With the NBA and NHL seasons nearly coming to a close, we have plenty of baseball ahead in the summer months. The Diamondbacks, Rangers and Rays are all coming off of excellent weeks with a combined record of 17-5. While the two teams from Chicago weren’t as impressive, the Cubs at least entered play Wednesday tied with the Brewers in the loss column for the NL Central lead.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook 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 June 5-June 11.
1) Toronto Raptors (2-1 Straight Up)
2) Chicago Cubs (4-3 SU)
3) New York Mets (5-2 SU)
4) Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1 SU)
5) Texas Rangers (6-2 SU)
6) Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson to record OVER 8.5 combined 3s and Warriors to Win (Odds Boost 6/10)
7) Henry Cejudo
8) Tampa Bay Rays (6-2 SU)
9) Rory McIlroy
10) Chicago White Sox (3-3 SU)
Raptors Put Warriors on Brink of Elimination
The Raptors entered the week tied with the Warriors at one game apiece in the NBA Finals. With the loss in Game 2, they had relinquished home court advantage to the defending champs. With all of Golden State’s injuries, that edge could have been crucial.
However, the Raptors quickly gained the advantage back with an impressive 14-point road win as the underdog in Game 3. The Warriors remained the favorites in Game 4, but the Raptors provided yet another payday for those who had confidence in them by providing a seven-point win. Kawhi Leonard once again led the way with 36 points, while the Raptors also received a valuable performance by Serge Ibaka, who chipped in 20 points off the bench. Although the Raptors couldn’t close out the series at home in Game 5, they’ll now get another chance to emerge as champions in Game 6 on Thursday.
Mets Complete Successful Homestand
This season has been another wild ride for the Mets. They looked to be making a push to compete for a playoff spot after they acquired Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos and Jed Lowrie during the offseason, but injuries have once again played a key role in their struggles. Lowrie has yet to play a game with his new team, Cano is back on the IL for the second time due to a quadriceps injury and Yoenis Cespedes is likely out for the season after suffering multiple right ankle fractures after a reported fall off of a “non-horse” at his ranch. You can’t make this stuff up.
Stuck behind the Phillies and Braves in the division race, the Mets started out the week by winning four of five games at home. They were favored in all four of those wins over the Giants and Rockies. They stayed within the state of New York for their series against the Yankees, splitting their Tuesday doubleheader. After getting drubbed in the day game, the Mets entered the nightcap at +185 to win, yet pulled off the victory by scoring seven runs (six earned) against James Paxton in just 2 2/3 innings.
Splash Brothers Go Off During Game 5 Victory
Despite being down 3-1 heading into Game 5, there was a reason for optimism around the Warriors. Underrated big man Kevon Looney was originally expected to be out for the remainder of the Finals after injuring his collarbone in Game 2, but he ended up only missing one game. Of course, the biggest news was that Kevin Durant (calf) would make his series debut.
After getting off to a hot start, Durant ended up suffering an Achilles injury that not only ended his season, but could also keep him out all of next season. The Warriors couldn’t hold onto the early lead that they had built, and found themselves down by six points late in the fourth quarter. However, with some tough defense and timely shooting from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, they stormed back for a one-point win. The Splash Brothers combined for 12 made three-pointers, leading to a profitable payday for those who took the Warriors to win and the duo to hit the over on 8.5 three’s made, especially those who jumped on the odds boost that went from +290 to +335.
Cejudo Wins UFC Bantamweight Title
Henry Cejudo has accomplished a lot in his career. Previously a gold medal winner in wrestling at the Olympics, he held the UFC flyweight title heading into his UFC 238 bout with Marlon Moraes. Despite that, he was still listed at +130 to win the main event and earn the bantamweight title.
Moraes looked impressive in the first round, but things started to turn in the second, which included Cejudo landing some knee shots to Moraes’ head. Although Moraes made it to round three, Cejudo landed several big blows before taking him down. As Cejudo rained elbows and punches down on him, referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight to make Cejudo only the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time.
McIlroy Dominates Final Round to Win RBC Canadian Open
After missing the cut at the Memorial, Rory McIlroy entered the RBC Canadian Open at +900 to win. Those who took a chance on him at those favorable odds probably didn’t feel great with him heading into the weekend five shots back. However, he shot a 64 on Saturday, leaving him in a three-way tie for the lead heading into the final day.
His Sunday couldn’t have started out much better with him registering five birdies in his first seven holes. He went on to finish the round with a 9-under 61, emerging with a seven-shot tournament victory. Along the way, he became only the sixth player to win national championships in the U.S., Britain and Canada.
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