Almost On The Clock: Philadelphia Eagles Will Use This Month’s NFL Draft To Address Many Needs

Here is a closer look at this year’s NFL Draft betting picture, including what the Philadelphia Eagles may do with the 12th overall pick. 

Psst. The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. The first round is April 29, against the backdrop of a sweeping, industry-wide bonus.

Wagering on the draft kicks off a new, expanded season for NJ online sports bettors. The NFL launches a 17-game campaign by removing a preseason week and stretching the Super Bowl hoopla into mid-February. The Big Game will be Feb. 13, making the NFL longer and the winter shorter.

NJ online sportsbooks win and so doo bettors. And it starts soon.

Amid this euphoria, bettors hone their handicapping focus for the April 29 “season opener.”

The three-day event is taking place in Cleveland from April 29-May 1.

Here is a close look at this year’s NFL Draft betting picture, including what the Philadelphia Eagles may do with the 12th overall pick.

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NFL Draft first-round betting

DraftKings Sportsbook numbers suggest the first round will yield at least five quarterback and wide-receiver selections, along with four or five cornerbacks.

But who? And when?

The Philadelphia Eagles have dropped from the sixth spot to No. 12, but what does it mean regarding their first-round selection.

“We’ve been taking money all along, but it’s going to get very serious as we head toward that final week leading up to the draft,” Johnny Avello, the race and sportsbook director for DraftKings told NJ Gambling Sites.

“That’s also when you are going to see those mock drafts tighten up. They can afford to be looser right now, but that will change.”

Philadelphia Eagles already making headlines

The Birds have been re-configured at 6.5 wins on the over-under at DraftKings in the 17-game format.  The over is favored at -134. These numbers suggest a slight uptick from the 4 -11-1 campaign over 16 games last year but project a non-playoff team.

The Eagles also engaged in the biggest swap blockbuster of the draft.  They moved to 12th after waging an administrative flea-flicker with the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers.

The play began with San Francisco trading up from 12 to 3 with Miami, feeding the perception that Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has become unwelcome.

The deals profoundly impacted the overall third draft pick selection, making quarterbacks the focus.

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones suddenly shot to -200 as the first player to be taken with the third pick at DraftKings.  Justin Fields (Ohio State) at +250 and Trey Lance (North Dakota State) at +300 are viable, and well-priced.

These quarterbacks emerged on the board because the Dolphins, who had no intention of drafting one due to their commitment to Tua Tagovailoa, opened the door for a team that may want one.

Miami could fill other needs at a lower draft spot and collect more draft picks.  So, they did that with the 49ers deal and then used some excess picks to trade with the Eagles.

That’s where the big play came to involve the Birds.

Here’s the swap:

Analyzing the Eagles-Dolphins deal

The Dolphins remain in a position to draft a star receiver for Tagovailoa. That list includes LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle.

The Eagles moved down six spots in the first round, moved up 33 spots on Day 3, and picked up Miami’s first-round pick next year.

That could become the best part of the strategy.  Multiple first-round picks are an excellent way to build a team or gain leverage in pursuit of a star.

Getting a first-rounder next year becomes partial compensation for the Eagles failing to pry a first-round pick from the Indianapolis Colts in the recent Carson Wentz trade.

The move down, in exchange for picks, was an excellent one if the Eagles address a core need  — the offensive line.

Rashawn Slater of Northwestern, would plug a big hole at offensive guard or tackle with his 6-foot-4, 304-pound frame. You build a house with infrastructure, and you build an offense around good protection.

The Eagles surrendered the most sacks in the NFL last year, more than four per game, and Wentz threw the most interceptions.

Part of this decision could rest on whether the Eagles want Jalen Hurts to reduce his scrambling and perfect the pocket.

Christian Darrisaw of Virginia Tech is another strong consideration. One or both of these players is going to be available at No. 12.

I think this is the spot they should fill.

