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2020 March Madness odds: Three teams co-favored to win

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We are less than a month away from tournament tip-off and as the hype for March Madness grows, we give you a rundown on the odds for the top teams to take home this year’s NCAA men’s college basketball championship.

In what is easily the most wide-open field we have seen in years, there is a three-way logjam as favorite to cut down the nets on April 6 as Kansas, Baylor, and Gonzaga all top the list with +1,000 odds. Duke and Louisville, the two top teams in the ACC, come in next at +1,400 and +1,600, respectively, while undefeated San Diego State gives bettors odds of +1,800.

Oddsmakers at Bet365, one of the most popular online sportsbooks in the world, aren’t expecting a repeat champion as the Virginia Cavaliers sit at +5,500. Texas Tech, the 2019 runner up, comes in at +6,000.

Here are the updated odds for the Top 40 betting favorites:

Odds to win 2020 March Madness

Team Odds to win March Madness
Kansas Jayhawks +1,000
Baylor Bears +1,000
Gonzaga Bulldogs +1,000
Duke Blue Devils +1,400
Louisville Cardinals +1,600
San Diego State Aztecs +1,800
Dayton Flyers +2,000
Kentucky Wildcats +2,200
Maryland Terrapins +2,200
Oregon Ducks +2,500
Michigan State Spartans +2,500
Seton Hall Pirates +2,800
Auburn Tigers +3,000
Florida State Seminoles +3,300
Villanova Wildcats +3,300
Arizona Wildcats +4,000
Penn State Nittany Lions +4,000
West Virginia Mountaineers +4,000
Michigan Wolverines +4,500
Ohio State Buckeyes +4,500
Butler Bulldogs +5,000
Creighton Bluejays +5,500
Virginia Cavaliers +5,500
Houston Cougars +6,000
Texas Tech Red Raiders +6,000
Illinois Fighting Illini +6,000
Colorado Buffaloes +6,000
Xavier Muskateers +7,000
Iowa Hawkeyes +7,000
Purdue Boilermakers +7,000
Marquette Golden Eagles +7,000
Wichita State Shockers +7,000
North Carolina Tar Heels +8,000
Memphis Tigers +8,000
Arkansas Razorbacks +8,000
Saint Mary’s Gaels +8,000
LSU Tigers +9,000
Florida Gators +9,000
Wisconsin Badgers +9,000
Tennessee Volunteers +9,000

Understanding March Madness futures odds

Sportsbooks will post odds for the NCAA men’s basketball championship as early as the summer before the season starts. These odds are constantly adjusted throughout the offseason as players get hurt, suspended or are traded. Once the season begins in November, title odds will change as often as daily as teams win and lose games and as players get hurt or suspended. Sportsbooks will also adjust the March Madness futures odds based on handle and liability to certain teams.

March Madness futures odds will usually look like this:

  • Kansas Jayhawks +1,000

This means that on a $100 bet, you’ll stand to win $1,100 if the Jayhawks win the NCAA men’s basketball title. If it’s close to the end of the regular season or even during the tournament and college basketball has a very dominant team, you might see that a team is has a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.

  • Duke Blue Devils -120

This means that you would need to bet $120 to win $100 on a Duke championship.

Above we have posted the American odds for March Madness futures. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.

How to bet college basketball futures

Predicting the winner of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is one of the hardest things to do in sports betting. The lose-and-go-home format and the fact that a school needs to win six straight games against quality opponents means that the favorites don’t always take home the title.

Another factor that comes into play is that the tournament bracket isn’t set until Selection Sunday, which falls on March 15, 2020, this year. As the college basketball season winds down, you can be pretty sure that the big favorites will slide into the bracket as top seeds. But for teams in the middle of the pack, nothing is certain. Take a team like North Carolina as an example. They sit within the Top 40 betting favorites at +8,000 but the Tar Heels are in the middle of a losing season and would likely need an ACC tournament win to go dancing in 2020.

As always when betting futures odds, be sure to look into injuries and suspensions. You might find some current value in a team that is expecting to get a key player back before March Madness begins.

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

MLB picks and predictions for Opening Day

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It was a long and scary road, but we finally get MLB betting back on Thursday, July 23. Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened 60-game baseball schedule is headlined by a pair of matchups, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers rekindling their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants.

Like we do each MLB season (COVID-19 or not), we’ll be taking a swing at today’s baseball odds and giving our best MLB picks and predictions. Up first: Opening Day 2020.

MLB picks for today

New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was supposed to miss the start of the season back in the spring, but the delay to the 2020 campaign allowed the outfielder to heal up from broken ribs and return to his longball-launching self.

Judge looked great in New York’s warmup games, albeit for a limited number of at-bats. He went 3-for-7 with all three hits leaving the ballpark. And he wasn’t alone, with the Yankees’ other power bats providing plenty of pop around him in the order. He’ll get a chance to go yard again on Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Aaron Judge home run (+210)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants are no strangers to Clayton Kershaw, who has long dominated the Dodgers’ divisional foes. In 49 career appearances against San Francisco, The Claw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and has allowed just 0.71 hits per innings pitched in those starts.

The Giants don’t pose much of an offensive threat, averaging 8.22 hits per game in 2019. San Francisco has managed 45 total hits in its last eight starts against Kershaw – an average of 0.86 hits per inning faced. Given the Dodgers’ ace looked ready for work in his tune-up efforts, we could see him go seven innings or more on Thursday, panning out to a little over six hits for San Fran.

PREDICTION: Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)

Mookie Betts has reportedly landed a whale of a contract extension with the Dodgers after joining the ballclub this offseason via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. And what better way to lock down that deal than an impressive effort on Opening Day.

Betts recorded 313 total bases in 2019 (30th) and 353 in 2018 (fourth). He’s been swinging well in training sessions this offseason: in 27 at-bats during the spring/summer schedule, he has 13 total bases, including two doubles and a home run, while hitting leadoff during Summer Camp. We like that to continue into Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)

Top MLB consensus for today

Want to know who today’s biggest MLB betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top MLB consensus picks.

Opening Day betting card

  • Aaron Judge home run (+210)
  • Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
  • Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)