Memorial Day Weekend Betting Guide

Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with parades, picnics and lots of action in the wide world of sports. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to watch and what you can bet on to make this holiday weekend one to remember.

For early risers on Saturday, the French Open will be in full swing all morning. Then in the afternoon there’s the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, plus action from the WNBA on ABC. Our attention then turns to the Big Apple for a big night, with the Rangers and Hurricanes facing off in Game 6 of their NHL playoff series at Madison Square Garden, while at Barclays Center it will be Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero in a WBA lightweight bout.

Sunday morning is more tennis from Roland Garros to Paris, as the French Open moves to fourth-round matches before a trio of motor racing’s most prestigious races take place back-to-back. Have breakfast with Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix, followed by brunch and the Indianapolis 500, then a high tea at NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600.

For a nightcap, we have Sunday night baseball and the NBA playoffs. The Phillies visit the Mets in an NL East clash, the Heat and Celtics series will indeed need Game 7 to decide who will face the Warriors in the Finals.

I understood? Good. Here’s what to watch and what to bet this weekend.

Saturday schedule

Sunday schedule


Third round of Roland-Garros
5 a.m. ET, Roland Garros Stadium, Paris


Men’s favorites: Novak Djokovic (+175); Carlos Alcaraz (+275); Raphael Nadal (+330); Stefanos Tsitsipas (+450)
Women’s favorites: Iga Swiatek (-250); Amanda Anisimova (+1000), Cori Gauff (+1200); Paula Badosa (+1400)

Andre Snellings: Tsitsipas has the fourth-best odds to win the tournament, but in many ways this is the best opportunity he’s ever had to win a major tournament. Tsitsipas, still only 23, has made the semi-finals of a major tournament at least five times in his career. Clay is his best surface, and for the past two years he made the French Open semi-finals in 2020 and then the final in 2021, when he had a two-set lead over Novak Djokovic before finally lose in five. This season, he has already won on clay at the Monte Carlo Masters, and he made the semis and the final at the Madrid Open and the Italian Open, respectively. Tsitsipas is also on the opposite side of the draw to the three favourites, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz, meaning he would potentially only have to go through one of them to win and he won’t. wouldn’t face any before the final at the earliest.

Choice of men: Victory of Tsitsipas (+450)

Iga Swiatek plays tennis at a level that no other woman in the world currently reaches, and she plays on her best surface. She won the French Open in 2020 and has won 85% of her matches on clay in her career. She’s won 30 in a row, the longest streak since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013. And she’s not just winning, she’s dominating. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, she has already won 15 sets this season with a bagel (6-0), just 10 behind Serena Williams’ 25 for the entire 2013 season for the most since 2000. If the -250 to win isn’t enough juice for you, there’s a very reasonable chance she’ll run the table without dropping a set.

Choice of women: Swiatek winner (-250); Swiatek wins without losing a set (+220)


Liverpool v Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League Final, 3 p.m. ET, Stade de France, Paris


To win the championship: Liverpool (-175), Real Madrid (+135)
90 minutes: Liverpool (+100), Draw (+270), Real Madrid (+255)
More less : 2.5 goals (-135/+105)

Paul Carr: Each of these teams have scored in all but one of their Champions League games this season, and both teams have scored in Real Madrid’s last five UCL games. This was no coincidence, as both teams had at least 1.1 expected goals in those five games.

Choice: Both teams to score (-145)


Las Vegas Ace @ Chicago Sky
3 p.m. ET, Wintrust Arena, Chicago, ABC


Line: As (-2.5)
More less 168.5.

Eric Moody: In their first eight games of the season, the Aces scored 746 points (93.3 ppg). That’s the most points by any team in WNBA history in eight games. Over six games this season, the Sky scored 504 points (84 PPG), which tied for the third most points in six games in franchise history. It will be a high score match with Kahleah Copper back in the Sky fold.

Take: More than 168.5 (-110)


Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Rangers
8 p.m. ET, Madison Square Garden, New York, ESPN
Carolina leads 3-2


Line: Choose (-110)
Washer line: Hurricanes +1.5 (-280), Rangers -1.5 (+230)
More less : 5.5 (+125/-145)

Greg Wyshynski: The Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Hurricanes – unbeaten at home, only defeated on the road – has been well documented. I think there’s a chance they can turn the tide and end this streak in six games, but I’m much more confident from a betting standpoint that Mika Zibanejad will top that shot tally for Rangers. New York will have the last line change, which means it will escape Jordan Staal’s stop line in Game 6. He beat that total in Rangers’ first two home games of the series and in five of six home games for the playoffs. Faced with elimination, it is difficult to imagine that he will not try his luck.

