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Arizona Sports Betting Launch Still on Quick Pace for September

Arizona officials are projecting a Sept. 9 sports betting launch and are still on pace for one of the nation’s quickest turnarounds from bill signing to first bet. Max Hartgraves, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Gaming, confirmed in an email to The Action Network this week that state regulators were working toward an early September launch. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the state’s sports betting bill in April.

Arizona Online Sports Betting Legalization Bill Passes Legislature

Arizona lawmakers passed an online and retail sports betting bill Monday, April 12 that will allow as many as 20 statewide mobile operators and some of the nation’s first in-stadium sportsbooks.

Arizona Sports Betting Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate

The Arizona House easily passed a sports betting legalization bill , sending the proposal to the Senate and building hope legal wagering could come to the state.

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How Arizona Sports Betting Compares

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Arizona Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for Arizona Beginners

If you’re new to sports betting in Arizona, you likely have questions: How much money should you be betting? Where should you be betting on the Cardinals win totals? How do you find the best odds for a Diamondbacks game? Every sport and bet type comes with different considerations.

Here are our top sports betting tips for beginners that can help you make smarter decisions with any action.

Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig and so much more. It can be a bit intimidating for newer betting sports fans, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.

Each of the online sportsbooks we recommend will also help define these terms within their product to make everything easier for you to understand, too.

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’re betting on the Phoenix game totals or Coyotes futures, sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. There will always be ups and downs, but if you stay true to our key mistakes to avoid, your sports betting experience will be a much more enjoyable one.

 

Arizona Teams to Bet on

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NFL Betting in Arizona 

Arizona Cardinals

Official Arizona Cardinals Website | Schedule | Roster

The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest professional football team yet one of the least successful franchises in NFL history. Established in 1898 and joining the NFL for the inaugural 1920 season, the Cardinals have just one conference championship in eight playoff appearances since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Arizona currently holds the longest active championship drought in professional sports — won the 1947 NFL Championship prior to the merger — at 73 seasons.

The Cardinals play home games at State Farm Stadium in Glendale and compete in the NFC West division. They are coached by Kliff Kingsbury who looks to lead Arizona to its first playoff appearance since 2015.  Franchise quarterback and former Heisman winner Kyler Murray will return under center for his third season.

Arizona Cardinals Rivalry #1: vs. Seattle Seahawks. Since the 2002 division realignment, these two franchises have been NFC West rivals. Playing each other twice a year, the height of this rivalry came in 2014-16 when the Seahawks and Cardinals competed for the NFC West crown. This series is always back and forth as Seattle holds a one-game lead all-time. The two franchises split 2020's season series.

Arizona Cardinals Rivalry #2: vs. San Francisco 49ers. Another NFC West division rival, the Cardinals and 49ers play twice a season. Both teams have shared years of dominance over one another since the 2002 realignment. The 49ers won nine of 10 from 2009-13 before the Cardinals instantly responded with nine of 10 of their own. San Francisco holds a 32-27 all-time lead over Arizona as both teams split the 2020 series.

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NBA Betting in Arizona

Phoenix Suns 

Official Phoenix Suns Website | Schedule | Roster

The Phoenix Suns joined the NBA as part of the 1968 expansion and, after taking a few years to find their footing, became a perennial playoff contender from the late 1970s through the late 2000s. The Suns have six division titles and a pair of conference championships but have never won an NBA Finals in 29 postseason appearances.

The Suns are coached by Monty Williams and are primed for their first playoff berth since 2009-10. They compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and play home games at Phoenix Suns Arena. The franchise is led by star Devin Booker and longtime NBA veteran Chris Paul.

Phoenix Suns Rivalry: vs. San Antonio Spurs. Despite competing in different divisions, this rivalry features 10 playoff series and over 200 games. Starting in the 1990s and reaching a new height in the 2000s, both teams were among the Western Conference's best. This rivalry got so heated that it is allegedly the reason behind Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich not receiving the not to lead the USA Basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Spurs have won six of the 10 playoff series over Phoenix and lead the all-time series.

Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on basketball in Arizona:

MLB Betting in Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks 

Official Arizona Diamondbacks Website | Schedule | Roster

The youngest team in MLB history, the Arizona Diamondbacks joined as an expansion team ahead of the 1998 season and instantly found success. In their second year, the franchise won 100 games. In their fourth: a World Series. The Diamondbacks would return to the playoffs a year later but soon fell to mediocrity. The franchise has just one playoff appearance over the last decade.

The Diamondbacks are coached by Torey Lovullo and play home games at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Arizona competes in the National League West division which the franchise has won five times.

