It’s a football-free weekend (sad face) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of marquee sports events. The NHL showcases its brightest stars in the NHL All-Star Game, the Clash at the Coliseum rolls in LA and the best golfers in the world tee it off at Pebble Beach. Let’s grab a good win.
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NHL: Auston Matthews All-Star Game MVP
They did the All-Star Game draft Thursday. It’s a fantasy draft where players are connected to their own divisions. Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews is the headliner for one team (the team celebrity is Justin Bieber) and he picked a few teammates including William Nylander and Mitch Marner.
They have four teams of 11 players and they play a semifinals and then a final on Saturday. It’s 3-on-3 hockey, no hitting, lots of offense and lots of fun.
This all sets up for Matthews to be the MVP in front of his home crowd in Toronto. He leads the NHL with 40 goals and will probably light the lamp at least five times Saturday. This is a great bet for him.
NASCAR: Clash at the Coliseum Best Bet
Truex won this race last year, it’s a made-for-TV spectacle, but it’s amazing to see the historic LA Coliseum turned into a short-track speedway.
Qualifying is Saturday, four heats just to set the field of 36 cars, and then the race is Sunday. Short tracks means not so fast (qualifying speeds last year were under 70 mph) lots of banging and trying to wiggle through any opening.
Truex was an early favorite, but he’s traditionally done well on short tracks in his career. He had three wins last year and nine top 5s. Keep an eye on Ryan Blaney who won the NASCAR Cup series title last year for Team Penske.
PGA: Pebble Beach Pro-Am Best Bet
Kim Si Woo -190 to finish Top 20 at DraftKings
Bad weather in California may mean this tournament doesn’t end until Monday or even Tuesday.
Woo, a South Korean, has four wins on the PGA Tour, including the 2017 Players Championship. He was 42 nd in the FedEx Cup standings last year. He’s been a pro for seven years, but is still young and his best days are ahead of him.
He opened the tournament Thursday with a 66 and unlike most of the other pros making their debut at Pebble Beach, this is his fourth tournament of the year. He was in contention in The American Express tournament last week until he shot a 73 in the final round. These are great odds for someone entering play Friday in the top five on the leaderboard. He’s a player with his best days ahead of him.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.