ATS Report for Thursday, May 18: Dog day!; Updated records for spreads and totals

By Dave Tuley  ( senior reporter) 

May 19, 2023 05:06 AM


Thursday Betting Recaps

Thursday was a banner day for underdog bettors as the Lakers covered in a loss in the NBA playoffs, the Panthers upset the Hurricanes in the NHL playoffs and dogs went 5-1 in MLB.

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 rallied to beat Lakers 108-103 to take 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, but the ViewFromVegas is the Lakers covered as 5.5-point road underdogs (stayed Under betting total of 226.5 points). The "zig-zag" (aka "loser of the last") was 1-0 ATS on the night as the Lakers covered after losing prior game straight-up.

More NBA: Faves lead 2-1 SU in this round, but dogs are a perfect 3-0 ATS vs. consensus closing lines. Faves lead 49-21 SU and 40-29-1 ATS (58%) overall with 1 PK. Home teams also 2-1 SU with road teams 3-0 ATS. Home teams lead 46-25 SU and 40-30-1 ATS (57.1%). Overall. Overs dipped to 2-1 this round and 36-33-2 overall. The zig-zag starts 1-0 ATS this round and improved to 31-25-1 ATS overall.

NHL: Panthers (+128 road dogs) beat Hurricanes 3-2 in 4 OTs, the 6th-longest game in NHL playoff history, in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals (still stayed Under betting total of 5.5 goals). Road/dogs/Under start this round 1-0. Dogs improved to 39-33 with 2 pick-’ems. Road teams are even better at 42-32. Overs dipped to 38-35-1. The zig-zag doesn’t apply in Game 1s since both teams won prior game, but it’s 37-24 overall awaiting Game 2s.

MLB: Underdogs went 5-1 Thursday with upsets by Angels (+147 at Orioles), Cardinals (+135 vs. Dodgers), Guardians (+131 at White Sox), Yankees (+116 at Blue Jays) and Mets (-101 vs. Rays). Home/road teams split 3-3. Unders 3-2-1 with push in WAS-MIA (8). Faves lead 381-269 on season with 7 PKs. Home teams lead 346-309 with 2 neutral sites. Overs lead 321-308-27 with 1 no-action.

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