Arizona Diamondbacks Rivalry: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Though dissipating in recent years due to the Dodgers' success and Diamondbacks' lack thereof, there have been plenty of heated moments over the last few years between the two. After clinching the National League West over the Diamondbacks in 2013, the Dodgers celebrated by jumping into the pool at Chase Field. Benches have cleared on multiple occasions, too. The Dodgers lead the all-time series over the Diamondbacks.

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NHL Betting in Arizona

Arizona Coyotes

Official Arizona Coyotes Website | Schedule | Roster

The Arizona Coyotes were established in 1972 as part of the World Hockey Association and would later join the NHL — after the WHA ceased to exist — ahead of the 1979 season. Formerly known as the Winnipeg Jets, the Coyotes moved to Phoenix and rebranded as the Coyotes in 1996. The franchise has never been to the Stanley Cup and has one division championship.

The Coyotes play home games at Gila River Arena in Glendale and compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. However, due to COVID-19 and the temporary division realignment, the Coyotes are in the West Division for the 2020-21 season. They are coached by Rick Tocchet.

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WNBA Betting in Arizona

Phoenix Mercury

Official Phoenix Mercury Website | Schedule | Roster

One of the eight original franchises in the WNBA, the Phoenix Mercury were established in 1997 and have been one of the most successful teams in the league. The Mercury have made the playoffs 12 times over the last 14 seasons and are three-time WNBA champions. The team is coached by Sandy Brondello and features multiple stars including longtime veteran guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner. The Mercury, like the Suns, play home games at Phoenix Suns Arena. Both franchises are owned by Robert Sarver.

There are just four colleges in Arizona that field Division I athletics programs, but only two have a football team that competes at the FBS level. The state also has five professional sports franchises, all in the Phoenix area.

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College Football Betting in Arizona

Arizona Wildcats Football

Official Arizona Wildcats Website | Schedule | Roster 

One of two Arizona college football teams competing at the FBS level, the Wildcats have produced six conference titles and competed in 21 Bowl games. Arizona recently hired Jedd Fisch as its new head coach ahead of the 2021 season, replacing Kevin Sumlin who was 9-20 in three seasons at the helm. The Wildcats compete in the Pac-12 Conference and play their home games at Arizona Stadium with a capacity of 50,782.

Arizona Wildcats Rivalry: vs. Arizona State Sun Devils. Just over 100 miles separate these two in-state rivals that first competed in 1899 and have played annually since 1946. Both schools joined the Pac-12 Conference in 1978 with the winner of this yearly matchup being awarded the Territorial Cup. In 94 meetings, Arizona holds the slight all-time edge, 49-44-1.

Arizona State Sun Devils Football

Official Arizona State Sun Devils Website | Schedule | Roster 

Arizona State has been the more successful program in comparison to its in-state counterpart, producing 17 conference titles and 32 Bowl appearances. The height of the Sun Devils came in the 1970s under Hall of Fame head coach Frank Kush. Arizona State would win four Fiesta Bowls and a Peach Bowl from 1970-75, finishing inside the top 15 of the Associated Press's end-of-season rankings all but once. The Sun Devils joined the Pac-12 Conference in 1978 where they have won three titles since and are currently coached by Herm Edwards. ASU plays its home games at Sun Devil Stadium with a capacity of 56,634.

Arizona State Sun Devils Rivalry: vs. Arizona Wildcats. Despite Arizona jumping out to a 20-2 series lead in this rivalry, the Sun Devils have brought this series close and are currently on a four-game win streak. Being the only two FBS programs in the state has fueled the rivalry that has adopted many nicknames throughout the years including the Duel in the Desert. The Sun Devils dominated the Wildcats, 70-7, in their 2020 matchup.

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College Basketball Betting in Arizona

Arizona Wildcats Men's Basketball

Official Arizona Wildcats Website | Schedule | Roster 

The Arizona Wildcats are the 11th winningest program in college basketball and have won 16 Pac-12 regular-season championships since its transition in 1978. The program rose to prominence under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olson, the winningest head coach in Pac-12 history. The Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament 25 consecutive seasons, starting in 1985, all but two coming under Olson.

Despite their frequent success in making the postseason, Arizona has just one National Championship in two appearances. They defeated three No. 1 seeds, including Rick Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats in the 1997 National Championship. The Wildcats have made four Final Fours and 11 Elite Eights in program history and last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2018. Arizona recently parted ways with head coach Sean Miller and hired former Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd to take his place. The Wildcats play home games at the McKale Center on campus.

Arizona Wildcats Rivalry #1: vs. Arizona State Sun Devils. Dating back to 1913, this in-state rivalry has been largely controlled by the Wildcats. Under Lute Olson, Arizona finished 43-6 against the Sun Devils. Both programs compete in the Pac-12 and face one another at least twice a season in a home-and-home series. They have played annually since 1923. The Wildcats are on a two-game win streak and lead the all-time series 155-86.

