Will The New York Jets Finally Find Their Franchise QB In The 2021 NFL Draft?

The NY Jets are odds-on favorites to take QB Zach Wilson with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, but longshots to win in 2021.

Everything you need to know about the success of New York Jets quarterbacks is this: Mark Sanchez holds the franchise record for playoff wins (4).

The Jets have spent most of the team’s 60-year history in search of a star quarterback. Count 2021 as another season with the same goal.

The NY Jets threw in the towel on QB Sam Darnold after just three seasons, trading him to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks.

Gang Green is likely to take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Most experts believe the Jets will select QB Zach Wilson on April 29.

Looking at the New York Jets 2021 Draft

The Jets have 10 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Five of those picks are in the first three rounds.

Taking Wilson with the No. 2 pick is almost a lock, at this point. NJ online sportsbooks have Wilson going to New York (assuming the Jets stay at No. 2). FOX Bet and BetMGM posted odds Wilson is drafted by the NY Jets at -2500.

The Jets also control the 23rd overall pick in the first round.
DraftKings is offering +120 odds that an offensive player will be taken with the Jets’ second pick and -150 for a defensive player.

Selecting a cornerback with that pick has the shortest odds at DraftKings (+225). Here are DraftKings odds for other positions the Jets could select with the 23rd pick:

  • Running back +350
  • Offensive lineman +400
  • Defensive lineman +500
  • Linebacker +600
  • Wide receiver +800

New season, same ‘ol Jets?

Whoever is under center for the Jets this season will be the 11th different starting QB since 2013.

The NY Jets will also have a new head coach in 2021. Robert Saleh is the team’s fourth HC in the last seven seasons.

It is going to be another tough year for New York. The Jets have not posted a winning record since 2015.

New Jersey sportsbooks have the Jets’ odds of winning Super Bowl 56 at +8000. For comparison purposes, the New York Giants are +6600 at DraftKings while the Philadelphia Eagles are +7000.

And the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, are +7000.

DraftKings Sportsbook listed the over/under for total NY Jets wins this year at 6.5. The over is +123 while the under is -150.

Even making the postseason is a long shot for New York. BetMGM has the odds of the Jets missing the 2021 NFL Playoffs listed at -650.

So will taking a gamble on another rookie QB help the Jets turn things around?  Based on the current odds, it seems New York Jets fans still have a long wait ahead.

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MLS Cup Betting Preview: NJ Online Sportsbooks Set The Odds As MLS Regular Season Begins

The Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls are not favored to win the MLS Cup, but here’s how their odds stack up against other top teams.

Major League Soccer’s 26th season kicks off this weekend after a 25th anniversary season which saw upheaval and a midseason tournament thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This season sees a return to normalcy with a regular schedule and fans in the stands, depending on the team. There’s also a new team joining the fray, Austin Football Club, which makes 27 teams now vying for the MLS Cup.

For the three local teams to New Jersey, New York City F.C. (NYCFC), the New York Red Bulls, and the Philadelphia Union, two of the teams are looking at the MLS Cup as a possible goal to attain while one is looking at rebuilding.

Philadelphia Union

The defending Supporters’ Shield winner has brought back the vast majority of their young nucleus, most notably defending Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake.

They did sell two of their starters, Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie, to European clubs in the off-season but have the deep roster to continue the team on their upward trend.

New York City Football Club

  • William Hill +1000
  • BetMGM +1000
  • DraftKings +1100

Due to scheduling conflicts with the New York Yankees, NYCFC will play their home games at their cross-river rival Red Bulls’ Red Bull Arena for the second season in a row.

Despite not being able to play at home, NYCFC made the playoffs and is poised to make another run for the MLS Cup. With veteran goalie Sean Johnson and midfielder Maximiliano Moralez and forward Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, NYCFC is looking to make it past the quarterfinals this year.

New York Red Bulls

  • William Hill +2000
  • BetMGM +2200
  • DraftKings +3000

For the past decade or so, the Red Bulls has been one of the East’s top teams but has little to show for it. There has been a decline in the past couple of seasons, which led to the firing of Chris Armas as head coach and the arrival of Gerhard Struber.

Having Aaron Long and Sean Davis to help in the back will be a plus for the Metro, but the youth up front, most notably teenage midfielder Caden Clark, Cristian Casseres Jr., and Tom Barlow, will be needed to score goals for the Red Bulls to have any success this year.

What about other MLS teams?

For New Jersey betters looking to make some money on MLS this year, a couple of West Coast teams are among the favorites. The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and the Seattle Sounders looking to be the leaders in the MLS Cup race.

Los Angeles Football Club

  • DraftKings +500
  • William Hill +400
  • BetMGM +500

Having star striker Carlos Vela back from missing all last season due to injury makes LAFC the odds-on favorite to win their first MLS Cup in just their fifth season.

