UFC 251 Updated Odds & Fight Card

UFC 251 Updated Odds & Fight Card

Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal officially set as main event for UFC 251 after George Burns tests positive for Covid-19.

UFC 251 has a new main event and it’s going to be great!

After Gilbert Burns withdrew from UFC 251’s main event title fight against current champ Kamaru Usman at the last minute, everyone assumed it would be the end of the event.

But not so.

Dana White pulled a Jorge Masvidal sized rabbit out of his hat to setup what could be the fight of the decade.

Masvidal was cleared for UFC 251 after passing a mandatory COVID-19 test. Now the man they call Street Jesus will step in on less than a week’s notice to face welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning (Saturday night stateside).

UFC 251 Fight Island Odds & Card

  • Kamaru Usman -275 vs. Jorge Masvidal +215
  • Alexander Volkanovski -235 vs. Max Holloway +195
  • Petr Yan -245 vs. Jose Aldo +205
  • Jessica Andrade +175 vs. Rose Namajunas -210
  • Amanda Ribas -850 vs. Paige VanZant +575
  • Volkan Oezdemir -165 vs. Jiri Prochazka +145
  • Elizeu Zaleski +100 vs. Muslim Salikhov -120
  • Makwan Amirkhani -210 vs. Danny Henry +175
  • Leonardo Santos -175 vs. Roman Bogatov +155
  • Marcin Tybura -110 vs. Alexandr Romanov -110
  • Raulian Paiva -175 vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov +155
  • Karol Rosa -235 vs. Vanessa Melo +195
  • Martin Day -190 vs. Davey Grant +165
2020 MLB Win Total Odds

2020 MLB Win Total Odds

With the shortened 2020 MLB season set to get underway on Thursday, July 23 and baseball teams in both leagues now having readjusted season win total odds for the upcoming MLB 60-game season, now is a perfect time to offer up some expert insight that could potentially help you cash in multiple times.

2020 MLB Win Total Odds

Whether you like top World Series favorites like the Yankees, Astros or Dodgers or whether you prefer making your win total picks on  more modest contenders like St. Louis or Arizona, this brief analysis of every team’s 2020 win total odds will help you identify the teams that are offering the best value against their season-long, win total odds. The 2020 MLB season is scheduled to end on Sept. 27. The World Series begins on Oct. 20 and a potential Game 7 would be held on Oct. 28.

Arizona – 31½

The Diamondbacks acquired all-star OF Starling Marte from the Pirates and signed longtime former Giants staff ace Madison Bumgarner after finishing eight games over .500 in the NL West a year ago. 32 wins looks quite doable for the D-Backs from where I’m sitting, although veteran starter Mike Leake has opted out of the restart.

Atlanta – 33½

The Braves won their second straight NL East title last season by going 97-65. More importantly, Atlanta brought in veteran left-hander Cole Hamels on a one-year, $18 million deal while also signing veteran outfielder Marcell Ozuna, former Giants reliever Will Smith, and catcher Travis d’Arnaud. The Braves did part ways with veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson, but this team is loaded with young talent – everywhere! 

Baltimore – 20½

Despite going a pitiful 54-108 a year ago, the lowly Orioles failed to make any significant changes to their roster and will almost certainly struggle to reach 21 wins in 60 games. 

Boston – 30½

The Red Sox traded 2018 AL MVP winner Mookie Betts and veteran lefty David Price to the Dodgers while acquiring veteran Alex Verdugo in a major cost-cutting move that won’t make them any better after finishing just six games over .500 last season. Boston will be without star lefty Chris Sale for the upcoming 2020 campaign. 

Chicago Cubs –  32

The Cubs are another team that finished six games over .500 last season and failed to upgrade their roster one iota. Chicago’s most pressing issue right now seems to be whether or not to trade former NL MVP Kris Bryant. 

Chicago White Sox –  31½

While the Cubs didn’t do much to improve their roster, the cross-town rival White Sox made some impressive moves after going 72-89 a year ago by adding veteran DH Edwin Encarnacion, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and outfielder Nomar Mazara, not to mention former Astros staff ace Dallas Keuchel. 

Cincinnati – 32 

The Reds signed veteran third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder  Nick Castellanos and Japanese import outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Cincinnati also added hurlers Pedro Strop and Wade Miley to address their needs in the bullpen and back end of the starting rotation after finishing 75-87 a year ago. 

Cleveland – 33½

The Indians traded former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers, but this is a team that has won at least 91 games in each of the last four seasons and five times in the seven seasons Terry Francona has been managing the ballclub. The Tribe may not be the legitimate title contenders they want to be, but topping the .500 mark in 60 games looks easily possible to me. 

Colorado –  27½

The Colorado Rockies didn’t do a single thing to improve their roster after going 71-91 a year ago to finish fourth in the NL West. Colorado’s biggest offseason news has been whether or not they’ll trade superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado before the July trade deadline (they will).

Detroit – 21½

The Tigers went a pitiful 47-114 to finish with the worst record in all of baseball. More importantly, they failed to upgrade their roster even in the slightest. 

Houston – 35

Love them or loathe them, the Houston Astros are absolutely loaded with elite talent as they look to move past the sign-stealing scandal that rocked their franchise and MLB in general following their 107-win season and run to the 2019 World Series. Still, I love their hiring of widely-respected manager Dusty Baker and this team has too much talent to not contend for it all. 

Kansas City –  24½

The Royals had a nice run from 2013 to 2017 including their World Series winning season in 2015. Unfortunately, Kansas City has been limited to 58 and 59 wins the last two seasons and has done nothing to improve their roster heading into 2020. 

LA Angels –  31½

The Angels signed former Nationals star Anthony Rendon to a seven-year $245 million contract and they’ll have superstar two-way superstar, Shohei Ohtani back at full strength after going 72-90 last season. Still, the Halos need more quality pitching in an AL West division that features Houston as the cream of the crop and Oakland somewhere just behind. 

