Football season can put blinders on sports bettors for five months. And once the Super Bowl is over, those purely-pigskin pickers emerge from the darkness and step into the light of a strange world filled with basketball, hockey and other non-football sports.
If you’ve thought about nothing but football since September, let us get you caught up on the best and worst bets in sports.
Best bet: Washington Wizards (11-35 SU, 27-17-2 ATS)
This one is a shocker even if you’ve been paying attention to the NBA. The Wizards have been a solid bet since the return of John Wall, going 10-3 ATS with their franchise PG on the floor.
Worst bet: Charlotte Bobcats (11-35 SU, 17-28-1 ATS)
The Bobcats, funny enough, have the same SU record as Washington but haven’t been able to meet the oddsmakers’ expectations, even though they’re playing better than last year.
Best over: Golden State Warriors/Dallas Mavericks (29-17-1 over/under)
Best under: Memphis Grizzlies (16-29-1 over/under)
Best puckline bet: New York Islanders (4-2-1-0 SU, 6-2 ATS)
The Isles are off to a good start and making the most for puckline players. New York’s offense is providing the spark, ranked second in goals (3.9) and boasting the top power play in the NHL.
Worst puckline bet: Los Angeles Kings (2-3-1-1 SU, 1-6 ATS)
My how the mighty have fallen. The defending Cup champs are slow out of the blocks and burning bettors in the process. The Kings' once-impenetrable defense is allowing 3.1 goals per game – 23rd in the league.
Best over: Winnipeg Jets (3-4-0-1 SU, 6-2 over/under)
Best under: Nashville Predators (3-2-0-3 SU, 1-7 over/under)
Best bet: Miami Hurricanes (17-3 SU, 13-4 ATS)
The Hurricanes have made a name for themselves in the ACC this season, adding wins over Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State to their resume. Miami is a perfect 7-0 ATS in lined home games this season.
Worst bet: Indiana-Purdue Jaguars (6-19 SU, 5-16 ATS)
Tucked away in the Summit League are the Jaguars. The good thing is that most college basketball bettors aren’t even thinking about the Summit when placing their bets. Out of sight out of mind.
Best over: Michigan Wolverines (20-2 SU, 12-8-1 over/under)
Best under: Cincinnati Bearcats/Alabama Crimson Tide (3-12 over/under)
All stats prior to action Feb. 4.