And that date happens to be the opening round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Besides waiting for the picks to be announced live from Nashville, there are of course NJ sports betting opportunities.
Wagering can be done via the DraftKings app or at the betting windows in Atlantic City. Or at any of the 13 sportsbooks apps available in New Jersey.
But who will the Arizona Cardinals select with the first overall pick? And what are some of the available bets?
Besides putting money down on the top overall pick, sportsbooks are taking action on the top overall selection at each position plus a few other options.
And just like March Madness betting, the NFL Draft calls for a party-like atmosphere.
So it is no wonder then that DraftKings Sportsbook is hosting an all-day happy hour with food and drink specials (including $1 off any food item). Guests can reserve VIP and bottle service, too.
But it’s the odds that are the key here to this event. Let’s take a closer look.
DraftKings odds on No. 1 pick
Just like the Super Bowl and NCAA Tournament, this is the first time NFL Draft betting is being offered.
“Draft experts” across the country have spent the last several months compiling their respective lists. Not just who will be the first overall pick, but the entire first round.
Kyler Murray, the junior quarterback from Oklahoma, seems to be consensus No. 1 pick. And it makes sense being that Cardinals are rumored to be shopping Josh Rosen.
But Arizona could trade the pick or go in a completely different direction. The scenario creates some betting intrigue on the top overall selection.
Here are the odds posted on the DraftKings app:
NFL Draft + team specials
All 32 NFL teams will head into Thursday night with a goal of filling voids at certain positions. And quarterback is a big one.
What team will draft Missouri senior Drew Lock?
How about Ohio State junior quarterback Dwayne Haskins?
And what about Murray?
The DraftKings app offers team odds for all three passers. Here are odds on potential landing spots for all three players:
- Cardinals -500
- Raiders +550
- Giants +1100
- Giants +275
- Bengals +500
- Raiders +500
- Redskins +600
- Broncos +275
- Redskins +350
- Bengals +500
DraftKings + Mr. Irrelevant
No matter who the last player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft is, he will be bestowed with the title of Mr. Irrelevant. And DraftKings is offering odds on the pick.
In this case, there is no need to waste time analyzing players.
This wager comes down t0 three choices. And based on the odds, offensive player is looking like the early favorite.
- Offense -110
- Defense +100
- Special Teams +1400
FanDuel + Giants future QB
FanDuel Sportsbook is offering NFL Draft action, too.
And like DraftKings, NJ online sportsbook odds are posted for who the top overall pick will be. Murray is the heavy favorite at -1000.
Nick Bosa, the defensive end from Ohio State, is next at +500.
And those wondering what the Giants may be thinking, quarterback seems like a safe bet. The Eli Manning chapter is eventually going to close.
Based on the odds, Haskins could be his replacement. New York is the favorite to draft Haskins at +250. The Jaguars, who signed Nick Foles during the offseason, are second at +700.
PointsBet’s top 2019 NFL Draft picks
PointsBet NJ customers have the option of wagering on the top three picks. The posted odds are based on draft position.
- No. 1 Overall Draft Pick: Murray -1000
- No. 2 Overall Draft Pick: Bosa -400
- No. 3 Overall Draft Pick: Josh Allen +150
And for those wondering who will be the first running back off the board, Alabama junior Josh Jacobs leads the betting field at -400 on the PointsBet NJ app.
But Penn State junior Miles Sanders (+500) or Iowa State junior David Montgomery (+850) could go earlier.
And with the NFL Draft taking place over three days, another exciting NJ online sports betting weekend is right around the corner.