Another week means another golf tournament to preview! Read below as we highlight the favorites to win the 2018 British Open!
Dustin Johnson (12-1)
The 34-year-old has been blessed with good luck in 2018, as he has a pair of wins, and ten total finishes inside of the top 10. He is the top FedExCup ranked player right now, as he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
The impressive thing about Johnson has been his consistent dominance in 2018. He hasn’t struggled on any of the courses, and is just starting to find his stride. He is a strong candidate to win here, and betters would be wise to pick Dustin.
Dustin Johnson obviously likes to start fast. He feels it’s a huge advantage to be out in front of the pack early. He had this to say when he was leading the US Open after Friday:
“I like being in the lead for sure. It’s less shots you’ve got to make up. “
Rory McIlroy (16-1)
It’s hard to have any course and not label McIlroy as one of the tournament favorites. 2018 though, has not been so kind to him, as since winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he has failed to see much success. He is #39 in the FedExCup rankings, and has only three top-10 finishes.
Rory has not been able to win at this course over the past few years, but his chances could still be pretty good. He is among the best golfers in the world as long as he’s still out there taking but cuts. He’s a risky bet, but one you could argue as worthwhile.
Rickie Fowler (16-1)
The 29-year-old Fowler comes in with the same odds as McIlroy, and is yet to earn a win this year. Ranked #16 in the FedExCup rankings, he has twice finished second, and has seen himself in the top 10 on two other occasions. He has a few things that still need to be corrected.
In order to find success here, he will need a strong first day. His performance on the first few holes, will tell us all we need to know about what to expect from him for the rest of the tournament. Bet on him if you’d like, but there are no guarantees of a great performance from Rickie Fowler.
Justin Rose (16-1)
With two wins already under his belt this year, all is well for the 37-year old Rose. He is number four in the FedExCup rankings, and has seven finished inside of the top 10. His success this year has been consistent, and shows that he is not to be counted out,
It’s fair to say that he has as good a chance of winning it all as Johnson, labeled with the best odds, does. One of the better golfers in the world right now, Rose has been on a tear and will be looking to keep it going.
This should be a great event. There are several other guys that have pretty good odds to take down the title, such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the darling from the final day at the US Open – Tommy Fleetwood. Best of luck whichever direction you go with your bets.
Full Open Championship Betting Odds
The betting odds for the Open Championship are from BetNow and as of July 17, 2018:
- Dustin Johnson +1200
- Justin Rose +1600
- Rickie Fowler +1600
- Rory McIlroy +1600
- Jordan Spieth +2000
- Jon Rahm +2000
- Tommy Fleetwood +2000
- Justin Thomas +2200
- Brooks Koepka +2200
- Tiger Woods +2200
- Henrik Stenson +2800
- Sergio Garcia +2800
- Alex Noren +3000
- Francesco Molinari +3300
- Jason Day +3300
- Patrick Reed +3500
- Paul Casey +4000
- Tyrrell Hatton +4000
- Branden Grace +4000
Training camps are about ready to start. Media days have arrived. Let’s get to some College Football! Read below as we highlight the school’s with the best odds to win it all next year.
Are we really going to make this list and not include Alabama as the projected favorite? Of course not. Nick Saban’s teams have continued to just dominate the rest of their competition, and are entering off yet another title.
It was seen that Jalen Hurts was the answer at QB, and he would be the one to lead them to the title. WELL, enter the freshman, Tua Tagovailoa. He came through and helped deliver them to another title.
Saban teams also happen to pride themselves on their defense, and are without a doubt the projected favorites headed into 2018.
2) Clemson +600
2017 was a strong season for the Tigers, though it still left a lot to be desired. They didn’t have a great offense, they had one that was just good enough to get the job done.
They will have Kelly Bryant at QB once again, who only tossed 13 TD passes all season. They will need to ramp up their scoring in order to have the shot at unseating Alabama.
