DraftKings Announces 2020 March Madness Bracket Contest

It’s that time of year when college basketball takes center stage with the ultra-popular March Madness tournament. Whether you’re an NCAA basketball fan or not, you have most likely filled out a bracket in your lifetime.

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And once again, DraftKings Sportsbook is jumping on the bandwagon with their very own 2020 March Madness Bracket Contest.

Register at DraftKings to get into the action in 2020. There’s literally no reason not to try it.

Tourney Mania DraftKings Bracket

DraftKings will offer a number of different promotions for March Madness betting, but the easiest one to get into is their bracket contests.

Sure, your odds of getting the perfect bracket are only one in 9.2 quintillions, but you don’t have to be perfect here.

DraftKings March Madness Brackets

DraftKings March Madness Contest

Players in NJ will compete for a prize pool of $100,000!

  1. Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app for iOS or Android
  2. Register for an account using THIS EXCLUSIVE LINK
  3. And get ready for Selection Sunday
  • Once they know who the 68 teams in the field are, you’ll have until Thursday, March 23rd (the start of the Round of 64) to enter your bracket.
  • That means you’ll have to pick every single game all the way through to the final.

DraftKings will award prizes for the best overall bracket – even if it’s not perfect.

Free-to-Enter March Madness Contest

Anyone in the US can join the contest and compete for their share of $64,000.

  • Players across the country can access and fill out their brackets through iOS or Android devices.
  • Bracket access is also available using THIS EXCLUSIVE LINK.

Second Chance Bracket

Since nailing the March Madness bracket is as difficult as it gets, DraftKings Sportsbook will also be offering up contestants another free bracket contest called the Second Chance Bracket.

If you happen to get a few picks wrong for the Round of 64 games or there are some wild upsets that ruin your bracket, you’ll be able to re-join with a second chance entry.

This prize pool still offers up a $16,000 jackpot, so make sure you participate.


Other March Madness Contests & Promos

The fun doesn’t stop there as DraftKings Sportbook is going to offer a number of other ways to spice up the action.

Here’s a taste of the other options on the board for you:

Big Game Squares

For this contest, all you have to do is select a square and it’s yours for the game. It’s like the Super Bowl squares but for college basketball. There will be a $54,000 prize pool for this contest.

Big Game Props

For this promo, every time you bet $10 on the NCAA Tournament, you’ll be entered for your shot to win $200,000. Also, for every $50 in props that you bet on will earn you back $10 worth of free bets.

Odds Boosts

Keep an eye on the DraftKings promos sections as they’re sure to have all sorts of different March Madness odds boosts for the NCAA Tournament. That might include better betting odds for futures or game lines.

Betting Lines, Live Betting

DraftKings will feature spreads, moneylines, totals and props on every single game of the NCAA Tournament, including live betting on all of the contests too.

If you do your homework and sift through the lines, you’re bound to find some good value on the games.

Roll Tide? NJ Sportsbook Apps Unveil 2020 College Football Futures

Just as we’ve completed the 2019 NFL Draft, DraftKings Sportsbook has opened up a wide variety of college football futures for the upcoming season. (FanDuel Sportsbook also recently put up their futures markets.)

The odds to win the National Championship are now up on the board as well as odds to make or miss the College Football Playoffs, and the ever-popular regular season win totals.

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

College football national champion odds

To no one’s surprise, Clemson and Alabama are at the top of the list as both are posted up at +200 at DraftKings. Over at FanDuel, Alabama sits at +175 while Clemson sits at +200.

Here are all the odds at DK’s NJ sportsbook app:

National Champion To Make CFB Playoffs 
TeamOddsYesNo
Alabama+200-250+200
Clemson+200-265+210
Ohio St+700+140-175
Georgia+800+120-148
Oklahoma+1200+162-200
Michigan+1600+300-400
Texas+2500+500-715
Notre Dame+3300+400-560

While that might seem like incredibly short odds to win it all, remember that these teams should have a relatively easy path back to the College Football Playoff.

The ACC is mostly in shambles as teams such as Florida State, Virginia Tech and Miami rebuild.

As for Alabama, they’ll have a couple of tricky games at South Carolina, at Texas A&M and home to LSU, but they’ll likely be double-digit favorites in each contest.

As for the other conferences, the oddsmakers are expecting Ohio State (+700) to win the Big Ten and be in the running for the CFP, Oklahoma (+1200) to make another push from the Big 12, and Notre Dame (+3300) to be a contender as one of the independents.

