Five Things To Know Before You Bet On Sixers Vs. Pacers At NJ Sportsbooks

The Philadelphia Sixers face the Indiana Pacers in their first matchup in the NBA restart. Here are five things you should know before you place that bet.

Here come the chameleons.

As the Philadelphia Sixers make their NBA return Saturday against the Indiana Pacers, bettors are backing the homecourt model — a league-best 29-2.

They have ignored Philly’s 10-24 road mark and made them 6-point favorites at FanDuel and DraftKings on the neutral court in Orlando, Fla. 

By Thursday afternoon, the line had dropped to 5.5 at both sportsbooks.

There is Philly Fever in the NJ sports betting world.

DraftKings Sportsbook reports that the Sixers have taken the second-most championship money, 16%, at odds of 20-1. Only the Los Angeles Lakers, the league favorite at +240, have more action, 33%, than the Sixers.

“I see bets come through on a daily basis and recently the Sixers are taking more than any other team,” said Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings. “This is the healthiest they have been. The team was not gelling before, but with so many players back, maybe now they have a second chance to win.

“They are very talented.”

So how will the first game of the Sixers restart play out? Here are five things to look at. (Odds as of 7 p.m. ET July 30.)

Aug. 1 Game (Moneyline)DraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
Philadelphia 76ers-230-235-236
Indiana Pacers+190+205+185

1. No home court advantage + no fans

This is a neutral court, and these teams have the same record, 39-26.

In theory, the line at NJ online sportsbooks should be much closer. There is a premium built into the line that the Sixers are going to advance another level.

2. High moneyline for Sixers vs. Pacers

The Sixers have a high moneyline task, too.

They are -230 at DraftKings and -235 at FanDuel Sportsbook.  That’s a lot for a six-point game.

The Pacers are +190/+205, and there will be bargain hunters.

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3. Watch the totals

The over-under for total points was 211.5 at DraftKings, 212 at FanDuel. That has since shifted to 216 at FanDuel, 211.5 at DraftKings.

The oddsmakers have an uncanny way of being right around the totals number.

Seems a little low if you think the Sixers will hit their outside shots with their tall players. Not unreasonable a total if you believe the players have been off for four months, and they won’t be sharp.

Watch the earlier games to get a barometer of whether the shooters are on.

Guess-timate? It won’t take them long to get comfortable, maybe a couple of games.

4. The Sixers are healthy for NBA restart

Easily the most perplexing team in the league before the shutdown, the Sixers have a chance to start healthy and fresh in Orlando.

And Tobias Harris isn’t shy about trumpeting the Sixers’ championship aspirations or the fact that the chemistry was way off previously. Reconciling those things is critical immediately, especially for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Simmons pronounced himself healthy after a four-month rehab process from a bad back. A Simmons at 100% does put Philadelphia on another level.

5. Pacers key offense won’t be playing

Damontos Sabonis is the heart of the Indiana offense. But he won’t play.

Sabonis, who leads the Pacers with 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, also averages five assists. But a plantar fasciitis flare-up prompted him to leave the team. He may not be back at all.

If you liked that Sixers -6 line, hopefully, you got it. The line moved to 5.5 at DraftKings and will likely shift again before Saturday.

Looking back to previous Sixers-Pacers games

The three previous games between the teams were entertaining.

The best may have been the first. In November, the Sixers nudged the Pacers 119-116 at home. That’s the only time that Simmons, Embiid and Harris were in the lineup for the Sixers in this rivalry.

Embiid had 32 points, Harris notched 22, and Simmons had 15.

In December, the Pacers got even on their home floor, beating the Sixers 115-97. Sabonis had 23 points and T.J. Warren 21 for the Pacers. The Sixers did not have Embiid, who, at 25, is working on his third consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound average for a season.

They did not have him the next time either, a 101-95 setback in January on the road. But Simmons had 24 points, Harris notched 23, and Josh Richardson stepped up with 23.

There are interesting variables to read into all three games. They indicate that a fully healthy Sixers team is a little better than the Pacers. For the first since 1984-86, the 76ers are going for their third consecutive .600-plus season.

The odds of this game reflect that.

PointsBet celebrates the return of NBA

Want to bet the Sixers? Or the Pacers? Or anyone else? PointsBet NJ just stepped up with an enticing promo, available only to New Jersey bettors.

How about that? Just for Jersey.

One of them is juice-free betting on the NBA for the eight-game regular-season resumption. No vig! Bettors are not laying the customary 10% just to place a bet. This savings adds up and directly impacts the bottom line.

