If you are a sports betting enthusiast like all of us at BangTheBook.com are, then you probably start thinking about the betting impact of the day’s top stories. Not every top story has a relevance to betting, but you probably try to connect the dots anyway. In a new feature each weekday, we will take a look at the top six sports stories of the day in an article titled the Daily Six Pack. They say that an apple day keeps the doctor away. Well, we like to think that a six pack a day keeps the bookie away.
With that, let’s take a look at the six top stories for Tuesday February 24:
Manhattan Mad Dash
We’ve already seen some schools ban storming the football field after a big win and Kansas State could be the next one to ban it on the basketball court. Following Monday night’s 70-63 upset win over Kansas, the Wildcats faithful stormed the floor and pinned Kansas head coach Bill Self up against the scorer’s table. The raucous, chaotic scene also included some WWE-type stuff from a Kansas assistant, who put a Kansas State fan into a headlock.
Looks like a Kansas assistant executed a nice headlock on a fan taunting his players. https://t.co/wHdM0b7YeE
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 24, 2015
Jayhawk Jamari Traylor was blatantly run into by a Kansas State fan and other students can be seen jumping into Kansas players. It was an ugly scene amidst the jubilation for Kansas State, in what has been a very tough season. Bruce Weber quickly apologized for his fan base and the school is going to review their postgame policies.
Bill Snyder was spotted at the game, likely plotting his assault on the sportsbooks for the upcoming season.
As far as Kansas State goes, fade the Wildcats in their remaining regular season games. This was their Super Bowl and there’s no way they can replicate this feeling. With games against Iowa State and Texas, the Wildcats will be an underdog in both and they have no NCAA Tournament prospects. This was the game that they wanted and they got it.
Boston Lands Another Big Fish
The Boston Red Sox won the international bidding for Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada on Monday. Moncada, 19, is likely a third baseman at the Major League level, though second base could also be in his future. Moncada signed a $31.5M signing bonus that led some Major League Baseball players to take to Twitter and voice their frustrations with MLB’s international signing policies. An international player like Moncada can make obscene amounts of money at 19, while players drafted out of high school or junior college are rigidly capped based on MLB’s Draft signing pools.
As far as the Red Sox, expect speculation to pick up that the Red Sox will now use one or both of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts to get Cole Hamels out of Philadelphia. The Red Sox lack a front of the rotation starter in their rebuilt ground ball pitching staff and Hamels is available and unhappy with the current situation in Philadelphia. Moncada could be a guy on a quick development path to the Major Leagues because his body is advanced for his age and the skill set is clearly there.
The Moncada signing shouldn’t register with the Red Sox win total or their division/World Series futures odds, but a possible Cole Hamels acquisition undoubtedly would. It may be a good time to throw something on the Red Sox over, which I liked anyway, in anticipation of a big splash to get a pitcher.
Pelicans Fly Back for Victory
This is a huge story in the NBA because the New Orleans Pelicans are without Anthony Davis and still rallied from a 17-point deficit against the Toronto Raptors. Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holliday were also out, making the win that much more impressive. The Pelicans are clearly a long shot to make the playoffs with their injury situation and the fact that they trail Oklahoma City by two games and San Antonio by five games, but it’s this type of performance that should resonate for the future as well.
The Pelicans may not get there this season, but they’re going to get a lot of love entering next season, especially if they can surround Davis with some more talent. In the short-term, the Pelicans will play hard without their top players, and the books won’t have much faith in them without Davis, Anderson, and Holliday. You could probably get some value fading the Pelicans when Davis comes back.
Ryan Miller is going to undergo an MRI on the lower body injury he suffered this past weekend. He flew back to Vancouver for the exam, which means that he will not be able to participate in Thursday’s return to Buffalo. The Canucks are in a precarious situation in the Pacific Division. They have a three-point lead over Los Angeles, Calgary, and San Jose in the battle for the final three playoff spots in the division. Eddie Lack is not the same household name that Miller is, but he’s a solid goaltender and could be an upgrade. The Canucks could be undervalued in Miller’s absence.
David Krejci will miss 4-to-6 more weeks for the Boston Bruins. Krejci was out earlier this season and the Bruins suffered offensively. They have a three-point lead over the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division for the final playoff spot. The Bruins are not a good offensive team to begin with, so this is a major injury for them to deal with. I’d look to play a lot of Bruins unders over the next few weeks because they’re going to try and slow the game down and play tight-checking games.
Alex Rodriguez rolled into New York Yankees Spring Training in Tampa on Monday and he took batting practice at the minor league complex. Rodriguez arrived two days before the mandatory reporting date for position players. The Yankees certainly have their fair share of storylines for the season already. CC Sabathia put back on the weight that he lost and he is now tipping the scales at 305 pounds, citing that he felt that the lack of weight hurt his velocity. Nevermind that Sabathia has bad knees that probably won’t appreciate the added weight.
But Rodriguez is the big story and will continue to be. Every time he hits a home run or drives a double in Spring Training, it will be put under the microscope and examined until sportswriters and media members are blind from squinting so hard. Rodriguez said all the right things and signed autographs for fans that have already forgiven the tainted slugger.
As far as the Yankees go, my thoughts on their 2015 season can be found in their win total analysis.
Day of the Dogs
Over the weekend, UFC Fight Night 61 produced an interesting outcome for the sportsbooks. Underdogs were 10-1 on the night and those willing to take a shot at the plus money prices had a very nice night. Bovada reported heavy losses on the event, upwards of $1M.
UFC 184 is coming up on Saturday night with a main event of Ronda Rousey against Cat Zingano.
Speaking of underdogs, Manny Pacquiao money has been coming in now that the big May 2 fight is a go. Floyd Mayweather was a favorite in the -275 range and some books have dropped as much as 40 cents to counterbalance the money coming in on the underdog. Mayweather has never lost in his professional career. This bout will shatter records of all sorts, including the betting handle record, so a lot of line movement will take place between now and May 2 with an enormous handle and the books are likely to be pretty balanced for the fight.
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