Odds On Favorites Podcast (Ep. 22) – NFL Prop Bets, NBA Trade Fallout, Aliens at Area 51 and More!

On the latest edition of the Odds On Favorites Podcast, Drew Goldfarb, Taylor Smith and Rick Rockwell break down a series of betting options, complete with the odds and their expert analysis. This week begins in the NFL, where two major running backs continue to hold out for new contracts. Is Ezekiel Elliott or Melvin Gordon more likely to miss Week 1, and how would that impact the Super Bowl betting odds for the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers?

With the 2019 season approaching, the trio also break down a prop bet for the upcoming season. Which player will lead the NFL in receiving yards? Will it be last year’s league-leader (and this year’s betting favorite), Julio Jones, or can another wideout overtake him at the top?

In the NBA, the fallout continues from Oklahoma City’s trade with Houston. Does adding Russell Westbrook make the Houston Rockets a favorite in the Western Conference, or does that road still go through California? Meanwhile, one season after posting a (49-33) record, the Thunder now have a betting Over/Under of 32.5 wins. Can OKC win at least 33 games in 2019-20, or will they lose 50 or more?

This weekend should be a big one in the world of combat sports. Manny Pacquiao challenges for the WBC Welterweight Championship when he takes on Keith Thurman. The champion enters as the betting underdog, with +125 money line odds. Meanwhile, the legendary Pacquiao is a -155 favorite. Can the 40-year-old take the title from Thurman and hand the 30-year-old his first career loss, or will Thurman retain and make it a perfect (30-0-0)?

In UFC, Rafael Dos Anjos headlines this weekend’s show in San Antonio, Texas, against Leon Edwards. The much-younger Edwards is the slight betting favorite at -130. Two matches before the main event, the hotly-anticipated bout between Juan Adams and Greg Hardy. Adams has been desperate to destroy Hardy for quite some time (thanks to Hardy’s history of domestic violence), and he’ll have a chance to try and do just that Saturday night. Both fighters enter the bout with matching -115 odds.

The proposed (and heavily-memed) raid on Area 51 is supposedly happening on September 20, 2019. There are four available wagers on this raid, all of which we break down. The first, and most obvious, is whether or not there will even be a raid of Area 51. Beyond that, available bets include whether or not raiders would find aliens during the event, and two prop bets tied to President Donald Trump.

Will the President tweet about Area 51 at any point before the end of September? A successful “Yes” bet pays out at +260 odds. If you want to get more specific with the type of tweet, you can bet that Trump will or won’t send out a tweet specifically warning people to not raid Area 51. A “Yes” bet pays off at +300 if Trump sends such a tweet.

This weekend, the NASCAR Monster Energy Series heads to New Hampshire. The 301-mile race follows an incredibly entertaining finish to last week’s contest in Kentucky, where the Busch brothers battled until the very last moment.

Who will take the checkered flag for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301? Watch the video below to find out our picks.

Finally, the podcast wraps up with a look at the 2019 Tour de France. With 12 stages in the books (at the time of recording), the field is starting to take shape, but plenty of challenges lie ahead for the riders. Rick Rockwell has a full breakdown of the field, and Taylor Smith provides a day-of-recording spoiler.

If you’re looking to find all of those videos in one place, you can watch the complete, uninterrupted podcast below. Make sure to subscribe to the Odds On Favorites YouTube channel, and come back each and every week for the latest installment of the podcast.

Drew Goldfarb: @DrewGoldfarbDrew has been covering sports professionally since 2007, covering sports of all kinds in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Conference USA. In addition to covering college sports, he also spent two seasons working with the NHL's Florida Panthers as part of their TV broadcast team, as well as reporting and anchoring for AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports affiliates, CBS Sports Network and ESPNU. Drew has also been active in Fantasy Sports since 2002.