Pick A Prop: 2020 NFL Draft Betting Options At DraftKings And FanDuel Sportsbooks

The list of 2020 NFL Draft props may not reach Super Bowl betting levels, but there will be no shortage of options at NJ sportsbooks.

The NFL Draft is likely the only major NJ sports betting event taking place this month.

It will not fill the March Madness wagering void or make up for the lack of MLB and NBA games. But, hey, something is better than nothing.

All seven rounds will unfold live on national TV.

DraftKings Sportsbook is getting creative with available bets, including this one:

Philadelphia Eagles fans may prefer evaluating these odds from FanDuel Sportsbook:

NFL Draft betting breakdown at DraftKings

Anytime the NFL Draft comes around, there is the typical talk of who will be the first running back drafted.

And what about the first offensive lineman or wide receiver?

DraftKings has compiled notable first picks by position splits. Here is a closer look at the betting breakdown as of Thursday:

Like with Wall Street, athletes see their stock rise or fall leading up to the big day.

Those confident about a certain player being selected in the top 10, DraftKings has set the betting lines. So, if an individual is picked between No. 1 and 10 in the first round, the ticket is a winner.

Here are some of the current odds:

  • Mekhi Becton -500
  • Tristan Wirfs -400
  • Jedrick Wills -335
  • Derrick Brown -200
  • Andrew Thomas +110
  • Jordan Love +200
  • Jerry Jeudy/Javon Kinlaw +250
  • CeeDee Lamb/Henry Ruggs III, +300
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Tua Tagovailoa odds at FanDuel

Several NFL teams see this as a golden opportunity to draft their quarterback of the future. Some players will end up being an MVP, while others will fail to live up to the high expectations.

The class of 2020 has the potential to be a strong one.

All signs are pointing to Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow will go No. 1 to the Cincinnati Bengals.

However, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to be a high first-round selection, too. After missing part of last season with a serious hip injury, the passer has recovered and is ready to go.

FanDuel is taking bets on the team to draft Tagovailoa. The Miami Dolphins, who pick No. 5 overall, are the current favorites at -150.

Here are the other teams in the mix:

  • Chargers +195
  • Redskins +340
  • Raiders +1500
  • Lions +1600
  • Panthers +1900
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What about Mr. Irrelevant?

The last player taken in the NFL Draft earns the title of Mr. Irrelevant. So, why not add it to the list of prop bets.

But unlike the first-round picks, there is no need to waste time trying to figure out the player. Consider it a multiple-choice test in which bettors have a 33.3% chance of cashing a winning ticket.

Here are the latest odds from FanDuel:

  • Offensive player -125
  • Defensive player -105
  • Special teams +1100

Virtual Sports Betting Options Available At NJ Online Gambling Sites

The lack of live sports may have redefined March Madness, but what about April?

To the fans who like to have a little skin in the game, what are they to do? One of the most exciting times of the year for sports fans has turned into an utter drag, but NJ online sports betting apps are doing something to help.

Virtual sports betting

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Many of New Jersey’s big online casinos and sportsbooks have started to include virtual sports to their menu of games.

Most online houses have included virtual sports betting options for NJ players to bet on round the clock. These contests usually take less time than live ones to finish.

There’s a variety of games available:

  • Most focus around racing (auto, thoroughbred, greyhound and motorcycle).
  • But some include other sports like soccer and football. 

We’ll run down some of the best options in virtual sports.

However, NJ Gambling Sites cautions that this is not an endorsement to gamble as a way to fight boredom during the coronavirus-related confinement. We always encourage responsible play.

Bet365

Bet365 has the most virtual sports available and combines it with maybe the best traditional book in the state. There’s a variety of racing games and sports available.

Bet365 stands out in-depth and breadth.

European-based, its menu includes major sports across the pond, including cricket and darts. We all know how much fun watching darts can be.

Golden Nugget

One of AC’s finest jewels on the Marina District offers players a variety of options, including two horse racing options. The site also has a highly rated soccer game. 

Golden Nugget also makes these games available on mobile devices. Go through a browser or the app to get started.

Caesars online

One of the biggest and most trusted names in gaming has four racing options and one virtual soccer on its online casino.

Players who have accounts with Caesars Sportsbook can get started immediately. Don’t worry; the real Caesar won’t mind.

BetMGM

Anyone who watched TV or rode mass transit in the Garden State has seen the black and gold BetMGM advertising for sports betting. The lions of the desert are just as committed to a quality virtual experience.

virtual sports betting

Like rival Caesars, BetMGM offers virtual horse, greyhound, motorcycle and auto racing options, along with soccer.

