Flyers, Eagles, Sixers, Or Phillies: Which Team Has The Best Chance At A Championship?

The Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers will all be back in action by this weekend. The Eagles kick off in September. The odds of a championship run vary for each.

Which Philadelphia sports team is most likely to bring a trophy home this year?

The question gains relevance for two reasons. One, the Flyers, Sixers, and Phillies will have resumed their seasons as of the upcoming weekend, while the Eagles are never off the betting radar.

And two, all of the teams are good.

Let’s rank title chances with personal analysis and odds at major NJ online sports betting apps, including DraftKings and FanDuel. All odds are as of July 28.

The Philly team with the best chance of a title may not be the team that immediately comes to mind.

Flyers: Can they win the Stanley Cup in 2020?

Stanley Cup OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Flyers+1000+1100+1100+1050+1000+2500

Bet you didn’t know the Flyers were THE hottest team in the entire NHL before the COVID-19 shut down in March.

They had a 9-1 run, advanced to 89 points, and had joined the league’s elite. They went almost a month without losing a game.

Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Vegas Golden Knights have shorter odds than the Flyers.

Philadelphia has the same odds as the St. Louis Blues, the defending Stanley Cup champions, at FanDuel Sportsbook. Over at BetMGM, the Blues have the higher odds.

Still, Flyers are in the top 10 for a Stanley Cup run.

This is a young team that improved dramatically on defense this season and has magic with first-year head coach Alain Vigneault. He piloted the New York Rangers to the Cup finals in 2014 and his teams historically enjoy a first-season spike.

The Flyers have four 20-goal scorers in Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and Kevin Hayes. Goaltender Carter Hart is capable of leading this team all the way to the Stanley Cup.

What might deny them? The team does not have a prolific individual scorer and backup goalie Brian Elliott is too big of a dropoff.

Uncertain intangible? The puck has not been dropped in nearly five months.

Good intangible? The Flyers are a strong team at home and away. That should carry over into a neutral site, such as Toronto, where they will play all their Eastern Conference post-season games.

The Flyers are on the right track to win their first Stanley Cup since 1974-75. Is this the time or are they still a year away?

Eagles: Can the Birds make a return to the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Eagles+2000+1900+2000+2000+2000+2000

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Eagles and Sixers at roughly the same odds to hoist a championship trophy.

I lean to the Eagles ahead of the Sixers because they have a Super Bowl triumph and two playoff appearances in the last three seasons.

This is an elite December team and had quarterback Carson Wentz not been injured early in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last year, they may have advanced to the next round.

The team has discipline and character. It is strong at the tight-end position. The Eagles need a power back, a marquee receiver, and stability at quarterback.

Wentz continues to tease Eagles backers, but he hasn’t been the same in his last two seasons back from injury. And now that his playoff injury from last year is on the ledger, his durability is a major question mark.

So is his mobility, without which his passing will suffer. Wentz is not on the level of a Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterbacks from February’s Super Bowl.

Nonetheless, he manages a game well. Wentz has nearly three touchdowns per interception over his four-year career. That’s an exceptional ratio. He’s done this without a stellar wide-receiving group.

If the Eagles keep him healthy and supply protection in the form of a running game and breakout receiver, they will become a Super Bowl threat again.

Sixers: What are the odds they’ll be 2020 NBA champs?

NBA Finals OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia 76ers+2000+2000+1800+2000+2000+2500

Will the real Sixers please stand up?

The Sixers have a 39-26 record broken into two startling sections as they prepare for the end-of-season games and the post-season in Orlando, Fla.

At home, they are the best team in the NBA. How about 29-2? That’s better than the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks, the +250 co-title favorites at DraftKings. That’s better than the Los Angeles Clippers, the next best at BetMGM, +325.

Yet the Sixers are 20-1 at most NJ sportsbooks for a championship because of two words: the road.

There, they are worse than the non-playoff bound New York Knicks, who are 21-45 overall, just 10-23 on the road.

