Despite no NFL or NCAA football during the summer, June is one of the most exciting months in the wide world of sports. Two major championships are on the line, professional draft nights, a Triple Crown horse race, and more than one world-class tennis tournament.
NBA Finals June 1
The most significant event for sports fans during June is the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets tip off their seven-game series on Thursday in Denver. The Nuggets are listed as -370 on the NBA odds board to win the NBA Finals.
It may not be the NBA Finals matchup some wanted, but both teams earned their spots atop the mountain.
Look back at some of the best Heat moments from their previous trips to the Finals 🎥
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) May 31, 2023
The Heat took a unique path to the NBA Finals after surviving the Play-In tournament with a comeback victory over the Chicago Bulls. Miami went on to take down the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics as underdogs in both series.
Will the Heat take down another juggernaut with the Nuggets and megastar Nikola Jokic posing a significant threat?
The NBA betting lines favor the Nuggets by a country mile, but the Heat provide some tempting underdog odds for those looking to bet on the NBA Finals.
Stanley Cup Finals June 3
The NBA isn’t the only league whose finals culminate in June. If you want to bet on the Stanley Cup Finals, now is the time to place your bets. Even if you aren’t a hockey fan, this is a must-watch event full of NHL betting excitement.
The 2023 Stanley Cup Finals start on Saturday and feature the Florida Panthers and Las Vegas Golden Knights facing off for the NHL title.
Florida will be even wilder than usual over the next couple of weeks, with both the Heat and Panthers four wins away from ultimate victory. Much like the Heat, the Panthers are underdogs in this series with +110 NHL odds to take Game 1 on the road.
NBA Draft June 22
The NBA Finals aren’t the only event in June for fans of the Association to enjoy. The 2023 NBA Draft is scheduled for the end of the month, and BetUS Sportsbook has several props available for the big night.
The NBA lines list Victor Wembanyama as the overwhelming favorite to be the 1st overall pick at -20000. There aren’t even odds listed for any other player.
Meanwhile, Scoot Henderson and Brandon Miller are fighting to be the 2nd overall pick with odds of +110 and -140, respectively.
Belmont Stakes June 9-11
The season’s third and final Triple Crown event goes down on Saturday, June 10, with the 148th running of The Belmont Stakes. Several horses from the first two Triple Crown races, including Angel of Empire and Tapit Trice, are scheduled to participate.
The Belmont Stakes odds list the favorite as Forte (+175), with Angel of Empire (+350) and Tapit Trice (+400) rounding out the top three.
FORTE, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up, breezed in company with Ontario-bred maiden Abadin ahead of the #BelmontStakes. 🏇
Trainer Todd Pletcher said: “He got into a good rhythm, finished up great and galloped out nice and well.” pic.twitter.com/NGE7ah8z8b
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 28, 2023
Forte is heavily favored to win due to a four-race winning streak before missing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with an injury. With six career wins, including the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth Stakes, Forte has the pedigree to take the checkered flag at Belmont Park.
French Open May 28 – Jun 11
The French Open, also known as Roland–Garros, is already underway in Paris, with the first matches on Sunday afternoon. There are several worthwhile tennis betting options on the tournament’s Men and Women’s sides.
On the Men’s end, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the French Open at +125. But Daniil Medvedev (+450) and Carlos Alcaraz (+350) are quality underdogs with the skills to take down the veteran.
Meanwhile, the tennis lines for the Women’s tournament list Iga Swiatek as a heavy favorite at -150. The two-time winner and reigning champion beat Aryna Sabalenka (+350) and Elena Rybakina (+500) for the top spot on the odds board. Unlike the Men’s tournament, both underdogs will have a massive hill to climb if they hope to beat Swiatek.