✅ This is the type of fight that gets made when one fighter notches a surprise win and the other fighter is coming off a loss against elevated competition. Davey Grant is the fighter coming off the surprise win, a KO of Jonathan Martinez. In fact, Grant is coming off consecutive KO wins. Additionally, Grant owns a win over Marlon Vera in the UFC back in 2016. Unfortunately for Grant, that’s where the list of positive statements ends. Since that fight in 2016, Grant has improved to some degree, while Vera has improved significantly more. When trying to pinpoint an area of advantage for Grant in the current matchup, I come up empty.
✅ Marlon Vera has proven himself to be every bit a top 10 bantamweight. His striking has done well to catch up with his high end grappling game and he is now dangerous at many levels. The once slow starter has seemed to plug that hole in his game. I would deem Vera even or slightly better in the standup department. He is certainly the more durable fighter as well, and has never been finished in his career. Where I see the true area of advantage for Vera is on the mat. He is better in the clinch and a slightly better wrestler than Grant. I believe he will find himself in top position in this fight, and that’s where he will be most dangerous. Whether it be control, ground and pound or even a submission, there are multiple paths to victory for Vera. Conversely it is difficult to pinpoint the path to victory for Grant.
✅ It is never fun laying over 2 to 1 in any MMA fight, but I feel this is a spot that absolutely warrants it. I believe Vera outclasses Grant, and somewhat significantly. Add in that Vera has never been finished, making a freak occurrence loss all the less likely, I am comfortable laying the -215 on Vera.
✅ SeungWoo Choi is not remotely a household name, but the man is a very good striker. His opponents have recognized that and have had little in interest in striking with him if not forced to. Choi has had some issues with being taken down but he has absolutely made big improvements in that department. This will likely be Julian Erosa’s only hope later in the fight, if it gets that far, but more on that in a second. Choi is simply a tighter striker than Erosa. He keeps the strikes tight and on the center line, and that will progressively become a bigger and bigger problem for Erosa. Choi will increasingly pour on the damage as the fight progresses, and it will be difficult for Erosa to survive the ever accumulating damage.
✅ Erosa will come out hard and fast, as evidenced by his KO of Nate Landwehr in under a minute in his most recent fight. He will hunt for a KO early, but this will likely backfire as he will likely be the one taking the damage if he is to crash forward. Once both fighters have settled into the fight, Erosa will learn the stand up is not his friend in this particular matchup. He will look to wrestle, and probably secure at least one takedown. The issue will be that Choi has truly improved at returning to his feet. I don’t believe Erosa will be able to have the control needed to counteract the striking disadvantage. Erosa has four losses in the UFC, three of which to strikers. In all three occurrences, the method of loss was via KO, and that streak will continue on Saturday.
✅ The flat line on Choi is a friendly one, but the real value is on the ITD line. The -145 favorite shifts to +255 on the ITD line, and that figure is too juicy for me to ignore. It may take into the second half of the fight for Choi to finish the job, but I don’t believe he allows for the judge’s scorecards to be involved with his win on Saturday.
✅ This is an interesting heavyweight matchup. We all know Aleksei Oleinik is turning 44 years old this week, and that he has had a long and successful career. The one of a kind grappler has suffered four losses in his last six fights, but we absolutely have to address the level of competition faced. The four opponents that Oleinik has lost to are all very powerful strikers that have true KO power. That statement does not hold true for his current opponent, more on him shortly. Oleinik brings a grappling skill set to the heavyweight division only rivaled by Frank Mir and Fabricio Werdum in their primes. From scarf holds to Ezekiel chokes, Oleinik secures submissions most heavyweights can’t even dream of.
✅ Serghei Spivac had an impressive win over Jared Vanderaa in his last outing, but with wins come steps up the ladder. Spivac is a mostly complete heavyweight, but he lacks a truly differentiating quality. His striking is sound enough, but lacks real power. His wrestling is okay and his grappling is sound. In this matchup with Oleinik, he will be the better striker but will be at a large grappling disadvantage. Spivac will never have had an opponent that can snatch a submission out of nowhere like Oleinik can. If Spivac is able to survive being submitted in the first two rounds, he will be able to take the fight to Oleinik in the third round.