Led by head coach Dabo Swinney, they will be fun to watch next season. Recently, Swinney was inducted into a coaches Hall of Fame, and had some comical words to say about Alabama.
“I’m also here because that’s just how good Alabama is these days. If you beat ’em, they put your butt right in the hall of fame.. It’s like we’re playing Monopoly. You just skip go and right on in.” – Dabo Swinney
One of college football’s best teams a year ago, Georgia lost their two top running backs from a season ago in the NFL Draft. They, however, are still bringing back Jake Frohm, who had a very solid freshman season.
Their pass rush was one of the key parts of a defense that played a strong role in getting them to the 13-2 record they finished with. Many of those key pieces will also be returning.
Led by head coach Kirby Smart, things should continue to be looking up for the Bulldogs.
Ohio State +700
The Buckeyes got a tremendous campaign from JT Barrett a year ago, but he’s now gone and with the New Orleans Saints. He is a player that they will surely miss, no matter how good the new QB is.
They do bring back top RB JK Dobbins, who was a force to be reckoned with last season. Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard, who lead a fantastic pass rush, will both be back.
They have one of the best coaches in Urban Meyer, so all should be okay for them.
This team was very shaky last year, and also used three different primary QB’s, as they could never find a #1 option. The three of them actually combined to throw more INT’s (10) than TD’s (9).
But, if there’s one thing to understand about Jim Harbaugh teams, it is that they bounce back. They return most of their top defensive players and running backs so the cast still looks good.
Harbaugh is going to take his team to the title game one of these years, and 2018 is a real possibility.
Full Betting Odds to Win the 2018 College Football Championship
The odds in this article come from WagerWeb and are accurate as of July 16, 2018
- Alabama +175
- Clemson +600
- Georgia +700
- Ohio State +700
- Michigan +1600
- Wisconsin +1800
- Washington +2200
- Oklahoma +2500
As we come into the All Star break, now is the perfect time to look ahead to the question everybody has on their mind. Who will win this year’s World Series? Read below for the team’s with the best odds!
Before we do so – the latest on end of the season awards coming later:
- Betting Odds to Win the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award
- National League Rookie of the Year Betting Odds for 2018
- Updated Odds to Win The 2018 American League Cy Young
- 2018 MLB Betting Odds to Win National League Cy Young Award
- 2018 Major League Baseball: Odds to win American League MVP
- 2018 Major League Baseball: Odds to win National League MVP
New York Yankees (+475)
Already leading the major leagues in home runs, and owner of a pitcher who has already won 14 games, life has been very good to the Yankees this year. Stanton is no longer being booed, and the team continues to get more and more guys to help them win games. Their bullpen has been as good as any part of the team, which is really saying something.
It’s truly not surprising this team, now 3.5 games behind the Red Sox, who have won ten in a row, are listed with the best odds. Led by Judge and Stanton and their incredible ability to go deep at any time, the Yankees have been dominant.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone knows the expectation of winning a title is there. He is also impressed with his group of guys and their willingness to go all in this year. He had this to say:
“Last year was great. A lot of these guys came of age and viewed it as a very successful season, but I think what stands out being in that room right now is each guy I’ve spoken to, the hunger is there and there’s no satisfaction with what they’re able to accomplish. We understand it’s a very tough road. That will be one of our messages, especially for young players who have had success.” – Aaron Boone
Houston Astros (+500)
The reigning champions have gotten off to a start many teams can only dream of. 62-34 record, the best starting rotation in baseball, and also the best second baseman in the league. They are well managed by AJ Hinch, and really haven’t shown a weakness. Surprisingly, they are only three games ahead of the Mariners, who have fought hard this year.
Once the playoffs come around, there will be questions as to who should start and who should join the bullpen for this team, but when that is your biggest concern, it’s pretty clear you’re in a good spot. Watch out for the ‘Stros.
