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NHL Stanley Cup Semifinal Game 3 Odds and Best Bets for Sunday, August 30

SI gambling analyst Roy Larking previews Sunday, August 30, Stanley Cup semifinal games. Today’s best bets cover the Stars vs Avalanche, Flyers vs Islanders and Golden Knights vs Canucks contests.

After players sat out for two days, in support of fighting racial injustice, playoff action resumed with three games yesterday. Scoring fell off a cliff as Tampa Bay and New York defeated Boston and Philadelphia by a 3-1 margin while Vegas posted a 3-0 win over Vancouver. Today’s NHL schedule is a tripleheader that begins with Dallas battling Colorado with the Stars up 2-1 their Western Conference series. New York looks to go up 3-1 on Philadelphia in their Eastern Conference series while Vegas aims for a 3-1 lead over Vancouver in the West.

Saturday was a big day for favorites as the puck line and moneyline chalk tickets cashed in all three contests. UNDER went 3-0 on game total wagers. Underdogs have a 7-6 edge on puck line bets, but favorites are paying a +348.00 return. Straight up favorites have an 8-5 record over underdogs, and chalk sides are paying a +113.13 return. OVER wagers have returned a +74.13 profit through 13 games, and OVER has a 7-6 record against UNDER on game total bets.

Betting statistics posted above are based on a mix of game day odds from FanDuel and DraftKings. Returns are the result of buying $100 tickets on 13 game totals going OVER, 13 puck line favorites, and 13 moneyline favorites. Since trends can be fickle friends to bettors - it isn’t wise to bet blindly on any of the big three NHL wagering options. Winning and losing runs happen when attempting to predict the future. Never getting too high during a winning streak, or too low while on a losing skid, I am looking to build on a 15-4 recent run of success.

Odds for the three games today are from the DraftKings Sportsbook. CEO Jason Robins has committed to donating 100% of the profits DraftKings makes this weekend to “charities and other initiatives that support combating racism and promoting racial justice and social justice.”

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NHL Semifinal Playoff Picks - Sunday, August 30

Colorado at Dallas – 6:00 PM ET Rogers Place Arena

During the first two games of this Western Conference semifinal, Dallas blitzed Colorado and jumped out to a 2-0 series lead. Looking like a juggernaut on offense - the Stars posted a 5-3 win in Game 1 and a 5-2 victory in Game 2. Dallas averaged just 2.61 goals per game during the regular season. The Avalanche regrouped and cut the Dallas lead to 2-1 with a 6-4 win in Game 3. Both teams have several players producing at a high level on offense, and I expect that to continue in Game 4. OVER owns a 3-0 record in this series, and it’s my play again tonight.

Semifinal Game 4 Pick: Over 6 Total Goals (+100)

Odds Via DraftKings - 6:00 PM ET Game Time

Odds Via DraftKings - 6:00 PM ET Game Time

New York at Philadelphia – 8:00 PM ET Scotiabank Arena

Philadelphia is looking to avoid going down 3-1 against New York in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Recording a second straight shutout - Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, and the Islanders posted a 4-0 win during Game 1. New York battled back from a 3-0 deficit to send Game 2 in overtime before Philippe Myers scored 2:41 into OT to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory. The Islanders took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-1 win on Saturday. The New York depth overall, on offense and defense, continues to impress, and I like the Islanders Game 4 moneyline.

Semifinal Game 4 Pick: New York Islanders (-118)

Vegas at Vancouver – 10:30 PM ET Rogers Place Arena

Trading wins, during the first three games of this West series, Vegas owns a 2-1 lead on Vancouver. The Golden Knights played well at both ends of the rink and posted a 5-0 victory in Game 1. Vancouver bounced back in a big way as the Canucks crushed Vegas 5-2 during Game 2. Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner stopped 31 shots, and Vegas took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-0 victory in Game 3. Loaded with playoff veterans - Vegas has outshot Vancouver by a 113-84 margin over the first three games. My money is on the Golden Knights Game 4 puck line odds.

Semifinal Game 4 Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+116)

Odds Via DraftKings - 9:30 PM ET Game Time

Odds Via DraftKings - 9:30 PM ET Game Time

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SI NHL gambling analyst Roy Larking has been posting game day playoff predictions since August 3rd, 2020. His overall record is 34-26 (+1117.60) through Saturday, August 29th, 2020. While all picks are carefully researched – predicting the future is not always easy. Bettors are encouraged to explore a variety of NHL information prior to placing any wagers. Bet smart and good luck!