Dominick Reyes returns to action at UFC Vegas 25 on Saturday (May 1) in the hopes he can put a disappointing 2020 behind him, but Jiri Prochazka doesn’t make for an easy route back to the win column.
Reyes vs. Prochazka Prediction: Reyes via decision (+450)
Having taken a legend like Jones to five rounds, Reyes has proved he’s capable over the distance. Losses to two fighters of championship calibre in succession is no embarrassment, and provided he’s recovered mentally from that setback, victory over Prochazka could yet get him straight back into the title conversation at light heavyweight.
Reyes vs. Prochazka Moneyline Odds
Dominick Reyes: +110
Jiri Prochazka: -110
UFC Vegas 25 Betting Preview
“The Devastator” suffered two defeats in as many outings last year, both of which were for the UFC light heavyweight championship. Jon Jones handed Reyes (12-2) the first loss of his career in a controversial unanimous-decision result before Jan Blachowicz knocked him out to take the vacant belt seven months later.
Prochazka (27-3-1) is still the new kid on the block after knocking out Volkan Oezdemir in his UFC debut, his 11th straight win after an almost flawless career in Rizin. That victory was enough to convince William Hill USA the Czech star deserves to edge in front as a -110 favorite against Reyes, who settles for being the slimmest of underdogs at +110:
UFC Vegas 25 Betting Info & Card Schedule
Date: Saturday, May 1
Venue: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
Prelims: 7 p.m. ET (12 a.m. BST)
Main Card: 10 p.m. ET (3 a.m. BST)
Reyes was likeable as the more technical striker in this matchup even before the odds were announced, but the California native is that much more appealing at plus odds.
William Hill are also running an odds boost at +1800 returns that Reyes wins by submission, although more than three years have passed since he tapped Jeremy Kimball in his second UFC outing. That counts as one of only two submission victories on Reyes’ record, though the Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt could see the grappling as an area worth exploiting against powerhouse Prochazka:
In theory, this matchup should pan out as a stand-up war between two combatants who are most proficient in their striking. Prochazka’s last nine bouts have each ended as knockout wins in his favor, four of which were clean KOs (including the last three).
Reyes doesn’t possess nearly the same power, but there can be little question the 31-year-old is the more polished fighter. A finish is also more difficult for The Devastator considering Prochazka displayed an impressive chin against Oezdemir, whom he beat via split decision in March 2019.
If Reyes were to score a stoppage win on Saturday, the kicking game will be critical. Prochazka’s three-inch reach advantage is a scary proposition, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the underdog looked to the low kicks not only to weaken his opponent’s base, but also as a means to set him up for a possible head-kick finish.
Which team offers best futures value odds to win NBA title?
Here we are, after what was a very interesting 2020-21 campaign, ready to start the NBA Playoffs.
If it seems like we just watched the 2020 playoffs unfold, it is because it has not been very long since October.
But trust me: after the two months of this NBA Playoff campaign (the finals are slated to run from July 8-July 22), it will feel like the Los Angeles Lakers’ title from 2020 was a year ago.
Speaking of the Lakers, the current seventh seed in the Western Conference is still the betting favorite with sports books to win the West (odds of +225, the same as the Los Angeles Clippers) and the second choice to win the NBA Championship (+450).
But can the Lakers really win it with a banged up team, playing every series as the road team in Game 7, if they even get through the play-in rounds?
Many people still think so.
There are, though, some teams that provide good value in both conferences to win a conference title and/or a NBA crown.
The Utah Jazz, which might go in as the top seed in the West, have odds of +350 to win the conference, and +750 to win the NBA title. The Phoenix Suns, just behind the Jazz in the West standings, are +1400 to win the title and +600 to win the West.
Both offer significant value, and Utah could benefit from a clear path to the Western Conference Finals.
In the East, the Brooklyn Nets are -110 to win the conference, which makes them the overwhelming favorite. Can any team beat them?
Milwaukee has odds of +300, while Philadelphia’s odds are +333. Those might be the only two teams that could compete.
You can get the Bucks at +700 to win the NBA title, and the 76ers at +900, which could both be worth a play if you think the Nets don’t win it.