Capital One’s The Match VIII is scheduled to begin on Thursday evening, featuring NFL stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce competing against NBA counterparts Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
While Mahomes and Curry have participated in previous The Match events, Kelce and Thompson are first-time participants. The event will be held at the Wynn Golf Club, which has hosted two previous The Match events.
The course is a championship-caliber par-70 course with water hazards and other challenges.
The format of The Match VIII will be a scramble, where each team takes a tee shot and selects the best shot to start from. Each participant will then play their own ball until holing out, with the best score counting at the end of each hole. The event will benefit the No Kid Hungry charity.
DraftKings Sportsbook offers various prop bets for the viewers at home, including the winning team and longest tee shot.
Handicappers have favored Curry and Thompson as the winning team, but there is potential for an upset by Mahomes and Kelce due to their tournament experience.
In terms of the longest tee shot, Mahomes and Kelce are predicted to hit the longest shot on hole No. 7, given Mahomes’ reputation as a big hitter. There is also a prop bet on whether any player will hit a tee shot within 5 feet of the pin.
While Curry is known for his accuracy, there are chances for any of the four participants to achieve this. Betting on hole No. 4, a 147-yard par-three, is considered a safer option. The odds of a hole-in-one are slim, but the potential payout is significant.
The Wynn Golf Club has a history of rewarding hole-in-ones with substantial prizes. While this prop is essentially a gamble, Curry is viewed as the best golfer in the field and has the highest chance of making a hole-in-one.
Here’s all the odds below:
Any player to make a hole-in-one: +8000
- Curry: +10000
- Mahomes: +13000
- Kelce: +13000
- Thompson: +15000
Will Any Player Hit a Tee Shot Within 5 Feet of Pin?
- Yes: +400 (Hole No. 4),
- +500 (Holes No. 6, 8, 12)
Longest Tee Shot
- Curry/Thompson: -250
- Mahomes/Kelce: +175
Prop available on Hole Nos. 2, 5 and 7
The Match VIII Winning Prediction
- Curry/Thompson to win: -230
- Mahomes/Kelce to win: +195