The 2020 Tampa Bay Bucs are the perfect example of how this is a great spot. They had the No. 13 pick last year  and selected Tristan Wirfs to protect Tom Brady. They won a Super Bowl and Wirfs played a part

Other NFL Draft prospects  who will be mentioned

Would Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith fall this far?

There may be some reluctance for teams to grab Smith, who could be considered frail at 170 pounds. If you like the explosiveness angle, he could be reminiscent of a Tyreek Hill.

Jaycee Horn, a cornerback from South Carolina, would fill yet another hole in the defense.

New York Jets follow Eagles path

Just as the Eagles peddled Wentz, the Jets recently sent Sam Darnold, their first pick and third overall selection in 2018, to the Carolina Panthers for picks, picks, picks.

The move officially anointed the Zach Wilson era. The Jets will take him with the second selection.

Darnold yielded the Jets three picks: a sixth-rounder this year, and a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022.

The Jets’ makeover included allowing Darnold’s backup Joe Flacco to sign with the Eagles as a backup to Hurts.

NFL Draft wagering nugget

It’s hard to find value with obvious picks. But a borderline consideration is Penei Sewell, the top offensive lineman who will be drafted.

DraftKings lists him at -143 for a Top 5 selection. Iffy on the odds, but he is practically cemented to No. 5 for the Cincinnati Bengals, who must protect their future, quarterback Joe Burrow. The top pick in last year’s draft played as advertised until being injured while sacked and he missed the last six games.

Some bettors will take the -150 and slam it. Others will shop for a better price. In either case, keep it on your radar.

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Tee Time: Different Ways To Bet The Masters At NJ Online Sportsbooks

Tiger Woods will be missing from The Masters, but NJ sportsbooks are ready to go with another round of excellent betting odds and props.

The early bird catches the prop and other betting axioms surround the fabled Masters Tournament at New Jersey online sportsbooks.

The assemblage of top golfers and past champions for the PGA’s first 2021 major runs Thursday-Sunday. The golf betting festival includes early-morning start times, hole-by-hole results, individual matchups, and final results.

Major sportsbooks offer a strong menu and excellent betting odds for this tournament from Augusta National Golf  Club in Georgia.

Who are the favorites to win The Masters?

At DraftKings Sportsbook, 2020 champion Dustin Johnson, is +950 to win. And, as of Tuesday morning, he is +220 for a top-five finish and +100 for the Top 10.

He set a Masters record of 20 under par in November.  Is he a Masters’ master or did he prefer the rare, COVID-19 induced fall schedule over the spring tourney?

The next four golfers range between +1100 and +1250 on the win line, pay +275 for a Top-5 and +125 for a Top-10 finish.

They include:

Bryson DeChambeau, always a victory threat at +1150.

Jordan Spieth, +1150, won last week’s tournament in Texas, rides the momentum of recent form to Augusta. Spieth would be a strong consideration to play well here.

In seven Masters appearances, Spieth has a win, two second-place finishes, and a third.

Justin Thomas (+1150) and Jon Rahm (+1200), two of the sport’s biggest names, round out the top-five favorites.

Johnny Avello, director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites that “this is some of the best betting value in the sport of golf.”

“Some guys will get very high prices because there is so much talent here that everybody is being bet,” said Avello.

“Where else are you going to get the favorite, at +950? Some bettors go deeper on the board and there’s Rory McIlroy in the high teens, Brooks Koepka at +2800, and players like Paul Casey (+3500) and Lee Westwood (+5000) are getting action.”

What about past champs?

The 2018 winner Patrick Reed is +3500 to win, +600 for the Top 5, and +300 for the Top 10.

Sergio Garcia, the 2017 champion, is +6000 to triumph, +1000 for Top 5, and +450 for the Top 10.

Here is how to watch the 2021 Masters:

  • Thursday and Friday: 3-7:30 p.m., ESPN 
  • Saturday: 3-7 p.m., CBS 
  • Sunday: 2-7 p.m., CBS 

Masters betting strategies

There are several ways to wager on the 2021 Masters at NJ online sportsbooks.

