Stanley Cup Finals betting guide: Avalanche-Lightning odds, prop bets and trends

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The influence of legalized sports gambling has taken over the Stanley Cup Finals with a bombardment of TV advertising and broadcast wager analysis.

But what does it all mean?

Here is a breakdown of the odds, prop bets and trends to know before Game 1 between the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. Plus, a glossary of terms for beginners to better understand legalized sports wagering.

Series odds

Favorite: Avalanche (-190)

Underdog: Lightning (+160)

Game 1 Odds

Money Line:  Avalanche (-159) / Lightning (+133)

Puck line: Avalanche -1.5 (-192) / Lightning +1.5 (+157)

Total: 6 (-110)

 

Prop bets to consider

Stonewalled: The Avalanche have averaged 4.6 goals through the postseason but now face arguably the NHL’s top netminder in Andrei Vasilevskiy. Colorado has +180 odds (via DraftKings Sportsbook) to score under 2.5 goals if you believe the Avalanche will have trouble scoring in Game 1. A winning $10 bet yields a $28 return.

MacKinnon magic: Nathan MacKinnon has scored multiple goals twice in a single playoff game this postseason. Is another epic performance on tap to begin the Cup Finals? MacKinnon has +900 odds (via PointsBet Sportsbook) to score two or more goals in Game 1. A winning $10 bet yields a $100 return.

Flip a coin: Those hoping to win big on a more random outcome can bet on whether the total goals scored in Game 1 adds up to an even (-125) or odd (-105) number, via Caesars Sportsbook.

KEY TERMS

Odds: American odds are based on a $100 scale. A betting favorite will have a minus (-) in front of the total money needed to risk in order to win $100. A betting underdog will have a plus (+) in front as the total money you’ll win for every $100 risked. Example: If betting on the Avalanche to claim the series at -190, you must wager $190 to win $100 — plus your $190 bet back — for a return of $290. There are several betting calculator services available online.

Money line: A wager on a team’s odds to win the game outright. Example: The Avalanche is listed as a -159 favorite in Game 1. A $10 wager would yield a $16.29 return. Conversely, a successful $10 bet on the Lightning to win at +150 would return $25.00.

Puck line: A wager on the points spread where odds are based on a team winning or losing by a certain number of goals. Example: The Avs are a +1.5 in Game 1. A winning bet on Colorado results when the Avalanche scores at least two more goals than Tampa Bay. A winning bet on the Lighting (-1.5) means Tampa Bay either loses or wins by one goal.

Total: A wager, commonly known as the over/under, that predicts the total goals between both teams scored in a game. Example: The total is set at six for Game 1. A winning bet on the over results when seven or more goals are scored. A winning bet on the under happens when five or fewer goals are scored.

Team prop bets: A wager that predicts how a specific team will perform. Example: Common bets in this category are team goal total and margin of victory.

Player prop bets: A wager that predicts how a specific player will perform. Example: Common bets in this category are over/under wagers for individuals’ total goals, assists, points or shots in a single game.