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NHL Best Betting Picks: Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers on Saturday, June 3, 2023

NHL Best Betting Picks: Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. Florida Panthers on  Saturday, June 3, 2023

Our NHL handicapper provides his best bets from the Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 between the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers at T-Mobile Arena. Not only do we give you picks from one of the best hockey handicappers out there, but we also provide the results from our predictive analytics model, known as DimersBOT, which runs over 10,000 simulations of every major pro and college sport to identify the bets worth placing, and where we may have identified an edge against the sportsbooks' odds. We assess our probabilities against the money line odds, the puck line and the total, otherwise known as the Over/Under, and then tell you where the best odds and lines are available, allowing you to bet like a sharp and maximize your profits.

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Before Tone shares his wisdom, check out the below predictions from DimersBOT. It has run 10,000 simulations for tonight's game to give you the most accurate look at what you'll be betting on at T-Mobile Arena. These probabilities will continue to update right up until the puck drops, so keep an eye on them and see if you can get yourself some value.

Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 1 Predictions

Moneyline 54% chance the Knights win (-130)
Over/Under 45% chance the Under hits (5.5)
Puck Line 67% chance the Panthers cover (+1.5)

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Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 1 Best Bets

Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 8:00PM EST

PICK: Under 6 (-130)

The Stanley Cup Final begins on Saturday night as the upstart Florida Panthers visit the Vegas Golden Knights in what should be a very entertaining series. The Panthers snuck into the playoffs in the last few days of the regular season and went through the top 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference as they defeated the record-setting Bruins in 7 and the Maple Leafs in 6 before sweeping the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.
 
The Knights have also had a remarkable run. Riddled with injuries all season, Vegas is currently on their 4th-string goalie as they defeated the Jets in 5 games, the Oilers in 6 and the Stars in 6 in the Western Conference Finals. Both of these teams have first-year coaches as both Bruce Cassidy and Paul Maurice have done fantastic jobs with their clubs to get to this point.
 
Both of these teams can score goals but both prefer to play tight defensively, which is what I think we'll see in this series. They're riding hot goaltenders with Florida netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, the current Conn Smythe Favorite, who is 11-2 in the playoffs with a 2.21 GAA and a .935 Save Percentage. Vegas netminder Adin Hill, who entered the playoffs in the Edmonton Series after an injury to Laurent Brossiot, is 7-3 in the playoffs with a 2.07 GAA and a .937 Save Percentage.
 
Goaltenders will play a significant role in this series. I am expecting a tight, low-scoring series but special teams can lead to goals as both teams' Penalty Kills are at the bottom of the playoff team rankings. Vegas has the third-worst kill at 63% and Florida has the fourth-worst at 71%. Because of this, I am going to pay some juice and bump the total to 6 in Game 1 and play the Under. I am expecting a tight start to this series as neither team will want to get into a run-and-gun style of game. 

BET: Under 6 Goals (+102) with BetMGM.

 

MORE: Dimers' full betting preview for Panthers vs. Golden Knights

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Tone is a NHL and MLB expert who regularly posts profitable seasons. A Philadelphia native, Tone enjoys watching his tickets cash while smoking cigars next to his fire pit. Feared by the sportsbooks, Tone is the ultimate bettors buddy. 

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