LA Dodgers –  38½

The Dodgers were the biggest beneficiaries of a huge three-team mega-trade that saw them land 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and hard-throwing veteran lefty David Price. L.A. sent Alex Verdugo to Boston and Kenta Maeda to Minnesota as part of the blockbuster deal. The Dodgers have won an impressive seven straight NL West titles, but they’re still in search of their first World Series title since way back in 1988. 

Miami –  24½

The Marlins are coming off a 57-105 season in 2019 and although they have some nice young talent on their roster, their best offseason additions were Jonathan Villar, Corey Dickerson and Matt Kemp and that’s just not going to be good enough to compete with anyone. 

Milwaukee – 30½

The Brewers saw catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Mike Moustakas both bolt on the open market. Milwaukee did add outfielder Avisail Garcia, first baseman Justin Smoak and infielder Ryon Healy, but this team still doesn’t have a true staff ace, although they will be boosted by the return of 2019 NL MVP runner-up Christian Yelich. 

Minnesota –  34½

The Twins went a stunning 101-61 last season to win the AL Central by eight games over Cleveland. More importantly, the Twins added big bopping veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson and veteran right-hander Kent Maeda to go along with an already impressive array of talent that finished fourth in run scoring differential a year ago (+185).  Veteran hurler Michael Pineda will still have to serve the full 39 days remaining on his PED suspension.

NY Mets – 32½

The Mets made a nice addition to their bullpen by signing veteran hurler Dellin Betances away from the Yankees and took a chance of 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello who was available after his uninspiring season with Boston in 2019. The Mets have a superstar staff ace in two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, but hard-throwing right-hander Noah Syndergaard is out for the upcoming season and that’s a huge blow. 

NY Yankees – 37½

The Yankees landed star right-hander Gerrit Cole with a record-setting, nine-year, $324 million contract to go along with their loaded roster of stars. New York is coming off stellar 103-win campaign, but they’ve already got questions marks about Aaron Judge’s health as we get set for the upcoming 2020 season, not to mention the fact that star right-hander Luis Severino is out for the season. 

Oakland –  33½

The small-market A’s won an eye-opening 97 games to finish second behind Houston in the AL West last season. While Oakland failed to make any significant offseason upgrades, the A’s have won 97 games in two straight season while topping 94 wins in four of the last eight seasons overall. 

Philadelphia – 31

The Phillies signed promising Yankees former shortstop Didi Gregorious and talented, but oft-injured hurler Zack Wheeler while also naming former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi to lead them in a new direction after going a modest 81-81 last season. The bad news is that Philadelphia still lacks a true staff ace and has plenty of questions with their bullpen. 

Pittsburgh –  25½

The Pirates are coming off a dismal 69-win season that left them in the cellar in the NL Central a year ago. More importantly, the Pirates failed miserably in upgrading their roster with their most notable move being trading away Starling Marte to Arizona.

San Diego –  30½

The Padres have a ton of young talent that was supposed to challenge a year ago, so they could surprise in 2020 after going 70-92 a year ago. Still, San Diego looks like a team that is at least another year away from really challenging L.A. for division supremacy. 

Seattle –  24½

The Seattle Mariners went 68-94 in 2019 to finish in last place in the AL West. More importantly, the Mariners didn’t make a single move to improve their roster this coming campaign, making 25 wins in 60 games a bit of a longshot if you ask me. 

San Francisco –  24½

The once perennially-powerful Giants are coming off a 77-85 season that left them in third place in the NL West last season. Frisco’s best offseason moves were bringing back fan favorites in veteran outfielder Hunter Pence and overpaid infielder Pablo Sandoval.

St. Louis –  31½

St. Louis went 91-71 to win the NL Central last season. While the Cards didn’t make any real significant additions and lost outfielder Marcell Ozuna to free agency, topping .500 by two games in a 60-game season looks easily reachable. 

Tampa Bay –  34

Tampa Bay had a fantastic 96-win season in 2019 by leading the AL in team ERA (3.65). The Rays also made some nice additions to their batting order by trading for Jose Martinez, and Hunter Renfroe while signing Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Texas – 29½

Texas went 78-84 a year ago to finish third in the AL West. To improve their chances of reaching the postseason in 2020, the Rangers added veteran hurler Corey Kluber and first baseman Todd Frazier. Still, this team will have their work cut out trying to get past Houston and Oakland in the AL West. 

Toronto – 28

The Blue Jays have some seriously gifted young players like third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette and they signed 2019 MLB ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu (2.32) in free agency while signing Japanese right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and veteran hurler Tanner Roark. 30 wins and a .500 finish look relatively realistic. 

Washington – 33

The Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year $245 million deal and they brought back 2019 NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick and closer Daniel Hudson. The bad news is that they lost the man that made them go a year ago in do-it-all superstar Anthony Rendon while veterans, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross will sit out the restart season. 

2020 Brickyard 400 Odds

Brickyard 400 Odds and Preview

NASCAR’s most prestigious races will take center stage when the Brickyard 400 aka the 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 lights up the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Click here for live NASCAR odds.

Recent Brickyard 400 winners

  • 2019 – Kevin Harvick
  • 2018 – Brad Keselowski
  • 2017 – Kasey Khane
  • 2016 – Kyle Busch
  • 2015 – Kyle Busch

The only active drivers to win this event are Harvick (2003, ’19), Busch (2015, ’16), Keselowski (2018), Jimmie Johnson (2006, ’08, ’09, ’12), and Ryan Newman (2013). Ford has won each of the last two Brickyard 400 titles. Chevrolet won 14 of 17 from 2001 to 2017. Toyota’s only race wins in this event came with Busch at the wheel.

