Daily Sports Betting Preview 3/5/2021: Arnold Palmer Invitational, MLB Spring Training, NCAA Basketball

  • The Arnold Palmer Invitational features several intriguing three-ball wagers.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are -135 favorites over the Kansas City Royals.
  • The Colorado State Rams have -120 odds to defeat the Nevada Wolfpack.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to this Friday edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview!

This Preview kicks off with a look at three-ball wagers from the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Then, the Preview examines MLB exhibition wagering as the Dodgers take on the Royals. Finally, in college basketball, the Colorado State Rams take on the Nevada Wolf Pack.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting

The Arnold Palmer Invitational enters its second round on Friday, and multiple intriguing three-ball wagers are up on the  online sportsbooks.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Second Round Three Ball Betting - B. DeChambeau / J. Rose / J. Spieth

  • Bryson DeChambeau +110
  • Jordan Spieth +187
  • Justin Rose +275

Bryson DeChambeau faces off against Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose in the first of Friday’s highlighted three ball matchups.

DeChambeau has +110 odds to take the victory over the other two competitors, making him a heavy favorite. He’s been an elite golfer since he gained 30 lbs during quarantine, and it shows with his odds to defeat Speith and Rose in this matchup.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Second Round Three Ball Betting - T. Hatton / R.McIlroy / F. Molinari

  • Rory McIlroy +105
  • Tyrrell Hatton +200
  • Francesco Molinari +275

The second of Friday’s highlighted three ball matchups takes a similar form in terms of how the betting odds shook out.

Rory McIlroy, one of the world’s elite golfers, sits with +105 odds to finish the round with a better score than Tyrrell Hatton and Francesco Molinari. While Hatton and Molinari are no slouches, McIlroy is a big name with high level play to back it up this season.

It’s worth noting, however, that Tyrrell Hatton could be a great underdog play here, as he’s actually ranked higher than McIlroy at the moment.

Golf betting enthusiasts could take a shot on Hatton, who’s been in good form as of late, to outperform the better known McIlroy.

MLB Spring Training Betting

MLB’s Spring Training is in full swing, and the title favorites are set to face off against a strong challenger as the Los Angeles Dodgers battle the Kansas City Royals.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals Odds

  • Los Angeles Dodgers -135
  • Kansas City Royals +110

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an elite team, while the Kansas City Royals are projected to be one of the worst teams in the league.

The odds are likely closer together for this matchup than they would be in the regular season due to the fact that it is Spring Training and there is a possibility that the Dodgers are taking this less seriously than they would a real matchup.

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The Dodgers are the favorites to win the World Series this year, adding to their team that won it in the 2020 season in the form of Trevor Bauer. Bauer, one of the best pitchers in MLB, could vault this team to new heights, and indeed, the Dodgers are in a tier of their own in terms of World Series futures odds.

2021 World Series Odds

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +300
  • New York Yankees +600
  • San Diego Padres +750
  • Chicago White Sox +850
  • New York Mets +1000
  • Atlanta Braves +1000
  • Toronto Blue Jays +2000
  • Tampa Bay Rays +2800
  • Minnesota Twins +2200
  • Oakland Athletics +2500
  • Houston Astros +2200

The Dodgers boast +300 odds to win the World Series in 2021, while the next closest team is the New York Yankees at +600.

The Royals sit near the bottom of the odds boards, with +12500 odds to win the 2021 World Series. MLB betting fans could just bet on the favorite, and wager that the Dodgers’ superior talent is enough to take them to victory in this matchup.

College Basketball Betting

This Friday’s featured college basketball matchup pits the Colorado State Rams against the Nevada Wolf Pack. This matchup looks to be balanced on a knife’s edge, with both teams having a real shot at the victory.

Colorado State vs. Nevada Moneyline

  • Colorado State -120
  • Nevada +100

Colorado State has a 17-4 record straight up over the course of the season, while Nevada falls a bit short at 14-9.

However, Nevada will be playing at home, and they have a 9-2 record when doing so. By contrast, three of Colorado State’s four losses have come on the road, where they are 6-3 straight up.

Colorado State vs. Nevada Spread

  • Colorado State -1.0 (-115)
  • Nevada +1.0 (-105)

Intriguingly, there’s very little daylight between the odds on the spread and the odds on the moneyline, because effectively moving from the spread to the moneyline is the same as buying or selling one point.

College basketball betting enthusiasts can move from Colorado State at -120 to Colorado State -1.0 at -115, selling the point for better odds.

On the other hand, they can move from Nevada +100 to Nevada +1 at -105, effectively buying the point for a 5% increase in wager price.

The fact that this matchup could go both ways is what makes it so intriguing, and the closeness between the spread and the moneyline serves to highlight this situation.

Nevada have covered the spread in their last six straight home games, but with the spread being so close to the moneyline in this game, that could have further implications.

Good luck!