What To Bet On This Week

Oakland Athletics v Texas RangersWhen it comes to the major sports leagues to bet on in your sportsbook these days, it might seem like all you really have is baseball to wager on. While the MLB odds are refreshed every day, there’s a number of big sporting events coming up this weekend to keep an eye on. From the racetrack to the octagon, NASCAR and UFC will take the spotlight this Saturday and Sunday.

NASCAR

It should come as no surprise that Jimmie Johnson is the favorite on the betting odds to win Sunday’s Crown Royal 400, which will always been known as the Brickyard 400 because it is held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (officially, the name of the race is the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com; try remembering that).

Johnson has won this event four times, including last year and he has won here in all types of ways. He is the series points leader right now and the #48 team has a better handle on the new Sprint Cup car than most of the series right now. Johnson’s four wins in 2013 is tied with Matt Kenseth, but the five-time champ has been far more consistent as he has built a 56-point lead in the standings. You can find Johnson at the top of the odds at +450.

UFC

The UFC holds an event on FOX on Saturday, headlined by a bout between flyweight (125 pounds) champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Moraga with Johnson heavily favored at -450. However, Moraga has lost just once in his career and has stoppage victories in his first two UFC fights.

Many are also looking forward to the welterweight (170 pounds) tilt between Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald, who is favored at -230. There is a good chance that the winner will face the winner of the bout between champ Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, which takes place in November, and the two have been verbally jousting leading up to Saturday, so we should get some fireworks.