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The NFL is now clearly a pro-Las Vegas league after years of avoiding the city and gambling for decades, even going as far as blocking Las Vegas tourism ads from airing during the Super Bowl. Now the NFL has a franchise in Las Vegas (the Raiders) and they will even be having the upcoming NFL Draft held in Las Vegas. The NFL has even made Caesars Entertainment its first official casino sponsor.
Andrew Kline, a former offensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams, said the league’s stance on gambling used to be very clear. “You couldn’t step into a casino if you played in the NFL,” Kline said. “You didn’t do office football pools if you worked for the league.”
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NBA: Nikola Jokic to record a Triple-Double & Nuggets to Win
+800 to +870
Jokic has two triple-doubles in his last four games and the Nuggets are also 1.5-point favorites.
NBA: Trae Young to record Over 3.5 made 3-Point Field Goals
+125 to +145
Young has taken at least seven three-point attempts in each of his last nine games. He has made three or more threes in 27 different games this season.
NCAAB: Gonzaga to Win by 20 or more Points
+130 to +150
Gonzaga beat Santa Clara by 50 earlier this month but it won’t be that easy again. The spread is Gonzaga-16 and Santa Clara is at home and looking to keep this one competitive.
NCAAB: Maryland & Illinois both to Win
+105 to +120
Maryland and Illinois are both 5.5-point favorites at home tonight.
NHL: Devils to Score First & to Win vs Predators
+205 to +230
The Devils are small underdogs (+120) at home against the Predators. Both teams allow a lot of goals so while the Devils are having a bad season, this is a team they can score some goals on.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
#2 Gonzaga vs Santa Clara (+16.5) – 10:30 PM
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-1) take on the Santa Clara Broncos (17-5) tonight in Santa Clara. Gonzaga is on a 13-game winning streak after they took down Pacific 92-59 last Saturday. Santa Clara is 3-3 in their last six games after picking up a win against San Diego 65-52 on Saturday.
Gonzaga has been scoring at will all season long. The Bulldogs are the top scoring team in the country with nearly 89 points per game. They have the third-best shooting percentage and the 11th-best from three. However, they do struggle at the line as they rank just 271st in FT%. Defensively the Bulldogs are vulnerable but still fairly solid. Gonzaga is 104th in points allowed per game.
Santa Clara has put together a very good season so far by their standards. While conference play has started to crash this team back to earth, they are still a team that can make some noise in the WCC. The Broncos are a Top 50 team in points per game, FG% and FT%. They are also a solid three-point shooting team, ranking 85th in 3PT%. Santa Clara’s defense has been slightly below average this season, ranking 184th in points allowed per game.
Gonzaga dismantled Santa Clara by 50 points earlier this month at home. Now on the road, the task gets a little more difficult. The Bulldogs should have no trouble getting a win in this game but the cover is a different story. These are two fast-paced teams that can score a ton of points. The Over might seem like the smart play here at 156 but I think Santa Clara will play a better game than most think tonight. Gonzaga will get the win but I like the Broncos to cover and hold the Bulldogs under their average this season.