Monday Betting Recaps
Welcome to our daily recap of the sports betting action from the day before as we had a mixed bag of results in the NBA and NHL playoffs on Monday.
The 76ers upset the Celtics as 9.5-point underdogs in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals and then the Nuggets rallied to win and cover to take a 2-0 lead over the Suns in the Western Conference semis. In the NHL, there wasn’t a chance for an upset as the Devils-Rangers Game 7 closed at pick-’em with the Devils advancing with a 4-0 victory.
Let’s get to the details with our regular recaps, as well as updating the side and total records in each sport.
76ers upset Celtics 119-115 without Joel Embiid in Game 1 of their second-round series. They did it after closing as 9.5-point road underdogs and +400 on the money line (went Over betting total of 215 points). Nuggets (-4) rallied in the 4th quarter to beat the Suns 97-87 and also pulled away to cover the spread (stayed way Under 229.5); Faves/dogs, home/road and Over/Under are all 2-2 so far in the 2nd round. Overall in the playoffs, faves lead 30-17 SU and 26-21 ATS (55.3%). Home teams lead 28-19 SU and 26-20-1 ATS (56.5%). Unders 24-23. In the first Game 2 of the second round, the “zig-zag theory” (aka “loser of the last”) lost with the Suns and dipped to 19-16-1 ATS (54.3%) overall.
NHL: Devils beat Rangers 4-0 in Game 7 of their first-round series that closed pick-'em (stayed Under 5.5 goals). Dogs still led 26-22 overall in first round with 2 PKs. Road teams were even better at 31-19. Overs led 26-24. The "zig-zag" (aka "loser of last") won as the Devils lost the prior game and went 24-18 overall in opening round.
MLB: Faves went 5-3 with upsets by the Red Sox (+140 vs. Blue Jays), Guardians (+112 at Yankees) and Mets (+100 in Game 2 vs. Braves). Home teams also led 5-3. Overs 5-3. On the season, faves lead 265-161 with 7 pick-’ems. Home teams lead 223-208 with 2 neutral sites. Overs 211-200-21 (51.3%) with 1 no-action.