And there are no $50 limits tied to regular promos. These are “normal trading limits.” Attention all “whales,” this is an invitation to make some big wagers. The book has essentially returned its built-in profit on every bet back to the gamblers.

The second is an insurance policy. If your team scores the first point of the game and then loses, PointsBet will refund you up to $50 in free bets.

Eight out of the last 10 games before the NBA suspended its season involved a team scoring first but losing.

This only applies to the first $50 staked on pre-game, moneyline bets. It is available in every single NBA game but applies only to the first moneyline bet on each game.

Clients betting on both moneylines in the same game will not be eligible for the promotion.

NJ Sportsbooks Heat Up With MLB Opening Day Odds, Player Props And Free Bets

The MLB is back and NJ sports betting odds favor the Phillies and Yankees. Plus, get a $10+ in free bets for opening day at NJ sportsbooks.

Sixty games in 66 days for every MLB team, here we come. MLB is finally here, with the season opener no longer a remote-looking date of July 23, but a day.

Thursday.

THIS Thursday.

The New York Yankees open as favorites against the host and defending World Series champions Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. The Los Angeles Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants as big chalk in Thursday’s second game, just after 10 p.m.

Then the full schedule kicks in on Friday.

Among teams followed most closely by New Jersey sports betting fans, the New York Mets are favored against the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies are the solidly-installed choice against the Miami Marlins.

The bettors, and the fans, are ready.

“I have to go inside,” a New Jersey gambler told me one afternoon late last week. “The Phillies are playing an intrasquad game. I’m going to catch it.”

The bettors can’t wait and now we’re here. Let’s look at some of the numbers entering opening week of baseball.

Yankees vs. Nationals: DraftKings’ lines favor the Bronx Bombers

On the moneyline for Thursday, DraftKings Sportsbook likes the Yankees.

The Bronx Bombers are -139 and Washington is +120.

Here’s how the odds shakeup at DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook, and PointsBet NJ:

MLB MatchupDraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
NY Yankees-139-130-140
Washington Nationals+120+114+120

The expected starting pitchers matchup presents a must-see barnburner. Newly acquired Gerrit Cole goes for the Yankees. Mighty Max Scherzer opens the defense of the Washington Nationals’ World Series championship.

The over-under for the game is about a run lower than an average baseball game, perhaps par with what you’d see from a matchup of pitching giants. The over-under is 7.5 runs with the over at -105 and the under at -117.

Feel creative? Think the Yankees can win by more than one run? The 1.5 run line is +128 for the Yankees. For Washington to get 1.5 runs, the line is -148.

Pitching in the summer heat

Premier pitching matchups often fail to deliver the low-scoring games expected during April.

But what about in the summer? This is an interesting scenario because most starting pitchers won’t go past six innings in their initial start.

Pitchers are normally ahead of the hitters early, but the hot summer temperatures favor hitters. These factors may cancel each other out.

Phillies vs. Marlins: Can Philadelphia prove the oddsmakers right?

The Phillies, for their season opener against the visiting Miami Marlins on Friday, are -205. That’s intriguing because the Phillies struggled against the Marlins last year at home, even being swept in a three-game series.

Here’s a closer look at the Phillies vs. Marlins game odds. (FanDuel and PointsBet have yet to post opening odds on this matchup.)

MLB MatchupDraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
Philadelphia Phillies-205----
Miami Marlins+175----

Sandy Alcantara is Miami’s opening day pitcher.

Aaron Nola is expected to be the Phillies’ opening-day starter. But there is still enough time for all of that to change.

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FanDuel props worth a look for MLB betting

Here are some popular fun bets, tying in with gamblers following both their favorite teams and players.

On the board at FanDuel Sportsbook is a doozy: the first player to hit a home run this season.

Bear in mind that the first game of the year is the Yankees-Nationals. If that game goes dinger-free, the Dodgers and Giants become a high-paying target.

MLB Player Prop: First Home Run In 2020FanDuel Odds
Aaron Judge+550
Giancarlo Stanton+550
Juan Soto+650
Gleyber Torres+700
Eric Thames+1100
Gary Sanchez+1100
Trea Turner+1100
DJ LeMahieu+1300
Adam Eaton+1800

The last of the top 10 involve Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Howie Kendrick and Luke Voit at 20-1.

You also may want to think outside the box a little.

Cole and Scherzer are lights-out pitchers. Is that really the game that produces the first homer?

If you think not, Dodgers Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger are both +5000. Bellinger had 47 homers last year, and he’s a generous 50-1 odds. Justin Turner is +6000 or 60-1.

The beauty of this type of bet is you can select from different ranges and take a stab. Some will place one wager on the favorites, another on a mid-line player and one of the heavy-priced odds.

