Gambler’s Corner 4-26

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Updated: April 27, 2018

Gambler’s Corner 4/26/2018
Plenty for gambler’s to look at as we check out the landscape for those looking to lay a few dollars. The NBA playoffs are plugging along and they are as exciting as ever. MLB’s never-ending regular season is giving us almost daily action to fire. The NHL playoffs are skating around for those that prefer the ice. And of course, the most anticipated decision in the US regarding sports gambling is still outstanding as we continue to await the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding legalized gambling in the US.

Supreme Court Still to Decide

In what seems like a monthly occurrence, have been hearing chatter that the decision is expected soon. New Jersey lawmakers are hoping this decision will end favorably and bring an end to a roughly six-year court battle. The state has been prepping for sports wagering for years hoping it will jumpstart its struggling casino and racing industry. Monmouth Park has already built out a 300-seat sportsbook operation and vows to be open within two weeks of a favorable ruling. Let’s hope for a little “run good” and get this passed. Then we can begin the real process of seeing how many greedy hands can water down the product before it gets to the consumer’s hands.

NBA Playoffs: Don’t Blink

The NBA’s second season is plugging along in round 1 and there are plenty of storylines to look at just 5 games in. Ben Simmons and the young 76ers have announced their presence to the rest of the East in taking down the Heat 4-1. Simmons became just the 5th rookie in NBA history to record a postseason triple-double. Simmons posted 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in becoming the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to record the lofty feat.

Speaking of statements Anthony Davis made one as his Pelicans swept the Portland Trailblazers 4-0. Everyone looked at the Pelicans as an afterthought after a season-ending injury to superstar Demarcus Cousins. But Davis was not to be denied as he teamed with PG Jrue Holiday to tie a playoff record for points from teammates as the duo combined for 88 points in the closing series game. Davis and the Pelicans will get a little rest now as they await their round two matchup.

And in maybe the most surprising storyline of the postseason. Lebron and the Cavaliers are getting absolutely everything they can handle from Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers. The Cavs currently lead the series 3-2 after Lebron buried a buzzer beater three to win game 5. The Cavs will need to continue to get help from their supporting casts as Indiana is proving James will have trouble doing it all alone.

NHL Playoffs: Hockey in the Dessert

The NHL playoffs are concluding the opening round and the city of Las Vegas is fully behind the Golden Knights. And not surprisingly, the casino industry has gotten into the action with Stations Casino property offering select players club members a free bet on the Golden Knights to hoist the Stanley Cup. The Golden Knights swept their opening round series. They are now taking on the San Jose Sharks in round 2. Can an expansion team really win the championship in its inaugural season?