Winter Olympic odds 2018: Betting lines and props for the Pyeongchang games

In the 2014 Winter Olympics, the United States finished second in total medals behind host country Russia with 28 and fourth in gold medals with nine. The USA will try to improve on that performance this year in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The United States is going off at +400 to finish the 2018 Winter Olympics with the most total medals at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The national team finished just one medal behind Russia for the top spot in 2014 and won it comfortably in 2010 with 37 total medals, seven more than second-place Germany. The USA has never finished a Winter Olympics with the most gold medals and is going off at +500 to do so this year.

The 2018 medal table is expected to be led by Norway and Germany this year. Norway is a slight favorite at +150 to finish with more gold medals than Germany at +160 while both nations are going off as co-favorites at +175 to win the total medal count. Dark horses in these two categories include Canada (+700 in both gold and total medal counts) and the Netherlands (+1600 in both medal counts).

The total for gold medals for the United States is set at 10.5 with both the OVER and UNDER at -115 on the Winter Olympics odds. Canada’s gold medal tally is set at 8.5 with the OVER going off as a slight favorite at -120 over the UNDER at -110. The United States have finished with exactly nine gold medals in each of the last three winter games.

This year’s ice hockey tournament will have a different feel to it as the NHL has decided that it will not allow active players to participate. The tournament may be a bit more wide open with the lack of NHL players on the rosters, but the usual suspects are at the top with the Olympic Athletes of Russia going off at +225 to win gold followed closely by Canada at +275.

Former NHL greats Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, who now play in Russia’s KHL, will lead the Russians in this tournament.

Canada is favored to earn a clean sweep of all three gold medals in curling this year. The men and women’s teams are each going off at -110 to take home gold while the mixed team is going off at +110.

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Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/odds/2018/2/7/16983762/2018-olympics-odds-betting-preview-favorites-winter-games

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