Total: 5.50 | 110.00 Over
The Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks are very familiar with each other. I actually had a play on the Wild in Game 1. If you didn't have a chance to see that analysis, I believe it's worth a quick read now:
<i>Minnesota took two of three in the regular season, and we think this opening contest favors the Wild as well.
Minnesota had an up and down year though, while the younger Canucks were putting together their best campaign in on a long time.
Minnesota though comes in healthy with a good mix of old and young talent. The Canucks just don't have much experience and in this pressure packed and weird scenario, I definitely think that favors the stronger Wild team.
Vancouver's top two lines are powerful, but Minnesota has four more well rounded lines. I believe this will help in the Wild's favor today as well.
But many of the Canucks' players will be seeing playoff hockey for the first time in their lives.
At a pick-em, we're backing the more experienced line-up in Game 1.</i>
The Canucks first two lines are filled with offensive talent and I can't see them being held off the score sheet again. The Wild looked great on both ends of the ice, but expect them to have their hands full this time around with this now highly motivated Canucks team. I'm hammering the OVER in this one!
Good luck, NP
Total: 222.50 | -115.00 Under
So far in the bubble in Orlando we have seen some really high scores. Because of that the totals are being bet up to astronomically high numbers. Yesterday four of the six games went under, and by a large margin. The Celtics will face rivals Miami on Tuesday, and Miami (#4)trails Boston (#3) by just 2.5 games in the standings. These teams met twice already this season, and both meetings came up well short of 220 points. Not once in the last 10 meetings between these teams have bookmakers listed a total as high as 220 points. In fact nine of the last 10 times these teams have faced each other the total was lower than 215 points. Miami is allowing an average of 108 points per game this season, and they gave up 107 points in a loss to Toronto in their last game. Boston is allowing an average of 107 points per game, ranking #3 in the NBA in that category.