Monday resets the online sports betting calendar with some great games across the NBA and NHL playoffs, as well as Major League Baseball, making the return to the grind of the work week just a little bit more comforting. As the second round of the NBA playoffs is fully underway finally, we have to set our sights first and foremost on the two games getting started tonight, first as the Boston Celtics prepare to take on Atlantic Division rivals the Philadelphia 76ers once again in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, and second as the Los Angeles Lakers get set for a tough test in round 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, still our pick to make it to the NBA Finals from the Western Conference. Starting out with a look across the betting lines at the top online sportsbook featured at Bovada Sportsbook, we have to get our hands dirty with this pair of games, with the Celtics getting another favorite by -5 points against the spread, and the OKC Thunder a very large 7 1/2 point favorite at home tonight in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Though Los Angeles as a city has been well represented in the spring playoff season, with the Lakers, Clippers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings all pushing on to later round of playoff competition, this week may signal the beginning of the run at least on the NBA side of things, as the Lakers get perhaps the toughest playoff draw of all, and the Los Angeles Clippers don’t fare much better with the San Antonio Spurs on the horizon. Therefore we’ll try and get our wagers in for each and every remaining game featuring these two NBA teams, as both the Spurs and Thunder are being predicted to finish off the Clippers and Lakers respectively in 5-6 games max.
Moving along to action in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals tonight, the Eastern Conference Finals get underway with an exciting series between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils, something that should be very intriguing for East Coast fans as the two teams sit just a few hours apart from one another. Interestingly this match-up features a Rangers team that has not made the Conference Finals since 1997, and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur is the only player in this series that can remember New York’s 1994 run to the Cup (as the Devils were defeated in double-overtime in Game 7, Brodeur giving up the final goal), their first taste of ultimate victory in 54 years. Though recent history in the playoffs is harder to come by, the rivalry created nearly twenty years ago, combined with the fact that these two teams sit just over a state border line from one another, should make this a captivating series to watch and wager on. For Game 1 betting lines on the Eastern Conference Finals, the hosting New York Rangers, who get Games’ 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden, will be the favorites for the series and for Game 1, with -140 odds to win straight up, and -1 1/2 goals at +230 odds against the spread. Expect a fantastic series between two of the best goalies in the NHL as New York’s Henrik Lundqvist continues to show his skills in the face of the league’s oldest-standing goalie in Brodeur, and expect plenty of fireworks between two teams where there is little love lost.
Finishing off the day of online sports betting at Bovada, turn to a new week and new series popping up in Major League Baseball, with 15 games set to open up play today. Interesting series to check out start with the New York Yankees at the Baltimore Orioles, as the O’s try to maintain their surprising stint upon the top of the AL East, the Rays and Blue Jays do battle up north in Toronto, with Tampa putting up Jeff Niemann on the hill to battle Brandon Morrow in what should be a solid pitcher’s duel, and down in Southern California the Oakland A’s get set to meet up with the Los Angeles Angels, who continue to struggle in finding form with their new powerhouse Albert Pujols in tow. Checking out the options on the National League side of things today, look out for the surging Atlanta Braves to have a great start to the week, as they host a series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Miami Marlins continue to climb the ladder after a slow start, hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates today, and the NL-best Los Angeles Dodgers will put their ace on the hill in Clayton Kershaw, as he gets set to duel with Ian Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks for what should be a great series down at Chavez Ravine to start the week off. Plenty of great betting lines will be available for all the MLB action in store today, as well as for all the playoff competition across the NBA and NHL, so head on down to one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here at Bovada Sportsbook and find your winning wagers before the evening’s games commence!