Go figure the contrast: better than the Lakers, worse than the Knicks.

Philadelphia will probably land between its home and road extremes at the neutral site. On a given night, they can beat anyone and should be fully healthy now. But can they do it often enough?

This Sixers rise and fall with the outside shooting of its players. This is a tall team that plays away from the basket.

The Sixers have stars. Joel Emblid averages 23.4 points a game. Ben Simmons clicks at 58% field-goal percentage and averages 16.4 per game. He declared himself 100% healthy after a four-month rehab for his ailing back. Tobias Harris chips in more than 19 points a game.

Matisse Thybulle can get scorching hot off the bench in a hurry.

A prevailing sentiment before the mid-March shutdown was that if the Sixers could steal a road game in a playoff series, they would capture that series. Even for a championship.

This team may be a year or so away from their best performance, but their theme song “Here Come the Sixers” is appropriate. They’re coming.

Phillies: To be or not to be at the 2020 World Series?

World Series OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Phillies+3000+3200+3000+2500+3000+2500

Excitement reigned when the Phillies signed Bryce Harper before last season. And they became the talk of the baseball world at 33-22 early last year.

But their bullpen failed miserably, and this team ran out of gas. They finished 81-81, or 11 games under .500 for roughly two-thirds of the season.

Nothing indicates they will rise much beyond .500, despite the heavy amount of over 31.5 season-wins backers at New Jersey sportsbooks for the 60-game season.

Off-season pickups this year included manager Joe Girardi, who will elevate the team. Didi Gregorious will help at shortstop and Zack Wheeler was a good pitching pickup, but this team needed a Gerrit Cole.

There are some nice pieces to this team, but they don’t all fit together. The Phillies need more speed at the top of their order and a lights-out closer.

This is a reasonably good team, but probably not good enough.

The Puck Has Yet To Drop But NHL Betting Is Already On The Rise At DraftKings

NHL betting may be in its infancy after the pandemic shutdown in March, but DraftKings Sportsbook is showing early trends on the top teams including the Flyers.

The NJ sports betting market is slowly building toward its summer relaunch.

And by relaunch, we mean the NHL and NBA will be back. It also seems highly likely Major League Baseball will return to the fold at some point.

DraftKings Sportsbook customers are so excited about the return, that NHL betting action is picking up before the schedule is even released.

Stanley Cup odds shift at DraftKings

If we go back to March 10, just days prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Philadelphia Flyers odds of winning the Stanley Cup were at +1400.

The current DraftKings odds are +900.

The New York Islanders, on the other hand, went from +3500 to +4000. The line on the New York Rangers remains at +4000.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the biggest longshot of the 10 teams with odds of +2700. Back in March, the line was at +2000.

Being ranked among the top four teams in the East, the Flyers are playing in a round-robin with three other teams to determine seeding. This explains the lower odds.

The other three franchises mentioned, on the other hand, must first advance out of the qualifying round.

So there is a chance all three of these teams could be eliminated before the traditional Stanley Cup bracket begins.

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NHL betting trends at DraftKings

NHL betting doesn’t come close to generating the interest that the NFL and NBA does.

Then again, we are entering unfamiliar territory in the NJ sports betting world.

Seriously, when 2020 started, who would’ve predicted that a global pandemic would lead to a four-month shutdown of professional sports?

With that being said, there is a chance that once NHL teams open training camps, the wagering action could pick up.

But looking at the current DraftKings trends, none of the teams are attracting a significant amount of handle or bets. Take a look:

nhl betting

The Flyers and Washington Capitals, for instance, are drawing 14% of handle. The Colorado Avalanche are next at 12%.

Again, not eye-opening numbers. And no clear betting favorite.

But the team from the Centennial State currently has 15% of the bets.

The Boston Bruins are second at 14%, while the Flyers’ action is at 12%.

Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the NHL to drop the puck.

