Welcome to the Pennsylvania Sports Betting Overview for Tuesday, June 25. In this column, we’ll set the stage for the day ahead for Keystone State sports bettors and spotlight some potentially advantageous opportunities.
With the NBA Finals recently concluded, we’re entering what is often considered a relatively subdued period of the sports betting calendar. Naturally, given that we’ve officially entered summer, Major League Baseball takes center stage in terms of US-based sports. Michigan and Vanderbilt also clash for the second consecutive night in Game 2 of the College World Series, with the Wolvernies now just one win away from a national title. Then, it’s never too early to start thinking of next NBA season. Pennsylvania sportsbooks already have a robust menu of 2019-20 NBA Futures Odds. We’ll take a look at how the 76ers‘ chances shape up for the pre-free-agency period in the eyes of oddsmakers.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting Industry News
Parx Casino becomes second entrant into PA online sports betting race
Monday, we gave SugarHouse Casino some accolades for the successful, albeit limited launch of its online sportsbook.
It now has some company. Parx Casino began a three-day soft launch of its app on Monday. The operator will progressively ramp up its beta testing each day. Monday’s run was eight hours in duration. Tuesday and Wednesday are slated to feature 10- and 12-hour sessions, respectively.
Assuming the three days of testing go off without a hitch, Parx will have the green light to begin full online operations.
Don’t look now, but here comes Rivers as well
Shortly after Parx’s likely imminent full launch, Rivers Casino will make it a three-horse derby, so to speak. The Pittsburgh-based operator, as we reported yesterday, was the May handle champ in the Keystone State by taking in $7,924,510 in wagers at its retail location. It’s now reportedly set to begin the beta testing phase of its online sports betting platform Tuesday. The Bet Rivers betting app will apparently undergo only two dress rehearsal days due to it being powered by Rush Street Gaming, which is also the engine behind SugarHouse’s PlaySugarHouse app.
Tuesday’s Best Bets at PA Sportsbooks
NBA Futures For 2019/20 Season
Philadelphia 76ers 2019/20 NBA Championship Odds
- SugarHouse Casino: +1000
- Parx Casino: +1000
Philadelphia 76ers 2019/20 Projected Win Total
- Parx Casino: Over/Under 52.5 wins (-110)
The 76ers teased their devoted fan base until the very last fickle bounce this past season. The end came suddenly and crushingly courtesy of a Kawhi Leonard miracle three-pointer in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal round. That followed a promising regular season for Philly. They put up a 51-31 record and an average of 115.2 points per contest. Yet the fear is that this could be a completely different team next season, and not for the better.
Tobias Harris, J.J. Redick, and Jimmy Butler—key components of last season’s squad to say the least—are all potential free-agent departures. Rockets-related rumors currently abound regarding Butler and Harris in particular, as we break down on our NBA Free Agency Betting Guide at TheLines. If those exits come to pass, the 76ers will be hard pressed to approximate last season’s results. That holds true even with cornerstones Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid still in the fold. That’s especially the case when considering the health of Embiid’s knees are always in question.
Even the loss of two of those pieces would likely leave Philly in a lurch in a shark-infested Eastern Conference. A shot at championship futures with a +1000 price is worth a roll of the dice, of course. But keep in mind the Sixers could well be even longer shots in just a couple of weeks depending on how free agency shakes out.
The Pick: Under 52.5 wins
College World Series
Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, 7:00pm EDT, Game 2
- SugarHouse Odds: Vanderbilt -210/ Michigan +160
- Parx Casino Odds: Vanderbilt -210/ Michigan +160
The Wolverines came through as underdogs in fine fashion Monday night, and that was with Michigan squandering several opportunities to really blow the game open as the contest unfolded. Their bats were more than capable of keeping up with Vanderbilt’s vaunted lineup. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Tommy Henry turned in a gutsy workhorse effort, toughing it out for 8.1 innings to largely preserve the Wolverines bullpen yet again.
The Game 1 upset leaves Michigan a win away from a national title. As of this writing, their Game 2 starting pitcher remains up in the air. Karl Kauffmann (12-6, 2.75 ERA, .220 BAA) and Jeff Criswell (7-1, 2.60 ERA, .229 BAA) are reportedly the top candidates to get the call. There’s no ambiguity on the Commodores‘ side — they’ll send freshman sensation Kumar Rocker (11-5, 3.38 ERA, .240 BAA) to the mound in an attempt to save their season. Rocker has already come through in the postseason with a no-hitter in the super regionals and a strong start against Mississippi State earlier in the CWS.
As impressive as Rocker has been — his ability to shut down an offense has been corroborated more than once — I see the betting scenario here as similar to Monday night. Vanderbilt isn’t quite as big a favorite, but the value still lies with Michigan at their price. The Wolverines have been bucking expectations for some time now, and after Game 1, there’s no shortage of confidence on their side. With a championship tantalizingly close and the ability to send out a dominant pitcher in their own right, I lean toward the Wolverines once again.
The Pick: Michigan +160
Major League Baseball
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m. EDT
- SugarHouse Odds: Over 10.5 runs (+100)/ Under 10.5 runs (-115)
- Parx Casino Odds: Over 10.5 runs (-104)/ Under 10.5 runs (-118)
As pointed out yesterday, these two teams came into their divisional series with enough pitching questions for the projected total of 9.5 runs to be exceeded Monday night. The swap of Jake Arrieta for an ineffective Zach Eflin certainly helped the cause. Yet it seems likely the ball was destined to be crushed early and often no matter who was on the mound. Starters Steven Matz and Eflin allowed a total of 13 runs between them while the aptly named Brooks Pounders took a beating for the Mets as well (5 ER over 1.2 innings). In all, the two clubs combined for a whopping 20 runs.
A pitcher even more vulnerable than Matz will take the hill for New York on Tuesday in Walker Lockett. The rookie looked overmatched in his first MLB start of 2019 against the Cubs last Thursday. He allowed six earned runs over just 2.1 innings. His prior exposure to big-league bats, in 2018 with the Padres, went similarly bad. Lockett generated a 9.60 ERA and 2.13 WHIP over 15 innings in that stint. Lockett has especially struggled against lefty hitters over his brief MLB career. He’s allowing a .409 average and .528 wOBA over a 53-batter sample to that handedness.
Both bullpens, already in bad form coming into the series, could be even worse for wear Tuesday. Two Mets relievers worked 3.2 frames Monday while the Phillies used a trio bullpen arms to work four innings. Both pens notably have ERAs hovering around 6.00 over the past week. And given how well each team’s hitters know the opposing staffs, those struggles could continue Tuesday once the starters exit.
The projected total is admittedly Coors Field-worthy, but I see Philadelphia, in particular, having a chance to contribute a good chunk toward exceeding it.
By The Numbers: The Over is 25-15-5 (62.5 percent) in the Mets’ road games this season; the Over is also 18-15-1 (54.5 percent) in the Phillies’ division games. Three of the seven games between the teams thus far this season have exceeded the 10.5-run total.
The Pick: Over 10.5 runs