NHL Playoffs Sharp Betting Pick: Stars vs. Avalanche Game 2 (Monday, August 24)

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As if losing Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Dallas Stars wasn’t enough, the Colorado Avalanche will be without goaltender Philipp Grubauer as they look to even the series in tonight’s Game 2 (9:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The Avs are -152 favorites with Pavel Francouz expected to start in net on Monday night, but is there a market overreaction to Grubauer’s injury creating value with that number? Or is now the time to jump on Dallas at a nice plus-money price?

Based on The Action Network’s betting tools, professional bettors have already decided where the value lies.


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Stars vs. Avalanche Game 2 Sharp Betting Pick

Colorado opened as a -167 favorite and is receiving 59% of all moneyline bets. So why have the Avalanche dropped to -152 as of Monday afternoon?

Because sharp bettors have been all over the Stars.


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While Dallas has attracted just 41% of the action, those tickets make up 72% of the money hitting this game. This is a key giveaway that the biggest bets have jumped on the plus-money underdogs.

In addition, Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, which track and report sharp action in real-time, have triggered four separate smart money indicators on the Stars, identifying multiple instances of bets from respected players forcing oddsmakers to move this line.

The majority of bettors don’t appear to be all that concerned with Grubauer’s absence tonight, but sharps have consistently shown that Dallas is the side worth betting in Game 2.

Sharp angle: Stars (moved from +143 to +132) [Bet now at DraftKings and get a $1,000 sign-up bonus.]

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