SLIPS: Bettors Like Betting on Tiger; Saints Keep Marching

SLIPS: Bettors Like Betting on Tiger; Saints Keep Marching

Tiger Woods remains eminently interesting. Imminently, also, as his highly publicized match play event against Phil Mickelson at Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas quickly approaches.

Golf pundits who have chronicled the 42-year-old's rise from prodigy to utter master of his realm to fallen hero and redemption tale have scores of opinions on what this made-for-television spectacle adds to the tapestry of the sport. Coverage of the event, which has been thick and lavish this week, has been overwhelmingly positive. That appears to reflect the embrace of a luminary and legend and the fact that fans, and in turn bettors, still appear rapt. And very much still smitten with then four-time Masters champion.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, 14 percent of recent bets on golf tournaments at the establishment have been made on the “Tiger vs. Phil” match play event on Nov. 23.

A DraftKings spokesperson told that Woods – coming off a Tour Championship win in September – has garnered 10 times as many bets as Mickelson, who ended a five-year winless streak in the WGC championship in March.

FanDuel had Woods at –230 and Mickelson at +190 as of Monday.

Unsettled Week For Favorites Leaves Saints Bigger Favorite

Week 11 matchups made for a volatile week of sports betting, with supposed mismatches and popular teams in prime time appearing to stoke action.

The Panthers (6-4) were a four-point pick over the Lions (4-6), but lost, 20-19.

The 7-3 Chargers were a 7.5-point pick over the Broncos (4-6) and lost, 23-22.

The Cardinals, albeit a woeful 2-7 entering the game, appeared less woeful than the 1-8 Raiders and were a 4.5-point favorite before falling, 23-21.

The Saints, who have been playing the role of NFC juggernaut smashingly, kicked off as a seven-point favorite against defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia. The line had been as high as nine. Certainly, New Orleans would eventually moderate its level of opponent destruction …. right?

No. The Saints improved to 8-2 against the spread in destroying the Eagles, 48-7 and, said SugarHouse Online Sportsbook & Casino analyst David Tuchman, are “undoubtedly the favorite” to win the Super Bowl.

New Orleans was the +300 favorite at SugarHouse on Monday, +310 at FanDuel as most sportsbooks have fallen into agreement.

“It’s funny. We always want to anoint the champion in September or October, but this is time of the year where you separate the men from the boys, so to speak,” Tuchman continued. “A month ago, we were ready to give the Super Bowl to the Rams. And then when the Patriots beat the Chiefs, and we’re going, ‘Oh, it’s the Patriots again.’ Now it’s New Orleans, but it is Thanksgiving and what’s impressive with New Orleans is how many different ways they can beat you. It feels different.

“Every few years you've got an elite defense, whether it be the Seattle Seahawks a few years ago, or the Denver Broncos, who are good enough to actually win a championship on their own. And then the other years it seems like some amazing offense with a defense that just happened to gel at the right time. Like the Eagles last year, nobody thought their defense was going to be that good, but by the end of the season, the Eagles’ defense was great.”

NFC East Remains a Quagmire Amid Washington Injury Woes

The Washington Redskins (6-4) have gone from NFC East leaders with a two-game loss-column cushion to losing four offensive starters with season-ending injuries in the three games - a lamentable trend perpetuated when quarterback Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula on Sunday – to clinging to the division top spot by a game over the Cowboys.

Washington, Tuchman said, continues to flummox his prognosticating efforts.

“We all laughed a couple weeks back when [Odell Beckham Jr.] said the Giants were still alive,” Tuchman said. “I don't think they are, but you are like, 'Wow.' It's laughable, the Giants actually winning the division at 8-8.”

Alabama Fails to Properly Destroy Opponent by Halftime

Breaking: Top-ranked Alabama did not cover the first-half spread – around 35-40 points at most books – after reaching halftime tied, 10-10, on Saturday against The Citadel. That had not happened this season.

  • According to ESPN Stats & Information, after the Packers’ 27-24 loss at Seattle, teams from the Central and Eastern time zones are 0-9 straight-up and 0-7-2 against the spread when traveling to the Pacific Time Zone for a Thursday game. The Seahawks were a three-point favorite.
  • At SugarHouse: Seattle provided the players’ best result of the week after hitting the over of 47; Notre Dame’s 36-3 undressing of Syracuse was the most heavily bet NCAA football game.

SugarHouse Bettor Surely Must Wish They Went Bigger

Perhaps the most incredible parlay win of the week happened at SugarHouse Online Sportsbook & Casino on Monday, when a bettor won 432 times their stake on eight bets across NFL, NBA, and NCAA basketball. One of the legs was a “yes” on San Francisco running back Matt Breida scoring score two touchdowns. He did, with an 11-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Breita has just five touchdowns all season.

So, that bettor got rich, right? Better off. Not rich. They'd plunked down $10, for a payout of $4,320.

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