Boston Red Sox (+600)
Things just keep getting better for the Red Sox. They’ve won ten games in a row, have their largest lead of the year on the Yankees, and have seen their starting pitchers thrive. They haven’t had a weak link, as they have in years past, plus an offense led by Mookie Betts and JD Martinez is as good as it gets.
Once the playoffs come around, they will need to figure out how to discover some old magic. In the last few postseasons, it was an early exit for Boston, but this year figures to be different. It’s crazy to believe though, that a possible 100-win team in the AL will have to be knocked out in the division series.
Chicago Cubs (+750)
Though they aren’t in first place, the Cubs have been playing well of late and are 14 games over .500. They have a great squad right now, led by Javy Baez, leading in home runs, RBI’s, and stolen bases. Their pitching has come around, as they are close to finally catching the Brewers.
As a team, they are hitting .264, an incredible feat considering their opponents are batting just .229, and a number of teams in the league are around .230. Life has been good in recent weeks for the Cubs, and if their current pace continues, we’ll be seeing them in their second World Series in three years.
Full Betting Odds to Win the 2018 World Series
The odds in this article come from SportsBetting.ag and are accurate as of July 13, 2018
- New York Yankees +475
- Houston Astros +500
- Boston Red Sox +600
- Chicago Cubs +750
- Milwaukee Brewers +1000
- Cleveland Indians +1200
Another week means another day of going over the next UFC event. Today, we want to give you a trio of fights that we REALLY like on the undercard. Read below as we highlight a few of the fights coming up in UFC Fight Night 133!
Alejandro Perez (-210) vs. Eddie Wineland (+175)
The 28-year-old Perez has had a very busy career, as this will already be his 29th fight. He has gone 21-6-1 thus far, and comes in with a three-game winning streak. He only ended up with a three-month layoff between fights, giving him an edge, as he looks for win number 22.
His opponent is 34-year-old Eddie Wineland. He is fighting his 37th fight already, and has gone 23-12-1. This will, however, be his first fight in fifteen months, and he hasn’t win since December of 2016. It will be important for him to get off to a quick start.
PREDICTION: Perez picks up his 22nd victory as he disposes of Wineland. He is very good on the attack, and will take his opponent down.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski (-355) vs. Darren Elkins (+175)
The 29-year-old Volkanovski has been an absolute beast in the ring. He has gone 17-1 in his first eighteen fights, and has landed 62% of his strikes. He is tough to land an attack against when he starts to get going, and he will be a force in this fight. He is called “The Great” for a reason.
On the other side is 34-year-old Darren “The Damage” Elkins, who has gone 25-5 in his fighting career. He has won seven consecutive fights, with his loss coming back on December 20, 2014, against Hacran Dias. He only lands 37% of his strikes, but gets a ton of opportunities. Neither of these fighters should be taking their opponents lightly.
Prediction: Volkanovski will be ending the 7-game winning streak of Ekins tonight, as he claims victory number nineteen in his still early career. He will be on the prowl from the outset.
Kurt Holobaugh (-200) vs. Raoni Barcelos (+170)
For the 33-year-old Holobaugh, this will be the 22nd fight of his career. Ha has gone 17-4 in his career, but his last three fights have included two losses and one overturned contest. There is a lot of improvement to be made, as he is in a big slump. He has landed 45% of his strikes, a number that he will need to improve upon.
His opponent is 31-year-old Raoni Barcelos, who has gone 11-1 in his fighting career so far. The Brazilian has gone a good job of finishing his opponents, and has gotten off to strong starts. On order to defeat Holobaugh, his defenses will have to be strong.
Prediction: Holobaugh will be picking up his eighteenth win of the season, as he claims victory once more. Loss number two for Barcelos is coming.
Full UFC Fight Night 133 Betting
The current UFC Fight Night 133 Betting Odds are as of July 12, 2018 and come from JustBet
Junior dos Santos (-185) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (+160)
Sage Northcutt (-130) vs. Zak Ottow (+110)
Dennis Bermudez (-245) vs. Rick Glenn (+205)
Randy Brown (-125) vs. Niko Price (+105)
Chad Mendes (-225) vs. Myles Jury (+185)
Marion Reneau (-120) vs. Cat Zingano (EVEN)
Another week means another NFL division. Today, we will be bringing you the over/under for the NFC West. Read below!
