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Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .
NBA underdogs 6-2 ATS with 5 upsets (Pacers over Lakers, Clippers over Hornets, Raptors over 76ers, Grizzlies over Timberwolves, Heat over Blazers) and Cavaliers +10.5 covering in 103-96 loss to Celtics; Pistons & Thunder only covering faves; Overs 5-3.
The Celtics (-900 on the money line) were Gill’s #tankapalooza play of the day. Background on second annual #tankapalooza from Gill here.
NHL underdogs went 6-4 with MIN-BUF & STL-FLA both closing pick’em; Unders 7-5; 1st Period Overs started 0-6 & went 4-8, but #FollowtheMoney5 went 3-2, starting 0-2 with Penguins & Lightning Unders, but then going Over w/ Sharks, Blue Jackets & Blackhawks.
The nine CBB Top 25 teams in action went 5-4 ATS with No. 9 Michigan St. & No. 10 Marquette suffering upsets to Illinois & St. John’s, respectively; No. 13 Kansas lost as 3-point dog to K-State and No. 1 Tennessee failed to cover as 19-point fave.
College basketball . . .
Jeff Fogle sings the praises of the Baylor Bears, who are among the Big 12 contenders looking to dethrone Kansas and who have been underestimated by the betting market for most of the season. That is starting to change.
Industry news you can use . . .
Rhode Island bettors legally wagered almost $6.5 million on the Super Bowl 53. The state’s Department of Revenue says sportsbook operator William Hill reported it paid out $2.35 million on the wagers.
DC took another step toward making sports betting legal in the district.
Seen & Heard on VSiN
On Follow The Money with Mitch & Pauly, Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading at William Hill, reflects on a busy Super Bowl weekend: Why the Nevada handle was down . . . the best prop result for his book . . . and the most amazing thing he saw all weekend.
On A Numbers Game with Gill, The Ringer podcaster Chris Vernon addresses #Tankapalooza, the Memphis Grizzlies, and Anthony Davis trade rumors.
Finally . . .
Worth a read: “Picks, proxies and a $900,000 barista: Inside the rise of the Vegas SuperContest”
Ben Fawkes, a recent guest on VSiN, along with David McIntire, put together an oral history of the SuperContest for ESPN The Magazine.
Regular VSiN viewers and listeners will recognize the names of 90 percent of those interviewed.