Arizona Wildcats Rivalry #2: vs. UCLA Bruins. The height of this rivalry between Pac-12 Conference opponents came in 1984 when Olson took over the Arizona program. Both teams became powerhouses in the conference and combined for 13 straight Pac-12 championships from 1986-1999. These two programs play one another twice a season as the Bruins hold the all-time series lead and have won five straight.

Arizona State Sun Devils Men's Basketball

Official Arizona State Sun Devils Website | Schedule | Roster 

Arizona State has yet to win a Pac-12 Championship since its transition in 1978 but has 16 NCAA Tournament appearances to its name. Though not finding much postseason success, the Sun Devils have produced 36 NBA players, none more notable than current Brooklyn Nets star James Harden. Arizona State is currently coached by Bobby Hurley who has led the program to two NCAA Tournaments — would have likely been three if the 2020 postseason was not canceled due to COVID-19 — in six seasons. The Sun Devils play home games at Desert Financial Arena.

Arizona State Sun Devils Rivalry: vs. Arizona Wildcats. Though more intense on the gridiron, the Sun Devils and Wildcats have met 241 total times since 1913. No team has played Arizona State more than its in-state rival, who has largely controlled the series. The Sun Devils did have their fair share of dominance in the series, winning 41 of 56 from 1958 through the 1983 season.

Grand Canyon Antelopes Men's Basketball

Official Grand Canyon Antelopes Website | Schedule | Roster 

Grand Canyon basketball made the transition to Division I in 2013, finishing above .500 all but once since. The Antelopes are coached by Bryce Drew who secured the program's first-ever Western Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2021. No. 15 seed GCU would fall in the Round of 64 to Iowa, 86-74. The Antelopes play home games at GCU Arena on campus.

Grand Canyon Antelopes Rivalry: vs. New Mexico State Aggies. Because of Grand Canyon's recent transition into Division I, there is no clear-cut rival. But one that seems to be budding due to the Antelopes' recent success in the WAC is against the Aggies. Not only is New Mexico State their most-played opponent, but Grand Canyon took down NMSU in the WAC conference championship en route to its first-ever postseason bid. The Antelopes swept 2021's three-game series against the Aggies.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Men's Basketball 

Official Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Website | Schedule | Roster 

Northern Arizona competes in the Big Sky Conference where the program has won four regular-season conference championships and two NCAA Tournament berths. Their most recent appearance came in 2000, a near upset over No. 2 seed St. John's. The Lumberjacks are coached by Shane Burcar and play home games at Walkup Skydome.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Rivalry: vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds. This rivalry between Northern Arizona and Southern Utah developed on the gridiron but transitioned to the hardwood when the Thunderbirds joined the Big Sky in 2013. This is one of the closest series for NAU, as they trail by one game in the all-time series after being swept by Southern Utah in 2021. The Thunderbirds are leaving the Big Sky for the WAC, so only time will tell whether the rivalry will dissipate or become an annual nonconference bout.

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Other Events

Arizona has a few notable events that extend beyond its in-state teams for sports fans and bettors alike to enjoy, including:

Fiesta Bowl

This is an NCAA-certified college football game that has been held annually since 1971. The Fiesta Bowl is sponsored by Playstation and is held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. It is one of the New Year's Six bowl games and also serves as a semifinal in the College Football Playoffs every three years. Iowa State is the defending Fiesta Bowl champion after defeating Oregon, 34-17.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Held annually since 1989, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl is now a postseason matchup between the Big Ten and Big 12 through the 2025-26 season. Before the new conference tie-ins, Air Force defeated Washington State, 31-21, in the 2019 bowl game. It was canceled due to COVID-19 the following year. The Guaranteed Rate Bowl is held at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Arizona Bowl

The Arizona Bowl is an NCAA-certified college football game that has been held annually since 2015. The postseason event is sponsored by Offerpad and features teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American Conference. Ball State is the defending Arizona Bowl champion after defeating San Jose State, 34-13. The bowl is held at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.

Waste Management Phoenix Open 

The Phoenix Open is a tournament held at TPC Scottsdale. It has been played annually since 1932 and is referred to as the Greatest Show on Grass. The course stretches 7,266 yards with a par of 71 and consists of a 7.3 million prize fund. Brooks Koepka took home the 2021 Phoenix Open with a 19-under par finish, his second time winning the event.

Instacart 500

Part of the NASCAR Cup Series, the Instacart 500 is held annually at Phoenix Raceway. Having taken place since 2005, this race is 312 laps. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending Instacart 500 champion, finishing the race in 3 hours and 20 seconds.

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Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.