Sports Options: By the numbers

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby

Let's take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing on the Sports Options odds service. Monday Night Middle Significant lines moves through the past week have opened up a juicy middle for bettors in tonight's Monday Night Football matchup (5:35 p.m. PT, ESPN). New England opened as a 14.5-point home favorite versus Kansas City, who lost their starting quarterback Matt Cassel (hand) in last Sunday's 17-10 loss to … [Read more...]

Sports Options: By the numbers

Stanford QB Andrew Luck

Let's take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing in the Sports Options odds service: Packer peculiarity Green Bay is once again the target for some interesting line moves. This week, the Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and opened as 14 1/2-point favorites (10 a.m. PT, FOX). The total checked-in at 49 1/2 at many online sportsbooks. As of late Friday morning Pacific Time, both of those numbers had moved against the … [Read more...]

Sports Options: By the numbers

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy

Let's take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing in the Sports Options odds service: Monday Night Mystery Most sportsbooks had the 8-0 Green Bay Packers opening as 13.5-point home favorites versus the struggling 2-6 Minnesota Vikings in Monday Night Football. Some books opened at -14. Over the course of the week, public money has piled-in on the Packers. As of 10:45 a.m. PT Monday morning, 68 percent of the public betting … [Read more...]

Sports Options: By the numbers

LSU punter Brad Wing

Let's take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing in the Sports Options odds service: I'll take the points! No. 1 LSU (9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS) is a huge 42-point home favorite versus Western Kentucky (5-4 SU, 7-2 ATS). According to the Sports Options odds service, 60 percent of public betting action is on the Hilltoppers, who are third in the Sun Belt conference. The total in this matchup is 48.5, which is only about a touchdown more … [Read more...]

Bettors enticed by Marquez’s long odds

Pacquiao Marquez 3

Some interesting numbers in Saturday night's title fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (8 p.m. PT, HBO PPV). Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) opened as a -700 favorite versus Marquez (53-5-1, 39KOs) in what will be the third meeting between the two fighters. The first bout in 2004 ended in a draw; Pacquiao won the second fight in 2008 by split decision. Since the fight was first posted, the odds have … [Read more...]