Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Las Vegas

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Here’s who NBC’s writers think will triumph today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Dustin Long

Kyle Busch opens the playoffs with a win. If you’re looking to cash big, go with a trifecta of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney to go 1-2-3.

Nate Ryan

Kevin Harvick. This is his season, and he’ll set the tone in the opener.

Daniel McFadin

Ryan Newman plays spoiler in the playoff opener a day after announcing his departure from Richard Childress Racing.

Dan Beaver

The last time Erik Jones won a Cup pole, he finished second at Bristol last fall. A year’s worth of experience will make the difference at Vegas.