2020 Brickyard 400 Odds

  • Kevin Harvick +435
  • Kyle Busch +450
  • Denny Hamlin +485
  • Joey Logano +900
  • Ryan Blaney +950
  • Brad Keselowski +1000
  • Martin Truex Jr +1025
  • Chase Elliott +1225
  • Erik Jones +2200
  • Clint Bowyer +2750
  • William Byron +3000
  • Alex Bowman +3500
  • Kurt Busch +3500
  • Aric Almirola +3500
  • Matt DiBenedetto +5000
  • Jimmie Johnson +5500
  • Tyler Reddick +8000
  • Christopher Bell +8500
  • Matt Kenseth +9000
  • Darrell Wallace Jr +10000
  • Ryan Newman +11000
  • Austin Dillon +12500
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr +15000
  • Chris Buescher +22500
  • Cole Custer +30000
  • John Hunter Nemechek +30000
  • Daniel Suarez +50000
  • Ryan Preece +200000
  • Ty Dillon +200000
  • Michael McDowell +250000
  • Corey Lajoie +300000
  • JJ Yeley +320000
  • Joey Gase +320000
  • Timmy Hill +320000
  • Brennan Poole +325000
  • BJ McLeod +350000
  • Quin Houff +350000
  • Ross Chastain +350000
  • Garrett Smithley +350000
  • Josh Bilicki +350000

Hot NASCAR Picks

Kevin Harvick

The current leader in the NASCAR standings won the Pocono 325 on Saturday and finished second to Denny Hamlin in the Pocono 350 the following day. Harvick also won in Atlanta on June 7 while taking the checkered flag at Darlington in May. With a dozen Top-10 finishes, eight Top-5 finishes and three wins in 15 races this year, Kevin Harvick is offering a ton of value in the 2020 Brickyard 400.

Denny Hamlin

Hamlin might be fourth in the standings, but he’s on fire coming into this event after finishing second to Harvick in Saturday’s Pocono 325 and taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s Pocono 350. Hamlin has 10 Top-10 finishes this year to go along with a NASCAR high nine Top-5 finishes and another NASCAR0best four victories. Hamlin has also won two of the last four races heading into this coming weekend while finishing sixth in the 2019 Brickyard 400.

Ryan Blaney

Blaney finished 12th on Saturday and a disappointing 22nd on Sunday in NASCAR’s Pocono doubleheader this past weekend, but he’s also second in the standings with seven Top-10 finishes and an identical seven Top-5 finishes. Blaney won at Talladega two weeks ago and finished fifth in this race a year ago.

Cold NASCAR Picks

Joey Logano

Logano has six Top-10 finishes, three Top-5 finishes and a pair of wins at Las Vegas and Phoenix. However, that was before the hiatus. In his last four races, Logano has finished between 17t and 36t and that just doesn’t bode well heading into this race. The good news is that Logano finished second in the 2019 Brickyard 400.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

19th in the NASCAR standings, Stenhouse Jr. has recorded three Top-10 finishes and an identical three Top-5 finishes this season. The bad news is that he’s also finished 13th or worst in six of his last seven races while finishing a discouraging 31st in this race a year ago.

Long Shot Brickyard 400 Picks

Jimmie Johnson

The sure-fire future Hall of Fame legend might be in his last full season, driving the now, famous No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, but I think he’s worth a shot as a longshot selection. Currently 12th in the standings, Johnson has six Top-10 finishes and a pair of Top-5 finishes this year. Johnson finished 21st and 16th this past weekend at Pocono, but the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion does have four wins in this race, one behind record-holder Jeff Gordon.

Bubba Wallace

Sure, Wallace has mostly been in the spotlight recently because of his stand against racism and the Confederate flag, but he’s also recorded a pair of Top-5 finishes while finishing third in the 2019 Brickyard 400.

Zurich Classic Odds, Betting Favorites, Contenders & Long Shots

Rocket Mortgage Classic Odds

The return of the PGA rolls in to the Detroit Golf Club for the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic. Last year Nate Lashley won the inaugural edition of this tournament after posting a jaw dropping 25-under. He is listed at +10000 to repeat.

Bryson DeChambeau is the betting favorite to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic at +660. He is followed by Web Simpson at +1010. Third favorites are Tyrrell Hatton and Patrick Reed at +1410.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic the first major sports event to be held in Michigan since the coronavirus pandemic hitatus.

