The Los Angeles Kings are one win from the Stanley Cup in New Jersey, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics play Game 7 and Manny Pacquiao takes on Timothy Bradley in one of the biggest fights in 2012. Who said June was a quiet month for sports betting?
Since 1996, the Devils have a record of 5 overs and 17 unders In Stanley Cup Finals with a combined 4.1 total goals per game
The Los Angeles Kings had not planned a Stanley Cup party before their Game 4 showdown with New Jersey, but judging by the activity at sports handicapping sites and online books, the majority of bettors had all but written off the Devils.
A 4-0 loss in Game 3 was the catalyst but prior to that, New Jersey had only been outscored 4-2 and both losses were in overtime. Sportsbooks made a killing when New Jersey’s Adam Henrique iced the Kings Wednesday and the correction has been made for Game 5 but the public money is still flowing to the road team.
Perhaps a 10-0 playoff road record and 1.39 goals against average for Jonathan Quick are responsible. New Jersey’s 0-for-15 power play in this series doesn’t help but the Kings are only 9-for-83 (10.8-percent) with the man advantage in the postseason. You’ll find them ranked 14th, right down at the bottom with Boston (8.7-percent) and Chicago (5.3-percent) – the Stanley Cup winners from 2011 and 2010.
NHL odds opened at Devils -111 and now favor the Kings -111 with a total of 4.5 UN (-115).
– LA lost Game 4 in Round’s 1 and 3 at home but rebounded to take the series in Game 5 (Canucks, Coyotes). They swept St. Louis in four-straight.
– The Kings have a recent record of 3 overs and 16 unders against non-conference opponents. All four games of this series have stayed under the total and the Kings vs. Devils have played under the total eight of nine times since February, 2009.
– In Stanley Cup Finals since 1996, the Devils have a record of 5 overs and 17 unders with a combined 4.1 total goals scored per game
NHL Picks: The Devils are looking to become the first team since the 1942 Maple Leafs to comeback from a 3-0 deficit and win the Stanley Cup. Online sportsbooks offer 8 to 1 odds on them winning three more games and we don’t even think they’ll win one. Our money for Game 5, however, is on the total.
Pick: Take the Kings-Devils Under 4.5 goals
Miami hosts Boston at 8:35 pm ET and NBA odds for the entire game favor the Heat -8 with a total of 178.5. The basketball betting odds for the first-half are Heat -4.5 and 89 and even though these teams have had plenty of time to feel each other out, the numbers suggest a slow start tonight.
– When a series is tied in this year’s playoffs there has been 3 overs and 10 unders in the first-half
This profile has produced a profit making record of 11 overs and 29 overs the past three years and 22 overs to 47 unders the past five years.
Pick: Take the Celtics and Heat Under 89 points (first-half)
IN THIS CORNER – PACQUIAO vs. BRADLEY
After the dust settles on Kings vs. Devils and Celtics vs. Heat betting, there is a huge bout scheduled between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Pinnacle Sports offers Pacquiao at -432 and Bradley +371 with total rounds Over 9.5 (-227). Those prices leave us only one option and our money is on the dog.
Pick: Take Bradley +371
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