We’re looking at another action-packed weekend of sports — and sports betting. Let’s run through our options.
We have full slates of Major League Baseball all weekend (well, except when games/series get postponed due to COVID-19 positives, such as the Yankees-Mets game at Citi Field that was supposed to be the beginning of the Subway Series). I’ve written before in these Weekend Betting Guides about my use of MLB chalk parlays and bettors have been doing very well with them in recent weeks (the best stretch was last Sunday through Tuesday when MLB favorites went 34-6 straight up and you had to be really unlucky to lose if you were playing these).
The teams I’m looking to use with my chalk parlays this weekend are the Nationals (as the Marlins have come back to earth), Indians (over the Tigers) and Dodgers (as they should pull away from the Rockies). There are still spots to find live underdogs, and the best possibilities this weekend look to be the Padres and Giants, if they come up as home ’dogs vs. the Astros and Diamondbacks, respectively.
The NHL and NBA playoffs roll on. Most favorites have dominated in the NHL’s first-round series, while the NBA is seeing more parity with the high-seeded Bucks, Lakers and Clippers losing already.
On Friday’s NHL slate, I wouldn’t bet against the Flyers (-130) as they go for the series clincher against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. or the defending champion Blues (-135) as they try to avoid elimination vs. the Canucks at 9:45 p.m. But I’ll stick with the Mavericks (+ 6) against the Clippers in the NBA nightcap at 9 p.m.
I’d like to repeat a bit of advice I shared two weeks, and that’s to remember to look at the updated odds after each round of golf tournaments as you can find juicy odds on players still in contention. In the PGA Championship two weeks ago, you could have gotten Collin Morikawa at 40-1 after Thursday’s first round and 50-1 after Friday’s second round if you still had faith. Last week in the Wyndham Championship, you could have still found 50-1 on Jim Herman if you foresaw his big finish, so see who you think could still rally in the Northern Trust this weekend.
After the Magic upset the Bucks in Game 1, I planned to pass on the Magic the next two games and not bet them until they fell behind in the series. But I probably won’t be able to resist if getting the Magic + 14 in Game 3 at 1 p.m. I’ve been passing on the Trail Blazers vs. the Lakers (8:30 p.m.), as I still think the line is too short and expect the Lakers to rally, survive and advance.
Saturday’s action is enhanced with the Drydene 311 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway at 4 p.m. and another UFC card in Las Vegas. On the track, I’m still waiting for Aric Almirola to break through — and he’s 22-1 at William Hill. But I’ll defer any UFC picks to VSiN colleague Lou Finocchiaro.
Again, don’t forget to look for value on the PGA betting board heading into the final round — or even in-play wagering opportunities.
After the Indianapolis 500 was switched from its usual Memorial Day weekend running, we get it at 1 p.m. Sunday. Will Power won the race in 2018 and is worth a play at 10-1. NASCAR has another doubleheader weekend at Dover (go, Almirola!).
I’ve been riding the Mavericks against the Clippers and will continue to do so plus the points at 3:30 p.m., whether they’re trying to take control of the series or trailing by a game after Friday night’s result. I also have a conditional play on the 76ers vs. the Celtics at 1 p.m., but only if they won Friday to get back in the series