If you're keen to bet on sports, tonight's NBA Finals game between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors could win you big bucks.
Vegas odds unanimously predict that the Raptors will come away with the NBA Championship either tonight or in Game 6 (if necessary). Odds Shark gives the Raptors a -2.5 spread across almost all betting lines.
After winning two straight away games to go ahead 3-1 in the NBA Final, the Raptors are poised to defeat the depleted Golden State Warriors and win the NBA Championship for the first time in the team's history. Vegas seems to agree that it'll happen tonight, much to the joy of Raptors fans.
Not familiar with what "the spread" means? In a nutshell, the points spread is the estimated number that a given team will win by.
For example, a negative value such as -2.5 for the Raptors, means that sports books favour them to win by at least 2.5 points. A positive value means the underdog team has to win by at least 3 points to cover the spread.
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Let's say you make a $100 bet for the Raptors to win. The betting site will often give you a line that reads -110, meaning that the site takes a 10% commission. If you win, you get that back. If you lose, you pay $110. The stakes get higher as the bets get more specific.
According to BleacherReport, if you bet $100 that the game will go to overtime, you have a chance of making a $1000 profit because the line is offered at +1000 odds. It's an enticing bet if you have the money to make it worth your while.
The Raptors have had an upper hand on the Warriors this whole series and it's not unreasonable to think that they'll win it all tonight. With a depleted roster, the Warriors have been absolutely dominated by the Raptors in recent games.
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It's not totally unfair to discount the Warriors though, as they have come back to win from a 3-1 series deficit in 2016. As unlikely as it seems, the Warriors' desperation might be exactly what they need to win a game or two.