What’s Next For Arizona Sports Betting After The Super Bowl?

Now that you’ve, hopefully, tallied up your winnings from the Super Bowl, and gotten over the excitement of the PGA’s WM Phoenix Open’s thrilling finish, you have time to think. And you just may be thinking, “What’s next for Arizona sports betting now that the Super Bowl is over?”

It’s a natural thought across the country in the days after the Super Bowl especially if you’re locked into the depths of winter. Luckily, the weather is much better in Arizona than it is in much of the country.

And good weather brings betting opportunities close to home, in addition to plenty of upcoming big events nationally. The first such event, at least for the rest of this week, is taking place in Beijing.

Team USA is still competing for Olympic medals on a daily basis in a number of events. Depending on your sportsbook of choice, you might find odds on the events you’re interested in. If not, shop around as the markets available vary between platforms.

Suns Gearing Up For Championship Run

Much closer to home, the Phoenix Suns are busy tearing up the NBA. At 46-10, the Suns have the league’s best record. With a 4.5-game lead over the Golden State Warriors, they are on pace to hold home-court advantage through the NBA Playoffs.

Oddsmakers, though, have yet to settle on a favorite to win the NBA Finals as DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers, and FanDuel are split when it comes to futures bets on the champion.

The Nets are favored at DraftKings, while BetMGM has equal odds for the Suns, Warriors, and Brooklyn Nets. Caesars favors the Suns, BetRivers goes with the Warriors, and FanDuel has Phoenix and Golden State atop the board.

Brooklyn Nets+400+450+550+600+600
Golden State Warriors+425+450+475+400+460
Phoenix Suns+425+450+450+450+460
Milwaukee Bucks+700+650+600+650+550
Philadelphia 76ers+700+700+600+700+650

If you want to jump on the Suns before their odds decline, FanDuel is your best option at +460, but the odds will continue to shift based on injuries and hot or cold streaks by the top contenders.

With that in mind, be sure to check your favorite sportsbooks often to find the best available odds.

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NHL, March Madness, NASCAR Also On Tap

The Arizona Coyotes have the second-fewest points in the NHL, but that’s no reason to ignore the NHL completely. Play is picking up in earnest heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and you probably have a favorite in mind to hoist the Stanley Cup.

The Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are the five favorites as of this writing. But with the trade deadline set for March 21, odds will shift as teams bolster their rosters for the stretch run.

Before you know it, it will be March and that means March Madness for men’s and women’s college basketball programs. There’s a great deal of parity in the men’s ranks this year a point driven home by the constant changes atop the weekly AP Poll.

Arizona is among the current favorites, so if you want to place a futures bet on the Wildcats, now might be the time to do so.

Sunday marks the beginning of the NASCAR season, and you can place futures bets on who you think wins the championship. Will Kyle Larson repeat, or will someone else assume the throne?

The Daytona 500 is always a crapshoot, and you’ll find numerous betting options on the race. Formula 1 opens its season on March 20, so you can get in on the season-long drama from the outset.

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MLB, The Masters, NFL Draft On The Horizon

March will hopefully mean spring training for Major League Baseball, but the players are currently locked out by ownership. The sides will, eventually, reach a new labor agreement and, shortly thereafter, you’ll be able to spend your afternoon attending Cactus League games.

Those games will provide a chance to do some scouting before playing futures bets on who you think will win the World Series next fall.

The regular season should be in full swing by April, but that’s a great unknown at this point. The Masters, however, is a certainty and is slated for the final round on April 10. If the WM Phoenix Open has you thinking golf, jump on your favorite platform and place a futures bet.

In case the Super Bowl is still dominating your thoughts, you can always place a futures bet on next year’s winner. If you can’t wait for the season to start, the NFL Draft is set for late April, and you’ll be able to find odds on which player will be drafted No. 1 overall.

In other words, you have plenty of betting options in the weeks and months ahead.

About the Author

Mark Ashenfelter

Mark Ashenfelter is a Connecticut-based sportswriter and editor who has covered everything from NASCAR to the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. A life-long Philadelphia sports fan, in addition to Penn State football and the Baltimore Orioles, he's previously worked at ESPN, NASCAR Scene magazine and the Daily Local News in Chester County, PA.