The NBA is out of the All-Star break, and that meant plenty of NBA betting over the past week. The Pelicans and Bucks went a combined 6-1 in that time frame, with the legend of Zion Williamson continuing to grow in his rookie season, and Milwaukee continuing on a 70-win pace. In college hoops, Florida State, Kentucky, and Indiana swept their opponents, going a combined 5-0. The NCAA Tournament is only a couple of weeks away!
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 February 20 – February 25.
1) Tyson Fury (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Boston Celtics (2-1 SU)
3) Florida State (2-0 SU)
4) Kansas (2-0 SU)
5) New Orleans Pelicans (2-1 SU)
6) Milwaukee Bucks (4-0 SU)
7) Los Angeles Lakers (3-0 SU)
8) Kentucky (2-0 SU)
9) Patrick Reed (1-0 SU)
10) Indiana (1-0 SU)
Fury Leaves No Doubt in RematchThe first time Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder faced off, the result was a very unsatisfying split-decision. That left the public, and Wilder, wanting more. In this re-match of that 2018 bout, Fury was +140 on the moneyline courtesy of a DK Sportsbook odds boost, and was also +500 to win by TKO.
It was a great fight that went into the seventh round. Then Fury went on the offensive, knocking down Wilder twice, and striking him with numerous punches. This led to Wilder’s corner throwing in the towel, granting Fury the win by TKO.
Celtics Hang Tight With LakersBoston has been one of the best teams in the NBA all season. They don’t have a huge chance to catch up to Milwaukee as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but Boston does have a strong possibility of capturing the second seed. Last week, they had to face two mediocre teams in Minnesota and Portland, but also had a marquee matchup with the Lakers on Sunday.
Boston was able to win against the Timberwolves and Blazers, but it lost a close game to the Lakers. Fortunately, Boston was a 7.5-point underdog despite losing my two points. This was a massive win for bettors. Jayson Tatum scored at least 28 points in all three contests, as he continues to rise into the game’s elite.
Jayhawks Take Over College HoopsKansas is one of two Big 12 teams that have dominated the college basketball landscape in 2019-20. The Baylor Bears were the number one ranked team in the country heading into last week, while Kansas was third. The Jayhawks were 1.5-point underdogs while traveling on the road to play the Bears. They won the game outright, earning a three-point victory and the top overall ranking in college basketball. Udoka Azubuike led the way with 23 points, 19 rebounds, and three blocked shots. He was huge for Kansas in their win against Oklahoma State as well, scoring 19 points with 16 rebounds.
Lakers Shut Down Three Young UpstartsThe Lakers have been the best team in the West this season, with both LeBron James and Anthony Davis reminding the league why they have been held in such high regard for years. Last week, they were lined up to face three of the most exciting young teams in basketball: the Grizzlies (headlined by Ja Morant), the Celtics (headlined by Jayson Tatum), and the Pelicans (headlined by Zion Williamson). Memphis and New Orleans are not considered to be in the same class of team as the Lakers, but Boston certainly is given their defense and overall great team play.
As you know from the earlier blurb, the Lakers won the game against Boston, but they failed to cover. This still made moneyline bettors a bunch of money, and L.A. also managed to win the other two games. James and Davis combined to average 60.7 points, 19.7 rebounds, and 10.7 assists. They are going to be an immensely difficult duo to knock out of the playoffs.
Reed Wins Among Golf’s EliteThere are four World Golf Championship events each year, comprised of the top golfers in the world. The WGC Mexico Championship is a small-field, no-cut event. Patrick Reed opened at 55/1 to win the event. After shooting a 69 in the first round, his odds got as high as 80/1. After that, Reed went on an absolute tear. He shot a scorching 63 on Friday, followed by a pair of 67s over the weekend to win the event. He beat Bryson DeChambeau by just one stroke. It was Reed’s best finish of the year, edging out his T2 at the Tournament of Champions to kick off the season.
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