What’s going on, ladies and gents?! Let’s get you caught up on what’s happening across the sports world on this Thursday afternoon.
–With the Lakers winning their play-in game by a 103-100 count over Golden St. last night at Staples Center, they became the Western Conference’s No. 7 seed. Los Angeles will now take on second-seeded Phoenix, starting with Sunday’s Game 1. Most betting shops have the Suns listed as three-point home favorites for the series opener at 3:35 p.m. Eastern on ABC. However, the defending champs are the favorites for the series. The Westgate SuperBook opened L.A. as a -185 ‘chalk.’ You can check out all the series odds in this tweet below from the Westgate’s Jeff Sherman:
–Golden St. led nearly the entire game before L.A. rallied late last night. With its possession falling apart, LeBron James hit a 35-footer at the shot-clock buzzer to put the Lakers in front by three. At the other end, Steph Curry penetrated off the dribble and found a wide open Jordan Poole in the corner for an uncontested trey. The potential tying shot from long distance was off the mark. The Warriors got a stop and took a timeout, but they threw the inbounds pass away and didn’t get a final shot. Nevertheless, they covered the number as 5.5 or six-point underdogs. Steve Kerr’s team hosts Memphis tomorrow night at 9:05 p.m. Eastern with the West’s No. 8 seed on the line. Most shops have the Warriors, who have won six home games in a row both straight up and against the spread, listed as 3.5-point favorites.
–I wrote a bunch of words about the four series prices that were set (Brooklyn -1400 to Boston and L.A-Phoenix has since been added) early in the week right here.
–As VSIN’s Ben Fawkes pointed out in the below tweet, this is the first time a No. 7 seed has been favored over a No. 2 (at least since 1988, that is):
–Ben’s reference of L.A’s -250 price is more expensive than the one being offered at the Westgate SuperBook. As I was typing the previous sentence, I noticed the Westgate’s Sherman sending out another tweet. The SuperBook has now adjusted the Lakers to -140 ‘chalk,’ so I’d imagine other books have also adjusted since Fawkes’s earlier tweet. Here are the updated prices from Sherman below:
–I like ‘over’ 215 points in the Atlanta at New York series opener Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. Eastern on TNT. Here are a few reasons why:
–ICYMI: FanDuel has released its college football Games of the Year spreads. You can read about those at this link here.
–Utah’s Donovan Mitchell practiced today. He hasn’t played since sustaining a low-ankle sprain on April 16. In 53 regular-season games this year, the University of Louisville product was averaging 26.4 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
–A Borgata bettor lost $66,000 on the Lakers -4.5 last night:
–A William Hill gambler collected an outstanding five-figure winner Tuesday when the Las Vegas Golden Knights beat Minnesota, 3-1. I’m not sure if he risked $99,000 on Vegas at a -165 price or if he risked nearly $165,000 to win 99K. Whatever the case, he had a good Tuesday evening:
–According to Chris Andrews of the South Point sports book, the betting shop will release lots of college football Games of the Year on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.
—I’m a big fan of former bantamweight champion Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt as an even-money underdog in Saturday’s UFC headliner vs. Rob Font at the promotion’s APEX Facility in Las Vegas.
–The Jacksonville Jaguars officially signed Tim Tebow this morning. On that note, Station Casinos released a new prop:
–I haven’t seen a college football magazine on the rack at my Publix down the street yet, but it shouldn’t be too long. Until then, if you’re wanting to do some handicapping for the upcoming season, Brad Powers has all sorts of intel for you to go over here. Powers is one of the best college football minds out there.
–BetOnline has released odds for Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira’s first defense of his UFC lightweight title. Oliveira scored a second-round knockout win over Michael Chandler in this past Saturday’s UFC 262 main event. BetOnline has Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier installed as a -180 favorite vs. the Brazilian champ, who is a +155 underdog. The offshore book also has Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor listed as a -170 ‘chalk’ vs. Oliveira, who is a +145 underdog. Most assume that the winner of the trilogy bout between Poirier and McGregor will get the next crack at the 155-pound strap. Most spots have Poirier vs. McGregor as a pick ’em for the UFC 264 headliner on July 10 at T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas.