With the NFL over, and the XFL not quite ready to make a Money Maker appearance, DraftKings Sportsbook (DKSB) bettors will be hitting hoops hard for the foreseeable future. The Washington Wizards got hot in the last week, going 3-1 behind 115 points from Bradley Beal. The 76ers also went 3-1 behind the continued excellent play of Ben Simmons, as well as the return of Joel Embiid. The Nets had a 2-1 week thanks to Caris LeVert’s 68 points. Duke and Baylor ran the table last week to remain two of the top teams in college hoops.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook 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 February 6 – February 13.
1) Kentucky (CBB) (2-0 Straight Up)
2) Utah Jazz (4-0 SU)
3) Penn State (CBB) (2-0 SU)
4) Florida State (CBB) (1-1 SU)
5) Kansas (CBB) (2-0 SU)
6) Washington Wizards (3-1 SU)
7) Philadelphia 76ers (3-1 SU)
8) Brooklyn Nets (2-1 SU)
9) Duke (CBB) (2-0 SU)
10) Baylor (CBB) (2-0 SU)
Wildcats continue to beat up SECKentucky is ranked 12th in the country and is always a team that can catch the eye of the public under coach John Calipari. Here in the thick of conference play, it is imperative that the Wildcats not suffer a loss to maintain their high-end status. Kentucky beat both Tennessee and Vanderbilt by double-digits, showing once more why they are the class of the SEC. The Wildcats only run an eight-man rotation, but still had five and four players respectively in double-figures for each game. Kentucky has a variety of different players that can beat teams, and that will certainly make them a tough out come tournament time.
Utah finds new life with Jordan ClarksonThe Jazz were struggling greatly late into January and early into February, losing five straight contests after running off a 19-2 run over their previous 21 games. Mike Conley had been playing very poorly since his return from injury, then had to miss time due to an illness after heating up. Fortunately, Utah had an ace in the hole off their bench in Jordan Clarkson. A trade acquisition from the Cavaliers midway through the year, Clarkson scored 89 points in a four-game win streak to get the Jazz out of their funk. As a result, Utah currently owns the fourth seed in the Western Conference, and still have time left in the year to move up and avoid the Lakers and Clippers in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Penn State makes it seven straightThe Nittany Lions are ranked inside of the top 15 and will need to continue strong play against the Big 10 in order to stay there. With conference games lined up against Minnesota and Purdue, there was some question whether or not Penn State would keep the momentum of the five game win streak they had entering last week. They were five point home favorites against the Gophers, but found themselves as five point underdogs on the road against Purdue. The Nittany Lions prevailed, winning both contests, including beating Purdue by 12. Lamar Stevens led the way with 33 points against Minnesota, and another 16 against the Boilermakers.
Florida State earns big cover against DukeFlorida Sate is another top-10 team in the country, and had one of the best regular season matchups of the year to be played in the past week. No, I’m not talking about their home tilt against Miami, a game which they won by 17 points. A date with Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium would be a marquee matchup that tons of college basketball fans would be betting on. The Seminoles were 7.5 point underdogs in this ACC battle. While they were not able to win the game outright, Florida State did earn a cover, losing by just five points. Trent Forrest went for 18 points and nine rebounds with a whopping eight steals for the Seminoles.
Kansas Beats ranked conference foeThe Big 12 has been perhaps the best conference in college basketball this season. Both Baylor and the Jayhawks are inside of the top four, and there are a couple of other ranked teams that find themselves in the conference. West Virginia is one of those teams, entering the week ranked 14th in the country. Kansas was a 1.5 point underdog, as they would be playing the Mountaineers on the road. The game was a bit sloppy, but the Jayhawks managed to prevail in a low-total contest. In addition to the West Virginia game, Kansas absolutely dominated a TCU team that was undefeated in-conference, winning by 14 points.
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