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- The two best words in sports? Betting Holiday.
- Bettors can enjoy a loaded slate Monday, starting with the French Open at 5 a.m. ET and finishing up with Warriors-Rockets Game 7 and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
- Throw in some baseball (including 12 day games), and bettors will have 74 games or matches to choose from across those four sports.
Monday is Memorial Day, the perfect time to gather around with friends and family, dust off the Bruce Springsteen records and throw a couple of rib-eyes on the grill — all in memory of our fallen soldiers.
However, this year, it seems Memorial Day falls on another type of holiday, something we in the sports community (or betting community, at any rate) refer to as a “betting holiday.”
There are a few days scattered throughout the calendar when a number of different (generally big) sporting events fall on the same day. These are betting (or degenerate) holidays.
Bear in mind, bettors who want to endure the full glory of the 19-hour marathon must prepare for an early start. The French Open begins play at 5 a.m. ET, so things will likely already be underway by the time you’re waking up. Especially if you’re feeling extra-patriotic. A perfect day to cheer on some American players over in Paris. Let’s take a quick glance at the epic day.
French Open First Round
Starting: 5 a.m. ET
Channel: Tennis Channel (and NBC Sports App)
The French Open will kick off at 5 a.m. with its first full slate. There are 56 matches scheduled for Monday between WTA and ATP, highlighted by Rafael Nadal (-10000) beginning his journey for a record 11th French Open title. His first-round match with Simone Bolelli (+2800) is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Starting: 1:05 p.m. ET
Action will kick off on the diamond early in the afternoon — a perfect pairing for your burgers and/or beers. We will start the day with an absolute gem of a game as well: Justin Verlander and the Astros against Domingo German at Yankee Stadium on ESPN.
There are 12 afternoon games in total — a true treat for all baseball bettors. The last game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET (Phillies-Dodgers), but I think we will all survive with no late night baseball …
NHL Stanley Cup Final, Game 1
When: 8 p.m. ET
I can’t even imagine the atmosphere in Vegas on Monday night. Talk about a holiday. Ovechkin or Vegas? Both feel destined. Should be a war. The Knights are -145 (total 5.5) for Game 1.
NBA Western Conference Finals, Game 7
When: 9 p.m. ET
The second-best words in sports? Game 7. Enough said. Who ya got: Warriors -6 or Rockets? The Houston crowd will also be on fire for this one.
Happy Memorial Day and Betting Holiday, everyone!