Winter Olympics 2018, men's hockey odds, picks: USA, OAR, Finland debut Wednesday

Men's hockey makes its debut at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on Wednesday. USA plays Slovenia at 6:30 a.m. ET, the Olympic Athletes from Russia take on Slovakia at 7 a.m. ET, Finland faces Germany at 10 p.m. ET and Norway battles Sweden on Thursday morning at 2:40 a.m. ET.

The USA is -950 on the money line in its game against Slovenia, meaning it would take a $950 bet to net $100. The OAR is -1400 for its matchup against Slovakia. 

Before you make picks on any of these games, you have to hear what SportsLine expert David Kelly has to say. He's a Toronto-born hockey analyst who has multiple advanced degrees. And he's putting that education to great use as he uses his analytical style to crush his hockey picks.

He's riding a nearly unheard of 24-4 streak on his NHL picks as the Olympics get underway. Anybody following those picks is way, way up.

Kelly has broken down the first wave of matchups in Olympic hockey, and he's sharing his picks over at SportsLine.

One we'll give away: Kelly loves the Over 5.5 goals in the matchup between Germany and Finland.

"Finland has to be one of three medal favorites this year, the Finish professional league plays a robust, fast-paced and complex brand of hockey that used endless cycling and reverse flow play which grinds their opponents down," Kelly said. 

Kelly sees great strides in German hockey this year over several of the past Olympics, so he likes its chances to put up some goals, but not necessarily compete with Finland. 

All that should lead to a high-scoring affair with several goals from Finland and a few from Germany, easily clearing the projected total of 5.5 goals.

Kelly is also going with the Over 5.5 goals in the matchup between USA and Slovenia. 

"The key to these early rounds will be goaltending -- non-NHL goaltenders and bad defenses amount to scoring and lots of it," he said.

But Kelly's best pick is on who wins on the money line in USA-Slovenia, and he also has a strong play for every other game, including the anticipated matchup between the OAR and Slovakia. You can get those picks only over at SportsLine.

What Olympic hockey picks can you make with confidence? And what's in store for the USA as it opens its quest for Olympic gold? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of OAR-Slovakia and USA-Slovenia you should be all over and get strong picks for the first four Olympic men's hockey games, all from a Toronto-born hockey expert who enters the Olympics on an insane 24-4 run on his last 28 NHL picks.

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