Betting on Demi Lovato and the National Anthem odds for Super Bowl LIV

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Three things that America loves are football, the Star Spangled Banner, and a comeback story. All those things collide at Super Bowl LIV as Demi Lovato performs the National Anthem.

We at Covers also love wagering on sports and one of the most popular Super Bowl proposition bets (something even a non-football fan can root for) is the length of the National Anthem. We break down the odds for this always-entertaining Super Bowl betting option: 

First-timers betting this prop should know that most sportsbooks (the ones that allow it. Legal U.S.-based books, like those in Las Vegas, can’t offer betting on the National Anthem) grade the beginning and end time only when the singer begins and ends singing. Any music intro or ending doesn’t tack on to the total run time for the bet.

While the Over/Under for this wager was set at 1:50 last year (and could be had as low as 1:47 when it opened), many were expecting the 74-year-old Gladys Knight to not have the lung capacity she possessed in her younger days. But unlike Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50, Knight performed like she was in her prime, clocking in at an “official” time of 1:53.

However, the anthem had as much controversy as the infamous “Tuck Rule”. Knight sang the word brave twice, going through her second brave at precisely the O/U time of 1:50. Thankfully, some sportsbooks paid out both Over and Under bettors.

The O/U for how long it takes Lovato to sing the anthem has been set around 1:56 at many operators. We compiled the National Anthem times for the last 20 renditions below, and wouldn’t you know it, the average run time over that period is 116.6 seconds or just over 1:56.

Year Super Bowl Performer Music Genre Time
2019 Super Bowl 53 Gladys Knight Soul, R&B 1:53
2018 Super Bowl 52 Pink Pop 1:52
2017 Super Bowl 51 Luke Bryant Country 2:04
2016 Super Bowl 50 Lady Gaga Pop 2:09
2015 Super Bowl 49 Idina Menzel Pop 2:04
2014 Super Bowl 48 Renee Fleming Opera 1:54
2013 Super Bowl 47 Alicia Keys Pop 2:35
2012 Super Bowl 46 Kelly Clarkson Pop 1:34
2011 Super Bowl 45 Christina Aguilera Pop 1:54
2010 Super Bowl 44 Carrie Underwood Country 1:47
2009 Super Bowl 43 Jennifer Hudson R&B 2:10
2008 Super Bowl 42 Jordin Sparks Pop 1:54
2007 Super Bowl 41 Billy Joel Rock ‘n’ Roll 1:30
2006 Super Bowl 40 Aaron Neville & Aretha Franklin Soul 2:08
2005 Super Bowl 39 US Military Academy Choirs Traditional 1:52
2004 Super Bowl 38 Beyonce Pop 2:09
2003 Super Bowl 37 Dixie Chicks Country 1:36
2002 Super Bowl 36 Mariah Carey Pop 1:56
2001 Super Bowl 35 Backstreet Boys Pop 1:50
2000 Super Bowl 34 Faith Hill Country 2:01

For those who aren’t familiar with Lovato, the 27-year-old award-winning singer is the daughter of a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and got her start on the small screen when she appeared in Barney and Friends at the age of 10 (seriously, we would not make this up).

Lovato released her first studio album just six years later and has since received numerous awards and nominations for her muscial accomplishments while also acting and serving as a judge on The X Factor USA. She has also struggled with substance abuse problems over the years and has been vocal about her ongoing recovery, a journey which has been an inspiration to many.

This is not Lovato’s first rodeo. She has sung the Star Spangled Banner at four MLB games and one boxing event. Of course, being the dedicated researchers (and gambling degenerates) we are, we timed every one of those performances and found her average was 116 seconds.

That said, as any sports fan knows, it’s not always about the average when trying to predict future performance. It’s about what athletes have done lately. Let’s take a look at each one of those renditions:

Event Year Time
Dallas Cowboys Game 2008 1:52
World Series, Game 5 2011 1:49
World Series, Game 4 2012 1:50
World Series, Game 4 2015 1:58
Mayweather vs McGregor Fight 2017 2:11

As you can see, Lovato has ramped up the length of her performances, topping out at an incredible 131 seconds before the Mayweather-McGregor bout. She has also developed a tendency to take a deep breath after “land of the free,” which allows her to hold the final note for a longer period of time. We’re backing a prime Demi Lovato to go Over the number on Super Bowl Sunday.

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1

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Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Injuries

Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

Betting Trend to Know

Canucks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. Find the latest NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Golden Knights.

MONEYLINE PICK

The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)

OVER/UNDER PICK

Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)

PROP PICK

Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook