This Week in Sports Betting A-Z
A. Alshon Jeffery
. Jeffery had 57 catches for 789 yards and nine touchdowns during the
regular season and finished Super Bowl LII with three catches for 73 yards
and the opening score in Philadelphia's 41-33 victory over New England-and
apparently he did it all with a torn rotator cuff. The 28-year-old
underwent surgery last Wednesday.
B. Bagley, Marvin . Bagley is back for Duke, and not a moment too soon as a rematch with North Carolina looms on Saturday. The freshman forward, who missed four games with a sprained knee, returned last weekend in a 60-44 drubbing of Syracuse. On Monday, however, the Blue Devils collapsed down the stretch and lost at Virginia Tech 64-63. Duke is a +300 favorite at MyBookie.ag to win the National Championship.
C. Canada . Oh, Canada? More like woe, Canada! The Canadians lost to the United States in the women's hockey gold-medal game at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, they lost to Germany in the men's semifinals, and they lost to Team USA in the men's curling semifinals (and to Switzerland in the bronze-medal game).
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D. Drexel . Even the Atlanta Falcons are impressed with the Delaware basketball team's collapse last week. Heck, the Houston Oilers for crying out loud are impressed. Delaware led Drexel by 34 points before the Dragons staged the biggest comeback in Division I history for a shocking 85-83 win.
E. Elizabeth Swaney . If the shirtless Tongan thought he would be the worst athlete competing in the Winter Olympics, Swaney held his beer. The 33-year-old American found a loophole in the ski halfpipe qualification system and she managed to ski her way onto…wait for it…the Hungarian team (her grandparents are from Hungary). Swaney's ensuing run in the halfpipe gives everyone else in the universe hope that they, too, can be an Olympian.
F. FBI . The fact that it is Wednesday and Arizona head coach still hasn't been officially fired is without question his most impressive career accomplishment. But he is-or will be-the first casualty of the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting improprieties. And there are surely more to come.
G. Game . Not a game, not a game, not a game…. So far we've only been talking about practice for Michael Porter Jr. Missouri's highly-touted freshman, who has not played since the opening minutes of his team's first game due to a back injury, was cleared for practice last Thursday. But he did not suit up for games last Saturday at Kentucky and Tuesday at Vanderbilt. Kentucky is a -9.5 home favorite over Ole Miss on Wednesday, per BetOnline Sportsbook.
H. Honeywell, Brent . The Rays' top pitching prospect will miss the 2018 season because he is set for Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The 22-year-old right-hander, whom Tampa Bay expected to be called up to the majors this summer, will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. But we all know what that means…. When your name is mentioned in the same sentence with Dr. James Andrews, you're done.
I. Injury . Speaking of injuries, Timberwolves' star guard Jimmy Butler went down in last Friday's loss at Houston. But he may not be out for the year, having avoided an ACL tear. Butler (22.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.0 apg) is sidelined indefinitely by a meniscus issue.
J. James, LeBron . LeBron is not that far from having turned in nine consecutive triple-doubles. He has not missed triple-double qualification by more than two in any of three main statistical categories in Cleveland's last nine contests, and he is averaging a triple-double (quite comfortably, too) in the month of February. Well, it's safe to say LeBron is not just shutting up and dribbling. The Cavaliers are +500 at Bovada Sportsbook to win the NBA title.
K. Kawhi Leonard . Leonard is finally back at the Spurs' practice facility and could return by late March. The star forward has been sidelined by a right quadriceps injury for most of the season. 5Dimes Sportsbook has San Antonio as a -5 home favorite over New Orleans on Wednesday.
L. Landry, Jarvis . The Dolphins placed their franchise tag on Landry last week, but they are reportedly still open to trading him. But now that Jay Cutler is presumably gone, the wide receiver may want to stick around in Miami.
M. Mavericks . Owner Mark Cuban's biggest concern of late was that his team would win too many games to secure the most ping-pong balls in the NBA Draft lottery. Now his biggest concern is that the Mavericks are being investigated for alleged rampant sexual misconduct within the organization.
