New Jersey sportsbooks nailed the spread airtight with the Kansas City Chiefs giving 1 or 1.5 points to the San Francisco 49ers and the over-under at 54 or 54.5. As a result, the usual line fluctuation hasn’t materialized.
That elevated the props, which rule the gambling roost for many players pondering wagers that excite and amuse them. Crazy props bring some giddiness to an otherwise intense Super Bowl betting scene as once-a-year gamblers participate in the big game.
Why not? This is the Super Bowl, a wagering party flowing like champagne.
Props to the Wild, Wild Westgate
The Gold Standard for props has been Westgate, the brick-and-mortar Las Vegas powerhouse that inspired online books to increase their selections.
NJ mobile betting apps have fine displays, but Westgate is in another universe, primarily because it leads the way with crossover wagers and imaginative props.
Throw a couple of bucks on crazy bets for the novelty. A series of “Who Has More’ wagers include Verona and AC Milan goals in a soccer game from Italy versus Kansas City touchdowns in Florida. Kansas City is -1/2.
How about Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic’s points versus Kansas City’s total? Doncic is giving 4.5 points and doesn’t even know it! Overall props reveal the high-scoring expectation for this contest.
The lowest-scoring quarter by both teams has an over-under of 3.5, with the over listed at -180. This projects the sentiment of neither team having less than four points in any quarter, or, more realistically, that both teams will score a touchdown each quarter.
How close will this game be? One prop has the largest lead of the game at any point to be 14.5. The over is -130, the under at 110, meaning that although a blowout is not expected, it’s not far-fetched.
Will the game ever be tied after -0-0? Even money.
The total yardage of all touchdowns is 102.5 yards. Hitting the over depends upon at least one scoring play being long.
The longest rush by San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is over-under 2.5 yards. You’d think he’d scramble at least once, right?
Will Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt throw a pass? Yes is 30-1.
Oh, say can you bet at FanDuel?
Seriously? Hey, chuckle about the prospect of betting the National Anthem, but if you play it, handicap it.
Demi Lovato will sing the anthem this year. The over-under is usually 2 minutes, the over usually wins but pays less and Gladys Knight made the bettors sweat by hitting it at 2:01 last year.
This is just like the game’s uncertainty. Take the over and you’re hoping for a stammer, a clearing of the throat, a pause for effect and for Lovato to linger on “Free” and “Brave”, key words from the last two lines that decide this wager.
Who says you can’t bet time?
The FanDuel Sportsbook props place Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the 299.5 yardage total for the over-under. That means he would have a strong game, but not necessarily go off.
San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert has an over-under of 77.5 yards, with the under at -124. That suggests San Francisco’s lead back will have a better game than Chiefs top rusher Damien Williams (51 yards), but will not have a dominant performance.
Props reflect the pre-game sentiment that Kansas City will throw more and San Francisco will run more.
Both tight ends, Travis Kelce at 73.5 yards and George Kittle at 72.5, have props forecasting good games and being primary receiving targets.
These props, with an over-under game total of under 54.5, indicate some secondary stars may step up.
Combine and collect at DraftKings
DraftKings Sportsbook has an abundant menu: player props, novelty props, score by halves, quarters and enticing wagers for a player to score first and his team wins or the player simply to score and the team prevails. Travis Kelce is a reasonable +200 to obtain a touchdown in a Chiefs victory.
What about two tallies? Mostert is +250, Tyreek Hill is +425 and George Kittle is +650. This prop is not tied to the game result. Both Mostert and Hill have enjoyed two-touchdown games in the postseason.
Even the coin toss has been handicapped. Both are -103 but San Francisco is +310 and Kansas City +255 if one can obtain the correct heads or tails result and the winner.
Unanswered scores at William Hill
This establishment has an interesting menu featuring score and win and the player to score first with his team winning.
Then there’s an offering that resembles roulette betting.
The Niners with 27 points exactly returns 12-1. But the 29 total returns a 28-1 payout. Because it’s hard to nail this one on the nose, picking a string of three and four numbers would still generate a good return while offering more chances to cash.
Here’s an interesting one. Will Mahomes’ first pass be complete or incomplete? The incomplete payout is +175. He usually throws a couple of incompletes on Kansas City’s early series’ before heating up.
William Hill Sportsbook also has props on three, even four, unanswered scores by one team.
SugarHouse NJ wants more, more, more
The totals keep climbing, clearing 530 and counting at SugarHouse Sportsbook.
Some of the new ones involve player tackling. Fred Warner has an over-under of 6.5, with the over looming at -155.
The establishment also set the over-under of field goals for 3.5, which receiver will secure the longest reception of the game and the turnover prop of 2.5.
You think penalties slow the game down? Yes, but not for a bettor. The over-under for penalties is 11.5 and there’s even one for penalties accepted.
What a prop mania world. Tackles, accepted penalties, anthem lengths and totals from different sports are all real bets.
NJ sports betting customers tend to balance crazy fun picks, educated props and the narrow focus for their heaviest money. Many wagers have been placed, and an emphatic final surge will mark the weekend.