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Legal sports betting in Tennessee took a step backward this week. The Tennessee Sports Wagering Council held a meeting on Tuesday and they decided to draft an entirely new set of rules and regulations. Tennessee received a ton of criticism during its public comment period as well as from industry professionals on its original set of rules and regulations. Tennessee legalized mobile-only sports betting and while that wasn’t the issue, some of the original regulations were. One of the biggest issues was the payout cap being at 85%. Other issues included licensing fees and parlay rules.
While Tennessee is now dealing with a setback, perhaps taking the time to correct some major issues is worth the wait. As long as Tennessee can get sports betting up in time for the start of the NFL and collegiate football seasons, there really isn’t much lost considering the Volunteer State probably wouldn’t have had sports betting launched until this summer, regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting.
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NBA: Bucks & 76ers & Rockets all to win -110
The Bucks are 13-point favorites on the road against the Pistons, the 76ers are eight-point favorites at home against the Nets and the Rockets are 10-point favorites on the road against Golden State.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
UConn (+1) vs Temple – 7:00 PM
The UConn Huskies (14-11) take on the Temple Owls (13-12) tonight in an AAC matchup that both teams really need if they want to try and move up in seeding come conference tournament time. The Huskies have now won three of their last four after taking down Memphis 64-61 on Sunday. Temple is coming off of a loss to Villanova 76-56 on Sunday.
UConn has had a very unlucky season. Injuries at some rough times have cost them a few games but among their 11 losses, eight have come by seven or fewer points with most of those coming down to the final possessions. The UConn offense hasn’t been very good, ranking 195th in points per game. They have been shooting terribly from the field, ranking 303rd. They haven’t been much better from deep, ranking 206th in 3PT%. Their best offense asset is their free-throw shooting, ranking 111th. The Huskies’ defense is their strength. They are 77th in points allowed per game with a fairly tough schedule that ranks 76th in S.O.S. on KenPom. They hold opponents to the 71st-lowest FG% and are 19th in opponent 3PT%.
Temple’s season has been sort of the opposite of UConn’s. The Owls have seven losses by double digits with a number of them being massive blowouts. The Owls offense is just 247th in points per game. They do not shoot the ball well from anywhere on the court. Temple is 315th in FG%, 239th in 3PT% and 247th in FT%. Their defense has been better than their offense but still not anything too special. The Owls are 130th in points allowed per game. However, they do hold opponents to the 35th-lowest FG% and 72nd-lowest 3PT%.
A few bad breaks late in games have cost the Huskies a number of wins this season. In fact, KenPom has them as one of the least “lucky” teams in the country (338th out of 353). The Huskies have a better defense and better offense as well. They lost two starters for the season since the start of 2020 but they are still a tough opponent to face any given night. Despite struggling on the road this season (1-6), I like the Huskies to win this game as they attempt to keep their very slim March Madness hopes alive. The formula likes UConn to win this one 69-65.