Kornegay’s Korner: Props to That
February 1, 2023
How many wagers can one possibly make inside of a single football game?
It’s not a riddle. Certainly not a joke. For the Super Bowl, the answer might surprise you.
“We look to approach 500 different propositions for the game with well over 1,000 betting options at SuperBook Sports, now in seven states,” says Jay Kornegay, Chief Oddsmaker at SuperBook Sports. “We’re compiling the props as we speak.”
Five. Hundred. Props.
How can one game generate so much creativity? First to score. Longest. Shortest. Over. Under. Lead changes. Ties. Wonder if anyone had Joe Montana in the “First Player to Spot John Candy” prop? Had to pay at least 15-to-1, didn’t it?
“The props attract about 65% of the betting handle, so we must be on our game when posting odds and booking these very popular wagering options,” Kornegay adds. “The most popular prop – as always – will be the player to score the first touchdown. It’s a basic prop and easy to understand. Fans love wagering on props they understand and getting odds on top of that.”
Some of the game’s most popular props are already available, but more will be added as kickoff approaches. Check in early and often, as there will be – as Kornegay so humbly notes – thousands of options.
Three bets worth considering on a Wednesday night
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
TD Garden – Boston, MA
7:30 PM ET
SuperBook Line: Boston -9.0
The Nets will be without Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons in this one. That’s a huge play for Brooklyn, as their leading scorer will be on the sidelines.
To complicate matters, Boston boasts a top-five defensive rating and leads the league in defensive rebounding percentage. They swarm on that end of the court and don’t give up a lot of second-chance opportunities.
The Celtics will be rested and ready to go. They’ve been off since Saturday’s controversial overtime win over the Lakers, giving them three full days of rest.
Marcus Smart and Grant Williams both might not be available, but with Kyrie Irving as the primary scorer for Brooklyn, let’s look towards the Celtics to put the clamps on them. The Nets won’t hit their 109.0-point over/under.
Jason Schlefsky’s pick: Brooklyn under 107.5 team total (-110)
Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs
AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
8:00 PM ET
SuperBook Line: Sacramento -7.5
It’s not 2013 anymore. What once was a mismatch in favor of the Spurs is now the complete opposite, with the Kings being the much stronger team.
Sacramento has been one of the more-surprising teams in the league this season. The Kings are 28-21 and currently hold the No. 3 seed in the West.
The Spurs are one of the weakest squads in the league. They’re an abysmal 14-37, with only Houston trailing them in the standings.
The Kings are playing their best basketball of the season. They have won seven of their last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Spurs have lost six in a row.
Even on the road, this feels like a laugher. Take Sacramento and give the points.
Jason Schlefsky’s pick: Sacramento -7.5 (-110)
LSU at Missouri
Mizzou Arena – Columbia, MO
9:00 PM ET
SuperBook Line: Missouri -10.0
This is a lopsided SEC matchup, with the home team being a double-digit favorite. And for good reason.
Missouri is 12-1 at home this season and is fresh off a 17-point victory over Iowa State at Mizzou Arena. Meanwhile, LSU has not won a game since the end of December, having dropped eight in a row.
LSU has had massive turnover problems, which doesn’t bode well tonight. That’ll feed a Missouri offense that leads the SEC in points per game (83.1) and field-goal percentage (48.2).
The Tigers average just 66.0 points per game, making this an uphill battle on the road. Take the home team to roll in this one.
Hoops Harlen’s pick: Missouri -10.0 (-110)
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Things we’ve learned this week
The GOAT is done – Last year, Tom Brady announced his retirement on Feb. 1, only to reverse course a few weeks later and return to Tampa Bay for the 2022 season. Exactly 365 days later, the quarterback has informed the Buccaneers that he’s hanging up his cleats, this time for good. The seven-time Super Bowl champion will go down as the greatest QB in NFL history.
It’s about fixing Russell Wilson – The Broncos gave up a lot to get Sean Payton. Denver sent a first-round pick in 2023, plus a second-round selection in 2024, to New Orleans in order to secure the head coach. Then, they backed up the Brinks truck for a contract that will make Payton one of the highest-paid coaches in NFL history. Why? Because the offensive mastermind can get Russell Wilson back on track.