Rocket Mortgage Classic Odds

  • Bryson DeChambeau +660
  • Webb Simpson +1010
  • Tyrrell Hatton +1410
  • Patrick Reed +1410
  • Viktor Hovland +1600
  • Hideki Matsuyama +1800
  • Sungjae Im +2200
  • Tony Finau +2500
  • Rickie Fowler +3000
  • Kevin Na +3000
  • Scottie Scheffler +3500
  • J.T. Poston +4000
  • Jason Day +4000
  • Bubba Watson +4000
  • Doc Redman +4500
  • Harris English +4500
  • Rory Sabbatini +4500
  • Adam Hadwin +5000
  • Brandt Snedeker +5500
  • Erik Van Rooyen +6000
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6000
  • Harold Varner III +6600
  • Kevin Kisner +6600
  • Lucas Glover +6600
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello +6600
  • Brendon Todd +6600
  • Alex Noren +6600
  • Brian Harman +6600
  • Branden Grace +7000
  • Maverick McNealy +7000
  • Patrick Rodgers +8500
  • Keegan Bradley +8500
  • Brian Stuard +8500
  • Sam Burns +9000
  • Kyle Stanley +9500
  • Mark Hubbard +10000
  • Michael Thompson +10000
  • Nate Lashley +10000
  • Matthew Wolff +10000
  • Joseph Bramlett +10000
  • Scott Stallings +10000
  • Si Woo Kim +10000
  • Tyler Duncan +10000
  • Wes Roach +10000
  • Will Gordon +10000
  • Chris Kirk +10000
  • Wyndham Clark +12500
  • Tom Hoge +12500
  • Sebastian Munoz +12500
  • Jason Dufner +12500
  • Emiliano Grillo +12500
  • Lanto Griffin +12500
  • Aaron Wise +12500
  • Charl Schwartzel +13500
  • Peter Uihlein +13500
  • Danny Willett +13500
  • Seung-Yul Noh +13500
  • Ryan Armour +13500
  • Russell Knox +15000
  • Sepp Straka +15000
  • Tom Lewis +15000
  • Harry Higgs +15000
  • Patton Kizzire +15000
  • Luke List +15000
  • Matt Wallace +15000
  • Chesson Hadley +15000
  • Andrew Putnam +15000
  • Ben Martin +15000
  • Pat Perez +16500
  • Wesley Bryan +17500
  • Talor Gooch +17500
  • Sam Ryder +20000
  • Matt Jones +20000
  • Kevin Chappell +20000
  • Beau Hossler +20000
  • Cameron Tringale +20000
  • Cameron Davis +20000
  • C.T. Pan +22500
  • Adam Schenk +22500
  • Jimmy Walker +22500
  • Henrik Norlander +22500
  • Grayson Murray +25000
  • Hudson Swafford +25000
  • Josh Teater +25000
  • Kristoffer Ventura +25000
  • Richy Werenski +25000
  • Stewart Cink +25000
  • Zac Blair +25000
  • Troy Merritt +25000
  • Brandon Hagy +25000
  • Chase Seiffert +27500
  • Steve Stricker +27500
  • Shawn Stefani +27500
  • Sahith Theegala +27500
  • Kyoung-Hoon Lee +27500
  • Kevin Tway +30000
  • Lucas Bjerregaard +30000
  • Luke Donald +30000
  • Jamie Lovemark +30000
  • James Hahn +30000
  • Tyler McCumber +30000
  • Vincent Whaley +30000
  • Chris Stroud +30000
  • Cameron Percy +30000
  • Bronson Burgoon +30000
  • Bill Haas +30000
  • Bo Hoag +30000
  • Aaron Baddeley +30000
  • Austin Cook +30000
  • Ted Potter, Jr. +35000
  • Robby Shelton +35000
  • Robert Streb +35000
  • Roberto Castro +35000
  • Scott Brown +35000
  • Ryan Blaum +35000
  • J.J. Spaun +37500
  • Johnson Wagner +40000
  • Hank Lebioda +40000
  • D.J. Trahan +40000
  • Peter Malnati +40000
  • Ryan Brehm +40000
  • Rob Oppenheim +40000
  • Tim Wilkinson +40000
  • Zack Sucher +40000
  • Xinjun Zhang +40000
  • Brian Gay +40000
  • Chris Baker +40000
  • Rhein Gibson +45000
  • Mark Anderson +45000
  • Matt Every +50000
  • Kramer Hickok +50000
  • Doug Ghim +50000
  • Fabian Gomez +50000
  • Jonathan Byrd +50000
  • Sebastian Cappelen +50000
  • Ricky Barnes +50000
  • Roger Sloan +50000
  • Seamus Power +55000
  • David Hearn +55000
  • Nelson Ledesma +65000
  • Michael Gellerman +65000
  • Michael Gligic +65000
  • Scott Harrington +65000
  • Arjun Atwal +65000
  • Ben Taylor +75000
  • Dominic Bozzelli +75000
  • Greg Chalmers +75000
  • John Senden +75000
  • James Nicholas +100000
  • Michael Kim +100000
  • Peter Kuest +100000
  • Martin Trainer +100000
  • Vijay Singh +100000
  • Bo Van Pelt +100000
NBA Orlando Return Odds & Preview

NBA Orlando Return Odds & Preview

The 2020 NBA season is set to return on July 30th from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. 5Dimes NBA oddsmakers have released the odds for the first THREE days of action. Keep reading for a preview of those games.

NBA Orlando Return Odds & Preview

July, 30, 2020

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Utah and New Orleans both went 5-5 over their last 10 games before the break, but the Jazz are the more mature and experienced team in this matchup. The difference in this restart opener could be defense where the Jazz have been pretty elite in limiting the opposition to 107.9 points while New Orleans allows 117.0 points per game. All eyes will be on Zion Williamson, but I think Donovan Mitchell will be the best player in this matchup.

LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers

The Lakers lead the Clippers in the West by 5½ games and LeBron James and company went a stellar 8-2 over their last 10 games before the suspension. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers will be looking for revenge in the most anticipated matchup on the restart docket. The Clippers have taken two of three from the Lakers this season, but the ‘senior’ LA team won the last time these two met. Expect another knock-down, drag-out brawl in this huge meeting.

July, 31, 2020

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn is a half-game up on Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings and they won three straight before the break while going 5-5- over their last 10 games. The Magic also won three straight before the hiatus while going 6-4 over their last 10. The Magic have also won both regular season meetings this season and Kyrie Irving is being questioned for his general lack of leadership – again.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Superstar rookie point guard Ja Morant will have his hands full against Portland Damian Lillard and this will be a great one-one-one matchup to watch. Memphis won the only head-to-head meetings 111-104 on February 12 and the Grizz are up 3.5 games on the inconsistent Blazers who have gone a dismal 11-23 on the road this season.

Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards

Devin Booker and Bradley Beal will square off in a matchup featuring two of the best shooters in the league today. Phoenix has gone 13-17 on the road this season and are being outscored by 1.3 points per game. Washington has been awful in going a pitiful 8-24 on the road this season while being outscored by an average of 4.0 points per contest. John Wall won’t be suiting up for the remainder of the season (what’s new?), leaving Ish Smith and Shabazz Napier as Washington’s floor leaders.

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

With 53 wins, Milwaukee has the best record in the league. The Bucks lead the league in scoring (118.6 ppg) and are are tied for the fifth best mark in points allowed (106.5 ppg). Boston is just three games behind Milwaukee in the standings and the C’s rank a stellar second in points allowed (106.8 ppg). These rivals have split two regular season contests with each winning on the road. Besides the Lakers vs. Clippers restart opener, this matchup will almost assuredly be the second-most watched matchup of the restart campaign.

Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

Sacramento is in seventh place in the Western Conference standings while San Antonio is in 11th place in the conference. Both teams in this matchup give up almost two points per game more than they average, but the Kings have been the better road team in going 14-19 away from home compared to San Antonio’s uninspiring 11-22 road mark. You know things have changed drastically when the once perennially-powerful Spurs are underdogs against the once, perennially awful Kings.

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

Houston is in sixth place in the Western Conference while Dallas is in seventh place, just 1.5 games behind the Rockets. Houston is second in scoring (118.1 ppg) thanks to the high-scoring ways of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but Dallas puts up an impressive 116.4 points per contest. The Mavs limit the opposition to 110.3 points per game while the Rockets give up 114.4 points per game. Simply put, I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of defense to be played in this affair.

August 1, 2020

Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and they’ve been one of the best home teams in the league in going 27-5 in South each this season. Unfortunately, Miami is also just 14-19 on the road. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets are in third place in the west and the Nuggets have recorded winning records at home and on the road. Can Butler get the help he needs in order to get past a Denver team that has been knocking at the conference championship door out west for the last three seasons?

Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunde

Utah is in fourth place out west, one game ahead of Chris Paul and the Thunder. While the Jazz are statistically better at both ends of the floor, these two conference rivals have split their two regular season dates with each team winning on the road. And speaking of being on the road, both of these title contenders have won an identical 20 games away from their comfy confines.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. LA Clippers

The Pelicans got the best of the championship-hopeful Clippers in their first meeting this season, but L.A. has won two straight against the young Pels. No matter what happens in their restart opener against the Lakers, I’ve got to believe that the loaded Clippers are looking at this game as a must-win kind of matchup, particularly seeing as how they allow eight fewer points per game defensively.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers

The 76ers and Pacers have identical 39-26 records heading into the restart, but Indy has won two straight in this rivalry, including a 115-97 blowout in the City of Brotherly Love on Dec. 31. Indy was heating up nicely before the hiatus by going 7-3 over their last 10 while Philly was struggling at the break by going 5-5 over their last 10.

LA Lakers vs. Toronto

The Lakers are on top out west, but the defending champion Raptors have nearly identical numbers at both ends of the floor while sitting in second place in the east. Toronto had won six of their last 10 games before the break and they took out LeBron James and company 113-104 at home in their only meeting this season back on November 10. While LA as gone an impressive 26-6 on the road this season, the Raptors aren’t far behind in going 23-9 away from home.

2020 Travelers Championship Odds

2020 Travelers Championship Odds

The PGA Tour has returned with a vengeance after the Coronavirus pandemic layoff. Now after a pair of tournaments in the South, the Travelers Championship will play at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Rory McIlroy opens as the betting favorite to win for the third week in a row, but he has company this time with Justin Thomas. Both are listed at +1210 to win. Third in line to win is Bryson DeChambeau at +1300. RBC Heritage winner Webb Simpson is fourth in line to win at +1800. Brooks Koepka is also listed at +1800 to win. The defending champion Chez Reavie is a +10000 long shot to win

This year’s Travelers Championship field includes all the top five players in the world and the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup standings.

For the third week in a row, Rory McIlroy opens as the favorite and is going off at 12-1 in the latest 2020 Travelers Championship odds. Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau are tied for second on the PGA odds board this week

2020 Travelers Championship Odds

  • Rory McIlroy +1210
  • Justin Thomas +1210
  • Bryson DeChambeau +1300
  • Brooks Koepka +1800
  • Webb Simpson +1800
  • Jon Rahm +2000
  • Patrick Cantlay +2200
  • Justin Rose +2500
  • Xander Schauffele +2500
  • Dustin Johnson +2800
  • Collin Morikawa +2800
  • Bubba Watson +2800
  • Abraham Ancer +2800
  • Patrick Reed +3300
  • Paul Casey +3300
  • Sergio Garcia +3500
  • Joaquin Niemann +4000
  • Jordan Spieth +4000
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +4500
  • Gary Woodland +4500
  • Marc Leishman +5000
  • Tony Finau +5000
  • Viktor Hovland +6000
  • Brian Harman +6000
  • J.T. Poston +6600
  • Ian Poulter +7000
  • Corey Conners +7000
  • Scottie Scheffler +7000
  • Joel Dahmen +8000
  • Kevin Kisner +8000
  • Max Homa +9000
  • Ryan Palmer +9000
  • Louis Oosthuizen +10000
  • Keegan Bradley +10000
  • Jason Day +10000
  • Jason Kokrak +10000
  • Chez Reavie +10000
  • Branden Grace +10000
  • Billy Horschel +10000
  • Shane Lowry +10000
  • Phil Mickelson +11000
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello +12500
  • Patrick Rodgers +12500
  • Ryan Moore +12500
  • Kevin Na +12500
  • Kevin Streelman +12500
  • Byeong Hun An +12500
  • Cameron Champ +12500
  • Brandt Snedeker +14000
  • Bud Cauley +15000
  • Charley Hoffman +15000
  • Lucas Glover +15000
  • Dylan Frittelli +15000
  • Russell Henley +15000
  • Matthew Wolff +15000
  • Matt Wallace +17500
  • Luke List +17500
  • Russell Knox +17500
  • Harold Varner III +17500
  • Jhonattan Vegas +17500
  • Jim Furyk +17500
  • Joseph Bramlett +17500
  • Danny Lee +17500
  • C.T. Pan +17500
  • Cameron Smith +17500
  • Beau Hossler +17500
  • Zach Johnson +17500
  • Tyler Duncan +20000
  • Vaughn Taylor +20000
  • Stewart Cink +20000
  • Talor Gooch +20000
  • Tom Hoge +20000
2020 Belmont Stakes Odds & Analysis

2020 Belmont Stakes Odds & Analysis

Horse racing is taking the spotlight this Father’s Day weekend with an exciting field of ten thoroughbreds run at the $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

Any other year the Triple Crown would already be in the history books. Due to the pandemic the Kentucky Derby has been moved to September 5th while the Preakness will take place on October 3rd. And the race that usually concludes the Triple Crown will be the first to take place this Saturday, June 20th.

