Major League Baseball games, 1 NHL playoff match-up …

Though the offerings for online sportsbook betting on Thursday find a few less options as the NBA Basketball playoffs take a day off with teams switching cities, we’ll turn to another great day of options for betting on Major League Baseball, as well as one pivotal match-up in the NHL playoffs as the Nashville Predators play host in Game for of their series with the Vancouver Canucks, down 2-1 in the series with a crucial win needed before the match-up shifts back to Vancouver for Game 5 ahead. With just one match-up in playoff play tonight, we’ll jump out of the wagering gates and set our sights on this game first and foremost, picking another one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here for our wagering platform. We’ve saddled up to the betting lines at the Sports Interaction Sportsbook (read the review of Interaction Sportsbook) for today’s wagers, and with the Canucks being a slight favorite heading in for Game 4, and expecting a close outcome, once again we’ll try to hedge a wager on the over bet on total goals, as we continue to wait for the scoring to grow each and every game as it has so far in this series (1-0, 2-1, 3-2). With the total showing 5 goals as the over/under, we’re once again looking for the top goal scorers to show up sooner or later, and provide some offense to break through the previously solid goaltending efforts of Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne.

With our focus otherwise turned to the action in Major League Baseball as 12 games dot the sports betting landscape, a number of solid possibilities are on tap for placing potentially profitable wagers on games around the league. Breaking into the action in the National League first and foremost, we look for the San Francisco Giants beginning a turnaround after stumbling under .500 this year, as they try to complete a sweep today against the New York Mets. With Jonathan Sanchez coming off one of his shakier performances (though earning a victory) in his last outing, and facing off against Mike Pelfrey (who while struggling on the road has been relatively lights out at home), this should be a pretty close affairs as the Mets try to pull together and get aggressive to avoid an embarrassing sweep that would send them to 12-19 on the year for a share of the worst current record in baseball. Runs continue to be hard to come by in this series, so while we’re banking on the Giants to complete the series flush, look to the over/under for a good shot at picking up some duckets as this game once again is unlikely to bust the total runs margin. Sticking with bets on the total points, the St. Louis vs. Florida series has produced plenty of offense, and although Josh Johnson gets the start for the Marlins today, up against Jake Westbrook there should be plenty of runs to go around as both teams hold hot bats early in this season. Also look for Roy Halladay on the mound as Philadelphia hosts Washington in what should amount to a solid win for the Phillies, and we’ll also plant a quick little wager on the Milwaukee Brewers to pull out a road win in a good pitching duel between Shaun Marcum and Brandon Beachy.

Over in the American League today, an early game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox kicks off the wagering options at Sports Interaction Sportsbook for the other side of the Major League Baseball spectrum, as Joel Pineiro looks for another solid start against former Angel Jon Lackey. Looking to earn a series split on the road after an exciting 13 inning victory late last night, a more confident Angels team against a former pitcher bodes well for the Angels grabbing the last two games of the series today, especially considering that Lackey has been the weakest link of the Boston rotation so far this year. It’ll also be a good game to gauge Pineiro, who looks for his first win on the year building off a solid first outing that resulted in a tough loss (7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run to Tampa on April 30th). Next in line for sports betting, we turn to the Toronto vs. Tampa Bay series, with a stellar pitching match-up as David Price and Kyle Drabek square off, with Price having previously gone undefeated in his career against the Jays (7-0 in 8 starts), and Tampa looking to win its 12th straight home series against Toronto with a win today. With two solid pitching options on tap, look for a low-scoring affair, though with the confidence Tampa has built over the past week, we’ll hedge our final wager of the day taking the Rays to close out the series today with a win. Look for a few other MLB match-ups today for betting on sports, including the Detroit Tigers hosting the New York Yankees, Texas and Seattle squaring off, with Baltimore vs. Kansas City and Oakland vs. Cleveland rounding out the games available today. Until tomorrow, enjoy the action in the sports world today at Sports Interaction Sportsbook, and we’ll catch you again for even more great options for online sports betting on Friday!

Aaron G.