A number of different sporting events highlight the weekend for bookmakers online and in Vegas. The Daytona 500 is attracting bettors, while the Duke-Syracuse rematch lost a bit of luster thanks to both teams being beaten during the week.
The Daytona 500 has seen huge interest from bettors on Bovada and topbet, with the many props available for the Sunday race in Florida.
Denny Hamlin took the Sprint Unlimited earlier in the week and that has helped hype the annual event that starts the official racing season for NASCAR.
Most books, such as sportsbook.com and betonline, will see the vast majority of their handle starting late Friday and running through the race on Sunday.
The Syracuse at Duke rematch is set for Saturday night in Durham, North Carolina at the Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the first game between the two teams this season, Syracuse outlasted Duke in overtime 91-89.
However, this matchup has not had the drawing power this week thanks to both teams losing in the run up to the game. Syracuse overlooked a weak Boston College team and was beaten.
Duke lost a close, tough battle on the road at Chapel Hill versus its archrivals the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Odds makers at Bovada called the game anticlimactic since both teams lost games during the week. Syracuse’s loss was its first of the season and will see then fall out of first place when Monday’s AP top 25 is posted.
Currently on betonline, Duke is -4.5 while the point total is sitting on 138.
The online sites have the United States favored over Finland in the bronze medal game for the Olympics. On sportsbook.com, Canada is favored to win on Sunday in the gold medal game in on hockey over a tough team from Sweden.
Vegas books cannot write odds for any of the Olympic Games events due to a federal law that does on allow betting the Olympics in Nevada. Nevertheless, there is talk that the law will be changed or rescinded all together. That would help bookmakers, as the Olympics are a popular betting venue for bettors around the globe.
The NBA season keeps rolling along with 8 games on its schedule for Saturday, including an East West matchup when the Brooklyn Nets visit the Golden State Warriors.
On Sunday, bettors will have a number of good matchups to choose from. The Los Angeles Clippers travel to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Chicago Bulls revive their rivalry against the Miami Heat in South Florida. Houston visits the biggest surprise in the league this season, Phoenix.