After the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 and the way the Eastern Conference semifinals started out with both series, the betting market shifted quickly on the Stanley Cup favorite. Suddenly, the Knights were on everyone's radar.
Now, after Saturday, the Oilers might be the team to watch from the West, as they're looking ready to roll with the series going back to Edmonton, with a potential collision course with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Oilers destroyed Vegas in Game 2, and it wasn't just the 5-1 final that was impressive, it was the way they dismantled the Knights on their ice, dictating the pace and creating opportunity after opportunity with every shift.
Only one game last night, so road teams head into Sunday's slate on a 35-23 roll in the NHL Playoffs.
With the Knights losing, underdogs are now 27-31 in the postseason, with a $100 wager on the pups turning a profit of roughly $600.
The Over was 26-23-1 in the first round, and after the total stayed Under last night, the Low choice remains on a 17-11 run. The record for Overs in the NHL postseason is now 31-26-1.
The overall tally for overtime games is still at 15 this postseason. Road teams are 12-3 in those games.
I'm on a 61-40-1 run since April 17 for $18,680. Part of that run is an NHL Playoff mark of 11-8 for $3,600 NET$. It's been a profitable season, as I'm 87-76-2 overall with $14,000 NET$. I'm 2-0 with my 2nd Round Plays of the Year, hitting my EC Game of the Year (Carolina 5/2) and EC Total of the Year (Carolina/NJ OV 5/5). Part of a 3-0 SWEEP from every game today, I have my SECOND-ROUND CONFERENCE DOG OF THE YEAR.
In the NBA, we had two games and both home teams got it done.
The Miami Heat smacked the New York Knicks around in a 105-86 win, improving their current run to 7-3, during which their once-stagnant offense has turned in 116.9 points per game. Miami star Jimmy Butler is averaging 24.1 points during the 10-game stretch. Bam Adebayo continues to complement Butler, averaging 16.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Heat.
Los Angeles negated all the Golden State Warriors talk, as the Lakers rolled with ease in a 127-97 blowout on Saturday night. All the conversation of Anthony Davis being a no-show in Game 2, and the veteran showed up with 25 points. The stars are aligning for the Lakers at the right time, as LeBron James is averaging 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists while Davis is averaging 20.7 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles. And suddenly, the Warriors are 7-9 against Pacific Division opponents.
I'm on a 61-40-1 run ($18,680) since 4/17, including an NBA run of 33-16-1 ($15,300) since 4/18. And when it's come to this second round, though, I'm a perfect 3-0 with my Conference Semifinal Plays of the Year. You got my WC Total of the Year (Suns/Nuggets OV, 4/29), my EC Dog of the Year (Heat, 5/2), and my EC Game of the Year (Celtics, 5/5). Today I have my SECOND-ROUND EASTERN CONFERENCE TOTAL OF THE YEAR. I also have my NBA SIDE WINNER # 18 OF 24.
On the MLB diamond, seven of the 14 underdogs cashed tickets, with one game being a pick'em. Once again, one of the biggest underdogs on the schedule cashed with the Tigers (+160 at DraftKings) beating San Francisco, 6-5.
Tonight I'm playing two baseball games, bundled together or an MLB Double Play.
Full slate of action for baseball on Saturday.