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Bargain hunting is half the thrill of NFL betting and a core part of one’s budgeting.
In the NJ sports betting world, sportsbooks compete for your business the way credit card companies do. Odds boosts, or special offers, are designed to spike wagering activity and recruit new business.
When bettors find offers that play into their feelings about the games, they obtain value.
Here’s a look at NFL Week Four odds boosts.
Fox Bet rolls out can’t-lose Eagles offer
For once, the Philadelphia Eagles can’t lose, even as 7-point underdogs to the San Francisco 49ers.
This Fox Bet NJ offer entitles new and existing customers to get their money back as a free bet. Yep, even if the Eagles lose on Sunday.
Here are the basics:
- The maximum wager is $50.
- Offer applies only to an Eagles moneyline wager.
- No opt-in necessary.
- Only one bet per customer.
This is one method bettors like to use to pad their bankrolls. Free bets have become a significant part of NJ sports betting offers.
Compile them, use them wisely and try to turn a freebie into a nice wagering hit.
Scoring with Alvin Kamara + Nick Chubb
What are the chances Alvin Kamara and Nick Chubb each score a touchdown this week?
Before answering that question, Fox Bet has boosted the player prop up to +300 from +200.
This one is tempting, because Chubb is a force for the new-look Cleveland Browns offense. His team is facing a Dallas Cowboys defense that has given up 77 points in its last two games.
Kamara is the New Orleans Saints offense. He handles the ball so often that he’s a good bet to score — especially against the Detroit Lions
Why You Like It: The boost from +200 to +300 makes this one worth considering. The players simply need to score a touchdown. The final scores are irrelevant.
Why You Sweat It: Chubb splits carries with Kareem Hunt. And while he’s a powerful back, Cleveland does not block well for him on the goal line. Hunt, who is more elusive and hits the line a little faster, gains a considerable share of carries near the end zone.
That cuts into Chubb’s action.
Chubb scored twice last week against Washington, on runs of 16 and 20 yards. That’s the area of the field bettors generally need him to score from.
More NFL odds boosts from Fox Bet
Sunday’s game between the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots is a biggie.
So here’s a Fox Bet odds boost worth pondering.
Will Patrick Mahomes throw three touchdowns and his Chiefs beat the Pats? It has been upgraded to +200.
Then there is the Monday Night Football game.
Will the 3-0 Green Bay Packers to win every quarter against the 0-3 Atlanta Falcons?
It has been hiked to +850. It’s tough for any team to sweep all four quarters, but it happens.
DraftKings Sportsbook + vig busters
Any offers that boost the price by 10% or more remove the vig. This is the price paid to the books for the privilege of handling your action.
Here’s a good one from DraftKings Sportsbook if you like the Seattle Seahawks, Saints and Tampa Bay Bucs to triumph on Sunday. Hit all three, and it’s boosted from +168 to +210.
That’s a significant hike over general market odds for this offer, if that package appeals to you.
Seattle visits the Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay hosts the Los Angeles Chargers, and New Orleans visits the Detroit Lions.
Here’s another odds boost that has taken a bet from unplayable to playable.
Quarterbacks Russell Wilson of Seattle and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans each throwing two touchdowns has been boosted from -147 to -115.
Wilson is usually a lock for two scores. Watson often is iffy, but he does have a porous Minnesota Vikings defense in front of him in Week Four.
FanDuel Sportsbook + alternate line bonanza
This one is fun.
FanDuel Sportsbook changes and essentially teases the lines on three games by about a touchdown each in the bettor’s favor. And it boosts the odds to +170.
How would you like the Patriots at +14.5 against the Chiefs, or the Baltimore Ravens only -5.5 against the Washington Football Team? How does the Packers at +0.5 against the Falcons sound?
You have to hit them all in order for this bet to pay out, but this provides bettors about an extra touchdown on all three teams.
Alternate lines change prices. Gamblers are paying for the better odds, but when the price is then boosted, a player obtains value.
In a smaller version of this format, the Eagles get 8.5 against the 49ers, the Chiefs give 5.5 to the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills give the Las Vegas Raiders -2.5.
This is a minor tweak, but the tinker in the line boosts the payout from +405 to +450.
FanDuel also has a super boost regarding the Baltimore-Washington game on Sunday.
The Ravens are giving 12.5 rather than the posted -14.
Patrons who take them and hit will get +110 rather than the original -115.
There’s a premium of 25 base points in that formula. Rather than paying the book 15% to take the bet, gamblers are getting 10%.
If you like the Ravens to cover that number, this is an excellent wager.
Listen to these words: BetMGM has a free-to-play offer
Here is something risk-free.
BetMGM sportsbook has a promotion that issues free bets for patrons who can predict the first touchdown scorer of three specified games.
Here’s the best part: There is no cost to enter.
This is how it works:
- BetMGM will feature three games in its Pick 3 First TD Challenge every week.
- Pick one correctly and you receive $5 in free bets.
- Two correct predictions equal $10 in free bets.
- Hit all three and that’s $100 freebies.
- The free bets can then be redeemed via online or mobile and must be used as a single bet within seven days of being credited to your account.
That will usually be within 24 hours of the correct selections. So figure you will be playing them in the following week’s games.
Of course, free bets cannot be redeemed for cash.
Call it a long shot with no risk.
Sometimes risk-free NFL betting can be a win-win.
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