NHL playoff picks: Stars to punch their ticket to the final
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Back-to-back sweeps - the latest courtesy of the Stars and Lightning - push us to 6-1 in Round 2.

We haven't lost since Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals and don't plan to start again anytime soon.

Dallas Stars (+155) @ Vegas Golden Knights (-175)

I'm truly amazed at how generous sportsbooks still are during these playoffs. We've been taking advantage of the consistently terrible prices being hung on the Stars, dating back to the start of the postseason.

We were all in on Dallas at -118 to beat the Flames in Round 1, doubled down against the Avalanche at +1.5 games (-102) and to win Round 2 outright (+225), took them at +150 in Game 1 of this current series and +140 in Game 4, and sided with the club in several other games throughout the first two rounds. We've lost a couple of times with the Stars as well, but when you're consistently getting around +150 on the moneyline, there's hardly a dent.

How in the world are we still getting such a generous price with Dallas on a nightly basis? This team has stuck to their game throughout the playoffs and have executed it flawlessly. They're generating consistent offense and capitalizing on their chances - an important quality for a Stanley Cup winner - while continuing to limit quality offense against at five-on-five.

Add in some fine goaltending - Anton Khudobin is playing his best hockey of the playoffs in this series - and a Knights team needing a lot of chances to score, and it's just a bad matchup for Vegas, who remain massive favorites in every game. Regardless of what happens tonight, anyone not backing the Stars at +155 is betting the wrong way.

Pick: Stars (+155)

(Odds source: theScore Bet)

Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.

NHL playoff picks: Stars to punch their ticket to the final
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