One is to take the possible gimme promo that DraftKings is offering new users. Basically, a $1 wager could turn into $100 by Sunday. All it takes is to bet on any golfer to make the top 10.

But in order to tee off on this promo, new users will need to create an account and make at least a $5 deposit. NJ bettors will be issued one single-use odds boost to use for any player to reach the Top 10. The bet must be placed before the Thursday morning start.

Select the boost from your bet slip before placing the wager to apply the boosted price. This bet excludes live bets, parlays, free bets, cash out bets, and voided bets.

This is hardly a no-brainer, but payouts far exceed the near even-money odds on a chalk.

No Tiger Woods, but Tiger mania returns

Woods took the 2019 Masters by storm, encouraging books to offer multiple props on him. Especially his score on every hole en route to his fifth Green Jacket.

“No player is bigger than the tournament itself, but we can certainly credit Tiger Woods for the evolution of how the game is wagered upon now,” Avello said. “People tuned in to bet Tiger and watch Tiger.”

The prop bets he inspired now extend to much of the field, creating an in-game prop-betting paradise.

Most holes end in par and betting odds reflect that. The best wagering opportunities come in predicting birdies and bogeys when betting a player’s next-hole score.

There are seven holes in which birdies and bogeys were prominent in the 2020 Masters. This is where some money can be made.

Let’s first look at the best birdie chances.

Holes two, eight, and 15, all par 5s, are reachable in two shots. The second also has an opening in front of the green. There will be many eagle putts and players settling for birdie. According to 2020 statistics, these holes yielded the most Masters birdies.

But there are bogey possibilities, too.

The 11th is a long, 505-yard par 4. It has a stroke average of 4.35.

The 12th is a 155-yard par 3 with a putting surface protected by a large creek in front and a sand trap in the back.

The 17th and 18th holes, par 4s, summon pressure. They play harder than the holes look and have two of the highest bogey totals from 2020.

Birdies and bogeys? They add up to bucks.

Take a player at different odds points

Bettors readily load up on NFL games, which normally return -110 on both sides for the standard spread wager.

You’ll find a golfer listed around 40th for that price here.  It’s good odds management to take a player at those odds, giving yourself a large cushion to cash a bet. As an aside, taking that player in the Top 30, Top 20 or even Top 10 is viable, with a different-sized wager.

But in playing the percentages, it’s prudent to give yourself 40 spots. Or at least 30.

William Hill + Masters props

If you’re in the market for Masters props, William Hill is another sportsbook with excellent selections.

Will Johnson and DeChambeau both card 69 or under in the opening round?

That’s +300 if they do.

There is a category for individual winners in matchups of three. Some even come in packages of two.

So take your favorite head-to-head battle and create a tournament. Call it a tournament within a tournament for yourself.

Some bettors will likely include Spieth. He opened at 50/1 and was as high as 60/1 back in early February.

“Spieth plays well in Augusta and now he’s back in great form,” said Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill US. “Obviously he’s been on fire the past two months, so it’s not a surprise to see the masses going with him here. He’s the leader in the clubhouse right now in tickets and money.”

Bet MGM + Masters margin of victory

BetMGM incorporates the competitive nature of the event.

Try predicting how much the winner prevails.

Calling it a one-stroke margin pays +240. A correct two-stroke victory call is +400 and three strokes is +600.  A playoff is +350.

But before taking this wager, look back at every Masters between 2015 and ’19.  Each of them was decided by one stroke, with the exception of ’17, which resulted in a playoff.

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March Madness Betting Buzz Continues With Tonight’s Gonzaga Baylor Championship Game

NJ online sportsbooks are serving up an appetizing March Madness wagering menu for tonight’s showdown between Baylor and undefeated Gonzaga.

March Madness betting season will conclude tonight with Gonzaga and Baylor squaring off for the National Championship.

How can New Jersey online bettors obtain action on tonight’s 2021 NCAA Tournament finale?

Just hit the books.

Expanded NJ online sportsbook menus satisfy any wagering appetite for tonight’s game.

