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Damian Lillard to take advantage of downed Raptors, and the NBA bets you need to make this Tuesday

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There are 12 teams in action across the Association today, headlined by a matchup of stud point guards in what should be a competitive East versus West battle as Kyle Lowry and the Raptors host Dame Lillard and the Trail Blazers as 2.5-point favorites.

Monique Vág is here to bring you the must-read notes from around the NBA to help you make the day’s best wagers.

KEEPING THINGS CLOSE

The Portland Trail Blazers have struggled when they face off versus the Raptors, winning only twice over their last 10 games. And although they’ve struggled to get wins, the last three matchups have been very close, seeing an average score of 118-117 in favor of Toronto.

The Raptors received more bad news injury wise as Fred VanVleet will join Marc Gasol, Norman Powell, and Pascall Siakam on the sidelines. In what projects to be a close game, take Portland on the spread getting 2.5-points.

BUILDING A STREAK

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 1.5-point favorites as they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. OKC has won five in a row and nine of their last 10 games overall, while the Nets are slumping, having lost five straight.

Although the Thunder have not lit up the scoreboard on the road this season, they meet a Nets team who have averaged only 100.7 points per game over their last three. With two teams trending in opposite directions, take the Thunder on the moneyline.

GETTING THEIR GROOVE BACK

The Memphis Grizzlies are 3.5-point favorites as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves who hope to get Karl-Anthony Towns back in the lineup after an extended absence.

The Grizzlies have been one of the higher scoring teams in the Association all year and turned it up over the last three games, leading the NBA at 128 points per contest. The Timberwolves have struggled without Towns in the lineup, but would receive a much needed offensive boost with him listed as questionable to return. Bet Over the game total of 228.5.

BACK-TO-BACK BLUES

The Sacramento Kings are playing the second half of a back-to-back after defeating Golden State last night 111-98. Today, they travel to Phoenix to take on a Suns team who have been struggling at home, winning only once in their last seven games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. On top of that, they have posted a 2-10 record in their last 12 games versus Western Conference opponents.

However, Sacramento has been one of the worst teams playing on consecutive days going 5-14 SU and 7-12 ATS dating back to 2018. With the Suns averaging 116.6 points per game on their home court, look for a big effort in front of the home crowd. Take Phoenix on the spread laying 6.5-points.

STARTING WITH A BANG

The Los Angeles Lakers are 12.5-point home favorites as they host the New York Knicks who have been one of the lowest scoring teams in the Association when it comes to scoring on the road, averaging 104.4 points per game away from home.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles has gotten out to very quick starts at the Staples Center averaging the highest points per game total at home at 31.4, with that number rising to 36 over their last three games. The Knicks on the other hand average only 25.8 away from home and will struggle going up against a Lakers team allowing only 25.3. Take Los Angeles on the first quarter spread laying 4-points.

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1

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Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Injuries

Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

Betting Trend to Know

Canucks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. Find the latest NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Golden Knights.

MONEYLINE PICK

The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)

OVER/UNDER PICK

Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)

PROP PICK

Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook