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2018 Winter Olympics Odds and Betting Preview: Part 2

Team USA(3-19) @ Team Norway(6-16)

  • Where: Various. PyeongChang, South Korea
  • When: February 9, 2018 6:00 am EST
  • Moneyline: (Most gold medals) Norway (-120), Germany (+200), United States (+700), Canada (+1200), Netherlands (+2500), Korea (+4000)

Another pigskin season has been capped off, this time with the Philadelphia Eagles’ breathtaking and historic win on Super Bowl Sunday. That leaves the viewing (and betting) calendar clear for Pyeongchang, and a unique and confounding Winter Olympics held in the tumultuous land of Korea.

We encourage you to check out MSB’s Olympic betting guide Part 1, which will have been updated if you are reading this after 1 AM EST on Wednesday before the opening ceremonies on January 8th. That preview looks at the odds and potential betting value of the medal count, men’s ice hockey, ski jumping, men’s and women’s downhill and slalom races.

While that may sound like a lot of competitions, the IOC puts on dozens upon dozens of them every 4 years. The Olympic Games are a special time. If there’s an exciting event to watch and a great bet on the board, let’s find it…by looking at a whole bunch of the other events in PyeongChang.

PyeongChang 2018 Betting Preview: Bobsled

The bobsled is a winter sport made for wagering. Not only is it fast-paced and thrilling, but success or failure is plainly evident…outside of split-second timed finishes anyway.

Even newbies know that a fast bobsled run depends on a trio of factors: A) the sprint B) the driver steering a smooth, center-cut path in the ice and C) perhaps most importantly, the gear.

Like a NASCAR race, the biggest names have the most well-funded vehicles for speedy travel. There is little-to-no value in upstart bobsledding nations, who can be compared to rookie racers driving slower cars.

But there aren’t a lot of tasty odds on the board for 2-man and 2-woman bobsled medals in Korea. In each competition, there are 3 teams in the (+200) range for gold – a Canadian duo in each category, next to 2 German and 2 American teams in the men’s and women’s respectively – and also no clear betting value. Trifecta players at specialty sports books will go crazy trying to predict gold, silver and bronze, but serious futures bettors should look to the 4-man.

Johannes Lochner’s German team is preening at (+180) at Bovada, the sweet-spot for a decided favorite without a clear challenger. Lochner is a newcomer to the Olympics, which might give a few pundits pause. But he leads the World Cup standings, won the World Championship in 2017 and won his final tune-up for PyeongChang in January. In other words, he’s a rising star and a hot commodity…sitting pretty at near 2/1 gold medal odds.

PyeongChang 2018 Betting Preview: Curling

We’ll be frank about this one. Curling is a wonderful sport, a form of battle-chess played on the ice rink. It’s terrific for falling half-asleep to during the live overnight broadcasts.

But it’s not always the most-fun betting scenario, especially since in a gold-medal futures market, all but one pick has to be losing.

Imagine laying down $500 on a chess game and losing an early Bishop-Rook exchange, then having to wait and wait and wait for the sad ending.

So if you really must spice-up your 4 AM lifestyle with a cash bet on The Roaring Game, go with a favorite or a likely upstart, not a long-shot. Rachel Homan’s distaff Canada team has nice odds to win a gold medal at (-110) even though her group is a prohibitive favorite. In mixed-gender play, look seriously at a wager on Switzerland. The Swiss beat talented Kevin Koe and Kompany – er, company – of Team Canada 6 to 5 at the World Championships but are 5/1 at Bovada.

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PyeongChang 2018 Betting Preview: Women’s hockey

Surprisingly, more books are offering markets on the women’s hockey tournament than the men’s! That could, of course, be due to the NHL ban…or thanks to colorful USWNT stars like Hillary Knight and Kendall Coyne.

The Americans are highly-favored with defending Olympic champs Team Canada not far behind. But we’re liking a bet on underdog Team Finland at (+1600). The Lady Lions are blessed with A-#1 women’s goaltender Noora Raty and a bevy of fast, young skaters. Finland has beaten Canada twice in women’s hockey over the past year.

PyeongChang 2018 Betting Preview: Figure Skating

Ah, here’s one of the true glamour sports of the Olympic Games. However, much like curling, figure skating can be a frustrating thing to bet on if done improperly. One can find herself wishing that an opposing skater would have been Tonya Harding’d…or manually-amputating fingernails whenever her gold-medal bet attempts a quad.

It’s best to go with an up-and-coming star – one with the youthful adrenaline to overcome the nervous pressure of a final-day “long” routine. Otherwise, you’ll have a liability on your hands as the skater could always blow a gasket…or a double-axel.

Nathan Chen of the USA is a wonderful bet in men’s singles, currently (+210) on the Bovada futures board behind Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. Chen spins like a top in the air and has landed as many as 5 quadruple-turn jumps in one routine. He’s the reigning United States’ champion and perhaps soon to be an Olympic champion.

In the women’s singles, Alina Zagitova is another in a long line of talented, groomed Russian youngsters who could win. But we’re liking light-as-a-feather newcomer Gabrielle Daleman of Canada at 16/1 odds. Daleman won bronze at the 2017 World Championships and has the weight (just over 100 lbs) and the technique to emerge without a hiccup, unlike all-or-nothing Canadian skater Keatlyn Osmond who is alternately a joy and a frustration to watch in world competition.

Kurt BoyerThis article was written by Kurt Boyer

A freelance sportswriter from Missouri, Kurt has covered court, gridiron, rink and ring for 10+ years. He muses about High School football on social media as The Gridiron Geek.

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