Super Bowl LV Odds: Chiefs favored to repeat

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It has been a little less than a month since the Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Lombardi Trophy and were crowned the champions of Super Bowl LIV, but since then we have already seen a few personnel changes that have altered the look of the NFL. With that being said, we look way ahead to 2021 and bring you the favorites, longshots, and all the odds in between to win Super Bowl LV.

Popular online sportsbook Bet365 brings us the odds (as of February 26, 2020) which are highlighted by none other than the Kansas City Chiefs, who open as the favorites at +650 and look to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is also the favorite to win the 2020-21 MVP award at odds of +350.

Oddsmakers have put San Francisco and Baltimore in a tie with the second-best odds to win next year’s Super Bowl at +750. Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers will be looking to bounce back from that fourth-quarter collapse to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, while Lamar Jackson will be trying to earn his first career playoff win next January.

Drew Brees is officially returning to the New Orleans Saints and they sit fourth on the odds board at +1,200, while the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers sit in a tie for fifth at +1,400.

In what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins come in with the longest odds at +12,500.

Lots will change in the coming months as NFL free agency opens on March 18 and the NFL Draft begins on April 23 so be sure to check back often for updates.

Super Bowl LV Odds

Teams Odds to win Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs +650
Baltimore Ravens +750
San Francisco 49ers +750
New Orleans Saints +1,200
New England Patriots +1,400
Green Bay Packers +1,400
Philadelphia Eagles +1,600
Pittsburgh Steelers +1,800
Seattle Seahawks +1,800
Dallas Cowboys +2,000
Minnesota Vikings +2,000
Los Angeles Rams +2,500
Tennessee Titans +2,800
Buffalo Bills +2,800
Atlanta Falcons +3,300
Cleveland Browns +3,300
Houston Texans +3,300
Indianapolis Colts +3,300
Chicago Bears +3,300
Las Vegas Raiders +3,300
Los Angeles Chargers +3,300
Carolina Panthers +5,000
Denver Broncos +5,000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5,000
New York Giants +6,600
Arizona Cardinals +6,600
New York Jets +6,600
Detroit Lions +8,000
Jacksonville Jaguars +8,000
Cincinnati Bengals +10,000
Miami Dolphins +12,500
Washington Redskins +12,500

Understanding NFL futures odds

Sportsbooks release NFL futures odds pretty much as soon the confetti is falling to mark the end of the previous football season. There are many ways to wager on NFL futures but picking the outright winner of the Super Bowl is definitely the most popular. During the offseason and preseason, you’ll be able to get a nice plus-money price on basically any team in the NFL as there is so much uncertainty around what will happen next year.

Even the current favorite, the Kansas City Chiefs, come in at +600. This means that a bettor stands to profit $600 on a $100 wager should Patrick Mahomes and co. pull off the repeat. Or perhaps you’re looking at a team with slightly longer odds. Let’s take the Dallas Cowboys as an example. Here, you can profit $2000 on a $100 wager as Mike McCarthy’s new squad has betting odds of +2,000.

Of course, futures odds are a fluid market. They can change every day based on news, injuries, suspensions, etc. And they will certainly change based around big NFL events, such as free agency or the draft. Tom Brady is the perfect example. New England’s current odds of +1,400 would assume that Brady is back in Foxborough for another season. The Pats’ odds will definitely drop should he decide to sign elsewhere.

All the odds seen above are in American format. Should you find decimal format or fractional format easier to read, simply convert the odds using our simple odds converter tool.

Where can I bet on NFL futures odds?

Pretty much any sportsbook in the world will offer NFL futures odds as it is the most popular sport in North America to bet on. However, when choosing an online sportsbook, it’s important to choose one that can be trusted, so check out our list of the top online sportsbooks in your region. You’ll also want to shop around a bit before placing a futures bet. It’s not uncommon to find odds that could profit you a few extra dollars (or hundreds of dollars, depending on your wager size) when comparing futures odds.

Find more great betting strategies in our How to Bet section and join the conversation with thousands of serious football bettors in our NFL Betting Forum.

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)