College Basketball Odds & Picks: Our Favorite PointsBet Same Game Parlay for Kentucky vs. Duke
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With college hoops tipping off tonight, gambling has become 10 times better.
Given there are so many college squads tipping off every single night, it’s important to find the best books to wager with.
I’ll point you in PointsBet’s direction for college basketball’s opening night, primarily because they have a variety of different betting options to maximize your EV, such as their “Name a Bet” feature and PointsBetting.
For tonight, I want to highlight their Same Game Parlay markets, which lets you pair together different wagers from the same game for a much larger payout.
Tonight, I’ve settled on a Same Game Parlay for tonight’s marquee Champions Classic matchup between Kentucky and Duke.
The Parlay: +342
- First-Half Under 70.5
- Full-Game Under 148.5
- Kentucky +3
Kentucky and Duke are both restructuring. These two blue-blood programs suffered during the COVID-ridden 2020-21 season, both missing the NCAA Tournament.
But John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski are the best college basketball has to offer. So, they hit the recruiting trail and dove into the inflated transfer portal, and these two rosters are looking totally different from last season.
Kentucky returns just one starter, but it also brought in four veteran transfers that will totally re-boost the offense. However, it might take a while for those guys to mesh.
Meanwhile, Duke brings back three of its starters, but it also lost its two best 3-point shooters from last season in Matthew Hurt and DJ Steward.
The Blue Devils picked up highly coveted Paolo Banchero, and he’ll be relied upon to have a breakout freshman year. But I’m skeptical he’ll step in as a high-volume scorer right away.
Therefore, I’m low on both these teams’ offensive ceilings heading into this huge matchup. I’m banking on this game starting slow, and then the score will be too low for this relatively high over to hit.
Finally, in a low-scoring, grind-it-out game between two blue bloods, I’d feel much more comfortable taking the points with Kentucky. If Kentucky doesn’t win outright, the Wildcats should definitely keep this rock fight within three.
If this game plays out as I expect it to, PointsBet is going to let me cash in big.