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The PointsBet Hustle™ is a newsletter spotlighting our biggest bets, juiciest boosts and strongest insights to get you ready for the best betting stretch of your life.

IN THIS ISSUE

THE MAIN EVENT: Dare you fade The Joker?

EXPERT PICKS: Kaz, Jon & Lucy have you covered

POWER HOUR: Bet Credits for Kansas-Kentucky!

BETTING NUGGETS: Spread & total intel on NFL

 

DJOKOVIC vs TSITSIPAS

THE MAIN EVENT

Only the boldest will bet on Novak Djokovic to lose. But will he drop a set? Or two? (AP Photo)

Novak Djokovic is a massive favorite (-455) to win his 10th Aussie title over Stefanos Tsitsipas (+350). Let’s explore other ways to bet it.

MATCH TIME: Sunday, 3:30 a.m. ET

DECIDING SET TIREBREAK (+1100): Three of the last four times these two have tussled, the final set ended in a tiebreak (with Novak winning all three).

DJOKOVIC WINS IN 5 SETS (+500): The Joker and Greek God have met only twice in Grand Slams, and both have gone the distance.

DJOKOVIC WLWW (+900): If you like Novak to win in four (but lose the second), this is for you. He has dropped only one set in this year’s tourney, but Stefanos may take advantage of Djokovic’s tender hamstring to squeeze one out.

EXPERT PICKS

The PointsBet triumvirate of NBA studio host Kazeem 'Kaz' Famuyide, soccer expert Jon Eimer and college sports guru Lucy Rohden fire off their best plays.

THE NBA HOST

76ers -3.5 vs. Nuggets (-110)
"No word on whether Nikola Jokic will rest, but it shouldn't matter. Joel Embiid knows the world is watching, and he will play inspired."
Knicks +1.5 @ Nets (-110)
"The Knicks are in a good stretch, while the Nets are sliding and have to deal with Julius Randle."

THE SOCCER GUY

Napoli (-135) vs. Roma (2:45 p.m. ET Sunday)
"Roma is a strong team known for its defensive prowess, but how will it hold up against the best attacking team in Italy?"
BTTS (-115) in Real Madrid vs Sociedad (3 p.m. ET Sunday)
"I like Both Teams to Score. This is a rivalry match where if either teams drop points, they risk falling further behind Barca."

THE COMEDIAN

Iowa State (-1.5) @ Missouri (-105)
"The Cyclones get it done on Saturday. Brock Purdy takes the 'L' on Sunday."
Mississippi State ML (+115) vs. TCU
"The Bulldogs are scrappy! They gave Bama some trouble. If only they could do that in football."
A BOOST FROM US

POWER HOUR ALERT

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See Promotions page in the PointsBet app or website for full promotional Terms & Conditions.

STARS & STRIPES IN ACTION TODAY

KEEP IT FRIENDLY

Brandon Vazquez, right, will look to impress in an International Friendly against the Colombians. (AP Photo)

MATCH: Colombia @ USA

WHERE: Carson (Calif.)

KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET

USA (+145): Nineteen of the 24 players on this USMNT roster did not play in the World Cup. So the newbies, along with interim manager Anthony Hudson, will want to prove their worth.

DRAW (+210): Friendlies are times to experiment and try new players, strategies and formations. Winning is not that important, and that often translates to chaos and disarray.

COLOMBIA (+190): After missing out on World Cup qualifying by one point, Los Cafeteros (Coffeemakers) ☕ should be pumped to take on Los Americanos.

NFC STYLE

NFL NUGGETS, PART 1

PointsBet Data and Insights

The 49ers and Eagles kick at 3 p.m. Sunday. More than 81% of our spread handle is on Philly. Also notable:

Eagles -2.5 vs. 49ers: The spread opened at 2 … SF is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 contests, but the Niners were favored in every game … Jalen Hurts is 7-0 ATS as a single-digit home favorite.

Total 46.5: It opened at 45.5 … The Under is 15-5-1 in the Eagles’ last 21 playoff games … Overs are 12-4-1 in the past 17 NFC Championship games.

AFC STYLE

NFL NUGGETS, PART 2

PointsBet Data and Insights

The Chiefs host the Bengals in the nightcap. As Bart Scott put it: CAN’T WAIT!

Chiefs -2.5 vs. Bengals: PointsBet opened with KC as a 1.5-point favorite, but the line swung three points toward Cincy (because of concerns over Patrick Mahomes’ left ankle) before boomeranging back … Joe Burrow is 18-1 ATS in his past 19 games as a favorite of six points or fewer.

Total 48: Opened at 47.5 … The Under has cashed in six of the Chiefs’ last seven home games … It’s expected to be chilly (23 degrees) but dry in KC tomorrow.

LBJ CLOSING IN

DON’T MISS THE POINT

At 38, LeBron James is averaging 29.9 points -- AND shooting better than 50 percent.

When will LeBron James break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring mark of 38,387? We’re listing odds for 10 games, starting with these:

  • Jan 31 @ Knicks (+8000): LBJ would have to average 52+ points to do it at the World’s Most Famous Arena. A hoops head can dream.
  • Feb 2 @ Pacers (+1200): He’d have to average 39.5 points. And with teammate Russell Westbrick firing away, we’re skeptical.
  • Feb 4 @ Pelicans (+180): A Saturday night matchup in NOLA ⚜️ with Zion Williamson as witness?! We’ll toss our beads in on this.
  • Feb 7 vs. Thunder (+170): LA’s first home game since Jan. 25! How much for a courtside seat?
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