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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.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM POINTSBET! 🎄🕎❄️

IN THIS ISSUE

🏈 THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: A rainy forecast in NJ, a shifting line

🔥 EXPERT PICKS: Jay and Ryan have some Thursday thoughts

💪 POWER HOUR: Santa dropping Free Bets into your account!

🚀 HUSTLE BOOST: The New York Sack Exchange is open for biz

THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Jaguars (+2.5) @ Jets

PointsBet Data and Insights

KICKOFF: 8:15 p.m. ET

KEY STATS: A fascinating line. Even with money 💵 pouring in on Jax, the line has flipped from Jets -1 to Jags -1.5 to Jets -2.5. (Our traders are wary of sharp action on the J-E-T-S.) The Jags are surging after their sensational rally against the Cowboys – a 33-point explosion in the second half/OT. The Jets, losers of three straight one-score games, need Zach Wilson to stop doing dumb stuff 🥺.

TRENDING: Jacksonville is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 road contests, and New York has covered in five of its last six coming off a loss. The total has fallen because of a gloomy 🌧️ forecast.

EXPERT PICKS

PointsBet studio host Ryan Leaf is back! He and NBC lead betting analyst Jay Croucher offer their best plays on TNF and the Saturday slate.

THE BRAIN

Jags-Jets Under 36.5 (-107)
"The Jets have a top-2 defense, and with Zach Wilson at QB, this is a recipe for Under in the rain."
49ers -7 over Commanders (-105)
"Taylor Heinicke has no prayer against an elite SF defense."

THE BIG NAME

Jags +1.5 over Jets (-107)
"Trevor Lawrence is playing as well as any quarterback -- and the Jets' QB situation is less than desirable."
Bengals -3 over Patriots (-115)
"The AFC's best team rolls against a very lost team in New England."
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EYES ON THREE MATCHUPS

NFL SATURDAY 💖

This is when the magic started for the Vikings.

How about an 11-game lineup to stuff your stocking 🧦? Three highlights:

  • Best shot for an upset: Giants (+185 ML) @ Vikings. The Cousins Crew might still be hungover 🍻 from last week’s miracle win that clinched the division. The Giants are fighting for a playoff spot. Motivational edge: New York.
  • Tiniest total: 32 (Saints-Browns) – The O/U could be less than the wind 🌬️ strength (25-35 MPH) whipping around Cleveland. It also promises to be the lowest total since Bengals-Browns in 2008. (A 14-0 Cincy win.)
  • All eyes on: Eagles (+6) @ Cowboys – The home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings, so that’s a good sign for Dallas against a Jalen Hurts-less 🤕 Philadelphia.
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

POWER 🏋️‍♂️ RANKINGS

Can LB Alex Anzalone and the Lions make noise in the playoffs? (AP Photo)

  • Philadelphia Eagles (+150): Who will shoulder the load at quarterback?
  • San Francisco 49ers (+300): Mike Shanahan (+1000 Coach of the Year) is winning with three QBs, including Mr. Irrelevant.
  • Dallas Cowboys (+375): Fortunately for Dallas, the Jags could be out of playoff contention by weekend’s end.
  • Minnesota Vikings (+1000): How does an 11-3 team get dissed by oddsmakers? By allowing 5.9 yards per play.
  • Tampa Bay Bucs (+1400): The possibility of a 6-11 divisional champ remains. Could the world 🌎 handle it?
  • Detroit Lions (+2800): Dan Campbell is looking to break the Hard Knocks curse – and the curse of being the coach of the Lions.
HUSTLE BOOST

JETS' 'D' 3+ SACKS IN A NEW YORK WIN +180 ➡️ +210

BET THE BOOST
WHO DA REAL MVP?

EVERYBODY HURTS

Is Joe Burrow worth a look for MVP? (AP Photo)

Jalen Hurts’ sprained shoulder opens the door for The Gardner Minshew Experience and for bettors to throw their currency on other players:

  • Patrick Mahomes +170 ➡️ -300: His brilliance knows no bounds. Connected on 36 of 41 passes against Houston and the Chiefs needed all of them.
  • Jalen Hurts -145 ➡️ +400: Got as high as +550 even though Hurts’ value could be proven if Philly stumbles.
  • Josh Allen +1000 ➡️ +600: Does the MVP tiebreaker include head-to-head? If so, he beat Mahomes and can take out Joe Burrow in Week 16.
  • Joe Burrow +1100 ➡️ +700: Things could get verrrry interesting if Cincy closes with nine straight victories. (Final three foes: Pats, Bills and Ravens.)
WALL-TO-WALL BALL

NBA ON CHRISTMAS 🎄

It's the Most Wonderful Time ... (AP Photo)

The quintuple-header that begins at 12 p.m. ET Sunday will allow you to avoid awkward convos with your least favorite uncle. A quick look-ahead (lines are TBD):

  •  76ers vs. Knicks: Two of the league’s hottest teams have lost just four combined games in December.
  • Lakers vs. Mavericks: L.A. has the second-worst ATS record in the Western Conference. The worst? Dallas.
  • Bucks vs. Celtics: Does good offense beat good ‘D’? Boston ranks 2nd in scoring, and Milwaukee allows the 4th fewest.
  • Grizzlies vs. Warriors: Golden State leads the NBA in one category – hitting the Over.
  • Suns vs. Nuggets: Get the ball to Jokic. And if he’s not open, get the ball to Jokic 😂.
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