The Weekly Showstopper: UFC 278, Red Sox vs. Orioles and Ravens vs. Cardinals

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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Aug 18, 2022, 6:28 PM

A variety of interesting contests are set to take place this weekend.

Here are online sports betting insights for UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, the Boston Red Sox taking on the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens playing the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason game.

UFC

UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2

Saturday, Aug. 20 | TV: ESPN, PPV

Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards are set to face off once again. This time, it’s for the welterweight title.

Usman, who’s from Nigeria, is the UFC betting favorite at -350 as of Thursday, Aug. 18. He’s 20-1 in his career and has won his last 19 fights.

That includes a unanimous decision victory over Edwards in December 2015. Usman has also successfully defended his title five times in a row.

Edwards, who’s from England, is 19-3 for his career. In fact, the last loss he suffered was against Usman. His UFC odds to win are +275.

MLB

Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Sunday, Aug. 21 | TV: ESPN | Time: 7 p.m. ET

Both the Red Sox and Orioles are battling for winning records.

As of Thursday, Aug. 18, the Red Sox were 59-59, 14 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East. Their MLB odds to win the division were +100000.

But Boston was just 2.5 games behind the Orioles in the AL East. Baltimore was 61-56 with division odds at +25000.

Boston’s Nick Pivetta and Baltimore’s Dean Kremer are scheduled to pitch. Pivetta is 9-9 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, while Kremer is 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

Rafael Devers, with MLB betting odds to win AL MVP at +8000, had a Boston-best 25 home runs and 62 RBIs. Xander Bogaerts had a .302 batting average.

Anthony Santander was leading the Orioles with 61 RBIs and 20 homers. Trey Mancini had a .268 batting average.

NFL

Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, Aug. 21 | TV: FOX | Time: 8 p.m. ET

Both the Ravens and the Cardinals enter the second week of preseason games after victories. Baltimore has NFL odds of -5.5 in the matchup with Arizona.

The Ravens have been phenomenal in the preseason. They’ve won an NFL-record 21 consecutive preseason games. Last week, they defeated the Titans 23-10.

Both Anthony Brown (10 of 15) and Tyler Huntley (16 of 18) passed for over 100 yards in that game, with Huntley throwing for a touchdown. Shemar Bridges caught four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The Ravens are in the top 10 for Super Bowl odds as of Thursday, Aug. 18, at +2000. They were the favorites to win the AFC North at +145.

The Cardinals are fresh off a 36-23 win over the Bengals. Trace McSorley completed 13 of 22 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown to go with a team-high 32 rushing yards. Andy Isabella led Arizona with 57 yards on four receptions.

The Cardinals’ odds to win the NFC West were +350.

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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.