Georgia (+800), who nearly beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, is the only other team with Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State to have odds inside of 10/1.

If I was betting this right now, Clemson would be my choice simply because they should have a breeze getting there.

With Hunter Lawrence entering his second season at quarterback, and a schedule that should see them favored by double-digits every week, I’m expecting them to be among the final four.

CFB regular season win totals

There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding the regular season win totals but again, it won’t surprise anyone that Alabama and Clemson faced with the highest number.

Both have an over-under of 11 wins. What’s interesting is that the over is at -139 on Clemson, which suggests the oddsmakers at DraftKings aren’t expecting the Tigers to lose even once on their 12-game schedule.

Here are the rest of the markets:

TeamTotal Wins
Alabama11
Clemson11
Georgia10.5
Oklahoma10
Ohio St10
Boise St10
UCF10
Washington10
Washington St10
Michigan9.5
Texas9.5
Florida9
Oregon9
Penn St9
Miami8.5
Utah8.5
Wisconsin8.5
Auburn8
Mississippi St8
Florida St7.5
Michigan St7.5
Texas A&M7.5
USC7.5
Tennessee7
Oklahoma St6

It’ll be a big year for Michigan (9.5) and coach Jim Harbaugh as pressure is starting to mount. Maybe with Urban Meyer finally retired, the Wolverines can ascend to the top spot in the Big Ten.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, they are projected to win 10 games in their first season with Ryan Day on the sidelines.

Oklahoma (10), who for a second year saw their starting quarterback become the top selection in the NFL Draft, isn’t expected to fall off at all next season. Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has looked great in spring football. Texas (9.5) is expected to give the Sooners are run for their money, though.

Florida State (7.5), who is fresh off a tumultuous 5-7 season is facing what could be a sizable number for them. Another much-maligned team, USC (7.5), is facing the same number.

If either team goes under, it could cost their head coaches their jobs.

Odds to make the college football playoffs

One interesting prop that DraftKings posted was odds to make or miss the playoffs. Clemson is a whopping -265 favorite to do so while Alabama is at -250. Ohio State is at +140 for ‘Yes’ and -175 for ‘No’.

Remember that beyond Meyer, they also lost quarterback Dwayne Haskins to the NFL along with defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Parris Campbell.

However, they got quarterback Justin Fields to switch over from Georgia; Fields was the No. 1 ranked quarterback prospect in the 2018 class.

Notre Dame, who is fresh off a strong season, is a +400 dog to make it. They might have a really tough getting there with games at Georgia, Michigan and Stanford.

You Can Already Bet On NFL Week 1 Games At NJ Sportsbooks

Rejoice: You can already bet on Week 1 of the NFL season at New Jersey sportsbooks.

Rejoice: You can already bet on Week 1 of the NFL season at New Jersey sportsbooks.

The NFL released its schedule for the 2019-20 season on Wedneday, and it didn’t take long for the top sportsbooks in New Jersey to post lines. A first glance at the odds suggests that we’re going to see a lot of close games. Nine of the 16 contests show a favorite of four points or less at FanDuel Sportsbook in NJ.

NFL odds on the openers in New Jersey

The opening game of the season will see the Green Bay Packers head to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears on the first Thursday in September as the Bears celebrate their 100th year. The Packers are a 3.5-point underdog in that contest.

Meanwhile, the first Sunday night game will send the Pittsburgh Steelers to New England where the Patriots are a 7.5-point favorite. It’s worth noting that New England hasn’t won their opening game by more than seven points in six years.

Here are all the point spreads at DraftKings and FanDuel:

 DraftKingsFanDuel
Green Bay at ChicagoCHI -3.5CHI -3.5
Atlanta at MinnesotaMIN -3.5MIN -4
Baltimore at MiamiBAL -3.5BAL -3.5
Buffalo at NY JetsNYJ -3.5NYJ -3.5
Cincinnati at SeattleSEA -7.5SEA -7.5
Kansas City at JacksonvilleKC -5KC -4.5
LA Rams at CarolinaLAR -3LAR -3
San Francisco at Tampa BayTB -1.5TB -1.5
Tennessee at ClevelandCLE -5CLE -5
Washington at PhiladelphiaPHI -8.5PHI -8
Indianapolis at LA ChargersLAC -3.5LAC -3.5
Detroit at ArizonaARI -1ARI -1
NY Giants at DallasDAL -7.5DAL -7.5
Pittsburgh at New EnglandNE -6.5NE -6.5
Houston at New OrleansNO -7.5NO -7.5
Denver at OaklandOAK -3OAK -3

Monday Night Football odds

As per usual, there will be a double-header for Monday Night Football starting with the Houston Texans, who are a 7.5-point dog in New Orleans. PointsBet Sportsbook shows the total for that contest to be 53.5, which is the highest over-under for Week 1.

