TheLines Lookahead: NBA And NHL Return, Yankees Host Red Sox

Written By Brett Gibbons on July 27, 2020
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A betting glance at the top five betting angles of the week, from Monday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 2.

Dodgers vs Astros (Tuesday, July 28–Wednesday, July 29)

The Dodgers (+380 to win World Series at DraftKings Sportsbook) and the Astros (+800) are two of the three teams atop the odds to win this year’s World Series. Toss this showdown between heavy hitters into the early work week, and you’ve got must-watch TV. The Dodgers are down ace Clayton Kershaw, but are projected to start stud Walker Buehler, who went 14-4 in 2019, and then Dustin May (2.08 ERA, 4 SO in 2020). Houston puts Framber Valdez on the mound Tuesday, who is looking to improve upon a mediocre campaign last season (4-7, 5.86 ERA), and a pitcher to be named Wednesday. There’s a decent chance we’ll be seeing this matchup again in the World Series.

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Clippers vs Lakers (Thursday, July 30)

The NBA is back, and there’s no question what the marquee matchup is. The storylines are cinematic: the return of LeBron James, what the NBA will look like in the Orlando bubble … the list goes on. The Lakers currently sit as 4.5-point favorites and +175 odds-on favorites to win the NBA title this year. A major headline continues to be the absence of Avery Bradley, who provided veteran leadership and defense to a Lakers team that might be stretched thin. The Clippers (+300 to win the title) are a team built to contend with the Lakers, with a matchup nightmare in Paul George and stud defenders in Patrick Beverly and Marcus Morris. Pop the popcorn– this might be one of the most intriguing games in NBA regular season history.

Red Sox vs Yankees (Friday, July 31–Sunday, Aug. 2)

Baseball’s greatest rivalry heats up in baseball’s second weekend. The Red Sox are off to a relatively hot start this season (0.338 team batting average) and are looking to capitalize on the Yankees’ giving up runs by the boatload (6.92 ERA). Last year, the Yankees dominated their rival, taking 14 of 19 on the season. The usually-intense rivalry has even more flare to it with the shortened season; both teams will be doing whatever it takes to get to the MLB playoffs.

NHL returns (Saturday, Aug. 1 – Sunday, Aug. 2)

The NHL will jump right into its playoff qualifying round with five games on Saturday. Sunday will also see three Game 1s in the qualifying round, and also a pair of round robin games for the top seeds. Here is the slate for the weekend:

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, Game 1, 12 p.m. ET
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers, Game 1, 3 p.m. ET
  • Florida Panthers at New York Islanders, Game 1, 4 p.m. ET
  • Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 1, 8 p.m. ET
  • Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, Game 1, 10:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, Aug. 2

  • Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators, Game 1, 2 p.m. ET
  • Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins, Round Robin, 3 p.m. ET
  • St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche, Round Robin, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 1, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks, Game 1 10:30 p.m. ET

FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Chelsea (Saturday, Aug. 1)

Chelsea (+114) is slim favorites over Arsenal (+202) in the FA Cup final. Aside from the odds, Arsenal is facing a steep uphill battle as defensive keys Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, and Shkodran Mustafi are expected to miss the match. Without those three, Arsenal was able to squeak out a win against Watford, but face a much tougher opponent in Chelsea. The final will be played without fans, like the games that came before it.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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