N. Nash, Rick . The slumping Rangers sent the 33-year-old forward to Boston prior to last week's NHL trade deadline. Nash (18 goals and 10 assists in 60 games with New York this season) recorded a team-high five shots on goal in his debut with the Bruins last weekend before scoring once in Tuesday's overtime win against Carolina.
O. Oscars . Serena Williams' husband put up four billboards outside Indian Wells, California, all of which depict their daughter as Serena prepares to play her first tournament since the 2017 Australian Open next week in Indian Wells. The Academy Awards are on Sunday and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is an even-money favorite at BetOnline Sportsbook to win Best Picture.
P. Peters, Marcus . Kansas City has agreed to trade its standout cornerback to the Rams. Peters brings 19 interceptions in three seasons plus six forced fumbles and a whole bunch of character concerns with him to Los Angeles.
Q. Quiet, please . A heckler was following Justin Thomas around the course at the Honda Classic last Sunday. It worked out about as well for the real-life heckler as it did for the one in Happy Gilmore. Not only did Thomas have the offender booted on the back nine, but he also went on to win the tournament-beating Luke List in a playoff. Thomas is +900 at BookMaker to win this week's World Golf Championship in Mexico.
R. Red Sox
. You knew the Red Sox weren't just going to sit round idly and watch Aaron
Judge and Giancarlo Stanton launch home runs for the Yankees. And the Sox
aren't. They signed J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract
last week. Martinez batted .303 with 45 homers and 104 RBIs during stints
in Detroit and Arizona in 2017.
has Boston at +600 to win the American League Pennant.
S. Seattle Sounders . Major League Soccer season is here, but it will begin this weekend for Seattle without Jordan Morris. The 23-year-old striker suffered a torn ACL during the Sounders' first game of 2018 last Thursday, when they lost to Santa Tecla in the CONCACAF Champions League. Morris was MLS Rookie of the Year in 2016.
T. Tiger Woods . Tiger made the Honda Classic cut and at one point on Sunday was within three shots of the lead. He's going to win the Masters! He's going to win the Masters! Tiger Woods is going to win the Masters!
U. USA . Twenty years after winning the first-ever gold medal in women's hockey at the Olympics, Team USA finally triumphed again with last week's dramatic 3-2 shootout win over Canada. It was a tale of two Jocelynes, as Jocelyne Lamoureux scored what proved to the game-winner for the Americans in the shootout before Canada's Jocelyne Larocque controversially removed her silver medal immediately after having it draped around her neck.
V. Vacated . Louisville's 2013 men's basketball National Championship has been vacated. The Cardinals are enraged, but they probably shouldn't be too mad. After all, whoever wins this season will surely have it taken away five years down the road, right?
W. Walking . Ryan Shazier vows to play football again, but for now the goal is walking. The latest update is that he does have some movement in his legs and can walk with assistance from either a walker or other people. If anyone has a good NFL offseason, let's hope it's Shazier.
X. X-Games . Just think if the X-Games kind of events had not been implemented into the Olympics. It would have been dire scenes for Team USA most of the way in Pyeongchang-at least until the late heroics in hockey and curling. Put people like snowboarders Chloe Kim, Shaun White, and Red Gerard kept the American contingent relevant from start to finish.
Y. Yzerman, Steve . As expected, the Lightning's general manager was active at Monday's trade deadline. Yzerman most notably acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh from the Rangers. McDonagh has 24 assists this season and-even though New York stinks-a plus-minus of plus-seven. Tampa Bay is a massive -315 home favorite over Buffalo on Wednesday, according to MyBookie.ag.
Z. Zaza Pachulia . Death, taxes, and Zaza trying to hurt people…. This time around it was Russell Westbrook who almost became the victim, as the Warriors' enforcer fell (purposely?) on Westbrook's legs in Golden State's win over the Thunder last Friday. Zaza may not be needed the next three games, because John Wall is already hurt for Washington and the Warriors then face Atlanta and Brooklyn. Golden State is a -9 road favorite over the Wizards on Wednesday, as indicated by Bovada Sportsbook.
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