Duke, Gonzaga, and North Carolina are out of the Final Four. It means there are office trash cans filled with busted brackets.
But the great thing about March Madness betting in New Jersey is the game is far from finished.
There are 10 retail and 13 mobile sportsbooks still offering odds on the remaining three games.
Two Final Four games are taking place on Saturday, April 6 in Minneapolis:
- No. 5 Auburn vs. No. 1 Virginia, 6:09 p.m.
- No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Michigan State, 8:49 p.m.
The two winners will advance to Monday night’s (April 8) National Championship Game. All three games will be on CBS or showing at your retail sportsbook of choice.
Call it the added bonus to NJ sports betting.
Final Four odds at NJ sportsbooks
|Team||#5 Auburn vs.||# 1 Virginia||#3 Texas Tech vs.||#2 Michigan State|
Note: BS= BetStars; DK= DraftKings; FD= FanDuel; S= Spread; M= Moneyline; T= Total
Combo bets are available, too. Parlay the point spread with the moneyline, and there is a chance to increase your winnings.
And with three more games to go, the futures market is still open. Unlike this time last week, the field of 16 is down to four.
Virginia is the odds-on favorite
Virginia is the lone remaining N0. 1 seed left in the dance. Talk about a complete reversal of fortune from last year. The Cavaliers made NCAA Tournament history in 2018, and not in a good way.
We all know the story by now: They were eliminated by a No. 16 seed in the first round. Now they are two wins shy of winning it all.
And based on the odds, Virginia heads into Final Four weekend as the heavy betting favorite to cut down the nets. Here are the futures at three NJ sportsbooks:
- BetStars NJ: +120
- DraftKings: +130
- FanDuel: +125
Heading into the tournament, FanDuel had Virginia listed at +700 to win it all. The odds shifted to +420 heading into the Sweet 16.
But backing the favorite is not a lock, especially during March Madness. Duke entered the tournament at +220. They ended up losing to Michigan State, 68-67, in the Elite Eight.
For those keeping tabs, Virginia is making its first Final Four appearance in 35 years (1984 was the last time).
A Cinderella story in the mix with Auburn
Underdogs are a huge part of the March Madness betting story. Oregon, a No. 12 seed, had the Cinderella spotlight heading into last weekend.
This week it belongs to the Auburn Tigers.
It’s not because they are a No. 5 seed — the lowest remaining seed. This is the story of a program making its first-ever Final Four appearance. The excitement surrounding the team is evident by the welcome home reception the team received.
We've got Jared.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) April 1, 2019
These celebrations are merited after upsetting No. 2 Kentucky, 77-71, in overtime.
And as a result, bettors may be attracted to taking a shot on Auburn winning it all. While they’re considered the longshot, the potential payout outweighs the risk.
Here are the futures odds on Auburn from three NJ online sportsbooks:
- BetStars NJ: +800
- DraftKings: +650
- FanDuel: +750
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
For the Texas Tech Red Raiders, this is the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance, too. But making it to Minneapolis does not come as a surprise.
The team is 30-6 overall. And their NCAA Tournament body of work includes victories over No. 2 Michigan, 63-44, and No. 1 Gonzaga, 75-69.
Of the four remaining schools, Michigan State is the only team to have won it all. This is the 10th time the Big Ten school is playing in the final weekend of March Madness.
While the program last advanced this far in 2015, the Spartans last national championships came in 2000. The other came in 1979. You may have heard of some player named Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Head coach Tom Izzo, now in his 24th season with the Spartans, was on the sidelines for the more recent championship.
Do you go with the storied program with rich March Madness history? Or do you pick a Texas Tech team that many may still have alive in a bracket?
This one is a tough one to call. But going the futures route may be worth the risk.
Odds to win it all:
- BetStarsNJ: Michigan State +170 / Texas Tech +450
- DraftKings: Michigan State +190 / Texas Tech +400
- FanDuel: Michigan State +180 / Texas Tech +500
Risk-free Final Four betting in NJ? You bet
Deciding on a team or bet type can be a challenging process. Going with the point spread, aka the equalizer, is not just about picking a team. But will they be able to cover? Duke is the perfect example.
But there are advantages to betting via NJ sportsbook apps, especially for first-time customers.
The biggest is risk-free wagering. FanDuel Sportsbook will cover your first bet up to $500. It means if you make a futures bet on Auburn to win it all, but end up losing to Virginia, you’ll be refunded with site credit.
To make the process easier, click this exclusive FanDuel Sportsbook link. Follow the simple registration instructions, and the offer is yours for the taking.
BetStars also comes packed with a big welcome bonus of a $500 match bet. But it also boasts a consistent slate of deals and bonus bets almost daily. You can bet BetStars won’t forget a Final Four odds boost or two.
DraftKings NJ app has its own $25 free bet available for first-time users. It comes to you in five $5 bets, which means you have five free bets for the final weekend of March Madness.
In other words, it’s worth taking a chance with Final Four betting.