Public opinion: Sunday's biggest consensus bets

May 12, 2012 |
Check out Sunday’s biggest consensus plays in the NHL, NBA and MLB.


Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (-8, 178)

The Memphis Grizzlies barely edged the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage, putting them in position to host Sunday’s winner-take-all Game 7. The Grizzlies have clawed back from a 3-1 series deficit with two straight victories, including Friday's night's 90-88 win in Los Angeles over the hobbled Clippers. Memphis has won two of three at home in the series, but blew a 27-point lead in Game 1 and frittered away most of a 24-point edge in Game 5.

Consensus: Los Angeles (75 percent)/Memphis (25 percent)


Los Angeles Kings at Phoenix Coyotes (+101, 4.5)

Goaltending will be the focus as the Los Angeles Kings visit the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick is enjoying the best season in franchise history, nominated for the Vezina Trophy following a dominant regular season and boasting similarly stingy numbers so far in the playoffs. Phoenix has its own star goalie in Mike Smith, the only player in the postseason with two shutouts on his resume.

Consensus: Los Angeles (60 percent)/Phoenix (40 percent)


San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies (-200, 7.5)

Despite persistent trade rumors surrounding Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels, the betting public is all over him even with the hefty price tag. He missed his last start after being suspended for intentionally hitting rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch. Hamels allowed just one run in eight innings during that win while striking out eight. The Phillies are just 6-8 at home this season.

Consensus: Philadelphia (74 percent)/San Diego (26 percent)

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