As some of you may have heard, on Saturday night the 82nd annual Boxing Match between Boston and New York turned into a real brawl. In the end, it was Boston who came out on top, winning by unanimous decision. With the score standing at 10-0, the Bruins rose to 2nd in the Eastern Conference. It was the 13th straight win for them this season. For New York, it was the 6th straight loss.
What were the betting odds on this one? Let’s take a look:
New York is Favorites
New York is the defending Cup champion and has won 10 straight games this season. They opened up as slight favorites at most sportsbooks. However, with the amount of money flowing in on Boston, it was essentially a toss-up as to who would win.
The over/under was set at 10 for New York, 8.5 for Boston. This was actually only about even money, meaning that the betting public was not sure who would win this year’s classic matchup.
Boston Leads In Wallets
On the other hand, the Boston Bruins are the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference. They have shown to be unstoppable this season, winning the Atlantic Division with a 34-14-2 record. They have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 170-67.
The cash cow that is the Boston Bruins makes them one of the most popular teams in the league, and that popularity shows in the betting market. Leading up to the postseason, the Bruins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games. The over/under for them is now 9.5 and they are the top choice among bettors.
Who’s Going to Win the Cup this Year?
If you’re looking to make some wagers this year, who’s going to win the Cup? With the World Series over and the Stanley Cup playoffs set to begin, the betting public has plenty to choose from. As mentioned above, the Boston Bruins are the heavy favorites to win it all this year. With a 70% win probability according to OddsShark, it’s fair to assume that most people are backing the defending champions. However, one has to look at the New York Rangers, winners of the Northeast Division, as an interesting team to watch.
The Rangers are the underdogs of the 2018-19 NHL season. They have lost 13 games in a row, including 4 straight to the Boston Bruins. Injuries have hit the team hard, especially on defense. The last line has been decent, but not great, which is reflected in the team’s overall record of 35-36-11. As a result, the Rangers have climbed the standings, currently sitting 4th in the conference. They are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games and have opened up as slight underdogs in this year’s Finals.
In the end, it was a classic rivalry match. The first half was tight, with neither team getting a clear lead. Then, in the 2nd half, it was all Boston. They were able to pull away and win by a comfortable margin. Overall, it was a good fight, but the betting public did not agree. New York is the clear favorite, but it’s far from over. The Bruins have a lot to prove in the rest of the postseason, and everyone knows that these games are always intense.