Before doing so, do not forget the rest of the NFL:
LA Rams (9) OVER… 11-5
The LA Rams, led by 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay produced a season a year ago which surprised everybody outside the organization. From being one of the worst in the NFL, to being division champions, it was a magical year. Jared Goff proved his value and Todd Gurley got back to being an elite RB.
With an up-tempo offense and a deep defense at all positions, this team was an absolute matchup nightmare. They didn’t lose much outside of Sammy Watkins, and so they are poised to succeed again. 11-5 and division champs sounds about right for the LA Rams.
Seattle Seahawks (9) UNDER, 8-8
Though they have a tremendous team and have some new additions on offense (Rashaad Penny at RB and Brandon Marshall at WR), they will disappoint. The loss of Kam Chancellor from the team won’t help, neither will the departure of Richard Sherman to division foe San Francisco.
They still have a very good defense and talent on both sides of the ball, but this team needs a new coach. It seemed last year Pete Carroll lost control of his locker room, and this is something that cannot go unseen. They have some work to do, and if they can fix the inner team issues, maybe this prediction will be wrong. 8-8 though, is where we have them.
49ers (8.5) OVER, 10-6
With Jimmy Garoppolo on town, and an offense on the upswing, big things are expected of the 49ers. They have their best team since the Jim Harbaugh era taking the field next year, and they have Richard Sherman in their now upgraded secondary as well. Watch out.
They have continued to build their defense has to improve and make the team better. With Robbie Gould at the kicker spot, they have a big edge in late game situations, as he is one of the best in the league. All is well in San Fran, as they claim a wild card spot and a #2 finish in the division at 10-6.
Garoppolo was asked in mini camp about his team, and had some great confidence.
“You want guys who care about the game, who care about this team, and I think we have a good group in there” – Jimmy Garoppolo
Cardinals (5.5) OVER, 7-9
The first question will be about who the long-term QB for this team is. Sam Bradford has a very poor injury history, and behind him, waiting in the wings, is former UCLA superstar Josh Rosen. Their record will very much depend on who wins the QB battle. With David Johnson healthy again, and Larry Fitzgerald back for another year, the offense will be set to succeed.
The personnel on the defensive side of the ball, both in the secondary and up front has a lot of potential and some big-name players, but it won’t be enough. The loss of Tyrann Mattheu, who they opted to cut, will come back to bite them. 7-9 with Bradford, possibly 8-8 or 9-7 with Rosen.
1) Rams 11-5
2) 49ers 10-6
3) Seahawks 8-8
4) Cardinals 7-9
Full NFC West Betting Odds
The NFC West Betting Odds are as of July 11, 2018 and come from BETNOW.
- Los Angeles Rams 9
- Seattle Seahawks 9
- San Francisco 49ers 8.5
- Arizona Cardinals 5.5
It’s that time of year again where the PGA Tour hits Silvis, IL for the John Deere Classic. We see a decent field of golfers for the event, and are excited about the action. Read below as we highlight the golfers with the best odds to win!
Bryson DeChambeau (+1000)
If this tournament was based on how cool a name sounded, DeChambeau would have already been declared the winner. This is the 24-year-old’s third year on the tour, and he has found tremendous success thus far.
He actually won last year’s John Deere Classic and so is declared the player with the best odds coming in to this year. He also won the Memorial Tournament recently for his second career win. He has seven top 10 finishes, and is ranked #6 in the FedExCup rankings. Big things are coming for DeChambeau, who is a worthy golfer to place a wager on.
Francesco Molinari (+1000)
It was just this year that the 35-year-old from Italy picked up his first ever PGA win. He won at Quicken Loans National a few weeks back, but outside of that tournament, he has not finished better than 16th at any other events.
