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Five for Friday: Best Bets for May 6

One of the most important parts of betting the playoffs in any sport is remembering that one game doesn’t make a series. Two games doesn’t either, but it does provide a few big clues as to how the rest of the series might go. For example, Carolina was expected to fall flat on its face against Boston based off previous series, yet the Hurricanes picked up where they left off in the regular season, dominated the first two games and seem to be in complete control of the series.

Sometimes, it’s best to just ride with what you’ve learned from the regular season until you get new conflicting information. One of the easiest ways to ruin a bet is to overthink your way into a loss, which a lot of people have done with expecting the playoff Bruins to show up. After the first two games, it seems like that’s just not going to happen.

Now that I’ve said that, the Hurricanes are likely to come out flat and make me look foolish. Here are my best bets for May 6.


Pittsburgh and Cincinnati aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire with their bats, even if the Reds did just score 12 runs in three games against Milwaukee. These have been two of the weakest offenses in the majors this season, and neither one is doing much in the way of hitting home runs. As long as you’re not hitting the ball out of Great American Ball Park, low scores are possible, and I like my chances here.


Michigan has been a dumpster fire on offense, but the Panthers might have the best defense in the USFL. Granted, playing Pittsburgh might have inflated the numbers, but the Panthers have also held Houston and New Jersey to a combined 19 points on offense, so they’re not just beating up on the USFL’s weakest squad. Philadelphia is down its starting quarterback after Bryan Scott left to get treatment on an injury, and I don’t love the idea of taking a backup signal caller against Michigan’s stiff defense.


After two wins, the Hurricanes are still going off at a fantastic price. This is because Carolina might have lost starting goaltender Antti Raanta to an injury, but that’s the only real advantage that the Bruins have over the Hurricanes after Boston has been whacked 25-4 by Carolina over this calendar year. As long as the books give me Carolina at plus money, I’m taking them.


Sandy Alcantara and Yu Darvish have both pitched excellently this season, and playing low-scoring games is something the Marlins have done all season long. With both ace pitchers taking the mound in a pitcher-friendly park, I think there’s a good chance this game features five runs or less.

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St. Louis actually dominated the first 10 minutes against Minnesota in Game 2, and the Wild are just 3-13 on their past 16 trips to Missouri. Even though Minnesota came up with a win and evened the series, I still think St. Louis is the better team in this matchup. The Blues seem to be the more confident side, and I think they get back on track here.

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