2017-18 NFL Playoff Odds

With the start of the NFL regular season just over two months away, Westgate has come out with their Yes/No odds for every team to make the playoffs.

Team Yes No
Arizona Cardinals +175 -200
Atlanta Falcons -150 +130
Baltimore Ravens -110 -110
Buffalo Bills +550 -800
Carolina Panthers -110 -110
Chicago Bears +1200 -3000
Cincinnati Bengals +140 -160
Cleveland Browns +2000 -10000
Dallas Cowboys -200 +175
Denver Broncos +220 -260
Detroit Lions +300 -360
Green Bay Packers -310 +260
Houston Texans +140 -160
Indianapolis Colts +140 -160
Jacksonville Jaguars +400 -500
Kansas City Chiefs -150 +130
Los Angeles Chargers +270 -330
Los Angeles Rams +900 -1600
Miami Dolphins +375 -450
Minnesota Vikings +160 -180
New England Patriots -5000 +1500
New Orleans Saints +240 -280
New York Giants +130 -150
New York Jets +2000 -10000
Oakland Raiders -160 +140
Philadelphia Eagles +175 -200
Pittsburgh Steelers -340 +280
San Francisco 49ers +1400 -4000
Seattle Seahawks -600 +450
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +175 -200
Tennessee Titans +140 -160
Washington Redskins +330 -400

These odds offer a few great value options. For starters, like the Broncos at +220 to make the playoffs, especially after adding a supposedly healthy Jamaal Charles to take some pressure off of whomever wins the quarterback race. With some question marks surrounding other Wild Card teams in the AFC, I wouldn’t be shocked to see three AFC West teams in the postseason.

In the NFC, the Panthers strike me as a team ready to bounce back from a disappointing 2016. Christian McCaffrey should step into a significant role right away, giving Cam Newton a solid short-yard option. The return of Julius Peppers also makes the Panthers, at -110, a good value for a team that could very easily be a division winner.

If you’re looking for more of a long shot pick, the Seahawks missing the playoffs at +450 is intriguing. Seattle has plenty of question marks for a team so heavily favored to make the postseason, including their offensive line, backfield, and seeming desire to part ways with cornerback Richard Sherman during the offseason.

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Which NFL Head Coach Will Be Fired First in the 2017-18 Season?

Not all props and futures deal with good news – 5Dimes recently released odds on which NFL head coach would be the first to be fired during the 2017-18 season. Sportsbooks may have different rules on this prop, but 5Dimes specifies that the head coach must coach in Week 1 for action. The rules also specify that “firing” includes dismissal, resignation and retirement. Here are the odds below, where Jets HC Todd Bowles is the favorite:

Coach July 3 Odds
Todd Bowles (NYJ) +500
Hue Jackson (CLE) +525
John Fox (CHI) +825
Jim Caldwell (DET) +1050
Chuck Pagano (IND) +1050
Bill O’Brien (HOU) +1200
Marvin Lewis (CIN) +1200
Sean Payton (NO) +1400
Adam Gase (MIA) +1500
Ben McAdoo (NYG) +1700
Mike McCarthy (GB) +2300
Mike Zimmer (MIN) +2300
Mike Mularkey (TEN) +2300
Dan Quinn (ATL) +2300
Sean McDermott (BUF) +2700
Doug Marrone (JAX) +2800
Doug Pederson (PHI) +2800
Jay Gruden (WAS) +2800
Ron Rivera (CAR) +3300
Sean McVay (LAR) +3300
Jason Garrett (DAL) +3300
Dirk Koetter (TB) +3300
Vance Joseph (DEN) +5500
Anthony Lynn (LAC) +5500
Bruce Arians (ARZ) +5500
Jack Del Rio (OAK) +5500
John Harbaugh (BAL) +5500
Mike Tomlin (PIT) +5500
Kyle Shanahan (SF) +7500
Andy Reid (KC) +8500
Pete Carroll (SEA) +15000
Bill Belichick (NE) +50000

Last season it was Jeff Fisher (LAC) to be the first head coach fired (which occurred on December 12th). Before the 2016-17 season he was listed at +700 to be the first coach gone while Jim Caldwell (DET) was the +370 favorite. Unfortunately for Jim Caldwell, he’s near the top of the list once again heading into the 2017-18 season at +1050 odds. There’s no surprise at the very top with Todd Bowles (NYJ) and Hue Jackson (CLE), as the Jets and Browns are expected to be two of the worst teams this year.