Devils Out, Flyers In: What Are The Stanley Cup Odds For NHL’s Restart?

With the NHL restart in the works, NJ sportsbooks updated the Stanley Cup odds in quick fashion. DraftKings and FanDuel have the Flyers as favorites to win.

What a range of fortune.

New Jersey sports betting fans see varied implications for their favorite NHL clubs in the league’s newly-announced 24-team Stanley Cup tournament.

The New Jersey Devils barely missed entry. The Philadelphia Flyers, who command a passionate southern New Jersey gambling base, were hockey’s hottest team before the COVID-19 season stoppage on March 12.

And in the NHL return to play plan, it’s the Flyers who have emerged as a Stanley Cup frontrunner.

Philadelphia is guaranteed to advance past the opening round and holds futures odds of +850 at FanDuel Sportsbook. The Flyers opened at +1100 on Tuesday and represent the biggest percentage move among early FanDuel bettors.

The New York Rangers, at +4000, and the New York Islanders, +4200, barely reached the tournament and have the longest road to the Cup.

But at least they reached the dance, as the regular season was pronounced over and this new format will provide a league champion. It will replace the classic 16-team post-season with start dates contingent upon COVID-19 related protocols.

NHL betting at FanDuel Sportsbook

Although a couple of hub cities must be selected and the tournament probably won’t start before late July, bettors have already dropped the wagering puck.

Sportsbooks will offer 24 futures betting interests rather than the usual 16. FanDuel posted all of them moments after Tuesday’s announcement to return.

And there was immediate futures action. Besides the Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins moved noticeably, to +1800 from +2000.

As of Wednesday, the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup co-favorites at +600.

Next comes the Colorado Avalanche at +800 and the Vegas Knights at +850.

Stanley Cup odds: Where to find the best value

Value is everywhere.

The Washington Capitals, who captured their first Cup two years ago, are +900. The defending champion St. Louis Blues, well along on their patented second-half surge before the shutdown, are +1100.

The Dallas Stars were +1500 and the Pittsburgh Penguins at +1800.

The most remote teams on the board are the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens, both +10000 (100-1).

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DraftKings NHL odds: Flyers are still frontrunners

At DraftKings, Tampa Bay has emerged as the Cup favorite of +650. Boston follows at +700. The Flyers are +1000.

The Rangers and Islanders are in the longshots pack, +4000, and the Chicago Blackhawks have the most remote odds, 75-1.

Like all sports in the COVID-19 Comeback Age, betting has an interesting twist. Especially with futures. There won’t be a home-ice advantage, per se.

But teams will get comfortable playing in the same arena for several games.

The devil is in the details…

Fans of the New Jersey Devils are, of course, frustrated, as the team missed the cutoff to participate by a mere couple of games.

This was truly a case of bad luck. The Devils, at 28-29-12 for 68 points in 69 games, completed two fewer contests than the final team selected.

The Montreal Canadiens, 31-31-9 for 71 points, played 71 of the 82 scheduled contests and finished with a percentage of .500 to gain the final tournament berth.

Under normal tie-breaking procedures, the teams would play the same number of games and the Devils would have the chance to surpass the Canadiens in winning percentage.

But this is light years away from normal.

The cutoff had to appear somewhere to salvage a season halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Devils nonetheless exceeded seasonal expectations. They enjoyed a 6-2-2 streak before the break. They were easily going to hurdle the previous season total of 72 points and most likely fall short of a playoff berth had the season played out.

Flyers putting it together

Further down the New Jersey Turnpike, the Flyers are enormously popular with southern NJ sports bettors.

They enjoyed a rebirth season with improved defense and the subtle inspiration of new coach Alain Vigneault.

Philadelphia sizzled before the break, ripping off a 9-1 tear and looking like an elite Cup contender. Vigneault, who guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014, has been a perfect fit for this team.

Philadelphia was on pace to exceed 100 points and had already shattered its 82-point mark from last year.

