wagering options on these two games and check out the exciting action tonight amidst all the great collegiate-level fanfare.
Sticking with baseball for Monday, we turn as usual towards Major League Baseball, with a few series wrapping up on Monday, and a few new series getting underway. Concluding a 4-game series in New York today, the Yankees try to sweep the Cleveland Indians out of town, ending what has been a strong start for The Tribe in this 2011 campaign. It doesn’t look good for Indians fans tonight, as even though they’ll face A.J. Burnett, perennially the weakest link in the Yanks rotation, the Yankee bats have lit up the Cleveland staff, and should get a hold of Carlos Carrasco tonight as well. Check out a strong pitching duel in Seattle which should precipitate a very low-scoring affair as Mariners starter Jason Vargas battles Los Angeles Angels ace Dan Haren, and continue to look for this series to see very few runs as Seattle has one of the hottest rotations in baseball right now, and plays at home in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the league. Also note that Los Angeles has been struggling to produce runs as well, losing 8 of 10, and averaging only 2.2 runs per game over that stretch. Check out series getting underway in the National League as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds with our money on Bronson Arroyo for the Reds, as Hiroki Kuroda for the Dodgers has lost 4 straight appearances due to little or no run support. The red-hot Atlanta Braves look for their 7th straight as Derek Lowe faces Wandy Rodriguez for the Houston Astros in a good match-up, and we’ll plant a wager on Randy Wolf to pick up a road win for the Brewers at the Chicago Cubs today, hedging on Ryan Dempster to come back down to earth after a good outing last Wednesday, and return to rocky ways in a loss tonight. Enjoy all the action ahead today and scheduled for this week, and find your best bets at the best online sportsbooks reviewed here each and every day.