✅ Oleinik does not have a three round gas tank, so a win from him would come in the first two rounds. That said, I think that submission finish is the most likely outcome. Oleinik will be able to put Spivac on the back foot and close the distance. This means every opportunity for Oleinik to latch on and work for a finish. With the Oleinik ITD line sitting at +250, we have plenty of value to take a shot with the underdog.
✅ I believe this to be a fight in which the underdog is getting too much respect on the betting line. I would have to imagine recent outcomes for both fighters are the culprit for the short line.
✅ On the Matthew Semelsberger side, he has two wins in two tries in the UFC. That said, those wins have come against the most unimpressive competition that will surface in the UFC. While Semelsberger does bring a rounded game, he is leveling up and facing a truly dangerous fighter for the first time in the promotion. Semelsberger may throw more volume in the standup, but he will be at a massive power disadvantage in the standup portion of this fight. Once his chin starts getting tested in the early portion of the fight, the deciding factor for him may be his ability to secure takedowns. He is a capable but not elite wrestler, and that portion of skill set is likely the one that could make a difference.
✅ Khaos Williams on the other hand, is a striker with massive one shot power. His first two UFC fights were first minute Kos of fighters levels above Semelsberger. That KO streak was snapped in his last fight against a durable Michel Pereira. With the large step down in competition, I envision another quick KO for Williams. Semelsberger has been KO’d before, and against a debuting fighter in a smaller promotion no less. The power of Williams will own the day. The short line on Williams means a very friendly ITD line of +115. That will be our avenue of attack.
✅ Paul Craig is a fighter that has found wins in fights he was losing on multiple occasions. He is a great grappler off of his back, and has been able to complete a couple of Hail Mary’s. That being said, this is not one of the fights he will be able to salvage. He will be at a massive disadvantage in the striking and will be picked apart at will. He does not have the wrestling game to force the fight to his world, and even if he does, his opponent is quite difficult to hold down.
✅ Jamahal Hill is walking into a phenomenal stylistic spot against Paul Craig. Hill is longer, rangier, quicker and more athletic than Paul Craig. He brings much better striking and more power. This will be an absolute white wash in the stand up portion. It won’t take long for Craig to realize he has to attempt to wrestle, but it will not be sudden nor hard to read. Hill will see the takedowns coming. It would surprise me if Craig was able to survive even the first round, as Hill is just going to light him up in the stand up.
✅ This is absolutely a spot where the -305 favorite in Hill is justified, but it is difficult to see Craig making it through the fight in its entirety. With that being the case, the -130 ITD line on Hill is easily the most attractive and it will be our point of attack.
✅ The Los Angeles Clippers got a combined 47 points from Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris in Game 5, en route to a win. This bet is one where if they replicate that performance, you take the loss knowing that you made the right decision.
✅ Expect an adjustment from the Jazz in this game when the Clippers rush two defenders at Donovan Mitchell. Instead of Royce O'Neale being the safety valve at the top of the key, expect that responsibility to go to a player like Joe Ingles or Bojan Bogdanovic, who are better decision-makers than O'Neale.
✅ Rudy Gobert was outrebounded by Paul George in Game 5 and ended the game with zero blocked shots. Expect Gobert to have a much bigger impact on the defensive end of the floor in Game 6 for the Utah Jazz.
✅ The Philadelphia 76ers have averaged 41 points in the last two second halves they have played against the Atlanta Hawks. There are clearly some issues with the late-game offense of the 76ers that need to be addressed, and the Sixers won't have the time to address them here.
✅ Joel Embiid has put up big numbers in most games during this series, but he has been a huge problem for the Sixers in the second half of Games 4 and 5. Embiid missed some late shots that cost the Sixers Game 5, in addition to him going 0-12 from the field in Game 4. And with Tobias Harris scoring just four points in Game 5, the Sixers are just a mess offensively as a whole.
