The Bruins will try to halt a two-game skid and are home favorites over the Stars on Thursday night as Dallas looks for its second straight win on the road.
We build the blueprint for betting this marquee matchup on the NHL odds board, from our favorite bets for the side and total to some quick-paying picks and prop plays.
After a wicked stretch that included 12 wins in 13 games, the Bruins are learning how the other half lives with losses in two straight. Monday’s 5-2 home setback against the Flames was particularly disappointing for bettors who laid -200 on the moneyline with Boston.
Dallas comes in having won seven of nine after a 4-1 road victory over Carolina on Tuesday. The Stars have struggled early in games this season and have scored just 47 goals in the first period, fourth-fewest in the NHL. Expect the Bruins to regain their form on the back end after allowing 14 goals in the last two games. Despite that recent defensive lapse, the first-period Under is still 9-1 in the last 10 games for Boston.
Pick: 1st Period Under 1.5 (-132)
After a dismal 1-7-1 start to the season, the Stars have pulled to within four points of the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division. Dallas is riding high and has registered at least a point in eight straight road games, but they are going up against a Bruins defense that has allowed the second-fewest second-period goals in the NHL this season.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had few kind words to offer up about his team after Monday’s loss to Calgary except the stellar play of the fourth line. Expect Sean Kuraly, Par Lindholm, and Chris Wagner to put pressure on the Stars and see some extended run in the period of the long change.
Pick: Bruins Second Period Three-Way Moneyline (+130)
This is a homecoming game for Tyler Seguin, who was the Bruins’ first-round pick back in 2010. Seguin spent the first three seasons of his career in Boston and has scored four goals at TD Garden against his former team including a hat trick in the 2015-16 season. Seguin has goals in back-to-back games and will be highly motivated to get on the scoresheet in some way against the team who drafted him.
Pick: Tyler Seguin Over 0.5 Points (-114)
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This appears to be a bad matchup for the Dallas offense. Despite some recent struggles, Boston has one of the best back lines in the NHL and the Stars are ranked 25th in scoring. Tuuka Rask has allowed 10 goals in his last two games breaking a string of 11 straight starts allowing two goals or fewer. He made 28 saves and allowed just one goal in a 2-1 victory in Dallas earlier this season. The Under has hit in two straight for the Stars as they have held their opponents to just one goal in both games.
Pick: Under 5.5 (-140)
FULL GAME SIDE
Ben Bishop struggled in his last start between the pipes for Dallas, allowing four goals on just 13 shots in a blowout loss to the Blues. He hasn’t started a game at TD Garden since the 2016-17 season as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning allowing four goals on 30 shots in a 4-1 Bruins win.
With adversity knocking after two straight setbacks, expect veterans like Brad Marchand to step up for the Bruins. Marchand has recorded a point in seven straight games as the first line for Boston has been stellar all season. He also has eight goals and 17 points in 14 career games against Dallas. Expect the Bruins to bounce back as Bishop is shaky in net.
Pick: Bruins -1.5 (+160)
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|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1,800|
|New York Mets||+2,000|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+2,500|
|San Diego Padres||+2,500|
|Chicago White Sox||+3,000|
|Los Angeles Angels||+3,000|
|Boston Red Sox||+5,000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+10,000|
|San Francisco Giants||+30,000|
|Kansas City Royals||+30,000|
Odds courtesy The SuperBook
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
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Opening Day betting card
- Aaron Judge home run (+210)
- Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
- Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)