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NHL Midseason betting review: Stanley Cup futures odds and best bets

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With the NHL heading into the All-Star break we take a look the updated futures odds to win the Stanley Cup as well as the best and worst teams to wager on in terms of Moneyline, Puckline and Over/Under bets.

Despite Washington leading the way for the Presidents’ Trophy this season, Tampa Bay still has the best odds to win the Stanley Cup. The Lightning are followed by the Boston Bruins and the defending Stanley Cup champions the St. Louis Blues.

On the other hand, the Toronto Maple Leafs have fallen outside the Top-5 and now sit at +2000, while the San Jose Sharks have plummeted from a Stanley Cup contender to a +8000 long shot.

Here are every teams’ odds to win the Stanley Cup, courtesy of the Superbook at Westgate:

Teams Odds to win Stanley Cup (as of Jan 23)
Tampa Bay Lightning +600
Boston Bruins +800
St. Louis Blues +800
Washington Capitals +1,000
Colorado Avalanche +1,000
Vegas Golden Knights +1,000
Pittsburgh Penguins +1,200
Dallas Stars +1,200
Arizona Coyotes +1,600
Florida Panthers +2,000
Toronto Maple Leafs +2,000
Vancouver Canucks +2,000
Edmonton Oilers +2,500
Calgary Flames +2,500
New York Islanders +4,000
Carolina Hurricanes +4,000
Nashville Predators +4,000
Columbus Blue Jackets +4,000
Philadelphia Flyers +5,000
Winnpeg Jets +5,000
Minnesota Wild +6,000
San Jose Sharks +8,000
Montreal Canadiens +10,000
New York Rangers +10,000
Buffalo Sabres +10,000
Chicago Blackhawks +10,000
Los Angelas Kings +50,000
Anahiem Ducks +100,000
Ottawa Senators +200,000
New Jersey Devils +200,000
Detroit Red Wings +1,000,000

The Capitals don’t just have the best record in the league, they’ve also been the best Over bet as well as the top team to back on the moneyline returning a profit of +9.35 units for bettors this season.

Thanks to rookie goalie Elvis Merzlikins and a group of forwards that can’t find the back of the net, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been the NHL’s best Under bet. The top team to back on the puckline as a favorite has been the surprising Vancouver Canucks who lead the Pacific Division.

While the Golden Knights were sweating sportsbooks when they made their Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago, oddsmakers have made some of that money back this season as the Knights have been the second-worst money team in the league. The Knights are still way ahead of Detroit who has cost bettors dearly with a loss of almost 20 units.

BEST OVER BETS

Teams Over/Under
Washington Capitals 31-18
Florida Panthers 30-17
Nashville Predators 28-17
Toronto Maple Leafs 28-18
Tampa Bay Lightning 27-20

BEST UNDER BETS

Teams Over/Under
Colombus Blue Jackets 18-32
Dallas Stars 16-29
Carolina Hurricanes 21-29
San Jose Sharks 21-28
Calgary Flames 20-27

BEST MONEY BETS

Teams Total Money Won (based on 100$ bets)
Washington Capitals $935
New York Islanders $700
Colombus Blue Jackets $605
Pittsburgh Penguins $596
New York Rangers $567

WORST MONEY BETS

Teams Total Money Won (based on 100$ bets)
Detroit Red Wings $-1992
Las Vegas Golden Knights $-1010
Los Angelas Kings $-916
San Jose Sharks $-895
Toronto Maple Leafs $-829

BEST PUCKLINE TEAMS AT -1.5 

Teams Total Money Won as Puckline Favorite (PL record as favorite)
Vancouver Canucks $840 (11-12)
Colorado Avalanche $771 (14-14)
Chicago Blackhawks $480 (7-8)
Florida Panthers $410 (13-17)
New York Rangers $375 (5-5)

Wild Super Bowl LIV prop odds: Betting Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Gatorade and more

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There’s sports betting and then there’s Super Bowl betting. 

