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2017 Masters Odds & Picks

2017 Masters Odds & Picks

The 2017 Masters is this week. The very best golfers in the world tee it off this Thursday, April 6. Tiger has stated that he isn’t ready to hit the golf ball at Augusta this weekend. Without Tiger, I’ve got to look for another longshot that could take home the green jacket. Keep reading for info on the favorite, my smart play, and my longshot play, to win the Masters Tournament.

Updated Masters Odds & My Picks

  • D Johnson 5/1
  • J Spieth 7/1
  • R McIlroy 8/1
  • J Day 15/1
  • H Matsuyama 20/1
  • J Rahm 20/1
  • P Mickelson 20/1
  • R Fowler 20/1
  • J Rose 20/1

The Odds On Favorite To Win The 2017 Masters:  Dustin Johnson 5/1

DJ’s taken an entire month off. The last PGA Tournament he played was the WGC-Mexico Championship. He won that event by shooting a terrific -14. DJ’s scorecard ended up 70-66-66-68. He shot a ridiculous 270 to beat Tommy Fleetwood. Before winning the WGC-Mexico Championship, DJ won the Genesis Open by shooting a 66-66-64-71.

He deserves to be the favorite going to Augusta. But, Johnson’s best finish was a tied fourth in 2016. At the odds, I’m looking elsewhere.

The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 Masters:  Jordan Spieth 7/1

Spieth will be looking to make amends for blowing a 5-shot lead in last year’s Master Tournament. He’s been doing nothing but practicing shots in his last 3 tournaments played. He missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open this past weekend. It was obvious that Jordan was trying somethings out. He’s an absolute beast at Augusta when he’s not letting his mind get in the way of his play.

Spieth’s the only golfer on the board that I’m willing to take odds under double-digits on to win. I love his chances to get another green jacket. It’s time for Jordan to get back to being the best golfer in the world. It starts with him dominating his peers at Augusta National this weekend.

The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 Masters:  Adam Scott 30/1

Scott practiced some shots at the Shell Houston Open as well. He’s flying under the radar this year since he’s got a single Top 10 finish from 6 events played. But, I like that Scott won the Masters Tournament in 2013.

In 2014, he finished tied for fourteenth. One thing to note about the 2014 Masters is that Scott shot a 69 Round 1. At the 2015 Masters, Scott finished tied for thirty-eighth. This time, he shot the 69 in Round 2. Last year, the wheels fell off. Scott ended up tied at forty-two. He shot a 76, 72, 75, 76.

If Scott shows up terrible in Round 1, I’m throwing money down the drain by betting on him. But, if he can find some of that magic from 2013, I’ll be doing cartwheels. I think Scott finds the magic.

NBA Free Picks April 3rd - 9th

NBA Free Picks April 3 – 9

The playoffs start next week and before the run for the NBA title begins, I’ve got a final week of NBA Regular Season games to find great NBA Picks. Who wins when Minnesota and Portland clash in Oregon on Thursday, April 6? Do the Clippers have any shot against mighty San Antonio in Texas on Saturday, April 8? Then, on April 9, how will The King and the rest of the Cavaliers fair versus the Hawks in Atlanta?

NBA Free Picks April 3rd – 9th

Minnesota at Portland
When:  Thursday, April 6 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
TV: TNT

Analysis: Minnesota faces Portland on Monday, April 3 before battling the Trailblazers this Thursday. Will it matter? Make sure to check Monday’s score before blindly betting on Portland to cover the spread, but, no, it may not matter.

Portland has beaten the T’Wolves in two wins so far this season. They beat Minnesota 95 to 89 on Jan. 1. They beat the T’Wolves 112 to 100 on March 25

The March 25 game is the one to remember. In that battle, Portland held Karl-Anthony Towns to 16 points and 5 rebounds. Portland center Jusuf Nurkic outplayed KAT with 14 points and 9 boards.
I just think Portland is better than Minnesota. I like the Trailblazers against the spread.

Pick: Portland ATS

L.A. Clippers at San Antonio
When:  Saturday, April 8 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
TV: ABC

Analysis: As of April 2, the Spurs are 59-17. San Antonio should win over 60 games this regular season. They’ll have a great shot to beat Golden State in the playoffs.

But, let’s be honest, is San Antonio going to play their starters on Saturday against LAC? They might if they can wrestle away home court advantage throughout the Western Conference Playoffs from the Warriors. If there’s no chance of San Antonio doing that, Kawhi Leonard, and LaMarcus Aldridge are taking a seat.

Not only that, but it’s doubtful that Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili see the court. I think the Clippers win this game because I don’t think San Antonio will be able to garner home court advantage by winning on Saturday.

Pick: L.A. Clippers SU

Cleveland at Atlanta
When:  Sunday, April 9 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: The Cavaliers have a terrible road record against the spread. As of April 2, Cleveland is only 15-23 against the spread. That’s just awful. But, Atlanta might be the one team that Cleveland can cover a spread against on the road. The Hawks are a terrible 14-24 ATS at home.

Since Cleveland is 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 games, it’s difficult to see the Cavs being favored by more than 4 points in this game on Sunday. In fact, Atlanta might be favored because the Cavs are most likely resting their starters on Sunday.

Can Cleveland beat Atlanta with their starters on the bench? I think they can. I like the Cavs to beat Atlanta even if Kyrie, LeBron, and K-Love don’t play.

Pick: Cleveland SU and ATS

NHL Best Bets April 3 – 9

NHL Best Bets April 3 – 9

My NHL Picks don’t start until the weekend. On Friday, can Tampa Bay take it to one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, Montreal? Then, on Saturday, who wins a great NBC nationally broadcast game between Washington and Boston? On Sunday, Toronto hosts Columbus. Can the Maple Leafs beat tough Columbus?

NHL Best Bets April 3rd – 9th

Tampa Bay at Montreal
When:  Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: Montreal is 45-24-7-2 as of April 2. So far this season, the Canadians have gone 2 and 1 straight up versus Tampa Bay. But, there’s a caveat to that great record. Montreal beat Tampa 2 to 1 in overtime the last time these two battled. That game was on Saturday, April 1.

Both teams have been hot, and since Montreal only beat Tampa Bay a single goal in the last, my money is going on Tampa to beat Montreal as a dog on Friday. Tampa is 4-1 straight up in their last 5 to start the week. I like them to get the “W” on April 7.

Pick: Tampa Bay

Washington at Boston
When:  Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NBC

Analysis: For the Washington Capitals, it’s all about maintaining their lead over Columbus. Washington has a 51-18-3-5 record as of April 2. The Caps have gone 6-1 on the moneyline in their last 7.

When they battled Boston on February 1, Washington beat the Bruins 5 to 3. The Caps could beat Boston again this Saturday. But, the Bruins have been hot. By hot, I mean that the Bruins are 5-0 to start the week.

They go into the week having thumped the Blackhawks in Chicago 3 to 2 as a +115 dog. I like Boston to beat Washington on Saturday.

Pick: Boston

Columbus at Toronto
When:  Sunday, April 9 at 6:00 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
TV: TSN

Analysis: Surprisingly, Columbus is keeping pace with Pittsburgh and Washington in the Metropolitan Standings. The Blue Jackets are 49-20-6-2 as of April 1.

Unfortunately, by the time Columbus battles Toronto this Sunday, they will have battled Washington at home on April 2, Pittsburgh on the road on April 4, Winnipeg at home on April 6, and Philadelphia on the road on April 8.

That’s a brutal week. Toronto smacked Columbus 5 to 2 the last time these two teams faced-off. I like Toronto to beat Columbus again.

Pick: Toronto