If you are already missing football, there’s plenty of betting options in Pennsylvania this weekend to keep you occupied.
On Saturday, No. 5 Villanova faces No. 19 Creighton in basketball action, helping you push football season even further into the rear-view mirror.
And on Sunday, NASCAR kicks off with arguably their biggest race of the year – the Daytona 500. The race will air at 2:30 on Fox and Denny Hamlin is listed as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.
In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbook’s Pick Play, we’ll cover the Daytona 500 and some of the other weekend odds to help you move forward with life after football.
DraftKings offering 25% profit boost on any college basketball game
For all you NCAA hoops fans, DraftKings is offering a promotion for college basketball wagers this weekend. Bettors can get a 25% Profit Boost on a college basketball game of their choice.
And for Pennsylvanians, that might very well be the Top 25 showdown between No. 5 Villanova and No. 19 Creighton. The game tips off at 5 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Odds are not yet available for the contest, but ESPN’s game preview has things pretty close, with the matchup predictor giving Villanova a 51.8% chance to win. Game lines and the over/under should be available at some point Friday.
Can Hamlin do it again at the Daytona 500?
Hamlin is the Daytona 500 favorite following two straight wins at Daytona in 2019 and 2020, and another win there in 2016. A win Sunday would give him four total to tie Cale Yarborough for the second-most. “The King” Richard Petty has the record with seven wins in the Daytona 500.
Hamlin is +800 at DraftKings Sportsbook and is drawing the highest betting interest at DraftKings (15% of the wagers and 18% of the handle). Trailing him in odds are Chase Elliott (+1000), Ryan Blaney (+1200), Joey Logano (+1200), and Kyle Busch (+1400). Here are odds for the rest of the top 10:
- Kevin Harvick: +1400
- Brad Keselowski: +1400
- Aric Almirola: +1600
- Kyle Larson: +1600
- Alex Bowman/William Byron/Martin Truex Jr: +1800
The betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Feb. 11 can be seen here.
DraftKings has pricing posted on the entire field and for top-3 finishes as well, giving bettors numerous options for Sunday’s race. There’s also a free-to-play $5k Daytona 500 pool with over 15,000 entrants and counting.
You can also find prop bets for Sunday’s race. And NASCAR futures for the 2021 season are also already available across PA sportsbooks.
No football, no problem
So even without football, Pennsylvania sports bettors will have plenty of options this weekend. There’s a big basketball game on Saturday.
And then a monster race on Sunday.
So forget about football, just for a little while.
College basketball is heating up and NASCAR drivers are starting their engines.
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