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World Cup Final + WWE Extreme Rules + MLB All-Star Festivities

What a great weekend of sports. World Cup Final, MLB All-Star Break & the WWE hits Pittsburgh with a barn-burning Extreme Rules fight card. Let’s take a closer look at all three huge sporting events.

2018 World Cup Final Odds

Strap in. The final match is set. The World Cup odds are out.

On Sunday in the 2018 World Cup final, France faces Croatia for the biggest prize in the biggest game in the biggest tournament in the most watch sport world wide. Can Cinderella Croatia’s team of veterans pull off one final upset against an abundantly talented and heavily favorited France team?

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Odds to win World Cup 

  • France: -218
  • Croatia: +188

France opened the World Cup tournament at +350 to be crowned kings of the pitch, while Croatia was heafty +1550.

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America’s Pass Time

Baseball has hit the mid-way mark of the 2018 season. 5Dimes oddsmakers are ready with head popping MLB All-Star game odds.

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Sandwiched in between the World Cup Final and MLB All-Star festivities is WWE Extreme Rules. The second largest wrestling PPV event of the year invades PPG Paints Arena with a loaded fight card. Odds are out.

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Sports Betting Covid-19

How Many Winter Olympic Gold Medals Will Team USA Win

The 2018 Winter Olympics light the flame this Friday, Feb. 8 and run until Feb. 25 from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Currently, the betting odds on the 2018 Winter Olympics USA gold medal count over/under is 10 with the over paying -135 while the under pays +105.

A Closer Look at How To Bet 2018 Winter Olympics USA Gold Medal Over/Under Pick 

In the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, USA won 9 gold medals. Team USA won 28 total medals overall at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Bet on USA Gold Medal Over 10 because…

USA has won at least 9 gold medals in the last 3 Winter Olympics. In addition to taking home 9 gold medals in Sochi in 2014, USA took home 9 gold medals in Vancouver in 2010. In the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, USA also took home 9 gold medals. At Salt Lake City in 2002, USA took home 10 gold medals.

Bet on USA Gold Medal Under 10 because…

The Russians won’t strive for gold medals for Mother Russia. However, Russian athletes will still compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Those Russian athletes that don’t compete are likely to benefit Norway, who is expected to grab up to 40 medals total, and Germany. Canada should also benefit from the Russian athletes that won’t compete.

Team USA? Not so much.

USA Gold Medal Over/Under Prediction

Notice that the odds are over or under 10? That’s an important distinction because USA hasn’t won at least 10 gold medals since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Team USA has won 9 gold medals in the past 3 Winter Olympics. To me, that says something about USA’s chances of winning over 10 golds at Pyeongchang this month.

Mikaela Shiffrin burst onto the alpine skiing scene in 2014 with two gold medals, including one in slalom. She’s attempting to repeat that success 4 years later. It’s possible. I’m not holding my breath.

Lindsey Vonn one of the most famous Olympic female skiers of all time, just won an event in December. However, she has a long history of injuries. Vonn winning gold is a toss-up at best. There’s also the hope that athlete Lowell Bailey takes home a medal, any medal, in the biathlon. He finished eighth in the biathlon in 2014. Gold? Not even close.

There’s a huge hope that U.S. Women’s Hockey Team breaks Canada’s stranglehold on gold. I don’t see it happening.

All told, USA winning over 10 gold medals is a possibility. It’s by no means a -135 possibility. I’m willing to take a shot on USA coming up just short. Under 10 gold medals is the much better wager. I believe Team USA leaves Pyeongchang with 9 gold medals, just like they did in Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi.

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2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Odds & Picks

The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to get underway later this week. The Norwegians are expected to dominate the Olympic Medal Count at the 2018 Winter Olympics. That’s why Norway is a solid -140 favorite. Now let’s find out where the betting value lays in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Odds & Picks

  • Norway -140
  • Germany +200
  • USA +500
  • Canada +1000
  • Netherlands +2500

The Favorite To Win The Most Winter Olympic Medals:  Norway -140

Some prognosticators have Norway winning 40 medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics. In 2014, in Sochi, the Norwegians took home 32 total medals, 11 gold, 11 silver, and 10 bronze. There’s no doubt that Norway heads to Pyeongchang with a more solid team in 2018 than it had in 2014.

That means that fair odds on Norway to grab the most medals is probably closer to -150 than it is at -140. Then again, Sochi was much closer to Norway than Peyongchang is. The extra travel might open the door for my smart, or longshot bet.

The Smart Bet To Win The Most Winter Olympic Medals:  USA +500

The USA is expected to win 29 medals overall. However, USA might have a slight advantage over its competition in the sense that the United States has much stronger ties to South Korea, that’s where Pyeongchang is located, than any other nation in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Also, the United States, somehow, someway, always comes up with a few bronze and silver medal winners that nobody predicted. There’s a huge possibility that happens again in this year’s Winter Olympics.

USA won 28 medals at Sochi. That’s only 4 off Norway. That’s not a lot of ground to make up.

The Longshot Bet:  Canada +1000

Why are the Canadian’s at 10 to 1 to win the most gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics? It doesn’t make much sense. The Canadian Women’s Hockey Team is a force that no other women’s hockey team has been able to take down in a long, long time.

Not only that, but Canada had a much better than it looked 2014 Sochi Olympics. The Canadians only secured 23 total medals. However, they secured 9 gold medals. That’s only 2 off Norway’s total of 11. They also secured 9 silver medals. Again, that’s only 2 off Norway’s total of 11 silver medals.

All Canada must do is secure more bronze medals to be in the running for the most total medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Since Canada only grabbed 5 at Sochi in 2014, there’s definitely room for improvement.