Take: Zibanejad on 2.5 shots (-135)


Gervonta Davis vs. Rolando Romero
WBA lightweight bout, 11 p.m. ET, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY


Two way betting tip: Davis (-800), Romero (+550)
Results: KO, TKO or DQ: Davis (-400), Romero (+1200)
Decision: Davis (-430), Romero (+1200); Draw (+2500)
Sleeves: 6.5 rounds (O +100, U -130)

Both of these exciting fighters have tremendous knockout power, and since this is a rivalry fight, I don’t expect this fight to last all 12 rounds, so I like Davis winning this fight by TKO. Davis is very calculated and his accuracy with his power is incredible, as seen in past fights. Romero has a very wild and unpredictable style that has caused opponents problems in the past; however, against a fighter as skilled as Davis, this wild style will end up costing him dearly, as he leaves it open to be hit. If you give “Tank” Davis an opening, he’ll take it and probably let you sleep on the canvas.

Take: Davis winner via TKO (-400)


French Open fourth round
5 a.m. ET, Roland Garros Stadium, Paris


Men’s favorites: Novak Djokovic (+175); Carlos Alcaraz (+275); Raphael Nadal (+330); Stefanos Tsitsipas (+450)
Women’s favorites: Iga Swiatek (-250); Amanda Anisimova (+1000), Cori Gauff (+1200); Paula Badosa (+1400)

Come back on Sunday for more choices.


Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix
8:55 a.m. ET, Monaco, ESPN


Racing Favorites: Charles Leclerc (-120), Max Verstappen (+175)
Arrival on the podium: Leclerc (-275), Verstappen (-250), Carlos Sainz (+100), Sergio Pérez (+175), George Russell (+300), Lewis Hamilton (+300)
To play: Formula 1 Racing Pick’em

Mike Clay: When I last made an F1 pick in this column, I told you to pick Verstappen evenly after pointing out he’s won every race he’s finished this season. Three weeks later, this sequence remains alive. Including the sprint in Italy, Verstappen won five of a possible seven races, and he was in contention for victory in the two where he had to retire early with car trouble. Verstappen also won this race last season, although he benefited from a car problem before the race which eliminated pole-sitter LeClerc. LeClerc is the favorite at +105 this week, but landing Verstappen with solid cash and more is an easy bet.

Take: Victory for Verstappen (+175).

Ryan McGee: Yes, Mercedes is way off the pace, but Monaco has a way of leveling the playing field. Also, Lewis Hamilton hasn’t forgotten how to drive and this place rewards experience. Then again, this also punishes him.

Take: Victory for Hamilton (+300).


Indianapolis 500
11 a.m. ET, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NBC


Racing Favorites: Scott Dixon (+400), Alex Palou (+450)
After: Qualification grid

Ryan McGee: Scott Dixon is arguably the greatest Indy Car driver of his generation and has a pretty good case for greatest of all time. But he has “only” one Indy 500 win and that was 10 years ago this week. History tells me not to buy into all the hype surrounding his ridiculously fast month, but it’s also foolish to pick on him.

Take: Dixon winner (+400)


NASCAR Coca-Cola 600
6 p.m. ET, Charlotte Motor Speedway,


Racing Favorites: Kyle Larson (+450), Kyle Busch (+650), Chase Elliott (+750), Martin Truex Jr. (+900)
Winning manufacturer: Chevrolet (+110), Toyota (+160), Ford (+375)

Mike Clay: We’re going a bit far here, as Joey Logano has the 12th longest odds to win. That doesn’t make much sense considering Logano boasts an average 12.4 finish at this track, which is fourth best among active drivers. That includes a win in 2015, and he also won the All-Star Race here in 2016. Speaking of the All-Star Race, all three Team Penske cars dominated last week’s event in Texas ( also a 1.5 mile speedway), with Logano’s teammate Ryan Blaney taking the win (Logano finished fourth). Logano appears to be the best value, but other intriguing plays include Tyler Reddick (+1400), Ryan Blaney (+1000), Martin Truex Jr. (+900) and Chase Elliott (+750).

Take: Joey Logano winner (+1800)

Ryan McGee: In a parity season, it feels like we’ve spent a lot of time this spring looking at the championship standings and thinking, “Well, this guy is very well placed. When is he really going to win a race ?” We did it with Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Now it’s Truex’s turn, since 2014 he’s only finished outside the top 10 at the Charlotte Oval twice and he’s also won that race twice. It’s rather good.

Take: Martin Truex Jr. (+900)


Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
7 p.m. ET, Citi Field, New York, ESPN2


Line: Check back Sunday for odds and picks


Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat
Game 7, 8:30 p.m. ET, FTX Arena, Miami, ESPN


Line: Celtics (-2.5)
Money line: Celtics (-135), Heat (+115)
More less : 198.0

Orientation: The Celtics have lost 5 consecutive games with a chance to go to the Finals, dating back to 2012, tied for the 2nd longest streak of all time. —ESPN statistics and information

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