This is one of the busiest times of the year in sports with the NBA and NHL playoffs underway and the MLB season in full swing. There are also some interesting storylines going on outside of these three major sports leagues, including the world of soccer.
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 April 24-30.
Power Rankings: Winnings by teams and athletes
1) CC Sabathia
2) Carolina Hurricanes (3-0 Straight Up)
3) Los Angeles Clippers (1-1 SU)
4) Ajax (1-0 SU)
5) Minnesota Twins (4-2 SU)
6) St. Louis Cardinals (5-1 SU)
7) Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1 SU)
8) Arizona Diamondbacks (4-2 SU)
9) New York Yankees (4-2 SU)
10) San Diego Padres (4-2 SU)
Sabathia has achieved a lot since making is big league debut in 2001. He’s been on six All-Star teams, was the AL Cy Young award winner in 2007 and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. He’s logged a whopping 3,490 1/3 innings during his career and has stated that he will retire at the end of this season.
Sabathia Joins Elite Strikeout Club
While his goal is to ride off into the sunset with another World Series title, he also had his sights set on joining the 3,000 strikeout club. He needed just three strikeouts to achieve that feat Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, entering the game with +575 odds to hit the mark in the first two innings, which were then boosted to +690.
It resulted in some hefty paydays when Sabathia did eventually reach the mark by striking out former Yankee John Ryan Murphy in the second inning. He’s now the 17th pitcher in big league history with 3,000 strikeouts and just the third lefty in that group.
The NHL playoffs are wild. There always seems to be drama regardless of matchups, which was certainly the case when the series between the Hurricanes and Capitals was forced to go seven games. It took two overtimes, but the Hurricanes were able to upset the defending champs on the road to advance. It proved to be a profitable victory for those who backed the Hurricanes to win at +132.
Hurricanes Best Capitals In Game 7
The Hurricanes didn’t stop winning money there for those who continued to have faith in them. Despite +123 odds to win Game 1 and +135 odds to win Game 2 against the Islanders, the Hurricanes came away victorious both times. Now up 2-0 in the series, they return home with a significant advantage.
Not many people gave the Clippers much of a chance against the Warriors in their first-round series. It was a great achievement for Los Angeles to just make the playoffs, especially after the team had traded away Tobias Harris. While the Clippers did, in fact, lose the series, they pushed the Warriors to six games and made them work hard in each contest.
Clippers Earn Huge Game 5 Upset Over Warriors
It certainly didn’t help the Warriors lost DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) early in the series, either. The Clippers’ Game 5 win proved to be extremely profitable since the Warriors were favored by 15 points in that game and the money line for the Clippers to win was +1100.
Having already eliminated Real Madrid and Juventus, Ajax found themselves in their first UEFA Champions League semifinal since 1997. They were +235 pre-game to win and jumped out to an early lead when Donny van de Beek scored in the 15th minute.
Ajax Wins First Leg Against Spurs
That proved to be all of the offense that they needed as they pulled out the 1-0 victory. With the second leg of their set to be played next week, Ajax now finds themselves in the driver’s seat to reach the finals.
Twins Demolish Orioles During Impressive Week
The Twins made some significant improvements during the offseason to make themselves contenders in the AL Central. It’s worked out for them so far as they finished the first month of the season atop the division. They had the eighth-fewest home runs in baseball last year, but the additions of Nelson Cruz and Jonathan Schoop have helped them slug the fourth-most home runs in the early going.
Among their four wins last week was a three-game sweep of the lowly Orioles. They were heavy favorites heading into each game and didn’t disappoint, outscoring the Orioles 19-4 across the series. Max Kepler was a one-man wrecking crew, hitting 6-for-12 with four home runs. The Twins starting trio of Martin Perez, Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson combined to give up four runs and record 18 strikeouts across 19 innings. Amazingly, those three didn’t even walk a single batter.
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