Tuesday Betting Recaps
Even with the underdog-heavy NHL playoffs taking a few days off before their conference finals, dogs were barking in Tuesday’s sports betting action.
MLB dogs pulled outright upsets in 9 of the 15 games on the day. It didn’t look as good for dog players in the NBA as the Nuggets led by 12 after the 1st quarter, 18 at halftime and as many as 21 with 5:24 left in the 3rd quarter, but the Lakers rallied to get within 3 points twice in the final minutes and ended up covering against the closing line as 6.5-point road dogs.
The Nuggets opened -5 and -5.5 at most books, so those early backers cashed. It ended up being a prime example of the importance of getting the best number no matter which side you bet.
Let’s get to all the specific details with our daily recaps and also update the side and total records in each sport.
NBA: Nuggets held off Lakers 132-126 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The ViewFromReno (I’m here to drive my daughter Peyton home for summer break after her freshman year at UNR) is the Lakers covered vs. closing line of +6.5 (game flew Over the betting total of 222.5 points). Faves improved to 48-20 SU but dipped to 40-27-1 ATS (59.7%) with 1 game closing pick-’em. Home teams lead 45-24 SU and 40-28-1 ATS (58.8%). Overs improved slim lead to 35-32-2. Note: The “zig-zag” (aka “loser of the last”) didn’t apply in this game (or in Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final), but it’s still 30-25-1 ATS (54.5%) so far in the playoffs for those looking ahead to Game 2s.
MLB: Dogs went 9-6 with biggest upsets by Twins (+180 at Dodgers), Royals (+176 at Padres), Brewers (+160 at Cardinals) and Yankees (+155 at Blue Jays). Home teams went 9-6. Overs led 10-5. On the season, faves lead 369-260 with 7 PKs. Home teams lead 332-302 with 2 neutral-site games. Overs improved to 311-299-26 lead with 1 no-action.
NHL (ICYMI): Underdogs finished 12-11 in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Home teams finished 13-10. Overs dipped to 12-10-1. Overall in the playoffs, dogs lead 38-33 with 2 games closing pick-’em. Road teams have been even better at 41-32. Overs still lead 38-34-1. The zig-zag improved to 13-6 in the 2nd round and is 37-24 overall.