We kicked off the month of May with an action-packed week in sports. There were interesting betting stories everywhere, including in the world of boxing where Anthony Young defeated Sadam Ali at 9/1 odds. The NHL playoffs continued to provide plenty of excitement (and paydays) with the Avalanche winning both Games 4 and 6 as home favorites. The Tigers didn’t have the best of weeks in baseball in terms of wins and losses, but the Pirates reeled off four wins with their lineup finally starting to get healthy.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from May 1-7.
Power Rankings: Winnings by teams and athletes
1) Denver Nuggets (2-2 Straight Up)
2) Pittsburgh Pirates (4-1 SU)
3) Detroit Tigers (2-3 SU)
4) Chicago Cubs (5-1 SU)
5) Milwaukee Bucks (3-0 SU)
6) Houston Rockets (2-0 SU)
7) Boston Bruins (3-0 SU)
8) Minnesota Twins (5-2 SU)
9) Anthony Young
10) Colorado Avalanche (2-1 SU)
Nuggets Push Trail Blazers to Brink of Elimination
The Nuggets didn’t have an easy path getting to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, being forced to play seven games by the Spurs. Denver finds itself in another tough series against the Trail Blazers with the winner advancing to the Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets came out of the gate strong with a win in Game 1, but found themselves down 2-1 after a heartbreaking quadruple-overtime loss in Game 3.
With their backs up against the wall, the Nuggets pulled off consecutive victories to move the Trail Blazers to within one game of being eliminated. Not only that, but Denver has helped bettors by covering the spread in three straight games. With averages of 26.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the series, Nikola Jokic will try to help them close things out Thursday.
Cubs Grab NL Central Lead
The NL Central is going to be a tough division this year with the Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers all having excellent shots to come away victorious. With the Pirates also catching fire lately, the top-four teams in the division were all separated by three games in the loss column entering play Thursday.
The Cubs currently find themselves atop the division after winning five of six games this week. To the delight of those who wagered on them, they were the favorites in all five of those victories. They’ve actually been even better over a longer stretch, winning eight of their last nine contests, overall. A couple of hitters leading the way have been shortstop Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. During that nine-game stretch, Baez went 12-for-39 (.308) with two home runs and six doubles while Rizzo hit 13-for-37 (.351) with five homers and four doubles.
Bucks Assert Dominance Over Celtics
As the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, the Bucks found themselves in a hole against the Celtics after losing Game 1 by a whopping 22 points. However, it’s been all Milwaukee since then, with the Bucks reeling off three straight wins. To the pleasure of those who backed them, the Bucks have also covered the spread in each of those victories. Giannis Antetokounmpo had his best performance of the series in Game 4, scoring 39 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four assists.
Now Milwaukee has a chance to knock off Boston on its home floor Wednesday. As if playing at home wasn’t enough of an advantage, the Bucks are expected to have Malcolm Brogdon (foot) available for the first time in nearly two months.
Rockets Rebound with Huge Wins at Home
The Rockets might have knocked out the Warriors in the playoffs last year had Chris Paul not gone down with a hamstring injury. After playoff seeding went down to the final day of the regular season this year, the Rockets found themselves in the unenviable position of having to face the Warriors in the second round. While they made the first two games close, the Rockets ultimately lost both contests to head back to Houston down two games to none.
To make matters worse, James Harden was coming off of eye injuries heading into Game 3. Luckily for the Rockets, that didn’t stop him from scoring 41 points and leading them to a victory. He followed that up with 38 points and 10 rebounds as the Rockets won Game 4 to tie things up. After two wins, and two covers I might add, the Rockets now find themselves looking to steal one on the road in Game 5.
Bruins Knock Off Blue Jackets
After coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to stun the Maple Leafs, the Bruins found themselves in another tough series with the Blue Jackets. The first two games both went to overtime, with each team pulling out one victory. The Bruins then lost Game 3, once again putting them in a position where they needed to play catchup to advance.
The Bruins never looked back after suffering that loss in Game 3, winning each of the next three contests to advance. They were slight underdogs in both Games 4 and 6, leaving those who had faith in them pulling off the upsets with some extra money in their pockets. Goalie Tuukka Rask was magnificent during Game 6, saving all 39 shots on goal in their 3-0 victory.
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