The Weekly Showstopper: UFC 276, Red Sox vs. Cubs, and Padres vs. Dodgers

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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Jun 30, 2022, 5:06 PM

With the NBA and NHL seasons over, attention is turning to other sports.

Two UFC titles are on the line, and key MLB matchups are being played this weekend. Here are online sports betting insights about UFC 276, the Boston Red Sox playing at the Chicago Cubs, and the San Diego Padres competing at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

UFC

UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

Saturday, July 2 | TV: ESPN, PPV | Time: 6 p.m. ET

Israel Adesanya is set to defend his middleweight crown for the sixth straight occasion. This time, he’ll take on Jared Cannonier.

Adesanya is 22-1 for his career. His only loss came against Jan Blachowicz in the light heavyweight championship bout on March 6, 2021. 

Of his title victories, he’s won by unanimous decision on four of six occasions. His MMA odds to win by decision/technical decision were +100 as of Thursday, June 30.

Meanwhile, Cannonier is 15-5 with victories in five of his last six outings. He last defeated Derek Brunson in February.

Adesanya’s UFC odds to win were -550, while his odds of winning in Round 1 were +500. Cannonier’s odds of victory were +375.

Two featherweight division stars are facing off with Alexander Volkanovski defending his belt in a matchup with Max Holloway.

Volkanovski is 24-1 and hasn’t lost since 2013, but he’s been very close to being defeated by Holloway. In Volkanovski’s first two title fights, he beat Holloway by a unanimous decision, and a split decision. 

Holloway is 23-6 for his career. He’s lost twice in his last four appearances, but both were against Volkanovski.

Volkanovski still had -200 UFC betting odds to win, while Holloway’s were +165.

MLB

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs

Saturday, July 2 | TV: FOX | Time: 7:15 p.m. ET

The Red Sox are seeking to solidify their place among the best teams in the American League.

As of Thursday, June 30, they were 43-33 after winning eight of their previous 10 games. They were third in the AL, 13 games behind the Yankees for the AL East and American League lead. Boston’s World Series odds were +3000, while their AL odds were +1200, and division odds were +3000.

The Cubs, meanwhile, were 29-46, 14 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

The Red Sox’s Josh Winckowski and Chicago’s Alec Mills are  set to take the mound in this matchup. Winckowski is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA while Mills is 0-1 with a 9.87 ERA.

For the Red Sox, Rafael Devers had a team-best 17 home runs and .328 batting average to go with 45 RBIs going into Thursday, while Trevor Story had 52 RBIs and 12 homers for the year.

Willson Contreras was pacing Chicago with a .280 batting average and a .394 on-base percentage. Patrick Wisdom was leading the team in home runs (14) and RBIs (37).

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, July 2 | TV: FOX | Time: 7:15 p.m. ET

The Dodgers are playing like one of the best teams in baseball this season. But the Padres aren’t far behind.

Going into Thursday, the Dodgers were 46-28, good for the top spot in the National League. The Padres, though, were just 1.5 games behind at 46-31. This matchup could prove who’s most ready to make a push for the NL pennant.

The Dodgers’ MLB odds to win the World Series were second at +450, and their odds to win the NL were +225. San Diego’s odds were +1300 and +650, respectively. Los Angeles was first in NL West odds at -275, while the Padres were second at +275.

Yu Darvish of the Padres and Tyler Anderson of the Dodgers are the scheduled starting pitchers. Darvish is 7-3 with a 3.26 ERA while Anderson is 8-1 with a 3.23 ERA.

Manny Machado was San Diego’s batting leader. The third baseman had a .328 batting average, 12 home runs and 46 RBIs.

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts had a team-high 17 home runs. Trea Turner was their leader in batting average (.309) and RBIs (56).

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.