✅ Expect the Atlanta Hawks to employ the Hack-a-Ben strategy in Game 6 like they did in Game 5. Ben Simmons shot just 4-14 from the foul line in Game 5, and has been a complete liability for the Sixers late in games. Expect Simmons to either miss a lot of free throws or to be benched and for the Sixers to lose out on his defense down the stretch.
✅ The injury concerns for the Nets should impact the offensive capability of both teams in this contest. It took a 49-point performance on 23 shots from Kevin Durant to get to 222 points in Game 5, with the Bucks shooting 49% in the losing effort. Expect more common numbers from both teams and an under here.
✅ Bucks games have gone under the total 75% of the time in the postseason this year, while two-thirds of the Nets playoff games have gone under the total in 2021. This series in particular has seen some hideous offensive basketball down the stretches of games.
✅ The total for Game 5 of this series was 217, and has come up by a full possession in spite of some serious outliers on both sides from a shooting perspective. We will take that added value with the under.
✅ The Los Angeles Clippers will be without one of their two best players in Kawhi Leonard, who has been ruled out of this game due to a knee injury. That will allow the Utah Jazz to focus more attention on Reggie Jackson and Paul George defensively, which bodes very well for the Jazz and very poorly for the Clippers.
✅ The loss of Leonard severely impacts the Clippers' ability to get to the free throw line, which will make it harder for them to score. Leonard went to the line 13 times in Game 4, and his replacement will certainly not have the ability to replicate that number in this pivotal Game 5.
✅ Utah is the best home team in the NBA this season, going 31-5 at home during the regular season. The Utah Jazz are 4-1 at home so far in the postseason, with their lone home loss in the playoffs coming in Game 1 against a red-hot Memphis Grizzlies team that was fresh off of a play-in tournament triumph. Utah will keep their pristine home record in tact.
✅ It took an all-time collapse in the second half for the Philadelphia 76ers to lose to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4. The Sixers scored just 38 second half points in the losing effort, including 18 points in the fourth quarter. At home for Game 5, expect a more normal offensive output in the second half for Philly this time around.
✅ Joel Embiid shot just 4-20 from the field in Game 4 for the Sixers, which sealed their fate in that game. Embiid said that he didn't feel quite right in that game, and should return to his more traditional form with some rest in between Games 4 and 5. He will certainly shoot better than 20% from the field in this pivotal contest.
✅ The Atlanta Hawks still have a losing record on the road this season, even including their three playoff wins away from home. The Hawks went 16-20 on the road for the season and are 3-2 on the road during the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Atlanta will continue to have trouble away from State Farm Arena in Game 5 and, if necessary, Game 7 of this series as well.
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Online Sports Betting in the US - Road to Legalization
On June 26th, 1991, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks formally recognized Online Sports Betting as a national problem in the US. This finding led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).
The act forbade states to authorize legal sports betting online effectively making it illegal in most states. Four states, because of their pre-existing sports-betting frameworks, were made exempt from the act: Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon.
For decades, Nevada had a near-monopoly on legal sports betting in the US. Then, in 2017, the state of New Jersey challenged the act. A year later, it was overturned in the US Supreme Court by a 6-3 majority.
Since mid-2018, after a hiatus of over 25 years, the sports betting industry has been gradually recovering in the US. Individual states now have the right to legalize online sports betting. Several already have, while others have passed legislation to do so.
⚖️ Is online sports betting legal in the US?
Yes, online sports betting is legal in some states. Examples on where online sports betting is currently legal and live are: - New Jersey - Pennsylvania - West Virginia - Nevada - Indiana - Colorado - Iowa - Illinois - Virginia - Michigan
More states are likely to follow within the coming months and years as states are regulating sports betting.
Be aware that there are offshore operators accepting US players from states where online sports betting is not yet legal.
FanDuel and DraftKings are currently the dominant players. Market entries by European powerhouses such as William Hill, Bet365, Unibet and others are likely to pose a threat to Fanduels and Draftkings market position in the future.
💻 How can I tell if an online sportsbook is legal and licensed?
When accessing a sportsbook site scroll down to the bottom of the page and for licensed sportsbooks in for example New Jersey and Pennsylvania you should find a logo from NJDGE (New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement) or PGCB (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board). Same procedure applies to all other states where sports betting is legal.
