Talk about Super Bowl 56 monopolizes the sports betting market this weekend, but there’s still plenty happening on 2022 Winter Olympics oddsboards.
Members of Team USA are looking to medal, or take steps toward medaling, in Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Women’s Bobsled, Women’s Big Air, and Ice Dancing.
If you’re looking to bet on the Beijing Games, be sure to to search multiple platforms as every sportsbook has a different mix of Olympic odds available. And if you don’t see an event you want to bet on at your favorite book, check a few hours later. Due to the time difference between the U.S. and China, odds for sports happening late on a given day often aren’t available very far in advance.
Here’s a look at some of the top events happening this weekend involving Team USA.
Men’s Olympic Hockey Odds: Team USA vs. Canada
With NHL players remain stateside, Canada is favored to win Saturday’s preliminary-round meeting against Team USA (aired live Friday 11 p.m. ET, USA Network). It’s worth comparing odds at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and BetRivers to find the options that best match your thoughts on the game.
Canada is laying 1.5 goals to the U.S. at DraftKings and BetRivers. FanDuel favors Canada by 0.5 goals, while BetMGM has Canada laying a goal. This sets up an arbitrage opportunity for bettors. Take U.S. +1.5, lay the half goal with Canada, and if our neighbors to the north win by exactly one goal, cash both tickets.
The total is set at 5.5 goals across the board, while the moneyline for Canada is between -200 (BetMGM) to -250 at DraftKings.
The moneyline for the U.S. ranges from +150 at BetMGM to +190 at DraftKings. The odds at FanDuel and BetRivers fall somewhere in between.
The Mixed Team Snowboard Cross is also Saturday (live Friday 9 p.m. ET on NBC) with the U.S. team of Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner. Jacobellis won gold in the Women’s Snowboard Cross earlier this week, punctuating a great career.
Jacobellis and Baumgartner sit sixth on the board at +800 at PointsBet.
Team USA Favored In Women’s Monobob
This event is making its Winter Olympics debut, and Americans Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor are expected to capitalize. They are clear favorites to win gold and silver medals in this weekend’s event.
Meyers Taylor won the Women’s World Cup title in Monobob this season, but teammate Humphries is a slight favorite to take the gold medal in Beijing.
With the addition of Monobob, the women now have two Olympic bobsleigh events. Monobob is notable for the fact that the one-person sleigh means the competitor is doing all of the work. And unlike the two-person sleds, which feature technology used by Formula 1 teams, the Monobobs are identical.
That puts an emphasis on the best drivers. Here’s how the oddsmakers see the Women’s Monobob playing out.
|Kaillie Humphries (USA)||+250||+225||+200||+240|
|Elana Meyers Taylor (USA)||+300||+250||+300||+240|
|Laura Nolte (GER)||+600||+600||+550||+650|
|Christine de Bruin (CAN)||+800||+800||+600||+850|
|Cynthia Appiah (CAN)||+1000||+800||+800||+850|
|Breeana Walker (AUS)||+1800||+800||+800||+850|
In other action this weekend, the U.S. faces Sweden in women’s curling and both countries are in medal contention. Eileen Gu is favored to win the Women’s Slopestyle, which would be her second gold at these Olympics.
Team USA Looks to Shine In Women’s Ice Dancing
It’s already been a successful Winter Olympics for figure skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates. They won the free dance portion of the team event, helping Team USA secure a silver medal. On Sunday’s primetime telecast on NBC, they hope to add the Ice Dancing gold to their impressive resumes.
And they won’t have to look far to find some of their closest competitors. Fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are also +525, tied for the third-shortest odds. Tandems from France and the Russian Olympic Committee are favored for the gold and silver medals.
Hubbell and Donohue have been skating as a team since 2011. They started dating along the way and, even after breaking up as a couple, have remained partners on ice. They both agreed the bonds between them were too strong to stop skating together.
In Women’s Big Air Snowboarding, Team USA’s Jamie Anderson has the third-best odds at +600, leaving her behind favorite Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand (+250) and Austria’s Anna Gasser at +475.