2018 Winter Olympics picks: Hockey, skiing, bobsled, speed skating, snowboarding

It's time to dive into the 2018 Winter Olympics. From hockey to curling, there's plenty to wager on when it comes to the Pyeongchang Games. You can be sure that everyone from professional bettors to average Joes will be locking in picks throughout the coming weeks.

But before you settle on your picks, you need to see what Mike 'Top Dog' Tierney has to say.

For Rio 2016, his first with SportsLine, Tierney told readers to grab the Over on Team USA's gold medal count (41.5) and the Over on Team USA's overall medal count (102.5). The result: 46 golds and 121 medals -- two easy cashes.

Now, he has his sights set on the 2018 Winter Olympics and locked in his top picks for the biggest sports.

We can tell you he likes American skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin (+185) to win the Giant Slalom even though it might not be her strongest event.

"It is her first event and she enters fresh," Tierney says. "Shiffrin did sweep in five consecutive World Cup giant slaloms recently. The odds mean Shiffrin will feel less pressure in this event than others, and a gold will kick-start her quest to become the Team USA darling of these Games."

Tierney is also going with Alex Ferreira (+350), also from the U.S., to take gold in the men's halfpipe.

"The men's halfpipe could wind up with an all-American medals podium," Tierney said. "Team USA sends out four contenders, led by 2014 gold winner David Wise. The other three are younger and less experienced. Let's roll the dice with the eldest of the trio, Ferreira, who played second fiddle to Wise through the World Cup build-up to the Games."

Tierney is also eyeing a 25/1 underdog from Norway who should be getting much more love from Vegas sports books. Anyone who backs her could be in for a huge payday.

So who is the massive long shot you should bank on? Who will win gold in men's and women's ice hockey? And what are the best bets to make on speed skating, skiing, bobsled, and snowboarding? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Tierney's best bets for every major sport at the Winter Olympics, all from the renowned sportswriter who has covered nine Olympics in person.

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