Super Bowl Recap
Super Bowl 52 had bettors and sportsbooks on the edges of their seats until the final second clicked off the clock of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots. When Super Bowl odds opened, the Patriots were pegged as 6.5-point favourites, but most of the early money came in on the Eagles.
That action on Philadelphia continued and dropped the line to Pats -4.5, which is where we started to see more support for New England. In the end, the early bets on the Eagles straight up and against the spread basically cancelled out the late action that came in on the Patriots. Bettors did do well betting over the total, which opened at 48.5 and closed at 49 points.
There are a lot of trade rumours floating around with the trade deadline just a couple of weeks away. As teams start jockeying for playoff position, there are a few clubs to keep an eye on. The New York Rangers are riddled with injuries and appear ready to sell off assets to build for the future. They’ve been slumping badly since before Christmas and have dropped six of their last seven to fall all the way to No. 23 in the NHL money standings.
Columbus is another team that looked poised for a playoff spot, but they’re riding a three-game losing streak and are 3-6-1 in their last 10 to put that playoff ticket in jeopardy. On the other hand, the Boston Bruins have won three in a row and are 8-1-1 in their last 10, as are the Nashville Predators.
Now that the football season is over, it’s time to shift gears to hoops and it looks like this year’s NCAA basketball tournament is up for grabs. Michigan State and Villanova are set as co-favourites at +500, with Virginia (+600), Duke (+650), and Purdue (+700).
Any of those squads would be good bets to cut down the nets in the championship game, but there are plenty of other interesting betting options like Arizona and Kansas at +1600 as well as Cincinnati and Kentucky at +2200.
The Toronto Raptors’ decisive win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday put the rest of the NBA on notice. Toronto has won five of its last six and has improved its record against the spread to 29-24.
Now the Raptors are set at +400 to win the Eastern Conference, behind only the Celtics at +200 and the Cavaliers at +135.