MLB Odds are Seeing Big Movement as Online Sportsbooks React to Uptick in Action.
Opening night of the MLB season will feature two marquee matchups on ESPN. First it’s the Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals. Then, a rivalry game in the west between the Giants and Dodgers as the nightcap. The TV ratings are expected to be the highest ever for an MLB opening day, and the online betting industry is preparing for an unprecedented amount of early season baseball action.
For those new to betting on baseball, the most important thing to remember is that you must shop for odds. While MLB does have run-lines (spreads) of around -1.5 for every favorite, moneylines/straight odds are almost always the best way to bet MLB. Vegas oddsmakers set them, and then the individual sportsbooks can change them based on the action they are taking. So, sharps know to check every sportsbook to find the best value before firing their bets.
An example of the disparity in odds from book to book is the SF Giants moneyline vs LAD. After opening in Vegas at SF +220, big public action on the Dodgers has sent the Giants odds way up at some books more than others. We’re seeing SF +230 at UniBet, but it’s +255 if you take your action to DraftKings Sportsbook or BetRivers. That’s a substantial difference of $25 more in winnings on every $100 wagered.
The easiest way to odds shop (if you like bet legally in the US), is to use this free MLB Odds comparison tool from TPN. You’ll get the odds for every baseball game at every online sportsbook in your state, compared against the opening Vegas odds. Seeing it all one one screen will save you valuable time and can win you more money.
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The Best Yankees and Cubs Odds Are Going to be at PointsBet.
One of the most popular betting sites right now in New Jersey and Indiana is PointsBet. The always player friendly sportsbook is known for great promos, especially their crowd boosted odds. Crowd boosted odds actually get better for everyone who bets on them, with every 100 bets taken on that line by the house. Often the crowd boosters are applied to niche sports like MMA and PGA, but now we are seeing crowd boosted odds on MLB games at PointsBet.
Indiana players are getting a crowed booster on the Cubs opener vs the Brewers. While New Jersey bettors are able to get a crowd boost on the Yankees moneyline for opening night vs WAS. After opening at NYY -140, the line has moved close to even money on the Bronx Bombers and will surely be plus money by first pitch. It’s safe to say you won’t find better odds on the Yankees.
PointsBet is also paying $10 for every homer in July with their MLB Make it Rain bonus. All PB users in NJ and IN have to do is place a $50+ moneyline or runline bet on any baseball game, and they’ll get $10 in free bets for every home run their team hits in the game.
Another sportsbook firing early bonus shots for MLB is FanDuel. If you missed our write up on the World Series Win Bonus, then you’ll want to read about it here.
Stay tuned to The Props Network for more MLB betting news and live odds all season long.
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