It’s another great sports weekend, and we’ve got your guide to all the essential action, from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Finals, to horse racing and UFC Fight Night and lots of golf to play at the PGA Championship.
For international flavor, there’s a high-stakes English Premier League final weekend with a title on the line, and the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros.
And what’s a Sunday night without a baseball game? With so many matches to watch, there are plenty of betting opportunities along the way, so we’re bringing you the best of our best bets throughout the weekend.
All lines are from Caesars Sportsbook unless otherwise noted
Friday evening program
New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes
Second Round East, Game 2, 8 p.m., PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC, ESPN
Double: Hurricanes (-175), Rangers (+150)
Washer line: Hurricanes -1.5 (+150), Rangers +1.5 (-175)
More less : 5.5 (-105/-115)
Greg Wyshynski: It took just over 40 minutes in Game 1 for the Carolina Hurricanes to play their identity: carry the play, make a strong forecheck and dominate shot attempts. Once they did, the game turned around: 29-10 advantage on shot attempts, 17-6 advantage on scoring chances and, most importantly, a 2-0 advantage on shot attempts. goals scored in third period and overtime for the win. As good as the finish was, they got off to a bad start. Game 1 marked the first time in the playoffs that Carolina lost the first period. I don’t see that happening twice in a row at home, as the Hurricanes scored in the first period in 5 of 7 games against the Boston Bruins in the first round. We play it safe with a payline bet, but you don’t get out of hand pushing it to a puck line bet in the first period for a bit more profitability.
To take: 1st Carolina period money line (-150)
Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors
WCF Game 2, 9 p.m., Chase Center, San Francisco, TNT
Double: Warriors (-6.0)
Money line: Warriors (-260), Mavericks (+210)
More less : 214
Anita Brands: Dallas had one of its worst nights of playoff shooting (36%) and an unusual night from Luka Doncic. While the Splash Brothers had a strong third quarter, Andrew Wiggins was the X factor. Wiggins had 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and was equally important on the defensive side of the field containing Doncic. Seven Warriors scored in double figures, showing their depth advantage. I see much the same in Game 2. With home advantage, better depth and value from Wiggins, I’m going to score the points, play the unders and expect another big night. of Wiggins at both ends of the field.
Choice : Warriors (-6.0), under 214 points, Wiggins over 22.5 points + assists + rebounds
Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames
West Second Round, 10:30 p.m., Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alta., ESPN
Double: Flames (-175), Oilers (+150)
Washer line: Flames -1.5 (+145), Oilers +1.5 (-170)
More less : 6.5 (-125/+105)
Greg Wyshynski: I’m not sure the books really know how to handle this series after what we saw in Game 1. Maybe there’s a sense that Mike Smith and Jacob Markstrom will bounce back and Game 2 will turn into a defensive struggle. I think there’s a better chance that the Battle of Alberta will remain an 1980s-style goal fest with the team posting scores in the Canadian Football League. The Flames have exceeded their projected total in three of the last four games.
To take: Calgary has over 3.5 total team goals (-120)
PGA Championship 3rd Round
Southern Hills Country Club, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tulsa, Oklahoma, ESPN/ESPN+
Leader after 1st round: Rory McIlroy (-5)
Tournament favorites from Friday morning: McIlroy (+300), Justin Thomas (+400), Will Zalatoris (+1000), Cameron Smith (+1100), Xander Schauffele (+1400)
David Bearman: I’m playing both Thomas and Rory McIlroy, but I’m giving Thomas the edge to win based on his overall work this season. McIlroy had an incredible Sunday in Augusta last month, but Thomas has better approach stats and has been more consistent all season.
To take: Victory for Justin Thomas (+400)
Phoenix Mercury @ Las Vegas Aces
3 p.m., ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, ABC
Double: As (-10.5)
Money line: Ace (-600), Lynx (+425)
More less : 169.5
Tendency: Home teams favored by more than 7 points are 4-3 ATS entering Friday night action. –Kyle Soppe
147th Preakness Stakes
7:01 p.m., Pimlico Racetrack, Baltimore, MD, NBC
Favorites: Epicenter (6-5), early voting (7-2), secret oath (9-2), rest of odds
Chris Fallica: Epicenter was the horse to beat in Louisville and is the horse to beat here. Only a complete collapse from space and a lot of luck in the race got him beaten by a hopeless long shot. That’s really how far he’s come out of the race. But I don’t think he would be here if he didn’t come out of the race well. It looks like a race with a bit of justification for the best 3-year-old in the game. He can go to the front if he wants, or just abstain from early voting or Armagnac if he wants a target. to reach. And being drawn out helps this strategy. He will be a key in every spot in my trifecta, weighing more heavily in the win and place spots. And if we hit it multiple times and get something other than second or third choice in the exact other slot, that should be a nice reward.
