The Phive - Free Daily Sports Bets (9/2)
The Vancouver Canucks did it! They found a way to get the win even with Thatcher Demko make his first start in goal. The kid was absolutely incredible, recording 43 saves in the 2-1 victory. They live to see another day, and we get a nice +188 winner!
Enough about the NHL. Wow, that Game 7 was absolutely awful. It was close, yes, but the quality of basketball was absolute garbage. Don't give me this great defense nonsense. It was good, no denying that, but at the end of the day, we had to sit there and watch two teams so terrified to shoot the basketball that it made for boring basketball with no flow.
Utlimately, it was like watching an 8/9 matchup in the NCAA Tournament where both teams have talented players, but neither one of them has a very good team. It makes for an exciting finish even though the first 9/10 of the game was terrible. In the end, the winner will get the win and be happy and then lose by 20 to the dominant number one seed waiting for them in the second round. So congratulations Denver, your blank second-half points were enough to get you through to the next round. You play like you did in four of the seven games this series and the series will be nothing more than a warmup for the Clippers.
But in great news, we escaped the series with our super inflated juice, and if you bet 278 to win 100 on the Nuggets, congrats! We survived!
On another note, the Raptors miss Kawhi. I haven't seen it yet during the bubble, but it is so abundantly clear now. There is no one on the team who can come up with a clutch basket in crunch time. They pulled away from the Celtics at the end of the third quarter, but they fell apart at the beginning of the fourth. They were outscored 23-9 to start the final quarter, and they never recovered. They were down 2-0 to the Bucks last year, but this feels different. Maybe they can pull it together, but right now things look bad.
I don't have much for tomorrow that is jumping out to me, so today will be a thin slate.
Here's where we stand.
Vancouver Canucks (+188) (W)
Nuggets -1 (W)
Nuggets (-278) (W)
Raptors -1.5 (L)
Jamal Murray over 30.5 (L)
Donovan Mitchell over 32.5 (L)
Record to this point:
Total 80-56 (19-13)
NBA 36-27 (4-4)
MLB 11-7 (4-1)
NHL 30-17 (10-7)
MLS 3-4 (1-1)
NCAAF 0-1 (0-0)
Notable: 58-42 in first 100 bets
NHL Playoff Futures
Series Winners: 8-1
Colorado Avalanche (-215) - Stars lead 3-2
New York Islanders (+118)
Islanders -1.5 games (+200) - Islanders lead 3-2
Vancouver Canucks (+220)
Canucks +1.5 games (+110) - Golden Knights lead 3-2
NBA Playoff Futures
Series Winners: 6-1
Thunder 4-3 (+500) - Series tied 3-3
Toronto Raptors (-152)
BOS/TOR series over 5.5 games (-235) - Celtics lead 2-0
Milwaukee Bucks (-385)
Bucks -1.5 (-195) - Heat lead 1-0
If it ain't broke...
If Vegas isn't going to fix it, I'm going to continue to smash it. Colorado stinks defensively and is outstanding offensively. I've bet the over every single game and it has hit every single time. Nothing has changed. Ben Bishop was astonishingly bad in Game 5, yet there is a chance he may start Game 6. I don't care if he does or not, this bet has won five times for me and therefore I'm going back to the well again. Simple enough.
BET: COL/DAL over 6 goals
Game 7 part 2
Game 7 part 1 wasn't a great success as far as I'm concerned, but luckily we won't have to sit on it for a long time because tomorrow provides another opportunity for excitement. I think the Rockets are going to win this game, and I also think they're going to blow the Thunder away. The Rockets had 22 turnovers in the last game, including seven from Russell Westbrook who played only 27 minutes in Game 6. The fact that the Rockets lost by only four points speaks volumes to how much better they are than the Rockets. I know I have two futures bets working for the Thunder right now, but I don't trust them at all right now. My inclination is to take the Rockets -5.5, but I'm actually going to go with a player prop since I didn't learn my lesson after today.
Russ had just 17 points last game, but I expect him to be off his minute limitation in Game 7, because what are you saving him for? I honestly don't have an answer for that, so I'm going to go ahead and take Russ over 20.5 and expect to see the Rockets outscore OKC from start to finish.
BET: Russell Westbrook over 20.5 points
That's all I have for today. I'll be back tomorrow with another edition of "The Phive". If you have any questions, reach out to me on Twitter @Phil_Wood_Jr.