Weekly Sports Recap & Update – May 18th Edition

This will be a big weekend in the world of sports as there are some major events taking place. Not only are the NBA and NHL Playoffs continuing throughout the weekend, but there are also big events in the golf and horse racing world. 

Here is a quick look at four big sporting events set to take place this weekend and a quick betting preview of those events. 

Betting Action: Weekly Sports Recap & Updates

PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is currently taking place at Oak Hill in New York, and the course got the better of the golfers in the first round. Eric Cole was the first-round leader at the PGA Championship, but he’s not expected to hold onto that lead for long. 

Scottie Scheffler is now the clear betting favorite to win the PGA Championship, as his odds have moved to just +230. Scheffler is the number two golfer in the world, but you should be looking to bet on someone else from the field. 

There is great value in betting on Xander Schauffele at +3500 or even Rory McIlroy at +2000. 

Preakness Stakes

After a crazy week at the Kentucky Derby, the attention now turns to Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes. The field for the Preakness Stakes has continued to change over the last few weeks, but things appear to be set heading into the race on Saturday. 

Mage won the Kentucky Derby in thrilling fashion, and that horse is the current betting favorite at +150. First Mission (+275) and National Treasure (+350) are also set to be in the mix in what should be a terrific race. 

You can really bet on any of the top horses at the Preakness Stakes but don’t be surprised to see Mage come out on top yet again.

NBA Playoffs

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals will continue on Friday night, with the Boston Celtics slated at nine-point betting favorites over the Miami Heat. Boston is trying to even up the series, while Miami looks to steal a second game on the road. 

This is a game that the Celtics simply have to win, and they will put together a dominant performance on their home floor to cover the spread. 

In the Western Conference Finals set to be played on Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers are 5.5-point betting favorites in Game 3. The Denver Nuggets currently hold a 2-0 series lead, but life on the road will be more difficult. 

Denver is clearly the better team, but LeBron James and company will take care of business and win this game by double-digits.

NHL Playoffs

There are just four teams remaining in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that field will shrink down to just two teams by the end of this round. The Western Conference Finals begin on Friday night, and the Vegas Golden Knights are -125 over the Dallas Stars at home. 

Vegas has been terrific throughout the postseason, and they should be able to take control of this matchup. Bet the Golden Knights -125 as they take Game 1 against the Dallas Stars. 

The Carolina Panthers try to even things up in the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday after a marathon loss in the series opener. Carolina is the moneyline favorite over the Florida Panthers, and this should be a dominant performance. 

Bet the Hurricanes -1.5 as they are going to take complete control of this matchup and get back into the series.