The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.The first-ever IndyCar and NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader takes place this weekend with Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by the Cup Series’ Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBC, ISM Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Indianapolis is very unique, with Pocono Raceway its closest comp on the current Cup Series schedule.While not perfect, I used data from last weekend’s Pocono doubleheader as well as last year’s results at Indy, which used the same aero package and tire combination that teams will employ on Sunday.Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@PJWalsh24) for any additional bets I make leading up to Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400.NASCAR at Indianapolis Odds, PicksOdds as of Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET and via DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.Kevin Harvick (+400)Harvick won at Pocono on Saturday and looked primed to pull off the sweep before a late two-tire call put Denny Hamlin into the lead and ultimately relegated the No. 4 Ford to a runner-up finish.And somehow Harvick’s stats at Indy last year were even more impressive, a race he won in dominant fashion with the most laps led, most fast laps run and a perfect 150 driver rating.Harvick is the favorite across the market, but there’s still enough value at +400 to take a driver capable of stomping the field while also leaving enough bankroll to add more potential winners.Ryan Blaney (+1200) Blaney’s finishes at Pocono last weekend were not representative of his speed — he ran the fifth-most fast laps across both events — which wasn’t ideal since I bet him to win both races, but it’s also a reason why we can now get him at 12-1 odds.As mentioned above, nobody could touch Harvick in this race last year, but the No. 12 Team Penske Ford led the second-most laps, had the third-most fast laps and the second-best driver rating.In terms of speed, Blaney projects to be a top-four car on Sunday, showing why there’s so much value in his current price.
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MILAN (Reuters) – Juventus should finally wrap up an eighth successive Serie A title tomorrow but it will be little more than a consolation prize to the Turin side following their Champions League exit. At the same time, opponents Fiorentina, without a win for two months, will have their minds elsewhere as they concentrate on their Coppa Italia campaign which offers the chance to win their first silverware since 2001.Juve need a point tomorrow to clinch the title with five matches to spare. Even if they lose, they will have another chance on Monday, when second-placed Napoli, who are 17 points behind, would still need to beat Atalanta to prolong the contest.The lack of anticipation around tomorrow’s match sums up a strange Serie A season in which Juventus, spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo, have been utterly dominant without playing particularly well. Their signing of the five-times World Player of the Year in July was initially seen as a boost for Serie A which has been struggling to attract the world’s biggest players.But Ronaldo’s ability to conjure goals out of nothing has often allowed to Juventus to win matches without really exerting themselves and, in others, snatch wins they have not really deserved.Fiorentina, meanwhile, are one of several exasperating Serie A outfits who threaten to offer a challenge to the bigger teams before slumping into mediocrity. They boast plenty of talented young players such as forward Giovanni Simeone — the son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego — and Federico Chiesa.Yet they have struggled to turn dominance of matches into wins, and their record of 16 draws in 32 league matches, plus their position in the table — 10th out of 20 — sums up a mediocre season.Their frustration came to a head two weeks ago when, after a home defeat to lowly Frosinone, the club issued a statement criticising the team and coach Stefano Pioli resigned in protest, saying his “human and professional” qualities had been questioned. In his place, Vincenzo Montella has returned for a second stint, having led Fiorentina to three successive fourth-placed finishes during his previous spell.The bright spot has been Fiorentina’s Coppa Italia campaign which has taken them to the semi-finals. They visit Atalanta for the second leg next Thursday following a 3-3 draw in the first.Montella said on his arrival that he sensed the air of discontent among the club’s fans. “In Florence, we need synergy between the fans, media and the team,” he said. “I ask them to trust in my enthusiasm and to only protest if we deserve it.”“There is always a sense of disappointment after a change of coach especially for players who got on so well with Pioli. However, in football you need to turn over a new leaf quickly and the lads want to turn around this negative trend.”