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There are plenty of odds boosts out there today with two NBA games, two NHL Games 7 and the PGA Tour Championship. We’ll start in the NBA with a look at a LeBron James-centric odds boost and an interesting play in the Milwaukee – Miami game. I’ll also tell you why I like an odds boost parlay on the NHL games tonight. Let’s jump into the best NBA odds boosts and NHL odds boosts we found on OddsShopper today.
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NBA Odds Boost
LeBron James Scores 30+ Points AND Lakers Win (BetMGM +250)
A well-rested LeBron who has scored at least 30 points in three straight games seems like a shoo-in to score 30 again against a team that doesn’t have the defensive chops to slow him down. What is hurting the odds of him scoring 30 points is if he has a bunch of assists to Anthony Davis and tries to get other teammates going early in the series. However, considering the Lakers lost Game 1 to Portland despite James’ 16 assists, I expect we’ll see more of the player who had a triple-double in Game 5 against Portland with 36 points and 10 assists.
If Davis and James get going early, it’s hard to imagine Houston being able to keep up with the Lakers on the scoreboard. The Rockets love to take 3-pointers, and they actually shot better against Oklahoma City than they did during the regular-season, but those missed 3-pointers could easily turn into easy points in the other direction. Houston doesn’t have anyone who can challenge Davis or James on the glass, and James is one of the best at going coast-to-coast or outletting to an open teammate for a layup. We saw last night the toll a seven-game series can take on a team, and the Rockets might simply run out of energy with so little rest between series.
Bam Adebayo Scores 20+ Points (PointsBet +300)
This is the riskiest of my NBA picks, but I sense that Adebayo is sitting on another big game for the Heat, and that this might be the time. He’s come close to breaking through against the Bucks before this season, and he’s been around the basket with the ball in his hands a lot so far in this series. He’s been a major rebounding presence for Miami, and I expect Erik Spoelstra will have some plays to help get Adebayo involved in the offense and free up the Heat’s perimeter players.
Adebayo scored at least 20 points in 20 of his 72 games during the regular season, and he’s already crossed that threshold once this postseason. That was in Game 3 against Indiana when Miami was in a similar position to what it faces now against Milwaukee. It’s a long shot for sure that Adebayo hits 20 points, but it’s a worthwhile wager based on Milwaukee’s weakness defending the interior.
NHL Odds Boost
Colorado AND Vegas To Win (PointsBet +220)
Michael Hutchinson has seemingly re-energized the Colorado Avalanche with his play in goal the past two games for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. He hasn’t had to be great for the Avalanche, but he’s made 58 saves on 62 shots, and three of those goals came in Game 5 after Colorado took a 5-0 lead in the first period. Colorado figured out in Game 6 how to best neutralize Dallas’ offense and limited the Stars to one goal on 28 shots. Hutchinson has brought stability at the back end for the Avalanche, and their best players have terrorized the Dallas defense with goals throughout the series. Colorado now has the defense to match its offense.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in a completely different situation, having lost two straight games after holding a 3-1 series lead. However, there isn’t much more Vegas could do to have won those games except score on its many shots. The Golden Knights have peppered Thatcher Demko with 91 shots over the last two games but have only scored once on the rookie goalie. Vancouver has only attempted 40 shots in the past two games,but scored six times to keep its season alive. Demko is probably tired after stopping 48 shots last night in a Game 6 shutout, so if Vegas can keep up the unrelenting pressure and break through early, it might be the end of the magic for the Canucks.