There may not be data to support this, but a big-name, free-agent hitter often finds a way to connect with a homer in his first game.

See if that fits into your overall MLB betting menu.

Yankees, Met, Phillies: Betting the first dinger

New Jersey gamblers have another venue regarding who’s going deep first. You can take the first player on each of these teams to touch em all at FanDuel.

For the Yankees, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are +300.

Gleyber Torres is +500, Gary Sanchez is +800 and Voit is +1000.

For the Mets, Pete Alonso is the likely suspect, at +250. Heck, he led the majors in homers last year at 53. But can he be first?

If not, Michael Conforto is +350, Yoenis Cespedes is +650 and Jeff McNeil stands at +700.

There’s a tie rounding out the top five, at +800. They include Brandon Nimmo, Wilson Ramos, and Robinson Cano. Yes, THAT Robinson Cano. The longtime Yankee dons a Mets uniform for the second year. He is 37 years old now.

As for the Phillies, Bryce Harper is the favorite at +250. Rhys Hoskins is next at +350. Then comes Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto at +500. Didi Gregorious, the new acquisition from the Yankees, is +650.

Free money for MLB opening day? You bet!

And here’s a slice of good news from NJ sportsbook apps.

The return of the MLB has sportsbooks posting free bet offers for those who are savvy enough to take advantage.

Fox Bet, for example, has an “MLB is Back!” promo for all customers that features $5 in free cash for each run your team scores in the opening game.

You can get up to $50 free in this offer when you bet just $5 on your favorite single MLB team opening game (point spread or moneyline). Odds must be -200 minimum. It must be one cumulative bet to qualify, and the first placed bet qualifies your team.

Over at DraftKings, there are several offers ready to go for opening day.

  • Scoring Special: Bet $25 on DraftKings’ featured games and get $5 per home run your team hits.
  • Odds boost: Bet on any 2019 MLB All-Star player to hit a home run on opening day. The boost is +100.
  • World Series $25 bet: Place a $25 bet on any team to win the World Series and get a $25 free bet to use on any opening day MLB game.

FanDuel features a World Series promo as well. A $50-plus futures bet on any team to win the World Series will earn you $5 in bonus cash for each game that team wins.

It includes only the first 10 games, but if your team is on a hot streak early, that’s a max of $50 in free bets.

PointsBet features a doozy of an offer with $10 in free bets for every home run in July. All it requires is a minimum $50 pre-game moneyline or runline bet. If the team you pick hits a home run, you get $10 free.

This is, of course, just a sampling of free bets and odds boosts available at NJ online sportsbooks. Most of them won’t last long either.

The clock is ticking on these FanDuel bets

Speaking of bets that won’t be around forever, you have to get these in at FanDuel before Thursday’s season opener.

Season-long home run leaders. Alonso is +1000, the favorite. Right there are Joey Gallo and Mike Trout at +1100.

Sleepers include Bellinger at +1700 and Nolan Arenado at +1800. Bellinger hit 47 homers last year, six behind Alonso. For someone able to lead the league in homers, he’s an excellent price.

Arenado is +1200 to lead in hits, along with Whit Merrifield. Jose Altuve is +1400.

On the pitching side, Cole is +230 to attain the most strikeouts. Scherzer is second at +550. And we get to see them go head-to-head this week. Jacob deGrom of the Mets is +850.

MLB line shopping at NJ sportsbooks

Let it begin.

On opening night, DraftKings has the over-under for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at 8.5. PointsBet has it at 8.

That’s a significant half of a number. If you like the under, you would like the DraftKings prop. That makes eight a victory.

If you like the over, PointsBet has a better line. At the very least, 8 is a push.

Multiply the small details of these lines by the potential of hundreds of bets over the course of a season and one can see the value of shopping to your profit-loss portfolio.

Good luck, New Jersey online betters, wherever your hunches, and wagers, lead.

NJ Sportsbooks Mull The What-Ifs Of An MLB Season That May Not Happen

MLB players and owners have spent weeks battling over the 2020 season. DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet in NJ are patiently waiting for a resolution.

Typically, MLB betting is a hot topic of conversation during the summer months.

But here we are on June 17 and there are no baseball games scheduled… yet.

As a result, NJ online sportsbooks are sitting on the sidelines awaiting a solution with only the futures market open for betting.

PointsBet NJ is taking the patient approach.

Andrew Mannino, senior sports content analyst at PointsBet, said, like the fans, there isn’t much we can do but “wait and see.”

“Like everyone, we want to see baseball, and we’re hoping they will come to an agreement and get the season underway,” said Mannino.

