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October 21, 2018

World Series Betting Preview: It’s Time For The Fall Classic Of NJ Sports Betting

Grant Lucas October 21, 2018
World Series Betting

For the first time, legalized sports betting permeates in New Jersey as the World Series takes center stage.

The Commissioner’s Trophy sits within grasp of the American League champion Boston Red Sox and the NL champ Los Angeles Dodgers. For up to seven games, through as late as Halloween night, two of the most storied franchises will battle for the coveted world championship.

The last and only other meeting between these historic teams took place during the heart of World War I. The most impressive pitching display during that series came from the big bopper himself Babe Ruth, who gave up a first-inning run but then held the then-Brooklyn Robins scoreless over the next 13 innings. Del Gainer then provided a walk-off single to win Game 2 in the bottom of the 14th inning for Boston, which went on to take the series in five games.

That game still stands as the longest World Series contest played, though it has twice been matched: Game 3 of the 2005 Series, Game 1 of the 2015 Series.

Los Angeles has gone 30 years without a World Series title, the crack of Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run still echoing, though fading, in Chavez Ravine. Boston, meanwhile, long ago broke its curse. In fact, the Red Sox have won each of their last three appearances in the Fall Classic: 2013, 2007, 2004.

Who ya got?

Boston won a franchise-record 108 games this season, 16 more than the Dodgers, who return to the World Series for the second straight season. The highest-scoring team in the bigs, Boston, squares up against a Dodgers team that allowed the second-fewest runs in the league.

So the question becomes, with New Jersey sports betting lines below: Who ya got in the Series?

SportsbookBostonLA Dodgers
DraftKings-167+130
BetStars8/13 11/8
FanDuel-150 +135
SugarHouse-155 +127
888sport-167+130
Caesars-155+140
William Hill-155+140
MGM-155-135

Just so you don’t frantically jump online every day to see if the Series continues any given day, here’s the schedule, with Games 5-7 obviously played only if necessary:

  • Game 1 at Boston Tuesday, 8:09 p.m. ET
  • Game 2 at Boston Wednesday, 8:09 p.m. ET
  • Game 3 at Los Angeles Friday, 8:09 p.m. ET
  • Game 4 at Los Angeles Saturday, 8:09 p.m. ET
  • Game 5 at Los Angeles Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Game 6 at Boston Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m. ET
  • Game 7 at Boston Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m. ET

Game 1 moneylines

Not interested in a drawn-out, waiting-for-the-final-pitch-to-see-if-you-won-your-wager? Below are Game 1 moneylines from NJ sportsbooks:

SportsbookMoneylineSpreadOver/Under
DraftKingsBOS -150/LA +123BOS -1 (-117)/LA +1 (-105)7.5 (+104/-125)
BetStarsBOS -162/LA +135BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-162)7.5 (+105/-125)
FanDuelBOS -148/LA +130BOS -1.5 (+148)/LA +1.5 (-166)7.5 (-102/-114)
SugarHouseBOS -143/LA +128BOS -1.5 (+143)/LA +1.5 (-177)*7.5 (+104/-125)^
888sportBOS -150/LA +123BOS -1 (-117)/LA +1 (-105)7.5 (+104/-125)
CaesarsBOS -150/LA +135BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)7.5 (+100/-120)
William HillBOS -145/LA +135BOS -1.5 (+145)/LA +1.5 (-165)7.5 (+105/-125)
MGMBOS -155/LA +140BOS -1.5 (+135)/LA +1.5 (-155)7.5 (+105/-125)

Props, props, propspropsprops

Forget the traditional run spread, over/under and moneyline. Let’s have some fun with some in-game betting and alternate futures.

Does Boston pick up the first Fall Classic sweep since 2012 (which the Sox did in their last two World Series appearances)? FanDuel Sportsbook gives the No. 1 team in baseball a +1000 payout. Maybe the Dodgers get the upset, in a sweep, for their first title since 1988? That earns a +1600 payout from 888 Sportsbook.

In Game 1, does Boston starter Chris Sale, fresh from a faux injury caused by a belly button ring, strike out 6 or fewer batters after averaging nearly nine per game? That will pay +120 via 888. Does Sale help the Sox post a shutout, which Boston has not done since the 2013 ALCS? BetStars NJ lists that possibility at +500. (On the flip side, a Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers shutout pays +650 via BetStars.)

Props abound with NJ sportsbooks. Game 1 home run by Boston MVP candidate Mookie Betts+725 via 888. Total runs in Game 1 as an odd or even number: 888 has -160 for odd, +136 for even. Which team scores first? Dodgers (-124 with FanDuel) or Red Sox (+106 with FanDuel)?

Striking first proves vital. After all, in the MLB, the first team to light up the scoreboard goes on to win roughly 65 percent of the time. That fact holds more than just water: Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the team to win Game 1 goes on to claim the World Series title 63 percent of the time.

NFL Week 7 Lines And NJ Betting Guide

Marco Cerino October 21, 2018
MNF Week 10

After another exciting week of late finishes and upsets, we look forward to Week 7 of the NFL season. This is the first week with four teams on bye so there are only 14 games on the slate. Below you’ll be able to compare how New Jersey sportsbooks are attacking the Week 7 NFL spreads and totals. Be on the lookout for updated lines all week, along video analysis from our friends at PlayPicks.com.

