After closing out another exciting weekend with some great competition across the NBA, NHL and MLB leagues, Monday greets sports fans with a new slate of action at Oddsmaker Sportsbook, today’s top online sportsbook reviewed right here at CR. As the Stanley Cup Playoffs has produced the first 3 teams that will be moving on to the Conference Semifinals, just 3 match-ups remain in play heading into the new week, as the New York Rangers try to avoid becoming the third of the top-three teams in regular season play to go down unceremoniously in the first round of playoff action. With both the Vancouver Canucks and the Pittsburgh Penguins now out of the playoffs after losing yesterday, at least one series is set for the semifinal round as the St. Louis Blues will take on the Los Angeles Kings in what will undoubtedly be a tough, defensive-minded series ahead. Meanwhile though, we still have a couple of series to fight through before semifinal rounds play out, with today’s top NHL action consisting of a Game 6 between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers, as well as yet another chance for the Phoenix Coyotes to push aside the Chicago Blackhawks, with the ‘Yotes leading 3-2 in the series. Start your online sports betting off right today with a look at these two games, as come tomorrow it’s possible that another two teams won’t be available to wager on in this year’s already exciting Stanley Cup Playoff run.
Moving along to action in Major League Baseball today, a number of series change over for the new week after what has been a solid weekend of MLB play over the past couple of days. With 11 games on the docket heading into Monday, the top options include the New York Yankees hosting the Texas Rangers, the New York Mets bringing in the San Francisco Giants for a double-header today, the Los Angeles Dodgers starting a series with the Atlanta Braves, and the Arizona Diamondbacks entertaining the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-game series. In the first key match-up today between the Yankees and the Rangers, C.C. Sabathia hits the mound in an attempt to move his ERA back down near typical levels (through 3 starts he’s 1-0 with an awful 5.59 ERA), but will have to take on a strong starting Derek Holland (2-0, 3.10 ERA) who hasn’t given up more than 3 runs in his 3 starts this year, and has had plenty of help from one of the league’s most potent offenses. Look out for Holland to continue his hot start, and for the Texas bats to overcome the Yankees improving power section by a slim margin. For the double-header today, while the second match-up may hold the best pitching duel (Madison Bumgarner vs. Dillon Gee), the first game of the day featuring Tim Lincecum vs. Miguel Batista has my attention, if only because we continue to wait for Tim Lincecum to pull out of the worst season start so far in his career (0-2, 10.54 ERA). Something has to give today as Lincecum has given up more than 5 runs in each of his 3 starts this season, so be on the look-out for a possible return to normalcy for the Giants ace tonight on the road.
Changing the sportsbook betting tune on the day to the sound of the basketball dribble, we look to the 6 games available in NBA play as the regular season begins its final week of play before heading into the playoff realm. Though there’s plenty of lopsided match-ups taking place this evening, a couple of contests effecting playoff races will be underway, as the Memphis Grizzlies try to possibly move up one playoff spot if they can win their last two games (tonight’s will be against Cleveland at home), while seeing the Los Angeles Clippers drop two straight as well. Unlikely as it may seem for the red-hot Clippers to lose out their remaining games, expect Memphis to be well-motivated to win at home tonight and Thursday, as they get to close out the regular season on home court. For another interesting match-up to check out, the San Antonio Spurs can officially lock up the Western Conference title with a win at home against Portland tonight. As the Spurs look for their 8th win in a row, Portland continues to fade into oblivion on a season-high 5-game losing streak, and even if the Spurs choose to play their bench players against Portland as they did before the All-Star Break, expect the shorthanded Trail Blazers to likely take another loss on the road as their struggles away from home have been very well documented this season (8-23 away from the Rose Garden). Wrap up your wagers on NBA basketball today with the Philadelphia 76ers looking to finalize their spot as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture if they can knock off the lowly New Jersey Nets, expect the Indiana Pacers to hand the Detroit Pistons a lopsided loss, and although Milwaukee could be eliminated from playoff contention tonight, expect them to play a solid game at home as they host the Toronto Raptors. It’s a great start to a new week of the best online sports betting found across the top online sportsbooks reviewed here, so jump into the action straight away, get your best-looking wagers placed, and come out a winner at Oddsmaker Sportsbook right now!