Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 Stanley Cup

Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 Stanley Cup

Back in October, when online sportsbook Bovada released its opening odds for 2018 Stanley Cup futures betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t be further apart.

The Lightning, led by sniper Steven Stamkos, were listed among the NHL’s top contenders at (+1200). Meanwhile, entering their first season as an expansion franchise, the Golden Knights came in dead last at (+20000).

Today, the latest odds update puts the league-leading Lightning (46-17-4; 96 points) at the head of the pack with a (+550) price. But with the playoffs fast approaching, a Golden Knights (42-19-5; 87 points) team that has stunned the sporting world all season sits at (+600) to hoist the Cup.

Assembled largely from castoffs discarded by other teams in the expansion draft – as well as deft maneuvering in free agency by general manager George McPhee – a Vegas team expected to compete for draft position is primed for a playoff run.

Leading goal scorer William Karlsson has potted 35 thus far, while David Perron paces the team in assists with 44 helpers. And with three-time Cup winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looking like his old self in the crease, the Golden Knights have built a comfortable nine-point lead in the Pacific.

As for the Lightning, the return of Stamkos after last year’s season-ending injury has certainly been a spark – but the offensive load has been shouldered by NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov (33-53-86). Add in the goaltending exploits of Andrei Vasilevskiy, the league-leader with 39 wins, and Tampa Bay appears poised to capture the Presidents’ Trophy, if not the Cup.

Their closest competitor on the Bovada betting board is the Nashville Predators (43-14-9; 95 points), who actually have identical odds at (+550) after opening the year at (+1400). After last year’s “Smashville” squad fell to Pittsburgh in a six-game Stanley Cup final, pundits may have expected a hangover effect, but the Preds have already eclipsed last year’s point total with over a dozen games to go.

The Boston Bruins (41-15-8; 90 points) are next up at (+800), and while they trail the Lightning by six points in the Atlantic, three games in hand essentially puts them in a dead heat. Searching for their seventh Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Bruins have steadily climbed the betting board since opening the season at (+1800).

At (+850), the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins (38-25-4; 80 points) close out the list of contenders offering better than 10 to 1. They haven’t moved much from an opening line of (+850), and while it hasn’t been a perfect season for the Pens, elite scorers like Sidney Crosby (22-48-70) and Evgeni Malkin (37-45-82) are more than enough to mask this dynasty’s deficiencies.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Chicago Blackhawks (29-30-8; 66 points) and New York Rangers (30-31-6; 66 points) are by far the league’s biggest disappointments.

The Blueshirts and Hawks opened the year at (+1400) and (+1600), respectively, but their last place performances have seen them plummet to “off the board” status.

See below for all the info on the 23 teams still vying for the most coveted trophy in all of sports, as currently listed on Bovada:

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Odds on Bovada

Team Stanley Cup Odds on 3/7
Tampa Bay Lightning +550
Nashville Predators +550
Vegas Golden Knights +600
Boston Bruins +800
Pittsburgh Penguins +850
Winnipeg Jets +1000
Toronto Maple Leafs +1500
Washington Capitals +1600
Anaheim Ducks +2000
Philadelphia Flyers +2000
Dallas Stars +2200
Los Angeles Kings +2200
Minnesota Wild +2500
San Jose Sharks +2500
St. Louis Blues +3500
Calgary Flames +5000
New Jersey Devils +5000
Columbus Blue Jackets +5000
Colorado Avalanche +5000
Florida Panthers +5000
Carolina Hurricanes +6600
New York Islanders +10000
Detroit Red Wings +30000

 

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Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 NBA Championship

Updated Futures Betting Odds for the 2018 NBA Championship

For three years and counting the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have formed a two-team race atop the NBA Championship futures betting market.

That pattern held at the beginning of the 2018 season, when the defending champion Dubs (+100) and runner-up Cavs (+500) opened as the clear favorites to face off in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals. And while the regular season has been relegated to a glorified scrimmage in years past, the current campaign’s unpredictable nature has upended the odds – if only slightly.

With the NBA taking the week off for All-Star Game festivities, online sportsbook Bovada still has Golden State (-175) as the overwhelming favorite to win their third ring in four years. But in a refreshing change of pace, a fellow Western Conference juggernaut in the Houston Rockets (+400) offers the next best odds to win it all.