The late game on Monday Night Football will have the Denver Broncos visiting the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are a three-point favorite in what will be the debut of Antonio Brown.

New York teams odds in NJ

The two New York teams will start their seasons with divisional games as the Jets will host the Buffalo Bills. The Jets, who will play on Monday Night Football twice this season, are a 3.5-point favorite in what will be Le’Veon Bell’s first regular season game with the team.

Meanwhile, the Giants find themselves as a 7.5-point dog as they visit their rivals from Dallas.

Five must-see games of 2019

  • Week 2, New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams: This will be a rematch of the NFC Championship game. Remember that missed pass interference call?
  • Week 2, Cleveland Browns at New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr. won’t get to face the Giants this year but he’ll still return to New York in this matchup.
  • Week 8, Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots: If the Browns are for real, this would be the spot to prove it.
  • Week 14, Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots: A rematch of last year’s epic AFC Championship Game.
  • Week 16, Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets: Bell gets to face his former team.

Futures & Super Bowl odds in NJ

Now that the schedule has been released, it’s worth revisiting the futures because now we know everyone’s strength of schedule.

Starting with regular season win totals, the Raiders, Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars have the toughest schedules, according to opponents’ win percentage last season. Oakland’s win total is set at six at DraftKings Sportsbook, while Denver’s is at 6.5 and Jacksonville’s is at 8.0

Teams with the easiest strength of schedule are the Redskins, Patriots, Rams, Giants and Jets. The New York teams could be interesting bets in regards to win totals given their schedules as the Jets are projected to finish with 7.5 wins, while the Giants are at 5.5.

Patriots and Chiefs?

In terms of Super Bowl futures, it’s hard not to like the Patriots at +700 once again given their schedule. However, we’ll have to see if their division mates are improved, as the Bills and Jets are expecting to be much better.

At the other end of the spectrum, it’ll be interesting to see if the Chiefs can make a Super Bowl push for a second straight season. They’re at +800 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but they’ll play the sixth-toughest schedule.

Almost half (seven) of their 16 games are against teams who made the playoffs last season and they’ll also have to go to Tennessee, who just narrowly missed the playoffs, and host the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, a pair of teams most experts expect to contend for a playoff spot.

Are Sixers A Good Series Bet Following Game 2 Performance? That All Depends

The Philadelphia 76ers tied the series against the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Playoffs. We check in with NJ sportsbooks on the odds of a Sixers series win.

It took about 15 minutes of playoff action before Philadelphia fans were booing their 76ers.

It’s somewhat understandable as the team that was expected to compete for a spot in the NBA Finals ended up losing to the Brooklyn Nets in their playoff opener at home.

However, the Sixers showed up in a big way in Game 2, rolling over the Nets by a score of 145-123.

Game 3 tips off on Thursday; DraftKings Sportsbook has Philadelphia favored by 3 points on the road.

But since the series is evened up, is now the right time to bet the 76ers to win the battle with the Nets?

Sixers still favorites to win series

The 76ers opened up in the neighborhood of -700 to win this series while the Nets were at +500.

However, after the split in Philadelphia where Brooklyn stole home-court advantage, the prices have changed quite a bit.

The 76ers are now -370 at Caesars Sportsbook while the Nets are at +300. The odds are similarly tight across New Jersey gambling sites. BetStars NJ and FanDuel Sportsbook have 76ers favored by -333 and -300, respectively.

And over at SugarHouse online sportsbook, the odds are close but still favor the Sixers. That is their hometown casino after all.

Game 3 will be critical. If the Nets win, we could see this series move into the neighborhood of a pick, although the 76ers are still likely to be favored by about -150 or -175.

If the 76ers win, they’ll move back into the -700 or even -800 neighborhood where they originally opened.

