It’s high-time we had a return to the relief of another weekend, as this work week has gone on long enough! For Friday, a trip down to the Bookmaker Sportsbook is in order, as Bookmaker provides sports fans with some of the quickest access to today’s betting lines, via a smooth, and fast-loading sportsbook betting interface. A staple for our staff’s sports wagering for a number of years now, join us in top wagers across NBA basketball, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Major League Baseball, as the sports action ramps up into another exciting weekend of competition. With new series getting underway for the weekend in the MLB, the fast-paced and hard-hitting continuation of the NHL playoffs, and the NBA season coming to a close with just a few games remaining on each teams’ schedule, now is a great time to be a sports fan, and an online sports betting enthusiast. Let’s take a look over today’s top items for betting on sports, looking out for favorable match-ups and teams that are trending in the right direction to hopefully support some well-placed wagers on Friday.
Getting things started off, we’ll look first and foremost to the NBA schedule, which features a lightened load of just 6 games and just a couple of worthwhile match-ups to consider for online sportsbook bets. First up, there’s a great match-up in the Eastern Conference as the Boston Celtics tie up with the Atlanta Hawks, with the two teams both needing a win to further solidify their spots in the postseason. With a win tonight, Boston can lock up the Atlantic division crown for yet another season, while Atlanta seeks to retain their 5th seed in the East over the 6th place Orlando Magic who sit just a game behind. With both teams on strong form heading down the home stretch (each winning 7 of their last 10 games), expect a tight game in Atlanta tonight as Paul Pierce and his Celtics battle Josh Smith and the Hawks. Both teams excel on defense but are typically shorter on offensive production, so expect a low-scoring game with a slower pace to play out this evening. Onto the next top match-up in NBA play today, look for a quick rematch game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, as the two played just 3 days ago with San Antonio demolishing the Lakers at Staples Center, 112-91. Coming off their worst loss of the season, Los Angeles will get the boost of having Kobe Bryant back in the line-up, however with the Lakers’ poor road showings this year, and a tough Spurs team at home, San Antonio could be primed to cover the points, setting them as 6 1/2 point favorites. With the over/under pushed to 202 1/2 points and a Laker team that doesn’t score that well away from home, the under wager also is an attractive option for betting on sports today as well. Check out other games on the docket as the Dallas Mavericks try to keep hold of their 6th spot in the West with a win over Golden State, the New York Knicks battle the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder head to Sacramento to take on the Kings.
Moving over to action in Major League Baseball, a typical dose of 15 games expands your choices for online sportsbook betting on Friday, with a number of new series getting underway. As always, one of the most anticipated match-ups lies with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, as the two AL East powerhouses clash for their first 3-game series of the 2012 season. With Ivan Nova on the hill against Clay Buchholz at Fenway Park, expect a fantastic showdown tonight as both teams will be looking to start the series off with a key victory. Other great series to follow today and through the weekend include a battle between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers, with both teams jumping out of the gates with tremendous offensive firepower and solid pitching, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves move into Game 2 of a 4-game set with a great pitching duel between Brandon Beach of the Braves and Trevor Cahill of the Dbacks, and a quality showdown between the Miami Marlins and the surprising Washington Nationals. With pitching match-ups first and foremost playing a huge role in Major League baseball wagers, check out how the pitching line-ups for tonight’s games stack up, and take advantage of some early-surging baseball clubs to help provide you with some extra dough in your online sportsbook account today.
Rounding out the action for bets at the best online sportsbook at Bookmaker, check out a pair of match-ups in the NHL Stanley Cup quarterfinals, as the Philadelphia Flyers once again try to knock their in-state rivals the Pittsburg Penguins out of the playoffs, and an elimination game comes up in Nashville as the Predators attempt to send the Detroit Red Wings unceremoniously out of this year’s Stanley Cup run. The Flyers have continued to perform very well on the road at Pittsburgh, winning all but one match-up there since the new Consol Energy Arena was constructed back in 2010. As we’ve seen so far in this series, which has produced the most goals of any NHL playoff series through four games (45 goals), defense should once again be left in the wings, as Pittsburgh will be desperate to pour on the scoring early, and Philadelphia should also once again have success scoring on the road against a Pens defense that has allowed nearly 6 goals per game to the Flyers. While that game plays out, expect another tight showdown in the Nashville vs. Detroit series, as the veteran Red Wings simply must respond tonight or face a quick 1-and-done trip to the postseason. Detroit hasn’t fared well on the road over the course of the season, and could be once again outmatched by a faster, quicker Nashville line-up that excels on defense behind one of the more clutch playoff goalies in Pekka Rinne. Look for few goals to hit to net tonight, and the outcome to be separated by just one goal in a close game that both teams are desperate to win.
It’s a great day for online sports betting at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here, so check out all the options across Major League Baseball, NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey for the picks that are most suited to your sports interests. Until tomorrow, good luck, thanks for stopping by, and have a great Friday!