The most recent edition of the Warriors has ridden its core four – Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green – to a 44-14 record and a +8.1 point differential. Both are second-best, however, as the high-octane Rockets have seamlessly integrated Chris Paul into head coach Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun offense. Houston sits atop the West by a half-game at 44-13, and their +8.7 point differential is the best in all of basketball.

As for Cleveland (+600), the team’s odds to win a title may not have changed all that much, but the roster itself is almost completely different nowadays. Following the trade of Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs experienced a few months of upheaval and ugly basketball. The team suffered through multiple losing streaks, while enduring a war of words in the locker room, and even in the media.

An ambitious trade deadline plan spearheaded by LeBron James saw former sidekick Dwyane Wade shipped out, along with a disgruntled Thomas, and bench pieces like Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, and Jae Crowder. The new-look Cleveland squad – which now includes newly added role players George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson – proceeded to win three straight games over playoff contenders, and on the road no less.

Today, the Cavs sit at 34-22, but their barely perceptible point differential of just +0.2 puts them in line with the New Orleans Pelicans rather than the league’s elite.

Cleveland’s post-trade winning jag included an impressive win over the Boston Celtics (+1200), the next team on the Bovada title odds totem pole. Boston has overcome the opening night loss of Gordon Hayward to the tune of a 40-19 record, with Irving providing emphatic proof of his ability to be a top team’s number one option.

Next up on the betting board is the Toronto Raptors (+1600), a team that finally seems to have put it all together after a few years as a fringe contender. In fact, the Raps lead the East with a 41-16 record, and they hit the break riding a seven-game win streak. And at +8.5, the Raptors are the only team aside from the Warriors and Rockets with a point differential higher than +3.5 – showing they can score in bunches with the game’s best.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (+2000) and San Antonio Spurs (+3300) are the only other teams offering better than 66 to 1, so the league is still as stratified as ever.

As of now, 10 teams have been stricken from the board altogether – the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, L.A. Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic.

See below for all the info on the 20 remaining contenders for the NBA title, as currently listed on Bovada:

2018 NBA Title Odds on Bovada

Team NBA Championship Odds on 2/19
Golden State Warriors -175
Houston Rockets +400
Cleveland Cavaliers +600
Boston Celtics +1200
Toronto Raptors +1600
Oklahoma City Thunder +2000
San Antonio Spurs +3300
Minnesota Timberwolves +6600
Washington Wizards +6600
Milwaukee Bucks +6600
Philadelphia 76ers +7500
Miami Heat +15000
Detroit Pistons +15000
Indiana Pacers +20000
Utah Jazz +25000
Denver Nuggets +25000
Portland Trail Blazers +30000
Los Angeles Clippers +50000
New Orleans Pelicans +50000
Charlotte Hornets +50000

 

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Futures Betting Odds to Win the 2018 World Series

Futures Betting Odds to Win the 2018 World Series

Hot Stove season may be suffering from a cold front when it comes to free agent signings, but with Spring Training just two weeks away, baseball fans are awakening from their annual slumber.

Pitchers and catchers report to their respective clubhouses in a few days, signaling the official start to baseball’s preseason. Before they do, bettors can get in early on the latest World Series odds offered by online sportsbook Bovada.

After coming up on the short end of last year’s epic seven-game series, the Los Angeles Dodgers (+500) will enter the 2018 campaign as narrow favorites. The boys in blue will be bringing back largely the same roster as last year, and given that roster’s historic 43-7 run between June and August, making L.A. the favorite in the National League certainly makes sense.

But with top flight starting pitcher Yu Darvish as yet unsigned, the Dodgers’ star-studded staff could be down a big arm going into a heated N.L. West race.

And that same Dodgers squad did lose 16 of 17 games before the playoffs began to cool off considerably, so bettors looking to fade L.A. can be forgiven – especially when a potential World Series hangover is added to the equation.

As for the victors in that unforgettable seven-game duel, the Houston Astros (+550) are favored to represent the American League in the Fall Classic once again.

Having finally secured the first World Series title in the franchise’s 55-year history, general manager Jeff Luhnow isn’t resting on his laurels. He followed last year’s decisive signing of ace Justin Verlander – who sparkled throughout the team’s dream postseason run – by trading for Gerrit Cole, a 27-year old starter and former All-Star.

That move wasn’t the splashiest of the offseason, however, as the New York Yankees (+550) pulled off their usual coup de grace by signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Paired with Mike Judge, the Bronx Bombers now have the only two hitters to hammer 50 home runs last season in the middle of their lineup.