The boundless betting options can make even the most disciplined gambler wager on something as stupid as who the winning quarterback will thank first.

While the “legal options” in the United States forbid wagering on such silliness, you can still find your way deep down the rabbit hole with odds on the coin toss, a safety, and cross-sport props. And for those of us not bound by (or caring about) legal shackles, take a good long look in the mirror. Super Bowl will show you just how depraved your betting habits can be.

Let’s steer into that skid, shall we.

Below are some of the most off-the-wall betting options available for Super Bowl LIV and the varying levels of gambler you’ve got to be to pull the trigger on these props: 1. 😃 Fun-loving 2. 🤑 Action Junky 3. 😈 Dirty Degen.

Of course, these wacky Super Bowl props are meant to be fun and usually have pretty low limits, so bet responsibly even if you find yourself questioning your worth as a human being. Good luck!

NATIONAL ANTHEM

😃 Over/Under length of National Anthem: 2 minutes, 1 second

🤑 Will Demi Lovato wear a skirt/dress/shorts? Yes -250, No +170

😈 Will a scoring drive take less time than the National Anthem? Yes -250, No +170

I’ll be honest: when Demi Lovato was announced as the singer of the National Anthem for Super Bowl LIV, I immediately went to YouTube and started finding as many clips of her singing the “Star Spangled Banner” as possible. It’s pretty much the only time of the year I use the stopwatch function on my phone.

Last year, Gladys Knight punched in at this exact total of two minutes and one second (121 seconds) but reviewing a number of Lovato’s previous renditions (five to be exact) we found her average was 116 seconds. But this is the Super Bowl, so she may milk the spotlight for a few extra ticks.

HALFTIME SHOW

😃 Over/Under wardrobe changes for Jennifer Lopez: Over 2.5 (-140), Under 2.5 (EVEN)

🤑 Will Gloria Estefan make an appearance during halftime show? Yes +235, No -370

😈 Will Jennifer Lopez show “butt cleavage”? Yes +215, No -325

One of my greatest Super Bowl betting wins was correctly calling Justin Timberlake to cover a Prince song during Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. It was free money when you think about it. That’s kind of how I feel about Gloria Estefan showing up on February 2.

Estefan told reporters she was asked but turned down an invite to be part of the show back in November, but I don’t believe it. She’s Latin Soul royalty, a Miami native, and has co-written hit songs for both Shakira and JLo. On another note: what defines “butt cleavage”?

COMMERCIALS

😃 Over/Under commercials during the Super Bowl? Over 92.5, Under 92.5

🤑 Which commercial will appear first? Pop-Tarts -125, Doritos -115

😈 Which commercial will appear first? Trump -350, Bloomberg +225

I’m a Dallas Cowboys fans and have also sucked at betting the Big Game in recent years, so sometimes the Super Bowl commercials are all I have to look forward to. Let’s cut the shit here, if you’re betting on any of these commercial props, you should probably do some soul searching. But after the Trump ad runs first, of course. The game is being broadcast on FOX after all.

BROADCAST

😃 Will Joe Buck or Troy Aikman say “Underdog”? Yes +140, No -140

🤑 Will they mention Colin Kaepernick? Yes +250, No -400

😈 Will an animal appear on the field? (No birds) Yes +550, No -1,000

Sports betting is becoming more and more accepted by mainstream media, but the NFL is still very touchy about the mention of odds and betting outcomes during their broadcasts. That said, the term underdog is general and could be used without any gambling connotations. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never bet on a broadcast prop before but beware because official grading for these types of markets are done by the same guys taking the bets.

A Kaepernick mention may be something FOX and the NFL are addressing with the broadcast team before hand, but he was the 49ers’ QB the last time the team was playing in the Big Game and I’m sure we’ll see at least one red No. 7 jersey during the show. Also, could we get the return of the Monday Night Football cat in Miami? And NO BIRDS! Please! Enough with the birds! Gawd!

