Devils Out, Flyers In: What Are The Stanley Cup Odds For NHL’s Restart?

With the NHL restart in the works, NJ sportsbooks updated the Stanley Cup odds in quick fashion. DraftKings and FanDuel have the Flyers as favorites to win.

What a range of fortune.

New Jersey sports betting fans see varied implications for their favorite NHL clubs in the league’s newly-announced 24-team Stanley Cup tournament.

The New Jersey Devils barely missed entry. The Philadelphia Flyers, who command a passionate southern New Jersey gambling base, were hockey’s hottest team before the COVID-19 season stoppage on March 12.

And in the NHL return to play plan, it’s the Flyers who have emerged as a Stanley Cup frontrunner.

Philadelphia is guaranteed to advance past the opening round and holds futures odds of +850 at FanDuel Sportsbook. The Flyers opened at +1100 on Tuesday and represent the biggest percentage move among early FanDuel bettors.

The New York Rangers, at +4000, and the New York Islanders, +4200, barely reached the tournament and have the longest road to the Cup.

But at least they reached the dance, as the regular season was pronounced over and this new format will provide a league champion. It will replace the classic 16-team post-season with start dates contingent upon COVID-19 related protocols.

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Although a couple of hub cities must be selected and the tournament probably won’t start before late July, bettors have already dropped the wagering puck.

Sportsbooks will offer 24 futures betting interests rather than the usual 16. FanDuel posted all of them moments after Tuesday’s announcement to return.

And there was immediate futures action. Besides the Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins moved noticeably, to +1800 from +2000.

As of Wednesday, the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup co-favorites at +600.

Next comes the Colorado Avalanche at +800 and the Vegas Knights at +850.

Stanley Cup odds: Where to find the best value

Value is everywhere.

The Washington Capitals, who captured their first Cup two years ago, are +900. The defending champion St. Louis Blues, well along on their patented second-half surge before the shutdown, are +1100.

The Dallas Stars were +1500 and the Pittsburgh Penguins at +1800.

The most remote teams on the board are the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens, both +10000 (100-1).

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DraftKings NHL odds: Flyers are still frontrunners

At DraftKings, Tampa Bay has emerged as the Cup favorite of +650. Boston follows at +700. The Flyers are +1000.

The Rangers and Islanders are in the longshots pack, +4000, and the Chicago Blackhawks have the most remote odds, 75-1.

Like all sports in the COVID-19 Comeback Age, betting has an interesting twist. Especially with futures. There won’t be a home-ice advantage, per se.

But teams will get comfortable playing in the same arena for several games.

The devil is in the details…

Fans of the New Jersey Devils are, of course, frustrated, as the team missed the cutoff to participate by a mere couple of games.

This was truly a case of bad luck. The Devils, at 28-29-12 for 68 points in 69 games, completed two fewer contests than the final team selected.

The Montreal Canadiens, 31-31-9 for 71 points, played 71 of the 82 scheduled contests and finished with a percentage of .500 to gain the final tournament berth.

Under normal tie-breaking procedures, the teams would play the same number of games and the Devils would have the chance to surpass the Canadiens in winning percentage.

But this is light years away from normal.

The cutoff had to appear somewhere to salvage a season halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Devils nonetheless exceeded seasonal expectations. They enjoyed a 6-2-2 streak before the break. They were easily going to hurdle the previous season total of 72 points and most likely fall short of a playoff berth had the season played out.

Flyers putting it together

Further down the New Jersey Turnpike, the Flyers are enormously popular with southern NJ sports bettors.

They enjoyed a rebirth season with improved defense and the subtle inspiration of new coach Alain Vigneault.

Philadelphia sizzled before the break, ripping off a 9-1 tear and looking like an elite Cup contender. Vigneault, who guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014, has been a perfect fit for this team.

Philadelphia was on pace to exceed 100 points and had already shattered its 82-point mark from last year.

This is a team on the rise. Philadelphia started the season at higher than 30-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup at all major sportsbooks. That has been reduced to single digits at FanDuel.

