Celebrate, my fellow New Jersey friends. The marquee event is here for Year One of legal sports betting in New Jersey, where betting handle and interest has steadily increased since June 2018. And January and February are sure to see spikes thanks to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots (-2.5) and Los Angeles Rams coming Sunday, Feb. 3.
This is your “quick and dirty” resource page for Super Bowl LIII, so we’re off and running.
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Handicapping Super Bowl LIII
If you’re having a busy week, just digging into the match-up or want some of my recommended resources for useful reading and podcasts:
A. Super Bowl LIII reading materials:
– For the more casual observers, here’s a basic primer from SharpSide on how the teams got there and who’s performing at halftime.
– For the more advanced crowd, check out Football Outsiders’ Super Bowl LIII preview.
– RotoWorld’s Evan Silva hasn’t dropped his glorious Matchups column, but check for it here on Friday.
– ESPN NFL guru Bill Barnwell gives a complete dissection and predicts the score.
– The Ringer’s Danny Heifetz writes the 10 biggest X factors that could decide the game.
– Follow Sports Handle’s sports betting Twitter list here.
Also, dive into these tools:
— RotoGrinders (@RotoGrinders) January 31, 2019
B. Podcasts on the Super Bowl, prop betting picks/strategy:
– Here is US Bets’ “Gamble On” podcast with my colleagues Eric Raskin and John Brennan and this week’s guest Brad Feinberg, a veteran sports bettor who kicks around his favorite Super Bowl props, and why a half-point is everything.
– Listen to professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody on “Bet the Process.”
– Sports betting quant Ed Fang of The Power Rank has Chris Andrews, director of the South Point sportsbook, join for a wide-ranging discussion.
Some Super Bowl thoughts:
“When it comes to the Super Bowl props, do not even take a look at them until you sit down and visualize how the game will go,” said Matt Josephs of ESPN Richmond. “If you look beforehand, you may let the prices influence you. Sit down, pick a score, and figure out who is going to do well and tailor your prop plays around that. Finally, don’t be afraid of the cross-sport ones as well. There’s value there especially if it’s a sport you know a lot about.”
For more reflections and suggestions on The Big Game™ from experienced bettors, go right here.
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Most importantly, what does everyone’s favorite clairvoyant NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo think?
Romo predicted the final score of Super Bowl LIII to be 28–24. He’s calling the game but not picking a side. There you go.
If you believe in Romo, bet the under. The total is now 56.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook right now, and likely to tick up a bit to 57.5 or 58 by kickoff. In other words, wait until about 5- 6:00 pm ET on Sunday. Or, bet the over now.
Have fun, everyone.