Record: 42-56-4 (-0.93U)
The NBA and NHL finals are here, which means we’re that much closer to the dog days of summer where we have nothing but baseball to keep us entertained. Enjoy these last two weeks while you can…
June 8: NHL- Vegas Golden Knights vs Florida Panthers
This series ain’t exactly been the nail-biter we were hoping for. The Golden Knights broke open Game 1 in the third period, and they completely owned Game 2.
Now, the Florida Panthers are back home and chasing down their first win of this Stanley Cup Final. Can they do it? The books think so, as the Panthers are -120 favorites, and we think so too.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who was a beast in the first three series wins, has been looking human again, and the offense has gone MIA. But if they don’t find the back of the net tonight, they’re staring down the barrel of a 0-3 series deficit.
This is a team that aims to get under their opponent’s skin. We saw it in previous series, and they’ve been trying it again in the Final, but Vegas hasn’t bit yet.
We expect the Panthers to focus more on playing a complete game tonight as opposed to trying to get the Golden Knights to take penalties.
If Matthew Tkachuk can figure out how to not get ejected tonight and Bobrovsky can return to his early-round greatness, Panthers should make this a 2-1 series.
Rebel’s Pick: Florida Panthers ML (-120) @ 1U
June 9- PLL: Waterdogs vs Redwoods
Oh look, another lacrosse pick! Maybe you should start watching…
The PLL returned last week and, now that Week 1 jitters are out of the way, we expect each team to establish its identity.
The team we expect to improve the most from Week 1 to Week 2 is the Waterdogs, last year’s champions.
The ‘Dogs opened the season against the Chaos, who have the best defense in the league, and were held to eight goals (which isn’t a lot in lacrosse). This week, they face the retooling Redwoods.
The Waterdogs have one of the most stacked rosters in the league and, while its stars were held in check for the most part last week, we expect them to explode in Week 2.
Attackman Michael Sowers, who was held to just one goal on eight shots against the Chaos, is itching to remind everyone why he’s stan MVP candidate.
Meanwhile, Zach Currier has quickly become one of the league’s best midfielders and starting goalie Dillon Ward makes his return to the cage after missing last week.
If the Waterdogs can improve upon their game from last week, there’s no reason they shouldn’t win by two or more.
Rebel’s Pick: Waterdogs -1.5 (+110) @ 1U