The only other teams offering better than 10 to 1 against winning it all are the Cleveland Indians (+800) and Washington Nationals (+800). Both managed to make the Divisional Round in last year’s playoff dance, before seeing their year end in disappointing fashion.

Two more also-rans from the previous postseason come in at 15 to 1 or better – the Chicago Cubs (+1000) and Boston Red Sox (+1200). This duo is also linked in another way, as the Cubs have former ace Jake Arrieta still unsigned, while the Red Sox are banking on free agent masher J.D. Martinez blinking first in their contract discussions.

But if “Just Dingers” – who slammed 45 longballs in only 119 games, including 28 after a midseason trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks – rejects the Red Sox’ hardball offer, expect Boston’s title odds to drop as a result.

Conversely, if Martinez decides to stay in the desert, the D-Backs (+2500) would surely see their odds narrow with a 3-4-5 of Paul Goldschmidt, Martinez, and Jake Lamb.

Bettors looking to hit a bullseye with their futures bullets would be wise to consider teams near the (+1400) level, as both the Dodgers and Astros enjoyed those odds ahead of the 2017 season.

The full table of 2018 World Series odds currently offered by Bovada is shown below:

2018 World Series Odds on Bovada

Team World Series Odds on 2/8/18
Los Angeles Dodgers +500
Houston Astros +550
New York Yankees +550
Cleveland Indians +800
Washington Nationals +800
Chicago Cubs +1000
Boston Red Sox +1200
San Francisco Giants +1800
St. Louis Cardinals +2000
Arizona Diamondbacks +2500
Los Angeles Angels +2800
New York Mets +2800
Minnesota Twins +3300
Milwaukee Brewers +4000
Seattle Mariners +4000
Toronto Blue Jays +5000
Colorado Rockies +5000
Tampa Bay Rays +10000
Chicago White Sox +10000
Atlanta Braves +10000
Texas Rangers +10000
Baltimore Orioles +10000
Kansas City Royals +10000
Oakland Athletics +10000
Pittsburgh Pirates +10000
Philadelphia Phillies +10000
Cincinnati Reds +10000
San Diego Padres +10000
Detroit Tigers +20000
Miami Marlins +20000

 

 

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First Look at Futures Betting Odds for Super Bowl 53

First Look at Futures Betting Odds for Super Bowl 53

With the city of Philadelphia still celebrating a Super Bowl championship that was 52 years in the making, oddsmakers are already looking ahead to next year’s title tilt.

According to online sportsbook Bovada – which released its opening odds in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s supersized shootout – the Eagles are (+900) to win Super Bowl 53.

Only one team in the NFL offers better odds and that’s the New England Patriots (+400), the runners up in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent memory. But with the Pats securing a Super Bowl berth in three of the last four seasons – and four out of the last seven for that matter – their placement at the top of the table certainly makes sense.

Even so, it won’t be the same Patriots juggernaut football fans have reckoned with during the Belichick/Brady dynasty. Sure, those two will be back in the fold for 2018, but defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has already been hired away as the new head coach in Detroit, while offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is widely expected to take the head coach position in Indianapolis.

Throw in star tight end Rob Gronkowski’s refusal to recommit for next year during the postgame press conference – following a pair of concussions in a single month – and shutdown corner Malcolm Butler’s inexplicable benching, and the Patriots could be a different team altogether going forward.

As for the Eagles, career backup quarterback turned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will almost certainly be traded. With his stock at an all-time high, and starter Carson Wentz recovering well from his season-ending leg injury, the sparkplug who powered three straight postseason wins as an underdog will likely suit up for another squad next year.

Adding to the intrigue, Philadelphia is currently more than $ 9 million over the salary cap, so roster upheaval is to be expected.

Joining the Eagles as favorites to represent the NFC are the Green Bay Packers (+900), a team which will benefit immensely from the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Pack went 4-1 before Rodgers went down last season, notching impressive wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys before Rodgers’ season was cut short. With a full 16-game schedule to work with, there’s every reason to believe Rodgers’ return will key a renaissance in Green Bay.

From there, the betting board is dominated by NFC contenders, as nine of the top 12 teams per Bovada odds hail from the same conference.

The Minnesota Vikings, who were just one win away from hosting their own Super Bowl, are fourth-best at (+1200).

The Dallas Cowboys, a talented team that took a step back after 2016’s playoff run, could be a bargain at (+1800).

