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NFL odds for Super Bowl LV: Brady to Bucs shakes up futures betting

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With most of the big names in free agency signed to contracts (with the exception of Jadeveon Clowney and Cam Newton), the Super Bowl LV futures odds have seen some changes with the big one being Tampa Bay’s ascent after signing six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

The GOAT heading to Tampa Bay has given instant credibility to a Buccaneers team featuring a talented young defense and a couple of terrific wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Bucs have seen their odds to win the Super Bowl rise to +1600, which ties them with Brady’s previous team New England.

In addition to the loss of Brady, the Pats also saw three starters depart from their front seven (Danny Shelton, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins) and have failed to add any impact players via free agency or trade. It looks like the end of an era in Foxboro but Belichick and company still have better odds than 24 teams in the league.

The defending Super Bowl Champions the Kansas City Chiefs have the best title odds at +600, followed closely by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens (+700). The Ravens had the top regular season record in the NFL last season but were upset in their Divisional Round matchup with the Titans.

In third place are last year’s NFC champion the San Francisco 49ers who traded away Pro Bowl lineman DeForest Buckner but managed to get a Top-15 draft pick in return.

The Panthers have been through a rough offseason even before cutting former MVP Newton who barely played in 2019 anyway. One of the best defensive players in the league in linebacker Luke Keuchly retired in January while Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Vernon Butler, Mario Addison, Bruce Irvin, Eric Reid and James Bradbury have all departed as well. The Panthers have +6600 odds which is higher than only the Lions, Bengals and Redskins.

Here are the Super Bowl LV odds for every team in the NFL:


Team Odds to win
Kansas City Chiefs +600
Baltimore Ravens +700
San Francisco 49ers +800
New Orleans Saints +1,100
Green Bay Packers +1,600
New England Patriots +1,600
Philadelphia Eagles +1,600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1,600
Seattle Seahawks +1,800
Pittsburgh Steelers +1,800
Dallas Cowboys +2,000
Buffalo Bills +2,200
Minnesota Vikings +2,500
Los Angeles Rams +2,500
Indianapolis Colts +2,800
Tennessee Titans +2,800
Cleveland Browns +2,800
Los Angeles Chargers +2,800
Chicago Bears +3,300
Los Vegas Raiders +3,300
Houston Texans +3,300
Atlanta Falcons +4,000
Denver Broncos +4,000
Arizona Cardinals +4,000
Carolina Panthers +6,600
Miami Dolphins +6,600
New York Jets +6,600
New York Giants +6,600
Jacksonville Jaguars +6,600
Detroit Lions +8,000
Cinncinati Bengals +8,000
Washington Redskins +10,000

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 company 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 and the draft. For example, a devastating injury to a starting quarterback on any of the top teams in the league would likely cause them to plummit down the futures odds board.

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.

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)