If anyone has used one of the many BetMGM offers and specials from the halted seasons, it’s easy to get involved.

Resorts

The original destination in AC, Resorts, celebrated 40 years of excitement last year on the Boardwalk. 

Resorts Sportsbook offers four racing and one soccer option that is available at some competitors. Fans of the online casino can log in and start playing.

PlaySugarHouse 

While the name has changed in Philadelphia (and now is closed), the virtual lights are still on in NJ. The first online casino to add a sportsbook in August 2018 keeps the action going with virtual sports.

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Betfair Casino

FanDuel Sportsbook could be the biggest name in sports betting in the Garden State, but its partner Betfair online casino has NJ bettors covered while the games are on the sidelines.

Mohegan Sun

virtual sports betting soccer betting

While it may be the best option up 95 in Connecticut, there’s no need to get in the car to get in on the action. Mohegan Sun now has online gaming in New Jersey.

  • Play soccer or watch the four racing options from the site.
  • The casino even has a quick way to flip between contests with just a click.

Borgata

The gold standard in Atlantic City has continued its sterling reputation online.

Borgata online casino offers the same five virtual sports as its sister sites BetMGM and Mohegan Sun. 

Is Atlantic City Really Being Considered To Host The NBA Playoffs?

Atlantic City is rumored to be a potential NBA playoff site for a 16-team tournament. It sounds crazy, and that’s why we are talking about it.

The word is that the NBA playoffs could end up being a 16-team, single-site tournament.

And, believe it or not, Atlantic City is being discussed as a potential site.

New York Post article mentions Jersey Shore, along with several other cities, including Las Vegas and Orlando. 

Sound crazy? Do we even know what it means in today’s world?

Since there aren’t any professional sports taking place right now, this is the perfect time to talk about it.

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Atlantic City still waiting on the NBA

With Atlantic City casinos currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming the NBA would do wonders for Jersey Shore.

The current shutdown is the longest in AC history, and it’s expected to continue for several more weeks. Of course, that means there will no NBA in Atlantic City, or anywhere else for that matter until the country opens back up.

The league has yet to share an official statement regarding how and when NBA games will return.

Will teams finish the regular season? If so, how many more games will be played?

What will the exact playoff format be?

Will fans be allowed to attend the games?

The NBA and the other professional sports leagues have never faced these questions before.

NBA playoffs in Atlantic City, Las Vegas or Orlando?

On paper, Atlantic City seems like the most unlikely destination for an NBA postseason tournament.

The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas is home to the NBA Summer League and UNLV basketball games. Plus, the 2007 All-Star Game was played there.

The Amway Center in Central Florida is home to the Orlando Magic. That would give home-court advantage to a franchise holding down the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. That doesn’t seem fair.

AC, on the other hand, is neutral turf.

Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has hosted several basketball events. This includes last month’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. It was abruptly cut short when the NCAA decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

The Atlantic 10 previously held its postseason tournament in AC before moving it to Brooklyn.

Boardwalk Hall can hold more than 14,000 fans.

In terms of hotel rooms, the Las Vegas Strip has more room inventory. In AC, the nine casino-hotels alone could provide more than 15,000 rooms for teams, league executives and fans.

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NBA playoff betting handle would be huge

Think about the potential boost an NBA event of this magnitude could do for the NJ sports betting industry.

As long as the social distancing rules are loosened, the eight retail sportsbooks would be filled to capacity. Even if bettors wager using one of the 17 mobile apps, those who can’t get tickets at the arena will be looking for a gathering place to watch and bet on the NBA games.

Would it reach Super Bowl betting levels? More than $54 million was wagered on February’s Big Game.

Unlike college basketball tournaments, NBA betting on NJ-based events is permitted. And with this being a multi-day event, the Garden State could potentially crush previous records.

This is not an April Fools’ joke

Yes, today is April Fools’ Day.

As crazy as the NBA playoffs taking place in Atlantic City sounds, no disclaimer is needed.

The leagues are considering all options at this point.

Just talking about this gives us hope that the NBA will resume sometime soon.

Build Your NBA2K Bracket On BetMGM, Grab Your Share Of $20,000

The calendar has rolled to April, and we should have had our fill of brackets — mostly busted ones that are crumpled or torn up.

Well, that’s not the case this year. 

