Vegas Writer's Daily Recap - May 30, 2023

by Vegas Writer

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
The Miami Heat are headed to the NBA Finals

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, Caleb Martin had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the eighth-seeded Heat crushed the Boston Celtics 103-84 in Game 7 on Monday night.

Miami, which recovered from blowing a 3-0 lead in the series and advanced to face the Western Conference champion Denver Nuggets, is in the NBA Finals for the second time in four seasons.

Game 1 is Thursday night in Denver, where the Nuggets have been waiting since May 22.

In the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights are returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their first six seasons in the league.

Paced by original members of the Golden Misfits who played in the inaugural season for Vegas, the Knights blanked the Dallas Stars 6-0 on Monday.

William Karlsson scored twice, Jonathan Marchessault added his ninth goal of the season, and three others added a goal for the Western Conference's top seed.

The Stanley Cup Final opens Saturday night in Vegas, where the Knights will host the eighth-seeded Florida Panthers in Game 1.

NHL Notes:
  • Road teams are 46-37 in the postseason.
  • Underdogs are 40-41 in the postseason, with a $100 wager on the pups turning a profit of roughly $1500.
  • The Over is 43-39-1, but the Under has cashed 30 of the last 53 games.
  • There have been 23 overtime games, and road teams are 15-8 in those games.
  • NHL favorites higher than -150 are 14-34 on the puck line this postseason.

Seven of the 11 underdogs won Monday on the shortened MLB card. The most notable underdog victory was undoubtedly the Oakland Athletics (+205 DraftKings) in their 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Perhaps something to watch is the Braves losing five of their last eight despite their offense producing with a .267 batting average and 13 homers. It's the pitching staff that's been struggling, as Atlanta's staff has a 5.20 ERA since May 22, and has been smacked around for 11 homers. Opponents are hitting .266 in the eight games.

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