This is a team on the rise. Philadelphia started the season at higher than 30-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup at all major sportsbooks. That has been reduced to single digits at FanDuel.

The Flyers looked poised to join Boston and Tampa Bay as a top Eastern Conference team before the break.

At worst, the Flyers are a player or two away from being a Stanley Cup winner. At best, this could be the year.

Their late-season surge was rewarded. The Flyers reached the opening round-robin tier as the fourth-seeded team and are guaranteed to advance into another round.

Philly has the fourth seed behind Boston, Tampa Bay, and Washington. The four teams will play a round-robin of three games to determine seeding for the next round.

If clubs finish with the same record in the round-robin, ties go to the highest-seeded team.

Rangers and Islanders in the qualifying round

The four round-robin teams then meet the four survivors from the following qualifying round, which involves both the Rangers and Islanders:

NHL Best-of-five qualifying round

#5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #12 Montreal Canadiens

#6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. #11 New York Rangers

#7 New York Islanders vs. #10 Florida Panthers

#8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. #9 Columbus Blue Jackets

The Rangers and Islanders were scuffling for playoff spots, jumping in and out, before the break.

The Islanders, with 80 points, were slightly under-achieving from a 103-point 2018-19 season. The Rangers, with 79, had already eclipsed last year’s total of 78 points and still had 12 games left.

The round-robin teams and qualifying round survivors comprise the eight teams in each conference that move on. St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas received the Western Conference top seeds.

NHL Hopes To Press The Restart Button In July With 24-Team Playoff Plan

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that the NHL’s return to play plan will include a 24-team playoff starting in July. Hub cities are still TBD.

The NHL is getting ready to drop the puck again this summer.

Commissioner Gary Bettman held a formal press conference Tuesday afternoon.

After weeks of speculation, the details of a return to play plan are now public. 

Forget about resuming the regular season; the Stanley Cup Playoffs are now front and center.

And this time around, 24 teams (12 in each conference) are making the cut.

Here are the basics:

The Stanley Cup Playoffs typically consists of 16 franchises (eight per conference).

The move opens the door for bubble teams to make the cut.

“At the pause, we committed to resuming play only when appropriate and prudent,” said Bettman.

“We are hopeful the Return To Play Plan will allow us to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup in a manner in which the health and safety of our players, on-ice officials, team staff and associated individuals involved are paramount. Accordingly, an essential component of the Plan is a rigorous, regular schedule of testing.”

More on NHL return to play plan

Keep in mind, March 11 is the last time NHL teams took the ice.

Remember that week when NJ sports betting markets were pushed to the sidelines?

The coronavirus pandemic even forced the cancellation of March Madness betting.

And in the NHL’s case, 189 regular-season games were wiped off the calendar.

For now, the league is sharing a basic timeline via a press release.:

Timing and sites will be determined at a future date and will be dependent on COVID-19 conditions, testing ability and government regulations.

The key step is reaching Phase 4.

Here is the general guide:

  • Early June for Phase 2: It is expected teams will be permitted to return to home facilities. This will be for small group, voluntary, and on-and off-ice training.
  • No earlier than first half of July for Phase 3: Formal training camps will begin after guidance from medical and civil authorities.
  • TBD for Phase 4: Four teams in two hub cities will compete in seeding round robins, a qualifying round, and conference-based Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On the upside, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy granted the go-ahead pro sports teams returning to training.

And that’s good news for the Philadelphia Flyers. Their practice facility is located in South Jersey.

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What are the odds on Las Vegas as an NHL hub city?

Here is one thing we do know: Games will not take place in Newark (home of the New Jersey Devils) or Philadelphia.

Neither town is among the 10 hub finalists. These are the NHL cities still under consideration:

  • Chicago 
  • Columbus
  • Dallas 
  • Edmonton 
  • Las Vegas 
  • Los Angeles 
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul 
  • Pittsburgh 
  • Toronto 
  • Vancouver 

The Eastern Conference teams will be assigned to one location, while the Western Conference squads will relocate to another.