(Odds updated 10/21/18)

 DraftKingsFanDuelSugarHouseBetStars888sportMGMCaesarsWill Hill
Denver
Arizona
-1
42.5
-1
42.5
-1
42.5
-1
40.5
-1
42.5
-1.5
42.5
-1
42.5
-1
42.5
Tennessee
LA Chargers
45.5
-6.5
45
-6.5
45.5
-6.5
45.5
-6.5
45.5
-6.5
45
-6.5
45.5
-6.5
45
-6.5
Carolina
Philadelphia
45.5
-4.5
45
-5
45.5
-4.5
45
-4.5
45.5
-4.5
45
-5
45.5
-4.5
45.5
-4.5
Buffalo
Indianapolis
43
-7
43
-7.5
43
-7
43
-7.5
43
-7
43
-7
43
-7.5
43
-7.5
Cleveland
Tampa Bay
49.5
-3.5
49.5
-3
49.5
-3
50.5
-3.5
49.5
-3
49.5
-3
50.5
-3.5
50
-3.5
Houston
Jacksonville
41.5
-5
42
-4.5
41.5
-5
42
-5
41.5
-5
41.5
-5
42.5
-4.5
42.5
-5
Minnesota
NY Jets
-3.5
47
-3.5
46
-3.5
47
-3.5
46
-3.5
47
-3
47
-3
47
-3.5
46.5
Detroit
Miami
-3
46.5
-3
47
-3
46.5
-3
46.5
-3
46.5
-3
46.5
-3
46.5
-3
47
NE Patriots
Chicago
-1
48.5
-1.5
49.5
-1
48.5
-1.5
49
-1
48.5
-1
48.5
-1.5
48.5
-1
49.5
NO Saints
Baltimore
50
-2.5
50
-2.5
50
-2.5
50
-2.5
50
-2.5
49.5
-2.5
49.5
-2.5
49.5
-2.5
Dallas
Washington
-1
41.5
-1
42
-1
41.5
-1
41.5
-1
41.5
-1.5
41.5
-1
41.5
-1
41.5
LA Rams
SF 49ers
-8.5
52.5
-9
52.5
-8.5
52.5
-8.5
52
-8.5
52.5
-9
52.5
-9.5
52.5
-9.5
52
Cincinnati
KC Chiefs
58
-6
57.5
-6
58
-6
58
-6
58
-6
58
-6
58
-6
58
-6
NY Giants
Atlanta
54
-4
54
-4
54
-4
54.5
-3.5
54
-4
54
-3.5
54
-3.5
54.5
-4

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Week 7 betting breakdown

Denver (-1) at Arizona: Broncos get the nod from the books despite not winning yet on the road. Might be the recency bias as they covered against the Rams at home. The Cards have lost all their home games but are 2-1 ATS.

Tennessee vs. LA Chargers (-6.5) in London: A 6:30 a.m. local kickoff for the Bolts, so fans in LA will get home from their Saturday night festivities just in time for kickoff. Philip Rivers enters 6-1 against the Titans.

Carolina at Philadelphia (-4.5): Philly won last year’s meeting at Carolina on a Thursday night. Fanduel is giving the home team a half-point extra value.

New England (-1) at Chicago: Another week, another Brady vs. rising star QB matchup. Brady enters 4-0 against the Bears. FanDuel was the first to price this game in NJ.

Minnesota (-3) at NY Jets: This might be a case of regional bias with the books expecting the Jets to stay hot at home against a Super Bowl contender. Kirk Cousins lost his only start against the Jets while playing for Washington in 2015.

Cleveland at Tampa Bay (-3.5): Two Heisman-winning QBs face off, both coming off a loss. Tampa has won three of the last four in this series.

Houston at Jacksonville (-4.5): This game will help settle the three-way logjam atop the AFC South. Since 2011, whoever wins the season’s first matchup has won the second (5 of 7 times it’s been the Texans). BetStars and William Hill have a half-point extra value on the over.

Buffalo at Indianapolis (-7.5): Books waited until Tuesday for the injury status of Bills QB Josh Allen, who has been ruled out for the game. Derek Anderson will get the start under center. Andrew Luck is 1-1 SU and ATS in his career against the Bills.

Detroit (-3) at Miami: This game wasn’t posted until mid-week when the Dolphins named Brock Osweiler the starting QB for the second straight week. Matthew Stafford won (and covered) his only previous career start against Miami.

New Orleans at Baltimore (-2.5): The Ravens get the recency bias after their dominant win at Tennessee but the Saints have had an extra week of rest coming off the bye.

Dallas (-1) at Washington: Both teams played well in home wins last week. Dak Prescott enters 4-0 in starts against the division rivals and covered both times in Landover. Curious to see how the NJ bettors move this game between the NFC foes.

LA Rams (-9) at San Francisco: The Rams keep winning but haven’t covered in the last two weeks. William Hill has a half-point extra value on the Niners, while FanDuel opened with a full extra point on the spread.

Cincinnati at Kansas City (-6): In the first SNF “flex game” of the season, both teams enter off gut-wrenching late losses. Andy Dalton won both career starts against the Chiefs.

NY Giants at Atlanta (-3.5): Matt Ryan and Eli Manning have split their four meetings, with the Falcons winning the only one in Atlanta. FanDuel holds the most pro-Giants positions of the NJ books, offering a half-point extra value to the visitors and the under as of Monday.