4 Best Bets to Make as Massachusetts Launches Legal Sports Betting

Written By Kris Johnson on January 30, 2023Last Updated on January 31, 2023
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With Massachusetts sports betting launching at retail sportsbooks on Tuesday, it’s the perfect time to present some prime wagering opportunities for opening day. 

Legal bets can be placed starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at three Massachusetts casinos: MGM Springfield (BetMGM), Encore Boston Harbor (WynnBET), and Plainridge Park (Barstool). 

We’re focusing on Massachusetts-centric bets that will hopefully put some shekels in your pocket to kick-start the legal sports betting journey in the Commonwealth. 

Betting on the Bruins

Let’s build up that bankroll starting with some bets on the Boston Bruins. The Bruins are en route to capturing the Presidents Trophy as the league’s winningest team in the regular season. 

In fact, the Bruins (38-7-5) still have a shot at breaking the NHL’s all-time record for wins in a single season. The Red Wings and Lightning share the current mark of 62 wins. 

The problem is the B’s odds are too prohibitive at -600 to bet on them winning the Presidents Cup. All odds here are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Massachusetts

Right wing David Pastrnak is also scoring goals at a record pace this season. With 38 goals in 50 games, he was only trailing Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (41) for the league lead. Pastrnak could become the second player in Boston’s franchise history to register more than 60 goals in a single season. He’d join NHL legend Phil Esposito in a very select club. 

Bet No. 1: We wouldn’t fault you for sprinkling some money on Pastrnak (+180) to lead the NHL in goals at season’s end. McDavid is a bigger name, of course, but that means nothing in the world of sports betting. It might even enhance the value being offered on Pastrnak.  

You’d have to think Pastrnak is a lock to be Boston’s MVP this year, right? Not necessarily. Goaltender Linus Ullmark has been off-the-charts good for the Bruins in net this year. 

Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Ullmark, who recently notched his 100th career victory, leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals against average and a save percentage of .936%. Ullmark also boasts the best record among all NHL netminders at 25-4-1. That’s just stupid good.

Bet No. 2: Wager on Ullmark to win this year’s Vezina Award as the NHL’s best goaltender. You’ll have to lay some juice at -150, but this is a solid bet up to -175.   

Bet No. 3: The Stanley Cup Playoffs are still a ways off, but consider betting the Bruins to win the Eastern Conference given the team’s overall performance this season. It’s a fair price at +270. 

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Ultimate Boston-Based Parlay Bet To Make Now

Massachusetts punters are living in exciting times with the launch of legal sports betting in the Commonwealth. Retail sports betting will be up and running in time for the Super Bowl, while online sports betting should be available in time for March Madness. 

What makes all this even sweeter? The Bruins are the betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup at +450. The Celtics are favored to win the NBA Championship at +370. Are you kidding me? That’s a championship parlay you must play as a dyed-in-the-wool Boston sports fan. 

Here’s the breakdown on this parlay bet:

Bruins to Win Stanley Cup (+450) AND Celtics to Win NBA Championship (+370)

Bet amount: $100

Parlay odds: 24.9-1

Implied probability: 3.87%

Parlay payout: $2,485.00

We wouldn’t blame you for betting $10 just to save the ticket as a collectible souvenir if this hits. As you mull whatever the future might hold for the Red Sox (+5000 to win the World Series) and Patriots (+5000 to win 2024 Super Bowl) with native son Bill O’Brien back in the fold as offensive coordinator, savor the recent success of the Bruins and Celtics. 

It is indeed a great time to be both a sports fan and bettor in Massachusetts. 

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Kris Johnson is a Lead Writer at Play MA with more than 15 years of experience as a sports journalist. Kris’ work has appeared in Sports Business Daily, Sports Business Journal, NASCAR Illustrated, and more. Kris also authored a sports betting novel entitled The Endgame.

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