The NFL season is over, but it gave us one last great game (more on that later). Elsewhere, it’s basketball, basketball and more basketball! The Thunder, Heat and Celtics went a combined 7-0 this past week, further solidifying their playoff status. Chris Paul continues to be a revelation as he turns back the clock for Oklahoma City. Jimmy Butler scored 62 points in Miami’s two wins. In Boston, multiple contributors continue to stimulate their success. On any given night, they have multiple players that can beat you.
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 29 – February 5.
1) Kansas City Chiefs(1-0 Straight Up)
2) Patrick Mahomes (Props)
3) Portland Trailblazers (3-1 SU)
4) Tails (SB Coin Toss)
5) Auburn (CBB) (2-0 SU)
6) Oklahoma City Thunder (2-0 SU)
7) Miami Heat (2-0 SU)
8) Penn State (CBB) (3-0 SU)
9) Boston Celtics (3-0 SU)
10) Orange (SB Gatorade Shower)
Chiefs Close the Season on TopIn what is routinely the most heavily bet single sporting event of the year, the AFC champion Chiefs were set to take on the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The line opened at Chiefs -1.5 (-125 ML), and remained there for just about the entire two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. This was anticipated to be a very tightly contested game, with a lot of points, as evidenced by the closing total of 53 points.
The Chiefs started off slow, as Patrick Mahomes was routinely pressured by the 49er defense. Kansas City trailed by 10 points with as little as seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but went on a 21-0 run to end the game and win Andy Reid his first Super Bowl title. Mahomes was a major winner as well for sports bettors, as there were a wide variety of props folks cashed in on with his name attached to them.
Damian Lillard Fuels Blazers RunThe Blazers have not been having a particularly good season. A perennial playoff team led by Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Portland would find themselves out of the playoffs if they started today. Someone needed to step up and get this team going, as the absences of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins have obviously hurt this team greatly.
Lillard is generally regarded as one of the best leaders in basketball, and he put the team on his back for a stretch that included going 3-1 in this time period. In the three wins, Lillard averaged 45 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, and 7.3 three-pointers made. In their loss, he scored just 21 on 8-23 shooting. It is going to be taxing on the eighth-year guard, but Portland’s only shot at a playoff spot may end up being a James Harden-esque stretch of dominance to close the season.
Novelty Props Prove ProfitableThe Novelty Props section of DraftKings Sportsbook provided a fun way for fans to get a little side action in on the big game. The coin toss is an obvious -EV prop bet every year, but people continue to pour tons of money into it. This year, the opening flip came up tails, which provided money for bettors who believe in the old adage “tails never fails”.
The other popular wager is the color of the Gatorade that will be poured on the winning coach. It is a timeless Super Bowl tradition. While there is no real way to know what Gatorade the team will use, folks do plenty of research to try and determine the winner. This year, the color was orange, which provided a nice return for those who took it at +750 late in the week.
Auburn Recovers From Losing StreakEleventh-ranked Auburn dominated the college basketball scene to open the year, running the table against a very week non-conference schedule. Since conference play began, they have struggled a little bit, losing two straight to road games to unranked teams, and being taken to double-overtime by Ole Miss last Tuesday. This week, they righted the ship. Auburn (-3) took down 13th-ranked Kentucky at home before defeating Arkansas on the road. Guard Samir Doughty scored 23 points in each game for the Tigers.
Penn State Knocks Off Ranked Conference FoeTwenty-second-ranked Penn State endured a small losing streak of their own; three games in the second week of January. However, they managed to win all three games in this window, including a road upset of 16th-ranked Michigan State. The Nittany Lions were 8.5 point underdogs in that contest, a massive amount to overcome in conference play. They also beat unranked teams in Indiana and Nebraska. Forward Lamar Stevens averaged 18 points and seven rebounds during this three-game stretch.
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