Gonzaga-Baylor betting line

First, the basics. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Gonzaga -4.5 is an appealing line that is drawing interest from both sides. So is the over-under point total of 159. The moneyline of Baylor +155 is playable, while the -190 for Gonzaga is not.

Here’s how DraftKings bettors viewed the game 24 hours before the tipoff:

Baylor had 54% of the spread handle, while Gonzaga sported 59% of the bets.  This means that smaller wagers went on Gonzaga and bigger slams belonged to Baylor.

The under 159.5 (as of Sunday) received 61% of the money as the public believes this will be slightly lower-scoring than many of Gonzaga’s games.

Baylor also corralled 76% of the moneyline handle, which makes sense. There is little reason to pounce on the Gonzaga moneyline.

DraftKings + National Championship game promos

DraftKings customers may decide to roll with the razzle-dazzle promos specifically available for the Baylor-Gonzaga game.

Don’t want to lay 4.5 points with Gonzaga?

How about getting 4.5 points with the Bulldogs. That’s part of the Underdog Flip promo with a $25 maximum bet. Remember to select the boost in your bet slip before placing the bet to apply the boosted price.

New users get their piece of the action with an odds boost of 100-1. All it takes is a $5 deposit. Here are the basic rules:

  • Click the “choose now “ button on the  DraftKings Sportsbook promos page.
  • You will be issued a single-use 100-1 odds boost to use on either Gonzaga or Baylor in the National Championship game.
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March Madness props menu

Looking for a creative props board to enhance the wagering selection?

There are several options for DraftKings customers.

One of them is which player will score the first bucket of the game. Here are some of the odds as of Monday morning:

  • Drew Timme of Gonzaga +350
  • Jared Butler of Baylor +450
  • Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga +500
  • MaCio Teague of Baylor +500

Another option is Baylor’s over-under for the first half. The line is 36.5 points, with the over at -117 and the under at -114.

Baylor’s game total is 77.5 with the over at -120 and the under at -107.

Gonzaga’s total is 39.5 for the first half, with -118 for the over and -125 for the under.

Gonzaga’s 81.5 game total carries -118 for the over and -108 for the under.

And what about bettors who can’t decide who wins or what the total score will be?

Take odds or evens for the final game total at -110 for each side. Here’s the best part: no handicapping necessary

William Hill offers rich player props

William Hill offers a rich player-prop section. In one area, odds reflect the sentiment that Davion Mitchell and Teague, from Baylor, will control this game far less than their last.

Mitchell has an over-under for assists at 5.5 with the over at +100 and the under -130.  This after recording 11 assists in Saturday’s 78-59 blowout semifinal win over Houston. This is a nice cushion to bet into, win, lose or draw.

Teague had six assists versus Houston. His over-under of 2.5 for the championship game is +110 for the over -140 for the under.

BetMGM + March Madness props

BetMGM also has a game-props lineup that enables good betting odds beyond the final score.

However, some may temporarily disappear so keep checking.

Baylor to cover +2.5 in the first half and then cover the +4.5 for the game returns +275.

Gonzaga to score 92 points and win has a payout of +575. This is intriguing because Gonzaga has been routinely counted upon to score in the high 80’s in this tournament. The 93 points Saturday against UCLA required overtime.

Baylor to score the first points and then Gonzaga to tally more than 87? It’s +425.

If Baylor wins the first half, but Gonzaga wins the game, that’s a +250 payout.

Want action on the first points of the game? Baylor is -110, Gonzaga is -125.

But one of the most interesting, and innovative betting selections comes under the “race” section. The race concerns the first team to reach 5, 10, 15 points, for example.

This is an excellent way to enjoy the action at varied points of the game. A back-and-forth contest, for instance, will have lead changes and different teams being first to reach certain plateaus.

So if you anticipate a rout, and are correct, there are riches waiting every five points.

The Madness for the ages

The championship game completes one of the greatest March Madness tournaments ever.

It has a chalk-based conclusion, with the teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the nation most of the year now colliding for all the marbles.