If you cannot find this logo the sportsbook is most likely not licensed in that state and should threrefore be avoided.
💻 How does sports betting work?
The basics of sports betting are pretty straight forward. In a game between for example two NFL teams you place a bet on the Home or Away team to win the game. This is called a Moneyline bet and if the team you are backing ends up winning the game you will have a winning bet and get a pay-out based on the Moneyline odds on the team you backed.
There are several more complex types of sports betting preferred by the more experienced sports gambler.
🔐 Is it safe to bet with online sportsbooks?
If you are betting on a licensed and legal sportsbook you are in good hands and should not have to worry. Licensed online sportsbooks follow strict regulations on how to safeguard your money.
💳 How do I deposit money into my sportsbook account?
All sportsbooks offer a wide selection of deposit methods. The most common are:
💵 Are online sportsbooks paying tax in the US?
Yes, as long as you are betting with a licensed sportsbook the operator is obliged to pay tax. The tax amount varies from state to state.
🏈 What is the most popular sport to bet on in the US?
Even though the football season is short, compared to Basketball and Baseball, a staggering 36% of the total sports betting wagers are made on football. Basketball is second and not far behind with 30% and Baseball is third with 18%. All other sports (including Ice-Hockey, MMA, Boxing, Racing, Tennis etc) combined stand for the remaining 16% of the total wagers.
How to Find the Best Sports Betting Sites in the US
One of the primary goals of US Sportsbonus is to allow bettors to see at a glance where to find the best sports betting sites with the best possible bonus. These normally come in the form of free bets, risk-free bets or a generous percentage reward on the first deposit. But there is so much more to it, than just the bonus, when ranking the best sports betting sites.
What most of these recommended US betting sites have in common is their commitment to taking every single aspect of the betting experience to the next level. They aim to offer the best sports betting promo code, the best NFL odds, the best customer support, the best betting app, and much more. In our state guides, we guide you through which every single facet of the best sports betting sites in that state and what makes them unique.
Since NJ Sports Betting was instrumental in getting the 1992 PASPA overturned, how is the state for online sports betting? As might be imagined, it didn’t challenge the act only to retreat. From 2018, New Jersey immediately created one of the strongest online sports betting markets in the country.
First on the online betting scene was DraftKings Sportsbook on August 1st of that year. That was the first online betting site to emerge outside of Nevada. Not far behind DraftKings was the playMGM (now BetMGM) sports betting app, which debuted on August 22nd, 2018, followed a day later by SugarHouse Sportsbook. Only days after, William Hill and FanDuel Sportsbook joined the market. Since then several sportsbook have entered the Garden State.
Predictably, Pennsylvania online sports betting wasn’t as fast out of the block as New Jersey. Keen PA Sports Betting have had to endure months of waiting and delays until, on May 31st 2019, the first sports betting site to be materialized.
It was SugarHouse that launched its betting site first for PA Online Sports Betting pundits. Since then Betrivers, FanDuel, DraftKings, BetAmerica, Unibet and Foxbet have opened up and accept sports betting in PA to its customers.
Note that companies must have a brick-and-mortar retail sportsbook or be partnered with one before they can run online sports betting in any state.
Indiana Sports Betting made its debut on the online betting scene in October 2019. Top brands such as FanDuel and DraftKings were early out of the gates and are likely to be dominating the sports betting in Indiana, just like they are in New Jersey. Together with BetRivers and BetAmerica these were the brands that launched in 2019.
We expect an additional 5-10 new sports betting sites in Indiana throughout 2020 which will fierce the competition to be the best online sportsbook in Indiana.
Illinois Sports Betting went live on June 18, 2020 with BetRivers through a license partnership with Rivers Casino Des Plaines.
DraftKings, FanDuel and all online only operators will have to wait 18 months before going live with their online sportsbook in Illinois i.e the land-based casinos in the land of Lincoln will have a 18 month head start.
Tennessee Sports Betting became legal in July 2019 but did not go live before November 2020. Action 24/7, BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel were the first four betting sites to get a TN online sports betting license.