And for the latter, Las Vegas stands out as an ideal location. For one, T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights, sits on The Strip.

The fact that there are 150,000 hotel rooms, several of which are within walking distance, certainly helps.

In terms of which people will be allowed in the arenas, the NHL will set a cap.

Teams will be limited to 50 personnel in the “hub” city with only a small number of support staff permitted to enter the event areas.

So what about the fans? The press release does not mention fans, but it’s likely you won’t be able to see the games live.

Flyers are in, Devils are out

So what does all this mean for the Philadelphia Flyers? And for the NJ Devils for that matter?

The orange and black are ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference. This means Philly will participate in a round-robin format with three other squads:

  • Boston Bruins 
  • Washington Capitals 
  • Tampa Bay Lightning 

Eight teams will compete in a best-of-five qualifying round. Here are the matchups:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs.  Montreal Canadiens (12)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (6)  vs. New York Rangers (11) 
  • New York Islanders (7) vs, Florida Panthers (10) 
  • Toronto Maple Leafs  (8) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (9)

The Devils (28-29-12) are eliminated along with six other franchises.

There are still some points to be ironed out for the NHL’s return to play plan and a definitive schedule has yet to be released.

But there’s hope, NJ sports betting fans. Even if the Devils won’t be dancing until next year.

NHL Stanley Cup Odds At NJ Sportsbooks: Where The Devils, Flyers Line Up For 2019

The 2019 NHL season starts Oct. 2. The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils get started a few days later, but NJ betting and Stanley Cup odds are up.

The chase for a National Hockey League playoff spot and ultimately the Stanley Cup will begin again when the 2019-20 NHL regular season starts next Wednesday, Oct. 2.

It all begins with the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues at home against the Washington Capitals. Other opening night games include:

  • Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers
  • San Jose Sharks at Las Vegas Golden Knights

Local favorites the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers won’t begin their 82-game regular-season campaigns until a few nights later.

Of course, you can now bet on these and every other NHL game at top NJ sports betting apps including DraftKings Sportsbook, William Hill Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook.

With the NHL preseason still ongoing, these online sportsbooks have yet to release all the lines on the first week of games.

However, there’s still plenty to bet on in advance of the first puck dropping on the 2019-20 NHL regular season.

Devils + Flyers season openers

Now, the Flyers won’t start the season locally. In fact, they won’t even start it on this continent.

Philadelphia is one of four teams participating in the 2019 NHL Global Series and will play its first regular-season game in Europe. They’ll take on the Chicago Blackhawks at O2 Arena in Prague, the Czech Republic on Friday, Oct. 4.

The Devils will also begin the 2019-20 NHL season on Oct. 4, only the Devils will do it right here in New Jersey. They’ll take on the Winnipeg Jets at the Prudential Center in Newark.

The second game of the season for both these Metropolitan Division rivals will actually be against one another. The Devils will visit the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

2019-20 Devils-Flyers series at FanDuel

Since they are both in the NHL Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division, the Devils and Flyers will play each other four times this season.

The season series gets started in Philadelphia on Oct. 9, and they’ll play one more in the City of Brotherly Love and two more in Newark.

You can bet on who will win the 4-game series at the FanDuel app where the market has opened at Devils -122 and Flyers +100.

You can even bet on the series with a half-game handicap. This market is open with the Devils at -0.5 (-115) and Flyers at +0.5 (+115).

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Player and team props at DraftKings

DraftKings Sportsbook has player props markets open on the Devils and Flyers. There you can bet on who will score the most regular goals this season for each team.

