As we’ve passed the mid-way point in May, Major League Baseball is getting ready to command our attention for the summer months. Among those making headlines last week were the Dodgers and Astros, who went a combined 9-2. Making headlines for the wrong reasons were the Nationals, Cubs and Diamondbacks since each of them checked in with losing records. The Cubs and Diamondbacks at least still have winning records, but the Nationals are already 10 games under .500.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from May 15-21.
1) Brooks Koepka
2) Golden State Warriors (3-0 Straight Up)
3) Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1 SU)
4) Arizona Diamondbacks (2-4 SU)
5) Minnesota Twins (6-1 SU)
6) Houston Astros (5-1 SU)
7) Chicago Cubs (3-4 SU)
8) Washington Nationals (3-4 SU)
9) Atlanta Braves (5-2 SU)
10) Boston Bruins (1-0 SU)
Koepka Holds On to Win PGA Championship
After winning the PGA Championship last year, Koepka entered this year’s tournament at Bethpage Black with +1000 odds to repeat. He looked well on his way to achieving that feat by tying the PGA Championship record with a 63 in the opening round. He then set the PGA Championship record with a 7-shot lead entering the final round.
While it looked like he was in for a cake walk Sunday, his struggles, combined with the strong play of Dustin Johnson, whittled his lead all the way down to one shot at one point. However, he was able to gather himself down the stretch to come away victorious, leading to some hefty payouts for those who backed him heading into the tournament. He has also now won four of the past eight majors that he has played in.
Warriors Complete Sweep of Trail Blazers
The Warriors entered the week up 1-0 in the Western Conference Finals, but faced the realization that they wouldn’t get Kevin Durant (calf) back through at least the next three games. The Dubs ended up winning Game 2 on a key defensive play by Andre Iguodala in the final seconds, sending them to Portland with home court advantage still in hand.
With the trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson leading the charge, the Warriors came back from big deficits in both Games 3 and 4 to advance to the NBA Finals once again. That paid off big time for some users who were able to lock in the Warriors ML at +750 at one point during Game 4. Making quick work of the Blazers was huge considering the extra rest it will afford Durant and DeMarcus Cousins (quad). Now the Warriors just wait to see if they will be trying to dispatch the Bucks or Raptors for their third straight championship.
Twins Dominate AL West
After finishing 13 games out of the division lead last year, the Twins made significant improvements during the offseason, especially to their lineup. They’ve actually had one of the most potent offenses in all of baseball in the early going, ranking inside the top two in runs scored, home runs and OPS.
The Twins continued their offensive onslaught when taking on the Angels and Mariners last week, scoring 59 runs across seven games. Not only did Minnesota win three times as favorites, but it also pulled off three wins as underdogs, which could have resulted in a very profitable week for those who continued to back the Twins.
Braves Cash In As Favorites
The Braves entered this season having won 92 games and the NL East crown last year. They look like a team built for an extended run of division championships with young hitters like Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies to go along with a plethora of intriguing pitching prospects. Atlanta failed to address holes in its bullpen during the winter, which has come back to bite this team more than a few times in the early going.
The Braves didn’t have the easiest of weeks with the Cardinals and Brewers among their opponents, but the Twins still came away with an excellent record. They were also the favorites for all five of their victories, proving to be a reliable option for those who placed their faith in them living up to expectations.
Bruins Makes Quick Work of Hurricanes to Reach Stanley Cups Final
The Bruins are on some kind of run right now. After losing two of the first three games in their series against the Blue Jackets, Boston stormed back to win the next three games by a combined score of 11-4. The Bruins carried that momentum over into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hurricanes, winning the first three games by a combined score of 13-5.
The Bruins were understandably favorites heading into Game 4 despite playing on the road and ended up sweeping away the Hurricanes on the strength of Tuukka Rask’s seventh career playoff shutout. Now Boston is set up to face the St. Louis Blues in its third appearances in the Stanley Cup Final over the last nine years.
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