Proper Iowa Sports Betting went live on Jan 1st 2021. Before this date sports bettors could wager online but had to register at a land based casino before having the option to opt-in online.
BetMGM Sportsbook is one of our favorite betting brands. They are rapidly entering new states whenever sports betting bills are being passed and has together with FanDuel and DraftKings become the best performing sports betting sites in the United States.
The Kings if DFS are now also the kings of sports betting. DraftKings Sportsbook have since the legalization of online sports betting in the US been driving the market and the first sportsbook to take sports wagers in newly opened states. There are lots of pros for this brand and very few cons.
The retails sportsbook market leaderWilliam Hill Sportsbook(currently live in 19 states) also have a huge presence online. They are currently offering online sports betting in 12 states with more to come.
As well as easy comparison of the best online sports betting sites and their bonuses, US Sportsbonus will constantly add extensive, in-depth online sportsbooks reviews of new sports betting sites to guarantee you are offered the best US betting sites.
While it’s handy to quickly compare sportsbook promo codes between various sites, bettors are also interested in the detail behind such sports betting bonuses. For instance, what wagering requirements must be fulfilled before winnings can be redeemed on the bonus? Typically, not all games or forms of betting contribute the same amount to the wagering requirements. Sometimes there is a cap on withdrawals from bonus winnings. So, the detail is useful.
In each betting site review we look at the game selection offered and the odds pricing set for all betting markets. Odds variances can sometimes be larger than you would expect and betting on sports betting sites with great odds will make your sports betting online adventures more profitable on the long term. The number of in-play markets is another important factor we evaluate in every sports betting review. Is live streaming available and can you cash-out bets that are not yet settled?
Sports gamblers take an interest in other aspects of online sports betting websites. These might include the level of customer support on offer, how they can contact the site (e.g. live chat, phone, email), how responsive the site is in the event of problems, the reputation of the company behind the site, the facilities and the user interface of the site. Number of Banking options (for deposit and withdrawal) and their conditions are also significant.
US Sportsbonus will give sports pundits the low-down on the growing number of online sports betting sites across the US. They can quickly see what’s on offer from each site, then dig deeper and find out more about reputation and conditions. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each site? One of the beauties of a betting comparison site is that it helps bettors to cherry-pick the best features of each website. Nobody needs to stick to one site only.
Best Sport Betting Apps 📲
We will guide you through the best Sport Betting Apps that we think provide the best online mobile betting right at your fingertips. When you are ready to place your bets on mobile, readability, user experience, responsiveness, technical features as well as promotions are crucial to enhance your over-all betting experience.
The majority of all online sports wagers are done on mobile (app or mobile version). Mobile betting is expected to continue growing and projected to dominate the way we bet online. Below is a selection of what we believe are the best sportsbooks for mobile betting.
BetMGM Mobile App
BetMGM is together with FanDuel and DraftKings the shining stars of the US online sports betting market. BetMGM sportsbook app is available in most states where mobile betting is legal.
Well structured user interface combined with large sports betting options make this one of the best mobile betting apps available.
Bet365 Mobile App
Bet365 might not be the most recognized brand in the US just yet but fact is that they are the largest online sportsbook in the world. Bet365 is recognized world wide for their fantastic mobile betting app and their US app is just as good as everywhere else.
The downside, Bet365 appis currently only available in New Jersey but we all hope that will change soon, with more states to be added.
DraftKings Mobile App
A toplist without including DraftKings is not a trustworthy toplist. DraftKings basically offers everything what all their competitors are offering.
Is their mobile betting app available in all states where mobile wagering is allowes? Yes!
Do they offer a smooth and user friend app experience? Yes!
William Hill is the most widespread sportsbook in the whole of the US. No other sportsbook have a larger land-based presence than William Hill. Luckily for mobile bettors they also have a great online presence.
The William Hill app might not be the most advanced on the market but is definitely one of the easiest to use. William Hill has over 100 years of sports betting experience and they know their sports betting. The app is likely to be filled with more features but in the meanwhile this is the app we recommend for everyone who is new to online mobile sports betting.
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