Popular Massachusetts Sports Events
NBA Finals/NBA Playoffs
NHL Playoffs/Stanley Cup Finals
MLB Playoffs/World Series
Boston College Football and Basketball
College Hockey/Frozen Four
US Open (Golf)
PGA Championship (Golf)
The Northern Trust
Common Types of Bets/Terms
is how many points a team is projected to win by. In order for the betting favorite to cover the point spread, they need to win by more than the point spread number. For the underdog to cover the point spread, they need to either win the game outright, or lose by fewer points than the point spread is set at.
For example, if you take the Boston Celtics at -5.5 against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics would have to win by six points or more to cover the spread. Or, if the point spread was Celtics +4.5 for a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, you would need the Celtics to win the game outright, or to lose by four or fewer points.
is the simplest of all bets. All you’re betting on is for a team to win a game. If the team you bet on wins, your wager will cash.
Let’s say the New England Patriots are taking on the New York Jets. If you bet on the Patriots and they win the game, no matter the score, the moneyline bet on them will be graded as a win.
OVER/UNDER and Total Bets
over/under or total
is a wager on the total points scored in a game. Both team’s points are counted towards the total. If the total for a Patriots and Jets game is set at 45.5, and the final score is the Patriots 35 and the Jets 17, an OVER bet would be deemed a winner since there were 52 total points scored.
Total bets can be extremely fun to root for, especially if you bet on the OVER. UNDER bets aren’t quite as exciting to root for in most situations, but they can win if you choose the right spot.
is a wager on multiple bets tied together. The bets can be anything from moneyline, point spread, and total, but every single individual bet must cash for the parlay as a whole to cash. It can be as many legs as possible. For example, it could be a two-leg parlay on just two separate wagers, or it could be an eight-leg parlay on eight separate wagers. No matter the amount, every single leg of it has to cash for the parlay to be graded as a winner.
Bettors can get creative with an all-Massachusetts parlay late in September. Want to bet on the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins to all win? You can do it.
is a wager on a specific thing to happen in the game, with most not having a direct impact on the final score. The most popular type of prop bet is a player prop bet, which is a bet on a player’s individual performance.
Want to bet on Mac Jones’ passing yards? Or maybe you want to wager on Jayson Tatum to score a ton of points. If so, prop bets are what you’re looking for.
Most Popular Sports to Bet On
The most popular sports to bet on in Massachusetts include football (NFL), hockey (NHL and college hockey), basketball (NBA), and baseball (MLB).
Daily Fantasy Sports in Massachusetts
Daily Fantasy has been legal in Massachusetts since 2016. It became permanently legal in July of 2018 and DraftKings, one of the original daily fantasy platforms, began in the state of Massachusetts.