Thursday’s Lead: Sports Betting In America’s Biggest Cities, Lonzo vs. Rondo, World Cup Final Odds, More

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July 11, 2018; Moscow, Russia; Croatia defender Domagoj Vida (21) midfielder Ivan Rakitic (7) and forward Mario Mandzukic (17) celebrate the 2-1 victory against England in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

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BETTING: Legalize Faster, Please

From New York (America’s biggest city) to Nashville (No. 25), constituents are banging on their local representatives’ doors, screaming: “Cut through the friggin’ red tape! I wanna make bets in my city!” We all share their sentiment. With Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J. (only 11.5 miles from NYC) ready to offer legal betting this week, John Holden speculates as to when America’s cities will open their first sportsbooks. For many, it’s sooner than you think…


WORLD CUP: The French as Favorites

Luka Modrić looks more like a “Lord of the Rings” hobbit than an international superstar, but the talented midfielder has the Cro-yay-tians one win away from becoming the biggest underdog ever to win the World Cup. Did you forget to put half your life savings on Croatia +3500 before the start of the tournament? Don’t worry, most of us did too. France is -210 to beat the country of four million people in the grand finale, but it’s gonna be hard to bet against the lads whose last names all end with “ic”…


Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Rajon Rondo (left), Lonzo Ball (right).

NBA: Lonzo vs. Rondo

By the end of the Lakers’ 2018-19 season, oddsmakers will be posting odds on what Kyle Kuzma will eat for breakfast. The prop gods are killing it when it comes to the Lakers, and their latest accomplishment comes in the form of Lonzo vs. Rondo

Two Props Worth Pursuing: 

  1. Who will start Game 1 of the regular season? Lonzo (-200), Rondo (+150)
  2. First Regular Season Game: Will Lonzo Ball be a Laker? Yes (-300) No (+200)
If those wet your whistle — which they shouldn’t, because that’s an odd, outdated phase — Matt Moore breaks down all the Rajon vs. Ball props…

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