Welcome to the Pennsylvania Sports Betting Brief for NFL Week 11. In this column, we’ll review some recent sports betting news in the Keystone State and spotlight some potentially advantageous betting opportunities as well.
DraftKings Sportsbook is in full swing in Pennsylvania, and they’re commemorating the Eagles’ return from their bye week with a special promotion for the Week 11 matchup against the Patriots. We’ll delve into the details and also offer betting takes on that contest while checking in on the latest Philadelphia 76ers’ futures odds for both the 2019-20 NBA championship and Eastern Conference crown.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting Industry News
DraftKings Sportsbook Celebrating PA Debut With Major Eagles Odds Boost
We’re still in the heart of the 2019 NFL season, the most lucrative multi-month period of the sports betting calendar. DraftKings Sportsbook couldn’t quite maximize the value of the full season in Pennsylvania this year. The operator received approval to resume operations in the state from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) at the end of October. The mandatory testing period unfolded Nov. 4-6 before full operations kicked off last Thursday, Nov. 7.
However, DK is apparently intent on making what remains of this year’s NFL campaign memorable for Keystone residents. They’re commemorating the first weekend in which their unrestricted operations coincide with a Philadelphia Eagles game by offering a sizable odds boost for the Week 11 Patriots-Eagles showdown. The offer consists of a +1,000 odds boost on the Eagles moneyline for new PA users only. As of Friday morning, the standard moneyline odds offered by DK Sportsbook for the contest was +165.
To be eligible, users must make their first deposit prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff of the game Sunday, Nov. 17. The maximum bet allowed will be $10, and the maximum winnings will be $100.
This Week’s Best Bets at PA Sportsbooks
NFL Week 11
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots — 4:25 p.m. ET
- DraftKings Sportsbook Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
- FOX Bet Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
- FanDuel Sportsbook Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
- Rivers Casino Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
This interconference showdown has a number of intriguing elements. One is the fact both teams will be coming off byes and therefore have had plenty of time to gameplan for the other. Another is the fact the Patriots are coming off their first loss of the season. New England had to be frustrated/embarrassed by a 37-20 walloping at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. The defending champs had played down to their level of competition at times this season for parts of games before bouncing back for sizable wins. However, New England’s vaunted defense was flummoxed enough by Lamar Jackson to facilitate the big win for Baltimore.
On the other side, the Eagles come in with back-to-back wins. Prior to the season, it was assumed Philadelphia would be a potential NFC equal to the Patriots with a healthy Carson Wentz. Yet their 2019 campaign has been fraught with inconsistency and some key injuries. That’s why, despite the aforementioned two-game win streak, Philly comes in with just a modest 5-4 record. And the path to 6-4 looks very thorny.
To begin with, facing Bill Belichick coming off both a loss and a bye is likely one of the worst set of circumstances under which to play New England. Given his well-earned reputation as a master strategist, any extra time Belichick has to hone in on an opponent is usually to his team’s significant advantage. Then, despite the debacle versus the Ravens, New England still boasts the NFL’s No. 2-ranked defense in the league (AFC-low 249.3 total yards per game allowed). The Pats are ferocious against both the run and pass. That’s also bad news for a Philadelphia offense that sports an inconsistent run game and that has no consistent deep threat in the passing game at the moment with DeSean Jackson on injured reserve.
The Eagles will likely make life difficult on the Patriots’ ground attack. Philadelphia allows the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (87.3). A Tom Brady-helmed passing game against an Eagles secondary that’s gotten much healthier but can still be beat will likely be enough to notch a modest win here for the Pats. I’m leaning toward a New England cover of the 3.5-point number.
The Lean: Patriots -3.5
Philadelphia 76ers Futures
2019-20 NBA Champions
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: +700
2019-20 Eastern Conference Champions
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: +200
The 76ers entered the season with very high expectations following last season’s unceremonious exit from the postseason courtesy of then-Raptor Kawhi Leonard. They started the season validating those expectations. Philadelphia notched five consecutive wins to open to start the year, knocking off the Celtics on Opening Night for Boston’s only loss of the season thus far in the process. However, they didn’t measure up against fellow 2018-19 playoff contenders Utah and Denver on the road. Injuries/suspensions to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have played a part in some of the Sixers’ four losses.
Zooming out to a long view in the context of these props, the Sixers appear to have a championship-caliber starting five in the form of Embiid, Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Al Horford. However, their second-unit depth is more suspect. PGs Raul Neto and Trey Burke are solid veteran backups for Simmons at point guard. Furkan Korkmaz is also a serviceable fill-in for Richardson at two-guard when necessary. The two forward spots and center are a bit less fortified. Long-term injuries to Harris, Horford and particularly Embiid would leave Philly with much lower-quality replacements.
The Milwaukee Bucks appear to be the biggest obstacle for Philadelphia in terms of a conference championship. Milwaukee won the three-game season series between the teams during the 2018-19 campaign by a 2-1 margin and the two clubs will meet on four occasions this season. The Celtics have also worked themselves into the conversation with their scalding-hot 9-1 start. Boston was outclassed by Philly in the opening game as mentioned earlier. But, they got the best of the Sixers in three of four games last season. Both teams have significant new pieces this season, so it remains to be seen how the remaining three regular-season contests unfold.
Over in the Western Conference, the two L.A. squads are still the odds-on favorites to compete for the Larry O’Brien trophy. Horford and Embiid would have their work cut out for them defending a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis in a Finals series down low. And in the Clippers, old nemesis Leonard and Paul George would certainly present a formidable challenge. Yet the 76ers would arguably have a deeper starting five based on how both teams are currently constituted.