NBA Opening Week, NFL Week 7 and Astros-Red Sox
Every Monday, our “What’s on Tap” series provides a look at the coming week in the world of sports betting. Come here for a rundown of upcoming financial events, legislative and regulatory meetings, industry conferences, top matches scheduled for the week, and more. Also check out our weekly Get a Grip review for a look back at some notable news from the past week.
Monday, October 18
The Astros-Red Sox series resumes at Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox tied the American League championship series one game apiece with a 9-5 victory Saturday over the popular Houston Astros. The Red Sox hit grand slams in each of the first two innings to become the first team in Major League Baseball history to hit more than one slam in a playoff game, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
In Monday’s Game 3, Jose Urquidy is expected to take the mound for the Astros at Fenway Park. At FanDuel, the Astros are -124 favorites to qualify for the World Series. Houston opened the ALCS with odds of -146 to defeat the Red Sox (+124) in the Top Seven series. Meanwhile, the Braves took a 2-0 lead in the NLCS series on Sunday night on Eddie Rosario’s hit in the ninth inning. It was the first time the Braves had made consecutive playoff outings since 1991, when the franchise qualified for the World Series. The Braves are now favorites to win the World Series at FanDuel.
World Series 2021 futures odds
- Courageous +200
- Astros +240
- Dodgers +290
- Red Sox +380
Super Bowl favorite Bills takes on the Titans in Nashville
Building on a four-game winning streak, the Buffalo Bills have become Super Bowl favorites in many top sports betting. The Bills completely dominated the AFC champion Chiefs last week in a 38-20 victory at soggy Arrowhead Stadium. During the winning streak, Josh Allen had 11 touchdowns in the air for just two interceptions. Allen, a 2018 first-round pick, has two more rushing touchdowns. Buffalo must contain Titans running back Derrick Henry, who leads the NFL in rushing yards with 640. Henry entered Week 6 with 117 more yards than Browns running back Nick Chubb, the next full-back. closer. The Bills are the 5.5 point favorites at Caesars Sportsbook; the total is 53.5 points.
Bills move to Super Bowl favorite, Josh Allen to MVP favorite https://t.co/JgjXI24JEQ
– Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) 12 October 2021
Tuesday 19 October
Bucks raise championship banner to open NBA regular season
In June, the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the Brooklyn Nets in a Game 7 overtime thriller to take out Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference semifinals. From there, the Bucks fired the Hawks and Suns to win their first NBA title since 1971. Now, the Bucks will meet the Nets again on opening night of the 2021-22 NBA regular season. The game features two of the top three teams in the 2022 NBA Championship futures market, led by the Nets at +205. The Bucks are the one-point favorites over the Nets at Caesars Sportsbook for Game 1, with a total of 239.5 points. Goalkeeper Kyrie Irving is absent from the squad because he would not be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Lakers face the Warriors later Tuesday.
NBA Championship Futures Odds (DraftKings Sportsbook)
- Nets +205
- Lakers +400
- Dollars +900
- Warriors +1100
- Jazz +1500
- Mowers +1700
- Suns +1700
- Sixers +2000
- Nuggets +2000
- Heat +2500
DraftKings offer to acquire Entain window ends
Last month, DraftKings surprised the M&A world with a $ 22 billion proposal to acquire UK-based Entain. The proposed amount not only doubles an $ 11 billion proposal made by MGM Resorts in January, but exceeds the $ 21.5 billion managed by US legal sports betting in the entire last year. On Tuesday, DraftKings will meet a deadline under UK takeover law that requires the company to either make a formal offer to acquire Entain or declare that it will not make a formal offer.
Shortly after the PASPA Supreme Court ruling in 2018, Entain and MGM Resorts formed BetMGM, a 50-50 joint venture. MGM Resorts can hardly afford to lose a technology stack designed by Entain that processes approximately 2 million bets per day. It is possible that the three companies will strike a complex triple deal whereby MGM Resorts will gain full ownership of BetMGM, with DraftKings then acquiring Entain’s non-US assets in Europe. MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle has warned the company has the option to block DraftKings from doing business in the United States if it makes a deal to acquire Entain.
Will @DKSportsbook be able to operate in the United States if it acquires @EntainGroup? Only if @MGMResortsIntl says so, says the CEO of the company. # G2E2021 # g2e https://t.co/rrGf0fpw3F @US_Bets @BetMGM @WynnLasVegas @WynnBET
– Mike Seely (@mdseely) October 6, 2021
Thursday, October 21
Louisiana Gaming Control Board Meeting
Louisiana stakeholders could learn more about the pace of the statewide sports betting expansion at Thursday’s meeting of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB). Saints Hall of Fame catcher Joe Horn placed the first legal sports bet in state history this month when he placed a bet at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville. In August, the LGCB adopted a set of emergency sports betting rules that went into effect on August 23 and will remain in place for a period of 180 days. At a meeting last month, the LGCB presented a plan for further expansion. Under Louisiana law, the 20 state casinos – 15 river casinos, four slot machine-based betting mutual racetracks, and one land-based casino – have until January 1, 2022 to submit a license application. sport bets. If any of the licensees miss the deadline, the LGCB has said it will open the license application process to video poker and sports operators Gamesys.
saturday 23 october
The state of Oklahoma appears to remain undefeated
Trailing in double digits with two points into the first half, Oklahoma State rallied on Saturday to defeat then 25th-ranked Texas 32-24 for their third straight top-flight victory. 25. Oklahoma State is now heading to Ames to take on Iowa State in a key Big 12 showdown. As Iowa State opened the season in the top 10 of the pre -season, the Cyclones came out of the top 25 last month with a narrow loss to Baylor. Iowa State opened as a 7-point favorite at Circa Sports.
In another action, Purdue will face Wisconsin in a key Big Ten game. The Boilermakers just had one of the biggest upsets of the season when they beat second-second Iowa 24-7 in Week 7. Purdue wide receiver David Bell recorded 11 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown. Wisconsin is a 5 point favorite on Boilermakers. Also on Saturday, Cincinnati (-24) will face the Navy in Annapolis. Cincinnati rose to the highest ranking in school history this week after losing to Iowa.
Sunday 24 October
Lions seek first win of season against Rams
With the Jaguars’ 23-20 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday, the Lions are the only NFL team without a win this season. Ahead of an offseason trade in Detroit, Lions quarterback Jared Goff spent five seasons with the Rams while leading the franchise to Super Bowl LIII in 2019. Goff will want revenge when he returns to SoFi Stadium. The Rams are the 15.5 point favorites on the Caesars Sportsbook.
Elsewhere, the head of the AFC North division will be on the line when the Ravens (-6.5) face the Bengals in Baltimore. The Ravens come off an impressive win over the Chargers, while the Bengals improved to 4-2 with a 34-11 win over the Lions. The Cardinals, the only undefeated team left in the NFL, can go 7-0 with a win over the Texans. Arizona opened as the favorite with 17 points. In total, there are four double-digit favorites in Week 7.