While hate is a strong word, we’re starting to loathe the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers from a betting perspective.
We could go through the archives and chronicle our selection history with the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, but we can surmise it simply: we rarely can get a read on these two teams.
Last night, we rode with the 76ers to win at home and eliminate the Boston Celtics from the NBA playoffs.
The Philadelphia 76ers most certainly did not do that, losing 95-86. With that outcome, we were handed losses on the moneyline and spread. With 181 total points scored, the Celtics and 76ers didn’t make it to the same zip code or state as the 212.5 total points line resided in.
With a complete strike-out on our same-game parlay, our weekly record drops to 0-5 on parlays and a horrible 5-10 on individual picks.
While we’re wary of picking the Celtics or 76ers ever again in attempting to regain our parlay blog championship, we are never deterred and return with Friday’s moneyline multi-game parlay.
Los Angeles Lakers over Golden State Warriors (-141)
If the Lakers don’t win game six at home, the Warriors will win this series in seven. Game six is a must-win for the Lakers, and they’ll likely have Anthony Davis in the lineup, having avoided concussion protocol after game five.
The Lakers have a 29-18 home record, while the Warriors have a 13-34 road record this season.
The Lakers hold a 6-3 lead in the head-to-head series this season. The home team has a 7-2 record, with the Lakers being the only team to score a road win.
We’re taking the Lakers to finish off the defending champs on home court because if they don’t do it tonight, they won’t do it in game seven in the Chase Center.
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs (+140)
Dear Florida Panthers, take two.
The Toronto Maple Leafs staved off elimination in game four but still suck as a general rule. Moreover, we still don’t believe in Joseph Woll to guide the Maple Leafs to overcome a 3-0 Panthers series lead.
The head-to-head season series is split 4-4, but the road team is 6-2 this season and 3-1 in this series.
The underdog is 6-1 in the previous seven matchups. That underdog loss? The Panthers’ 2-1 loss in game four. The underdog in game five? The Florida Panthers.
Florida’s getting this right on the second take and eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Stanley Cup playoffs in game five.
At least, we – alongside most non-Maple Leafs supporters – hope the Cats get the job done tonight.
Edmonton Oilers over Vegas Golden Knights (-141)
It appears our last appeals for help from the Kings of the Over were met with mixed responses from the McDavids of the North.
However, if the McDavids play similar hockey to what we saw in game four, they’re winning game five.
The McDavids hold the head-to-head season series lead 5-3, while the road team has a 5-3 record this season. Edmonton has a 3-1 record in Vegas this season.
No one can touch the high-end scoring of the McDavids – you can only hope to contain them. While both teams have a key defenseman serving suspensions in game five, Vegas’ defense will have the weaker defense core and goaltender.
As you know, we don’t call them the “Kings of the Over” without cause: the Oilers lead the NHL in scoring and powerplay conversion rate in both the regular season and playoffs.
Edmonton are 26-7 in their previous 33 games against the Western Conference.
We’re taking the McDavids to take a 3-2 lead heading back to Edmonton for game six.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.