But before this game, the tournament delivered numerous upsets and underdog stories. Who wouldn’t love Oral Roberts’ two wins, almost three, from the 15 seed?

And Oregon State, a 12, nearly making the Final Four.

Could it be any better than UCLA winning five games, including the play-in encounter, before taking the nation’s top team, Gonzaga, into overtime?

And how about the shot of the tournament, a near-half court bomb by Suggs as time expired in overtime, to put Gonzaga in the finals?

Among epic tournament moments, the Suggs sink ranks with Christian Laettner’s 1992 buzzer-beater for Duke against Kentucky in 1992.  The Laettner shot is tough to top, because Duke trailed by one point and needed his turnaround shot to avoid being eliminated.

Suggs was part of a tie game when he launched his bank-shot bullseye, but it’s an instant classic anyway.

Could the tournament end any better than Gonzaga, the perennial year-long powerhouse, seeking to complete a Cinderella story?

To give college basketball its first unbeaten season since Indiana unfurled a perfect 1976 campaign? The attempt, fittingly, plays out in Indiana.

This has been some ride. The 2021 March Madness, with all its pageantry, underscores a point to all New Jersey online sports bettors.

Boy, did we miss NCAA Tournament last year.

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New York Yankees Have 28th World Series Championship In Sight

The New York Yankees are the favorite at New Jersey online sportsbooks to represent the American League in the 2021 World Series.

Opening Day expectations for the New York Yankees are high.

The Bronx Bombers start the 2021 season with one of the most complete rosters in Major League Baseball.

So, it’s no surprise that anything short of a 28th World Series championship would be considered a disappointment in The Bronx.
But, before we start thinking about October baseball, Opening Day is upon us. And, after a season shortened by COVID-19 in 2020, MLB is back to normal with a 162-game schedule.

The Yankees open their season at home Thursday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Retired Yankees center fielder and fan-favorite Bernie Williams will toss out the first pitch for the 119th home opener.

NJ online sportsbooks backing New York Yankees in AL

While not the outright favorite to win the 2021 Fall Classic, New Jersey sportsbooks clearly like the Yankees’ chances to make some noise in the playoffs.

BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel all list the Yanks’ chances at 11-to-2 (+550) to win the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best odds (+350) at FanDuel Sportsbook to repeat as champs.

The Yankees are the favorite at all NJ sportsbooks to represent the American League in the World Series. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel both posted odds of +230 for the Yankees to win the franchise’s 41st AL pennant.

Even with last year’s AL champ, the Tampa Bay Rays, in the same division, the Yankees are the odds-on favorite to win the AL East.
Most NJ online sportsbooks put the over/under for total regular-season wins at 95.5.

11 Years without a World Series ring is a lifetime in The Bronx

After coming up short last season (and every season since 2009, really), the New York Yankees front office put together a formidable team.
The Bronx Bombers have a Cy Young contender, MVP candidates, All-Stars at multiple positions, a bullpen loaded with guys who throw gas, and young players ready to prove themselves worthy of pinstripes.

The injury bug has plagued this team for the last couple of years. All three starting outfielders missed significant time in 2020 and two starting pitchers were out most of the year.

The Yanks retooled in the offseason, adding a few new arms to both the starting rotation and the bullpen.

The team is one of the older clubs in MLB, with an average age of 29. But, the Yanks will be banking on a core of younger players, dubbed the Baby Bombers, to carry them in 2021.

If all goes to plan, the Yankees and their fans will be enjoying another ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes this fall.

And if and when it does happen, NJ bettors who wager on New York to win it all will enjoy a double celebration.

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DraftKings MLB Bet $1 Win $100 For Opening Day Is A Slow, Hanging Curve For NJ Bettors

The 2021 season is about to start and a DraftKings MLB Opening Day promo for New Jersey bettors hits right in the sweet spot.

If you’ve never tried DraftKings Sportsbook before and you get into baseball, it’s time to take your swings. The only way you miss out on this DraftKings MLB Opening Day promo is if you stake a team that ends up on the short side of a no-hitter.