Molinari hasn’t found success at John Deere in the past, and so the decision for him to be co-favorites with Bryson DeChambeau is a very interesting one. Nevertheless, he will be out there to prove doubters wrong, and prove that he has been placed with thise odds for a reason.
A bet on Molinari should be kept to a minimum, as his past track record would suggest to bet against him.
Zach Johnson (+1200)
The 42-year-old is sure getting up there in age. He hasn’t won an event since winning the Open Championship in 2015, but he has finished inside of the top five at three of the past five John Deere Classic tournaments. This is a course he knows very well, and tends to thrive on.
Johnson has only finished inside of the top ten on two occasions this year, as 2018 has not been kind to him. This is a great opportunity for him to find further success and earn his first win in three years. Zach Johnson is a HUGE fan of the John Deere Classic and has said this about the event.
“This is definitely like a fifth major to me” – Zach Johnson
A bet on Johnson would be a wise one, given the success he has had.
Joaquin Niemann (+1600)
WELCOME TO THE SHOW! For the 19-year-old from Chile, this will be the first major he plays in. Joaquin Niemann, who finished tied for fifth at the Greenbrier Classic, helped to earn him an opportunity to play in this very event.
He has been consistently improving over the course of the year, getting closer and closer to others knowing his name. Now, he has his chance, still a teenager, to join the PGA Tour. He has played well in lesser, smaller events, not it’s his time to shine. In his very first major, he is listed as tied for the fourth best odds with Ryan Moore.
Full John Deere Classic Betting Odds
The betting odds for the John Deere Classic are as of July 10, 2018 and come from BetDSI.
- Bryson DeChambeau +1000
- Francesco Molinari +1000
- Zach Johnson +1200
- Joaquin Niemann +1600
- Ryan Moore +1800
- Kyle Stanley +2000
- Steve Stricker +2000
- Brandt Snedeker +2200
- Chesson Hadley +3000
- Austin Cook +4000
- Wesley Bryan +4500
- Andrew Landry +5000
- David Lingmerth +5000
- Chris Kirk +5500
- Danny Lee +5500
- Brian Gay +6000
- Kevin Streelman +6000
- Kevin Tway +6000
- Patrick Rodgers +6000
- Scott Piercy +6000
- Sung Kang +6000
- Aaron Wise +6600
- C.T. Pan +6600
- Johnson Wagner +6600
- Kelly Kraft +6600
- Andrew Putnam +7000
- Chez Reavie +7000
- Nick Hardy +7000
- Nick Watney +7000
- Ryan Blaum +7000
- Si Woo Kim +7000
The 2018 World Cup has provided us with tremendous excitement, and many upsets. The action is wrapping up with the Final Four games, and then the title game and third place game. Read below as we highlight the winning odds for the four teams left.
After a convincing 2-0-1 record in the group stage, France outdid Leo Messi and Argentina, defeating them 4-3 thanks to their very impressive offense. They followed that one up with a 2-0 win over Uruguay. That has us where we’re up to now.
France will have their hands full with a tremendous Belgium offense in their semifinal match. The French goalie, Hugo Lloris, is a major asset to the team and a tremendous leader. They are well coached and have a number of veteran leaders. Their chances of winning it all are very legit.
France head coach Didier DeChamps had the following words as his club prepares for the final four:
“A last part of preparation awaits us. I’ll let them go for two days. We need to keep what this group has in terms of ambition and enthusiasm. We do not do everything perfectly, but for the moment it’s satisfactory.” – Didier DeChamps
After going 3-0 in group play, Belgium came prepared to do battle as they tried to make it all the way to the Finals. In their game against Japan, things seemed bleak. Trailing 2-0 in the 66th minute, they rallied for two goals in the next fifteen minutes, and scored the winner with 15 seconds left. They defeated Brazil 2-1 in the round of 8, and here we are.
