- Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed lead their group play odds, with +120 and +135 odds, respectively.
- The New York Yankees are slight favorites (-140) over the Tampa Bay Rays, but trends suggest taking the over.
- Finding prop bets on the NHL can help those backing the heavily favored Vegas Golden Knights (-240).
LAS VEGAS - With a Friday slate of betting action ready at the books, bettors should be ready for another weekend of gambling.
The Masters continues into Round 2, where various 3-ball betting odds allow golf fans to pick the winner of each group. Most come with positive odds, allowing the less familiar to choose two and still potentially come out positive.
Aside from the golf betting action, sports bettors have the MLB and NHL in their grips.
The New York Yankees headline the baseball day while the daily sports betting preview also takes on a popular team in the Vegas Golden Knights.
Masters Prop Betting
Teeing off at 1:48 p.m. EST, the group of Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, and Rory McIlroy is one of notable names.
Other than Dustin Johnson, who is a -185 odds favorite over Lee Westwood and Tyler Strafaci, Rahm is the heaviest favorite among the afternoon groups' leaders.
Round 2, X. Schauffele / J. Rahm / R. McIlroy
- Jon Rahm +120
- Xander Schauffele +200
- Rory McIlroy +225
Rahm played a relatively clean Round 1, on a day which saw all but 19 golfers shoot above par. Getting a birdie and bogey on both the front and back, Rahm's par play has him tied for 13.
Round 2, P. Reed / D. Berger / P. Casey
- Patrick Reed +135
- Daniel Berger +200
- Paul Casey +200
The second group tees off just after Rahm's group (2 p.m. EST) and those taking action on a Masters betting prop surrounding Casey may be in for a nail-biter.
After eagling 8, Casey put out a bogey on five holes of the back nine.
Daniel Berger could break closer to E, assuming Patrick Reed shows some signs of regression. But, Rahm (+1400) and Reed (+1400) are still among the top 5 favorites to win the 2021 Masters, showing just how much faith both online sportsbooks and golf betting fans have in them.
While Justin Rose (+350) leads the field, the Masters odds drop off severely just outside the top seven.
Oddly, the Tampa Bay Rays have dominated the New York Yankees in the past year. For all of 2020, the Rays went 12-5 against New York but times have certainly changed, as the team that opened +1000 to win the World Series now is floating in the midddle at +3300.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have +525 World Series odds and will continue their quest under Corey Kluber on Friday at 3:10 p.m. EST.
For a pitcher that averaged about 215 innings over a five year span (while winning two Cy Young awards), one wonders how his 40.2 innings pitched since 2019 will affect him.
NYY (Corey Kluber) vs. TB (Rich Hill) Betting Odds
- Run Line: TB +1.5 (-130)
- Moneyline: NYY -140, TB +120
- Total: 8.5 Runs (-110)
1st Inning Line - Total
- O 1.5 (+230)
- U 1.5 (-320)
The Yankess are 80-64-5 on the over as an away favorite under Aaron Boone - giving baseball betting players some thoughts on taking the first inning underdog. Even further, the Yankees are 107-94-6 on the over for divisonal games.
All signs point to taking the over, but will it begin in the first inning?
Rich Hill has averaged 1.3 home runs per 9 innings over the last five seasons but the journeyman was averaging double digit strikeouts for many years.
Passing on the first inning line bet seems like the best play.
Golden Knights Heavy Favorites
With some shading on the over, the Vegas Golden Knights will host the Arizona Coyotes in this 10:08 p.m. EST West Division battle.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Line
- Puck Line: ARI +1.5 (-125)
- Moneyline: ARI +200, VGK -240
- Total: 5.5 Goals (Over -120)
The Coyotes are heating up, on a 7-3 form while Vegas has fluttered with a last-10 record of 4-5-1.
However, as the Golden Knights have given up the far fewest goals in the division, taking the heavy favorite at -240 odds could be utilized.
For NHL betting players not wanting to lay with a heavy favorite, they may instead look to capitalize on a longshot bet.
For NHL margin of victory betting odds, the Knights can have their heavy favorite status come with positive odds.
Margin of Victory Odds (End Of Regulation)
- VGK: 1 Goal +525
- VGK: 2 Goals +600
- VGK: 3+ Goals +180
There are many ways to bet on the Golden Knights, with over 200 prop bets available at most online sportsbooks. Finding them isn't hard but being smart enough to find the right one is.
Michael spends most of his time betting on over/unders and analyzing algorithms in attempts to beat the book. His focus on statistics comes from an early understanding of mathematics as well as knowledge of opportunity costs. Michael enjoys playing basketball and reading about the NBA whenever he has the free time. When he is not writing, he can be found in Mississippi hitting the sportsbooks and enjoying a margarita… on the rocks, no salt.