- College basketball features a showdown between the two top-ranked teams in New York.
- NHL bettors have been successful taking the opponent of the team that just returned from Vegas.
- The Pacers should have no problem taking care of business on the road against the Hornets.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – College Basketball is back and bettors couldn’t be more excited to add this sport to their betting slip. Aside from college hoops , the NHL, NBA, and a variety of other leagues have games today.
Now is one of the best times to inset a futures wagers on an underdog team. If a bettor can guess a team that starts the season on a hot streak, their odds will instantly decrease, making the value of the start of the season odds so much better.
However, if you’re looking to put a futures bet on a team to win the NCAA Tournament that is a favorite, it is best to wait a few weeks until a loss, injury, or story in the media drop their odds.
Betting College Basketball
The No. 1 Michigan State Spartans take on the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats in Madison Square Garden at 9:30 p.m. EST tonight for NCAAB.
With MSU receiving 60 of 65 first places votes in the AP Poll and having a 59.7% chance to win according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, why not start the season on the top-ranked team?
The Spartans are 3-point favorites in this contest, and bettors should feel safe taking either the spread or the moneyline for the Spartans (-150). Kentucky (-130) isn’t going to turn over and give Michigan State an easy win, but the talented Tom Izzo-led team should have no issues securing their first win.
The over/under for this contest is set at 139.5 and bettors should likely stay away from this number until more information surrounding the pace of play and referee rules changes in college basketball take effect.
Hangover From Vegas
In the hockey world, the New Jersey Devils will travel to Canada to take on the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets last played in Las Vegas and one of the best NHL hockey betting trends comes from teams that play after facing Las Vegas.
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In what is known as the "Vegas Effect", bettors have won 53 of 82 (65%) of games coming into the season when taking the team that didn’t most recently play in Las Vegas. Already in this season, bettors are 7-1 in this category, giving us no reason to stay away from the Devils.
As the Devils (+120) are underdogs, it provides an excellent opportunity to cash in against the Jets (-130). While the over/under is set at 6.5 goals, there is no saying how many goals will be scored tonight, as the early stages of the NHL season have seen many fluctuations in goals per game already.
This game drops the puck at 8:05 p.m. EST and can be seen on the MSG Network.
The Pacers On The Road
Both the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets are looking to move above .500 on the year, as they both sit at 3-3.
The Pacers started out 0-3 but have found a way to win to come back to even; meanwhile, the Hornets have had a slightly tougher schedule and won the games they should have while losing the games that they were expected to.
Tuesday brings another game the Hornets are expected to lose, especially being on the road for four straight games before tonight’s 7 p.m. EST tip.
With the Pacers (-150) being 3-point favorites at US sportsbooks, bettors shouldn’t hesitate to take either the spread of the moneyline on the Pacers. The Hornets (+130) are still figuring out how to use all of their pieces so expect the under (211.5) to potentially hit as well.
No matter what a bettor decides to do, monitoring the wager during live betting is the best way to hedge one’s bet or find more lucrative lines as the game plays on.
Michael spends most of his time betting on over/unders and analyzing algorithms in attempts to beat the book. His focus on statistics comes from an early understanding of mathematics as well as knowledge of opportunity costs. Michael enjoys playing basketball and reading about the NBA whenever he has the free time. When he is not writing, he can be found in Mississippi hitting the sportsbooks and enjoying a margarita… on the rocks, no salt.