Sunday was another action-packed sports betting day here in the Tuley’s Takes home office, with plenty of college basketball (I only watched the NBA All-Star Game for entertainment purposes with no wagers on that exhibition), plus the Daytona 500 and golf. And the NHL, at least the first periods!!!
We hit our top best bet for the 8th straight day with the Wild-Oilers 1P Over -155. That was a piece of cake with the Wild scoring just 2:49 into the game and going Over for us just 6:17 into the game on the way to leading 4-1 after the 1st Period! We’re hoping our readers also following our advice as we advice to bet parlays into the Wild-Oilers wager with the Panthers-Blackhawks 1P Over -160 (tied 1-1 to go Over) and Sabres-Blue Jackets 1P Over 1.5 -155 (tied 2-2 to easily fly Over). For those curious, 1P Overs went 2-3 in the games we didn’t like, so we also felt good about passing on those losers.
For good measure we also had a winner with Rutgers + 12.5 at Purdue. That was a major sweat as Purdue led by 20 before Rutgers came back to get close to the number. And then the game stayed between Purdue leading by 10 to 14 points for seemingly forever with the Scarlet Knights doing just enough to get us the money!
We did lose with our Daytona 500 bets, though I hope readers followed my advice of just betting a combined 1 regular unit. We still had a thrill as we had Brad Keselowski (16-1), Bubba Wallace (22-1) and Chris Buescher (22-1) in contention until the final 10 laps, and then Keselowski and Wallace right there on the final lap with Wallace finishing 2nd.
Let’s recap the overall betting results for Sunday and look for more winning wagers on Monday.
Auto racing: Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500 for his first NASCAR Cup Series race victory in only his 8th start. Cindric closed at 30-1 at the Westgate SuperBook and the South Point, 27-1 at Circa Sports.
CBB: No. 17 USC (-7) beat Washington State 62-60 on Sunday night, but did NOT cover the spread. That was the theme of the day as ranked teams went 5-0 SU but a woeful 1-4 ATS. No. 5 Purdue (-12.5) beat Rutgers 84-72, No. 8 Providence (-3) beat Butler 71-70 in OT and No. 14 Houston (-7) beat Wichita State 76-74 in 2OT with none of those teams covering. No. 15 Wisconsin (-3) was the only ranked team to cover on the day in its 77-63 win vs. Michigan.
NHL: Faves went 4-3 Sunday with Wild-Oilers closing a consensus pick'-em. The upsets were by the Hurricanes (+ 115 in 4-3 win at the Penguins), Canadiens (+ 240 in 3-2 win at the Islanders) and Coyotes (+ 220 in 3-1 win vs. the Stars). Over/Unders split 4-4.
NBA: Team LeBron beat Team Durant 163-160 in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night in Cleveland. The ViewFromVegas is Team LeBron did NOT cover as a 6-point favorite. The game stayed Under the closing betting total of 325 points, though the Over/Under opened between 320.5 and 321.5, so Over bettors who went Over lower numbers were also able to cash while those late to the party got burned.
Maple Leafs-Canadiens First-Period Over 1.5 -155: Unlike yesterday when I had 3 of these plays I liked, this is the only one that fits my parameters on Tuesday so I’ll just be playing it straight. The Maple Leafs are 29-19 on 1P Overs on the season while the Canadiens are 26-23 for a combined 55-42 (56.7 percent), but the Maple Leafs are also on a 18-5 run.
Indiana + 7 at Ohio State: The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18, but there’s really not that much difference between these two teams. Ohio State is 16-7 SU, 12-11 ATS, averaging 74 points per game, allowing 66.7. Indiana is 16-9 SU, 13-12 ATS, averaging 71.4 points per game, allowing 64.2. If we removed the team names from those stats, you’d say this game should be pick’-em. Ohio State certainly isn’t 7 points better. Besides, Indiana won the earlier meeting 62-51, so we know the Hoosiers won’t feel like they can’t play with the Buckeyes.
Good luck today (and every day!).