Thanksgiving eve and day is a great time to sit around and watch sports, and to bet on them.
Even more exciting than just betting on one game? Parlay a bunch of games together for chances at an increased payout. Keep in mind that parlays are riskier plays; straight bets provide better odds. But if you want to try for an increased payout, parlays are the way to go.
Below is a rundown of some of the action courtesy of BetStars NJ.
Also, if you’re thinking about giving NJ sports betting a try, BetStars is giving away $50 in free bets for new users during Thanksgiving. More details here.
NFL betting on Thanksgiving
Here’s a closer look at the games that are going on on Thursday.
Currently, if you picked the three favorites on the point spread for a three-team parlay at BetStars NJ, they would pay at odds of about +640. So if you put down a $10 parlay linking all three outcomes, you’d win more than $60.
In early wagering, BetStars reports that:
- Dallas is getting 89 percent of the wagers on the point spread
- Detroit is getting 90 percent of spread bets
- Atlanta is getting 86 percent of spread bets
Chicago Bears (-2.5) vs. Detroit Lions
When: Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Eastern, CBS
Last Sunday night, the Bears came away with a huge 25-20 victory over NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.
Chicago’s defense gave Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins no time to get into a rhythm in this one. The Bears’ defense sacked Cousins twice and forced two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
The duo of All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks combined for two sacks against the Vikings, and they will definitely pile up more against the Lions.
The Lions finally ended their three-game losing streak on Sunday when they came away with a 20-19 home victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Despite the win, however, Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of the game and he will probably miss out on Thanksgiving afternoon against the Bears.
The Bears defeated the Lions, 34-22, in Week 10 in which Chicago. The Bears sacked Stafford six times and had two interceptions in that game.
Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (-7)
When: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys battle for first place in the NFC East.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) picked up their second win in a row edging out the Atlanta Falcons 22-19 on a game-winning field goal as time expired last Sunday.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott did it all for Dallas leading the team in rushing and receiving yards.
Elliott carried the ball 23 times for 122 yards and one touchdown, catching seven passes for 79 yards.
During Dallas’ two-game winning streak, Elliott has rushed over 120 yards and caught six passes or more in each game.
The Washington Redskins (6-4) lost starting quarterback Alex Smith to a gruesome leg injury midway through the third quarter before losing to the Houston Texans 23-21 on Sunday afternoon.
Colt McCoy replaced Smith and showed signs of life completing 6 of 12 passes for 54 yards, one touchdown and no interception, adding five carries for 35 yards.
Washington defeated Dallas 20-17 during their Week 7 matchup, and Thanksgiving should feature a similar defensive battle.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints (-13)
When: Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, the Saints have rolled off nine wins in a row.
Most recently, New Orleans came away with a 48-7 beatdown of the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles at home last Sunday.
The Saints are averaging an incredible 48 points per game over their last three games.
Quarterback Drew Brees, the front-runner for NFL MVP, completed 22-of-30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Mark Ingram piled up 103 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns.
Back when these teams squared off in Week 3, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had five total touchdowns, including the game-winning rushing touchdown, in a 43-37 overtime victory over the Falcons.
Ryan, on the other hand, played great as well. He passed for 374 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
Once again, like always, when these two teams play each other it will come down to the play at the quarterback position.
NBA betting on Thanksgiving
Let’s not forget that there’s a lot of hoops action going on today.
Betting the Celtics and the Nets on the point spread with a two-team parlay would give a bettor odds of +260 currently at BetStars.
New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics (-14)
When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Boston Celtics lost their second consecutive game on Monday against the Charlotte Hornets 117-112.
Kyrie Irving posted a double-double leading the team with 27 points and 11 assists, while Jayson Tatum was next in line with 18 points, adding six rebounds, one steal and a block.
The New York Knicks dropped their sixth game in a row Tuesday night losing to the Portland Trail Blazers 118-114.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for New York with 32 points, Noah Vonleh contributed a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Trey Burke added 19 points off the bench.
The Knicks have struggled all season on the road with a 2-8 record; meanwhile the Celtics have defended home court with a 5-2 record.
Brooklyn Nets (+5.5) vs. Dallas Mavericks
When: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Brooklyn Nets got back on track Tuesday night taking down the Miami Heat 104-92.
D’Angelo Russell lead Brooklyn with 20 points, Jarrett Allen posted his third consecutive double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Spencer Dinwiddie added 16 points and seven assists off the bench.
The Dallas Mavericks snapped their four-game winning streak after scoring a season-low against the Memphis Grizzlies losing 98-88 on Monday.
Each member of the starting rotation scored in double figures for the Mavericks as Dennis Smith Jr. lead the team with 19 points, followed by DeAndre Jordan who had a big day finishing with 17 points and 20 rebounds.
Six of Dallas’ seven wins this season have come at home. The Mavs also have the tenth best defense in the league allowing (108.6 ppg).