The same can be said for a trio of playoff participants from this season, as the L.A. Rams, the New Orleans Saints, and the Atlanta Falcons can also be backed at (+1800).

In the surprise department, the San Francisco 49ers moved from (+10000) in last year’s post-Super Bowl odds to (+1800) this time around. The addition of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo transformed the Niners from a 1-10 doormat into a powerhouse, with San Francisco closing the year on a five-game winning streak.

And speaking of last year’s odds, the Eagles were tabbed as (+5000) longshots this time last year. Bettors looking for a longshot at the same price have the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Giants, Lions, Titans, and Redskins to choose from.

Check below for a full lineup of all 32 teams along with their initial odds to win Super Bowl 53:

Team SB Odds on 2/5/18
New England Patriots +400
Philadelphia Eagles +900
Green Bay Packers +900
Minnesota Vikings +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1400
Dallas Cowboys +1800
L.A. Rams +1800
New Orleans Saints +1800
Atlanta Falcons +1800
San Francisco 49ers +1800
Carolina Panthers +2500
Houston Texans +2500
Seattle Seahawks +2500
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500
Kansas City Chiefs +2800
Denver Broncos +3300
Indianapolis Colts +3300
L.A. Chargers +3300
Oakland Raiders +3300
Baltimore Ravens +4000
Detroit Lions +5000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5000
Arizona Cardinals +5000
New York Giants +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Washington Redskins +5000
Buffalo Bills +6600
Cincinnati Bengals +6600
Miami Dolphins +6600
New York Jets +6600
Chicago Bears +7500
Cleveland Browns +10000

 

 

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Looking Ahead to NFL Futures Odds for the AFC Championship

Looking Ahead to NFL Futures Odds for the AFC Championship

With NFL preseason action underway, the time has come for bettors and books alike to look ahead at the eventual conference championships.

Only one team from the AFC can play their way to Super Bowl 52, but before securing a spot in the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet, first they must claim the conference crown. And that’s no easy feat, requiring survival through a brutal 16-game regular season, a wild-card berth or division title to make the postseason, and two or three hard-fought playoff victories to pull it off.

According to the latest odds posted by the online sportsbook Bovada, the 2017 AFC conference title race is a one-horse affair – as the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are placed far ahead of the pack with (+175) odds. That gives bettors backing Brady and Belichick to make a historic eighth Super Bowl run less than 2 to 1 on their money.

The Patriots would’ve likely been overwhelming favorites as it is, but following a preseason which saw several potential challengers bitten by the injury bug, their juggernaut status has only been inflated.

An AFC East upstart was devastated by the dreaded starting quarterback injury, when the Miami Dolphins lost Ryan Tannehill to a non-contact knee injury – his second season-ender in less than a year. And while emergency replacement Jay Cutler’s familiarity with head coach Adam Gase’s offense will be useful, Bovada dropped the Dolphins from (+2500) opening odds in July to (+4000) entering the regular season.

The Indianapolis Colts haven’t lost their quarterback quite yet, but Andrew Luck has extended rehab on his injured throwing shoulder much longer than had been anticipated. His status for Week 1 remains murky, leading the Colts to drop from (+1400) to (+1800).

Joe Flacco, the leader of a Baltimore Ravens team that has been the only consistent rival to Patriots playoff runs, finds himself nursing a back injury. Accordingly, the Ravens are ranked eighth among the pack of contenders to dethrone New England at (+2000).

As for the teams that seem to have a shot, at least according to the books, the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers are both offering (+600) – making them the only other two teams better than 12 to 1 against.

Oakland looked like a powerhouse in the making last season, only to see their playoff hopes derailed by a late-season injury to quarterback Derek Carr. With the emerging star signal-caller back in the fold and fully returned to form, the Raiders have reclaimed their swagger heading into 2017.

Pittsburgh had a chance to win the AFC back in January, but the Steelers simply couldn’t compete with the Patriots during a 36-17 romp in the title game. The roster returns largely intact, putting Pittsburgh in pole position for yet another AFC Championship Game appearance.

A trio of perennial playoff teams to consider as potential dark horses can be had at (+1200), as the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Houston Texans all occupy the same rung on the odds ladder.

The Broncos and Texans have quarterback questions to settle, with second-year starter Paxton Lynch and rookie Deshaun Watson at the helm, respectively. And the Chiefs are forced to ask if check-down artist Alex Smith has already reached the peak of his potential, following an embarrassing 18-16 defeat to the Steelers, who used six field goals to surpass Kansas City’s offensive output.