They have an offense many countries dream of, led by Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Kevin De Bruyne. They also have a number of big subs who can fill the void. Tibo Courtois has also played like the best goalie in the tournament. The winner of Belgium-France is moving to the Finals.
After winning their first two group stage matches, they lost 1-0 to Belgium in the final game. In a very exciting penalty shootout, they defeated Colombia 4-3 to get to the round of 8. They followed that with a very impressive 2-0 shutout of Sweden on Saturday. Next for them, is Croatia.
Led by Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, England’s offense does a tremendous job of their attack. Pickford has been elite in goal and single-handedly won England their match with Colombia. A win over Croatia, smallest nation remaining, and they are on to the Final!
ONE TIME for Croatia! They went undefeated, at 3-0 in group stage play which helped lead them to the elimination round in style. They defeated Denmark 3-2 in a crazy round of Penalty kicks, then defeated Russia 4-3 in Penalty kicks. They have to try and avoid PK’s, it’s cutting it very close.
With an offense led by star Luca Modric, they are lacking in the weakness department. A number of other weapons on their offense, and a good defense behind them, and the Croatian team is all set. With the lowest odds to win, Croatia is a win against England away from the title game!
Full World Cup Betting Odds
- The odds listed below are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag as of July 9, 2018.
Another Friday means another NFL division to examine win/loss totals for. Read below as we bring you the over/under in wins for the NFC South!
Before you start your NFC South reading, take a look at the following from the NFL:
- AFC West Future Betting Odds: Win Totals for 2018
- NFL Win Totals: AFC South 2018 Betting Odds and Preview
- NFL: AFC North Win Totals and Betting Predictions for 2018
- NFL: AFC East Win Totals and Betting Predictions for 2018
- NFC East Future Betting: 2018 Win Totals
- NFC North Future Betting Picks: Win Totals for 2018
New Orleans (9.5) OVER… 11-5
Their WR corps will look a little different next year with the departure of Willie Snead, but that shouldn’t put a damper on much. They are returning one of the best QB’s of all time in Drew Brees, and new addition Cameron Meredith, should he be healthy, should help the offense.
Both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are returning after dominant seasons, and they also added Terrance West, the ex-Raven. Their pass rush has come a long way and puts tremendous pressure on opposing QB’s. There are few holes in this roster, which will be playoff bound again next year. One un named NFL Coach was asked about 39 year old quarterback Drew Brees, and he had great things to say.
“Drew is in a great spot. The 39 year old still has the perfect opportunity to win a Super Bowl”
11-5 is the prediction.
Falcons (9.5) OVER… 10-6
With Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu in the fold again, the team also drafted Alabama WR Calvin Ridley to help further vamp their WR corps. With an RB duo like Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, this offense is due for big things.
The issue last year was Matt Ryan’s interceptions, and the defense not showing up whenever they needed it. Their pass rush was very iffy, and their secondary was great at intercepting passes, but that was it.
10-6, and second place.
Panthers (8) EVEN
With the return of Curtis Samuel and the additions of Torrey Smith and rookie DJ Moore, Cam Newton will have a lot of targets this year. With Jonathan Stewart leaving, Christian McCaffrey will likely line up more in the backfield often and “normalize” the offense.
The Panthers have a number of big-time tacklers on their defensive line, and have done a good job of intercepting passes. They have a very talented special teams, which will certainly serve to their advantage as the year goes on. They just don’t seem to be able to replicate what they did last year though.
8-8 and third place.
Bucs (7.5) UNDER… 5-11
They have a great WR corps led by Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, but this is a very dysfunctional team. Their starting QB cannot stay out of trouble, and is too busy “eating W’s” then coughing them up during actual games. Jameis is suspended for the first three games.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the QB who will lead them to wins, and they now have Jacquizz Rodgers as their main RB. They added Jason Pierre-Paul to try and improve their defensive line, which they will certainly need. They have great personnel across the board, but they lack discipline, which will be their undoing this year.
