Weekend Sports Gambler: Raiders a popular favorite against Texans on Sunday

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By Dan Behringer, Gaming Author of LVSportsBiz.com

Will the Las Vegas Raiders give a ‘buy’ signal to bettors this Sunday?

The Raiders are up -7 after opening as a 6.5 favorite against the Houston Texans.

According to Covers.com, the Las Vegas team accounts for about 70 percent of betting interest.

The Raiders just have covers under their belts. The 30-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6 was arguably a winnable game.

Although they now have 2-3 ATS, they are 1-4 in the win-loss column with playoff odds ranging from slim to none. Of course, as the joke goes, Slim left town.

Also, the Texans, holders of a 1-3-1 record, are 3-1 ATS. So there is.

45.5 overall.

Josh McDaniels, at his Wednesday press briefing on the Texans: “It’s going to be a big challenge this week.”

The two teams haven’t met in three years, but Houston won 27-24, the last time they met in late October 2019.

Kick-off is at 1:25 p.m

Elsewhere:

— Quickstart Knight: Next up for the Vegas Golden Knights is defending Stanley Cup champions Colorado Avalanche at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

The Golden Knights sit atop the Western Conference Pacific Division with a 4-1 record after beating the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Thursday. They closed at around -225 favourites.

“We were rested and ready to rock,” center Jack Eichel told reporters after the game. “I think we took some of our pent-up frustration out on them because we gambled away our (2-0) lead in Calgary (on Saturday).”

A 3-2 loss to the Flames is the only setback of the season for VGK.

They’re generally around -110 with a total of 6.5 for Saturday’s game.

— Rowdy crowds for baseball: The whoops and howlers coming out of the race and sports book midweek are for the Major League Baseball playoffs. Yes, baseball.

The NLCS resumes on Friday, with the Padres and Phillies drawing one game each.

The ALCS resumes in New York on Saturday with the Houston Astros leading 2-0 over the Yankees.

At BetMGM, the Astros are -125 to win it all. The Phillies and the Padres are both +375. The Yankees are +750.

“I think we need to cut back a bit,” said Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton New York Post. “When you put the ball in play, you never know what can happen.”

Big number: The UNLV Football Rebels find themselves underdogs with 26.5 points in Notre Dame on Saturday. 47.5 overall.

After a promising start, UNLV have stumbled and fallen to 4-3. Notre Dame is 3-3.

UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo said earlier in the week that starting quarterback Doug Brumfield has a daily concussion.

“We need to get healthy as a team, that’s obvious,” Arroyo told reporters. “We have a lot of new people coming in who are contributing roles that we need to develop as quickly as possible.”

Kick-off is at 11:30 a.m

To close the lid: If you’ve been following (and fading) the Los Angeles Lakers in the young NBA season, you know that they are 0-2 and also 0-2 ATS. It was razor sharp Thursday night with the Lakers at +5.5 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers lost 103-97.

Game of the week (5-2): We were fortunate to get a cover from Iowa State at +16 against Texas in a 24-21 loss last week to move us up to 5-2 for the season. This week we’re in the Maryland Terrapins, -14, against Northwestern.


Dan Behringer is a longtime Las Vegan. Follow the posts on doublegutshot.com. On Twitter @DanBehringer221.



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