Weekend Olympic preview and a little NASCAR too
It’s a busy weekend in Vancouver with events across the board, but we’re going to focus our betting eye on short track speed skating and hockey. This weekend’s big event on the short track is the men’s 1000 meters. American Anton Apolo Ohno goes after another medal, but he won’t be the favorite on the short oval. At Bovada two South Korean skaters top the odds list for the race and considering how well the Koreans have done so far on both the short track and the long track so far that shouldn’t be a surprise. On the long track the Koreans have dominated so far with four medals, a pair of gold and a pair of silver. With only two final races on the short track so far the Koreans haven’t had a chance to dominate yet, but that chance is coming.
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In the lone men’s short track final to have been run so far, the 1500 meters, Jung-Su Lee won the gold. In the 1000 meter his fellow countryman Ho-Suk Lee is the favorite at Bovada at 13/8. Lee follows right behind him at 9/4, while Ohno is a 10/3 underdog. In short track speed skating, where anything can happen, it might be a smart move to throw a little bit of cash on both Koreans and Ohno because any of them could win the gold. If you’re looking for a dark horse go with Canadian Charles Hamelin at 8/1. He was a favorite in the 1000 meters, but struggled in qualifying. He’ll be looking for redemption in the 1500 and could surprise. The main event in Vancouver this weekend is on Sunday, when Canada’s men’s hockey teams gets their biggest test of the tournament so far against the United States. Canada dodged a bullet on Thursday night with a close 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland. The USA beat both Switzerland and Norway in regulation and enter Sunday’s game ahead of Canada in the Group A standings. As long as Sunday’s game doesn’t go into overtime the winner will finish atop Group A. Also on tap in men’s ice hockey on Sunday is important game for Russia against the Czech Republic and Sweden faces Finland. The winner between Russia and the Czechs win capture Group B, while Sweden and Finland will duel for top spot in Group C.
NASCAR Betting – Auto Club 500 Odds
The Sprint Cup Circuit is also out on the west coast this weekend, but they’re far from Vancouver, in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 500. Jamie McMurray won at Daytona last weekend to kick off the new season, but he’s a 40/1 underdog at Bovada to go back-to-back this weekend.
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The favorite is Jimmie Johnson, who leads all active drivers in wins at the Auto Club Speedway with four. Johnson is listed at 4/1 and has won the Pepsi Max 400 (which is also held at Auto Club) for the last three seasons.