Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest sports day in North America, which is why if you look at the schedule this weekend all the other professional sports leagues clear out and let the NFL have the main stage during primetime.
However, if you’re a fan of those nfl teaser odds or “other sports” you can find good value in the various cross-sport props for Super Bowl LII. Here’s a look at some of the best ways to wager on these interesting alternative Big Game options this Sunday:
DeMar DeRozan points +1.5 vs. Shortest FG made -1.5
DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors take on the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Super Sunday. Toronto will be playing its third game in four days when it hosts the Grizzlies, however, will have Saturday off to rest up. DeRozan has watched his production dip in recent games, averaging just 19 points over his last seven outings. At home, the Raptors All-Star forward puts up 25.7 point per contest and takes on a Memphis defense ranked sixth in the NBA and giving up just under 104 points per road game.
For the Super Bowl, we have two very stingy defenses that bend but don’t break. The Patriots were among the league’s worst in yards allowed but ranked with the best in points against, leaving teams to settle for field goal attempts on 48 percent of their red-zone trips. Philadelphia has been especially stiff in the red zone during the postseason and ranked fourth in points against on the year. The shortest field goal could be very short, and with DeMar getting an extra 1.5 points he holds the value Sunday.
Wisconsin first-half points vs. Maryland -1.5 vs. Tom Brady completions +1.5
The Wisconsin Badgers are known for playing a methodical pace on offense, currently tied for the third-slowest pace in college basketball and averaging only 66 possessions per game. That has the Badgers putting up 67.8 points per game – just 32 points per first half. That scoring rate has slimmed in recent games, with Wisconsin averaging 27 points per opening half in its three games heading into Thursday’s date with Northwestern.
On the other side of the floor, the Terrapins are allowing 67 points an outing – 31.5 points per first half. This game is in Maryland, and the Badgers score substantially less on the road, averaging 26 points per first half compared to 36.5 at home.
Brady completed 26 passes in the come-from-behind win against the Jaguars and 35 passes in the blowout win against the Titans. On average, he’s connected for 24 completions per game this season and goes up against an Eagles defense that has limited opposing QBs to a 22.9 completions per game – which is actually fourth most in the NFL – and a passer rating of 78.8, which is fifth best in the league. With the Patriots utilizing their running backs more as short-toss receivers, the better side is Brady at +1.5.
Vegas Golden Knights/Washington Capitals goals vs. Eagles/Patriots touchdowns
With a total of 48 points for Super Bowl LII and the props for total team touchdowns pegging the Patriots at 3.5 TDs and the Eagles at 2.5 TDs, we’re look at about six touchdowns in Sunday’s championship game.
The Golden Knights have been one of the best offenses in the NHL in their inaugural season, netting an average of 3.4 goals per outing. But there’s a lot of hockey to be played before Sunday’s trip to DC to take on the Capitals.
Vegas has back-to-back games Thursday and Friday and runs into a Washington side that is very tough on home ice, allowing just 2.2 goals per home game compared to 3.39 goals against on the road. Vegas has played Under versus totals of 6 and 6.5 more recently and with a tired road side and a Capitals defense stiffening up on home ice, you’ve got to like the Super Bowl side in this cross-sport prop.