All told, the AFC appears to be stratified according to the usual structure – with the Patriots reigning supreme, and everyone else simply hoping for an upset opportunity.

Check the table below for every AFC team’s current odds of representing the conference in Super Bowl 52:

Team AFC Title Odds on 8/15
New England Patriots +175
Oakland Raiders +600
Pittsburgh Steelers +600
Denver Broncos +1200
Kansas City Chiefs +1200
Houston Texans +1200
Indianapolis Colts +1800
Tennessee Titans +1800
Baltimore Ravens +2000
Los Angeles Chargers +2000
Cincinnati Bengals +2500
Miami Dolphins +4000
Jacksonville Jaguars +4000
Buffalo Bills +6600
Cleveland Browns +10000
New York Jets +10000

 

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Watching for Soccer Futures Probability for your NFC Tournament

Watching for Soccer Futures Probability for your NFC Tournament

As the NFL preseason rolls onward, the football world turns its collective attention to the real deal – when 16 games and a grueling postseason will send two teams to Super Bowl 52.

One of those teams will represent the NFC as conference champions, and based on the latest odds posted by online sportsbook Bovada, it really is anybody’s race to win.

As of today, the last four teams left standing in last season’s NFC championship bracket – the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Dallas Cowboys – are all favorites to repeat their respective runs.

The Packers lead the way at (+400), but they’re trailed closely by the Seahawks (+500), Falcons (+600), and Cowboys (+650).

Last time around, Green Bay couldn’t keep up with the high-octane Atlanta offense, falling 44-21 in a conference championship blowout. But in the wake of Atlanta’s shocking Super Bowl collapse – in which the Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 third-quarter lead to the New England Patriots – Bovada gives the Pack a slight edge given the “hangover” expectations.

To make that matchup happen, the Packers and Falcons defeated the Cowboys and Seahawks, respectively – but both teams are in the mix to make another playoff run.

Interestingly enough, the Cowboys didn’t see their odds drop off after breakout running back sensation Ezekiel Elliott was recently handed a six-game suspension for off-field conduct.

The number for “America’s Team” stood at (+600) when opening lines were released in late July, and it’s barely budged on the suspension news. This is possibly due to Elliott’s pending appeal, but with the young star still expected to sit for at least four games, Dallas may see its odds fall a bit further before Week 1.

In Seattle, training camp reports of discord between defensive superstar Richard Sherman, quarterback Russell Wilson, and head coach Pete Carroll haven’t impacted their chances in the books’ view. In fact, they’ve improved slightly from July’s (+600) mark through today.

The only other team offering better than 10 to 1 odds is the New York Giants at (+900).

The boys from Big Blue made the playoffs last year, only to suffer through a bad 38-13 blowout at Lambeau Field – and subsequent questions about wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s “boat party” snafu. Beckham Jr. has been putting on a show during training camp, and with two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning calling plays, he should have plenty of passes with which to redeem himself.

After that, the NFC is quite muddled at the moment, with no less than six teams bunched together between (+1400) and (+2000).

The Arizona Cardinals (+1400) and Carolina Panthers (+1400) are veteran-laden teams with their championship window on the verge of closing.

The Minnesota Vikings (+1600) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1600) are essentially mirror images of one another, after the Vikes were praised as last season’s upstart squad. Unfortunately for Minnesota, a season-ending injury to young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ended those hopes in a hurry, but he’ll be back this season looking to rebound.

This season’s “it team” is Tampa Bay, as head coach Dirk Koetter and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston look to take the leap in their third year together.

The New Orleans Saints (+2000) and Philadelphia Eagles (+2000) are each coming off disappointing 7-9 campaigns, but both have talented enough rosters to give them a puncher’s chance in the playoffs.

Check the table below for every NFC team’s current odds of representing the conference in Super Bowl 52:

Team NFC Title Odds on 8/15
Green Bay Packers +400
Seattle Seahawks +500
Atlanta Falcons +600
Dallas Cowboys +650
New York Giants +900
Arizona Cardinals +1400
Carolina Panthers +1400
Minnesota Vikings +1600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1600
New Orleans Saints +2000
Philadelphia Eagles +2000
Washington Redskins +2500
Detroit Lions +2800
Chicago Bears +7500
Los Angeles Rams +7500
San Francisco 49ers +10000

 

 

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Really Hookah bowl 52 Futures Paying: Preseason Fortune Have Patriots on the top

Really Hookah bowl 52 Futures Paying: Preseason Fortune Have Patriots on the top

Back in early February, fresh from their astounding comeback victory in Super Bowl 51, the New England Patriots became immediate (+400) favorites to repeat via online sportsbook Bovada.

