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Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after winning the Magic Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP award. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

A fun-filled Memorial Day weekend on tap and with several betting options. Among them are the NBA Eastern Conference Finals and the NHL Playoffs along with baseball.

At the Bookmakers Review site, you can also find odds and free picks for the Indy 500 and other motorsports, along with the French Open in tennis and even horse racing. Let’s have fun!

About Last Night…

Golden State opened up a big second-quarter lead and lost focus a bit at the end of the third quarter giving backers at -7 heart palpitations for a bit. Nonetheless, they built that lead back to 15 and coasted to a 10-point triumph. The Warriors have not lost a Western Conference series in eight years (18 straight) and will be favored in the NBA Finals.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Carolina (-155 ML) as the home team defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 and remained unbeaten in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Raleigh. Carolina is the first team in NHL history to start the playoffs where the home team has won every time.

After Calgary took a 1-0 lead in the first period, the Flames and Edmonton (+135) went on a scoring spree, tallying seven goals in less than 11 minutes of the second period, tying the game at 4-4.

Calgary thought they might have had the game-winner in the third period, but it was waved off by the officials. In OT, who else, Connor McDavid registered the winning shot and the Oilers are in the West Finals for the first time in 16 years.

After looking like a complete wasted signing for Boston, Trevor Story has gone next level to bust out of his season-long slump. Story looked tight at the plate, but not anymore with seven home runs, and 21 rbi in his last seven contests. With a formidable top six in the batting order, the Red Sox are on a 6-1 spurt after hammering the White Sox 16-7 Thursday.

Trendy Talk


  • The total has gone over in 11 of 13 road games for the Miami Heat, after losing by 10 points or more.


  • The total has gone over in six straight games for the St. Louis Blues, after winning their previous game in overtime.
  • The New York Rangers are 7-1 revenging a road loss by two goals or more. (Saturday)


  • The Cincinnati Reds are 0-13 against NL West opponents this season.
  • The Oakland A’s are 0-9 vs. a starting pitcher who gives up 0.5 or fewer homers a start.
  • The San Francisco Giants games are 20-3 going over when they are a favorite of -200 or more the last two years.
  • Home games for the Tigers have gone under on 12 straight occasions after Detroit has a one-run win.
  • Jameson Taillon of the Yankees is 19-5 (+19.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record. (Team’s Record)


  • The Indiana Fever are 1-8 ATS in home games after playing a road affair the last two seasons.
  • The Seattle Storm are 4-13 ATS as a home favorite since last year.

BMR’s Betting Pulse


It’s Game 6 between Miami and Boston, with the Celtics trying to wrap up the series and advance to face Golden State. Can the Heat disrupt the C’s plans?


We have a pair of Game 6’s with Colorado trying again to reach the West Finals and Carolina attempting to make the East Finals and finally winning a game on the road against the Rangers.


With the Yankees winning the series opener with Tampa Bay, we have the latest on Game 2 tonight. On Saturday, it’s the Cubs battling the White Sox on the South Side, and Sunday night is the ESPN installment, Phillies at Mets. Read our takes right here!

Motor Sports

For the holiday weekend, we have all kinds of racing going on along with top experts selections for the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1.

The Buzz

The Celtics are big 8.5-point favorites and while many believe they win Game 6 over Miami and advance, there is consternation about backing that large of a number. We are hearing more serious bettors are wagering on the total or Boston on the first half, though -5 on the C’s feels pricy.

Major League Baseball and the players’ association allow teams to have an additional pitcher through June 19, which is 14. This is an extension from the original May 30 deadline, likely because of so many pitchers on the IL.

Interested to see if the New York Rangers win Game 6 Saturday to make their series with Carolina all home wins. However, that’s not the only storyline of the series, the under is 5-0 so far.

It was amazing that yesterday, on Twitter, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay did not talk about their teams, but instead posted statistics on gun violence in the U.S. This was noticed everywhere.

Out The Door

Baseball loves its clichés and the way how things are done. You may have noted almost every starting pitcher has three, sometimes four pitches these days. They don’t necessarily throw them all for strikes but the days of seeing a fastball on 2-0, 3-1 and 3-2 are becoming fewer and fewer, adding to the batter’s confusion. Just an observation.

Colorado is a large road favorite at St. Louis tonight and they will not want to blow another series clincher.

Who Is Right?

Sharp bettors are pounding the under in the Pirates/Padres clash, accounting for over 90% of the cash. Yet, bets placed are tracking in the low 60’s percentile on the Over. Who will be correct?

Have an awesome Memorial Day weekend.

Let’s get some winners, see you back here Monday.