The heart of the sports calendar has arrived.
Despite the World Series concluding nearly a month ago, the NBA and NHL seasons are well underway. And of course, the NFL has passed the midway point of the regular season, while college football makes its push toward the College Football Playoff.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in New Jersey, where the NJ sports betting industry can continue to blossom.
This week, FanDuel Sportsbook has another full slate. But first…
Recapping last week at FanDuel
The New Orleans Saints, similar to Todd Gurley II, seem not to care about the well-being of sportsbooks.
With a 48-7 blowout win of the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, New Orleans moved to 8-2 against the spread.
The Saints are not only torturing opponents (the fourth team in NFL history to score 45 or more points in three straight games, and the first to score 40 or more points six times within the first 10 games) but also sportsbooks.
At FanDuel, for the second straight week, New Orleans generated the worst result. The Saints entered Sunday’s game as 7.5-point favorites (they won by 31) with an over/under of 56 points (ended at 55).
In college football, the most popular game was not the lone game featuring a matchup of top-15 teams (No. 12 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Notre Dame) but rather on a Big Ten showdown: No. 10 Ohio State at unranked Maryland. (The Buckeyes needed overtime to win on the road, and only after Maryland failed to convert a potential game-winning two-point conversion.)
The Syracuse-Notre Dame matchup, played at Yankee Stadium and won by the Irish 36-3, was the second-most bet-on contest.
Looking ahead for FanDuel Sportsbook
Sticking with the NFL, and following their blowout victory, the Saints have become the favorite to win the Super Bowl at +310. Following New Orleans: Rams (+430), Chiefs (+470), Patriots (+600).
Interestingly, the New York Giants still have a shot at reaching the playoffs. At 3-7 overall, the Giants sit three games back of NFC East-leading Washington. With a glimmer of postseason hope, New York holds +50,000 odds at winning the Super Bowl.
This week also features The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, a head-to-head Showdown at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. FanDuel lists Woods as a -230 favorite to win the 18-hole duel. Mickelson, meanwhile, sits at +190.
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, after leading a dismantling of The Citadel last week, remains an odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at -430. Behind him:
- Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (+650)
- West Virginia QB Will Grier (+1100)
- Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins (+3600)
- Clemson RB Travis Etienne (+5000)
- Central Florida QB McKenzie Milton (+5000)
Alabama remains the front-runner to win the national championship, listed at -280. Clemson (+430), Michigan (+1200) and Notre Dame (+1400) follow.
Lastly, FanDuel Sportsbook updated its odds for favorites to win the NHL Stanley Cup. Leading the way: Toronto (+500) and Tampa Bay (+550). The New Jersey Devils, currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division, hold a +6,000 line to win the title. (All odds and data are as of Monday.)
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