Ryan Lochte vs. Micheal Phelps odds top the first full day of Olympic competition. Top sports handicapper odds have Lochte as the prohibitive favorite in the 400 meter medley.
Speaking of prohibitive favorites, Team USA basketball must beat Croatia by at least 40 to cover in women’s basketball.
Olympic odds for Saturday. Here is women’s basketball including the USA laying (-39) to Croatia.
|USA Women vs Croatia Women – Group A|
|Sat 7/28||607 USA (Women)||-39 -110-38½ -117-39½ -102-38 -123-40 +105||-50000||o161 -110o160½ -117o161½ -102o160 -123o162 +105|
|11:45AM||608 Croatia (Women)||+39 -110+38½ -103+39½ -118+38 +103+40 -125||+20000||u161 -110u160½ -103u161½ -118u160 +103u162 -125|
|Brazil Women vs France Women – Group B|
|Sat 7/28||609 Brazil (Women)||+10 -110+9½ -102+10½ -117||+450||o132 -110o131½ -118o132½ -102|
|3:00PM||610 France (Women)||-10 -110-9½ -118-10½ -103||-600||u132 -110u131½ -102u132½ -118|
|Australia Women vs Great Britain Women – Group B|
|Sat 7/28||611 Australia (Women)||-20½ -110-20 -118-21 -103||-3500||o142½ -110o142 -117o143 -102|
|5:15PM||612 Great Britain (Women)||+20½ -110+20 -102+21 -117||+1750||u142½ -110u142 -103u143 -118|
|Olympic Swimming Other Sports||Money Line|
|Men’s 400m Individual Medley Gold Medal Winner|
|Sat 7/28||101 R.Lochte wins men’s 400m medley||-235|
|2:30PM||102 Field wins men’s 400m medley gold medal||+195|
|Sat 7/28||103 M.Phelps wins men’s 400m medley||+265|
|2:30PM||104 Field wins men’s 400m medley gold medal||-325|
|Sat 7/28||105 K.Hagino wins men’s 400m medley||+1250|
|2:30PM||106 Field wins men’s 400m medley gold medal||-2000|
|Men’s 400m Individual Medley – best finishing position|
|Sat 7/28||110 Michael Phelps (400m medley)||+235|
|2:30PM||111 Ryan Lochte (400m medley)||-275|
|Women’s 100m Butterfly Gold Medal Winner|
|Sat 7/28||151 D.Vollmer wins women’s 100m butterfly||-400|
|2:40PM||152 Field wins women’s 100m butterfly gold||+280|
|Women’s 400m Individual Medley Gold Medal Winner|
|Sat 7/28||251 E.Beisel wins women’s 400m medley||-170|
|3:11PM||252 Field wins women’s 400m medley gold||+140|
|Men’s 100m Breaststroke Gold Medal Winner|
|Sat 7/28||301 K.Ktajima wins men’s 100m breaststroke||-140|
|3:32PM||302 Field wins men’s 100m breaststroke gold||+100|
|Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Gold Medal Winner|
|Sat 7/28||351 NED wins women’s 4x100m freestyle relay||+165|
|3:43PM||352 Field wins women’s 4x100m freestyle gold||-215|
|Sat 7/28||353 USA wins women’s 4x100m freestyle relay||+200|
|3:43PM||354 Field wins women’s 4x100m freestyle gold||-280|
|Sat 7/28||355 AUS wins women’s 4x100m freestyle relay||+220|
|3:43PM||356 Field wins women’s 4x100m freestyle gold||-300|
Meanwhile, the Canadian Crew checks in with a free sports pick. Pittsburgh Pirates vs Houston Astros
Odds: PITT -155/HOU +145, 8.5 o/u
How tough is life for the Houston Astros? Heading into their current series against the surging Pirates they’d lost nine straight; as of Friday, that number was ten. Since the All-Star break they’re an ugly 1-13. Oh, and their starting pitcher is a solid 0-0 and has bounced around the MLB like a rubber ball.
In the hot seat for the Astros is Armando Galarraga (26-30, 4.69 career ERA). The Venezuelan has had a hard luck career and has already been dropped by the Orioles this season.
Is a game against one of the best teams in the league the best place to see if you’re ready to return to the big leagues? Galarraga has proven himself capable of the big game in the past, but his position is hardly enviable.
Can Galarraga expect a little help from those hot, hot Houston bats today? In a word, “no.” during their ten game losing streak, Houston has averaged 2.9 runs a game and have only scored more than three runs in a single game twice since the break.
If there’s any good news for Galarraga and company today, it’s that not many people will see the outcome of the game in person. Crowds in the 15,000 range are becoming a common occurrence for the Astros.
Pittsburgh is starting off their rotation Wandy Rodriguez (7-9, 3.79 ERA). Rodriguez should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Astros, since just last week he was traded from Houston to the Pirates in a multi-player deal. Rodriguez has struggled a bit this season and is carrying a beefy 4.76 ERA over 28 innings pitched this month.
The big difference for Rodriguez pitching today, over his pitching a week ago, is that he can expect a little offensive support. Over their last ten games, the Pirates have been averaging closer to 3.8 runs a game. Pitching with this kind of support could help Rodriguez take his game up a few notches.
Look for Pittsburgh to put up a decisive win against the Astros today.
The Pick: Pittsburgh -155
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