The first weekend of December should be an exciting one for bettors who like to stake the Mountaineers. Mountaineers football and West Virginia basketball both plan to be in action.
Amidst those local events, regional NFL teams should get their Week 13 contests in as well. That means a busy West Virginia sports betting weekend to start the last month of 2020.
West Virginia basketball betting for the first weekend of December
Although WV sportsbooks don’t have odds up on the Mountaineer men’s team’s game at Georgetown on Sunday, it’s a sure bet they will have markets live closer to that 4:30 p.m. tip. WVU figures to be a favorite in this Big 12-Big East Battle contest.
The Mountaineers come in at 3-1, with that solitary loss at the hands of top-ranked Gonzaga. The Hoyas, on the other hand, are not as seasoned with a 1-1 record.
There isn’t much data to assess Georgetown on yet. Their short schedule features games against UMBC and Navy, so the fact that they weren’t able to win both games strengthens the narrative of WVU winning this game.
The Hoyas have shot just 39.3% from the field this season. Additionally, Georgetown has thus far relied heavily on guard Jahvon Blair for offense, as he has 19 of his team’s 58 3-point attempts so far.
Should the Mountaineers be able to force the Hoyas to look elsewhere for offense, they might be able to win this one by a comfortable margin. Whatever the spread is on WVU – the team that took on the Zags on short notice and held a 33-24 halftime – it seems like a good bet.
The opposite might be true for the Mountaineer football team on Saturday afternoon. WVU has struggled on the road this season and the timing on this week’s game works against it.
Will road woes continue for the Mountaineer football team?
Perhaps the silver lining is that this should be the last away game of the season for WVU. Saturday’s contest in Ames, Iowa looks like it will be running into a Cyclone, however.
Ninth-ranked Iowa State seems to be peaking at the right time. Couple that with the fact that the Mountaineers are 0-3 on the road this season.
While a lot of the overall season stats break WVU’s way, it’s important to note the home and away splits. For example, the Mountaineers average allowing 26 points per away game this year as compared to just 12.8 per contest in Morgantown.
For bettors, which way this contest will go might depend on the ground attack. In WVU’s narrow road loss to the Longhorns, the Mountaineers managed just 43 yards rushing.
The Cyclones average allowing over 100 yards per game. Thus, WVU covering the spread could very well depend on getting backs like Leddie Brown loose.
Regional NFL teams hope to do the same with their offenses this Sunday and Monday night. Sportsbooks aren’t very optimistic about their chances, however.
Week 13 odds for regional NFL teams
This weekend’s regional NFL action includes two early Sunday starts in which both teams are road underdogs. The Cincinnati Bengals visit a Miami Dolphins as one of the biggest dogs of the week.
At the same time, WV sportsbooks don’t expect the Cleveland Browns to get a road win against the Tennessee Titans. However, bettors might remember what happened the last time Tennessee was favored against a team from Ohio.
Sunday’s day game slate continues with another regional team filling the role of the road dog. If the Philadelphia Eagles manage to cover in this one, it would be the first time a visiting team has done so against the Green Bay Packers this year.
If the Titans do dispatch Cleveland on Sunday, that would suit the Pittsburgh Steelers just fine. They host the Washington Football Team on Monday night. A win coupled with a Browns loss would put them on the verge of an AFC North division title.
There isn’t much else to say about this weekend’s betting opportunities in WV but good luck. If you wager wisely and stay healthy, this could be a December to remember for a good reason.