Fast forward nearly six months later, with all 32 NFL teams preparing to embark on their training camp campaigns, the champs have seen their odds to win Super Bowl 52 increase slightly to (+375).

That’s not much movement overall, but move past the Patriots and the odds have shifted significantly for their primary challengers.

When those initial odds were posted in February, it was the Dallas Cowboys offering the best chance to dethrone New England at (+750), followed by the Green Bay Packers (+1200). But following an offseason of upheaval in Dallas – where second-year star running back Ezekiel Elliott and wideout Lucky Whitehead headlined the list of Cowboys in legal trouble – those odds have flipped in favor of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.

Today, the Cowboys are still in strong position – tied with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers at (+1200) – but the downgrade on the futures speaks to growing uncertainty surrounding “America’s Team.”

The Seahawks and Raiders both experienced slight bumps, moving from (+1600) to their current standing, while the Steelers are rated exactly where they were before.

The seventh-strongest contender to down the Patriots’ dynasty is, ironically enough, the same Atlanta Falcons team (+1600) that blew a 25-point lead in last year’s Super Bowl amidst New England’s furious comeback bid.

They’re the last team offering better than 20 to 1 odds on a championship, with a pack of perennial playoff teams in the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers next up at (+2200) each.

For bettors looking for dark horse candidates for a Super Bowl run, Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald will look to lead the Arizona Cardinals (+3300) on one last hurrah – with both offensive stars expected to enjoy the final year of their respective standout careers.

The Miami Dolphins (+5000) also offer decent value for longshot-hunters, provided they can slay the divisional dragon posed by the Belichick / Brady tandem in the AFC East. The ‘Phins did lock up a Wild-Card berth last season – powered by breakout running back Jay Ajayi’s multiple 200-yard games and a receiving corps led by Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, and Devante Parker.

With last season a success for rookie head coach Adam Gase, a second go with the same offensive core should see Miami make another bid for a playoff berth.

Among the teams that are considered “dead on arrival” – offering odds of 100 to 1 or worse – are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears at (+10000), the Los Angeles Rams at (+15000), and the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns at (+20000).

The NFL Preseason kicks off in early August, before the real deal gets underway Thursday, September 7.

Team SB Odds 7/24
New England Patriots +375
Green Bay Packers +750
Dallas Cowboys +1200
Seattle Seahawks +1200
Oakland Raiders +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
Atlanta Falcons +1600
Houston Texans +2200
Denver Broncos +2200
New York Giants +2200
Carolina Panthers +2200
Kansas City Chiefs +2500
Minnesota Vikings +3300
Indianapolis Colts +3300
Arizona Cardinals +3300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3300
New Orleans Saints +4000
Tennessee Titans +4000
Baltimore Ravens +4000
Cincinnati Bengals +5000
Miami Dolphins +5000
Washington Redskins +5000
Philadelphia Eagles +5000
Detroit Lions +6600
Los Angeles Chargers +7500
Buffalo Bills +10000
Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
Chicago Bears +10000
Los Angeles Rams +15000
New York Jets +20000
San Francisco 49ers +20000
Cleveland Browns +20000

 

 

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National League Pennant Betting Futures

National League Pennant Betting Futures

At this point in the year all 15 members of the National League have completed at least 30 games, putting almost one-fifth of the regular season in the books.

Accordingly, the NL pennant race has been clarified by fast starts and faceplants. Six clubs have staked themselves to an inside track, while the rest of the NL has fallen flat to begin the summer.

At the moment, online sportsbook Bovada is playing things close to the vest, installing the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs (+200) as the clear favorites.

The Cubbies haven’t lived up to their curse-busting run of 2016 – compiling a middling 17-17 record to find themselves in fourth place in the NL Central – but Bovada likes Chicago to rebound while riding horses like Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, and Kyle Hendricks back to the promised land.

They’ve only dug a hole of 2.5 games thus far, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the Cubs reclaim the Central lead by the All-Star break, or even before. That seems to be Bovada’s guess too, as the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals (+700) offer pennant odds that are 3.5 times worse.

The Washington Nationals (+350) appear chosen to challenge Chicago for the pennant, and with a 22-12 record, their 5.5-game lead in the NL East puts them on the fast track to the postseason.

