NFL betting odds on the move after Patriots sign Cam Newton

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NFL betting got a jolt Sunday night from a source that shouldn’t be surprising, as the New England Patriots announced the signing of free-agent quarterback Cam Newton. That sent bookmakers scrambling to reconfigure NFL futures numbers, particularly with regard to Super Bowl odds and AFC championship odds.

PointsBet USA, The SuperBook at Westgate and FanDuel Sportsbook chimed in on Patriots odds moves in several markets, as well as a sizable adjustment in Newton’s NFL MVP odds.

What are the Patriots’ Super Bowl odds after signing Cam Newton?

With Tom Brady having moved on to the Buccaneers, the Patriots’ Super Bowl odds slipped over the past couple of months and were at +2,500 before Sunday’s news. After signing Cam Newton, PointsBet USA moved the Pats to +2,000, trailing just six other teams: Kansas City (+500), Baltimore (+600), San Francisco (+900), Tampa Bay and New Orleans (+1,100) and Dallas (+1,700). The Seahawks and Eagles are also at +2,000.

“Even not assuming health, Cam Newton is probably a QB upgrade to Jarrett Stidham. And assuming health, he’s a substantial upgrade,” PointsBet USA director of communications Patrick Eichner said.

The SuperBook adjusted New England from +4,000 to +3,000 in its Super Bowl odds market, behind 10 other teams, and bettors were interested right away.

“We’ve gotten quite a few Super Bowl and conference bets. Small bets, though,” SuperBook manager Derek Wilkinson said.

FanDuel moved the Pats from +2,300 to +1,700.

What are the Patriots’ AFC championship odds after signing Cam Newton?

At The SuperBook, the Pats moved from +2,000 to +1,500 to win the AFC. That puts New England fifth behind Kansas City +200, Baltimore +250, Indianapolis +1,000 and Pittsburgh +1,200. Interestingly, AFC East rival Buffalo is also +1,500 to win the AFC.

New England made a modest move at PointsBet USA, from +1,200 to +1,000 on the AFC championship odds board. The Patriots are now the third choice to win the conference title, behind the Chiefs (+225) and Ravens (+275). At FanDuel, the Pats shifted from +1,000 to +700, behind only the Chiefs (+310) and Ravens (+340).

What are the Patriots’ AFC East odds after signing Cam Newton?

After losing Tom Brady, New England no longer was the favorite to win the AFC East, for the first time in seemingly forever. With the acquisition of Newton, however, the Patriots are back in the top spot, moving from +140 to +115 at PointsBet USA, while the Bills adjusted from +110 to +130.

“The Pats’ odds saw quick adjustments across the board,” Eichner said.

The SuperBook made the Patriots co-favorites with the Bills in the AFC East, as New England moved from +150 to +130, and Buffalo slipped from +120 to +130.

What are Cam Newton’s MVP odds?

This was a major mover at The SuperBook. Wilkinson said his shop tightened Newton’s MVP odds from +30,000 to +4,000, but as the news broke, a sharp bet slid in at the far higher number.

“One wiseguy got me on the mobile app for $100 on MVP 300/1 before I could move it,” he said.

In addition, the prop bet of where Cam Newton would land was on the board at FanDuel and Draftkings. The Patriots were +500 at FanDuel and +650 at DraftKings, and the largest payouts at each were on bets of $250 ($1,250 win) and $300 ($1,950 win), respectively.

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