75% of bets on Blackhawks at Pinnacle Sportsbook yet line increases
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened as -110 favorites in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals and have been bet up to an average of -125.
SBR Odds shows that the best payoff on the Chicago Blackhawks is presently +112.
Sports betting website Pinnacle Sports shared some interesting wagering statistics with SBR which indicate 75.2% of moneyline wagers have been on the Blackhawks.
So, why would the line on the Blackhawks improve by 12 cents since opener if there is a lopsided amount of action on the team?
It stands to reason that the larger amount of volume or overall sophisticated action from bettors are on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have the benefit of home ice in this encounter.
When pressed on this, a sportsbook manager refused comment but grinned.
As for the total - set at 5 goals - there is a similarly lopsided amount of action on the over, which the betting public has a tendency of overvaluing in championship games, though there has been little movement with the vigorish. Pinnacle Sports opened at over 5 -133 and is offering over 5 -137 after four days of betting.
The most evenly bet NHL wagering market happens to be the puck-line, which has the Lightning at -1.5 +244 and the Blackhawks at +1.5 -275. The way the puck-line market is graded is similar to a handicap spread in American football for example, if the Lightning win by two goals, they will have covered the spread of -1.5. There are 57% of bets on the Blackhawks staying within two goals however.
Sportsbook Review encourages players to use SBR Odds to line shop for the best hockey odds on tonight's game.