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According to a survey by UnitedGamblers.com, 47.2% of those polled were for legalized sports betting, while only 15.6% were opposed. 35% of people in the poll remained undecided. However, when asked if taxes from sports betting would go to public services, only 7.2% opposed legalization.
Despite only one in six people against legal sports betting, more than half of the country is still without some form of legal sports betting. However, nearly every state has at least one sports betting related bill somewhere in their legislature. Even Alaska introduced a bill earlier this month, a state that was at one point thought to be one of the least likely states to attempt to legalize sports betting.
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo to score the First goal vs Lyon +395
Ronaldo has scored just two goals in six games so far for Juventus but he does lead the team with 20 shots and 12 shots on goal.
Soccer: Manchester City to score First & to Win vs Real Madrid +195
Manchester City is a small +135 favorite and they are second in the league in goals per game with 2.7.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
Tennessee vs Arkansas (-4.5) – 8:30 PM
The Tennessee Volunteers (15-12) take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (17-10) in an SEC battle tonight in Fayetteville. Tennessee has bounced back and forth between wins and losses in each of their last six games with their most recent one being a loss to Auburn 73-66. Arkansas snapped a five-game losing streak that may have eliminated them from March Madness. They won their last game 78-68 against Missouri on Saturday.
Tennessee has been very one-sided this season. The Volunteers are struggling to put up points, averaging just 66.8 per game (296th). While they have been a good free-throw shooting team (40th), they have struggled from the field (226th) and even more so from deep (308th). The reason for the Volunteers’ moderate success this season has been their defense. Tennessee is allowing the 23rd-fewest points per game by holding opponents to the 23rd-lowest FG% and 98th-lowest 3PT%.
Arkansas looked like a surprise team this season after starting out 12-1 before SEC play crushed their season. The Razorbacks have been a fairly balanced team this season. They are allowing 67.4 points per game (123rd) while scoring 74 points per game (103rd). Arkansas has been average from the field (172nd), decent from the line (113th) and terrible from deep (244th). Defensively, the Razorbacks allow the lowest opponent 3PT% (25.5%) and rank 133rd in overall opponent FG%.
Arkansas has the advantage over Tennessee in both offensive and defensive efficiency according to KenPom. Another advantage of the Razorbacks is their tempo. Arkansas is 62nd in pace of play while Tennessee is just 318th. The Vols like a slow-paced game but Arkansas will be looking to speed things up. Tennessee won the first meeting this season by 21 and Arkansas will be looking for revenge in a game that could all but end their slim chances at March Madness. At home, I like Arkansas to return the favor and get a pretty comfortable win against Tennessee. The formula sees Arkansas taking this one 70-60.