Sports Interaction News Week 7 2020 – Here is the action report and odds for the NBA, the NBA All-Star Weekend and the ongoing NHL season at Sports Interaction during week 7, 2020.
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After Wednesday’s action the league takes a break for its annual All-Star Game festivities, so this is as good a time as any to take stock of the best and worst bets in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks will head into the break as the top team in the league. They’re currently 46-7 and have helped their betting supporters with a tidy 31-22 mark against the spread (ATS). That ATS mark is good for third overall in the Association, behind only the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-19 ATS) and the Boston Celtics (31-20-2 ATS). At the other end of the standings, the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors are the league’s worst team at 12-42 straight up, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are the worst point spread bet in the NBA at 18-32-2 ATS.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors continue to prove naysayers wrong as they try to defend the franchise’s first title. The Raps are second overall in the East at 40-14 and have been a solid ATS bet at 31-23. However, they’re still not seeing a lot of respect on the NBA futures board. The Bucks are favourites to win the championship at +250, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at +300 and the Los Angeles Lakers at +310. The Raps sit as fourth favourites but check in at +1200.
NBA All-Star Weekend
The All-Star weekend also brings betting opportunities for the various skills events held on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. In the 3-point competition, Damian Lillard is the +375 favourite with four other players at +500. Spencer Dinwiddie is the +300 favourite to win the Skills Challenge, but Toronto Raptors All-Star Pascal Siakam will see some solid support at +500. Anthony Gordon is a +125 favourite to win the Slam Dunk Competition. He was runner-up in 2016 to Zach LaVine. Bettors might also be tempted to take a shot on Dwight Howard at +500. He may be 34 years old now, but won the competition way back in 2008.
It’s been hard to find value betting on the Tampa Bay Lightning for most of the past couple of seasons and you’ll really have to pay to get them on a ticket as they’re riding an eight-game winning streak. Tampa has regained top spot on the Stanley Cup odds board at +650, but it’s crowded at the top. The Boston Bruins check in at +700, the Colorado Avalanche are at +750, the Washington Capitals are at +800 and the St. Louis Blues are at +900 as they look to defend their title.
On Thursday, the Lightning host the Edmonton Oilers while the Av’s battle the Capitals in D.C. The Bruins kick off a busy Saturday with a matinee matchup with the woeful Detroit Red Wings.