Around the Betting Industry
The American Gaming Association has provided an updated sports betting handle figure for each state with legal sports betting in 2019. Nevada led the way with $4.75 billion in handle for 2019. New Jersey was a close second with $4.58 billion in handle. Pennsylvania was the only other state to eclipse the $1 billion mark in 2019, totaling $1.49 billion.
New York’s sports betting handle data is not publicly available but based on just $7.8 million in revenue in 2019, it is clear that the lack of mobile betting is crippling the New York sports betting market. As a comparison, Delaware had $14.3 million in revenue and Rhode Island had $15.2 million in handle. Rhode Island and Delaware had sports betting operational for all of 2019 while New York didn’t have any sportsbooks operating until July of 2019.
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Today’s Odds Boosts at DraftKings
NCAAB: Gonzaga to Win by 30 or more Points – Boosted to +150
Gonzaga is a 25.5-point favorite tonight at home against Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 87-62 last month.
NCAAB: Stanford & Wichita State both to Win – Boosted to +245
Stanford is a small 1.5-point underdog on the road tonight against Utah. Wichita State is a 5.5-point favorite at home against Cincinnati.
NHL: Islanders & Penguins & Blues all to Win – including OT – Boosted to +495
The Islanders are -190 favorites and the Blues are -210 favorites, both at home. The Penguins are +145 underdogs on the road against Tampa Bay.
NHL: Sidney Crosby to score the First Goal & Penguins to Win vs Lightning – including OT – Boosted to +2050
The Penguins are +145 underdogs on the road against the Lightning. Crosby has just nine goals in his 24 games this season. It’s a stretch, but this is one of those bets that provides a ton of value and isn’t as far-fetched as the odds suggest.
Philly Special: 76ers & Flyers both to Win – Boosted to +630
The Flyers are heavy -225 favorites at home tonight against the Devils. The 76ers are heavy 9-point underdogs tonight on the road against Milwaukee.
Today’s Best Bet at DraftKings Sportsbook
Austin Peay (-3) vs Tennessee State – 8:30 PM
In an Ohio Valley matchup, the Austin Peay Governors (16-7) take on the Tennessee State Tigers (14-9) tonight in Nashville. Austin Peay took down Eastern Illinois 68-64 to up their winning streak to 10 games. Tennessee State needed overtime to take down Tennessee Tech on Saturday 72-62 to get them their second-consecutive win.
Austin Peay is one of the best scoring teams in the country as they are 31st in points scored per game. They are the 28th-best shooting team from the field and 57th-best shooting team from behind the arc. The Governors even shoot well from the line, 87th-best shooting percentage in the country. For Austin Peay, their weakness is their defense. The Governors are 244th in points allowed per game and they allow some of the highest shooting percentages in the country. They allow the 14th-highest opponent 3PT% and 18th-highest opponent FG%.
Tennessee State is similar to Austin Peay in that they excel offensively but struggle defensively. The Tigers are 88th in points scored per game thanks to their 22nd-best FG% and 73rd-best 3PT%. However, the Tigers struggle terribly from the free-throw line, shooting the 47th-lowest percentage in the nation. On the defensive side, the Tigers are 262nd in points allowed per game.
While the offensive numbers are solid for both teams, according to KenPom, Austin Peay has the 41st-best offensive efficiency while Tennessee State is 213th. Both teams have had easy schedules but the Tigers schedule was easier. Austin Peay is the better all-around team and their offense is certainly more dangerous. The Governors are one of the best ATS teams in the country (15-5-1) and they are 13-0 SU as favorites this season. The Governors are the better team in this game and they should be able to win this game by more than three points. The formula has Austin Peay taking this one 77-70.