Football has dominated the betting markets, and should continue to do so throughout the playoffs. But as the number of teams remaining dwindles down, basketball begins to take over the power rankings. Both Butler and Iowa make this week’s list from the college ranks, going a combined 3-0, and Iowa taking down 12th ranked Maryland. The Pelicans, Jazz and Thunder also were big winners for bettors this past week, going 9-2 straight up. Utah had a 4-0 week, albeit against four week Eastern Conference opponents.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from January 8 – January 14.
1) LSU Tigers (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Tennessee Titans (1-0 SU)
3) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU)
4) Green Bay Packers (1-0 SU)
5) Los Angeles Lakers (3-0 SU)
6) Butler (CBB) (1-0 SU)
7) New Orleans Pelicans (3-1 SU)
8) Utah Jazz (4-0 SU)
9) Oklahoma City Thunder (2-1 SU)
10) Iowa (CBB) (2-0 SU)
LSU Dominates Clemson in CFB ChampionshipThe national championship game for college football was a battle of the Tigers, with LSU entering the game as a 4.5-point favorite against Clemson. Both teams were undefeated, but LSU had faced a far more competitive schedule throughout the year. It had beat six different teams ranked inside of the top 10, hoping to make Clemson its seventh. Ohio State in the semi-final was the only top 10 team Clemson had beaten.
LSU got off to a slow start, tied at seven with Clemson after the first quarter. From then on, LSU dominated the game, out-scoring Clemson 35-18. Heisman winner Joe Burrow capped what may have been the most impressive season in college football history with over 500 total yards and six touchdowns. Receiver Ja’Marr Chase had 221 yards receiving with two scores.
Henry Continues To Run Hot as Titans Take Down 1 SeedAfter taking down the Patriots last week, it was clear that the Titans deserved to be taken seriously in the NFL playoffs, but an encore performance would be difficult against the top-seeded Ravens. Bookmakers agreed, with Tennessee entering the game as a 10-point underdog.
The Titans again managed to shock the world, beating the Ravens soundly by a score of 28-12. The Ravens went 0-3 on fourth down conversions, and Derrick Henry managed to remain the hottest running back in the NFL. He ran for 195 yards on 30 carries, his seventh 100-yard game in his last eight. Henry also managed to complete the most spectacular play of the playoffs, throwing a touchdown pass at the goal line to open up the game.
Early Lead Not Enough as Chiefs Throttle TexansHouston won a thriller against the Bills in the Wild Card round, and it propelled the Texans to this contest against the second-seeded Chiefs. Kansas City was a major favorite, favored by 9.5 points on its home field. Houston would need everything to go its way in order to compete in this game, let alone win it. Meanwhile, the Chiefs eyed their second-straight trip to the AFC championship game.
Early on, it appeared everything would break the Texans’ way. They jumped out to a 24-0 lead, with major drops by Travis Kelce, a blocked punt and a muffed punt return by Tyreek Hill fueling the fire. However once Kansas City turned it on, the game was far from close. Despite the massive lead spotted to Houston early, the Chiefs still went into the half with a 28-24 lead. They ended up winning the game by 20 points, 51-31. Kansas City scored a touchdown on seven straight drives at one point in the game.
Questionable Call Late Fuels Packers Trip to NFC ChampionshipThe Packers and Seahawks have met many times in both the regular season and playoffs, and have a few controversial finishes in their history. In this matchup, both teams entered with something to prove, as they were considered to be two of the weakest remaining teams in the playoffs. The Packers were home, and a four-point favorite.
Green Bay got off to a fast start in this one, and entered the half up 21-3. The Seahawks came roaring back in the second half, closing the lead to five points down the stretch. And that is where some controversy seeped in. It was on a critical third down play, one Seattle needed to get a stop on to force the Packers to punt and get a shot at the ball to drive down the field and win. Jimmy Graham caught a pass and appeared to be just shy of the first down marker. Not only did the officials give the Packers a first down, but it withstood a review process that appeared to give multiple angles of Graham falling short. That locked up the win and the cover for Green Bay.
Laker Continue Dominance Against Three TeamsThe Lakers have been by far the top team in the Western Conference to open up the NBA season, and only the Bucks out East have been comparable in terms of both wins and point differential. Last week, they were set to face off against Dallas and Oklahoma City on the road before heading home to face Cleveland.
The Lake Show continued to roll, beating the Western Conference teams by 15 points apiece before destroying Cleveland by 29. LeBron James missed the OKC game due to an illness, but was brilliant in the other two, combining for 66 points, 18 rebounds and 15 assists. The hero for L.A. against the Thunder was Kyle Kuzma, who went off for 36 points. Making this stretch even more impressive for the Lakers is that Anthony Davis did not play in any of the games with a tailbone injury.
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