Super Bowl bettors will need all the time between now and the night of Super Bowl 55 to analyze all the offers that Las Vegas sports betting offers. The Westgate Superbook released its set Thursday night: 32 pages of betting options that go way beyond the standard point spread, the money line and over / under. (The Las Vegas sun published the whole map.)
There’s the standard fare, like alternative point spreads, head-to-head matches and who will score first. And then there’s the weird stuff, especially the cross-sports matches.
The books have noticed how popular these bets have become and this year the Superbook has mixed soccer with basketball, soccer, hockey, golf, tennis and even rugby to produce a set of props. breathtaking. Some of them even involve future bets.
Here are five examples of the strangest of odds, with a free SN handicap added:
James Harden points on February 6 / Chiefs-Bucs points in the first half (KC-TB -0.5)
Harden and the Nets will play the day before the big game in Philadelphia against the 76ers. This could result in a refund, however, for two reasons: 1. The NBA game must be played on February 6 for there to be action, and the league regularly postponing games due to COVID- 19 (the Sixers know all about that), a game on this date is not a giveaway; 2. Harden needs to play for there to be action, but the Nets will be on the second night of a back-to-back. Brooklyn will face the Raptors at home on February 5. Illness, injury, or simply a decision to rest Harden could derail this in advance. If it goes forward, consider: Harden is averaging 24.1 points for the season; the first half plus / minus of the Superbook for the Super Bowl is 27.5.
Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoff Wins / Bucs First Half TDs (Pick ’em)
This is the kind of quirky stuff we’re talking about. The local NHL team is pitted against the NFC champions. If the Golden Knights make it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2021 (they lead the West Division after two weeks), they could win a maximum of four playoffs in the current 16-team format. This assumes the playoffs are not changed because of COVID-19 or some other reason. The Buccaneers have scored 31 first-half touchdowns in the 2020 regular season, or 1.94 per game. Will Vegas do a deep race this summer? Will Tampa Bay score in early clusters against Kansas City? Yes?
Goals by Lionel Messi / touchdowns by Travis Kelce (Kelce -140, Messi +120)
Kelce is slightly favored in this game. He had 11 touchdowns in the regular season and three more in the AFC playoffs. Tampa bay authorized allowed nine touchdowns on tight ends in the regular season, according to Pro Football Reference. Messi has scored 11 goals in 17 La Liga appearances until January 28. The Blaugrana will be absent from Real Betis on February 7. Real Betis are eighth in the La Liga table until January 28, but more importantly, they are tied with Granada for most goals conceded with 34 in 20 appearances. Messi an outsider? Yes please.
Australian Open tennis men’s final sets total / Patrick Mahomes attempts (Mahomes -0.5)
Again, this may have to be paid back, as COVID-19 threatens to wreak havoc with the Australian Open. The start of the tournament has already been postponed to February 7 in the United States, the night of the Super Bowl, and the final is scheduled for February 21. If the match goes ahead, then start with the men’s final baseline being the best. of five sets. A runner-up could retire before the third set, but that’s almost a guarantee that the game will be three, four or five. Mahomes has rushed 62 times in 15 regular season games (4.13 per game). A few pushes, a few knees at the end of half time and / or the game, and you’ve got a competitive prop.
Points in Six Nations Rugby Ireland-Wales / Rob Gronkowski’s receiving yards (IRE-WAL -8.5)
Start with Gronk: He averaged 38.9 yards per game in the regular season, but just 14.3 per game in the playoffs, on just two catches overall. Tom Brady found Gronkowski for a 29-yard gain in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. The Chiefs defense, meanwhile, allowed 59.6 yards per game on tight ends in the regular season, placing her 28th in the NFL. As for Ireland-Wales, the countries met in November in Dublin, with Ireland winning 32-9. The return leg will take place in Cardiff on February 7. In the last five matches between the rivals, the totals have been 32, 39, 29, 38 and 41.