BetOnline Odds Boosters for Monday, January 10

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Monday brings a full slate of action all over the sports world. While Monday Night Football takes a week off, we do get to replace it with college football’s National Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama. The Crimson Tide will be looking to win their second title in as many years, while Georgia will try to win their first national championship since 1980.

As usual, we’ve also got no shortage of basketball and hockey on the menu, too. The NBA schedule rolls on with a seven-game schedule, while the NHL has three games on the slate. BetOnline’s oddsmakers are giving you the chance to start your week off with a bang.

BetOnline has seven odds boosters posted ahead of what should be a fun Monday night. Which bets should get your attention tonight?

Bruins and Celtics Both to Win (Was +177, Now +220)

The Celtics have been an awfully tough nut to crack this season. Boston is in the midst of yet another disappointing campaign, though they did beat the Knicks in their last outing on Saturday night. Ime Udoka’s squad will be back in action tonight when they welcome the Pacers to the Garden. Boston is favored by 6.5 points with -260 moneyline odds, per BetOnline.

The Celtics occupying the TD Garden tonight means the Bruins will hit the road. Boston’s NHL team will head south to take on the Washington Capitals in DC. The Bruins come into tonight’s game ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division at 18-11-2 overall. Washington, meanwhile, is 20-7-9 and third in the Metropolitan. The Caps are -115 moneyline favorites on home ice in this one, while you can get Boston at +104.

Knicks and Rangers Both to Win (Was +173, Now +210)

Following their aforementioned loss to the Celtics over the weekend, the Knicks will be back in action tonight. New York will return home to take on the Spurs after San Antonio lost a close one in Brooklyn yesterday afternoon.

The Knicks haven’t lived up to expectations in their second year under Tom Thibodeau, but they’re still on the fringes of the Eastern Conference playoff race. BetOnline has the Knicks favored by six points in this one against a shorthanded and potentially fatigued Spurs side.

The New York Rangers, meanwhile, will hit the ice 3,000 miles away. The Rangers will take on the Kings at the building formerly known as Staples Center. New York enters tonight’s clash ranked second in the Metropolitan Division at 23-9-4 on the year. The Kings, meanwhile, have bounced back from a disastrous showing last term. Los Angeles has improved to fourth in the Pacific at 17-13-5 through their first 35 games of the new campaign. The Rangers and Kings are both listed at -110 to emerge victorious in this one.

Giannis Antetokounmpo 31+ Points, 7+ Assists, 12+ Rebounds (Was +307, Now +350)

Giannis Antetokounmpo may not be the early frontrunner to win NBA MVP, but he’s giving it another good run. In Saturday’s loss to Charlotte, Antetokounmpo posted 43 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and a couple of blocks in 37 minutes of play. On the season, he’s going for 28.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, and nearly six assists a night for the defending champs.

Giannis and the Bucks will look to get back in the win column tonight when they take on the Hornets in Charlotte for the second time in three nights. Charlotte plays a fast-paced style, which leads to high-scoring games. The Hornets rank just 27th in the league in defensive efficiency so far this year, so it’s no surprise that Antetokounmpo torched them for 43 points just the other night.

The final scoreline was a surprise, but Milwaukee is favored to bounce back with a victory in the rematch. As usual, Anteteokounmpo should be right in the thick of things for the Bucks. I don’t think Giannis will have much trouble crossing the 31-point and 12-rebound thresholds, but getting to at least seven assists is going to be a challenge. That said, he did reach the mark in three consecutive games before his three-assist showing last time out.

First Score of NCAA Championship Game Within First 6 Minutes (Was -127, Now +100)

The national title game comes with an over/under of 53.5 points. That’s a big number, but not the biggest we’ve seen over the years. Georgia is actually favored by three points in this one over Alabama despite the fact that the Tide beat the Dawgs in their lone previous meeting this season. Alabama came away with a 41-24 win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game just last month.

In that game, neither team scored within the first six minutes. The teams exchanged punts before the Bulldogs capped their second drive with a field goal. Georgia actually took an early 10-0 lead in that one before the Crimson Tide stormed back. Alabama wasted no time cracking the scoreboard in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Cincinnati, as Bryce Young found Slade Bolden for an eight-yard touchdown just inside the 10-minute mark of the first quarter.

Georgia did the same in their own semifinal victory over Michigan. Stetson Bennett delivered a nine-yard strike to star tight ed Brock Bowers after a four-minute drive to open the game. Georgia went on to throttle Michigan, 34-11, in a game that really wasn’t even that close.

These two teams know each other well. That’s especially true of the coaches. Nobody should expect this contest to turn into a grind-it-out, defensive battle, but it would also be quite the surprise if this game turned into an epic shootout. I’m skeptical that either team will dent the scoreboard within six minutes of the opening kickoff.