Yeah, it’s been fun to watch the classic games of yesteryear during the weeks of the quarantine. However, instead of replaying more 30 for 30 films, ESPN, BetMGM and the NBA will offer fans a respite: the NBA2K Players Tournament.

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Nope, it’s not for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but it is for your share of $20,000!

This is NBA2K20, the league’s signature video game.

BetMGM will also be matching the $20K win with a $20K donation to New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF).

Since betting on esports is restricted in New Jersey, BetMGM has a plan for players:

  • A freeroll bracket challenge to follow the tournament that starts Friday.
  • Pits 16 top stars against each other for digital supremacy.
  • Get the most picks right to split a $20,000 pot.

NBA2K Players Tournament bracket

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Here are the 16 participants, seeded by their NBA 2K20 rating (in parentheses): 

  1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96)
  2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90)
  3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87)
  4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87)
  5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86)
  6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85)
  7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)
  8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85)
  9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)
  10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)
  11. DeMarcus Cousins (81)
  12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81)
  13. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79)
  14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78)
  15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78)
  16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78)

Before the tournament begins, each contestant will select eight NBA teams.

  • Each team may be used only once.
  • Given the 15 games, it’s plausible a team may play itself.
  • Durant and Jones Jr. each selected the Nets in their eight-team pools, so that might happen right out the gate.
      • (Of course, if Durant selects the Warriors, expect to see a lot of Twitter hate and gnashing of teeth from the sheltering-in-place Bay Area).

The first round begins Friday night and concludes Sunday afternoon.

  • The quarterfinals will be Tuesday night with the Final Four happening on Saturday the 11th.
  • The first two rounds are single-elimination, the final two rounds are best-of-three.

BetMGM has your action

  1. Sign in to your account using this exclusive link (Hopefully, you took advantage of one of the many special offers.).
  2. Click the links.
  3. Fill out the bracket.
  4. Picks lock on Sunday.

Advice on strategy: Not sure any really work. If you know players who do a lot of gaming from social media or Twitch, go ahead.

Maybe Durant and Cousins have been putting in hours during their injury rehab. Like most video games, I’m partial to go with younger competitors like Trae Young. 

Hey, I’m sure I’m like many who aren’t completely sold on the idea of watching people play video games on television as a sufficient substitute for traditional entertainment.

However, this event supports needed relief work and looks like fun. Give it a shot and hopefully, no one gets injured.

NBA2K Players Tournament schedule:

Round 1

Friday, April 3: ESPN

  • 7-7:30 p.m. EST: NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview Show
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. EST: Derrick Jones Jr. (16) vs. Kevin Durant (1)

Friday, April 3: ESPN2, 8:30-11:30 p.m. EST

Sunday, April 5: ESPN2, 12-4 p.m. EST

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, April 7: ESPN2, 7-11 p.m. EST

Semifinals and finals

Saturday, April 11: ESPN, Time to be announced.

Maintenance Required: Golden Nugget Sportsbook Offline Following SBTech Cyberattack

Golden Nugget’s NJ online sportsbook, powered by SBTech, remains down following last week’s cyber attack. Luckily, it’s AC online casino is not impacted.

Golden Nugget Sportsbook customers are currently sidelined. The following message appears on the sports betting site:


The SBTech-powered platform went down on March 27 as the result of a cybersecurity threat.

However, the Golden Nugget online casino is not impacted because it operates via a Scientific Games platform.

In New Jersey, the impact also includes:

Impact on Golden Nugget Sportsbook

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Golden Nugget sports betting site was still down. The operational status remains to be determined.

Thomas Winter, senior vice president and general manager of online gaming for Golden Nugget, addressed the issue with NJ Gambling Sites.

“It’s premature to give an exact timeline, but we hope for the next 48 hours,” said Winter.

So, in the meantime, customers can expect the app to remain in maintenance mode.

“We trust SBT are taking all measures necessary, in close conjunction with regulators, to reopen in a safe fashion,” said Winter.

Leland Moore, spokesman for the New Jersey of Division of Gaming Enforcement, issued the following statement to NJGS:

“The Division of Gaming Enforcement will review and confirm that SB Tech’s operating systems satisfy all of the Division’s performance standards prior to resuming operations.”

Cyberattacks are never good news.

However, the incident comes at a time when the NJ sports betting world is on hold. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of major sporting events, which includes the start of the 2020 MLB season.

But from Golden Nugget’s perspective, Winter said sports betting was less than 1% of revenue.

“[Revenue was] even less in the days before the cyberattack because of most sports events being canceled, so the impact is very limited for us now,” said Winter.