The only other team in the East capable of making it a race would be the New York Mets (+1000), but while Bovada still likes their chances, a 16-17 record and constant team turmoil suggest that the Nats’ path to a division title will be unimpeded this year.

The division race in the NL West is a bit more heated, with the upstart Colorado Rockies (+900) sitting 2.5 games up on the Los Angeles Dodgers (+450). Once again though, Bovada doesn’t seem to believe in the sustainability of hot starts, giving the Rockies and their NL-leading 23-13 record doubled pennant odds compared to the 20-15 Dodgers.

The only other team pegged at better than 28 to 1 is the Arizona Diamondbacks (+1600). Coming off a disappointing 2016 campaign which saw the Snakes finish 69-93, Arizona has been buoyed by a managerial change – with Red Sox alum Torey Lovullo taking the reigns – while the return of All-Star centerfielder A.J. Pollock has solidified the lineup.

From there, Bovada’s current assessment of the NL is of a league in shambles.

Playoff teams from last year like the San Francisco Giants (+3300) and the aforementioned Mets have sorely disappointed.

In fact, the Giants have posted the worst winning percentage in all of baseball at 12-24 for a .333 clip. Bettors in search of a viable longshot may consider the boys from the Bay, however, as the return of ace Madison Bumgarner from a freak dirt bike injury, coupled with manager Bruce Bochy’s steady presence, could foretell a second-half surge.

And on the other side of the spectrum, Bovada has already virtually written off four teams, with the Milwaukee Brewers (+10000), Philadelphia Phillies (+15000), San Diego Padres (+15000), and Atlanta Braves (+15000) all offering 100-1 odds or worse.

As such, the lineup of pennant contenders has been thinned out, leaving only five teams with better than 10 to 1 odds of winning the NL.

2017 National League Pennant Odds

Team NL Pennant Odds on 5/12
Chicago Cubs +200
Washington Nationals +350
Los Angeles Dodgers +450
St. Louis Cardinals +700
Colorado Rockies +900
N.Y. Mets +1000
Arizona Diamondbacks +1600
Cincinnati Reds +2800
San Francisco Giants +3300
Pittsburgh Pirates +3300
Miami Marlins +5000
Milwaukee Brewers +10000
Philadelphia Phillies +15000
San Diego Padres +15000
Atlanta Braves +15000

 

 

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American League Pennant Betting Futures

American League Pennant Betting Futures

Every team in the American League has played at least 30 games, marking nearly one-fifth of the season standings off the schedule while giving baseball fans a much better idea about potential postseason contenders.

Hot starts by teams like the Houston Astros and New York Yankees have elevated them into the American League pennant discussion. Conversely, teams which were expected to contend have fallen flat, including a pair of playoff participants from last year in the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.

Online sportsbook Bovada continuously updates its betting odds for Major League Baseball’s pennant races, and as of today, the Cleveland Indians (+325) hold a familiar position atop the list. After representing the AL in last year’s World Series – and nearly knocking off the Chicago Cubs before relinquishing a 3-1 series lead – the Tribe lead the Central by just 0.5 games over the Minnesota Twins (+2200).

Cleveland’s 18-15 record isn’t all that impressive, but as the disparity in odds between them and Minnesota suggests, Bovada likes the Indians to return to their AL Champion form by season’s end.

Hot on their heels is a Houston Astros (+350) team that has taken the West, and the entire AL for that matter, by storm to start the season. Their record of 23-11 gives Houston a big six-game divisional lead over the Seattle Mariners (+1800), and the ‘Stros hold a 1.5-game lead over the entire AL. As usual, Houston is taking the term “home field advantage” to the extreme, compiling a 14-6 record at Minute Maid Park.

The next two teams atop Bovada’s pennant chase rankings are familiar foes, as the Boston Red Sox (+375) and New York Yankees (+475) have renewed their age-old battle for AL East supremacy.

Powered by the 13-home run barrage of second-year star Aaron Judge, the Bronx Bombers are living up to their name once again after a disappointing 2016 campaign.

Their 21-10 record is actually 4.5 games better than Boston’s at 18-16, but Bovada expects newly acquired ace Chris Sale to continue his early dominance for a possible Cy Young run. If the Red Sox get the same heavy strikeout totals and sub-2.00 ERA that Sale has posted thus far, the backward rankings of the Red Sox and Yankees would seem to make sense.