Until then, sports betting continues on without baseball games to bet on, run lines to handicap, or a World Series to watch.

And for NJ sportsbooks, the season’s delay boils down to two questions: what to do if there is no baseball and what to do if there is baseball.

New developments in the MLB restart saga

The answer to the first part is simple: If (and it’s a big if) there is no 2020 MLB season, all futures bets will be voided and the money refunded.

But that’s not necessarily going to happen. After several weeks, the waiting game may finally be winding down.

Here is what Jon Heyman of the MLB Network had to say earlier today:

But the Major League Baseball Players Association responded with a Tweet of their own:

Funnily enough, those two tweets posted while this story was being written. And the back-n-forth is likely to continue.

So we will call it a work in progress as the two sides at least seem to be talking again.

The drama behind the MLB’s 2020 season

If indeed a deal is finalized this week, it will be a complete 360 from Monday.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on ESPN’s Return of Sports on Monday night.

His outlook on the 2020 season happening wasn’t exactly optimistic:

The reaction came following a weekend statement released by the MLB Players Association:

Now, we could write a story just about the battle (for lack of a better word) to bring back professional baseball. There are still a lot of what-ifs in the works and challenges ahead.

But for sportsbooks, the real challenge lies in the planning.

DraftKings Sportsbook + limited baseball offerings

Johnny Avello, director of sportsbook operations for DraftKings, described the current situation as challenging compared to a normal season. And for one simple reason.

“I think what makes it challenging is that Major League Baseball comes out with a schedule for each team and we get a pretty good look at that for a couple of months before we have to deal with the first games,” said Avello.

“… They may decide they’re going to play and we have like two weeks lead time to prepare. I think that’s where the challenge is.”

Until all the details are released, DraftKings Sportsbook customers will find limited MLB betting options.

Here are some of the available wagers:

  • World Series winner
  • League winner
  • MVP
  • Cy Young

So total wins for the Philadelphia Phillies or New York Yankees are among the markets impacted.

And the fact that teams will not be playing the normal 162-game schedule throws a whole other wrinkle into the equation. At the same time, it doesn’t necessarily mean oddsmakers will bypass offering win totals.

Avello said DraftKings is sitting tight and letting the players and owners sort things out. But he is not ruling out putting win totals back up.

“There is a good chance we will if we have enough time once they announce the season, if they announce the season,” Avello said of offering total wins. “We will base those win totals on how many games they’re going to play.”

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What to bet on while you wait for the MLB’s return

Mid-June is the time of year when, in a normal season, baseball fans would be counting down to the All-Star break.

This year’s game was scheduled to take place July 14 at Dodgers StadiumEven if the MLB schedule is set next week, a 2020 All-Star Game seems highly unlikely.

July and August are usually a time when baseball is front and center with the NJ sports betting crowd. By then, the NBA and the NHL have finished their seasons.

That certainly will not be the case this summer.

The NHL has restart plans in place. And the NBA is going to Walt Disney World. Both will kick off in July.

And PGA Tour betting is more popular than ever, with the RBC Heritage starting on Thursday.

And for the horse betting fan, Saturday’s Belmont Stakes adds to the busy weekend.

Bottom line: It will be a busy time for sportsbooks with so many events happening across so many sports — and all within a short span of time.

However, if and when MLB does return, the PointsBet team will be ready to step up to the betting plate.

“I think people are still interested,” said Mannino. “They’re just waiting to see the league come to an agreement and announce a format for the season. When they do, we will react accordingly and have bets up to adjust to whatever the situation is.”

With PointsBet’s New Parlay Booster, The Odds Boost Is In Your Hands

PointsBet Sportsbook launched a new feature on its app called Parlay Booster, the first of its kind in the US. It brings odds boosting to a whole new level.

What a time to go deep.

The off-season football analogy concerns PointsBet. The NJ online sportsbook answered the COVID-19 pandemic with an aggressive play call, and, figuratively, a touchdown, by unveiling Parlay Booster this week.

The new app feature delivered a substantial early score, rewarding a bettor with a bonus of nearly 40% on an eight-team, table-tennis parlay.

The prop involved a $100 bet and had a pre-booster return of $5,085. But, with the boost, it produced a profit of $6,951 — extra winnings of $1,866.

That’s a substantial bonus for being right.

It also brings odds boosting to a whole new realm.

What is the PointsBet Parlay Booster?

The product is the first of its kind in the US sports betting market, according to a press release.

It allows clients to build a personal parlay of choice each day, thereby receiving a significantly boosted price.

The more teams played, the larger the bonus on any props between 3-12 legs using Parlay Booster.

