If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!
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1. Don’t count on Sid the Kid
If you’re looking to bet the Penguins/Senators series, don’t put too much confidence in Sidney Crosby’s health. He suffered a concussion in Game 3, sat out Game 4, and then took a nasty, head-on collision with the boards in Game 6. He was slow to get up, and if the collision had been with the ice or another player, league rules would have required him to be pulled off and tested. But because he hit the boards, there’s no such requirement.
The Penguins organisation didn’t test him of their own volition, because, well, we’ll let you figure that one out on your own.
Concussions don’t just go away, and they don’t heal in a week; and if it was a problem in the last series, it’ll continue to be a problem until Crosby gets a long period of time in a dark room, particularly if he keeps crashing headfirst into the boards. Can the Penguins win without Crosby? Probably. Is -280 a good price? That’s another question entirely.
2. Spurs Advance, Houston goes home
The San Antonio Spurs will face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. If nothing else, this is further proof of Gregg Popovich’s ability to turn spare parts and late-round picks into a winning basketball team year after year … after year. They go into the conference finals as serious underdogs, some books offering as much as +900, and it’s not without reason. Tony Parker sustained a season-ending injury to his quadriceps tendon and Kawhi Leonard sat out the last game of the Rockets series. The Spurs, however, are famous for finding a way to win; they certainly didn’t seem limited in their 39-point rout of Houston. If Leonard can play to his (massive) potential and San Antonio’s bench can work its magic, +900 might be long enough to be worthwhile.