Summertime Online Sports Betting Tips
The month of July presses on in what could be considered one of the slowest times of the year for sports betting at online sportsbooks. The start of another season of football both in the college ranks and the NFL is more than a month away and the only real daily action on the board is MLB regular season games.
Football diehards can turn their attention north of the boarder where the CFL season is in full swing. The best thing about betting on this league is a weekly schedule of just four games. With four teams in the East Division and five in the West, it does not take all that much effort to quickly get up to speed from a handicapping standpoint. Some bettors complain about all the rule changes between CFL games and the NFL. Yet, this is still basically the same sport that everyone loves to bet on.
The two main differences is a much bigger field up north with just three chances to make a first down as opposed to four. There are ways to score just one point on punts and kickoffs, but betting on the CFL can be an excellent way to sharpen your skills ahead of the upcoming NFL games. Getting to know the CFL quarterbacks is a great first step. The passing game takes precedence in this league given the rule differences.
There are some great gunslingers up north such as Mike Reilly for the British Columbia Lions and Trevor Harris for the Edmonton Eskimos. Unfortunately, through the first six weeks of play, those two teams have combined to win just four of 11 total games played. The top two teams in the CFL this season are the East Division’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the West’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The highlight of this week’s games is a Week 7 matchup between these two teams on Friday night.
The Tiger-Cats are 4-1 both straight-up and against the spread through their first five games only to be outdone by the Blue Bombers at a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS. Each team has an offense that is putting up at least 30 points a game complementing a defense that is holding opposing teams to 20 points or less.
If you are looking for some basketball betting action this time of the year, things continue to heat up in the WNBA. The top eight teams in the 12-team league are separated by just 2.5 games between first place and eighth. The quality of play has never been better with so many competitive teams.
The top two teams in the standings are the Connecticut Sun at 12-6 in the Eastern Conference and the Las Vegas Aces with the identical record in the Western Conference. The Aces have been the hottest team lately with eight SU wins in their last 10 games. Once again, the relatively small size of this league makes it easy to handicap. The top matchups are carried by ESPN2 and online at ESPN3. Weekend games are featured on ABC and NBA TV will also televise a few of the games.
The steady staple of betting action this time of year is still all the daily MLB games on the board. Avid bettors already know that there is a ton of value betting on MLB games. The primary bet is the moneyline and the total line for each game, but you can usually find some good value on the run line when betting favorites.
Another great option is the 5 inning line, which is a true matchup between each team’s starting pitcher. Betting options on the UNDER when a pair of aces are on the mound is often a solid play. As is the OVER for five innings when two teams deep into their rotation square off.