Official Open Odds FOR/AGAINST winning the Belmont Stakes

Tap It To Win +650/-1000
Sole Volante +750/-1165
Max Player +2300/-4600
Modernist +3000/-7000
Farmington Road +2200/-4400
Fore Left +3000/-7000
Jungle Runner +6000/-15000
Tiz The Law -130/+110
Dr Post +650/-1000
Pneumatic +1700/-3400

The 2020 Belmont Stakes Field

1-Tap It To Win

The Mark Casse trained runner has come into his own. Tap It To Win will search for his third straight victory on Belmont Stakes Day. Race favorite Tiz The Law must pressure from the outset. If the Barclay Tagg runner doesn’t, Tap It To Win could roll to a front running score.

2-Sole Volante

With a record of 4-1-1 from 6 races, horseplayers must take Sole Volante seriously. The Krakontie sired colt should be closing fast.

3-Max Player

New York based trainer Linda Rice saddles the Grade 3 Withers winner. If Max Player gets the right trip, he could challenge for the top spot.

4-Modernist

This one appears a cut below Tap It To Win, Tiz The Law, and Sole Volante. The Risen Star winner just doesn’t seem fast enough to win the Belmont.

5-Farmington Road

Farmington Road finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby. That was chasing a fast pace. These are better than what he faced at Oaklawn Park. Don’t hold your breath for a superfecta finish.

6-Fore Left

Fore Left can hit the board at a square price. The Twirling Candy sired runner won the Grade 3 2000 Guineas at Meydan in his last.

7-Jungle Runner

It’s hard to understand why Steve Asmussen entered Jungle Runner. He’s lost his last 4 races by a combined 76 lengths.

8-Tiz The Law

Without a doubt, Tiz The Law will go off a solid favorite to win the 2020 Belmont Stakes. Sired by Constitution and from a Tiznow mare, Tiz The Law has dominated this year. He blew his competition away by 3 lengths in the Grade 3 Holy Bull. He won the Grade 4 Florida Derby by 4 lengths.

9-Dr. Post

The Todd Pletcher trained runner is one of the favorites. Dr. Post must improve off the Unbridled Stakes win. If he does, he could challenge Tiz The Law. He figures to get into the top 4 even if he doesn’t improve.

10-Pneumatic

Pneumatic ran one-paced in the Matt Winn. Like many others in this, he must improve to have any shot against Tiz The Law.

UFC 251 Fight Island Odds

UFC 251 Fight Island Odds

The UFC has been on fire since its return from the pandemic layoff. UFC 251 is set to raise the bar on Fight Island.

In the main event welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will defend his title against challenger Gilbert Burns. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski takes on veteran Max Holloway in a rematch of their 2019 showdown. That’s not all. Also on fighting on Fight Island are Petr Yan and former 145-pound champion Jose Aldo who throw down for the vacant bantamweight title.

Last, but not least, the UFC 251 main card will also include a women’s strawweight rematch between former champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade, along with a second 115-pound bout between Paige VanZant and Amanda Ribas.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the top UFC 251 fights and the betting odds for the fighters.

UFC 251 Fight Island Odds

Kamaru Usman (16-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (19-3)

  • Gilbert Burns +180
  • Kamaru Usman -210

33-year-old Brazilian Gilbert Burns is back in the octagon less than a month after beating Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision in their Fight Night showdown on May 30. Burns is a pretty well-rounded fighter that has recorded six wins via KO, eight via submission and five by way of decision.

For his effort, Burns will face reigning welterweight champ Kamaru Usman who took out Colby Covington via fifth round TKO (punches) at UFC 245 in December. The 33-year-old Nigerian native has won 15 straight fights dating back to 2013 and is the clear-cut favorite in this affair, particularly seeing as how Burns is making an incredibly quick showing after going the distance just a few weeks ago.

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway (21-9)

  • Max Holloway +150
  • Alexander Volkanovski -170

28-year-old Hawaiian Max Holloway is a former featherweight champ, but he’s dropped two of his last three fights including a unanimous decision loss against the 31-year-old Alexander Volkanovski at their UFC 245 championship bout in December. For his part, Volkanovski has won a phenomenal 18 consecutive fights, although he hasn’t faced many ‘big name’ fighters along the way. Holloway had successfully defended the featherweight championship three times and he put up a great effort in their first fight before failing to get the decision. Make no mistake about it, this pairing could easily be the most competitive fight on the entire UFC 251 card.

Petr Yan (14-1) vs. Jose Aldo (28-6)

  • Jose Aldo +250
  • Petr Yan -300

33-year-old Brazilian Jose Aldo will be relatively desperate to get back in the win column after losing his last two fights including a stunning split decision loss against the unheralded Marlon Morales at UFC 245 in December. Let it be known that Aldo has lost four of his last six fights overall with two of those defeats coming to Max Holloway via TKO’s (punches). 27-year-old Russian Petr Yan has won nine straight fights including a brutal third round KO (head kick) of former champion Urijah Faber at UFC 245 in December.

While Aldo is still in his prime, he also has the look of a fading fighter while Yan has been on fire for quite some time, although the list of fighters he’s faced over his last nine bouts doesn’t include any household names outside of the aging Faber.

Rose Namajunas (8-4) vs. Jessica Andrade (20-7)

  • Jessica Andrade +175
  • Rose Namajunas -200

28-year-old Brazilian Jessica Andrade had her four-fight winning streak snapped in her stunning first round TKO (knees and punches) loss to reigning strawweight champ Zhang Weili at their Fight Night matchup in August. The good news is that she beat Namajunas for the strawweight title in May of last year at UFC 237 with the win coming by way of a vicious KO (slam) in the second round.

27-year-old Milwaukee native Rose Namajunas had her three-fight winning streak snapped while losing the strawweight title against Andrade in her last bout. While Namajunas has age her on her side (slightly) she’s facing an uphill battle to take out an opponent that completely dominated her when they last met.

