BetStars NJ Sheds Light On Trends, Lines For NFL Thanksgiving Games

Turkey, cranberry sauce, mallow-covered yams and football.

All the fixin’s to help put up with the family at Thanksgiving.

Of course, another holiday ingredient that did not exist until now: sports betting in New Jersey.

With three NFC divisional games slated for the glutton-iest day of the year, let’s take a look at how the betting action has looked, specifically at BetStars NJ.

All lines and stats provided by BetStars, one of eight mobile sportsbooks in New Jersey, stood as of Wednesday morning.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. EST

A classic NFC North showdown kicks off the day’s games.

Chicago, leading the division, enters the game as 2.5-point favorites. Interestingly, the majority of wagers on the point spread (90 percent) have come on the last-place Detroit Lions (though only three games back of the Bears) to cover.

Additionally, 66 percent of moneyline bets have taken Detroit to win outright. BetStars NJ lists the Lions at +125 to get the victory, while the Bears sits at -143.

As for the over/under, currently, at 43.5 points66 percent of wagers have taken the under.

BetStars NJ sportsbook also offers a variety of individual props, such as Chicago RB Jordan Howard rushing for more than 63 yards (-110), or to score the game’s first touchdown (+750).

For those Detroit backers: QB Matthew Stafford to pass for more than 266 yards (-110) and WR Kenny Golladay being the first to score a TD (+750) are available.

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Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. EST

For the second time in three years, these two NFC East rivals square off on Thanksgiving.

Dallas sits as a 7-point favorite and at -333 on the moneyline. Washington, meanwhile, pays +250 for an outright victory. BetStars pegs the over/under at 40.5 points.

Early on, Dallas has drawn 99 percent of moneyline wagers on top of 89 percent of bets on the spread. To boot, 60 percent of bets on the over/under have gone on the over.

Seemingly reinvigorated after getting traded from the Oakland Raiders, Dallas WR Amari Cooper is listed at +600 to score the game’s first TD and +110 to score a touchdown at any point in the game.

Similarly, Washington RB Adrian Peterson sits at +800 to score the first touchdown and +125 to reach the end zone at all. Interestingly, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is a heavy favorite to hit paydirt, -167 to get a TD with a Dallas win that complements a -110 line to rush for over 99 yards.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. EST

No team has been hotter than the Saints this season, winning nine straight since a season-opening loss.

So dominant it has been that New Orleans enters as 13-point favorites against visiting Atlanta. In a game featuring an over/under of 60 points, the moneyline has Atlanta at +500 and the Saints at -700.

Riding a three-game streak of 45 or more points, New Orleans has attracted 90 percent of moneyline wagers, though the Falcons have drawn 86 percent of bets on the spread.

As for the point total, 80 percent of wagers have taken the over.

BetStars’ top three players to score the game’s first TD are Saints: RB Alvin Kamara (+450), WR Michael Thomas (+550) and RB Mark Ingram (+900).

Alternate lines include Atlanta at +7 (paying +185) and +10 (paying +125). On the flip side, after back-to-back wins of 37 or more points, New Orleans has alternate spreads of -16 points (+140) and -19 (+195).

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Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.