5-11 and in last.
There is a look at all four teams within the NFC South. It should be another interesting season. This divisional has shown great production in the postseason over the last few seasons. Can history repeat itself in 2018?
Full NFC South Betting Odds
Take a look at our full NFC South Betting Odds as of July 6, 2018 from JustBet:
- New Orleans Saints 9
- Atlanta Falcons 9
- Carolina Panthers 8
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.5
With the biggest names in NBA Free Agency changing teams in the past week, it’s time go over the teams with the best odds to win it all in 2019. Read below!
Golden State Warriors (-185)
They won three out of the previous four championships. It was known they were looking to upgrade the center spot. Kyle O’Quinn? Nope. Dwight Howard? Nope. DeMarcus Cousins? Sadly, yes. They have arguably the greatest starting five in the history of the NBA now.
Once Cousins returns to the court healthy, there will be no weak link on the court. One thing the Warriors are exceptional at, is working new players into their system. They have a tremendous squad, and now, they’re ready to try and make it a 3-peat.
They are undoubtedly the favorites.
Los Angeles Lakers (+460)
They fantasized about signing LeBron all year long, and had hopes of bringing PG, DeMarcus Cousins, or possibly Kawhi Leonard to join him. Well, they got the King, but they have instead added KCP, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee. Just a slight difference.
This team is the clear number two now, with LeBron James to help pilot their young core into the playoffs. They don’t need Kawhi to come aboard to take them to a further level. There is great talent and guys who are game changers. LBJ will have a monster year in Hollywood.
Boston Celtics (+510)
They were within a game of the NBA Finals last year, despite not having their two best players. The best thing they did this offseason, was keep the roster exactly the same. There was no change to make them better, and the roster is perfect as is.
They will have Kyrie Irving, aka “Uncle Drew” back, as well as Gordon Hayward, who only played five minutes last season. Whether or not they choose to re-sign Marcus Smart, the talent is undeniable, as they will be East favorites for the first time since LBJ left Cleveland.
All will be well for the Boston Celtics this year.
Houston Rockets (+800)
Aside from losing Trevor Ariza, they are mostly running back last year’s team again. They haven’t re-signed Clint Capela yet, but they are expected to add him. They paid Chris Paul the big bucks so that he and Harden will have a second opportunity to run it back.
This is a tremendously talented team and it’s great to see that losing to the Warriors didn’t break them up. They are poised for some greatness this year, but it will be tough as either they or the Lakers will have to miss out on the Western Conference Finals.
A season ago when Paul was signed by Houston, he had a bunch to say about coming up short. After coming up short in 2018 – he and his teammates are going to be incredible hungry this season. Those quotes were:
“I always say I’m the most competitive person I know, and looking at my wife she’s rolling her eyes probably, because some people may say that’s a good thing, some people may say it’s a bad thing, but I’m ultra-competitive so there’s no reason in playing unless you’re playing to win. I think Ricky Bobby said it best, ‘If you’re not first, you’re last.’ Right? Right? Straight up. We have one goal here and that’s to win.” – Chris Paul
Full NBA Championship Betting Odds
The NBA Championship Betting are from BetDSI as of Thursday, July 5, 2018:
- Golden State Warriors -185
- Los Angeles Lakers +460
- Boston Celtics +510
- Houston Rockets +800
- Philadelphia 76ers +1425
- San Antonio Spurs +5000
- Toronto Raptors +5500
- Oklahoma City Thunder +6000
- Utah Jazz +8000
- Washington Wizards +10000
- Portland Trail Blazers +10000
- Indiana Pacers +10000
- Milwaukee Bucks +10000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +10000
- New Orleans Pelicans +10000
- Denver Nuggets +10000
- Dallas Mavericks +12500
- Los Angeles Clippers +20000
- Phoenix Suns +25000
- New York Knicks +28000
- Detroit Pistons +30000
- Miami Heat +30000
- Sacramento Kings +50000
- Orlando Magic +50000
- Brooklyn Nets +50000
- Charlotte Hornets +50000
- Chicago Bulls +50000
- Cleveland Cavaliers +50000
- Memphis Grizzlies +75000
- Atlanta Hawks +100000
With UFC226 coming up, it’s time we look at the odds to of some of the top fighter’s, and their chances to win! Read below.
