The Golden Knights’ surprising 2-0 start also has been golden for Las Vegas sports books.
“Locals are betting on them, but the sharps are betting against them. They got their ass kicked,” Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller said. “We won on the first two games, thank God.”
“You had an expansion team against a Dallas team most people think will be among the top teams in the league and having to travel back-to-back nights,” Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito said. “Anytime you can get an expansion team to win back-to-back games on the road, you have to be impressed. But it’s a long season and you can’t get overly optimistic yet.”
Esposito said the action on the Knights’ first two games was about four times as much as the rest of the hockey games on the card.
The Knights opened as minus-115 favorites over the Coyotes in Tuesday’s home opener at T-Mobile Arena. The total is 5½ goals (Under minus-130).
“We expect to see some backing (for the Knights) in the home opener,” Esposito said.
Station Casinos plans to post prop bets on each Knights game that will be available mid-afternoon on game days. Props will include player to score the first goal, total goals scored by each team, score in the first 10 minutes of the game, margin of victory and more.
“Anything that will create 60 minutes of hockey fun for bettors,” Esposito said. “We’ll expand the menu, too.”
The entry Cali Cappers leads the Westgate SuperContest standings with a 20-5 record after going 5-0 in Week 5.
The entry BKSF leads the inaugural $5,000 entry, winner-take-all Westgate SuperContest Gold standings with a 20-5 mark after going 3-2.
The top five SuperContest consensus plays went 1-4 in Week 5, winning on the Cincinnati Bengals and losing on the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. The top five consensus plays are 10-15 on the season.
The top five consensus plays in the Gold are 12-13 this season.
Playoff favorites, overs off to fast start
Baseball favorites were 10-2 in the playoffs entering Monday’s games and overs were 9-3, with home teams 11-1.
“Baseball’s been good for the guests, no question,” Esposito said. “Bettors are backing those favorites, and it’s not only favorites and over but they’ve covered the run line.”
Favorites entered Monday with an impressive 8-2 mark on the run line.
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Biggest line moves
Wynn Las Vegas sports book posts opening college football lines at 3 p.m. Sunday. Here are the spreads that moved at least three points in the first 24 hours:
(Favorite; Open/Current; Underdog)
TEMPLE; -12.5/-9.5; Connecticut
WEST VIRGINIA; -6.5/-3.5; Texas Tech
CENTRAL FLORIDA; -29.5/-33.5; East Carolina
Houston; -10.5/-13.5; TULSA
OKLAHOMA STATE; -23/-26; Baylor
New Mexico State; -4.5/-8; GEORGIA SOUTHERN
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI; -19.5/-22.5; Texas-El Paso