Paige VanZant (8-4) vs. Amanda Ribas (9-1)

  • Paige VanZant +310
  • Amanda Ribas -390

26-year-old Oregon native Paige VanZant got back in the win column by beating Rachael Ostovich via second round submission (armbar) at the UFC Fight Night matchup in January. VanZant had lost three of four before that bout and is really more well-known for her good looks than her actual fighting ability. 27-year-old Brazilian Amanda Ribas has won four straight bouts since suffering her only career loss back in 2015. Ribas took out Randa Markos at their UFC Fight Night matchup via unanimous decision in March. Along with the Holloway and Volkanovski matchup, this bout could be the most competitive on the entire UFC 251 card.

The PGA Tour is back in a big way this week. The Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas will host 70 of the top 100 players for a field of 148 to play it out for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Charles Schwab Challenge Odds

The PGA Tour is back in a big way this week. The Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas will host 70 of the top 100 players for a field of 148 to play it out for the Charles Schwab Challenge. Click here for the latest golf odds.

No Tiger Woods won’t be a problem. The field will all top five ranked golfers including the favorite Rory McIlroy. Moreover the stacked group of golfers include 101 PGA Tour winners and 24 major champions are represented.

The Charles Schwab Challenge is the first tournament since the coronavirus pandemic shut the game down after one round of the Players Championship on March 12.

The Charles Schwab Challenge begins on June 11 and will be played without spectators.

Charles Schwab Challenge Odds

  • Rory McIlroy +750
  • Jon Rahm +1110
  • Justin Thomas +1310
  • Bryson DeChambeau +1800
  • Sung-Jae Im +1800
  • Webb Simpson +2200
  • Brooks Koepka +2200
  • Xander Schauffele +2300
  • Patrick Reed +2600
  • Dustin Johnson +2800
  • Rickie Fowler +3000
  • Tony Finau +3300
  • Jordan Spieth +3300
  • Marc Leishman +3500
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +4000
  • Justin Rose +4000
  • Collin Morikawa +4000
  • Scottie Scheffler +4000
  • Matt Kuchar +4000
  • Gary Woodland +4500
  • Jason Day +4500
  • Kevin Na +5000
  • Shane Lowry +5000
  • Viktor Hovland +5500
  • Louis Oosthuizen +5500
  • Kevin Kisner +6000
  • Abraham Ancer +6000
  • Billy Horschel +6600
  • Brandt Snedeker +6600
  • Max Homa +6600
  • Joaquin Niemann +6600
  • Joel Dahmen +6600
  • Harris English +6600
  • Daniel Berger +6600
  • Byeong Hun An +6600
  • Ryan Palmer +6600
  • Maverick McNealy +8000
  • Phil Mickelson +8500
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout +8500
  • Matthew Wolff +9000
  • Adam Hadwin +10000
  • Ian Poulter +11500
  • Rory Sabbatini +11500
  • Tom Hoge +11500
  • Sebastian Munoz +12500
  • Russell Knox +12500
  • Ryan Moore +12500
  • Victor Perez +12500
  • Danny Lee +12500
  • Corey Conners +12500
  • Chez Reavie +12500
  • Cameron Smith +12500
  • Bubba Watson +12500
  • Brian Harman +12500
  • Lanto Griffin +12500
  • Jason Kokrak +12500
  • Harold Varner III +13500
  • J.T. Poston +15000
  • Harry Higgs +15000
  • Graeme McDowell +15000
  • Danny Willett +15000
  • Emiliano Grillo +15000
  • Erik Van Rooyen +15000
  • Charles Howell III +15000
  • Charley Hoffman +15000
  • Jason Dufner +15000
  • Kevin Streelman +15000
  • Jimmy Walker +15000
  • Matt Wallace +15000
  • Matthew NeSmith +15000
  • Nick Taylor +15000
  • Zach Johnson +15000
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello +15000
  • Patrick Rodgers +15000
  • Scott Piercy +15000
  • Talor Gooch +15000
  • Sung-Hoon Kang +15000
  • Brendan Steele +15000
  • Brendon Todd +15000
  • Branden Grace +15000
  • Alex Noren +15000
  • Andrew Putnam +15000
  • Wyndham Clark +16500
  • Bud Cauley +17000
  • C.T. Pan +17500
  • Kevin Tway +17500
  • Tom Lewis +17500
  • Beau Hossler +17500
  • Adam Long +20000
  • Vaughn Taylor +20000
  • Si Woo Kim +20000
  • Jazz Janewattananond +20000
  • Jhonattan Vegas +20000
  • Nick Watney +20000
  • Keith Mitchell +20000
  • Lucas Glover +20000
  • Mackenzie Hughes +20000
  • Cameron Champ +20000
  • Carlos Ortiz +20000
  • Chris Kirk +20000
  • Dylan Fritelli +20000
  • J.B. Holmes +20000
  • Nate Lashley +22500
  • Peter Uihlein +22500
  • Steve Stricker +25000
  • Pat Perez +25000
  • Robby Shelton +25000
  • Mark Hubbard +25000
  • Matt Jones +25000
  • Andrew Landry +25000
  • Andy Ogletree +30000
  • Kyoung-Hoon Lee +30000
  • Chesson Hadley +30000
  • Troy Merritt +30000
  • Zac Blair +32500
  • Xinjun Zhang +35000
  • Tyler Duncan +35000
  • Bill Haas +35000
  • Brian Gay +40000
  • Adam Schenk +40000
  • Tyler McCumber +45000
  • Patton Kizzire +50000
  • Scott Brown +50000
  • Scott Harrington +50000
  • Chad Campbell +50000
  • Brian Stuard +50000
  • Jim Herman +50000
  • Bernhard Langer +50000
  • J.J. Henry +60000
  • John Senden +75000
  • Keith Clearwater +100000
  • Olin Browne +100000
  • Franklin Corpening +100000
  • David Frost +100000
  • Scott McCarron +100000
  • Tom Lehman +100000
Updated 2020 NBA Championship Odds

Updated 2020 NBA Championship Odds

The NBA is coming back to finish the 2019-2020 season. The plan is to resume games on July 31 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex outside of Orlando, Florida. 22 teams will kick-start the end of the regular season before a full 16-team postseason with the Finals stretching into October.

