Cubs president Theo Epstein said “there’s no panic” over Chicago’s slow start, and Las Vegas oddsmakers and handicappers agree.
Despite the Celtics having home-court advantage in the conference finals against the Cavaliers, defending NBA champion Cleveland is heavily favored to win the series and is a 4-point favorite in Game 1 on Wednesday in Boston.
All it took was one of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history to make a winner of a CG Technology bettor who wagered $262,000 to win $37,000 on Golden State on the money line.
Home teams are 101-26 (79.5 percent) in NBA Game 7s and the numbers support a play on Boston, a 5-point favorite over Washington on Monday at the TD Garden.
The Warriors opened as minus-1,600 favorites over the Spurs (plus 900) in the NBA Western Conference finals, which start Sunday in Oakland, California.
The Yankees entered Thursday’s series opener against the Astros in a virtual tie for baseball’s best record with Houston and the Orioles, another surprising team.
After Always Dreaming crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby, the first question was, “Is he good enough to win the Triple Crown.”
Spanish phenom Jon Rahm, at 20-1 odds to win The Players Championship, has generated the most tickets at the Westgate and William Hill sports books.
Handicapper Dana Lane is backing the Oilers as plus 110 underdogs to the Ducks in Wednesday’s Game 7 and he also likes over 5½ goals (plus 120) in that game and over 5½ (plus 105) in Wednesday’s Game 7 between the Capitals and Penguins.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) is a minus-160 favorite over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), the plus 140 underdog, in their Sept. 16 middleweight title fight.