How to Bet Wildcard Weekend: 10 Intriguing Opportunities

Juice can be a very good thing in the world of sports.

With fans forced to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, football teams at schools such as Wisconsin and Northwestern adopted the motto: “Bring your own juice.”

But in sports betting, the motto should be: The less juice, the better.

That brings us to our latest “10 Intriguing Betting Opportunities” column. It opens with an offer from PointsBet for the best prices in the business:

1) No Juice Wildcard Weekend. Good luck asking your county commissioner to waive your property taxes or favorite barista to nullify the sales tax. But starting Friday, PointsBet is scuttling the so-called sports betting tax on all six wildcard games. Rather than the standard -110 (wager $110 to win $100), PointsBet is offering +100 on all spread tickets. The only catch – you cannot throw down more than $10,000 (!).

2) Name A Bet: Stefon Diggs & T.Y. Hilton to combine for 150+ receiving yards (-135). Josh Allen (69.2%) and Philip Rivers (68%) are two of the game’s most accurate quarterbacks, so Diggs and Hilton could have a field day. Diggs averaged 124.5 receiving yards in Buffalo’s last four games, and Hilton surpassed 70 receiving yards in four of his last six.

3) Game Props: Seahawks-Rams: Team who scores first wins the game? (Yes -200). This game has the lowest total (42.5) of the six, so it follows that the first team to score has a strong chance to win. Right?

4) Pointsbetting: Tom Brady Passing Yards x Touchdowns. This is one of those “go big or go home” bets. Pointsbetting works as a multiplier – the more you’re right, the more you win. The more you’re wrong, the more you suffer. You can find this bet under “Away Team Player Multipliers.” The under for Brady is 610. The over is 692. If he throws for 300 yards and three touchdown passes, that’s 900. So bet the over, and you win 208 times your stake. ($208 on a $1 bet.) If you think he’ll fire two touchdown passes and total 250 passing yards against Washington’s third-ranked pass defense, take the under. You would receive 110 times (i.e. 610-500) your stake.

5) In-Play Bet Match. Live betting already accounts for around half the wagers placed at PointsBet, and that number continues to rise. We’re providing an incentive on the Bills-Colts and Raven-Titans games. Place a $50 in-game bet and you will receive a $25 Free Bet, win or lose. A $100 bet yields a $50 Free Bet. Two notes: The minimum price of the qualifying bet is -200 and the Free Bet must be used on an in-play event. More info here.

6) Pick Your Own Total: Ravens-Titans. It’s already the highest total, at 54.5. But you can shrink or balloon it based on your predicted score and eagerness/tolerance for odds. The “safest” bet is Under 69.5 points, but you’d have to wager $5000 to win $100. On the flip side, Under 39.5 pays 5-to-1, or +500.

7) Personalized Parlay Booster. PointsBet customers can access two “tokens” each day: One for a Regular Parlay Booster (standard cross-event parlays) and a for Single Game Parlay Booster. Build a 3+ Leg parlay to take advantage. For example: Let’s say you want to parlay the Colts (+6.5), the Rams-Seahawks under (42.5) and the Titans moneyline (+155), the standard is +872. Our booster takes that to +969, a near $100 improvement on a $100 bet. More info here.

8) Bears +10.5. Consider a straight bet on this game. The line opened at 7 and surged to double digits because of money that flowed in on the Saints. The Bears got drilled by the Packers last weekend but they played the Saints tough on Nov. 1 at Soldier Field. New Orleans didn’t commit a turnover but still needed overtime to prevail 26-23.

9) Defensive wagers: Steelers-Browns: Will There be a Defensive Touchdown? If you think yes, the price is +240. No is -345. The Steelers averaged 1.7 takeaways to rank second in the NFL while the Browns finished 20th, with 1.3.

10) Name A Bet: 3+ Different TD Throwers in Tampa @ Washington. This bizarre offering pays +700 and is the brainchild of our partners at VSiN (Vegas Stats and Information Network.) It’s unlikely that Tom Brady gets injured or benched, so this relies on both Alex Smith (strained calf) and Taylor Heinicke to complete TD throws. Or hey, how about some trickeration? A halfback option pass?

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