A Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 total play and an FA Cup final pick: Best Bets for June 3

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leeds United at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, May 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here are our best bets for Saturday, June 3:


The play: Stanley Cup Finals, Panthers at Golden Knights UNDER 5.5 goals

The odds: -104

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8 p.m. (TNT)

Our take: Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is the current betting favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. This should tell you everything you need to know about the experienced goalie’s form heading into the 2023 Stanley Cup Finals.

Bobrovsky has been sensational in these playoffs and he’s a huge reason why the Panthers are in the position they are right now.

Seven of Florida’s last eight games have seen 5 total goals scored or less. Many of these games came against an attack that is the most comparable to that of the Golden Knights, the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Panthers aren’t the only ones that keep opponents out of the net often either. Three of Vegas’ last five games have seen under 5.5 goals scored, as well. Factor in the nerves of Game 1 between two relatively inexperienced teams and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a low-scoring affair.


The play: FA Cup final, Manchester City and Manchester United both to score

The odds: -138

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 10 a.m. (ESPN+)

Our take: For the first time in history, the FA Cup final will be a Manchester Derby. Two of the biggest clubs on the planet — who also happen to be neighbors and bitter rivals — will square off in the final of the oldest competition in world football.

The stakes are high in any Manchester Derby, but there’s more to play for in this cup final. There’s a trophy on the line and both teams can lock up a double with a win. In Manchester City’s case, a win this afternoon would keep the club’s hopes of a historic treble alive.

Neither the Citizens nor the Red Devils have kept a clean sheet in a Manchester Derby in their last three meetings. We don’t see that changing today.

Both clubs have prolific goalscorers (Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford) and creative geniuses (Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes) in plenty throughout their ranks. They’ve also both scored in four of their last five games, so expect both teams to find the back of the net and leave everything out on the pitch with the season nearing its conclusion.


Friday’s best bets

Blue Jays-Mets SGP: Chris Bassitt OVER 4.5 strikeouts and Justin Verlander UNDER 5.5 strikeouts (LOST)

Baseball parlay: Astros/Angels ZERO first inning runs, LSU money line over Tulane, Texas A&M money line over Cal State Fullerton (LOST)

Friday’s record: 0-2

Total for the week: 2-6, 2 pending

Total for June: 1-3

Total for 2023: 121-135, 2 pending

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).


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