Upcoming events of note:
- The NBA Finals begin Thursday night in Toronto as the hometown Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. The Warriors are big -250 favourites to win another title, but Toronto is a slim 1-point favourite to win the first game of the series.
- The Memorial Tournament has some of golf biggest names in the field this week in Columbus. Seven of the PGA’s top 10 are in the mix including +900 favourite Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods (+1200).
- An unlikely Champions League Final goes Saturday between Tottenham and Liverpool, the -118 favourite. Early action is backing Liverpool, who have lost just one of their last 14 meetings with Tottenham.
- The Boston Bruins look to go up 2-0 on the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday. The series then shifts to Missouri for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday.
The Toronto Raptors are three wins away from the first NBA championship in franchise history, but oddsmakers aren’t giving them much chance in the race to four victories against the Golden State Warriors. Toronto is listed as a +175 underdog to win the series, but opened as a 2-point favourite in Game 1. That line has since moved to Toronto -1 with early action supporting the Warriors to cover the spread on the road. Golden State has been idle since sweeping away the Portland Trail Blazers on May 20, while the Raptors just finished a back-and-forth battle with the Milwaukee Bucks that went the distance after also needing seven games to get past the Philadelphia 76ers. Golden State guard Steph Curry is the -125 favourite to win the NBA Finals MVP, followed by Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard at +250.
NHL Stanley Cup Final
Bettors liked the Boston Bruins before their Stanley Cup Final series began with the St. Louis Blues and they’re still behind the B’s after Boston took Game 1. About 60 percent of bets are on the Bruins to go up 2-0 on St. Louis Wednesday night. Boston is up to -375 to win the Stanley Cup with Game 3 going Saturday night in St. Louis.
Tiger Woods supporters are getting their bets in again this weekend ahead of the Memorial Tournament. Tiger is listed at +1200, behind only Rory McIlroy (+900) on the odds board. Woods has won this tournament a record five times and was fourth last year, but missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village Golf Club and measured almost 74,000 yards so you might want to look at Woods and some of the bigger hitters this week. Woods is +800 to break Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories.
It’s still very crowded at the top of the World Series odds board as we settle into the MLB season. The Houston Astros are currently pegged as the +325 favourites, ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers (+375), and the New York Yankees (+550). Houston is 37-19 and in second place overall. The Minnesota Twins own top spot overall at 37-17 and are at +1000 to win the title, while also earning a league-best 20 units for their betting supporters.