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2018 French Open ATP Odds & Picks

2018 French Open ATP Odds & Picks

The 2018 French Open starts Sunday, May 27th and runs through to June 10th on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Defending champ and top-ranked Rafael Nadal is a stingy -255 favorite to win his 11th French title. Why is Nadal such a heavy favorite in Paris? Well, he is 79-2 for his career at Roland Garros and just claimed the top tennis ranking with a win at the Italian Open. Combine that with Roger Federer sitting out all clay court tournament this tennis season, there may be few challengers to Nadal. The second favorite player on the 2018 French Open odds board is Alexander Zverev at +800. Dominic Thiem is getting +900 and Novak Djokovic is at +1000.

Does anyone besides Nadal deserve your tennis betting bucks? Let’s find out.

2018 French Open Odds & Picks

2018 French Open Betting Favorite To Beat Nadal: Alexander Zverev +800

The third-ranked German is the Las Vegas odds on best bet to beat the king of the clay courts. Zverev most recently had a shot to beat Nadal at the Italian Open on May 20th but lost 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

What can he do that other’s have failed? Zverev has youth on his side. The 21-year old is ten years younger than Nadal and the two head into the French Open with the same number of days off. If the Nadal’s first few opponents force him into long matches a rested Zverev has a shot at upsetting Nadal for the French crown.

Smart Betting Pick To Win The 2018 French Open: Novak Djokovic +1000

The former French Open champion and three-time Wimbledon winner is back in vintage form. He missed the second half of the 2017 season with an elbow injury. Djokovic had a difficult first four months of the 2018 season. He lost before the quarterfinals of all six tournaments he played, including the Australian Open, which he’s won six times.

This past week Djokovic went toe-to-toe with Nadal in Rome this but lost 7-6 (4) 6-3. Will his fortunes change in Paris?

Long Shot Betting Pick To Win The 2018 French Open: Stanislas Wawrinka +5000

Last year Stan Wawrinka lost to Nadal in straight sets in the French Open final. Wawrinka overwhelmed by Nadal in that match, but he has the all-around game to succeed again this year.

The 2015 French Open champion turned 33 this year. Wawrinka sat out all hard-court tournaments leading up to Roland Garros after ending his 2017 season with knee surgery in August.

Here are the current 2018 French Open Odds

Men’s French Open Odds Women’s French Open Odds
Rafael Nadal -255
Alexander Zverev +800
Dominic Thiem +900
Novak Djokovic +1000
David Goffin +4000
Kei Nishikori +5000
Stanislas Wawrinka +5000
Juan Martin Del Potro +5000
Marin Cilic +5000
Denis Shapovalov +6600
Grigor Dimitrov +6600
Gael Monfils +8000
Kyle Edmund +8000
Diego Schwartzman +8000
Tomas Berdych +10000
Pablo Carreno Busta +10000
Lucas Pouille +10000
Nick Kyrgios +10000
Roberto Bautista Agut +12500
Fabio Fognini +12500
Karen Khachanov +15000
Kevin Anderson +15000
Jack Sock +15000
John Isner +20000
David Ferrer +20000
Richard Gasquet +20000
Philipp Kohlschreiber +25000
Guido Pella +25000
Damir Dzumhur +30000
Pablo Cuevas +30000
Gilles Simon +30000
Albert Ramos-Vinolas +30000
Feliciano Lopez +40000
Thomas Fabbiano +50000
Adrian Mannarino +50000
Gilles Muller +50000
Sam Querrey +50000
Ivo Karlovic +50000
Simona Halep +550
Elina Svitolina +650
Serena Williams +900
Maria Sharapova +1000
Garbine Muguruza +1100
Jelena Ostapenko +1200
Petra Kvitova +1400
Karolina Pliskova +1600
Daria Kasatkina +1800
Caroline Wozniacki +2200
Angelique Kerber +2500
Kiki Bertens +2500
Caroline Garcia +2800
Victoria Azarenka +3300
Naomi Osaka +3300
Venus Williams +4000
Anett Kontaveit +4000
Julia Goerges +4000
Sloane Stephens +4000
Elise Mertens +5000
Madison Keys +5000
Johanna Konta +6600
Carla Suarez Navarro +6600
Kristina Mladenovic +8000
Dominika Cibulkova +8000
Coco Vandeweghe +8000
Svetlana Kuznetsova +8000
Laura Siegemund +8000
Anastasija Sevastova +8000
Lucie Safarova +8000
Marketa Vondrousova +8000
Timea Bacsinszky +10000
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +10000
Ashleigh Barty +10000
Daria Gavrilova +12500
Belinda Bencic +15000
Mihaela Buzarnescu +15000
Barbora Strycova +15000
Magdalena Rybarikova +20000
Irina-Camelia Begu +20000
Yulia Putintseva +20000
Samantha Stosur +20000
Elena Vesnina +25000
Alize Cornet +25000
Shuai Zhang +30000
Pauline Parmentier +30000
Bethanie Mattek-Sands +50000
Stanley Cup Playoff Odds Capitals Vs Knights

