The upcoming weekend is about as busy as it gets in sports and gambling. The Winter Olympics, NHL All-Star game, NFL Pro Bowl, 14 NBA games, and the UFC! It's going to be a busy weekend!
Get ready for a huge weekend in sports watching and betting. Flip on the television set, ice down the cold beer, and open up those Spreads.ca accounts.
We're ready for action! Here's an early look ahead:
Sound the trumpets!
The big weekend begins on Friday with the official opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics. This Olympiad will be unlike anything we've seen before due to strict health and safety protocols, in addition to China's controversial standing as the host nation.
Covid and controversy aside, plenty of Olympic events will interest bettors. We'll post our thoughts on the winter games in the weeks to come.
NHL ALL-STAR GAME:
Not just one, but two All-Star games will take place. The one most of us are interested in is the NHL All-Star game (Saturday, Feb. 5, 4:30 PT), in Las Vegas.
For the sixth consecutive All-Star Game, a 3-on-3 format will be held, with teams representing each of the league's four divisions competing in a single-elimination tournament.
NFL PRO BOWL:
The other all-star competition is the NFL Pro Bowl, also in Las Vegas (Sunday, Feb. 6, 12:30 PT).
This will mark the official return of the NFL All-Star Game after it was canceled last year. It will also be the first Pro Bowl to be held at the brand new Allegiant Stadium, which is planned to become a regular venue for the annual event.
SUPER BOWL ODDS AND PROPS:
Even though the big game is still a week away (Sunday, Feb. 13, 3:30 PT), most of the odds and propositions will be up at Spreads,ca and elsewhere which will tempt us to bet.
Since props do adjust, and some numbers can move significantly, it's best to get down early in order to take full advantage of soft numbers.
The NBA's All-Star weekend is still a few weeks away, and that means plenty of key games on the hardwood.
Saturday features six games, and Sunday has eight matchups scheduled.
The premier games happen to be this Sunday, with conference battles that will give us better picture of the favourites to go deep into the NBA finals. The Philadelphia 76ers-Chicago Bulls game pits two of the best teams in the East (3:30 ET), while the Brooklyn Nets-Denver Nuggets tipoff (also at 12:30 ET) will wind down what's been a long road trip for the weary Nets, who are still favoured to win the NBA championship.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT:
If that's not enough action already, then check out the huge card in the UFC on Saturday.
Three fights highlight the Main Card, including the Middleweight·Main event -- Jack Hermansson vs. Sean Strickland, then the Middleweight·Co-main Punahele Soriano vs. Nick Maximov, and finally Welterweight bout Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Carlston Harris in a battle of undefeateds.
Olympics, NHL All Stars, the Pro Bowl, the NBA, and the UFC! It's going to be a busy weekend!