You’ve got to go off the beaten path to discover true sports betting value, and these are three of the best bets around that were hiding right under your nose this whole time.
Did you know the Winnipeg Jets are the top team in the NHL’s Central Division? Did you even know the NHL brought the Jets back to Winnipeg 2011? No one would blame you for not keeping up on hockey’s ins-and-outs but if you’re ignoring what Winnipeg is doing this season – more specifically at home – than you’re ignoring one of the best wagers in sports. The Jets are up almost six units of profit so far this season, but if you simply played Winnipeg as the host, you’d be sitting up +11.32 units thanks to a brilliant 16-3-1-0 mark inside the Bell MTS Centre.
Brooklyn Nets (16-27 SU, 27-16 ATS)
If you sort the NBA standings by wins and losses, you’ll find the lowly Nets near the bottom of the pile – just like they’ve been in recent seasons. However, shuffle the deck in terms of success against the spread, and the Nets float to the top, covering at a near 63 percent clip. Brooklyn has made the most of those inflated spread, set as underdogs in 34 of its first 43 games. And the Nets have been double-digit dogs in six of those contests.
The secret to Brooklyn’s success isn’t just that misconception and market error in the odds. The Nets are putting forth a respectable effort on offense, averaging 106.2 points per night. And they’ve done so with two of their better offensive talents on the sideline, with D’Angelo Russell (out until late January) and Jeremy Lin (out for the season) missing major time. As long as Brooklyn continues to come up short on the scoreboard, the spreads will remain high. But how long will the players care and put forth enough effort to cover those lines if the losing keeps up?
Auburn Tigers (16-1 SU, 11-4 ATS)
It’s tough being the basketball team at a football school. Not even a one-loss start to the season and one of the best records against the spread can steer eyes your way. Auburn is running things on the SEC hardwood right now, taking a four-game SU and ATS winning streak into Wednesday’s road date in Alabama. That basketball version of the Iron Bowl won’t get the same hoopla as the football finale but it’s a good chance to jump on this profitable Tigers team.