The Flyers looked poised to join Boston and Tampa Bay as a top Eastern Conference team before the break.

At worst, the Flyers are a player or two away from being a Stanley Cup winner. At best, this could be the year.

Their late-season surge was rewarded. The Flyers reached the opening round-robin tier as the fourth-seeded team and are guaranteed to advance into another round.

Philly has the fourth seed behind Boston, Tampa Bay, and Washington. The four teams will play a round-robin of three games to determine seeding for the next round.

If clubs finish with the same record in the round-robin, ties go to the highest-seeded team.

Rangers and Islanders in the qualifying round

The four round-robin teams then meet the four survivors from the following qualifying round, which involves both the Rangers and Islanders:

NHL Best-of-five qualifying round

#5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #12 Montreal Canadiens

#6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. #11 New York Rangers

#7 New York Islanders vs. #10 Florida Panthers

#8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. #9 Columbus Blue Jackets

The Rangers and Islanders were scuffling for playoff spots, jumping in and out, before the break.

The Islanders, with 80 points, were slightly under-achieving from a 103-point 2018-19 season. The Rangers, with 79, had already eclipsed last year’s total of 78 points and still had 12 games left.

The round-robin teams and qualifying round survivors comprise the eight teams in each conference that move on. St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas received the Western Conference top seeds.

Parlay Payout Party: Bettors At FanDuel Sportsbook NJ Cash In Big

Come to find out, NJ sports betting customers are very good at picking parlays. As a result, FanDuel handed out some big payouts over the last two weekends.

FanDuel Sportsbook has handed out some big payouts over the last two weekends. The winnings are the result of some very strong parlay picking.

One customer placed a $200 “historic parlay” and walked away with $229,276.50. So, how did it happen?

This one happened on Monday, Nov. 25, and included the moneyline on one NFL contest, and combining NBA and NHL games.

Here is a breakdown of the bet:

Turning $1 parlay into $10,000 at FanDuel NJ

But wait, there is more.

Another FanDuel Sportsbook customer made the most of a $1 NFL parlay on Sunday. And, by the most, we mean finishing with a perfect card. Here it is:

Yes, there were a few upsets.

For instance, the Philadelphia Eagles were a 10-point road favorite against the Miami Dolphins. But it was the home team that walked away 37-31 winners.

Even punter Matt Haack threw a touchdown pass to the kicker Jason Sanders. Talk about things going the Dolphins way.

Plus, the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals pulled off a convincing 22-6 victory over the New York Jets.

The Houston Texans handed the New England Patriots their second loss of the season likely surprised some. The home team won 28-22 and had 21-9 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

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Monday Night Football parlay

Another NJ sports betting fan made out extremely well with Monday night’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. 

This individual placed $500 on the Same Game Parlay bet slip that included:

  • Over 48.5 (+121)
  • Seahawks moneyline (-112)
  • Dalvin Cook touchdown score (+580)

The two teams combined for 67 points and the Seahawks won the game 37-30.

Plus, Cook scored the game’s first touchdown on a two-yard run. The running back ended up leaving the game midway through the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

Total these results and the customer got paid $14,249.

Mavs Vs. Knicks Odds: New Jersey Sportsbooks Expect Luka Doncic To Have A Big Night

When the Dallas Mavericks invade the Garden on Thursday, New Jersey sportsbooks expect a Knicks loss at the hands of Luka Doncic and the Mavs.

The Dallas Mavericks are in playoff position at 6-4 and forward Luka Doncic is having a stellar sophomore campaign. NBA betting odds for Dallas’ Thursday night game against the New York Knicks expect Doncic to continue to propel the Mavericks to success.

Although the lines don’t predict a blowout for Dallas, the odds at New Jersey sportsbooks favor them across the board.

That doesn’t mean there’s zero opportunity to make some money on the Knicks tonight, however.

Mavericks vs. Knicks odds at NJ sportsbooks

Tonight’s game, which is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, carries a few interesting storylines.

