NEW YORK, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - Never before in the history of the
NBA and the NHL have teams from the same city captured both the Stanley Cup
and NBA Championship in the same season. With the Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
and Detroit Pistons (NBA) both sitting atop their respective league
standings, Sportsbook.com odds makers have posted 7-1 odds on the Motor
City becoming the first to lay claim to the rare double.
Other cities in the mix, according to the odds makers at the world's
largest online sportsbook and casino, are Dallas and New Jersey. Dallas'
odds are 55-1, with the Mavericks sitting third overall in the NBA and the
Stars fourth in the NHL. New Jersey is a long shot at 225-1. The Nets own
the sixth best record in the NBA while the Devils are 11th in the NHL.
"Detroit and Dallas have teams that are among the very best in each
sport and are no brainers," says Alex Czajkowski, Sportsbook.com. "New
Jersey is a long shot but they are the hottest team in the NBA right now,
and with Brodeur in net for the Devils you have to assume they can make a
strong run for the Stanley Cup."
Although the double has never been accomplished, a few cities have come
close. Since 1946 (when the NBA launched) there have been eight seasons
where teams from the same city have made it to the final of each league.
The last time was in 2003, when the Devils defeated Anaheim for the Stanley
Cup while the Nets suffered at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers. In
1994, the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup while the Knicks lost a
heartbreaking final to the Houston Rockets. On three occasions the NBA team
ended up capturing the title while their NHL counterparts lost in the
final. This was the case in 1992, when the Chicago Bulls beat Portland and
the Blackhawks lost to Pittsburgh, and it also occurred twice with the
Celtics, who won the NBA crown in 1974 and 1957 while the Bruins fell to
Philadelphia and Montreal respectively. Three times both the NHL and NBA
teams lost in the finals in the same season - the Philadelphia Flyers and
Sixers in 1980, the New York Rangers and Knicks in 1972 and the Boston
Bruins and Celtics in 1958.
"I don't think there have been many seasons when the same city had the
dominant team in both leagues like Detroit has this year. It'll definitely
be an interesting run and a wild party in Detroit if they can pull it off,"
Will any listed city win both the NHL and NBA Championships in the
Detroit (Red Wings/Pistons) 7-1
Dallas (Stars/Mavericks) 55-1
New Jersey (Devils/Nets) 225-1
No listed city wins both 1-10
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