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Drake Cashes Big Bet on Maple Leafs and Lightning Playoff Series

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Rapper Drake drinks from a cup as he leaves the court after the first half of Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on April 28, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Hip-hop superstar Drake is not shy about the spotlight and Toronto sports teams, so it should come as no surprise that he dropped big money on a wager for the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Drake wagered more than $400,000 that the first-round series would go to Game 7, and the bet cashed when Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point scored at 18:04 of overtime in Game 6, sending the series to the limit. 

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In what has been a very even series overall, the Maple Leafs are favored at home for Saturday’s Game 7 against the Lightning.

While Toronto has outscored Tampa Bay 23-21 through the first six games, the score-and-venue-adjusted 5v5 play on Natural Stat Trick has Toronto with 50.02% and Tampa Bay with 49.98% of the expected goals.

It does not get much closer than that, and apparently, Drake knew that a series this close would have to go the distance. 

That has the Maple Leafs and Lighting facing off in One Dance for the chance to play the winner of the Florida Panthers-Washington Capitals series that the Panthers lead three games to two. 

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