POSTGAME

😃 Color of Gatorade shower? Yellow +250, Clear +300, Red +300, Orange +400, Blue +400

🤑 MVP mentions first? Teammates +150, God +250, Coaches +500, City +500, Family +700

😈 Will the winning team visit the White House? Yes -250, No +170

If you don’t have a bet on the Gatorade shower, you don’t have a pulse. And speaking of lifeless things, Bill Belichick got a blue bath with the Pats’ win over the Rams last year which brings the count to Water x 7, Orange x 5, Yellow x 3, Blue x 2, and 4 bone-dry coaches since 2000. You had both Water and Orange when the Ravens won in 2013, in case you’re actually counting.

Color odds will vary per book, so if you have the option and give a crap, shop around for your flavor of choice. As our NFL analyst Josh Inglis pointed out, Red may be a smart play given both teams primary color is Red. It couldn’t be that simple, could it? As for the White House prop, tying up any amount of money for that long (most teams don’t visit D.C. until the spring) on a prop like this deserves a round of applause. And maybe a smack in the back of the head.

Don’t take a bath on this Gatorade prop, and Super Bowl LIV bets you need to make this Thursday

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While we patiently wait for the Super Bowl LIV to get here, we’ll be analyzing the odds and compiling the best betting angles for the Big Game – and not just for spreads and totals but player props, derivatives and everything in between, including what color Gatorade shower the winning coach will receive.

WATKINS CORNER

Lost in all the Patrick Mahomes hoopla is the production of Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins. Through two playoff games, the veteran receiver has 190 yards on nine catches and one touchdown. Watkins has catches of 60, 48 and 28 yards this postseason as the third- or fourth-best option in the K.C. passing game.

Watkins could get loose in San Fran’s Cover 3 if the deep safety is distracted by Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, possibly leaving Watkins in single coverage. With Watkins running about 40 percent of his snaps out of the slot, he has the chance to test and expose different members of San Francisco’s secondary.

Watkins’ yardage total sits at 48.5 yards, a number he has gone Over in four of his last six games. Another Watkins bet we love is the Over 20.5 yards for his longest reception. The Chiefs WR is 6-1 O/U on that total across his last seven games.

PASS THE BALL, JIMMY

Over his last four wins dating back to Week 16, San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has averaged 12.75 completions on 19 passes for 185 yards. Jimmy G has thrown the ball more than 34 times just four times this year and is running an offense that has rushed 89 times in its last two win-or-go-home games.

The most frequent runners this year were the Baltimore Ravens who led the league with 37.7 rush attempts per game — the 49ers are averaging 44.5 rushes per game in the playoffs.

With Garoppolo’s passing attempt total at 32.5, we are recommending the Under as the 49ers running game should enjoy the Chiefs’ No. 29 DVOA rush defense, keeping the QB in hand-off mode.

IS IT IN YOU?

One of the more popular prop bets at the Super Bowl is what color will the liquid be that is dumped on the winning coach. The last 10 championship showers have been orange (4), blue (2), none (2), yellow (1) and purple (1) — clear hasn’t won since 2007.

The current odds are as follows:
• Red +150
• Clear/ Water +300
• Lime/Green/Yellow +325
• Orange +400
• Blue +500
• Purple +1800

If you’re looking for an edge: Andy Reid was seen drinking lime-colored sports drink back in Week 15. Red is most likely the lowest odds because both teams share that color. Reid was doused with Yellow Gatorade back in 2013 after beating the Eagles. Last year, the Patriots got coach Bill Belichick with some blue drink and the year before the Eagles got Doug Pederson with a yellow bath.

UNDECIDED

Not sure who to take in Super Bowl 54, take a look at the Team to Score First Wins – No bet for +130. This bet offers great value and does all the work for you in regard to choosing sides. If San Francisco scores first — something it has done in four of its last five games — then you will be cheering for Kansas City.

The Chiefs have hit the “No” in both of their playoff games as the Texans and Titans put up the first points while the 49ers scored first in their two playoff games but had the Team to Score First Wins – No hit in four of their final five regular-season games.