Vegas Writer's Daily Recap - May 13, 2023

by Vegas Writer

Saturday, May 13, 2023
Two home teams nobody expected to win got it done in impressive fashion last night.

And with that, the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers are moving on to the Western Conference Finals in the NBA Playoffs, and the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights lead their Western Conference semifinal with the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2.

Then there's the South Beach storyline. Man, I can only imagine the parties taking place in Miami.

The Heat knocked off the New York Knicks and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. At the same time, the Florida Panthers went into Toronto and finished off the Maple Leafs with a 3-2 overtime win to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

Impressive all-around night, with some incredible storylines in days to come.

With Florida winning in Toronto, and Edmonton losing in Vegas, road teams are now 40-30 in the postseason. And, underdogs are now 33-36 in the postseason, with a $100 wager on the pups turning a profit of roughly $1000.

The Over was 26-23-1 in the first round, and after Friday's totals split, the Under is now on a 23-17 run. The record for Overs in the NHL postseason is now 37-32-1.

The overall tally for overtime games sits at 18 this postseason after Florida's victory came in an extra frame. Road teams are 13-5 in those games.

Quick look inside the NBA,

Important to note, there are no games today, as we have one final conference semi to finish, as Game 7 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics is tomorrow.

The Sixers have covered six of seven on the road, and nine of 12 overall. Conversely, Boston has covered nine of 13 at home and 11 of 16 overall.

Overall in this series, as we lead up to Game 7, the Celtics are on an 8-3 ATS run.

On the MLB diamond last night, five of the 13 underdogs won. Two games were at pick'em prices. The most impressive pup might have been the Chicago Cubs (+140 at DraftKings), as they went into Minneapolis and beat the Twins, 6-2.

I went 3-1 on Friday, including my Division Game of the Month on the Mets getting it done over Washington. I'm now on a 70-51-2 run with $15,580 NET$ since April 17. For Saturday, I have one MLB winner waiting for you, and it's the best value I see. It just happens to be a total. I'm on a 20-11 run with ALL SPORTS TOTALS, and tonight I make it 21 of 32 with my MLB INTERLEAGUE TOTAL OF THE MONTH.

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