By Mike Tenay

Everywhere you look in Las Vegas sportsbooks this week, the focus is on the finals, from the NBA Finals to the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals to the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Bryan Leonard of Wagertalk.com joins us this week on the Professor Vegas Podcast. Leonard has been a top handicapper in Las Vegas for almost 20 years, but his roots run back in Cleveland, Ohio. He pays particularly close attention to Cleveland-area teams and, as a result, is a natural to offer wagering insight on the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA series.

What’s behind Cleveland’s disappointing performances in the first two games? Does Leonard expect the Cavs to bounce back at home? His answers and analysis might surprise you.

Check out other episodes of Professor Vegas Mike Tenay Sports Betting Podcast.

Richard Eng, former NYRA executive turned author and handicapper, also guests on this week’s show to break down the Belmont Stakes. The longtime horse racing columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal offers his historical perspective on the Belmont, along with his wagering opinions on this year’s race.

Eng’s first duties at Belmont coincided with Spectacular Bid’s failed 1979 attempt to capture the Triple Crown. Richard also weighs in on trainer Woody Stephens Belmont Stakes winning streak and discusses what it was like to work with TV legends Al Michaels and Jim McKay on coverage of the historic race. Eng, who wrote Betting On Horse Racing For Dummies, discusses this Saturday’s race and what it takes to deal with the 1 1/2-mile distance.

Professor Vegas is a weekly sports betting audio magazine available on iTunes and Play.it.

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