A busy month of sports betting in West Virginia continues this weekend. WV sportsbooks feature a wide variety of popular betting markets, highlighted by the NBA and NHL playoffs.
Both leagues’ are off to successful restarts thus far. Despite the lack of fans, games have been highly competitive and exciting. Each league has remained mostly coronavirus-free since entering their respective bubbles.
Now that both reboots have been in action for a few weeks, they are each in their official postseasons. The NBA and NHL entered their usual first rounds with a total of 16 teams remaining.
Retail locations, as well as the online sports betting apps available in the Mountain State, include lots of markets for both sports. You’re able to wager on updated series odds, along with individual games and championship futures.
There are plenty of other exciting betting options on the board this weekend, too.
The PGA Tour is back with The Northern Trust beginning on Thursday. While this isn’t a major, the field is loaded yet again.
Popular pros like Justin Thomas, Bryson Dechambeau, and Tiger Woods are competing this week in what marks the start of the golf playoffs. This event is being held at the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.
Last week, Jim Herman came from behind to take home the victory at the Wyndham Championship. He shot an incredible 21-under par, including a 63 on Sunday.
Major League Baseball is another commonly bet on market right now. The season is churning along, with a full slate of games this weekend.
Sports betting handle and revenue in WV have risen the last few weeks thanks to the return of these major leagues.
Let’s breakdown everything to know for this weekend and preview some of the bigger matchups available to wager on.
NBA playoff betting At WV Sportsbooks
The NBA playoffs have not disappointed so far. Through just the first few games in the postseason, there have been some wild upsets and quality basketball.
Since all the series are still just getting started, the weekend schedule is filled with some great games.
In the West, it appears that some of the top seeds are going to have a more difficult time than they expected.
The second-seeded Clippers are tied with the Mavericks after the first two games in the opening round. While Los Angeles is still the favorite to advance, it looks like this could be a long series.
The important third game tips off Friday night at 9:10 p.m.
Currently, DraftKings Sportsbook shows the Clippers are the slight favorite to take a 2-1 series lead. It lists them as giving -4.5 points, with a moneyline of -200.
Dallas is receiving +4.5, while its moneyline odds are +165.
Casual fans will probably enjoy watching this contest, too. The game’s total is set at a very high mark, sitting at 232.5 points.
DraftKings also features a lot of other games and player props. Bettors can put some action down on whether or not the game goes into overtime.
You can wager on the Yes option at +1300, or the No selection at -3335.
The Eastern Conference has an interesting matchup between the Sixers and Celtics. Boston won the first two games of the series, but Philadelphia is a real threat behind center Joel Embiid.
The 76ers need to win Friday’s game to avoid going down 3-0.
DraftKings has the Celtics as five-point favorites to win the game, with a moneyline of -215. You can take the Sixers +5, or to win the game outright at +175.
The total for Game 3 is set at 216 points.
Betting On The NHL Playoffs
The NHL playoffs are just as exhilarating. Teams did not miss a beat during their time off, as the postseason started with fast-paced and hard-hitting affairs.
Since the hockey playoffs got underway before the NBA, teams are a little further along in their first-round series. In fact, some teams have already clinched their position in the next round.
In the East, both Tampa Bay and Boston advanced in five games. The Lightning got revenge on the Blue Jackets from last year, while the Bruins took out Carolina again.
Two Western Conference teams are onto round two, as well. The top two seeds, the Avalanche and Golden Knights, moved on after wrapping up their series in five quick games.
Although Friday night’s two games are in place, which games are available the rest of the weekend remains to be seen. If there are matchups to wager on depends on which teams win these upcoming games.
Regardless, there will be at least two enticing Game 6’s on Friday evening.
In the first, the Philadelphia Flyers are looking to finish up their series with the Montreal Canadiens.
FanDuel Sportsbook has Philly as the favorite to do just that, with odds of -145. Montreal is listed at +125 on the moneyline.
The goaltending has been stellar in much of this series. FanDuel has adjusted its total for Game 6 and has it set at just 4.5 goals.
You can take the Over 4.5 at -180, or the Under 4.5 goals with odds of +155.
The other Friday-night matchup is between the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks. St. Louis is looking to continue its Stanley Cup defense and avoid elimination for at least another night.
FanDuel shows the Blues as the favorite to force a Game 7. They have odds of -140 to win the game, whereas the Canucks are at +120.
This game’s total is more aligned with most NHL games. The online sportsbook features the Over 5.5 at +125, and the Under 5.5 goals at -150.
The Northern Trust And MLB Odds
If you don’t love hockey or basketball, WV sportsbooks also have you covered for spring sports.
BetMGM Sportsbook has odds for all of baseball’s weekend series, along with updated odds for the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust.
Most MLB teams are scheduled to take on a division opponent the next few days.
One of the better series is between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. Friday night’s contest should be a close one, with both teams throwing out a solid pitcher.
The Phils are going with Aaron Nola, while the Braves will give the start to Max Fried. BetMGM has this game as too close to call, with both teams having odds of -110 to come out with a win.
On the golf course, The Northern Trust continues throughout Sunday and is available for betting every day.
Online sportsbooks include new individual-round odds after each day’s play concludes. Updated lines for which golfer will win the tournament are also provided.
Thursday’s action saw several players jump out to a hot start. Four golfers in total, including Harris English, shot -7 on the first day of the event.
However, with three days still left to play, it’s anyone’s tournament to win.
At the moment, BetMGM shows the following odds to win this weekend’s PGA event heading into Friday’s round:
- Harris English +1200
- Matthew Wolff +1200
- Justin Thomas +1400
- Adam Scott +1800
- Daniel Berger +1800
- Tommy Fleetwood +1800
- Dustin Johnson +2000
- Louis Oosthuizen +2200
- Rory McIlroy +2200
- Russell Henley +2200
- Jon Rahm +2500
- Patrick Reed +2500