Vela, along with 2020 Golden Boot winner for top scorer Diego Rossi and Latif Blessing, should be able to make up for the fact that coach Bob Bradley isn’t exactly sure who will be the number one keeper. It’s between Kenneth Vermeer and Pablo Sisniega, neither of whom established themselves yet as the top choice.

Seattle Sounders

  • William Hill +500
  • DraftKings +600
  • BetMGM +800

There was a lot of change for the MLS Cup runners-up over the off-season, most notably the loss of Jordan Morris to a knee injury suffered while on loan at Swansea City. Seattle also saw Gustav Svensson and Kelvin Leerdam leave the team after last year.

Despite that, the Sounders still have Raul Ruidiaz, along with the return of Sounders’ all-time scoring leader Fredy Montero. So this team is poised to defend its Western Conference championship.

However, MLS’ Eastern Conference also has two teams that offer interesting bets for soccer fans: Toronto F.C. and the Columbus Crew.

Columbus Crew

  • William Hill +500
  • DraftKings +550
  • BetMGM +900

The Crew, who are the defending MLS Cup winners, have brought back their core of players. This group. led by Darlington Nagbe and Gyasi Zardes, have designs on the MLS Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League as well.

To add insult to injury, the Crew have added Bradley Wright-Phillips to their already potent attack. And they have the deep bench that will bring them far during the long MLS regular season.

Toronto Football Club

  • William Hill +500
  • DraftKings +900
  • BetMGM +1200

Toronto F.C. has stayed pretty much the same after a season that saw them finish the regular season in second-place but lose to first-year Nashville SC in the first round of the playoffs.

Most teams would make a move or two to build off of the season prior. Still, with a solid base of veteran players like Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Jonathan Osorio, Toronto feels that they still have the firepower to make another run towards the MLS Cup.

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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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Looking At Philadelphia Phillies Odds Of Finishing 2021 Season With A Winning Record

“Bettor Up!” That’s right, the 2021 Philadelphia Phillies betting season is approaching home.

This week launches the MLB betting celebration at New Jersey online sportsbooks. There are a couple of days left for Garden State bettors to secure the best futures odds for seasonal win totals, division championship odds, and player props.

But Thursday, April 1 is the day the real sports betting in New Jersey fun begins. Call it the first pitch of the game-by-game wagering season. The Phillies are hosting the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at3:05 p.m. There will roughly 8,800 spectators allowed inside Citizens Bank Park.

Ace Aaron Nola gains his fourth straight opening day assignment for Philadelphia.

Near-term, the Phillies open the campaign with three home games against the Braves followed by a three-game series versus the New York Mets.  But there are 162 regular-season games to be played.

With that in mind, here is a long-term Phillies betting overview.

Phillies line shopping at NJ online sportsbooks

William Hill sportsbook unleashed some late love on the Fightin’ Phils. The book recently upgraded the Phillies’ over-under total to 82.5 wins. A successful over wager would accompany the Phillies’ first winning season since 2011.  It’s also the last time they finished higher than third in the National League East.

DraftKings Sportsbook has a different perception. It lists the Phillies at 80.5 for the total.

This is a nice betting window.

“Over” bettors may select the DraftKings wager, although the -143 is not a great price. That’s because 98% of the early money went on the “over”, driving the price upward, according to a pre-season report by the book.

DraftKings’ next move could be to raise the wins total if volume continues like this.

“Under” bettors will take the William Hill wager. (it’s -110 for the over or under). The two-game difference of opinion between the books is a victory for the bettors.

William Hill also unfurled an odds boost from +850 to +950 for the Phillies to win the National League East. Boosts like this coax bettors to chase the remote possibility that occasionally hits.

The book has the Mets and Braves co-favored to win the East at +140.

There’s no need to rush on the Phillies +4000 to win the World Series at DraftKings. Those odds stay locked in for a while.

 Betting on Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper is +1500 to win the National League MVP award at DraftKings. According to the operator, he has the third-highest amount of gambling money, 14%, in a field dominated by Washington star Juan Soto (+750).

Of the top performers, Harper is the one who looks to be getting more money than his odds should dictate.

Harper is +2000 to be the home-run leader, and in a league with Pete Alonso (+1100) of the Mets, that’s unlikely.

How about Harper on the dinger line?

His over-under is 36.5 (-112). The RBI prop is over-under 108.5. The beauty of this bet is its fair odds and makes Harper a bet-within-a-bet all season. Some gamblers who love this action may go heaviest on this bet, above all others.

Harper had 35 homers and 99 RBI for the Phillies in 2019. This prop would be right in that ballpark.

April presents a big test for Phillies

After Nola’s game and an off-day Friday, Zack Wheeler gets the ball Saturday (4:05 p.m.) and Zach Eflin Sunday 1:05 p.m.). Matt Moore and Chase Anderson presumably open against the Mets.

The first week is followed by three games in Atlanta and four in New York. Thirteen games to open the campaign against the two favored NL East teams. Not an easy task.

