Thursday’s Top Sports Betting Matchups- May 19

Two key matchups in both the NBA and NHL Conference Finals highlight this Thursday night’s betting slate at VietBet. There is also a full schedule of MLB games to bet on at the top online sportsbook for US players.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a pretty strong statement in Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Tuesday’s series opener was never close and in the end they rolled to a 115-84 victory as 11-point home favorites on VietBet’s closing line. They are now a perfect 9-0 straight-up in the postseason with a 6-3 record against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of the nine games.

Thursday’s Top Sports Betting Matchups- May 19

VietBet has opened the Cavs as 12-point favorites at home for Thursday’s Game 2 and the total line has been set at 196. The Raptors came into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the East and they needed the full seven games to get past both Indiana and Miami in the opening two rounds. They failed to cover in nine of the 14 contests and, with the total ending as a PUSH in Game 1 of this series against a closing 199-point line, it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 10 of 15 postseason games. Tip-off from Quicken Loans Arena for Game 2 is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Over in the Western Conference Finals in the NHL, Game 3 between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks is set for a 9 p.m. start on NBC Sports Network. The Blues struck first blood at home in this best-of-seven showdown with a 2-1 victory as -139 favorites, but they had no answer for a very potent Sharks offensive attack in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday night as -126 favorites at home. The total stayed UNDER in both games after going OVER or ending as a PUSH in six of the Blues’ previous playoff games.

VietBet Asian Sportsbook has yet to set the NHL money line odds for Thursday night’s matchup, but look for San Jose to open as a moderate favorite at home with a total line of five. The Sharks ousted Los Angeles in five games in the opening round before going the distance against Nashville. They are 5-1 at home in the postseason and the total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of those outings.

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