The Spread takes aim at some of the recent sports betting gossip, hot takes, and news that made headlines across the Internet. This week, with the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup in full swing, and NFL futures taking shape, here’s a look at some line items:
- FPI Likes the Patriots Too: Vegas thinks the New England Patriots are a Super Bowl favorite and will win the most games again, and the FPI rankings concur. Given that the Bills may end up starting Josh Allen, their win total seems like 4 games too high, in our opinion.
- Golden Knights Not Minting Gold for Vegas: The reality of a Golden Knights Stanley Cup victory, and the hit it’ll put on Vegas sportsbooks, is becoming, erm, a reality. Even after a loss Wednesday evened the series with Washington at 1-1, the Knights and their dedicated minions are still close to even money to join the likes of long-suffering fan bases like the Cubs, Cavs, and Red Sox who all recently overcame decades of torturous bad luck to win a title.
- The Warriors Are Winning the Title: Speaking of the Cavs, they’re the biggest NBA finals underdog since 2002. And that’s with LeBron James, who is the best basketball player on the planet and probably a better QB than Josh Allen.
- What’s At Stake At Belmont Stakes: Only a Triple Crown. Justify is a 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont and secure the second Triple Crown since 2015.
- Tiger Not An Open Favorite: The fervor and craziness has died down since the Masters, where Tiger Woods was a favorite before Round 1. That honor goes to Jordan Spieth at +900 to win the U.S. Open. Tiger is still only a few behind him at a respectable +1,400.
- We Are the World (Cup): Most pundits agree that there are really only six teams with a shot to win the 2018 World Cup. Those six teams range from favorite Germany at 7-2 to our sneaky value pick of Belgium at 10-1.
Listen in: TheLines Podcast also hit on the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup this week. Is it even worth betting on the lopsided hoops series?