There are then seven games against the St. Louis Cardinals and one more versus the Mets, in April.

This first month will determine a lot about the season.

Phils’ bullpen can produce an upgrade

The Phillies had one of the worst bullpens of all time last season. It yielded more than seven runs every nine innings.

But there is some promise.  Hector Neris has been joined by Archie Bradley, Brandon Kintzler, and Jose Alvarado, who have all been closers in recent years.

Who wants the ball?

Bradley had 18 saves two years ago for the Arizona Diamondbacks and six in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. He is considered the Phillies’ closer, for now.

Kintzler was second in the entire National League in saves last season, with 12. He was not overpowering, but effective enough, with a 2.22 earned-run average. Kintzler had to fight to make this roster and did.

Alvarado is the only left-handed reliever to make the cut.

This could mean he’ll be used in key eighth-inning matchups to get one batter or even close in the ninth against a team with left-handed batters. He routinely hit 100 mph with his fastball and got some big outs in spring training.

In 2018, Alvarado struck out 80 and walked only 29 in 64 innings. He had eight saves and tied for the league lead in holds. Can he get back to that?.

Connor Brogdon is the name discussed least, but he did strike out the side against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

How important is this bullpen?

Just two years, the Phillies had an over-under of 89.5 season wins at most books.  And they were 11 games over .500 a third of the way through the season before collapsing.

The Phillies ought to be improved in this area, perhaps vastly.

Philadelphia needs to maintain its offense

One higher production level from Harper would be helpful. His stats from last year would equate to35 homers and 89 RBI in a full season. There is room for him to uptick in power and improve on his non-stellar .268 average.

The Phillies may need that because Didi Gregorious was a terrific acquisition in 2020. But the shortstop led the Phillies with 40 RBI, which would mean 108 this year. Nice, but you wouldn’t count on that again.

J.T. Realmuto’s numbers from last year would mean 30 homers and 87 RBI this year. High expectations from a catcher, but reachable.

And the Phillies need Alec Bohm, who had such an eye-opening .338 average last year, to deliver over a full season.

Now it’s just a matter of seeing how the different pieces come together once the regular season gets underway.

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Will OpenSports Open Up The New Jersey Sports Betting Market For Golden Nugget?

Golden Nugget sportsbook is trying to get a bigger share of the New Jersey market by adding OpenSports to its platform.

Golden Nugget’s online casino is regularly the market leader in New Jersey in that category. The company hopes to achieve similar success with Golden Nugget Sportsbook with the integration of OpenSports.

The technology platform from Scientific Games is already in use by several operators in multiple markets. Will it alone mean a bigger market share in NJ for Golden Nugget, though?

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The Golden Nugget sportsbook revamp

You could look at the new collaboration between Golden Nugget and Scientific Games in NJ as the former making its sports betting experience in multiple markets more uniform. Earlier this year, Golden Nugget’s sports betting product with OpenSports intact went live in Michigan.

Perhaps the most important part of this news for NJ gamblers is that iOS device users will have access to all the Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG) products in one app. A press release from Scientific Games did not mention whether the same was forthcoming for Android devices.

What’s so special about OpenSports?

Well, that depends on where you sit. Scientific Games touts its features like a custom bet builder, daily enhanced odds, and same-game parlays. GNOG is high on the solution.

“Scientific Games’ OpenSports platform has a well-deserved reputation for being robust and scalable and our initial experience in Michigan, amid a very busy sporting period, has been positive,” said Thomas Winter, GNOG President.

However, several of GNOG’s competitors in NJ also offer those components in their sportsbooks. The move to OpenSports may represent a superior product as compared to what GNOG formerly had available for NJ bettors. It still has some work to do if it wants to become the dominant operator in this segment of the market, though.

Marketing just as crucial as technology

When it comes to sports betting revenue in NJ, GNOG is more of a pretender than a contender. For example, in February, it reported a loss of just over $37,000 in February 2021. BetAmerica Sportsbook also operates under the license, but the state Division of Gaming Enforcement does not break the results by operators.

In the same month, sportsbook market leader Meadowlands Racetrack –  the licensee for both FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet Sportsbook in NJ – reported $24.9 million in online revenue.

One crucial difference is the marketing spend for FanDuel and PointsBet. Both brands not only buy advertising time during live sporting events but also continue to add to their celebrity endorser ranks. Recently, PointsBet contracted with Paige Spiranac while FanDuel reeled in Dr DisRespect.

To increase its market share in sports betting, GNOG may have to spend as many resources on getting its name on NJ bettors’ minds. OpenSports has proven it is a viable platform in other markets. During the Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom last week, for example, pari-mutuel wagers on European racebooks were up 53% year-over-year.

GNOG’s NJ sportsbook is only as strong as its brand awareness, though. To maximize the benefits of OpenSports, GNOG may still have to open up its wallet to educate gamblers in the state about the sportsbook revamp.

Otherwise, it’s possible that few NJ bettors will even be aware of the new options.

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