As the New York Mets, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies start their 2021 seasons, the book has yet to be written on how they’ll fare. With this NJ sports betting promotion, though, it’s likely bettors will turn $1 into $100.

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Details of the DraftKings MLB Opening Day promo

The most crucial piece of information here is that this deal is just for new DraftKings customers. Don’t worry, DK vets. The NJ sports betting app has MLB promos for you, as well.

The Bet $1 Win $100 promo for first-time users is pretty simple. After you register your account (via the link above), deposit at least $10. Then, place a moneyline wager of at least $1 on any MLB team for any game taking place from April 1 to April 30.

If any player on the team you stake gets a hit, you get the $100 bonus. For example, say you put at least a dollar on the Yankees to beat the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday.

Then, say New York infielder DJ LeMahieu gets a hit in his first plate appearance of the game. You qualify for the promo credit at that point regardless of how the rest of the game goes.

If the Yankees were to win the game, you would also get your winnings from your straight bet as well. Your payout there would be based on how much you wager and the odds at the time, as always.

It’s important to note the conditions and terms here, though. This isn’t defensive indifference from DraftKings, letting you steal $100.

The fine print on the deal

The $100 is essentially site credit, issued as four $25 free bets. There’s a playthrough requirement, which means you must make further wagers using the credit before you can withdraw any of the funds.

Additionally, if you win any subsequent bets, you’ll just get the profit off your wager, not including any of the promotional value.

Finally, you have to use the free bets within a seven-day period. Any unused credit expires after seven days.

So, how do things look for the Mets, Phillies, and Yankees getting at least one hit in their first regular-season games of 2021? Actually, pretty fantastic.

Matchups for Thursday for regional MLB teams

The matchups for all three teams look great in this regard. All three teams have multiple batters who have performed admirably in the past in matchups with their opposition’s scheduled starters.

A highlight of the crowd of five players with at least six ABs against Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu is LeMahieu, who is hitting .261 off Ryu in his 23 career ABs. Fellow Yankees Clint Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton both have .333 averages in six ABs.

For Philadelphia, catcher JT Realmuto is the best candidate to deliver here. He has 18 career ABs against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried, with a .389 average.

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer has perplexed many hitters throughout his career, but two Mets have decent track records here. Michael Conforto has hit .379 off Scherzer in 29 ABs while Jonathan Villar comes in at .313 in 16 ABs.

DraftKings can’t do anything about whether the team you stake wins its Opening Day game. It can, however, start your season off right with a promo like this.

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What Are The New Look New York Mets Odds Of Contending For World Series?

The New York Mets are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the fifth-best odds to win the World Series, but is it a winning bet?

Great betting expectations surround the New York Mets.

As they prepare for three season-opening road games against the Washington Nationals, the Mets have a high premium built into their wagering odds.

New Jersey online sports bettors might examine them even more closely when the Mets continue their road swing next week at the Philadelphia Phillies.

In stock-market terms, New York Mets bettors buy high.

Before the Mets take the field Thursday night (first pitch 7:09 p.m.), here is an NJ sports beting breakdown of Mets 2021 odds.

New York Mets vs. World Series Favorites

This team went 26-34, the equivalent of a 71-win full season last year. Now armed with some off-season pickups, they are expected to win 20 more. That’s a big ask.

Major sportsbooks nonetheless tout them for potential post-season honors.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, the Mets are +1000 to win the World Series, tied for fifth overall with the Atlanta Braves.

The defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way at +350.

Here are some of the other top contenders:

  • New York Yankees +550
  • San Diego Padres +800
  • Chicago White Sox+850
  • Minnesota Twins +2000

To win the National League pennant, the Mets are +525. The Dodgers are the +175 chalk

Credit this lofty forecast to playing in the nation’s biggest market. When the Mets are respectable, they are a “public team,” just as the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Lakers are to West Coast gamblers.

The World Series and pennant odds won’t change much in the near future. But some wagers must be made before the season’s first pitch.

