DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum
From the team account:
Roster Moves: #Eagles have signed CB Dexter McDougle and waived/injured DT Destiny Vaeao. Also, the Eagles have signed DT Winston Craig to the practice squad and released LB Kyle Wilson from the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/hq68thqAe2
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 16, 2018
Vaeao was set to take a big step forward this season with the departure of Beau Allen and the injury to Tim Jernigan, but that never really materliazed. He played a little more than 150 snaps and logged two tackles and a sack that was more or less a gift play. The Birds look thin at DT and don’t have much beyond Fletcher Cox and Haloti Ngata heading into Sunday, so I guess Michael Bennett will line up at tackle for a chunk of snaps.
The 27-year-old McDougle played eight games for the Eagles last season after he was acquired in a preseason trade with the New York Jets. He was later released and spent part of the year with the Saints. McDougle was a former third round pick who tore his ACL as a rookie and later found a role as a special teamer.
Basketball is back.
We’re kicking off the NBA season with Sixers vs. Celtics on PRIME TIME NATIONAL TELEVISION, and no matter what happens tonight, you know the takes are going to be hot.
Everyone is going to have an opinion on Markelle Fultz and Brett Brown and Ben Simmons. Some of the takes will be good, more will be horrendous, and others will be neutral and pragmatic, which is what I’m going for. I’d even suggest that pragmatism IS a hot take in 2018, but that’s another column for another time.
More importantly, we’re going to have game footage to break down and analyze, and real quotes from real games. As much as I love preseason basketball, it’s time to get on with it and see what the Sixers actually have this year, as they kick it off against the Eastern Conference preseason favorite Boston Celtics, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs about five months ago.
I did the podcast with Russ last night and likened last season to a “gap year” one takes before or after college. You’re hitchhiking across America or backpacking in Kyrgyzstan, trying to find yourself and figure out what you want to do with your life. In that regard, 2017-2018 was a bridge connecting the end of the Process era to the beginning of something new and exciting. 52 wins was not what anybody expected, and at the end of the day I think most Sixers fans were more than happy with a second round playoff appearance, even if they were initially disappointed with the Celtics’ series loss.
It’s different this year. A second-round exit isn’t going to get it done. Anything short of the conference finals is a disappointment. Anything short of a top-three finish is a disappointment. Markelle Fultz coming out and failing to seek his shot would be a disappointment.
I know a portion of fans felt let down by the offseason because LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard all went to other teams. Turns out LeBron and PG were never coming here in the first place and the asking price for Kawhi was too high, so the Sixers stood pat, improved the bench, and decided to run it back with a 52-win team. Even if one of those three players had come to Philly, you STILL needed to see internal growth and development from Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. Adding a high-priced free agent was not an automatic solution to the problems that lost you the Boston series, but a complementary move that would theoretically put you over the hump and into the NBA finals.
What the Sixers have right now is good enough, and here’s what I need to see from every player and the head coach if this squad is going to reach the NBA finals:
Sports Betting Updates
The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry),
Week 6 is upon us, and there’s a diverse range of betting options in New Jersey. FanDuel Sportsbook and BetStars, in particular, are offering strong promos. A part of any betting strategy that often gets overlooked is the value being offered by the books, whether that’s straight price or promos and incentives that can be used to your advantage. Here’s a rundown of the best NJ online sportsbooks and most compelling offers for Week 6:
Words of wisdom from Giants President, CEO, and co-owner John Mara, who is talking about star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
Giants owner John Mara just now at owners meetings, re: Odell Beckham: "I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field as opposed to what he says and what he does off the field. I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking."
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 16, 2018
It’s not like OBJ is to blame for the Giants’ woes, since his quarterback can’t get him the ball, but you need the dude to be a leader on and off the field, which does not include headbutting industrial-grade mechanical fans.
I’m not a cord-cutter, but I hope to be in the near future.
We’re still hooked up to FIOS up here in Fishtown, so if I’m not watching the Sixers or Flyers or Phillies on TV, the routine has been to log in to NBC Sports Philadelphia via our cable provider and stream the games on my laptop. Then my wife watches Below Deck or The Real Housewives or whatever is on Bravo.
It’s been possible to stream games on the NBC Sports app since 2014, and a new service also allows you to stream local non-game footage from out of market locations.
Now NBC Sports is running out another app for Philly fans.
