Game 2 NBA Playoffs Betting Breakdowns / What to Bet on the MLB Monday Menu

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What’s Happening Today in Sports Betting?

NBA Playoffs Continue Monday

Favorites went 4-0 straight up on Sunday but 2-2 against the spread with the Nets (+4 at Celtics) & Bulls (+10.5 at Bucks) covering as dogs in SU losses; Heat (-6.5 vs. Hawks) & Suns (-9.5 vs. Pelicans) covered as chalk; home teams (same as faves) also 4-0 SU & 2-2 ATS; Unders went 3-1. Favorites went 7-1 SU in Game 1s on Saturday & Sunday, but just 5-3 ATS; home teams 6-2 SU (Mavs lost as home underdog, accounting for the difference), but just 4-4 ATS; Over/Unders tied 4-4 after Unders went 6-0 in the play-in tournament.
–Dave Tuley

Here’s the Monday schedule of Game 2s:

7:30 p.m. ET – Raptors vs. 76ers (-7, 217.5)
8:30 p.m. ET – Jazz (-5.5, 205.5) vs. Mavericks
10 p.m. ET – Nuggets vs. Warriors (-7, 224.5)

Jonathan Von Tobel: Throughout the playoffs, you can find JVT’s daily best bets and market report HERE.

JVT also talked about the adjustments from Game 1 to Game 2 on Hardwood Handicappers. LISTEN HERE

Steve Makinen: Point Spread Weekly editor Steve Makinen has a boatload of betting trends for the first round with some surprising angles, like this one: Game 2s with a double-digit home favorite are 11-3 to the Under in the last 14 games. Read more of Steve’s trends HERE.

Favorites on Fire Last Two Days in NHL

Favorites in the NHL went 14-0 on Saturday and had another nice day on Sunday as well, basically going 6-0, as the Sabres won as basically a pick ’em (slight favorite some places) against the Flyers. There have been a lot of big favorite prices of late as the regular season winds down. The playoff chase is on in the Western Conference, but the Eastern Conference playoff teams are all pretty much decided.

There are six games on the board for tonight with four big favorites (Flames, Avalanche, Golden Knights, Hurricanes) and two competitive lines (Senators/Kraken, Stars/Canucks).

Current Stanley Cup favorites at DraftKings:
Colorado Avalanche +350
Florida Panthers +550
Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs +900
Tampa Bay Lightning +1100
Carolina Hurricanes +1200
Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild +1600

VSiN Programming: NBA Playoffs, MLB in the Spotlight


Monday’s VSiN schedule is HERE.

  • Matt Youmans and Pauly Howard start us off with Follow The Money (7 a.m. ET), as they’ll be joined by FiveThirtyEight NBA writer Mike Prada and get NFL Draft analysis from Tim Jenkins
  • Jonathan Von Tobel and Preston Johnson join Gill Alexander for A Numbers Game (10 a.m. ET) to chat NBA Playoffs; Paul Sporer of FanGraphs also joins for MLB talk
  • Afternoon highlights include Thomas Gable from Borgata Sportsbook on The Lombardi Line (Noon ET), Rotowire MLB analyst Jeff Erickson on Odds On (2 p.m. ET), Chris Miles to chat NBA on Betting Across America (3 p.m. ET) and Dieter Kurtenbach on the Warriors and Derek Carty on MLB on The Edge (4 p.m. ET
  • Stormy Buonantony welcomes two of our guys in the desert, Jimmy Vaccaro and Vinny Magliulo from South Point, among four guests on My Guys in the Desert (5 p.m. ET)
  • Evening and nighttime highlights include "The Burke Brothers" on Rush Hour (6 p.m. ET), Adam Levitan from Establish The Run on Prime Time Action (7 p.m. ET), live NBA updates on The Night Cap (10 p.m. ET) and Greg Peterson’s MLB takes on The Lookahead (1 a.m. ET)

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Josh Appelbaum’s Market Insights

Josh takes a look at the betting markets for sharp action and the line moves. Is today’s update on MLB or the NBA Playoffs? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to read Josh’s Monday article. READ MORE

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