Morning Coffee: Jokic, Murray make history in Game 3 of NBA Finals
Sometimes a wager looks too good to be true.
That was the case for me when I saw the Denver Nuggets open -1.5 for Game 3 of the NBA Finals at FanDuel on Sunday night.
I jumped on that number immediately and didn’t waste any time making Nuggets -1.5 a FanDuel Best Bet in this column on Monday morning.
Anyone who tailed cashed that bet with me last night as Denver cruised to a 109-94 win over the Miami Heat.
The Nuggets closed -3.5 / -162 on the money line at FanDuel.
Now here we are this morning and I’m staring at Denver to win Game 4 at -154 on the money line at FanDuel.
Once again, I’m locking in the Nuggets with a FanDuel Best Bet with plenty of time to spare before Friday night’s contest.
This is the Morning Coffee for Thursday, June 8, 2023.
Jokic, Murray make history in Game 3 of NBA Finals
There was a lot of talk about how the Nuggets would react after head coach Mike Malone called out his team for a lack of focus and urgency in their Game 2 loss.
Their two biggest stars responded by doing something that has never been done in NBA history.
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray became the first pair of teammates with triple-doubles in the same game in NBA history, regular season or playoffs.
Jokic recorded the first 30-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist game in NBA Finals history.
The first player in NBA history with— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 8, 2023
in a Finals game. pic.twitter.com/e8ov94UCzy
He’s now the overwhelming favourite to win NBA Finals MVP at FanDuel at -1150 odds.
Meanwhile, Murray delivered his first-career postseason triple-double with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Jamal Murray tonight:— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 8, 2023
Joins Steph Curry and Jerry West as the only guards with a 30-point triple-double in a Finals game. pic.twitter.com/OJXdERy7Nf
He’s recorded exactly 10 assists in each of the first three games, becoming the first player in Finals history with 10+ assists in each of his first three career NBA Finals games.
For as impressive as the Heat’s run to the NBA Finals has been, they’ve never been in this position before.
Denver outscored Miami by 26 points in the paint. The Nuggets finished with 25 more rebounds overall.
Nikola Jokic has scored exactly 100 points so far in the 2023 NBA Finals.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2023
He is the 5th player to score 100 or more points through his first 3 career NBA Finals games. pic.twitter.com/aKIAZHG5bg
Great game from the fellas.— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) June 8, 2023
Coach 🎙️ pic.twitter.com/edZBfmuoVr
Heading into Game 3, the most likely series outcome based on FanDuel’s odds was Denver to win it in seven.
As of this morning, the most likely scenario based on FanDuel’s odds is the Nuggets to win in five at -115.
Jamal Murray is the 3rd player in NBA history with 10+ assists in three straight games of a Finals series, joining:— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 8, 2023
Magic Johnson (6x)
Bob Cousy (1959)
Murray is the first to do it in his first 3 career Finals games. pic.twitter.com/4rz6aZquu1
Denver opened -4 for Game 4 at FanDuel, but that number is already down to -3.5, the same number they closed at for Game 3.
The Nuggets are -152 to win Game 4 straight up.
While Jokic and Murray dominated, we didn’t see much else from their teammates outside of Christian Braun, who scored 15 points off the bench.
Nikola to Christian Braun.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) June 8, 2023
“You won us the game tonight.” pic.twitter.com/QZsXL3cuQL
Michael Porter Jr. finished with two points in 21 minutes. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored six points on 1-of-4 from the field in 28 minutes.
Miami will have a tough time slowing down Jokic and Murray in Game 4, and if Denver’s role players can give them anything, the Heat could be in tough again.
All things considered, I don’t mind laying the juice with the Nuggets to win Game 4.
What a night. Sleep tight, Wuggets Wation 💤 pic.twitter.com/Lb11lBqnQu— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) June 8, 2023
If you think that Miami will come out on fire to start Friday night’s game, then you might want to hold off for a better number.
However, for the purposes of this column, I’m locking in Denver at -152 on the money line as my early FanDuel Best Bet for Game 4.
Will the Panthers respond on home ice?
