- Kristaps Porzingis played three seasons with the New York Knicks before being traded last season.
- The Mayakoba Golf Classic offers bettors odds to pick a champion ranging from +1600 to +10000
- Two 2-0 teams in Penn State and Georgetown will face off in the Gavitt Tipoff Games basketball tournament.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Thursday is always a day of heavy betting, especially during the NFL season. With Thursday Night Football, there are dozens of betting lines from the game lines to prop bets. As this is a story within itself, our daily sports betting preview takes a different look into a few matchups in the NBA, college basketball, and PGA world.
In the afternoon, the Mayakoba Golf Classic begins, after a weather delay halted the early morning tee times. At 6:30 p.m. EST, college basketball features a showdown in the Gavitt Tipoff Games between Penn State and Georgetown. To close the night, Kristaps Porzingis will return to Madison Square Garden when his Dallas Mavericks take on his former New York Knicks.
Mayakoba Golf Classic
This Mexican PGA Tour event played in Playa del Carmen – just south of Cancún – has been noted as one of the best PGA tournaments as of late. Starting in 2007, it became the first tour event in Mexico this century and is broadcasted by the GOLF Network.
The total purse is $7.2 million and many Americans as well as international players will look to get a share of the hefty prize fund.
Before the tournament begins, bettors are encouraged to lay a futures bet on the Mayakoba Golf Classic champion. With odds starting at +1600, bettors can be heavily rewarded with selecting the right golfer. At the opening, the five most favored golfers to win Mayakoba are:
- Matt Kuchar (+1600)
- Viktor Hoyland (+1600)
- Jason Day (+1800)
- Tony Finau (+1800)
- Billy Horschel (+2000)
Gavitt Tipoff Games
The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Washington DC to take on the Georgetown Hoyas in the annual Gavitt Tipoff Game. This is a battle between the Big 10 and Big East that began in 2015 and is scheduled to conclude after the 2022 season.
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Both teams are 2-0 to start the year, but it is the home team Hoyas (-135) that are the favorite. Penn State (+115) are only underdogs by two points, indicating this will come down to the final possession in order to determine a winner.
Neither of the teams has been truly tested thus far in the college basketball season, so it will be interesting to see who can close out the game successfully and which team will see silly mistakes made. The over-under is set at 148.5 points and bettors can get in on the action – both pregame and live – while tuning into FS1 to see their wagers unfold.
The Unicorn Back In MSG
The Dallas Mavericks are the visiting team against the New York Knicks, whose teams executed an all-star trade last season.
Many players in these organizations have seen time spent on both teams, which should result in some emotional basketball for all involved. However, none of the players that played on both teams (Wayne Ellington, Dennis Smith Jr., Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee) have as much of a fanfare waiting for them as Kristaps Porzingis does.
The fourth overall pick in 2015 should be welcomed with many cheers, as Knicks fans are forced to watch a subpar product take the court each and every night. The Mavs (-315) are the favorite on the road and are projected to win by eight or more points, as the Mavs-Knicks line is set at 7.5 points.
With an over-under of 214.5, oddsmakers at US sportsbooks re projecting this to be a lower-scoring affair. Bettors may be willing to take a risk on the Knicks (+265) but the smart money isn’t putting any of their bankrolls in support of this team. The game can be seen on TNT, which will feature the crowd’s energy well before tipoff occurs.
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.