In 2019, Paul Rabil and Co. announced that they were leaving Major League Lacrosse and forming a whole new profession lacrosse league, the Premiere Lacrosse League. A league by the players, for the players. The first two seasons were incredible and I’m excited for the league’s third season to face off tonight.
Last year for the PLL’s second season, a two week tournament played in a bubble due to the coronavirus pandemic, sportsbooks began officially offering gambling on professional lacrosse for the first time with betting lines on all PLL games. Favorites went 16-4 straight up in last season’s tournament and I’d expect that to happen again, but with some games spreads giving +1.5 and +2.5 lines at around even money prices, there could be some great value on the goal lines for some underdogs. So I’ll likely target ML favorites and goal line underdogs. I’m going to break down every game every week like I do daily for the NHL. I’ll be trending lighter than I do with hockey, especially to start the season. I’ll wait till later in the season to start betting over/unders as well as I see how games start playing out.
All the lines I’m using for PLL are coming from Draftkings Sportsbook, the official gambling partner of the league.
This season goes back to the tour based model from the first season with games moving from city to city every week and with fans in the stands! Opening weekend starts tonight with five games this weekend spread out over three days at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
Redwoods vs. Cannons (6/4 7:00)
The Redwoods vs. the expansion Cannons open the PLL season tonight under the lights of Gillette Stadium. The Cannons are lead by Lyle Thompson, the best player in all of lacrosse, who comes over to the PLL for the first time from the now dissolved MLL. The Redwoods had a .500 record for both PLL seasons previous to this one and went to the finals in the first year. I’d guess that this ends up being a close game, I’d lean the Redwoods win by a goal or two. Not betting this game and I’m pumped to watch it tonight as the season starts.
Chaos vs. Whipsnakes (6/5 5:00)
This game’s a rematch of last season’s championship team where the Whipsnakes rolled through the Chaos 12-6 where the Chaos lead 6-3 through three quarters before the Whips poured in on in the fourth to make this game end not even close. The Chaos is full of box lacrosse players and I’d say they’re the second best team in the league. The Whips though are the best team in the league coming off going underdefeated in last year’s bubble, they are the overwhelming favorite to win it all and the back to back defending champions, winning the Finals in both years of the league’s existence. This team’s incredible and had both the best offense and best defensive in the league last year, with 82 scores for and only 51 scores against, for a huge 31 score differential (because of two point shots, its scores for/against, not goals). I’ll take Matt Rambo, Zed Williams and the Whips to win this game for half a unit on the moneyline, even though its pretty expensive. I don’t mind the -2.5 either on them but I don’t want to bet that on the opening weekend of the season since the Chaos will likely be out for vengeance for the way they lost last year’s championship. I’d also lean the under since both of these teams are good defensively.
Atlas vs. Archers (6/5 7:45)
Last season, the Atlas was the worst team in the league, going 1-4 in the bubble with the worst goal differential in the league at -12 in only those five games. The Archers were pretty good last year, lead by midfielder of the year, Tom Schreiber and Marcus Holman. Rookie last year, Grant Ament made a name for himself with twenty goals and some highlight reel moves. The Archers added Connor Fields in the offseason, who should add an extra spark to the offense. Last season in both games these teams played each other in the Archers won 11-9 and 11-8. I don’t think the Atlas’s young team who added six rookies in the college draft will be able to keep up with them and I’ll go with a half unit on the Archers -1.5.
Cannons vs. Waterdogs (6/6 1:00)
In their season opener on Friday night, the Cannons lost 12-11 in a thriller to the Redwoods. Lyle Thompson made his PLL debut and got on the score sheet with a sick goal for the first of the league’s season. Last year’s expansion Waterdogs weren’t great in their first season and in the offseason address their biggest issue of goaltending by acquiring Dillon Ward. They also acquired Ryan Brown from the Atlas to bolster their attack. I think the Cannons have a slight edge in this game, so I’ll go with their ML for a half unit.
Redwoods vs. Chrome (6/6 3:45)
In a fantastic back and forth game to start the season, the Redwoods got a 12-11 win over the expansion Cannons on Friday night. This should be a pretty close game. Last year the Chrome got an edge on the Woods with a 11-9 win. I think the Redwoods offense that was firing on Friday night gets them to 2-0 to start the season today. I’ll back the Redwoods for half a unit. Roll Woods!
.5u Whipsnakes ML (-278)
.5u Archers -1.5 (-139)
.5u Cannons ML (-106)
.5u Redwoods ML (-143)
Record: 2-0 (+1 unit)