It’s a lot like a buffet.
There are so many sports right now, you simply can’t digest them all. Some of this, some of that. A few of your favorites. But there’s simply not enough room for everything.
It’s a pretty nice problem to have. And it confronts us again this weekend.
The Penguins play the Canadiens at 4 p.m. Friday. The 76ers follow with a game against the Magic at 6:40 p.m. And then, the Phillies face the Braves and the Pirates take on the Tigers less than an hour later.
On Saturday, the Flyers play at 2 p.m. There’s more baseball after that, a UFC Fight Night late Saturday, and a NASCAR race in Michigan on Sunday. And oh yeah, the PGA Championship continues in San Francisco all weekend, with a promotion from DraftKings Sportsbook that could boost some of your profits.
It’s a smorgasbord of sports. So it’s best to have your remote control ready and your betting account loaded up.
In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks Pick Play, we’ll get you prepared for it all with a rundown of all the events and the available wagers at the best PA sports gambling apps.
Penguins favored in elimination game
The Pittsburgh Penguins are down 2-1 in their best-of-five play in series against the Montreal Candiens. But BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook expect the Pens to force a Game 5. Pittsburgh is -165 in the game, which will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. Montreal is +135 and the game’s over/under total is 5.5.
There are also bets available on the game’s correct score, its goal scorers and individual period moneylines as well.
If the Penguins win, Game 5 will follow on Saturday. The Philadelphia Flyers also play Saturday at 2 p.m. Philadelphia is currently +123 at BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings against a powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning team. Tampa Bay is -148. The game’s over/under is 5.5.
The Flyers/Lightning showdown also has similar betting options beyond the moneyline, with pricing available for the game’s exact score, its goal scorers and individual period results.
76ers will be missing Simmons in Magic matchup
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons is out for Friday’s game with the Magic, which tips off at 6:30 p.m. Even still, the 76ers are expected to win, with a moneyline of -190 at FanDuel Sportsbook. The game’s betting line has Philadelphia as 4.5-point favorites. The Magic are +160 on the moneyline.
FOX Bet also has an extensive list of prop bets for Friday night’s game, giving bettors a wealth of wagering options.
Phillies face formidable Braves in weekend series
The Philadelphia Phillies (3-4) are a little bit behind after having some games suspended due to coronavirus concerns. Their weekend opponent, the Atlanta Braves (9-5) are currently in second place in the National League East. Philadelphia is presently a slight favorite in Friday’s game with a moneyline price of -106 at BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook. Atlanta is -106. The game’s over/under is set at 9.5 runs. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Vince Velazquez is the probable starter for the Phillies, while Kyle Wright figures to take the mound for the Braves. The teams will face each other again in three more games from Saturday through Monday.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Detroit Tigers in a weekend series at PNC Park. Detroit is favored in Friday’s game with a moneyline of -110. The Pirates are -105 on the moneyline and the game’s total is set at 8.5 runs.
Steven Brault is the expected starter for Pittsburgh and Matthew Boyd should take the mound for Detroit. The teams play again Saturday (4:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:35 p.m.), providing fans and bettors alike with plenty of action.
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik features 12-fight card
The UFC is back at the Apex facility in Las Vegas Saturday night, for a 12-fight card featuring a heavyweight main event. According to a preview on CBS Sports, Derrick Lewis is the fourth-ranked UFC heavyweight and is aiming for his third straight victory. The challenger is Aleksei Oleinik, a 43-year-old submission specialist who has already won two fights in 2020.
DraftKings Sportsbook has Lewis as -200 and Oleinik at +160. BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse has the fight’s over/under at 1.5 rounds. Additional bets are also available on whether or not the fight goes the distance, the method of victory and the exact round ending.
In the co-main event, Chris Weidman, a former middleweight champ, faces Omari Akhmedov. Weidman is -141 at DraftKings. Akhmedov is +115.
Pricing is also available on the rest of Saturday’s fights. Preliminary bouts start at 6 p.m. with the main card beginning at 9 p.m. The action will be televised on ESPN+.
Kevin Harvick is the betting favorite in Sunday’s race
NASCAR heads to the midwest for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The race will be televised at 4 p.m. on NBCSN. Kevin Harvick is the current favorite with a price of +400 at FOX Bet. Denny Hamlin is +600 and Joey Logano is +650.
Odds are available on the entire field, so bettors may want to search for a long shot that can bring a bigger return. BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse also have bets available on top five finishes, group betting and some specials as well.
Don’t forget the PGA Championship or daily fantasy either
The PGA Championship began Thursday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, but the tournament runs through Sunday, giving players a chance to make golf wagers throughout the weekend. DraftKings also has a promotion for the event, which allows users to make a single bet that can earn a 30-percent profit boost in Rounds 2-4 of the tournament.
At press time, Jason Day and Brendon Todd were tied for the lead at -5. Day previously won the PGA Championship in 2015.
Both FanDuel and DraftKings also have a full offering of daily fantasy contests this weekend. Players can enter contests in all of the above sports (basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, UFC, NASCAR) with entry fees available at all price points. FanDuel has even posted qualifiers for its first week of the NFL for fans who are already looking ahead to football season.
It’s been a while since we had a weekend like this.
There are so many sports on the schedule, we can’t possible digest them all. So we’ll pick our favorites. And sample a little of this and that.
It’s a lot like a buffet.
And it’s almost time to dig in.