With football winding down, there are going to be some different sporting events making their way into the power ranks. With a major UFC card this week, a few of the fights made this week’s list. Holly Holm managed to win against Raquel Pennington by decision, while Roxanne Modafferi beat Maycee Barber in what was T-6th for biggest upset in UFC history (+600 underdog). In a more traditional sports setting, the Pacers went 3-1 on the hardwood, with four different players leading the team in scoring.
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 January 15 – January 22.
1) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Conor McGregor (1-0 SU)
3) Derrick Henry (Props)
4) Los Angeles Clippers (3-0 SU)
5) Raheem Mostert (Props)
6) San Francisco 49ers (1-0 SU)
7) Roxanne Modafferi (1-0 SU)
8) Indiana Pacers (3-1 SU)
9) Patrick Mahomes (Props)
10) Holly Holm (1-0 SU)
Chiefs Win Going Away to Top AFCKansas City was a prohibitive favorite against the Titans in the AFC Championship game (-7; -340 ML), but given the sixth-seed’s last two upsets, anything seemed possible. Tennessee had knocked off the team of the century in New England, while also handily defeating the AFC’s top-seeded Ravens. On the other hand, the Chiefs were coming off of a game against Houston that they won by 20 points despite spotting the Texans a 24-point cushion in the opening quarter-plus of action.
Early on, this game had the makings of yet another Titan upset, as Tennessee got off to a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter. However, it was all Chiefs after that. Kansas City outscored the Titans 35-14. Patrick Mahomes had 294 yards passing with three touchdowns, but it was his dazzling 27-yard touchdown run that was huge for both the Chiefs and bettors. Mahomes made plenty money for the people by going over 2.5 passing touchdowns (+125), over 18.5 rushing yards (-118), and hitting as an anytime scorer (+500).
McGregor Makes Quick Return to OctagonIt had been a long time since Conor McGregor stepped foot in the octagon, with his last fight coming in 2018. With such a long layoff, it was not totally clear how this fight would go against Donald Cerrone. McGregor was a -335 favorite, but it was difficult to tell if this was due to his notoriety or dominant edge against “Cowboy”.
This fight was, well, it was quick. McGregor earned a technical knockout against Cerrone within the first minute of the bout. Cerrone only got to throw one punch before being dismantled.
Clippers Dominate Behind KawhiThe Clippers have been one of the best teams in the West this season, but that is to be expected after adding two studs in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the off-season. Still, the Clippers have struggled to get consistent play out of their two gems due to load management, and a recent hamstring injury to George. As a result, the team finds itself in the second tier of West teams after the Lakers.
Over the last week, however, the Clippers have managed to crush, even without George. They went 3-0 in the last week, with Leonard showing the same kind of dominance that allowed him to leave the Raptors to a title last season. Leonard scored at least 30 points in each of these games, something he has actually done now six times in a row. If he can continue playing this well once George comes back, it is possible that we are destined for a clash of L.A. teams in the Western Conference Finals.
Raheem Mostert Has Record-Setting NFC Title GameIn the 49ers’ victory in the divisional round of the playoffs, there appeared to be a changing of the guard at RB. Raheem Mostert, who had previously been functioning as the lead back, appeared to take a backseat to Tevin Coleman, who set a career high in carries as he rushed for over 100 yards with two scores. Going up against a bad Packer run defense, the Niners were expected to run the ball plenty yet again.
In a dominant victory against Green Bay, the 7.5-point favored Niners ran the ball 42 times compared to just eight pass attempts. Unfortunately for the team, Tevin Coleman suffered a shoulder injury during the game, but this gave way to Mostert completely taking over the backfield. The result was him setting a team record with 220 rushing yards, along with four touchdowns. Bettors cashed in huge on three plus-money props: first touchdown scorer (+850), anytime touchdown scorer (+110), and two-touchdown scorer (+550).
Despite Titans’ Loss, Derrick Henry Still Profits for BettorsIn the aforementioned Chiefs’ victory, there was also plenty of action in on various props for stud Titans’ RB Derrick Henry. Henry was on an insane streak of success entering the game. He had at least 100 yards and some kind of touchdown in seven of his previous eight games. Henry was averaging 6.3 yards per carry over that time frame.
Given his proclivity for scoring, it should come as no surprise that bettors cashed in on Henry scoring the first touchdown of the game. That cashed tickets for the first touchdown scorer (+550) and anytime touchdown scorer (-200). Those who expected some regression to hit the star RB also were able to cash in on Henry’s rush yardage under, which was set at an absurd 118.5 yards (+100).
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