NHL Finals Game 3 pick – Golden Knights or Panthers? Best Bets for June 8

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Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell (15) and Vegas Golden Knights center Nicolas Roy (10) battle for the puck during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights defeated the Panthers 7-2 to take a 2-0 series lead. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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 Thursday, June 8:

TOP PLAY

The play: NHL Finals Game 3 money line, Golden Knights over Panthers

The odds: +102

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

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

Our take: So we learned a lesson yesterday in taking the lesser team just because they were at home. Yeah, yeah, that’s the NBA and this is the NHL, and the situation for Florida is completely different.

The Panthers are down 2-0 in the series and basically are fighting for their playoff lives at home for the first time in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, Vegas clearly has been – and is – the better team, winning the first two games of the series by a combined score of 12-4.

With even-money odds on the dominant team thus far, we’ll stray from taking eighth-seeded Florida just because it is a must-win. If we are right, not only is there a good chance of a sweep, but this certainly will be the final time one can get Vegas at such a good price.

MLB MONEY LINE

The play: MLB money line, Cubs over Angels

The odds: +110

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 9:40 p.m. (MLB TV)

Our take: The Cubs are sometimes a very tough team to figure out. Terrible for a couple of games, and then look like the team nay thought they would be.

That being said, they have been pretty good in Drew Smyly starts, while the Angels’ Reid Detmers has been pretty darned bad.

After losing the first two games of the series, they’re ready to finish strong before heading to the city by the bay to face the San Francisco Giants in a long West-Coast trip.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Wednesday’s best bets

NBA Finals Game 3: Heat +3.5 over Nuggets (LOSE)

PGA Canadian Open: Tyrell Hatton to finish in top 10 (PENDING)

Wednesday’s record: 0-1, 1 pending

Total for the week: 1-4, 1 pending

Total for June: 5-8, 1 pending

Total for 2023: 126-141, 1 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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