Interestingly enough, the Baltimore Orioles (+900) are even with the Yankees in the standings, and they have more wins at 22-11, but Bovada puts them third in the pennant race among AL East division opponents.

The Indians, Astros, and the East trifecta are the only teams Bovada tabs at better than 10 to 1 against. And considering that the next two teams on the list – the Detroit Tigers (+1800) and Seattle Mariners (+1800) – offer odds that are twice as high, the AL pennant race appears to be formed by just five teams.

As mentioned in the introduction, a pair of playoff teams from 2016 have failed to get out of the gate, as the Toronto Blue Jays (+2500) and Texas Rangers (+3300) have stumbled to records of 13-21 and 15-20, respectively.

2017 American League Pennant Odds

Team AL Pennant Odds on 5/11
Cleveland Indians +325
Houston Astros +350
Boston Red Sox +375
New York Yankees +475
Baltimore Orioles +900
Detroit Tigers +1800
Seattle Mariners +1800
Minnesota Twins +2200
Toronto Blue Jays +2500
Texas Rangers +3300
L.A. Angels +3300
Tampa Bay Rays +4000
Kansas City Royals +5000
Chicago White Sox +10000
Oakland Athletics +10000

 

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Stanley Mug Likelihood Revise: Vermont Products Number 1 the Futures

Stanley Mug Likelihood Revise: Vermont Products Number 1 the Futures

Following a first round that saw it all – from the vaunted Chicago Blackhawks getting swept without scoring a goal at home, to overtime thrillers and the ascendance of stars in Toronto and Edmonton – the NHL playoffs are set for the second round.

With only eight contenders remaining for the Stanley Cup, online sportsbook Bovada has reshuffled its futures odds on which team will lift the greatest trophy in all of sport.

And just like they were back at the All-Star Break, the Washington Capitals (+300) are the favorites to finally get over the Stanley Cup hump. To accomplish that feat, superstar Alexander Ovechkin and his Presidents’ Trophy winning supporting cast must do something they’ve never done during the Russian sniper’s 11-season reign: get out of the second round.

That’ll be a tough task though, as the Capitals face off against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins (+450) – Bovada’s number-two on the Stanley Cup pecking order.

Sidney Crosby and Co. put up the second-best regular season point total, with 111 to the Caps’ 118, and the two teams have been on a collision course all year. And while Pittsburgh coasted by an overmatched Columbus in a 4-1 romp, Washington was pushed hard by overachieving, rookie-powered Toronto in a six-game nail-biter.

The next two teams on Bovada’s list both carry (+550) odds to win it all, which is fitting as the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks meet in Round 2.

The Ducks won their fourth straight division crown in the new look Pacific, posting 105 points this year after a 103-point campaign last year. But they nearly saw their divisional dynasty end, and to an Oilers team that finished in the cellar last season no less.

Edmonton’s consistent drafting at the top of the class finally produced a major improvement, as Connor McDavid made the leap with a stellar 100-point season. That equated to a 32-point turnaround in the season standings for the Oilers, who weren’t content to celebrate simply making the postseason in dispatching the Sharks in six.

Up next at Bovada are a pair of Central Division also-rans that managed to steal the thunder from their regular season rivals.

Both the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators are offering (+700) odds against winning the Cup, which makes sense for two teams coming off such similar seasons.

The Blues and Preds finished 3-4 in the Central, well behind the Blackhawks and Wild at 1-2, respectively. But in the first round, St. Louis ousted Minnesota in five, while Nashville authored a stunningly dominant sweep.

Stingy defense led both teams to the second round, so a tight, low-scoring series should be in the cards.

The last matchup of the second round pits the New York Rangers (+800) against the Ottawa Senators (+1100), but Bovada doesn’t like either team to make it much further.

New York was lost in the proverbial shuffle during the regular season, finishing fourth in the Metropolitan Division behind Washington, Pittsburgh, and Columbus. Even so, the Blueshirts knocked off the Atlantic Division leading Canadiens in a back-and-forth six-game series to start their postseason in style.

As for the Sens, they may not have much left in the tank after an exhausting six-game survival over the Bruins – a series which featured three overtime finishes, plus a double-OT ending to boot.

Team Stanley Cup Odds on 4/25
Washington Capitals +300
Pittsburgh Penguins +450
Anaheim Ducks +550
Edmonton Oilers +550
St. Louis Blues +700
Nashville Predators +700
New York Rangers +800
Ottawa Senators +1100

 

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