Here’s a look at the odds on the Devils’ top scorer:

  • Taylor Hall +115
  • Kyle Palmieri +165
  • Nico Hischier +600
  • Jack Hughes +650
  • Wayne Simmons +2500
  • Any other player +900

Here’s a look at the odds on the Flyers top scorer:

  • Seanvan Couturier +135
  • James Riemsdyk +225
  • Claude Giroux +450
  • Kevin Hayes +1000
  • Jakub Voracek +1100
  • Any other player +550

In the meantime, DraftKings Sportsbook also has team prop markets open allowing you to bet on if the Devils and Flyers can make the playoffs this season.

Here’s how the odds look:

  • Devils to make the playoffs -121
    Devils to miss the playoffs +100
  • Flyers to make the playoffs +100
    Flyers to miss the playoffs -121

You can also bet an over/under on each team’s end-of-season points total. NHL teams are awarded two points for all wins and one point for an overtime or shootout loss.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the over/under on the Devils points total at 91.5 (-122/+100). The over/under on the Flyers points total is at 90.5 (+100/-125).

Devils, Flyers Stanley Cup odds

Of course, you can also bet on both teams future prospects in the division, conference and the entire NHL in futures markets at all three NJ gambling sites.

Here’s how the preseason NHL odds look:

NHL FuturesDraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
Devils Metropolitan Division
+750+650+550
Devils Eastern Conference +1300+1500+1200
Devils Stanley Cup+2700+2600+3300
Flyers Metropolitan Division +900+1000+900
Flyers Eastern Conference +1700+2000 +2300
Flyers Stanley Cup+3200 +3600+3300

NJ Sportsbooks Still Put Boston In The Driver’s Seat For The Stanley Cup Title

NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals heads to Game 4, but a look at the Stanley Cup Finals odds at NJ sportsbooks show Boston is still the favorite over St. Louis.

The NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals have been a back and forth series through three games. However, a convincing win in St. Louis on Saturday has put Boston back in the driver’s seat.

Thanks to a 7-2 drubbing of the Blues, the Bruins now lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Monday, June 3 at 8 p.m. EST in St. Louis.

As a result, oddsmakers at the top three NJ sports betting operators are once again making Boston the heavy favorites to win the cup.

Stanley Cup Finals odds

This is what the Stanley Cup Finals odds look like at DraftKings SportsBookFanDuel Sportsbook and BetStars NJ heading into Monday’s Game 4:

Stanley Cup FinalsDraftKingsBetStars FanDuel
Boston Bruins-335-400-300
St. Louis Blues+265+280+245

The Bruins were big moneyline favorites to win the cup even before the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals to move on to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Finals in almost 50 years.

The Blues are up against almost impossible odds. St Louis is the oldest active team in the NHL never to win the Stanley Cup. The last time the team was even close was when they lost three straight Stanley Cup Finals in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

In the meantime, Boston has won the coveted Stanley Cup six times. The last time was in 2011.

Plus, a Boston win would give the city the title in three of the four major US sports leagues. The Red Sox won the last MLB World Series and the hometown New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in February.

The Boston Celtics bowed out early from the NBA Playoffs, eliminating the city’s chances of winning all four major sports championships.

NHL Finals Game 4 moneyline

Regardless, this plucky Blues team isn’t making it easy on the Bruins.

St Louis won Game 2 in Boston in overtime last week. Plus, they still enjoy the home-ice advantage for Game 4 on Monday.

As a result, the top three online and mobile sportsbooks in the state have made St. Louis the ever-so-slight moneyline favorites to win Game 4 and tie up the series 2-2.

Here’s a look at the Game 4 moneyline odds:

NHL Finals Game 4DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Boston Bruins-107-105+100
St. Louis Blues-114-118-120

Regardless of what happens in Game 4, the teams will head back to Boston for Game 5 on Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. EST.

If necessary, they’ll head back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. If the series gets that far, Game 7 will be in Boston on Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. EST.

All of the remaining games will be televised on NBC here in the US.

Expect oddsmaker to adjust the lines from game to game. However, Boston should remain the favorites to win the series at these and other NJ gambling sites.

Unless St. Louis can turn things around immediately, win the next two games, and head into Game 6 with a chance to close out the series at home.