Bovada’s Bold Bets For 2018
Before we get started, the key word in the title is “bold.” The following four wagers, all on championship futures for the coming year, are chosen because they provide the most bang for your buck. We’re not saying all will prove true, but if just one does, then you’ll have earned your money’s worth. Here’s our bold — but very plausible — predictions for what promises to be a big 2018, with all odds coming from Bovada:
New Orlean Saints to win Super Bowl 52
There’s only seven active starting quarterbacks that’ve won a Vince Lombardi trophy: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees.
Two (Wilson and Flacco) are currently fighting for their playoff lives. Another two (Rodgers and Manning) will be watching the postseason from their coaches. Only one between Brady and Roethlisberger can make it out of the AFC — and neither offers the best betting odds. That leaves Drew Brees and a very lovable +800 line for the Saints. Folks, you take that right now!
The window of opportunity for the soon-to-be 39-year-old Brees is quickly closing and this could be his last shot. Not only is the hint of desperation there, but Brees is loaded with talent around him. Brees’ personal stats have dropped off from previous years, not because of declining play, but because of the best running back duo in the league.
Behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, New Orleans is fifth in the NFL with 131.9 rushing yards per game. Both running backs are also lethal in the passing game, giving the Saints the most balanced offensive attack in the league. That pedigree gives them a very good chance at claiming a Super Bowl title.
Portugal to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup
None of our four predictions are bigger longshots than this one. Portugal is being given hefty +2500 odds at escaping Group A that also features Spain, then beating juggernauts like Germany, Argentina, and Brazil to win the World Cup. Longshot indeed.
Then again, Portugal has the best player in the world, and maybe of all time, on their roster. Of course, we’re talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, who just won his fourth straight Ballon d’Or award. The only thing missing from Ronaldo’s trophy case is a World Cup title, and now is his best chance at claiming one. Most people wrote off Portugal’s win over France in the 2016 Euro Cup Final as a fluke, but we’re not one of them. This a team that historically starts slow, then bring their A-game in big matches. History could very well repeat itself in Russia.
Houston Rockets to win the 2018 NBA Championship
We know beating the star-studded, dynasty-in-the-making Warriors sounds like an insurmountable task, but no one — not even the Cavaliers — are more equipped at doing so than Houston. If they can clear that hurdle, the Rockets, who are pegged at +600 to win the NBA Finals, will have a lay-up with whichever foe comes out of the East.
Of course, this all hinges on the health of Chris Paul. With Paul in the lineup this year, the Rockets are a staggering 15-2 compared to 10-7 without him. Paul’s presence pushes Houston’s three-point shooting to ways never before seen in the NBA. The veteran guard has a special vision and pace that opens the floor for a barrage of uncontested three-balls.
The Rockets are currently attempting 43.1 shots from downtown per game — a feverish pace to shatter the NBA all-time mark and nine more than the next best team. It’s truly insane and possibly crazy enough to vault them to an NBA trophy.
Chicago Cubs to win the 2018 World Series
A little over a year removed from winning the 2016 Fall Classic, the Cubbies odds for doing the same in 2018 are a lofty +1200. Have bookies and bettors alike forgotten that Chicago was forecasted to become the major’s next dynasty not too long ago?
Let’s not gloss over the fact they’ve reached the NLCS three times in a row, a franchise first. Plus, a lineup that finished in the NL first in on-base percentage, second in runs, and third in home runs mostly returns. So what gives on their steep future odds?
Probably the stiff competition in the NL with Los Angeles and inter-division rival St. Louis, plus the super team the Yankees are putting together. But it’s worth betting on team president Theo Epstein to will Chicago to another championship.
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