Here’s a closer look at the 76ers series odds against the Nets at NJ online sports betting sites:

 DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuelCaesarsSugarHouse
Philadelphia 76ers vs. -335-333-330-370-335
Brooklyn Nets+240+260+250+300+240

Three things to consider when placing your bet

Game 2 may have ended on a happy note for Philadelphia, but not everything is as it seems when it comes to placing your Sixers bet in New Jersey.

Here are a few things to consider as we head into Game 3:

Embiid’s knee injury a concern

Bettors have to be concerned with the fact that 76ers star center Joel Embiid just isn’t fully healthy.

He’s played no more than 24 minutes in each game, which is well below his season average. We know he’s been laboring down the stretch of the season, playing in just 10 games since the All-Star break.

Furthermore, when you take a look at the schedule, there aren’t many breaks for Embiid. There are two days off between Game 2 and Game 3, and then there are two days off between Game 4 and Game 5. The rest of the time it’s just one-day breaks.

If his knee is, in fact, in rough shape, he could fade as the series progresses.

Bad game or bad quarter?

That’s what bettors need to figure out.

The 76ers led 64-63 at the half of Game 2, so they weren’t exactly in control. However, they exploded for 51 points in the third quarter en route to the win.

It’s worth noting that the 76ers were outscored 36-29 in the fourth quarter, so the Nets are left wondering if it was just a bad quarter or if it’s truly a turn in the series?

The importance of 3-point shooting

As the playoffs got underway this past weekend, one interesting stat came to light: Every team that won Game 1 of their series made more three-pointers than their opponent.

The Nets hit 15-of-36 threes in Game 2 compared to just nine-of-23 for the 76ers and have now outscored them 78-36 from beyond the arc.

If the Nets can continue to thrive from three, they’re going to be in this series for a while — and possibly win it.

Free player prop picks for Sixers-Nets Game 3

Caris LeVert Points Scored

Over/under 14.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook

I’ll be looking for Caris LeVert to have a better performance in Game 3.

He had 23 points in Game 1 but fell back 13 in Game 2. He had 13 points in just 20 minutes in Game 2. So if he sees more action in Game 3, he’ll likely get over the 14.5-point total.

The other factor here is that LeVert played better at home than on the road during the regular season. He averaged 15.7 points while shooting 44.9% from the field and 39.2% from three at home compared to 12.2 points on the road with 41.3% from the field and 23.7% from three.

Bottom line: Bet the over 14.5

Embiid Points Scored

Over/under 26.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook

This line seems a bit off. Embiid is banged up and played just 24 minutes in Game 1 and 21 minutes in Game 2.

That’s well below his norm as he’s typically up in the 33-minute range. We know he has a knee injury, which is why he was doubtful for Game 1. He scored 23 points in Game 2 and 22 in Game 1, so he’s well below the 27.5 he averaged in the regular season.

The Nets’ Ed Davis limited Embiid in Game 1 but got in foul trouble in Game 2, only playing six minutes. If he stays out of foul trouble and Embiid is still banged up, which I expect him to be, under looks good.

Bottom line: Bet the under 26.5.

Masters 2019 Favorites To Win: McIlroy Is Sitting Pretty, But There’s A Tiger Looming

Will Rory McIlroy be the outright winner? Is Tiger Woods or Jordan Spieth the better golf bet? Here are the favorites and odds to win The 2019 Masters.

The first major of the golf season is upon us as the PGA Tour players are in Augusta, Ga., this week for the 2019 Masters.

Although Tiger Woods opened up as a favorite at NJ online sports betting sites, he’s since ceded the top spot to a red-hot Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy is looking to become the sixth player ever to complete the career Grand Slam (winning all four majors).

Let’s take a closer look at the top five favorites for The Masters, as per the odds at FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings NJ app, and BetStars NJ.

Who is offering good value on the board?

The heavy favorite: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroyDraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Outright Winner+700+700+650
Top 5+175+160+135
Top 10-167-162-165

McIlroy ranks third in the Official World Golf Ranking and is our favorite heading into The Masters.

He’s coming off a win at The Players Championship and has now placed in the top six in six straight events. If you include how he ended the 2018 campaign, he’s now finished in the Top 10 in 11 of his last 14 outings.

He’s the hottest golfer on the Tour right now, which is why he’s favored at all three top NJ online sportsbooks.

History at Augusta

McIlroy has a strong history at The Masters, including five straight top 10 results.