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Clients use the token on their parlay of choice by ticking the “Parlay Boost” box that will automatically appear when building the parlay.

Every promo-eligible client can receive one parlay booster per day, with the potential to receive more.

Clients can receive additional daily parlay boosters the more loyalty they demonstrate with PointsBet.

Additionally, the parlay booster is completely customizable and can be placed on any parlay a client would like to create.

The boosted price is based proportionally on the individual parlay you are choosing to boost. The more legs and longer the odds, the more of a boost you will receive compared to a parlay with less legs and shorter odds.

PointsBet: ‘We are thrilled’

The company has not released official information regarding the boost percentage, but if eight legs returns 40%, 10-12 would likely exceed 50%.

“Initial response has been terrific,” a company spokesman said Thursday.  “We are thrilled.”

The strategy will become interesting to bettors.

With one Parlay Booster opportunity available per day, does one seek better odds of hitting with a five- or six-team play or try for a monolithic 12-team boost?

If action like the win mentioned earlier stems just from table tennis, a sport with newfound betting popularity during the pandemic, imagine its impact should traditional sports such as baseball, hockey, basketball, and football regain their foothold.

With this product, PointsBet continues to make the bold move of investing in the market while some of its counterparts cut back to preserve cash.

This unveiling further reflects the company’s aggressive, non-traditional market presence.

PointsBet making its mark

PointsBets works much like a standard sportsbook, but a fraction of its operations resembles one gigantic prop.

Its PointsBetting platform, for instance, generated industry headlines during the NFL and college football season, dramatically enhancing wins and losses.

Clients were rewarded or docked by how right or wrong they were. The prop play made every yard, touchdown, and basket important.

Innovations have ensued. PointsBet Sportsbook has become noted for bettor-first initiatives including Good Karma payouts, which provide bettors relief in the event of a bad beat that affected a high number of gamblers.

Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO, said clients have strongly resonated with Quick Parlay Builder and In-Play Parlay features. PointsBet’s Parlay Booster will be the next step.

Company officials say the parlay booster was made possible by its in-house technology platform.

That product model allows innovations to reach the market more quickly than if they were produced by an outside entity. It also allows for seamless cohesion between products.

It’s A Manning Thing: PointsBet NJ Boosting Eli Manning For Monday Night Football

Eli Manning is likely starting for the Giants on Monday’s NFL game. PointsBet NJ customers can wager on the QB’s total passing yards against the Eagles.

Would you bet on Eli Manning having a great game against the Philadelphia Eagles during Monday Night Football?

It’s looking like he will be stepping in for rookie Daniel Jones, who is battling a high-ankle sprain.

The news has caught on at PointsBet Sportsbook with the potential to benefit the New Jersey sports betting crowd.

Customers, especially Giants fans, can take advantage of this week’s Fade Darren Rovell booster.

Manning to throw for more than 249.5 passing yards has been boosted to +120 (from -105). The max bet is $100.

But is it a good bet?

We’re talking about the 2-10 G-Men here, and their last victory came on against the Washington Redskins during Week 4

That was way back on Sept. 29.

The game is taking place at Lincoln Financial Field. PointsBet has the Birds as a 10-point favorite.

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PointsBet NJ welcomes Manning back

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said it’s “very likely” that Manning will start on Monday night.

This is his 16th season, the majority of which has been spent watching from the sidelines.  The team decided to go in a new direction following 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.

It was about seeing what Jones, their first-round pick, could do.

Manning has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles (one of them spoiled the New England Patriots’ perfect season). His 116 victories rank No. 1 all-time among franchise quarterbacks.

But if we are talking just passing yards, he averaged 268.7 per game last season.

He passed for more than 280 yards in both games against the Birds last season, but Philadelphia won both.

Eagles vs. Giants Monday Night Football odds

Eagles still have NFL playoff hopes

From a Philadelphia perspective, besides the NFC East rivalry factor, their playoff hopes are on the line.

At 5-7, winning their final four games is key. Losing 37-31 to the 3-9 Miami Dolphins on Sunday did not help their cause. But with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 6-6, the division is still a two-team race.

The Eagles have been inconsistent all season, including on the defensive side of the ball. They took the field in Miami as a 10-point favorite. Then Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended up throwing for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

So, the Birds will likely take the field with extra motivation to turn things around. They head into this matchup as losers of three-straight games.

Crazy things have been known to happen when the two teams meet. One of those matchups is even among the top games worth remembering.

However, the outcome of this one will have no impact on the PointsBet boost. It’s a Manning thing.

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.

SportsbookSpreadMoneylineTotal
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.