Stanley Cup Playoff Odds Capitals Vs Knights

The 2018 Stanley Cup Final will be decided between a first-year squad of castoffs and an Eastern Conference mainstay. Will the expansion Vegas Golden Knights hit the jackpot in their inaugural season? Or will the Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup after losing the finals in 1998?

Capitals Vs Knights Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Game 1
Washington +125 vs Vegas +145

Best of 7 Series
Washington +120 vs Vegas +140

Bet on Washington or Vegas?

Washington will make its first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998, making it the first during Alex Ovechkin’s 13-year tenure in DC and Nicklas Backstrom’s 11-year career.

To punch their Stanley Cup Final ticket to face the Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this post-season. Now they are +140 long shots to win the Cup.

“I still can’t believe it,” said Backstrom. “We worked so hard for this to be able to be in the finals and all it took was 11 years, but now we’re there.”

The Vegas Golden Knights played their first game less than a year ago, opening the season as 500-1 long shots to win the Stanley Cup. Today they are the +120 favorite to hoist Lord Stanley’s chalice. The Vegas squad beat the Jets, Sharks and Kings to reach the Cup final.

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“We have lots of defensemen lined up, we have lots of centers, and we have scoring on the wings, a little more scoring than we anticipated. And the goaltending looks solid,” GM George McPhee said of his team early in the season. “It’s what we’re trying to accomplish: To have a competitive club that people are going to enjoy watching play and then have the draft picks to draft our way to being a championship team.”

Who will survive to raise the greatest trophy in pro sports at the end of it all?

Who Can Beat Justify At The 2018 Preakness?

Who Can Beat Justify At The 2018 Preakness?

Justify drew the lucky number seven for the second time in a row. The last time out, he blew out a field of the world’s top twenty thoroughbreds for the Kentucky Derby crown. Now he faces Derby-runner up, a couple of Derby losers and four fresh faces.

What: 143rd Preakness Stakes
Where: Pimlico Race Course | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: 5-7:15 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

Let’s find out who has a shot at beating Justify for the 2018 Preakness Stakes crown.

#1 Quip +2000

Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
Jockey: Florent Geroux

Drawing the post position is not ideal. The colt earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby with a Tampa Bay Derby win. Quip has the same ownership group as Justify, WinStar Farm. Team Quip decided to skip the Kentucky Derby in order for Quip to be Preakness ready.

There is a reason WinStar Farm had Quip skip Churchill to focus on Pimlico. Quip’s early speed will give him an advantage on a track like Pimlico that favors speed. I am betting to Quip to find out.

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#2 Lone Sailor +3000

Trainer: Tom Amoss
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr

Lone Sailor is coming off of a disappointing eighth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby after placing second at the Grade II Louisiana Derby. He prefers to run well behind the pace. That running style doesn’t bode well for a short track full of speedsters.

#3 Sporting Chance +4000

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Luis Contreras

Sporting Chance failed to earn enough points for an invite to the big Kentucky Derby race. Instead he finished fourth in the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

#4 Diamond King +3000

Trainer: John Servis
Jockey: Javier Castellano

Diamond King 6-4-0-1. His jockey won his second Preakness last year. His trainer won the Preakness in 2004.

#5 Good Magic +350

Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Runner-up to Justify in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is the only challenger in the field of eight. This son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin’ was born for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness.

#6 Tenfold +4000

Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Tenfold ran fifth in the Arkansas Derby in just his third career start and didn’t race as a 2-year old. That fifth place finish cost Tenfold the points needed for a Kentucky Derby invite this year.

Can a three-time Preakness winning jockey get this colt into the winner’s circle?

#7 Justify -230

Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith

Justify won the Kentucky Derby by a collosal 2.5 lengths to break Apollo’s curse. He is undefeated. Baffert is 4 for 4 in the Preakness with his Derby winners. Preakness favorites are 72 for 142 in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

#8 Bravazo +2800

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Luis Saez

Bravazo disappointed at Churchill, finsihing sixth in the Kentucky Derby. He’s got a record of 9-3-1-1. In preparing for the Preakness Bravazo breezed four furlongs in :50.60 with eighth-mile splits of :13, :25.40 and 38 before a five-furlong gallop out in 1:04.80.