Welcome to the first edition of the DraftKings Sportsbook Power Rankings. 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 NBA and NHL playoffs underway and The Masters taking place in the PGA, it’s been an exciting time for sports bettors. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from April 10-16.
Power Rankings: Winnings by teams and athletes
1) Tiger Woods
2) New York Islanders (4-0 Straight Up)
3) Chicago Cubs (4-2 SU)
4) Columbus Blue Jackets (4-0 SU)
5) Portland Trail Blazers (3-0 SU)
6) Houston Astros (5-0 SU)
7) Orlando Magic (2-1 SU)
8) Los Angeles Clippers (2-1 SU)
9) Vegas Golden Knights (3-1 SU)
10) Colorado Avalanche (2-1 SU)
Tiger Roars Back To Win At Augusta
Entering The Masters, Woods hadn’t won a major championship in 11 years. In fact, he had won only one tournament since 2013, which was last year’s Tour Championship. He began the tournament at 14/1 to win before DraftKings Sportsbook boosted his odds to 20/1, which set up a potentially big windfall for those who had faith in this being the major in which he finally returned to glory.
Woods was towards the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day, but he had never overcome a third-round deficit to win a major in his career. With odds for him to win being boosted to 10/1 entering the final day, those who wanted to back Tiger were provided with a nice opportunity to get some skin in the game. When the dust settled, those bettors rejoiced at the top of the power rankings, as Woods donned the fifth Green Jacket of his career.
Isles Break Out The Brooms
After finishing the season with the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders found themselves in what figured to be a competitive first-round series against the Penguins. However, they made quick work of Pittsburgh in a four-game sweep. Sidney Crosby was held without a goal in all four games, while the Islanders were led by Jordan Eberle, who found the back of the net in each game. With Robin Lehner averaging 32.5 saves per game in the sweep, the Islanders were the most profitable hockey team over the past week.
Columbus Shocks the Lightning, World
The Lightning finished the regular season tied for the most wins in NHL history. Understandably, Tampa Bay went into its first-round series against the Blue Jackets as heavy favorites. A week later, the Lightning found themselves at the center of a historic flop after being swept out of the playoffs. Bettors can thank Artemi Panarin, who led the charge for the Blue Jackets by recording at least one point in all four games. With the Blue Jackets listed as underdogs in every single game, the plus odds helped propel the Columbus backers.
Portland Protects Its House
The Blazers closed out the regular season with a five-point win over the Kings to set up a first-round series against the Thunder. While many thought they could be in trouble without Jusuf Nurkic, Portland held home-court advantage by winning both of the first two games. While the majority of the bets were on the Thunder in both games, the Trail Blazers sit No. 5 in the power rankings due to big games from Damian Lillard, Enes Kanter and CJ McCollum. Bettors also benefited from a poor Game 1 from Paul George and a poor Game 2 from Russell Westbrook. Now that the series shifts to Oklahoma City, we’ll see if the Thunder finally can make some noise.
Clippers Pull Off The Improbable
After finishing the regular season with a win against the Jazz, the Clippers found themselves as colossal underdogs for their first-round series against the Warriors. The Clippers were beaten soundly by 17 points in Game 1, which proved to be profitable for bettors since a majority of the wagers were on the Warriors at -13.5. Golden State was favored by 14 points in Game 2, and things looked to be going smoothly until the Clippers made the second-largest comeback in NBA Playoff history, coming back from 31 down. Some bettors took the Clippers live at odds as long as 20/1 and the huge come-from-behind victory allowed the Clippers to jump into the top 10 for this week.
While the Warriors still are considered heavy favorites to advance, things are a little more interesting now that this series shifts to Los Angeles. It also complicates matters for the Warriors that DeMarcus Cousins likely played his last game of the year after tearing his quadriceps in Game 2.
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