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Hangover Monday: Triple B’s Feb. 1

Basketball, big bets, and blockbuster trades headlined this weekend in a big way. It’s officially Super Bowl Week and so you can expect tons of great content from Sports Gambling Guides, but we aren’t going to rush into that quite yet. Let’s break down some of the best betting action from the weekend on this Monday edition of the Hangover. 

College Hoops

Toledo, we love ya. The Maction gods are the Rockets and this team sure does know how to cover. Keep your eyes peeled for when they take the court, because it feels like they’ve been a sure bet this year. 56 percent of the public was leaning in the direction of Bowling Green in their game on Saturday and that one hurts. 

A bad beat for the ages was placed on Alabama. I have a pretty basic rule when it comes to any athletic program inside the state of the lover of cousins and it is this: If Nick Saban isn’t coaching the team, don’t pile your life savings into a wager. That didn’t happen for a PointsBet USA bettor who put $110,000 on the Crimson Tide to take care of Oklahoma on Saturday by 3.5. Instead, the Crimson Tide lost the game by five. 

And maybe  in the saddest news of the weekend, the almighty has fallen. There has been no better team than the Drake Bulldogs at covering this season. Seriously, if you had bet on Drake to cover this season, you’d be up 13 units. That’s how good this team was, 13 straight covers. Not even a karaoke bar plays 13 straight covers before a drunk 22 year old chick gets up there and sings an original that her dad told her was bad. But we digress, Drake finally dropped a spread and couldn’t pull off an 18.5 pointer against Illinois State on Sunday. They still won the game, but RIP to an all-time great streak. 

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NBA

The NBA was packed with great games and lots of sideway bets. Maybe the toughest of them all was the Nets falling apart against the Washington Wizards and costing some lots of money. The Nets were 8.5 point favorites on the road to the Wizards but Brooklyn was without James Harden. Russ and Beal weren’t messing around in this one and the two took off for a huge game. They ended up winning and the two teams nearly put up 300 points. 68 percent of the public had their money riding with Brookly, making it a crap way to end the weekend. 

Speaking of scoring points, hopefully you read into The Trend last Thursday. We talked about how much the Nuggets and the Nets like to score a ridiculous amount of points and allow a ton of points too. The OVER in games with those two playing is 3-1 since that came out. 

By the way, is James Harden really just bad luck? The Rockets seem like a way better team without the guy who wore a fat suit to get himself out of Houston. The Rockets are on a tear, winning five straight games and also covering in four of their last five without their old superstar. It seems like Houston is rallying around the fact that this guy hated the roster so much that he forced his way out and it is a really great thing for bettors.

NFL

Out of all the things that I expected this weekend, the Rams giving away three years of their future for one Matthew Stafford was something I did not expect to see. Los Angeles gave up three picks, two of them first rounders, and Jared Goff to get Stafford in return. Vegas was amped about this trade, so amped that the Rams betting odds for Super Bowl 56 jumped. They were 20-1 odds with Goff and are now 14-1 odds for a quarterback who hardly knows what the playoffs are. 

In honor of Super Bowl week, it is pretty cool to see how far betting has come in the NFL. In the last three years, betting legalization during the Super Bowl has expanded from just one single state to 20 plus Washington D.C. It is a great time to be a degenerate gambler and we are happy to be a part of it. 

And to end this thing out, there was one bet this weekend that absolutely dominated the news. A BetMGM bettor placed a $2.3 million wager on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to cover at +3.5 on Sunday. God bless, my friend.  

Monday Free Play: Oklahoma +7.5

The #9 Oklahoma Sooners and #13 Texas Tech Red Raiders will square off as both teams are coming off of big non-conference wins. You can get 7.5 points from Vegas backing the Sooners because Austin Reaves and Alondes Williams will most likely miss their second straight game, but that didn’t seem to matter against Alabama on Saturday. The Sooners rank 53rd in the country averaging 76.9 PPG this season, without Reaves and Williams they had to rely on their defense. They held Alabama to 39% from the floor, resulting in a 66-61 victory. Let’s get down to brass tacks. Texas Tech seems to always find themselves in close games – the last time they beat an opponent by 7+ was five games ago on January 9th against a 2-7 Iowa State team. I’ll take a stout Sooners squad that will play hard till the clock ticks double zeros, covering the +7.5.

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