- PGA Tour prediction
- UFC prediction
- Major League Soccer prediction
- NHL prediction
- Major League Basketball prediction
Below are this week’s five picks predictions. The monetary figure beside calculates the success of the bettor who places a wager worth $100 on the picks appearing on our column. The odds provided are the best in Las Vegas at the time of writing the column.
PGA Tour (2-1-1, $92): Charles Howell III minus-170 vs. Bo Van Pelt in the third round of the 3M Open at Circa Sports
Heading to this week’s tour in Minnesota, Van Pelt sat highly at 1000-to-1 with Howell sitting lowly at 50-to-1. With both in the fringe of contention at TPC Twin Cities, every finger points to a third-round matchup play.
One of the veterans is poised to remain there and for Howell, he has been making cuts and playing well since the restart of the PGA Tour while Van Pelt has had some pairs of terrific rounds.
However, Howell is the far better golfer going into this match and he would probably be the favorite at -225 if the matchup was going into the first round.
UFC (4-3, $79): Antonio Rogerio Nogueira plus-170 vs. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
All fingers point to a Shogun victory with Nogueira apparently ‘washed’. The latter has only recorded two victories in the six times he has fought over the past six years. The 44-year-old looks to retire after this trilogy bout and for his age and condition, many are not convinced of placing money onto him.
But let’s not get carried away. Shogun’s best days are also far behind him and while he may be 6 years younger than Nogueira with six more fights than the latter, he has accumulated more damage.
The price is too high on Shogun and given the similar form of the two, Nogueira shouldn’t be higher than a plus-120 underdog.
Major League Soccer (1-1, -$9): LAFC Even money in three-way wagering vs. Seattle Sounders at Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
With LAFC missing on MVP Carlos Vela services for the MLS Is Back tournament, questions on how the team would fare came up. The completion of the group stages, however, shows positive results for the team.
The first three games saw the team going 1-0-2 but went on to outplay every opponent in what was seen as the toughest group in the competition. Their 6-2 win over LA Galaxy underlines the point.
Going to the game on Monday, they should be on top form to serve massive revenge on Seattle who upset them in last season’s playoffs.
NHL (0-0): Minnesota Wild plus-125 to beat the Vancouver Canucks in play-in series at Circa Sports
Looking at the UFC bout and pairing with this game, the underdogs have been offered a price too high. This game looks one of the tightest, if not the tightest, matchup. We favor a Vancouver win placed at a minus-105 favorite over the Wild.
However, no underestimation should go to the Wild placed at plus-125 who play the exact style as the Canucks and could be frustrating to the young side. This has been the case with Minnesota who have frustrated Canucks four out six times since the 18/19 regular season.
Vancouver seems the favorite to sail through but Minnesota looks to make it a hard task.
Major League Baseball (0-0): Houston Astros to win the World Series at 12-to-1 at South Point
The majority of the baseball world are all going against the Astros after the cheating scandals. However, they cannot be thrown out of the picture just yet considering the amount of talent they got.
The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers priced at plus-250 and plus-350 respectively are also backed to win the World Series and leaves an immense value to the Astros. The Astros cannot just be written off.