Elimination on the line in NHL, NBA playoffs, more great …

With the spring playoff season grinding forward after the elimination of yet another team last night as the Boston Celtics were unable to fend off the Miami Heat in Game 5, it’s becoming more and more evident that in the waning days of this year’s playoffs, fewer and fewer options are available for online sports betting, and every opportunity to get a piece of the action becomes more necessary before the lull of the summer months finds most baseball action and little else to wager on. Though the Major League Baseball season presents great chances for betting on sports day in and day out, the variety of wagers offered while the NHL, NBA, and major Football (Soccer to those in the U.S.) are still chugging along should not be discounted, as the diversity always makes for more exciting action at the top sports betting sites reviewed right here. As Thursday kicks off what will ultimately be another closing performance for at least one team in action tonight, we’ll make sure to set our bets for the action in both the NHL and NBA Conference Semifinals, as the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings head to Game 7 from HP Pavilion this evening, and the Chicago Bulls could close out their series on the road in Atlanta tonight in Game 6 as they lead 3-2 overall. For opening wagers in these key playoff battles, we’ll choose one of the tried-and-true online sports betting websites at the Betus.com sportsbook (read the review of Betus.com), where betting comes quickly and easily, the lines are always on par with industry standards, and the reputation for being one of the best sportsbooks in the business adds a solid level of confidence to each and every wager placed at this great sportsbook.

With the first playoff game of the evening taking place in the East as the Atlanta Hawks try to claw back in the series to even it at 3 games apiece, we can certainly admit that while the Hawks find themselves on the brink of elimination, they’ve gotten farther than most anyone expected, and have made this series interesting coming back after tough losses to regain footing and give themselves a chance. We’ll have to wait and see if Joe Johnson, Al Horford, and Jeff Teague can regain composure at home and push Game 7 back to Chicago, but for the sake of a good money line wager at +140, and to see some more basketball in this solid series, we root for the Hawks to edge out a win and put another game up on deck for online sports betting to come. Up next in playoff action, there’s no moving forward between the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals, as Game 7 finds two very talented teams both looking to secure a Conference Final showdown against the Vancouver Canucks, with both teams facing different obstacles tonight. Detroit has managed 3 straight wins behind their veteran leadership, after going down 0-3 in the series with San Jose, meanwhile the Sharks try to avoid becoming one of four teams that have lost after a 3 game advantage in the playoffs. The third period has been the Sharks unraveling in this series, however for tonight’s match-up, all bets are off as to how this game will pan out, except that we can all expect desperate play from both sides to make for one of the most intense, fastest-paced games this series has seen however for tonight’s match-up, all bets are off as to how this game will pan out, except that we can all expect desperate play from both sides to make for one of the most intense, fastest-paced games this series has seen yet. San Jose gets the advantage at home on the betting lines at BetUS Sportsbook today, and while we’re fans of seeing history play out, we’ll hedge on the Sharks to pull through, as lightning oh so rarely strikes twice in the NHL playoffs (after Philly’s comeback against Boston last season).

On to wagers in Major League Baseball, a relatively subdued schedule of 8 games finds us looking to lump in all the action across a handful of bets, starting with games in the American League as the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians get off to an early afternoon start. Yet another quality pitching match-up for this game is in store, with James Shields facing Justin Masterson (coincidentally both pitchers in my starting fantasy baseball roster), and with both pitchers having outstanding 2011 starts, look towards low scoring to be the best option for betting on sports today, as Cleveland tries to bounce back from its first home loss after 14 wins, while Tampa looks to surge to the top of the AL East with a win today. In that AL East race that’s already heating up, the New York Yankees try to bounce back from an 11 inning loss to the Kansas City Royals last night, after a rare, brilliant outing from A.J. Burnett was squandered by the Yankee pen in a 4-3 loss. In today’s match-up Ivan Nova looks to continue his strong form after settling into the season nicely, taking on Sean O’Sullivan in tonight’s match-up. With the Royals getting a boost from their recently called up prospect Eric Hosmer, they’ll look to once again battle with small ball to snag a win against New York, however for our wager on the game, we find them coming up short against the hot hand of Nova, and a rebound performance by the Yankee bats who look for redemption tonight. Check out the handful of other solid betting options on baseball as the Giants battle the Diamondbacks with Matt Cain dueling Dan Hudson, Ubaldo Jimenez starts at home for Colorado against the Mets and Jon Niese, St. Louis puts up Jaime Garcia to rebound after last nights’ big loss to the Cubs, and Derek Lowe looks to pick up a win at home as Atlanta hosts Washington. Find all these great bets at more at BetUS.com, one of the best online sportsbooks found anywhere on the web.

Aaron G.