Now let’s take a look at the opening NBA Championship betting odds after Adam Silver’s comeback plan reveal.

Updated 2020 NBA Championship Odds

Los Angeles Lakers +200

When we last saw LeBron and company, the Lakers (49-14) had the best record in the west and second-best record overall. L.A. won eight of 10 before the suspension. More importantly, the Lakers have been equally good at home (23-8) as on the road (26-6).

Milwaukee Bucks +275

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have the best record in the league at 53-12 while ranking first in scoring (118.6 ppg) and fifth in points allowed (107.4 ppg). The Bucks rank first in team field goal percentage (47.7%) and second in defensive field goal percentage (41.3%).

Los Angeles Clippers +300

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the rest of the loaded Clippers have the fourth-best record in the league (44-20), but it should be known that they’ve struggled away from home in going just 19-13 on the road. The question begs to be asked. Can the Clippers win away from their comfy confines of the Staples Center?

Boston Celtics +1200

The young and blossoming C’s have the fifth-best record in the league (43-21). They’ve recorded at least 20 wins at home and on the road, making them one of the more dangerous teams entering the re-start because of their ability to play at a high level away from T.D. Garden.

Toronto Raptors +1400

The Raptors (46-18) won four straight before the suspension, and the defending champs have the look of a dangerous underdog team that won’t beat themselves in the playoffs, especially following last season’s experience-building run to the title.

Houston Rockets +1500

Tied for the ninth-best record in the league (40-24) James Harden and the Rockets have been a mixed mess of explosive offense and non-existent defense as they rank a stellar second in scoring (118.1 ppg), but just 22nd in points allowed (114.4 ppg).

Denver Nuggets +2400

The Northwest-leading Nuggets (43-22) have an elite defense that ranks eighth in points allowed (107.4 ppg), but an offense that has put up a modest 110.4 points per contest to rank 20th in scoring. With all of their games now being played away from home, it’s important to not that Denver is just 18-14 on the road this season.

Philadelphia 76ers +2400

The Sixers have the 12th best record in the league and they’ve been the best home team in the league by far in going 29-2 in South Philly. However, with an uninspiring 10-24 road record, it remains to be seen hos Philadelphia will fare from here on out with every game being a literal neutral site affair.

Miami Heat +3300

Miami (41-24) has overachieved all season long, but they’ve gone just 14-19 on the road and they have a serious drop-off in talent once you get past Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

Dallas Mavericks +4000

The Mavs have the 13th best record in the league and a true superstar in forward Luka Doncic. The Mavs can score the ball with anyone in ranking sixth in scoring (116.4 ppg), but their 15th-ranked defense leaves a lot to be desired (110.3 ppg).

Utah Jazz +4000

The Jazz have the seventh-best record in the league (41-23) and they’re one of just seven teams that has won at least 20 games on the road. Utah has a top 10 defense, but they rank a modest 17th in scoring and just don’t have enough weapons at that end of the court outside of Donovan’ Spyda’ Mitchell (24.2 ppg).

Brooklyn Nets +5000

The Nets somehow have the 15th-best record in the league despite sitting at 30-34 entering the re-start. Still, this is a team that has gone an uninspiring 12-20 at home and has leadership problems, thanks to the quirky Kyrie Irving, who just isn’t very well-liked by his teammates.

Indiana Pacers +8000

With the 11th-best record in the league (39-26), the Pacers look dangerous seeing as how they’ve gone 21-11 at home and 18-15 on the road. The good news for Indy is that, the time off due to the pandemic pause could see Victor Oladipo return closer to the all-star level he was playing at before suffering a horrific leg injury over a year ago.

New Orleans Pelicans +9000

The Pelicans have the 18th-best record in the league (28-36) but they will enter the re-start as one of the most dangerous teams around seeing as how the young Pels picked up their play in a big way after getting superstar rookie Zion Williamson on the court after a lengthy absence to start the season.

Oklahoma City Thunder +9000

The Thunder have the ninth-best record in the league (40-24) thanks to their ability to win at home (20-13) and on the road (20-11). With a bunch of proven veterans (Chris Paul) and young stars like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City looks quite dangerous to me.

Portland Trailblazers +15000

The Blazers have a losing record (29-37), but this is also a veteran-laden team with one true superstar in Damian Lillard, and another all-star caliber performer in C.J. McCollum.

Unfortunately, Portland is just 11-23 on the road and that just doesn’t bode well heading into the post pandemic return.

Memphis Grizzlies +17500

Memphis has the 14th-best record in the league (32-33), but they young Grizz have recorded a winning record at home (18-15) and a decent 14-18 mark on the road. More importantly, Memphis has a legitimate star in point guard Ja Morant (17.6 ppg, 6.9 apg) that has absolutely no fear of anyone!

Orlando Magic +17500

Orlando has the 16th-best record in the league (30-35), but they’ve gone just 14-20 on the road and a modest 16-15 at home. The Magic also don’t have a true superstar to turn to in the clutch.

San Antonio Spurs +17500

The Spurs have the 20th-best record in the league (27-36), but they’re an uninspiring 11-22 on the road and has just one player (DeMar DeRozan) averaging over 20 points per game.

Phoenix Suns +20000

The Suns (26-39) have one of the game’s best scorers in shooting guard Devin Booker (26.1 ppg), but the young Suns have also recorded losing records at home (13-22) and on the road (13-17).

Sacramento Kings +25000

The Kings have some nice young talent, but they also have just the 19th-best record in the league (28-36) by going 14-17 at home and 14-19 on the road.

Washington Wizards +30000

The Wizards have the 22nd-best record in the league (24-40) and they shouldn’t even be sniffing a playoff berth, seeing as how they’ve gone an awful 8-24 on the road this season.