After a remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Final, the Florida Panthers find themselves with their backs against the wall entering Game 3.
Teams that take a 2-0 series lead in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final have gone on to win it all 91 per cent of the time.
Teams with a 3-0 lead have gone on to win it 97 per cent of the time.
The Vegas Golden Knights are -550 to win the Stanley Cup at FanDuel this morning. Florida is currently +420 to win it all.
Will we see a response from the Panthers on home ice tonight?
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS - Matthew Tkachuk has received the most attention among Panthers forwards, allowing Aleksander Barkov to fly under the radar. @MeghanChayka on why Barkov is Florida's x-factor in the series against the Golden Knights: https://t.co/uCFSHrp9E1— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 8, 2023
Florida opened -114 to win Game 3 at FanDuel and touched -126 before settling at the current number at -118 on the money line.
Meanwhile, the over has hit in each of the first two games of the series, thanks in large part to the fact that Vegas has tied the record for the most goals in the first two games of a Stanley Cup Final with 12.
How critical is it for the Panthers to have Radko Gudas back in the lineup? Has Vegas found a way to negate the physical edge that Florida had in the first three rounds of the playoffs?— Gino Reda (@GinoRedaTSN) June 8, 2023
More from @djpoulin20 on @7ElevenCanada That’s Hockey: https://t.co/M7fr4VgbCY
The total is currently set at over/under 5.5 goals for tonight’s game, but it’s heavily juiced to the over at -140.
Adin Hill has held Florida to two goals in each of the first two games of the series.
Different venue tomorrow, same Vegas energy. See y’all for Game 3 #UKnightTheRealm— z - Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 8, 2023
If the Panthers are going to claw their way back into the series, they will more than likely need to figure out a way to solve Hill for more than two goals tonight.
Lions, Stampeders set to open 2023 CFL season
The BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders will kick off the 2023 CFL season tonight on TSN.
The Stampeders are currently a 3.5-point favourite for tonight’s opener at FanDuel.
The total is currently set at over/under 50.5 points.
In case you missed it, TSN aired the first CFL Betting Preview Show in network history on Tuesday night.
The 2023 CFL season kicks off on Thursday! 🍁🏈— TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) June 7, 2023
Who is the best bet to win the CFL MOP award? Who are the favourites to reach the Grey Cup? Who's going to have a breakout year?
Check it all out in the CFL Betting Preview Show Powered by @FanDuelCanada: https://t.co/KIMZKo6E7t pic.twitter.com/T0UEbAdKDr
You can watch the entire CFL on TSN Betting Preview Show powered by FanDuel clicking the link above.
A major shout-out to everyone that worked so hard to bring this show to life.
It’s a great watch for CFL fans and any bettor who is looking for an edge heading into a new season.
A FanDuel Best Bet for Thursday night
As I highlighted in Wednesday’s column, sometimes the toughest part of this job is determining which bet to classify as the “FanDuel Best Bet” each morning.
On Wednesday, I gave out the Nuggets -1.5 and the Miami Marlins ML at -158.
We had to wait a couple of days to cash, but anyone who tailed on Monday got a much better price than they could find today! 🔥— Domenic Padula (@DomPadulaEDGE) June 8, 2023
Nuggets -1.5 💰
That’s three straight @FanDuelCanada best bet winners in Morning Coffee! ☕️https://t.co/OhI5Edvc9h #GamblingTwitter #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/dArzFI4trX
We cashed both of those wagers to make it three winners in a row with the FanDuel Best Bets in this column.
Let’s keep it going with another winner this morning. I’m going to stick with the Atlanta Braves ML as my FanDuel Best Bet.
Yes, it’s been juiced up a bit since I locked it in at FanDuel at -172, but I’ve let price changes alter my approach in this column before and it’s burned me, so I’m sticking with the Braves on the money line.
If you don’t like the juice, you could pair Atlanta ML with Ronald Acuna Jr. to record a hit at -110 odds at FanDuel.
As far as a FanDuel Best Bet is concerned, I’m fading Justin Verlander again in this column and hoping that the Braves can stay hot with a win this evening.