Can Doncic build on his 28.3 points per game average, which is good for fifth in the NBA right now, against New York?

New Jersey sportsbooks expect the Mavericks to get the win whether Doncic has a career night or not. The following odds are accurate as of 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 14.

DraftKingsDAL -8 (-110)
NY +8 (-110)
DAL -315
NY +260
O 215 -112
U 215 -109
FanDuelDAL -7.5 (-110)
NY +7.5 (-110)
DAL -350
NY +280
O 215 -110
U 215 -110
PointsBetDAL -7.5 (-105)
NY +7.5 (-105)
DAL -333
NY +255
O 214.5 -110
U 214.5 -110

FanDuel and PointsBet have several prop bets involving Doncic. For instance, FanDuel offers odds of +430 on Doncic scoring the game’s first point, and PointsBet has a parlay of the Mavs to win and Doncic to go over 26.5 points with a line of +130.

PointsBet offers a similar parlay on Dallas winning and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett going over 15.5 points that would pay out +158. Barrett is +1400 to lead all scorers during the game on FanDuel.

Looking at the matchups, the parlay on a Mavs win but Barrett having a good night nonetheless is attractive. Dallas hasn’t necessarily been a defensive stalwart so far this season.

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Breaking down Thursday’s matchup: Mavs vs. Knicks

The Knicks have dropped seven of their last 10 home games against the Mavericks, including the last two. That streak is likely to extend to three on Thursday.

This will be the fifth home game of the season for New York. The Knicks are 1-3 in Madison Square Garden so far this season.

Dallas has played five road games in 2019-20 to this point and played the spoiler in four of those instances. Their only road loss to date came on Monday in Boston.

On the injury front, the Knicks expect to be without guards Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton along with center Mitchell Robinson. No Dallas players are listed on the injury report for Thursday.

Dallas comes into the game fifth in the league in rebounds per game. The Mavericks also currently rank second in offensive rating.

Much of that offensive success is because of Dallas’ depth. In terms of bench net rating, no team in the NBA tops the Mavericks right now.

Why Barrett is a good bet for Thursday

Dallas ranks just 20th in defensive rating, however. Only four teams in the league have a lower turnover percentage than the Mavericks.

That all points toward a good possibility that Barrett could surpass 15.5 points despite ending up on the losing side of this game. The forward is coming in averaging 16 through his first 11 games in the NBA.

Unless Barrett has the game of his life, however, this game will likely end in the Mavericks’ seventh win of the season. The battle between Barrett and Doncic could be worth the price of admission regardless of the final score.

NJ Sports Betting Records Keep Falling To The Tune Of Half A Billion In October Bets

The October NJ sports betting numbers are out, and the $488 million in bets and $46.6 million in revenue equates to a record-shattering month.

New Jersey is once again reaping the rewards of a busy season of sports.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released October numbers earlier today, and it’s the second straight record-breaking month.

The Garden State took in $488 million from bettors. That tops the previous all-time mark from September of $445.6 million.

Combined with the other eight months of 2019, the year-to-date handle is now at an eye-opening $3.5 billion.

To top it off, sports betting revenue came in at $46.4 million. That bests the previous mark of $37.8 million also from last month.

In other words, October is now the new gold standard going forward.

FanDuel still the runaway NJ sports betting winner

Looking at the breakdown by operator, FanDuel Sportsbook once again dominated the field by a wide margin.

Meadowlands Racetrack, it’s land-based partner, reported betting revenue of $24.8 million (PointsBet NJ accounts for a small portion of that number).

And of that total, $20.7 million was from mobile.

In terms of the next closest NJ sports betting competitor, Resorts Digital finished a very distant second with $10.5 million.

DraftKings Sportsbook is responsible for the bulk of it, but Fox Bet and Resorts Sportsbook fall under the same umbrella.

