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2019-20 Stanley Cup futures odds: Stars’ stock rises

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We are nearing the busiest time in the NHL regular season where teams near the top of the standings stock up on rental players for the playoffs while others are trying desperately to save their season and make sure they are still on the ice come spring. We look at the favorites, longshots, and all the odds to bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup this June.

Atlantic Division rivals Tampa Bay and Boston lead the way as betting favorites at online sportsbook Bet365 (as of Feb. 19, 2020). Through 60 games each, the Lightning trail the Bruins by one point in the standings but oddsmakers seem to lean towards Tampa Bay making a deeper run into the playoffs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, a Stanley Cup betting favorite for some before the season began, have underachieved all season. They are currently clinging to a playoff spot and their futures odds have dropped to +2,200 after being as short as +800 earlier this season.

The Edmonton Oilers have improved on their opening odds on the back of Leon Draisitl and Connor McDavid having stellar campaigns and they now sit at +1,800. The Dallas Stars, who have won 13 of 19 in 2020, have seen their stock creep to a promising +1,100, while the defending-champion St. Louis Blues currently sit at +1,000.

Odds to win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup

Team Odds to win 2019-20 Stanley Cup
Tampa Bay Lightning +450
Boston Bruins +550
Pittsburgh Penguins +800
St Louis Blues +1,000
Dallas Stars +1,100
Colorado Avalanche +1,100
Washington Capitals +1,100
Vegas Golden Knights +1,500
Edmonton Oilers +1,800
Vancouver Canucks +2,200
Toronto Maple Leafs +2,200
New York Islanders +2,200
Carolina Hurricanes +2,200
Philadelphia Flyers +2,200
Colombus Blue Jackets +2,800
Calgary Flames +2,800
Arizona Coyotes +3,000
Florida Panthers +3,000
Nashville Predators +3,500
Winnipeg Jets +3,500
Minnesota Wild +5,500
New York Rangers +6,000
Chicago Blackhawks +6,600
Buffalo Sabres +15,000
Montreal Canadiens +17,500
San Jose Sharks +20,000
Anahiem Ducks +30,000
Los Angeles Kings +150,000
New Jersey Devils +150,000
Ottawa Senators +150,000
Detroit Red Wings +499,900

Understanding Stanley Cup Odds

Sportsbooks will post odds for the Stanley Cup before the season starts. These odds are constantly adjusted throughout the offseason as players get hurt, suspended or are traded. Once the regular season begins, title odds will change daily as teams win and lose games and as more players get hurt, suspended or traded. Sportsbooks will also adjust the NHL odds based on handle and liability to certain teams.

Stanley Cup odds will usually look like this:

  • Washington Capitals +250

This means that on a $100 bet, you’ll stand to win $250 if the Caps win the Stanley Cup. If it’s close to the end of the regular season or even during the playoffs and the NHL has a very dominant team, you might see that a team is has a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning  -120

This means that you would need to bet $120 to win $100 on a Lightning Stanley Cup win.

Above we have posted the American odds for the Stanley Cup. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.

How to bet NHL Futures Odds

There are many strategies to consider when making a futures bet on the winner of the Stanley Cup Finals. Obviously, you’re looking to bet on who you think can make it through the NHL playoffs and come out on top. So just because a team is in first place at midseason, doesn’t mean that’s the team to beat come May and June.

One thing to consider is the current NHL playoffs format, where the top three teams from each conference plus two wild card teams make up the eight teams from each conference. Then, a team needs to win its way out of its division before getting to the conference championship round. This season, Tampa Bay and Boston are the two top teams in the entire league but they are on a collision course to meet in the second round of the playoffs.

Also, consider how an injury may affect a futures bet. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is playing out of his mind at the moment and hasn’t lost in regulation since Dec. 14, 2019. But what if he gets hurt? Tampa Bay would then turn to backup Curtis McElhinney and its odds would drop considerably, meaning there would be value in other Eastern Conference teams like the Bruins and Penguins.

Finally, the trade deadline occurs on February 24, 2020. Almost every year, some contenders will make big moves to bolster their rosters — and their odds to win it all. Keep an eye on trade moves and if you see a contender add an impact player, try to get your bet in before oddsmakers update the lines.

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

MLB picks and predictions for Opening Day

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It was a long and scary road, but we finally get MLB betting back on Thursday, July 23. Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened 60-game baseball schedule is headlined by a pair of matchups, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers rekindling their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants.

Like we do each MLB season (COVID-19 or not), we’ll be taking a swing at today’s baseball odds and giving our best MLB picks and predictions. Up first: Opening Day 2020.

MLB picks for today

New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was supposed to miss the start of the season back in the spring, but the delay to the 2020 campaign allowed the outfielder to heal up from broken ribs and return to his longball-launching self.

Judge looked great in New York’s warmup games, albeit for a limited number of at-bats. He went 3-for-7 with all three hits leaving the ballpark. And he wasn’t alone, with the Yankees’ other power bats providing plenty of pop around him in the order. He’ll get a chance to go yard again on Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Aaron Judge home run (+210)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants are no strangers to Clayton Kershaw, who has long dominated the Dodgers’ divisional foes. In 49 career appearances against San Francisco, The Claw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and has allowed just 0.71 hits per innings pitched in those starts.

The Giants don’t pose much of an offensive threat, averaging 8.22 hits per game in 2019. San Francisco has managed 45 total hits in its last eight starts against Kershaw – an average of 0.86 hits per inning faced. Given the Dodgers’ ace looked ready for work in his tune-up efforts, we could see him go seven innings or more on Thursday, panning out to a little over six hits for San Fran.

PREDICTION: Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)

Mookie Betts has reportedly landed a whale of a contract extension with the Dodgers after joining the ballclub this offseason via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. And what better way to lock down that deal than an impressive effort on Opening Day.

Betts recorded 313 total bases in 2019 (30th) and 353 in 2018 (fourth). He’s been swinging well in training sessions this offseason: in 27 at-bats during the spring/summer schedule, he has 13 total bases, including two doubles and a home run, while hitting leadoff during Summer Camp. We like that to continue into Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)

Top MLB consensus for today

Want to know who today’s biggest MLB betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top MLB consensus picks.

Opening Day betting card

  • Aaron Judge home run (+210)
  • Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
  • Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)