Gridiron action has started, but that does not mean Major League Baseball has lost its relevance.
Odds makers felt the effects of rookie Johnny Manziel’s debut with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, as bettors on Bovada and topbet pushed the Browns to a favorite of 2.5 points prior to kickoff after the Detroit Lions had opened the line as the favorite at -2.5.
There have been few limit plays thus far in the preseason of the NFL, even though the majority of sites have low limits on point total of $500 and on sides at $1,000.
While the preseason games play out, the limit wagers are few and far between. Odds makers at betonline and sportsbook.com say that baseball remains prevalent and where most of the nightly handle is done.
The majority of action on the NFL is small ticket, straight bets and a number of parlays, of which the majority are tied back to baseball games.
With many of the baseball games posting later, the entire risk for the day rests on them, which means the baseball group is the larger winner of loser on the following day’s report of wins and losses.
Most books will employ a much different strategy on the NFL games once the regular rolls into town. Many in the preseason want to be within a ½ point of the market number, while during the regular season it is more about the amount booked than what is the market.
This past weekend the books enjoyed a solid weekend in baseball. The books do so much better when the public’s popular teams like the Angels, Dodgers and Tigers lose.
Los Angeles dropped two straight to open a series in Milwaukee, while the Angels were riding a 4-game losing streak up through their game on Saturday.
With the second week of preseason NFL games on tap this weekend, bookmakers are expectedly more action.
In week one of the preseason, the favorites were 10-6 ATS and the UNDER cashed on 11 of 16 games. That is in stark contrast to the NFL preseason last year when the OVER cashed in 59% of the games.
Last week’s lowest total was just 35.5 between Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. That total cashed UNDER as the Bucs lost to the Jaguars 16-10. Blake Bortles the Jags No. 1 pick had a solid game at quarterback.
The total that was the highest was 4
2 in a game between Philadelphia and Chicago. That game cashed on the OVER as the Bears outlasted the Eagles 34-28. That total on most lines was opened at 38.5, but was all the way to 41 before Tuesday night.
While baseball will remain relevant for now, the focus of public bettors will little by little move over to the NFL and NCAA by the time September rolls around.