The Phive - Free Daily Sports Bets (8/12)
At noon Pacific Time, I sat down to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning. I had Subway and was excited about a day's worth of bets. If you listened to "On The Card", you'll know that the NBA was not kind to me yesterday. I wasn't close with Deandre Ayton, and I completely misread the Celtics motivation. Luckily for me, Damien Lillard is on an absolute mission, and I at least got a push there. The Yankees also went over 5.5 runs in the third inning, and the Stars lost to the Flames. And I ate dinner.
All of this happened while the Lightning and Blue Jackets game continued. My head hurts, my eyes hurt. But my wallet feels nice. The Lightning got it done. It wasn't pretty, it ruined my day, but it ended with the result we wanted. I will now avoid that series like the plague for at least the next two games.
As for our other bets, we went 1-1 in the MLS with Portland pulling out the 2-1 victory. We got the over, but missed on Orlando taking home the trophy. If you watched the game, Orlando looked like the better team throughout, they just couldn't capitalize.
Here's where we stand.
MLS: Total goals over 2.5 (-130) (W)
Tampa Bay Lightning (-160) (W)
Orlando City to win the trophy (-125) (L)
VGK/CHI over 6.5 (+100) (L)
Record to this point:
Total 32-22 (2-5)
NBA 20-9 (1-1)
MLB 5-4 (0-1)
NHL 4-5 (0-3)
MLS 3-4 (1-1)
Futures in the mix:
Trail Blazers 8-seed (+400) - 8th place, .5 games up on Memphis
The NHL Playoffs continue!
Tomorrow kicks off with the Hurricanes and Bruins, and if I didn't hate that game before, I hate it even more now that the first game of the series was pushed back a day. It's a stay away for me, and I would recommend the same to everyone else. Those guys were ready to play today. Who is going to be able to get up tomorrow? I don't know.
But what I do like is the second game of the day. The Capitals are taking on the Islanders and based on what we saw on the first day, I think the round-robin teams are going to struggle for the most part in these first games. I already like the Islanders to win the series, and I like them a lot to steal this first game from the Capitals with strong defense and enough offense.
BET: New York Islanders (+115)
The next bet is my favorite one of the day. The Flyers and the Canadiens over is set at 5.5 and I absolutely love this under. Both of these teams play phenomenal defense, and I struggle to see the Canadiens beating Carter Hart more than once. I'll give myself a little wiggle room though and just take the game under rather than the team under in this first matchup. Hop in soon if you want to avoid the push. The odds are heavily favoring this line dropping to five goals.
BET: PHI/MTL under 5.5 games (-130)
For my final hockey bet, I'm taking another dog with the Canucks over the Blues. The Blues looked really bad in the round-robin, and I think it's going to take them a game or two to start to get their footing. Can they win this series? Yes, but I like the Canucks, and I think the Canucks jump out to a 2-0 series lead and really put some pressure on the defending champs. The Canucks are playing with house money. The Blues are playing with their backs against the wall.
BET: Vancouver Canucks (+130)
Back to baseball!
One game is really catching my eye: The White Sox vs the Tigers. Dylan Cease gets the ball for Chicago, and he has looked better in his last two starts than he did at the beginning of the season. Meanwhile, the Tigers are putting Matthew Boyd on the bump and he looked terrible in his last start against the Pirates. He gave up 7 runs, and in the two games before that, he gave up 4 in each. I like the White Sox to score runs in this game and get the victory as small favorites.
BET: Chicago White Sox (-115)
That's all I have for today's edition of The Phive. Be sure to check out "On The Card" tomorrow morning on the TRHS Sports YouTube channel. If you have any questions or want a take on a game, drop me a DM on Twitter @Phil_Wood_Jr.