He finished in a tie for fifth in 2018. He’s been close many times and could break through this weekend. If you’re hesitant to bet him to win it outright, a Top 10 prop bet seems to make sense.

The runner-up: Dustin Johnson

Dustin JohnsonDraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Outright Winner+900+1100+1100
Top 5+200+200+220
Top 10+110-105+100

As impressive as McIlroy has been, Johnson has been nearly right there with him step-in-step.

DJ has four straight Top 10 results and six in his last seven starts. The lone outlier is a 45th-place result at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

He’s fallen short of expectations at recent majors, finishing 13th or worse in five of the last seven.

History at Augusta

Johnson’s game – especially the huge drives off the tee – suits Augusta well, but he’s never won a green jacket.

In eight starts, he has just one Top 5.

However, he has posted Top 10’s in each of the last three times he’s teed off at The Masters, so he’s getting close. He needs to do better in the opening rounds as he has shot 73’s both in 2018 and 2016. That put him behind early.

A good start will go a long way for him.

The world’s No. 1: Justin Rose

Justin RoseDraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Outright Winner+1200+1400+1200
Top 5+200+275+230
Top 10+125+120+105

Justin Rose is No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings and is in the midst of what might be a career year. That’s why the 38-year-old is third in line, according to the odds.

He’s had two shaky performances this season – a 63rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a 34th at the Desert Classic – but he’s placed in the Top 8 in his four other events. That includes a win at the Farmers Insurance Open.

He’s frequently been among the leaders at Augusta but can he finally seal the deal?

A lot of New Jersey bettors will feel that he’s a much better option for a Top 10 prop rather than to win outright.

History at Augusta

Rose’s history at Augusta suggests that he’ll be in contention.

He hasn’t finished worse than 25th in nine straight appearances at The Masters with an average finish of 11.6, which is quite impressive. That’s among the best of anyone on the PGA Tour.

That includes a pair of runner-up finishes in 2017 and 2015. He should be in the running, but the question is can he execute down the stretch to finally earn the win.

The chance bet: Jordan Spieth

Jordan SpiethDraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Outright Winner+2200+2500+1800
Top 5+450+400+310
Top 10+225+175+140

Spieth opened up as a virtual co-favorite with Woods for this event last fall, but he’s faded back to 16/1 at FanDuel.

That’s because he’s in the midst of what might be his worst season yet. Spieth hasn’t finished better than 30th in any of his 10 starts this season and has already missed three cuts.

His current form suggests that you might want to avoid him.

History at Augusta

Spieth, who is currently 33rd in the World Golf Rankings, has been incredible at Augusta. That is why we see him with 18/1 odds in spite of his current form.

In five appearances at Augusta, his worst finish is a tie for 11th. In his other three starts, he’s won (2015), placed second twice (2014 and 2016), and placed third (2018).

That’s something to think about for sure.

The popular ticket: Tiger Woods

Tiger WoodsDraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Outright Winner+1400+1700+1800
Top 5+350+300+270
Top 10+164+150+125

Woods finished the 2018 season with a win at the Tour Championship, which came on the heels of a slew of good outings. That included a sixth-place finish at The Open and second at the PGA Championship.

So at the end of the season, he was posted as the early favorite to win The Masters at about 10/1.

However, he’s tumbled back down as he hasn’t finished better than 10th in any event this year. He’s coming off a 30th at The Players Championship and hasn’t really threatened for a win at any point.

Of course, we know he can put it all together at any point, but he hasn’t been in good form of late. Hence, most NJ sportsbooks give him harsher odds this time around.

History at Augusta

There was a time when Woods was unstoppable at The Masters. He finished sixth or better every single year from 2005 to 2010.

However, he tied for 32nd last year, missed the 2017 and 2016 events, and tied for 17th in 2005. His recent history at Augusta is not encouraging.

Even so, according to DraftKings NJ sportsbook, Woods is the hottest ticket for both The Masters and golf betting in general. Why? He’s just that popular.

Most golf bets to win The Masters at DraftKings

By MoneyRankBy Ticket
Jordan Spieth1Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods2Rickie Fowler
Rory McIlroy3Brooks Koepka
Rickie Fowler4Rory McIlroy
Brooks Koepka5Jordan Spieth

Virginia Opens As Small Favorite Over Texas Tech In NCAA Tournament Title Game

What are the odds for Virginia vs. Texas Tech at NJ online sportsbooks? Get the current odds for the 2019 NCAA final from DraftKings, BetStars and FanDuel.