Dubbed the MYTeams app, NBC Sports’ new mobile and tablet app wraps up coverage from NBC’s 11 regional sports networks, including NBC Sports Philadelphia, into an interface that focuses on team verticals. There’s not even a home screen — just a slider at the bottom that lets fans scan for live video, highlights, and stories across all the teams they decide to follow.
“There’s a difference between how we cover sports in Philadelphia, especially as it relates to the voice and tone of our coverage versus NBC Sports,” David Preschlack, president of NBC Sports Regional Networks, said. “I mean, we’re communicating to Philly fans in a really different way that Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison are on Sunday night, so there’s a different value to viewers.”
Fans will still need a cable subscription to view live game coverage, and the app is only available on smartphones and tablets, meaning viewers will still use the NBC Sports app to stream games on their television. Still, Preschlack said, the app is the largest non-game investment in the regional sports network’s history. The network hopes the app will counter a narrative in Philadelphia that NBC Sports is cutting back.
My first thought is that I’d rather have fewer apps than more apps. I remember when Facebook rolled out their messenger app, which was totally separate from the main app and took up a lot of space on your device. That was sort of a head-scratcher. In that regard, I’d prefer NBC just roll these two apps together.
The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for
all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry), and guys who will do whatever it takes to get off their current teams (Jimmy Butler and the Wolves). The end result is a list of team win over/unders you can have some confidence in. I’m by no means endorsing wagering money on my musing, but if you decide to wager a couple of cheeseburgers on Atlanta getting under 23.5 wins, have at it, sport.
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If only relegation existed
Let’s talk about the aforementioned Atlanta Hawks. They completed a mind-boggling set of moves this off-season. In addition to trading away the #3 overall pick Luca Doncic for #5 overall pick Trae Young and a top-five protected first round pick in 2019, Atlanta sent away former starting PG Dennis Schröder and to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-way deal with OKC and Philly that also netted the Hawks Justin Anderson and an immediately-waived Carmelo Anthony. As part of that deal, they also gave away Mike Muscala to the Sixers. The Hawks will trot out a starting lineup of Young, overpaid Kent Bazemore, promising Taurean Prince, John Collins, and former Process Sixer Dewayne Dedmon. Jeremy Lin, Villanova’s Omari Spellman, the aforementioned Anderson, and 41-year-old Vince Carter will try to spark a thin bench.
FanDuel: 23.5 (Over: -116/Under: -102)
BetStars: 23.5 (Over: -125/ Under: +100)
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THE SIXERS ARE BACK! The season begins with the team that ended their playoff run last year, Boston. Tip-off is at 8 PM on TNT. But unlike the playoff Celtics, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are playing. Hayward will be on a minutes restriction.
Also unlike the playoffs, the Sixers will have a much improved Markelle Fultz with them. Matter of fact, he’ll be the starting shooting guard over JJ Redick. He looked pretty good in the preseason, starting all four games in that position, and also hit a three-pointer. Can he carry that into the regular season will be the big question.
Kevin will have a season preview later today, along with our picks for how the season will go. The expectations are high for a team that won over 50 games a year ago. I’m pretty damn excited for this season to start, and a win over the Celtics in Boston would send my overreaction into a big frenzy.
And with that, start your Tuesday off with a brand new episode of the Crossing Broadcast, which is a Sixers and NBA preview show.
I don’t have a hot take for Jason Witten’s broadcasting performances on Monday Night Football. I think he’s improving as the season progresses and he’s learning a bit more about the craft as he gets more games under his belt.
It’s almost as if the guy had never done color commentary before. Imagine that!
Either way, I thought it was pretty funny when he dropped this line last night:
Aaron Rodgers just tied the game AND pulled a rabbit out of his HEAD, according to Jason Witten!!! pic.twitter.com/1DGE7mGWDJ
— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) October 16, 2018
“I tell you what Tess, you saw Aaron Rodgers there, blood on his elbow, big ole’ knee brace on, hit in the wrist, it doesn’t matter – he pulls another rabbit out of his head!”
Crossing Broad’s Sixers beat writer Kevin Kinkead joins Russ to break down the biggest NBA storylines, MVP odds, predict the Eastern and Western conference playoff teams, and assess the Sixers’ chances ahead of their season opener against the Boston Celtics.
Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies Podcast, Snow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.
Audio after the jump: