When it comes to betting on basketball, it’s tough to bet against the Golden State Warriors, whose reserves – which would be starters in any other city – can go toe to toe with Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. On a night when backup guard Shaun Livingston scored as many points as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined, the Warriors lived up to their status as favorites at SBG Global sportsbook and defeated the Cavs 104-89 to win game 1 of the NBA championship series. Additionally, Draymond Green had an on night and registered 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
The French Open holds a special place in the hearts of fans who bet on tennis. Time and the weather can play such a big part as to even change tennis betting odds. Number 1 in the world Novak Djokovic found that out on Monday when it literally rained on his parade. For the first eight days of Roland Garros, Djokovic looked like the luckiest guy in tennis. Andy Murray – on the other side of the draw – arrived in Paris off a clay-court win over the Serb in Rome that left some doubting as to whom exactly should be favored. As it turns out, though, Murray got off to two nerve-wracking, five-set matches he barely managed to scrape by won and expressed concerns about needing to save energy if he had any chance to win.
The main reason to bet on UFC 199 – and obviously to watch it – is to see Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping tear each other limb from limb in the main event. There is no love lost between these two guys and they have made no secret of it – cutting badass promos on each other and what not. They hate each other worse than Dr. Henry Jones Jr. hates snakes, and will settle matters like two responsible, civilized, and contributing members of society would – by stepping inside a steel cage and discussing things with full contact sign language.
People love dark horses and underdogs. Maybe not so much when they bet on soccer, but then you never know. The Copa America will not be lacking its share of such competitors, Ecuador being one of them. Following the tournament that took place the year before this one, they have won five games, including defeating giants of the region like Argentina and Uruguay. This display of ball footing has landed them in the second place of their World Cup Qualifying group. Felipe Caicedo who formerly plied his trade at Manchester United has scored more goals than anyone else in the qualifying, and goes on the warpath accompanied by Antonio Valencia, Jefferson Montero, and Enner Valencia.
Soccer betting favorite Argentina’s major trophy drought is made even more poignant by its association with the career of a player who’s already on the short list for the best in the world. Lionel Messi has yet to win a major senior trophy with Argentina, a king without a crown that has gone almost a quarter of a century without a major title. After they won the 1993 Copa América, Argentina has gone on to lose one World Cup final, two Confederations Cup finals and three Copa América finals. Messi played a role in 50% of those defeats which were all shutouts. But fans who bet on soccer should assume that Argentina has 50-50 chances.
Mexico is the non-South America soccer betting favorite to win the Copa America. Group C has the team in the best form, one of the players in the best form and, a home away from home, and they all intersect in El Tri. Even though South American favorites of people who bet on soccer like Argentina and Brazil are popularly picked to win the tournament this summer, Mexico has all the elements to win what could arguably be considered the most important trophy in the history of the country.
People who bet on basketball will be favoring the Golden State Warriors over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win game 1 of the NBA championship series – and the entire series as well. For instance, at SBG Global sportsbook, the lines run thus:
Simply put, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA Finals betting on basketball underdogs because they are playing the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs would be the favorites against any other team, but GS isn’t just any other team, as Curry and Co. proved against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But while the Warriors may have never encounter a record they didn’t shatter, Cleveland actually has the better playoff record (12-2). Moreover, the Cavaliers outscored opponents by a combined 177 points in the first three playoffs rounds – tying the ’85 Lakers for the 2nd largest margin heading into the NBA championship series.
Even though still a soccer betting favorite to win the Copa America, Brazil may be undercutting its own prospects by focused on adding an Olympic gold medal to its resume – thus becoming only the second country to win the World Cup, Confederations Cup, Olympic, U-20, U-17 and continental title sextuple. Case in point: leaving Neymar behind so he can play in the Olympic Games in Rio.
Betting on basketball is a fickle business. For a while there – when the Golden State Warriors were struggling 1-3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, to be more specific – the Cleveland Cavaliers were briefly the favorites to win the NBA championship; the first time that GS were not the favorite in the entire season. But lo and behold, Stephen Curry managed to out-Curry himself and led the Warriors to an impressive comeback, win three in a row, and finally overcome the Thunder in game 7 of an epic Western Conference Final series.