Brian Robinson Jr. to Score First TD (Was +750, Now +850)

You may have heard that Alabama has produced a few quality running backs over the years. Brian Robinson Jr. is the latest. The senior had to wait his turn, but he has certainly made the most of his first opportunity as the full-time starter. Robinson has racked up 1,275 yards with 14 rushing touchdowns on 249 attempts so far this season, which comes out to an average of five yards per carry. He’s not a primary target in the passing game, but he did haul in a couple of receiving TDs during the season, as well.

Bryce Young is the headliner of Bama’s offense, but they can still run the ball whenever they want to. That was certainly the case against Cincinnati when Robinson reeled off a career-high 204 rushing yards on 26 carries. However, he was held out of the end zone for the fourth consecutive week. Robinson hasn’t actually scored a touchdown since doing so twice in Alabama’s 59-3 drubbing of New Mexico State back in early November.

Georgia’s run defense is stout. The Dawgs yielded just 2.65 yards per rush this season, which was the sixth-best mark in the nation. Opponents averaged just 81.4 ground yards per game against this defense. Georgia also yielded just three rushing scores all year. Robinson was shut down in the SEC title game, totaling just 55 yards on 16 attempts (3.4 yards per carry).

Robinson’s odds of being the first touchdown scorer in tonight’s game are long (+850), and with good reason.

First Score of the Game a Field Goal (Was +150, Now +175)

As mentioned, the first tally of the last Georgia-Alabama matchup was a field goal. Neither team was forced to do much kicking in the semifinals, as both cruised to easy wins over Michigan and Cincinnati, respectively. Moving the ball should also be a challenge for both teams here. Georgia’s defense might be the very best unit in the entire country, while Alabama’s defense is always littered with a bunch of future NFL first-round draft picks.

As we know, field goals don’t typically win games. That said, points should come at a premium in this one. Either team should embrace any chance to put points on the board in a game featuring defenses of this caliber. It’s entirely possible for this game to start with a field goal, but the +175 odds on this prop don’t offer much upside.

Jameson Williams and Brock Bowers Both to Score (Was +220, Now +260)

Star wideout John Metchie is sidelined for the season for Alabama, which means others have had to step into larger roles. One player more than happy to fill the void has been Jameson Williams. Alabama has blue-chip recruits all over the field on both sides of the ball. That means losing a player of Metchie’s caliber just gives another stud the chance to step into the spotlight.

Williams finished the season with 75 catches for 1,507 yards and 15 touchdowns. That includes a monstrous 184-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Bulldogs in the SEC title game. Williams was held out of the end zone by Cincinnati, and trying to slow him down should be one of the Bulldogs’ top priorities in this one. Williams is listed at -155 to score a touchdown at any point in tonight’s game. Those are the best odds on any single player.

On the flip side, Georgia’s passing game will have to find some success in this one in order for the Dawgs to have a chance. Bowers has been Georgia’s biggest red-zone weapon all year. The freshman phenom finished his first collegiate campaign with 52 catches for 846 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns. Bowers had his best game of the season against the Tide just a few weeks ago, hauling in 10 passes for 139 yards and a score.

Bowers is listed at -130 to find paydirt tonight. Only Williams has better odds of scoring a TD this evening.

What’s the Best Bet?

As you can see, there’s a lot going on out there tonight. The first two bets on the board look risky for a number of reasons. The Celtics and Knicks are both sub-.500 teams. While they’re both facing beatable opponents, neither team has been a trustworthy wager all season. Both hockey teams will also be on the road facing difficult matchups. Pass on the Boston and New York bets at +220 and +210, respectively.

Field goals are boring. Nobody wants to see a national championship game littered with kicks. Pass on the first score of the Bama-Georgia game being a field goal at +175. I’m also quite skeptical of Alabama’s ability to establish the run against this daunting Georgia front. Robinson may find his way into the end zone at some point, but I’m not comfortable banking on his chances to be the first scorer of the game.

The Best Bets Here Involve Individual Player Accomplishments

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will face a very friendly matchup against the Hornets in what should be a fast-paced game. BetOnline’s total of 31 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists for Giannis are lofty, but we know he’s fully capable of exceeding those benchmarks. Betting on a big game from Antetokounmpo at +350 has plenty of merit tonight.

However, my favorite bet is to take both Williams and Bowers to score in the national title game. Both are heavily involved in their teams’ offensive plans, and I think both teams will need to take to the air in order to put points on the board in this one. Bet on Williams and Bowers to both find the end zone at +260.

Jameson Williams and Brock Bowers Both to Score (+260)
Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...

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