Gronkowski trade brings bets on Buccaneers’ Super Bowl odds

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Rob Gronkowski engineered a trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, giving a jolt to the team’s Super Bowl odds as well as its odds to win the NFC Championship, as the gregarious tight end reunited with quarterback Tom Brady.

The news broke late Tuesday afternoon after the New England Patriots agreed to the deal, following Gronk’s one-year sabbatical, and instantly drew action on Tampa Bay’s NFL betting odds. Sportsbooks across the country quickly adjusting their NFL futures for the 2020 season.

Bucs’ Super Bowl odds

BetMGM made the biggest leap on the Gronkowski trade, with the Bucs going from 16/1 to 9/1 to win the Super Bowl, which coincidentally will be played in Tampa, Florida, on February 7, 2021. Tampa Bay trails only the Chiefs (+650) and Ravens (+700), while the 49ers are also at 9/1 at BetMGM.

“That’s an added weapon, and someone who has familiarity with Brady,” MGM Resorts sportsbooks director of trading Jeff Stoneback told Covers. “He brings a lot to the team, and obviously betting interest was already up on the Bucs with Brady. It amplifies that team quite a bit. Right now, we’re only open on the mobile app in Nevada. If the books were open for business as normal, I’m sure we’d have a flood of money the next couple weeks, and even up until the season starts.”

Even with limited capability, though, oddsmakers had the Bucs on the move. Jeff Davis, director of trading for Caesars sportsbooks, initially held Tampa Bay at 17/1 to win the Super Bowl, but quickly shifted to 14/1.

“I was going to leave Super Bowl at 17/1, but we took a bet on it almost immediately,” Davis said.

The Chiefs are the No. 1 choice at Caesars, with 4/1 odds to repeat as champions, followed by the 49ers (7/1), Ravens (8/1) and Cowboys (11/1). The Saints and Seahawks joined the Bucs at 14/1.

Buccaneers’ Super Bowl Odds Moves

Sportsbook Pre-Gronkowski Trade Odds Post-Gronkowski Trade Odds
BetMGM 16/1 9/1
Caesars 17/1 14/1
Circa Sports 15/1 11/1
DraftKings 14/1 12/1
PointsBet USA 16/1 14/1
FanDuel 17/1 12/1


NFC Championship Odds

Caesars books were a quick mover here, as well, but with a modest shift on the Buccaneers from 8/1 to 7/1 to win the NFC title. As with Super Bowl odds, BetMGM made a stronger move on Tampa Bay’s NFC championship odds, from 8/1 to +475.

Once the shutdown lifts and sportsbooks return to full operations – retail and mobile – Stoneback expects the Bucs to continue garnering plenty of public betting interest. In fact, he drew a parallel to the NFL’s previous public flavor of the day.

“This kind of compares to the scenario last year with the Cleveland Browns,” he said. “They picked up Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield was going into his second year, and the Browns were a team that everybody was excited about.”

While the Browns fizzled, though, going 6-10 SU and 5-10-1 ATS, Stoneback believes there’ll be a lot more bang with the Bucs.

“Brady-Gronkowski is a proven combination. They have that history between them, and you know they can click,” Stoneback said, alluding to the 90 touchdown passes Brady threw to Gronk over nine seasons in New England. “From this point on, I’d be shocked if the Buccaneers weren’t No. 1 in most tickets written to win the Super Bowl and the NFC.”

Buccaneers’ NFC Championship Odds Moves

Sportsbook Pre-Gronkowski Trade Odds Post-Gronkowski Trade Odds
BetMGM 8/1 +475
Caesars 8/1 7/1
Circa Sports 7/1 5/1
DraftKings +750 +650

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1


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.


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

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

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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)


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)


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