In terms of how the rest of the field did, here is a breakdown:

Property (Online)Online RevenueRetail RevenueOctober Total
Bally's (Caesars, 888)$536,600$233,745$770,345
Borgata (BetMGM, Borgata Sports)$1,387,821$458,351$1,846,172
Golden Nugget (BetAmerica, GN Online)$359,216$176,890$536,106
Hard Rock (Hard Rock online, Bet365 NJ, Unibet)$1,841,732$123,616$1,965,348
Meadowlands (FanDuel, PointsBet)$20,679,747$4,114,965$24,794,712
Monmouth (William Hill, SugarHouse, TheScore Bet)$1,666,410$1,175,581$2,841,991
Ocean Resort (William Hill)$1,635,104$697,659$2,332,763
Resorts (DraftKings, Fox Bet, Resorts Online)$10,558,087$265,320$10,823,407
Tropicana (William Hill)$40,014$350,340$390,244

Hard Rock AC gained online betting momentum

Hard Rock Atlantic City is enjoying a night-and-day improvement this fall. This time last year, the license holder was sitting on the NJ sports betting sidelines.

Earlier this football season, Unibet NJ and Bet365 NJ launched their respective apps under the Hard Rock license. The two new additions combined with Hard Rock’s self-branded platform is beginning to look like a winning trifecta.

The property reported $1.9 million in sports betting revenue, with the majority ($1.8 million) coming via mobile apps.

Part of that may have to do with a huge bet that Unibet accepted from one Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. According to Legal Sports Report, the total amounted to $1.25 million. Mack’s bets on his hometown Houston Astros to win the World Series did not win of course.

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Nevertheless, that performance is good enough for third-best among AC properties. Ocean Casino Resort and its partnership with William Hill NJ claimed the No. 2 position with $2.3 million.

So there are winners across the board.

And it seems crossing the $4 billion mark in total bets this year is not out of the question.

Current Super Bowl 2020 Odds: NJ Sportsbooks Playing ‘Debbie Downer’ For Eagles, Jets, Giants

Updated Super Bowl odds for the Eagles, Giants and Jets show that New Jersey sportsbooks have grown less fond of all three teams over the season.

If you’re a fan of the New York Giants, New York Jets or the Philadelphia Eagles, and you’re looking for some encouragement about your team this NFL season, you might not want to check out the updated Super Bowl odds.

If you’re simply interested in the data from a New Jersey legal sports betting angle, there is some good information.

We focused on three of the 17 available New Jersey sportsbooks for this update on Super Bowl odds. And all three have downgraded the futures for all three of the aforementioned teams winning Super Bowl 2020.

That could mean a great opportunity for bettors though.

Odds to win Super Bowl 2020 at NJ sportsbooks

Three of New Jersey’s most popular legal online sportsbooks, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet Sportsbook, offer a full complement of NFL futures.

The odds below were current as of 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Super Bowl 2020 OddsPHI EaglesNY GiantsNY Jets

The odds on all three teams hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 2 are longer than they were when the season began. The Eagles had the shortest odds before Week 1, followed by the Giants and then the Jets.

  • Eagles: +1400
  • Giants: +7000
  • Jets: +8000

Despite the fact that Philadelphia is currently tied for the NFC East lead, the Eagles are far from Super Bowl favorites. That being said, there’s some consensus on the top five teams right now and some variation as well.

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Top five teams to win Super Bowl 2020

DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are in unison that the New England Patriots are currently the odds-on favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

Beyond that, however, there are differing opinions:

TeamDraftKings Super Bowl Odds
New England+270
New Orleans+600
San Francisco+700
Kansas City+1000
TeamFanDuel Super Bowl Odds
New England+290
New Orleans+550
San Francisco+700
Kansas City+1000
TeamPointsBet Super Bowl Odds
New England+275
New Orleans+500
San Francisco+700
Kansas City+1000

Although the NFL playoffs are a crapshoot and history has shown us many times that regular-season records mean nothing, at this point in the season qualifying for the postseason is crucial.

Of the six different teams listed in the tables above, New England has the softest remaining schedule.

