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

IN THIS ISSUE

📈 MARKET MOVERS: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander making MVP moves

🔥 EXPERT PICKS: NBA props and an early CFP championship pick

📊 ACTION REPORT: How bettors are approaching very low NFL total

💰 BIG WIN: A bettor rang in 2024 by turning $100 into nearly $24K

MVP MADNESS

MARKET MOVERS 📈

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When the NBA season tipped off, the five leading MVP candidates by odds were Nikola Jokic (+400), Luka Doncic (+550), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+550), Jayson Tatum (+650) and Joel Embiid (+850).

For the first time all season, someone who started off with odds longer than +1000 has crashed the top-3 party 🎉.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander began this campaign at +1600 and first went under +1000 on Dec. 9 following a +1200 to +800 shift. The Thunder star went from +600 to +400 on Dec. 30, tying Doncic for the third-lowest MVP odds. After Doncic rose to +450 today, SGA stands alone in third spot at +400 behind Embiid at +210 and Jokic at +250.

In terms of betting action, SGA is third in tickets at 11.1% while Jokic (13.4%) and Doncic (12.8%) occupy the two top spots in that category. He’s also fourth in handle 💵 at 7.3%, trailing Embiid at 32.3%, Jokic at 27.7% and Doncic at 9.8%.

EXPERT PICKS

Ariel Epstein has her favorite NBA prop bet and is joined by picks newcomer Ryan Elmalem, who has been designing all of the Hustle's graphics from Day 1. On the gridiron, Zack Price has his early play for Monday's national title game.

THE PROP QUEEN

Spurs C Victor Wembanyama Over 8.5 Rebounds (-140) [7:30 p.m. ET]
“The Bucks are allowing the 11th-most rebounds per game and could have tired legs since this is the second leg of a back-to-back.”

THE GRAPHICS GUY

Warriors G Brandin Podziemski Over 9.5 Points (-110) [10 p.m. ET]
"Podziemski scored 13 points on Christmas against this same Denver team allowing the third-fewest PPG in the NBA. He has scored 10+ in 12 of his last 15 games, with a current streak of six in a row."

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Michigan -4.5 (-105) vs. Washington [Mon., 7:30 p.m. ET]
"Michigan has played with a chip on its shoulder all season long. If the Wolverines' defensive line can control the line of scrimmage like it did vs. Alabama, the Huskies won’t be able to utilize their top weapon in Michael Penix Jr. and things could get ugly."
OUTSTANDING OFFER

BOOSTED ODDS ALERT 🚨

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We are offering BOOSTED ODDS on SPREADS AND TOTALS for select top-25 games on today’s college basketball slate. Make sure to take advantage during Power 💪 Hour, starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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

TOTAL THURSDAY

ACTION REPORT 📊

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Week 18 is filled with odds that may cause you to do a double take because of teams resting starters. But one game also happens to have the lowest total of the season and could reach historic territory.

Jets at Patriots opened with a total of 34 and has since come crashing down ⬇️ all the way to 30.5. Patriots at Steelers back in Week 14 also closed at 30.5, with that contest’s over cashing in the first half.

If it drops to 30, it would mark the first time that a total has closed that low since Dec. 11, 2005 😮. Bears-Steelers also wound up at 30 on that day, as that one pushed after Pittsburgh’s 21-9 victory.

The Jets-Patriots under has drawn the third-most money of any Week 18 total bet, only trailing the Bills-Dolphins under (opened 50, now 49) and the Eagles-Giants under (opened 45.5, now 42).

PARLAY PAR-TAY

BIG WIN 💰

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This Illinois bettor certainly enjoyed the first day of 2024, though this was a hard-earned 😅 five-figure win.

Tennessee’s final play was stopped at the Iowa 2-yard line, preserving under 36.5 with a 35-0 victory. Michigan -2.5 and over 45.5 both cashed in overtime of the Rose 🌹 Bowl. And those first seven legs all would have been for naught if Washington didn’t survive Texas’ miraculous comeback attempt in the Sugar Bowl.

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