The NCAA tournament is inching closer and closer, with conference tournaments coming this weekend. That will be the last chance for teams to make their final push to March Madness. In the last stretch of the regular season, Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia, Kentucky and UNC combined to go 11-1, showing the committee that they are worthy of making the tournament with quality seedings. The rest of this week’s’ money makers occurred in other sports.
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 25 – March 3.1) Sungjae Im (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Boston Celtics (2-2 SU)
3) Sacramento Kings (4-1 SU)
4) Ohio State (2-0 SU)
5) UCLA (2-0 SU)
6) Virginia (2-0 SU)
7) Kentucky (2-1 SU)
8) Alex Bowman (1-0 SU)
9) Philadelphia Flyers (3-0 SU)
10) North Carolina (3-0 SU)
Sungjae Dominates Sunday at HondaSungjae Im entered a loaded Honda Classic field at 40/1 to win. Competing with studs such as Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler, Im shot two-over on Thursday, which dropped his odds even more, to 66/1. He bounced back in a big way on Friday, going four under par and dropping his odds down to 33/1. It would still take fantastic weekend play to get Im the win. He didn’t have a great Saturday round, shooting just even par, but it kept him in the mix, and made him a 12/1 underdog heading into the final round. On Sunday, Im went off with another 66 (-4), which was enough to win the Honda by a single stroke.
Celtics Close West Road Trip With WinsBoston has been one of the best teams in basketball this year, and are peaking right now due to rising star Jayson Tatum, who has averaged over 30 points per game for the month of February. Last week they had a two-game road trip out west to face the Blazers and Jazz, followed by two home contests against Houston and Brooklyn.
The Celtics got off to a great start, with outright wins against both Portland and Utah. They covered against the Blazers in their win, and were actually underdogs against the Jazz, providing some nice moneyline value. Boston did not fare as well against the Rockets and Nets, losing both games in overtime. The Celts were obviously favorites in both games at home. They are still in great position to finish atop the East, and have a chance to make a Finals run.
Kings Perform Well In Busy WeekIt has been a long year for the Kings, who were a trendy pick to make the playoffs and improve after an impressive 2018-19 season. Unfortunately, young blue-chippers in Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox have struggled with injuries this season, and it has made things difficult for the team to take hold of their potential. Last week, Sacramento had to play five games, a lot for any squad to deal with. However, they flourished in this spot:
Tuesday at GS (-10): Won 112-94
Thursday at OKC (+7): Lost 108-112
Friday at MEM (+1.5): Won 104-101
Sunday vs. DET (-9.5): Won 106-100
Tuesday vs. WAS (-5.5): Won 133-126
If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a 4-1 week both outright and against the spread. Fox was a major catalyst in that, scoring over 20 points in the four games he participated in.
Bowman Holds Off Blaney at Auto ClubAlex Bowman finished top 15 two weeks ago at the Pennzoil 400 in Vegas, and he had another great car heading into the Auto Club 400 last week. He opened at 20/1, but after crushing the practices, dropped to 12/1. Bowman was just +850 heading into Sunday’s race. He dominated the race, leading 110 of the 200 laps, but had Ryan Blaney on his tail for much of the contest. However, a tire issue forced Blaney to pit late and cleared Bowman for the win.
Flyers Go StreakingThere hasn’t been a ton of hockey making its way into the money makers, but the Flyers have just been too good to leave out. Heading into last week, they had won three games in a row, and 13 of their previous 19. Philly had three games on the docket for last week: a home contest against the Sharks, and a home and home with the Rangers. The Flyers won all three games by at least two goals, keeping the streak alive. They are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference as the regular season hits the home stretch.
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