New York Mets and total wins

This fun wager provides ramifications for every game of the season.

DraftKings has the Mets’ over-under season win totals at 90.5 with odds of -129 for the over and +103 for the under. Gamblers support the over, 75%-25%.

FanDuel Sportsbook puts the Mets number at 91 with both sides at -110. William Hill has the over-under at 90, with both sides -110.

In this wager, “over” bettors favor the William Hill prop and “under
bettors take the 91 at Fan Duel.

Mets created off-season excitement

So what changed for this team?

New owner Steve Cohen, a billionaire, spent a barrage of bucks and snared two impact players from the Cleveland Indians.

The Mets obtained Francisco Lindor, a terrific power-hitting shortstop, and their fans began salivating.  Lindor hit 103 home runs between 2017 and 2019.  Getting power numbers from a defense-first position is a monster grab.

DraftKings listed him as one of the top picks for league MVP. Lindor is +1200, while the leaders are Mookie Betts of the Dodgers and Juan Soto of the Nationals, both +750.

Who else is at +1200? Freddie Freeman of the Braves, who won the award last season.

Lindor joins a team that led the majors with a .272 average last season. The rich get richer.

Pitcher Carlos Carrasco was the other major pickup.

He has been a solid player for a decade, but does he have the stuff to be the No. 2 starter?

Before answering that question, there are some factors to consider.  He has never won 20 games nor posted an ERA below 3.00 when making 30 or more starts. Carrasco comes to the National League, which will help his numbers,  but he’s also 34 and recently hampered by a hamstring injury.

However, he seems o be heading in the right direction as the Mets get closer to opening day.

So will he boom or bust?

The answer will impact Mets wagers

Injury notes: Noah Syndergaard, another great pitcher, is expected back by the summer.  This will help.

Pistol Pete back on the board

Some additional props involve Mets mainstays.

Pete Alonso, who showed that his slugging ability was no fluke last year, is one of the favorites to lead the National League in homers. He has an attractive, price of +1100, shared with Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves and Millville Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. They are considered tri-favorites at DraftKings.

Alonso returns +1200 for the same prop at FanDuel.

Alonso was a surprise league home-run leader in 2019, with a whopping 53. He notched 16 in the 60-game season last year, equating to 44 in a full season.

DraftKings has an over-under prop for Alonso at 41.5 homers. The over pays +105 and the under is -130.

Jacob deGrom in a class by himself

Jacob deGrom is one of the elite arms in Major League Baseball.

DraftKings made him the +425 to win the Cy Young Award. Never mind that Trevor Bauer, now of the Dodgers, captured the crown last season.

Bauer is the second pick at +700.

It’s likely that Bauer’s performance against the weak NL Central, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds last season, influenced these odds.

Bauer now must face the loaded Padres, and others, as a member of the Dodgers. And he won’t begin as the staff ace, which could shave some starts.

Jacob deGrom has been lights out for the last three years.

In 2018 and 2019, he won the Cy Young Award. He posted electrifying numbers like a 1.70 ERA in 2018, 2.43 in 2019 and used 2020 to conclude three straight seasons with a WHIP (baserunners per nine innings) under 1. That’s Hall of Fame territory.

Strikeout totals from deGrom, 269 and 255 the last two seasons, leads to another prop.

And it’s a ding-dong battle of New York’s finest, at DraftKings.  deGrom and Gerrit Cole of the Yankees are +450, with Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians at +650, to lead the majors in strikeouts.

This looks like a season-long shootout between deGrom and Cole, who had an eye-popping 326 strikeouts in 2019 for the Houston Astros.

But the Yankees don’t like extending their starting pitchers past seven innings. That will impact this bet.

Here’s one more from DraftKings. If Cole leads the majors in wins, it’s +900. However, deGrom, the king of hard luck, is +1200. Good breaks are needed, but these are some nice payouts.

It’s going to be some season. It’s a betting bonanza. And besides individual props, major Mets improvement has been baked into the lines.

Will it happen?

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