Stipe Miocic (-265) vs. Daniel Cormier (+205)
35-year-old Stipe Miocic has had a tremendous fighting career. He has gone 18-2, including six wins in a row. His opposition has not yet figured out how to beat him. He is very aggressive, and he lands 52% of his offensive strikes, more than the average fighter is able to do.
On the other side we have Daniel Cormier. The 39-year-old has gone an astounding 20-1 in his fighting career. His only loss came against Jon “Bones” Jones in 2015, but Jones has been busted many times now for PED’s, so against fighters who haven’t “cheated” he is technically undefeated. Yet, here is he, an underdog. He lands 50% of his strikes.
One other note, many feel this could be the final fight we see in Stipe Miocic’s career. Chael Sonnen had some interesting quotes regarding his career:
” I’m not sure we see Daniel Cormier fight again. Interesting plot twist I just threw in there, isn’t it? So, he’s moved up to heavyweight. Let’s say he succeeds and he wins, he would then be the heavyweight champion.” – Chael Sonnen
PREDICTION: Stipe Miocic will leave with a win over Cormier, as he is just too good when he’s in the zone. It will be Cormier’s first real loss. We do not expect this to be as competitive of a fight as the UFC may want it to be. Miocic with a blowout win!
Max Holloway (-150) + vs. Brian Ortega (+120)
26-year-old Max Holloway has already fought 22 times, and in those matches, he has gone a very impressive 19-3. His last loss came all the way back in 2013, when he fought Conor McGregor. He is attempting to win a fourteenth consecutive fight. He lands 44% of his strikes.
His opponent, 27-year-old Brian Ortega, has not lost a single match in his career. He has gone 14-0-0, with his last win coming against Frankie Edgar on March 3. He has only landed 32% of his strikes, but has completed 86% of standing strikes.
PREDICTION: Max Holloway will hand Brian Ortega the first loss of his career. He has some big fight experience, which will come into play in this fight. When you are placing your bets for this fight, go ahead and take the favorite Max Holloway!
Francis Ngannou (-380) vs. Derrick Lewis (+290)
31-year-old Francis Ngannou has gone 11-2 in his fighting career, coming off a loss against the headliner of the event, Stipe Miocic. He has landed just 32% of his career strikes, somebody who has struggled to go on the offensive.
On the other side, is 33-year-old Derrick Lewis. He has gone 19-5 in his career, and has been known for his heart. He enters this fight off a win against Marcin Tybura on March 18. He has landed 52% of his strikes, and completed a number of big offensive moves.
PREDICTION: We anticipate this being a great fight despite the lopsided odds. Lewis is not getting enough credit here. In fact, A win is coming for Derrick Lewis, who fights with a lot of heart and is a tremendous offensive fighter. Take the underdog in this fight!
Full UFC 226 Betting Odds
UFC 226 Odds as of July 3 and can be found at WagerWeb:
- Stipe Miocic -265
- Daniel Cormier +205
- Max Holloway -150
- Brian Ortega +120
- Francis Ngannou -380
- Derrick Lewis +290
- Michael Chiesa -160
- Anthony Pettis +130
- Gokhan Saki -160
- Khalil Rountree Jr. +130
- Uriah Hall +325
- Paulo Costa -450
- Paul Felder -150
- Mike Perry +120
- Raphael Assuncao -175
- Rob Font +145
- Curtis Millender -170
- Max Griffin +140
- Dan Hooker -150
- Gilbert Burns +120
- Lando Vannata -175
- Drakkar Klose +145
- Jamie Moyle -235
- Emily Whitmire +185