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Colorado is expected to issue its first sports betting licenses this week, a little more than two months ahead of the launch of voter-sanctioned wagering at participating casinos and online. Seven Colorado casinos that applied for master licenses are up for approval this Thursday at a meeting of the state’s Limited Gaming Control Commission. Receiving a master license is the first step for casinos in order to be allowed to offer sports betting come May 1st. The license allows for casinos to open brick-and-mortar sportsbooks as well as online sportsbooks via a partnership with an online sportsbook operator.
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NCAAB: Kansas to cover spread (-16.5) & over 144.5 total points +275
Kansas is a huge favorite against a struggling Iowa State team. The Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones by 26 last month in Ames. If Kansas is going to cover this high spread they will more than likely need a huge offensive game as the Cyclones’ offensive numbers are not bad at all.
NCAAB: North Carolina & Iowa State both to win +2700
Iowa State is a 16-point underdog on the road in Kansas and North Carolina is a 3.5-point underdog on the road against Notre Dame.
NHL: Alexander Ovechkin to score & Capitals to win +280
Ovechkin is still chasing 700 career goals as he hasn’t scored in his last four games. The Capitals are a small +115 underdog.
NHL: Golden Knights & Islanders & Avalanche all to win – Including Overtime/Shootout +690
The Golden Knights are -135 favorites against the Capitals, the Islanders are +115 underdogs on the road against the Coyotes and the Avalanche are even money at home against Tampa Bay.
Soccer: Chelsea to score the First Goal & to Win vs Manchester United +150
Chelsea is a -120 favorite at home tonight against Manchester United. If they are going to win this game, they will probably score the first goal of this game too.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
Idaho vs Portland State (148.5) – 10:05 PM
The Idaho Vandals (7-17) take on the Portland State Vikings (12-14) tonight in a Big Sky contest. Idaho ended their two-game skid by defeating Eastern Washington 74-71 on Thursday. Portland State lost to that same Eastern Washington team on Saturday 89-81.
Idaho has struggled to put up points this season as they are averaging just 66 points per game (311th). However, they have fairly solid shooting percentages, especially considering their low scoring total. The Vandals are a respectable 141st in FG% and 170th in 3PT%. Idaho does, however, struggle from the free-throw line (297th). The Vandals’ defense is 209th in points allowed per game (70.5). They are 224th in opponent FG% and 112th in opponent 3PT%.
Portland State has one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country. The Vikings score the 38th-most points per game in the country (77.2). They are slightly above average shooting from the field (154th) and from the line (172nd). Portland State struggles a little shooting from deep, hitting at just 32.7% (208th). As good as the Vikings have been on offense, they have been equally bad on defense. Portland State allows the 40th-most points per game in the country (75.7). They struggle defending from three (238th) and allow the 18th-highest opponent FG% in the country as well.
Idaho hasn’t put up a ton of points this season but they have scored 71+ in each of their last two games. Portland State is a high-scoring team that plays at a fast tempo and allows for a lot of points each game. With an Idaho team coming in that is scoring well over their last couple of games, we could be in for a very high-scoring game tonight. Idaho is a team that plays at an above-average tempo as well so we should see plenty of scoring opportunities for both teams. It is a somewhat high total but I think we still get the Over in this one as we know the Vikings will put up points but I expect Idaho to keep pace for much of this game as well. The formula has Portland State winning 81-72 for a total of 153.