Around the Betting Industry
Nevada, New Jersey And Pennsylvania all combined for $1.49 billion in sports betting handle in November. Nevada led the way with a new record high of $614.1 million. New Jersey came in second with $562.7 million and Pennsylvania was third with $316.5 million.
Football continues to be king as it accounted for 62.6% of the handle in Nevada. New Jersey showed that mobile betting is the preferred method of betting as it accounted for more than 86% of the state’s handle. Pennsylvania bettors also relied heavily on mobile betting as it accounted for more than 84% of the state’s handle.
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NCAAF: Cal & Western Michigan & Louisville all to Win
+762 to +870
California currently sits at a 6.5-point favorite while Louisville and Western Michigan are both small underdogs at four points or less. With Western Michigan and Louisville both having potent offenses, those two teams could certainly pull and upset and help get you a big payday at +870.
NCAAF: Florida to score first & Win by 14 or more points
+160 to +185
Florida is currently a 14.5-point favorite. Getting that hook removed and bringing the spread down to 14 is huge. Having the Gators score first might seem like a toss up but they should do just that as their defense will do well keeping Virginia out of the end zone all game. +185 is very good odds for this situation.
NBA: Heat & Timberwolves & Jazz all to Win
+198 to +230
The Jazz are currently a 10-point favorite while the Heat are sitting at 8.5-point favorites. The Timberwolves present the biggest challenge here as they are underdogs but just by 2.5-points. Considering Brooklyn has lost their last two games, the Timberwolves are in a solid position to pull the upset at home and help you cash in a +230 bet as the Jazz and Heat should handle their business and get wins as well.
NCAAB: Villanova to Win & Over 139.5 Total points
+170 to +195
Villanova is a 5.5-point favorite at home against Xavier. In should be a close game but the Wildcats should be able to get a win outright at home. The over is the biggest issue here but considering the excellent payout it is definitely worth the bet.
NHL: Evgeni Malkin to score & Penguins to Win – Including Overtime
+158 to +180
The Penguins are huge favorites in the only hockey game tonight as they are currently sitting at -260. The win should be about as easy as you can get for a hockey game. As for Malkin scoring, he has just one goal since in his last six games. Marcus Hogberg is expected to be in the net for the Senators and he has a 3.10 GAA. Malkin isn’t the biggest goal scorer with just nine on the year but against this Ottawa team goals could pile up for Pittsburgh and he could certainly get one.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
#24 Virginia vs #9 Florida (55) – 8:00 PM
The Virginia Cavaliers (9-4) take on the Florida Gators (10-2) in the Orange Bowl tonight. Virginia went on a four-game winning streak to secure their spot in the ACC Championship game before losing to Clemson 62-17 in their last game. Florida ended their regular season on a three-game winning streak.
Virginia has the nation’s 42nd-highest scoring offense. However, a lot of that is due to their weak schedule. Aside from Clemson, their next toughest opponent would have been Notre Dame, who they scored just 20 points against. Virginia had virtually no rushing attack this season as they ranked 112th in the country. The Cavalier defense was fairly good this season as they ranked 58th in points allowed per game.
Florida was all about the defense this season. The Gators were seventh in the country in points allowed per game. They were a Top 20 team against both the pass and the rush this season and they were 16th in yards per play allowed. Thanks to some high-scoring games against weak opponents, the Gators finished the season 33rd in points scored per game. They had the nation’s 16th-best passing attack to go along with their terrible rushing attack that ranked 119th. Against tougher defenses like Miami, LSU and Georgia, the Gators averaged just 23 points per game in those contests.
Florida’s defense is one of the best in the country and Virginia will struggle to score points against them. The Florida offense has done well this season but games against Tennessee-Martin, Towson and Vanderbilt really inflated their offensive numbers. Against a solid Virginia defense, the Gators offense will also have a tougher time scoring. The spread is high in this one (currently Florida-14.5) so the UNDER appears to be the safer bet in this game as I expect both teams to have a hard time scoring despite their solid passing attacks.