TeamStrength of Schedule / Rank
Kansas City2
Green Bay11
San Francisco13
New Orleans14
New England30

The Giants and Jets are both in the running for next season’s top overall NFL draft selection. Cincinnati currently has at least a game “lead” on everyone else in the league at 0-9. With the seventh-strongest remaining schedule in the league, the Bengals seem a strong contender for that “distinction.”

The Giants and Jets’ remaining SOS (Strength of Schedule) rank 31st and 28th, respectively. There’s a good chance they might land a few more wins over the final seven weeks of the regular season. Philadelphia comes in at 29th right now.

Why the schedule strength affects Super Bowl futures

Super Bowl odds are very fluid right now based on information such as SOS. The futures can change based on how each team performs in each game for the rest of the season.

Oddsmakers look to regular-season matchups for information on setting futures bets. Therefore, the better teams perform against the league’s regular-season elite, the shorter those odds become.

The Eagles could shorten their odds tremendously this Sunday by defending their home turf against the Patriots. The regular-season finale against Dallas could be another game that seriously affects the odds.

So OK. New Jersey sportsbooks are none too optimistic right now about any of these three teams winning it all based on various factors.

That could mean a nice payday for brave bettors, however. Everyone loves a risky Super Bowl futures bet, right?

Are FanDuel Sportsbook’s Same Game Parlays A Good Bet?

FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey recently introduced a new parlay betting option. Same Game Parlays allow bettors to bet on multiple outcomes in one game.

If you have been on FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey recently, you may have noticed a new parlay betting option — the Same Game Parlay.

The lure of any parlay bet is the potential for a big payout. That big payout comes at a cost, though. In this case, the cost is a parlay bet that is difficult to win.

It is not easy to pick several winning bets from different games to combine into a parlay and have them all win.

Same Game Parlays are different, though. A Same Game Parlay combines bets from, well, the same game.

The big question is whether the Same Game Parlays are a good bet. Like with most things related to sports betting in New Jersey, the answer isn’t a simple “yes” or “no.”

What is a Same Game Parlay?

Before you can decide if Same Game Parlays are something you want to try, you should understand what they are.

The Same Game Parlay links individual game outcomes into one bet. For instance, a bettor can create a parlay from one matchup that includes:

  • Point spread
  • Over/Under
  • Half-time result
  • Home team points
  • QB passing yards

Because the bets are correlated, the odds are adjusted to avoid too much of an edge for the bettor.

Correlated odds are simply when the outcome of one bet impacts the outcome of another.

The Same Game Parlay is designed for the bettor with the knowledge and focused interest on one team.

And, at the very least, the Same Game Parlay will liven up any game-day watch party.

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How to place a Same Game Parlay at FanDuel

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  2. Evaluate your options and select your bets.
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Are Same Game Parlays a smart bet?

Same Game Parlays sound like fun, but are they a smart bet? Well, they can be.

Same Game Parlays may give the illusion of benefiting the bettor with a lot of background on a specific team. But like all bets, if it is offered on a New Jersey sportsbook app, such as FanDuel, it is because the book believes it has an edge.

This doesn’t mean an adept bettor can’t use their knowledge about a team and create a Same Game Parlay that produces a winning ticket.

Why bet on Same Game Parlays?

If you are hoping to pay your mortgage with your winnings, then a good rule of thumb is don’t bet on Same Game Parlays.

But if you are looking for some entertainment value from a specific game, then a Same Game Parlay may be just the ticket.

There is no denying watching a game is a lot more fun with some skin in it. If you look at a Same Game Parlay as an entertainment cost instead of income, you will win either way.

You can reduce some of the risks of a Same Game Parlay bet by looking for bonus bet and promotional opportunities. When an online sportsbook perceives it has an edge, they often encourage bettors to try their luck with promotions that can include:

  • A form of insurance
  • Bonus bets
  • Cash back

The bottom line is it comes down to doing your homework.

Studying the team that you are betting on and looking for promos will certainly help move that house advantage a little closer to your side of the ticket.