Now that we have reached the Conference Finals in the NBA and NHL, we aren’t too far away from Major League Baseball taking center stage. There were certainly some interesting betting stories in baseball last week, including the injury-riddled Yankees continuing to win.
The Dodgers and Cubs both had great weeks, but the Royals and White Sox scuffled with a combined 5-7 record. Those two teams are part of an underwhelming AL Central in which three of the five teams having losing records.
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 8-14.
1) Golden State Warriors (3-0 Straight Up)
2) New York Yankees (3-2 SU)
3) Kansas City Royals (2-3 SU)
4) Philadelphia 76ers (1-1 SU)
5) Houston Astros (7-0 SU)
6) Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2 SU)
7) Chicago White Sox (3-4 SU)
8) New York Mets (3-1 SU)
9) Boston Bruins (3-0 SU)
10) Chicago Cubs (5-1 SU)
Warriors Overcome Durant Injury to Advance
Although it was just the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors found themselves in a tough matchup against the Rockets, a team that had them on the brink of elimination in the playoffs last year before Chris Paul injured his hamstring. After splitting the first four games, the Warriors found themselves with a chance to go up 3-2 at home.
With a lead in hand, the Warriors then lost Kevin Durant to a calf injury in Game 5. The Dubs still managed to hold on for the win, but his injury put them in a difficult situation on the road for Game 6. The Warriors understandably went into that game as underdogs, but not only did they cover the spread, they won the game outright to eliminate the Rockets. With Durant still out, they won yet again in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers, covering the spread along the way.
Sixers Fall Short Against Raptors
The Sixers pushed all of their chips into the center of the table during the regular season by trading for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. While those deals left the team with a weak bench, it formed one of the most talented starting lineups in the league when combined with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick. After dispatching the Nets in the first round, the Sixers found themselves in a tough series against the Raptors.
Facing elimination in Game 6, the Philadelphia managed to win on its home floor to send the series back to Toronto. They gave the Raptors a run for their money but were ultimately eliminated on Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning shot at the buzzer. Despite not winning that contest, the 76ers proved to be profitable for bettors since they covered the spread in both of the final two contests.
Astros Complete Perfect Week
The Astros fell short of winning another World Series last year, but they entered this season with one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Whether it be their two aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the Astros deep lineup or their bullpen that features Roberto Osuna and Ryan Pressly shutting down the later innings, this team shines everywhere.
The talent was on full display this week with Houston pulling off a perfect 7-0 record. The Astros didn’t exactly play tough teams in the Royals, Rangers and Tigers, but they steamrolled them by a combined score of 61-16. Houston was favored in all seven of those games, so the team also provided consistent winnings for those who decided to place wagers during the hot streak
Mets Beat Up on NL-East Foes
With several young talented starting pitchers, the Mets made moves to bolster their lineup this winter by adding Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos. The Mets also had prized prospect Pete Alonso break camp with the team, adding an exciting power bat to the middle of the order. Edwin Diaz came over in the same deal that brought Cano, adding a lockdown closer that the team so desperately needed.
Even with all of their big additions, the Mets have hovered around .500. However, they took care of business this week by winning three of their four games. Not only did all three wins come against teams within their division, but they were also favored in each victory, rewarding those who backed them on the betting side.
Bruins Put Hurricanes on Brink of Elimination
After losing two of their first three games against the Blue Jackets, the Bruins stormed back with three straight wins to advance. Last week brought the start of their series against the Hurricanes, who had just made quick work of the Islanders with a four-game sweep. As hot as the Hurricanes were, the Bruins quickly have them in a 3-0 hole. The Bruins were favored in the first two games, and not only came away victorious, but won by a combined score of 11-4. Boston was an underdog for the first time with the series shifting to Carolina for Game 3, but pulled out a 2-1 win on the strength of 35 saves from Tuukka Rask.
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