Colorado Avalanche @ St. Louis Blues
West Second Round Game 3, 8 p.m., Enterprise Center, St. Louis, TNT
Double: Avalanche (-170), Blues (+145)
Washer line: Avalanches -1.5 (+150), Blues +1.5 (-175)
More less : 6.5 (-115/-105)
Tendency: Overs are 21-8-1 as the Blues are underdogs this season. The Blues are 15-12-3 as underdogs this season (+4.05 units). (Data current at the beginning of the series). More Second Round Betting Trends >>
Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics
ECF Game 3, 8:30 p.m., TD Garden, Boston, ABC
Double: Celtics (-6.5)
Money line: Celtics (-270), Heat (+220)
More less : 208.0
Selections coming soon
UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm vs Ketlen Vieira
9:15 p.m., UFC Apex, Business, Nevada, ESPN+
Double: Holm (-240), Vieira (+200)
Reed Kuhn: Vieira matches up reasonably well on paper in terms of pure striking metrics, and she’s more accurate than Holm with a comparable defense. But the metrics can be a bit deceiving, given that Holm’s stand-up features a rich mix of kicks. These kicks have lower accuracy when aimed at the head, but are more dangerous than punches. Holm’s kicks could also be the opening Vieira needs. She’s become more of a ranged headhunter boxer, closing the distance for takedowns when she wants to. It would be wise to take the fight to the ground, and Vieira averages over two minutes of control time per takedown. She needs three rounds where she can tip the scales with her wrestling.
To take: Victory of Vieira (+200)
French Open: first round
5 a.m., Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France, NBC
Defending singles champions: Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova
Double: Men’s favorite: Djokovic (+175), Women’s favorite: Iga Swiatek (-110)
Cheek: Tennis Major Pick’em Paris
Brad Gilbert: The first thing that jumps out at me after the draw is that the top and bottom halves are unbalanced. The top three favorites (Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal) are all in the top half of the table. If I’m looking for value, I’d head for the bottom half, where Stefanos Tsitsipas (+400) has a much more favorable draw. Tsitsipas made the final last year and led two sets to nil before Djokovic returned. Daniil Medvedev (+2000) is also there, but he hasn’t played the big tournaments on clay, so I would choose Tsitsipas.
English Premier League: final weekend
Man City lead Liverpool by one point for the Championship
Tottenham lead Arsenal by 2 points for fourth place,
All games start at 11 a.m., Table EPL, NBC
Win the championship: Man City (-750), Liverpool (+475)
top four: Tottenham (-4000), Arsenal (+1200)
Game lines: Liverpool (-570) vs Wolves (+1800), Man City (-600) vs Aston Villa (+1600)
Arsenal (-190) vs Everton (+550), Norwich (+1000) vs Tottenham (-420)
Paul Carr: Man City have a full week off and have recently crushed their opponents at home, winning three consecutive home games by a combined score of 13-1. It’s hard to see City losing this game, or even to imagine magic will be needed, like Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal a decade ago.
To take: Manchester City -2.5 goals (+130)
Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Rangers
Second Round East, Game 3, 3:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden, New York, ESPN
Bets on the series: Hurricanes (-360), Rangers (+280)
Tendency: Prior to the Game 1 low-scoring affair (Caroline won 2-1 in overtime), all seven of Rangers’ games this postseason had gone over the total. During the regular season, Rangers’ games were 46-32-4 unders, the highest unders percentage in the NHL, including 33-18-1 in Shesterkin’s starts. More Second Round Betting Trends >>
Chicago White Sox @ New York Yankees
7 p.m., Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, ESPN
Double: To be determined
Money line: To be determined
More less : To be determined
Check back for odds and picks later this weekend.
Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers
West Second Round, Game 3, 8:00 p.m., Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, ESPN2
Betting on series (before Game 2): Flames (-380), Oilers (+300)
Tendency: The home team won all four regular season meetings and Calgary outscored the visiting Oilers 9-6 in Game 1. More betting trends for Round 2 >>
Golden State Warriors @ Dallas Mavericks
WCF Game 3, 9 p.m., American Airlines Center, Dallas, TNT
Betting on series (before Game 2): Warriors (-450), Mavericks (+350)
Check back later for odds and best bets for this game.