Thursday Betting Recaps
Underdogs have been barking the past week and a half, but chalk bettors got some revenge on Thursday with the Nuggets covering in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and MLB favorites going a perfect 7-0 on a short card.
Let’s get to the specific details with our daily betting recaps, and then update the spread and total records in each current major team sport (including the NHL playoffs with the Stanley Cup Finals starting on Saturday).
NBA: Nuggets beat Heat 104-93 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night as they covered as 9-point home favorites (game stayed well Under betting total of 219 points). Home/fave/Under all went 1-0.
More NBA: Faves improved to 52-27 SU and 42-36-1 ATS (53.8%) overall with 1 game closing pick-’em. Home teams also improved to 49-31 SU and 44-35-1 ATS (55.7%). Over/Unders back to .500 at 39-39-2. The "zig-zag" (aka "loser of the last") doesn't apply as both teams won previous game, but still leads 35-29-1 ATS.
MLB: After dogs led 9-5 on Wednesday, favorites swept 7-0 on Thursday and also went 5-2 on the -1.5 run line. Home teams also dominated at 6-1 (Padres were lone road chalk at -115 at Marlins). Unders led 4-3. On the season, faves lead 484-353 with 9 PKs. Home teams lead 447-397 with 2 neutral-site games. Overs still lead 412-402-31 with 1 no-action.
NHL (ICYMI): After the Golden Knights (+110 road dogs) upset the Stars to clinch the Western Conference Finals on Monday, dogs finished 5-3 in the round with 2 pick-'ems and lead 43-36 in playoffs with 4 PKs. Home/road teams split 5-5 in the round, but road teams improved to 46-37 overall. Unders went 6-4 in the round, but Over/Unders are back to .500 at 41-41-1. The zig-zag improved to 2-6 this round and leads 39-30 overall.