This year’s MLB playoffs prove why they play the games and our Weekly Bookie Betting Report Mid-Oct has you covered. The Los Angeles Dodgers were heavy favorites to win the NL Pennant all season long, but the Washington Nationals are advancing to NLCS after beating them 7-3 on Wednesday night as +145 road underdogs. The St. Louis Cardinals put an exclamation point on their 3-2 NLDS win against the favored Atlanta Braves with Wednesday’s 13-1 win in Game 5 with the moneyline closing as a -105 PICK.
This has to make the Houston Astros a bit nervous as heavy -280 home favorites for Thursday’s Game 5 showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays. The New York Yankees already punched their ticket to the ALCS by sweeping Minnesota 3-0 in that ALDS matchup.
Whether or not these types of major upsets carry over to the weekend betting action remains to be seen, but top online sportsbooks are in excellent position to cash in if they do.
Season-to-Date Football Betting Results
Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, betting the underdog against the spread as paid off in 60 percent of the games. Road underdogs have been the best bet ATS; winning 66.7 percent of the time. Road teams in general have a winning rate of 62.3 percent ATS and they have actually won 55.8 percent of the time SU.
Betting underdogs straight-up on the moneyline has been a winning proposition 41.7 percent of the time, but road favorites have the best SU winning rate at 72 percent through 26 games. When it comes to the results betting the NFL total line, the total has stayed UNDER in 53.9 percent of the games.
The Chicago Bears were the hottest pick in Week 5 of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, but they lost to the Oakland Raiders in England as 6.5-point favorites. The second-highest pick last week was Minnesota and the Vikings did cover as 5.5-point road favorites in a 28-10 road victory against the New York Giants.
When it comes to the betting trends for college football, the Oddsmakers have been on their game with favorites having a slight edge ATS with a winning rate of 50.9 percent. Favorites have won 83 percent of their games SU and home favorites has won 86.6 percent of the time. The total has stayed UNDER in 53.7 percent of the games.
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NFL Week 6 Consensus Picks
Early betting on this week’s NFL games has been tight in a number of contests. However, a few of the heavier bet teams include Philadelphia (63%) as a three-point road underdog against Minnesota. Early money (61%) has also gone towards Baltimore (3-2) as a 12-point home favorite against winless Cincinnati and Washington as a 3.5-point road favorite against Miami. Each of those teams are still looking for their first SU win of the year.
New England (5-0) and San Francisco (4-0) head into Week 6 as the only SU undefeated teams, but Buffalo, Green Bay and the Los Angles Rams have the best record ATS at 4-1.
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Last Weekend’s Big Betting Games
One of the biggest games on Saturday’s college football betting board is an early 12 p.m. kickoff on FOX in the Big 12 between the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 11 Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma is listed as an 11-point favorite in this year’s Red River Rivalry with the total line set at 75.5 points.
Another big game is a SEC showdown between the No. 7 Florida Gators and the No. 5 LSU Tigers at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Tigers are 13-point home favorites for this game with the total set at 55.5 points.