Sports Interaction News Week 7 – Here is the Action Report, Popular Bets and Future Bets available at Sports Interaction for the upcoming week 7, 2018.
The first big move before the NHL trade deadline came down this week when the Ottawa Senators shipped Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. It wasn’t a blockbuster, but it will definitely help the Kings clean up play in their own end. Los Angeles sits three points out of a playoff spot and that trade could kick off a number of deals as Western Conference contenders load up for the stretch run. Unfortunately for Senators fans and bettors this trade doesn’t do anything to help the team immediately. Gaborik is past his prime and Shore is a 25-year-old who is just getting his feet wet in the NHL. If anything, this move makes the over much more tempting as the Senators play out the schedule. Ottawa has played over the total in four games in a row.
The Toronto Raptors have won six games in a row to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but oddsmakers still aren’t buying into this team on NBA futures. Despite the fact that the Raps own blowout wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, LeBron James and the Cavs still sit at the top of the Eastern Conference odds board at +120, followed by the Celtics at +240. Toronto checks in at third spot at +310.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) suffered an early setback in the men’s hockey tournament as they were upset by Slovakia in their first game. Team USA also dropped its opening game, an overtime loss to Slovenia, so we could see some changes to the odds board. OAR was listed as a +188 favourite to win the tournament, with Team Canada at +254 and Team USA not far behind. If ever there was an international hockey tournament that’s ripe for upsets, this is it. Without NHL players on the roster, coaching and tactics will be even more important than usual. Study these teams in their first games and you might be able to find a Cinderella squad to make you a few bucks.
On the women’s side of the Olympic hockey picture, things are going as expected with Team Canada and Team USA rolling along with unbeaten records. Team USA is a -128 favourite with Team Canada at -108 for Wednesday’s preliminary matchup.