Sports betting lines at a sportsbook

  • The Chicago Cubs are short favored (-125) against the Milwaukee Brewers in an afternoon game in Chicago.
  • The Toronto Blues Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are favored to not score in the 1st inning (-145).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are +170 underdogs to avoid getting swept against the Vegas Golden Knights
  • The Montreal Canadiens have longshot (+210) odds to score three goals before the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • The high scoring Canucks are favored to score less than 2.5 goals (-120) against the St. Louis Blues.
  • After a returning game loss to Nashville, FC Dallas is the favorite (-130) to get their first victory since March.

CHICAGO – With a Sunday slate full of games, sports are returning back to normal and bettors are getting in on the action. Plenty of states have reported their July sports betting revenue numbers, showing an increase in the handle and a small step toward normalcy.

Sunday brings forth plenty of sports betting action, as the MLB, NHL, PGA, MLS, NASCAR, and more are in action for bettors to take a chance on. With so much going on, LegalSportsBetting has broken down the six best bets for the day.

MLB

In the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers game, aces in Jon Lester and Josh Lindblom will take the mound. This 2:20 p.m. EST first pitch has the Cubs just slightly favored.

MIL vs. CHI

  • Brewers +105
  • Cubs -125

With a home record of 8-3, the Cubs are hard to take down when playing in Chicago. Likewise, the Brewers don’t offer much pushback, having gone 5-5 in their last 10 games.

This NL Central matchup will likely see the 13-5 Cubs continue their overall dominance, though they are 1-2 so far in the series.

Through the end of the MLB slate of games, the Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 3:07 p.m. EST.

Both teams are sitting with nine losses, though the Rays (-120) have five more wins on the season than the Blue Jays (EVEN) thanks to postponements. Still, the best bet here isn’t so much on the game itself but a prop on it.

Known for starting slow, these two teams rank far behind the curve in first-inning runs scored. With an average of 0.19 (Blue Jays) and 0.38 (Rays), the duo sit in 29th and 22nd, respectively, in runs scored during the 1st inning.

While the juice is slightly high, taking the MLB prop bet on there not being a first-inning run (-145) should come easy.

NHL

Is it time to get out the brooms in this 6:30 p.m. EST hockey match? The Vegas Golden Knights take on the Chicago Blackhawks, who are down 0-3 in the series.

This series has been rather consistent with Vegas scoring four goals in two of the three and Chicago being held to one goal in two of the three.

Despite the series record, Chicago did force an overtime in Game 2 and kept it within one goal for Game 3 as well. Momentum could be on their side and the +170 odds to win Game 4 seem too rich to pass up.

Keep in mind that Vegas has scored first in every single game thus far, but Chicago will need help from the two-time Jennings award winner in Corey Crawford.

In an 8 p.m. EST Game 3 of a 1-1 tied series, the Philadelphia Flyers become the “away team” against the Monreal Canadiens. With an embarrassing 5-0 loss in Game 2, the Flyers (-140) have now gone four straight periods without putting the puck in the net.

While this trend is difficult to continue, Montreal has been on the opposite side of the spectrum. With a goal in four of their last five periods, the Canadiens have simply found a way to get it done.

Still, they are NHL underdogs as the first team to score three goals.

First To Score 3

  • Philadelphia EVEN
  • Neither +205
  • Montreal +210

While the Flyers may likely take the victory, riding the hot hands of the Canadiens could double a bettor’s risk.

Later in the night, a 10:30 p.m. EST showdown between the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks will continue the action.

The reigning champion Blues (-130) are slight favorites but find themselves down 0-2 in the series. Allowing nine goals in the first two games, and it is easy to see why.

Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington has been torched on social media and on the ice but there is only so much hate one person can take on before they step it up and silence the noise.

As the Canucks are likely grinning with recent ease of victory, don’t be surprised to see Vancouver regress. Odds have seen much movement on the over-under (5.5 goals), with shading headed towards the under. However, betting the 2.5-goal under (-120) for the Canucks is a cheaper option and gives bettors some leeway should the Blues figure out how to score again.

MLS

In FC Dallas’s first match since March, their 1-0 loss to Nashville was more getting the rust off than anything.

Dallas was solid enough to make the playoffs in 2019, as Nashville was welcomed to the MLS shortly after. Only having played a few games until the season halted, nobody really knows what Nashville truly has to offer.

This gives bettors great incentive to take the -130 odds on FC Dallas to win.

MLS Three Way Moneyline

  • FC Dallas -130
  • Nashville +375
  • Draw +250

With fans in the stands, Nashville may get some support behind them, but FC Dallas and Zdenek Ondrasek should be able to get the job done no problem

This 8:30 p.m. EST match brings the soccer betting action back to the forefront for the MLS season, as sports are finally returning to a new normal.