Is the Stanley Cup Final over? Technically, no. Is it practically over? It sure is.
It’s hard to envision how the Lightning, talented as they are, can win three straight against the Avalanche. Colorado is deep, relentless, and players with broken thumbs are now potting overtime winners.
But we’ll do this for as long as there’s hockey to bet on, because the alternative is, what? Betting tennis? No one ever got checked into the corner at Wimbledon. That would make for a fantastic clip though.
Props.com has the full breakdown of Avalanche vs Lightning odds and action with a Stanley Cup Final Game 5 betting preview.
Lightning Vs Avalanche Game 5 Odds
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+160||-165 (-1.5)||Over 6 (-105)||+800|
|Colorado Avalanche||-190||+140 (+1.5)||Under 6 (-115)||-1200|
Odds via DraftKings and updated as of 5 p.m. ET on June 24.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m. ET/ABC)
Best-of-7 series: Colorado leads 3-1.
Playoff results to date: Tampa Bay 13-8 overall (5-6 road); Colorado 15-3 overall (7-2 home).
Game 3 betting recap: The Lightning closed as -120 favorites and for the second time this series lost a heartbreaker in overtime. For the fourth straight game the total was 6, but we finally got an Under in the series to connect. Overs remain 3-1 in the Final.
Colorado Avalanche: LW Andre Burakovsky didn’t travel with the team to Tampa Bay, and his status remains uncertain for tonight.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Center Brayden Point (undisclosed) is still day-to-day. Defenseman Erik Cernak is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Lightning Vs Avalanche Props
According to BetPrep, Victor Hedman has gone over 2.5 shots on goal in 22 of his last 30 games. There’s not much edge to be had tonight, at least on plays that aren’t unreasonably juiced up, but Hedman’s shots prop offers us 6% positive expected value at -140.
- COL is 8-0 as a favorite
- COL is 37-8 at home
- TBL is 8-1 on the puckline as underdogs
- Under is 11-4 in Tampa Bay’s last 15
Lightning Vs Avalanche Game 5 Odds & Action
UPDATE 5 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The moneyline hasn’t moved through the day, but even more Colorado money has shown up with the Lightning getting at least a couple of bucks. The Avs now have 73% of tickets and 77% of money. On the puckline, Colorado has ticked down to +140 and now has the majority of puckline cash at 51%. The total isn’t moving at all, even as more money trickles onto the Over, with the take now 80% bets and 70% handle.
UPDATE 10 A.M. ET FRIDAY: The Avalanche opened at -155 and the best time to buy was at the bell. They jumped to -165 nearly 20 minutes after open, by yesterday morning were out to -180 and aside from a brief dip to -170 have been climbing since. Now they stand as a -190 favorite to close it out taking 73% of the tickets and 82% of the money.
The Avs -1.5 was hung at +175 and has steadily tightened up over the course of yesterday. As it stands currently, Colorado on the puckline is +145 and drawing a whopping 79% of bets, though just 41% of the handle.
A total of 6 should surprise no one. The number, with -115 juice to the Under, has held largely steady. Bettors have 79% of the wagers and 64% of the cash on the Over.
Check back prior to puck drop for additional Lightning vs Avalanche Game 5 odds and action updates.