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Golden Nugget online casino still going strong

The financial impact would be much more severe if the cyberattack shut down Golden Nugget online casino operations.

Its internet gaming revenue is tops among the Garden State’s seven license holders. For February alone, the company generated a market-leading $19.7 million. And that is an 84% year-over-year increase.

The integrated BetAmerica casino and sportsbook app falls under the Golden Nugget license.

But what makes those results more significant is the fact that Atlantic City casinos closed March 16. As long as social distancing guidelines remain in place, the gambling floors will remain shuttered.

Year to date, Golden Nugget’s online portfolio ($40.9 million) has outperformed the land-based operations ($31.1 million).

SugarHouse online casino and Betfair are the other land-based partners.

Getting back in the NJ sports betting game

The Golden Nugget sports wagering app will be up and running again soon. Of course, the bigger issue is being able to offer bettors live sporting events.

Remember, this is the first season the Marina District property is offering NBA betting. Eventually, the league and other pro sports will return.

But will it be safe wagering once the cyberattack issue is resolved?

Golden Nugget customers can be assured that personal information remains safeguarded.

“None of our customers’ personal information is ever sent to SBTech systems because they stay within our players’ account management system, which is not managed by SBTech,” said Winter.

Fill The March Madness Void: Early Look At 2020-21 NCAA Championship Odds

NJ sports betting apps posted the early 2021 March Madness odds. It means the NCAA champion futures market is open, only with a much longer wait.

The major void of March Madness betting is still lingering over the sports world.

The Final Four was supposed to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on April 4. The national championship game was scheduled for April 6.

COVID-19 and social distancing gave a whole new meaning to busted brackets.  CBS has been replaying classic games in NCAA Tournament history to fill the void.

Instead of letting it serve as a source of “March Sadness,” you can start counting down to the 2021 Big Dance.

And, here’s the better part: mobile sports betting apps in New Jersey have posted the early odds.

So, if you don’t mind waiting 12 months, go ahead and pick the next NCAA champion.

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NCAA Championship 2021 odds breakdown

Glancing over the NJ sports betting odds, Baylor and Gonzaga are the early favorites. Both schools finished the just-shortened seasoned ranked in the top five of the AP Top 25.

Of course, it’s so early in the game that things could drastically change. Teams’ rosters and schedules still need to be finalized.

Which players will declare for the NBA Draft?

As a result, some of the Garden State‘s 17 mobile operators have yet to post odds.

Since there is no Elite Eight or Final Four to talk about, here is a futures comparison at BetMGM Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook:

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Sportsbook
FanDuel
Sportsbook
Gonzaga +800Baylor +800Baylor +1000
Baylor +800Gonzaga +800Gonzaga +1000
Duke +900
Virginia +900Villanova +1000
Virginia +900Creighton +1100Virginia +1200
Creighton +1100Villanova +1100Creighton +1400
Villanova +1100Kentucky +1200Kentucky +1400
Kentucky +1200Duke +1400Duke +1600
Florida State +1500Florida State +1500Kansas +1800
Iowa +1500Iowa +1500Florida State +2000

DraftKings offers Final Four betting

DraftKings is offering another wrinkle to the early March Madness betting. Customers have the option of wagering on which teams will make the Final Four.

It will take place on April 3-5, 2021, in Indianapolis.

So, you could potentially double up on a national championship wager by backing the same school to punch a ticket to Indy.

Here are some of the favorites:

  • Baylor or Gonzaga +125
  • Virginia +150
  • Creighton or Villanova +200
  • Kentucky +225
  • Duke +275
  • Florida State or Iowa +300

New Jersey sports betting customers who are getting in this early might look at teams with more value. While backing an underdog is a riskier proportion, the potential payout is much greater.

These schools currently have odds of +3900 to make the Final Four:

  • Boston College
  • BYU
  • Harvard
  • Kansas State
  • Nebraska
  • Northwestern
  • Texas A&M
  • Vanderbilt
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March Madness betting 2020 vs. 2021

Eventually, America will move past the ’20 season that left fans with too many unanswered questions. Conference champions were left hanging in terms of their respective Selection Sunday landing spots.

Then there are the bubble teams who never found out if they did enough to make the field of 68.

Come Monday night, there will be the reality of not seeing the national champion cut down the nets.

The sports world, not just the NCAA, will eventually return to normalcy. So, instead of thinking about the Final Four that could’ve been, why not predict the future?

It beats doing a toilet paper inventory.

Betting is optional.