Around the Betting Industry
Legal sports betting was a big success in Oregon during the Super Bowl. Oregonians placed nearly $2 million in wagers on the game through the Oregon Lottery’s website and mobile sports betting app. The state estimated it profited on the big game approximately $150,000.
Independent of the state lottery, there are several tribal casinos in Oregon that also operate sportsbooks. These sportsbooks all also appeared to have big days on Super Bowl Sunday, including Siletz tribe’s casino in Lincoln City which saw more than $250,000 in wagers.
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NBA: Atlanta Hawks & Toronto Raptors & Milwaukee Bucks all to Win +330
The Hawks are eight-point underdogs while the Raptors (9.5 points) and Bucks (11 points) are both heavy favorites.
NBA: Jimmy Butler to record a Double-Double & Heat to Win +460
The Heat are five-point favorites on the road tonight but Butler hasn’t had a double-double since December 10th of last year.
NBA: Victor Oladipo to score over 15.5 points & Pacers to Win +155
The Pacers are 6.5-point favorites but Oladipo is averaging just 10.6 PPG in his five games this season.
NCAAB: Duke & Baylor both to Win -110
Duke is an 8.5-point favorite against a good Florida State team while Baylor is a 5.5-point favorite on the road against Texas.
NHL: Alexander Ovechkin to score & Capitals to Win – Including Overtime +195
Ovechkin is two goals away from 700 so he will be taking a lot of shots tonight at home as he chases that milestone. The Capitals are -175 favorites and Ovechkin really wants to break that mark at home before they head out on a three-game road trip.
NHL: Islanders & Flyers & Lightning all to Win +540
The Islanders are +155 underdogs on the road in Washington, the Flyers are -135 favorites at home against Florida and the Lightning are -140 favorites on the road in Columbus.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
TCU (+10) vs Texas Tech – 9:00 PM
The TCU Horned Frogs (13-10) head to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-8). TCU has now lost their last five games after losing to Kansas 60-46 on Saturday. Texas Tech has now won their last two games after defeating Texas 62-57 on Saturday.
TCU has had a disappointing season, especially on the offensive end. The Horned Frogs are just 292nd in points per game. They are one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the country (342nd). They also struggle elsewhere as they are 247th in FG% but a modest 137th in 3PT%. On the defensive end, this is a very solid TCU team. They allow the 40th-fewest points per game. However, TCU seemingly has trouble defending the three as opponents are hitting at 35.8% (46th-highest mark in the country).
Like TCU, Texas Tech is known for its defense. However, the Red Raiders aren’t a bad offensive team either. The Red Raiders are a respectable 126th in points per game. They are a solid shooting team from everywhere on the court. Texas Tech is 112th in FG%, 106th in 3PT% and 35th in free-throw percentage. The Red Raiders defense is identical to TCU in terms of points allowed per game (41st). They are in the top 100 in both opponent FG% and opponent 3PT%.
This will be a slow-paced game that is dominated by defense. Despite that, this could be a game that sees a high percentage of three-point shots going down. I like the Horned Frogs chances here of hitting enough threes to keep this a close enough game for them to cover. I think both teams stay in the 60s in the low-scoring game but I don’t like the Under enough here. The better bet here to me is TCU plus the points and the formula agrees as it predicts Texas Tech taking this game 68-62.