A couple head coaches worth keeping an eye on is Chuck Pagano (IND) and Marvin Lewis (CIN). Pagano is coming off back-to-back disappointing .500 seasons and missing the playoffs in a weak AFC South. The Colts do have a favorable schedule early on for 2017-18, but a slow start could just add fuel to the fire.

As for Lewis, he led the Bengals to five straight playoff appearances but has never won a playoff game, and Cincy went just 6-9-1 last season while missing the playoffs entirely. Cincinnati is expected to turn it around in 2017-18, but those expectations could ultimately mean the end for Lewis. If the Bengals struggle again, especially early in the season, Cincinnati may not wait to make a change.

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2017-18 NHL Stanley Cup Odds

In the midst of the 2016-17 Stanley Cup Final between Pittsburgh and Nashville, sportsbooks began to release odds for the 2017-18 season. Pittsburgh opened with the best odds at +900 but Washington and Edmonton were right behind at +1000. The Vegas Golden Knights had the longest odds at 100:1. Here are opening and current odds for each team via BetOnline:

Team July 3 June 13 May 30
Pittsburgh Penguins +800 +800 +900
Washington Capitals +1000 +1000 +1000
Edmonton Oilers +1100 +1000 +1000
Tampa Bay Lightning +1200 +1600 +2000
Anaheim Ducks +1400 +1400 +1400
Minnesota Wild +1400 +1400 +1400
Nashville Predators +1400 +1400 +1400
New York Rangers +1400 +1800 +2000
Toronto Maple Leafs +1600 +1600 +1800
St. Louis Blues +1600 +2000 +1600
Chicago Blackhawks +1600 +1400 +1400
Columbus Blue Jackets +1600 +2000 +2000
Boston Bruins +1800 +1800 +1400
Montreal Canadiens +2000 +2000 +2000
San Jose Sharks +2000 +2000 +2000
Dallas Stars +2000 +2000 +2500
Los Angeles Kings +2000 +1800 +1800
Ottawa Senators +2800 +2500 +2500
Calgary Flames +2800 +3300 +3300
New York Islanders +2800 +4000 +4000
Winnipeg Jets +4000 +4000 +4000
Philadelphia Flyers +4000 +4000 +4000
Florida Panthers +4000 +3300 +3300
Buffalo Sabres +5000 +5000 +5000
Carolina Hurricanes +6600 +6600 +6600
Arizona Coyotes +6600 +8000 +8000
Colorado Avalanche +8000 +8000 +6600
Detroit Red Wings +8000 +8000 +6600
Vancouver Canucks +10000 +10000 +8000
New Jersey Devils +10000 +10000 +8000
Vegas Golden Knights +20000 +15000 +10000

Last season Pittsburgh opened the season around +1000 while Nashville was around +4000. For what it’s worth, heading into next season the Flyers, Jets and Islanders opened with those same +4000 odds to lift the Cup. A couple teams listed right ahead at +3300 (Flames and Panthers) are also worthy of keeping an eye on this offseason.

This will be an interesting year since teams lost players to the Vegas expansion draft. There were also a number of moves in free agency including Patrick Marleau to the Leafs, Marcus Johansson to the Devils and Kevin Shattenkirk to the Rangers.

We’ll be updating odds throughout the season so be sure to check back in.

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NBA Trade Impact: Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder

Hours before the 2017-18 NBA Free Agency window officially opened, the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. The early consensus among experts and fans is that the Pacers didn’t get nearly enough back in the trade, and it’s hard to argue that. Indiana was always expected to lose George, but a future draft pick in return was almost certain. The morning after the trade, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Pacers previously wanted Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and multiple 1st round picks from Boston but the Celtics weren’t ready to make a move before acquiring Gordon Hayward.

As a result of the trade, NBA title odds for both teams quickly moved for next season:

  • At Bookmaker, the Thunder moved from 75:1 to 33:1 to win the NBA title while the Pacers moved from 200:1 to 450:1.
  • At 5Dimes, the Thunder moved to 30:1 to win the title but the Pacers actually remained at 200:1.
  • At Bovada, the Thunder moved down to 25:1 while the Pacers are 200:1.
  • At BetOnline, the Thunder are available at 40:1, a much better price than around the market. Since the Western Conference is so stacked, they’re also listed at 25:1 to win the conference, which is the same price you’d get at Bovada for OKC to win the title. The Pacers are 200:1 to win the title, consistent with 5Dimes and Bovada.
  • Paul George is currently listed at 12:1 to make the All-NBA First Team next season (via 5Dimes).

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