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Super Bowl 53 . . .
The Patriots still are -2.5 over the Rams at 9 of 12 Vegas books. William Hill, which had been at -3 -110, has joined Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos at Pats -3 EVEN/Rams +3 -120. Money line Pats -140/Rams +120. The Over/Under is split between 56.5 & 57. Track the line movements here.
The MGM is still waiting for that Rams money:
- 67% of point spread tickets on Patriots
- 89% of point spread money on Patriots (7-figure pool )
*_first 5-figure wager on the Rams came in Sunday night: $15K at +2.5, reports Patrick Everson of Covers.
Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .
NBA favorites won 7 of the 9 games, but only 5-4 ATS; Cavaliers & Thunder pulled the 2 outright upsets (over Bulls & Bucks, respectively) while the Mavericks & Magic covered in losses (to the Raptors & Rockets); Unders 5-3-1 with push on SAC-LAC.
Purdue beat No. 6 Michigan St. 73-63: It wasn’t an upset as the Boilermakers were 1.5-point home favorites. Stayed Under betting total of 144.5. Minnesota beats No. 19 Iowa 92-87: Game closed pick ’em; in 2 other games involving #CBB Top 25, No. 17 Houston beat Tulsa 77-65, covering as a 7.5-point road favorite, while No. 18 Villanova routed Seton Hall 80-52, covering as a 8.5-point home fave.
AFC routs NFC 26-7 in Pro Bowl: Game closed at pick ’em (NFC opened -1, but closed pick ’em at every Vegas book except the SuperBook, which closed AFC -1) . . . stayed well Under betting total of 55.
College basketball . . .
Heading into tonight’s nationally televised battle against Duke (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), Notre Dame is facing the reality that it could miss the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. That hasn’t happened since March of 2005 and 2006.
Jeff Fogle explains what’s wrong with the Irish.
Horse racing . . .
Ron Flatter picks up some intel on the Kentucky Derby while wrapping up the Pegasus Cup from Gulfstream Park.
VSiN news you can use . . .
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We have special week of Super Bowl programming. On Super Bowl Sunday. turn down the sound on the game and turn up Matt Youmans, Matthew Holt and Michael Lombardi as they follow the twists and turns from a bettor’s perspective. Not a Maroon 5 fan? Perfect. Brent will preside at halftime with Gill, Mitch and Pauly, among others, aiming to improve your bankroll in the second half.
If you are going to be in Las Vegas, don’t forget Betting & Buds with Brent on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the South Point. Meet Brent and his Guys in the Desert. Have some Buds.