2022 Winter Olympics Friday, February 18 best bets: Britain battles Sweden for men's curling gold medal

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We’re heading into the final days of the 2022 Winter Olympics and attention turns to the National Indoor Stadium, where the men’s hockey semi-finals will take place. USA’s conquerors Slovakia are first up against Finland at 11:10pm ET on Thursday night, before 2018 champs Russia face Sweden at 8:10am ET on Friday.

Here are our picks for both semi-finals.

Winter Olympics men’s curling gold medal match best bet: Great Britain -1.5 over Sweden (+152)

Canada came from behind to beat USA in the men’s curling bronze medal game and oddsmakers are anticipating a close battle for gold between Sweden and Great Britain (1:00 am ET tonight).

These are the same two teams — with the same lineups — that contested the World Championship final between Sweden and Scotland last April. The final score there — 10-5 to Sweden — disguises the fact that it was a close encounter before the Swedes took 5 points in the decisive 9th end.

British captain Bruce Mouat will be confident having held on to beat the Swedes in the group stage on Wednesday and also convincingly defeated Canada in the preliminaries before edging out Team USA in the semi-finals.

Sweden went on to also lose to Switzerland in their final group game, but they had already secured their place in the knockout rounds by winning their first seven.

The Brits have a great chance to avenge that World Championship defeat and the best way to bet on them may be to take them to cover a 1.5-point spread.

Winter Olympics four-man bobsleigh analysis

Jamaica is in the Olympic four-man bobsleigh competition for the first time since 1998, and while they stand virtually no chance of victory, neither does anyone else if Francesco Friedrich produces his best form.

The German driver headed a 1-2-3 for his country in the two-man bobsleigh event and has won seven of the eight four-man races on the World Cup circuit this season. Friedrich’s crew have odds of -280 to win gold, but should arguably be even shorter.

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