Down the stretch we come in the month of May. The Rays and Athletics went a combined 11-2 with both teams trying to gain ground in their respective divisions. The Braves also tried to narrow their gap with the Phillies, but the standings remained status quo with both teams posting 4-2 records.
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 22-28.
1) Toronto Raptors (2-0 Straight Up)
2) Minnesota Twins (5-1 SU)
3) Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2 SU)
4) Oakland Athletics (5-1 SU)
5) Atlanta Braves (4-2 SU)
6) Kevin Na
7) Tampa Bay Rays (6-1 SU)
8) Martin Truex Jr.
9) Philadelphia Phillies (4-2 SU)
10) Tony Finau
Raptors Advance to NBA Finals
After coming back from a 0-2 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks, the Raptors found themselves tied with the series shifting back to Milwaukee. They were big underdogs heading into Game 5, but not only did the Raptors cover the spread, they outright won the game. While Toronto doesn’t normally receive a ton of scoring from its bench, Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and was one of the main reasons why the Raptors won the game.
Now on their home floor, the Raptors had a chance to eliminate the Bucks and reach their first ever NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard made sure they did just that, scoring 27 points to go along with 17 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks. Toronto covered the spread once again, leaving its backers with another profitable payday as they await the Finals.
Twins Continue to Pad Division Lead
May isn’t over yet, but it doesn’t look good for the rest of the teams in the AL Central trying to catch the Twins. Bolstered by the addition of some key bats during the offseason, the Twins have emerged as one of the premier offensive teams in baseball. They hit just 166 home runs all of last season, but Minnesota has astonishingly gone deep 106 times already entering play Wednesday.
The Twins continued to widen their lead in the division last week with a 5-1 record that included a three-game sweep of the White Sox, who are now 12 games back. The Indians are a least a little closer, but they still find themselves in a huge hole at 10 games back. Due to the excellent start, it’s not a surprise that they were the favorites in four of their five victories. The Twins were slight underdogs against the Brewers on Tuesday, but still managed to emerge victorious.
Dodgers Sweep Pirates, Bats Thrive
Speaking of teams with large leads, the Dodgers are starting to distance themselves from the rest of the NL West. They do have the most talented roster in the division, so it’s no surprise that this team is thriving. The Pirates were certainly no match with the Dodgers outscoring them 28-11 during the three-game sweep.
The Dodgers had an excellent offensive week, in general, averaging 6.8 runs across their six games. They were favored in all four of their victories, providing some reliable payouts. Now with a seven-game lead and a healthy starting rotation, the Dodgers could put the division out of reach before we even hit the All-Star break.
Na Earns Third Career PGA Victory
Kevin Na has played well in his career at Colonial, making the cut in 10 of his last 11 appearances. He didn’t get off to the best of starts by shooting a par 70 in the first round, but he stormed back with a second-round 62. With Tony Finau trying to give him a run for his money, Na shot a 4-under 66 in the final round to pull off this third career PGA victory. Finau closed with a 68 in the final found to finish four strokes back after entering the tournament at +550 to win.
It proved to be a big payday for those who put their money behind Na since he opened the tournament at +225 to win. The same can be said for his caddie Kenny Harms, who Na gave the refurbished 1973 Dodge Challenger that came with winning the tournament, which is now named the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Truex Jr. Nabs Third Cup Series Win of Season
It was a big week for Joe Gibbs and his race team. First Gibbs, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart were voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Then, Martin Truex Jr. had a chance to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It wasn’t looking good for Truex early, who had a flat tire after running into a wall. He led just 116 of the 400 laps in a race that had 16 cautions, which was the most there in the last 14 years. However, he still managed to emerge victorious, leading to a hefty payout for those who bet him at the start of the race at +700 to win.
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