As we move closer towards the weekend and the NBA and NHL playoffs continue onward with more exciting action each night, we turn to another one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed at WagerWeb Sportsbook (read the review of WagerWeb Sportsbook), for today’s solid betting options across a multitude of sports leagues. From tonight’s NBA Conference Final in the West featuring Game 2 of the Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series, to the NHL Eastern Conference Final with Tampa Bay hosting the Boston Bruins for Game 3, to the usual selection of 15 Major League Baseball games, there’s no doubt that the best wagering can be found at WagerWeb Sportsbook today, or any day of the week. After a solid playoff day yesterday that saw the Miami Heat play a surprisingly strong defense game en route to an 85-75 win and a 1-1 series tie against the Chicago bulls, today we look to the prospects of the same happening in the Dallas vs. OKC series, with the Thunder this time needing to even the series on the road to avoid slipping 2-0 in the series and having lots of ground to make up against a very confident Mavericks side. With our first online sports wager on the day, Oklahoma City find itself a 5 1/2 point underdog at WagerWeb, with a 200 1/2 point over under (not at all surprising considering the 233 points put up in the first game). No doubt Dirk Nowitzki has to come back down to Earth at least a little after his amazing 48 point Game 1 performance, and Russell Westbrook will be better (3-15 shooting) tonight for the Thunder to ease the load on Kevin Durant, so with an even closer game in mind for tonight, we’ll hedge a wager taking the Thunder to cover the points, and hopefully even this series up to make it all the more interesting.
Venturing to the second playoff game scheduled for Thursday’s wagering at WagerWeb Sportsbook, we turn to the Eastern Conference Finals and a 1-1 series tie between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the latter team getting to host Game 3 and 4 on home ice, and looking to bounce back from a hectic 6-5 loss that seemed to watch the defense just go completely out the window. After putting up a combined 18 goals over the first two games of this series, it’s surprising that WagerWeb still lists the over/under at 5 1/2 goals, however, it’s very fitting considering the likelihood of a regression to the average for both these teams. Both Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas, goaltenders for Tampa Bay and Boston respectively, allowed an average of 2 goals per game each for the first two series of this year’s playoffs. There has been an unusually large amount of blown defensive assignments, lucky puck bounces, and most of the scoring has been produced by unexpected figures. Although this series continues to see goal scoring come at a whim, there simply has to be a shutdown defensive effort on one side of the puck (at least) eventually, so we’ll shoot for the under wager on 5 1/2 goals to try and catch a change in scoring tides for tonight’s game. Looking for the actual outcome of tonight’s match-up, I like Tim Thomas’ chances as the first goaltender to hold scoring down, as well as the bigger bodies of the Boston Bruins defense to come up strong against the Tampa Bay scoring lines.
Moving along to bets today on Major League Baseball, look to games on the last day before interleague play begins to provide plenty of solid action for online sports betting, with great series concluding on both sides of the American League/National League divide. Starting in the NL, the Giants and Dodgers wrap up another series together, as two good pitchers with unfortunate records and run support clash, with someone eventually getting a win tonight. Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco sports a sub-4.00 ERA, yet has not been able to get any run support, losing his first 6 decisions of the year. Chad Billingsley has had similar luck, losing his last four starts though giving up no more than 3 runs in any of those contests. With the Giants looking to be hitting stride with luck on their side lately, we’ll put in a wager on San Francisco to prevail and give Bumgarner his first victory today. Elsewhere in the NL, spot good potential wagers as Colorado and Philadelphia clash, and the increasingly tough Jhoulys Chacin takes on Kyle Kendrick, in Arizona the Diamonbacks battle the Braves with Josh Collmenter facing Jair Jurrjens in what should be a low scoring affair, and in St. Louis Kyle McClellan looks to be the first NL pitcher to record 6 wins, and gets a good match-up to do so against struggling Houston. Check out further good series-ending contests tonight in the American League as the Seattle Mariners look for a rare sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, Ricky Romero and Wade Davis duel in Toronto as the Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays, and Boston looks for win number 6 in a row as the Red Sox host the Detroit Tigers. Find these great match-ups and more for online sports betting at one of the best sports betting websites at WagerWeb.com.