The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers barely survived the No. 5 Auburn Tigers on Saturday night while the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders won easily over the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans.

Even so, it’s the Cavaliers who have opened as a small favorite in the championship game at NJ online sportsbooks.

Virginia opened as a 1.5-point favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook app.

But Texas Tech has been paying off as an underdog, so it’s not surprising to see that the action has been coming in on them.

NCAA National Championship odds 2019

Here’s a look at the current odds for college basketball’s national championship at New Jersey’s top online sports betting sites:

Virginia vs. Texas Tech current odds

 DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
SpreadVirginia -1.5Virginia -1.5Virginia -1.5
Total117.5118118
MoneylineVirginia -122, Texas Tech +107Virginia -125, Texas Tech +105Virginia -125, Texas Tech +105

Red Raiders have been money as the dog

Even as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Red Raiders have been overlooked by the oddsmakers consistently.

They have found themselves as the dog in three straight games and haven’t been favored since the opening weekend.

They cashed as a +145 underdog against No. 2 Michigan State, +215 versus No. 1 Gonzaga and +115 vs No. 2 Michigan on FanDuel Sportsbook app.

The Red Raiders have looked really dominant in the NCAA Tournament, winning four of their five games by double-digits. They really haven’t had to sweat much.

Their defense, which ranked first in the nation in the KenPom Adjust Defensive Efficiency rating, is holding opponents to just 55.8 points per outing.

Cavaliers lucky to survive?

The Cavaliers needed a miracle last-second basket to force overtime versus No. 3 Purdue in the Elite Eight. They got it, pushed the game to overtime, and survived.

In the Final Four, they were down by two points with less than 10 seconds remaining when the referees missed a double-dribble, which would have given No. 5 Auburn the ball and likely the win.

Instead, Virginia’s Kyle Guy was fouled on a three-point attempt and then he calmly hit all three free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining to give Virginia the win.

There’s no question that this is a good Virginia team — especially on defense, where they rank fifth in that same KenPom defensive category that Texas Tech leads — but they have survived their last two games by the narrowest of margins.

Pro tip: Bet Texas Tech at the half

The Red Raiders have been an incredible bet at the half under current head coach Chris Beard.

They’ve now played nine NCAA Tournament games with him on the sidelines, and they’ve covered the spread every single time.

His impressive halftime adjustments haven’t been restricted to March Madness, though. The Red Raiders have covered the second half spread in 24 of their last 28 games on the road (or at a neutral site) and are 33-8-1 ATS in second halves versus non-conference opponents.

Title game could set a record for lowest over/under

The Virginia-Texas Tech over/under opened at 119 or 119.5, depending on which sportsbook you looked at. But it has since gone down to 118 at FanDuel and BetStars NJ.

However, with two stellar defensive teams playing for the championship, that number has dropped to 117.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook app.

If it were to hold, that would be the lowest total that we’ve seen since 2005 (123.5).

Most bettors will be expecting an under — even with a record-low of a total — not only because both defenses are strong but because both teams like to play at a very slow pace.

A free March Madness bet in NJ? You bet

The 2019 NCAA Tournament is down to just one game, and it’s expected to be a very close, competitive contest.

While it might be tough to predict who wins, you can take advantage of some great sportsbook promotions in New Jersey to have a free bet for the championship contests.

If you’re a first-time customer in the state of New Jersey and are looking for a safe, legal place to bet on the game, downloading one of the NJ sportsbook apps can get you a free bet to play with.

For example, if you sign up with FanDuel Sportsbook, they’ll hook you up with a free bet of up to $500. That’ll be nice to have to bet on either Texas Tech or Virginia (or the over/under). And if it happens to lose, you’ll get your money back.

Another option is to bet at BetStars sportsbook app in NJ, one of the most reputable brands in New Jersey. They’ll also hook you up with a similar offer, giving you a $500 match bet.

And special for the final weekend of March Madness, BetStars is giving new players $20 free for a limited time.

Lastly, if you’re looking for another promo, DraftKings NJ app offers up a $25 free bet for first-time customers. It comes to you in five $5 bets, which gives you five bets to use for the title game or anything else.

It’s good to open up accounts at multiple sportsbooks so that you can get the best price for each line, so consider taking advantage of each promo.

And most importantly, tune into the NCAA 2019 National Championship game on Monday night when the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.