The launch in Michigan comes ahead of a busy sports weekend for local teams, in addition to the NFL Championship games on Sunday and a full college basketball schedule on Saturday. Here is a roundup of some of the marquee sporting events this weekend and the corresponding betting information:
The state’s only quality college or professional sports team travels to Purdue on Friday at 7 p.m. for a Big Ten showdown. Michigan (12-1) sits atop the Big Ten standings at 7-1, while Purdue is fourth at 6-3.
Michigan is led by its versatile trio of Hunter Dickinson, Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner. Dickinson is a likely candidate for Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaging a team-best 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Livers is averaging 14.1 points, while Wagner is at 12.3 points per game.
The Wolverines have been one of the most profitable college basketball teams to back this season. Michigan’s 10-3 mark against the spread is tied for the fifth-best record in the country.
At 3-11, the Pistons have the worst record in the NBA. But their ineptitude doesn’t mean you can’t cash on them.
Two sportsbooks have already announced boosts and promotions for Michigan’s online launch this weekend, and both include the Pistons.
DraftKings is giving new players the opportunity to double their money on a bet if Detroit makes a 3-pointer against the Houston Rockets on Friday.
For Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, PointsBet is running a promotion for anyone who wagers on the Pistons. To participate, new clients must place a bet of $25 or more on the Pistons moneyline, and they will then receive $1 in free bets for every point the Pistons record.
The Red Wings have two games against the Chicago Blackhawks this weekend. Detroit is a +110 underdog for Friday’s 8 p.m. contest, and while the odds for Sunday’s 12:30 game are not out yet, players can likely expect a similar line for Sunday barring any significant injuries.
Saturday's UFC 257 card is headlined by the main event featuring Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. McGregor is favored at -275, with Poirer an underdog at +225.
The two met in 2014 at UFC 178, with McGregor recording a knockout in just one minute and 46 seconds.
Total, there are 12 fights on the UFC 257 card, giving combat fans in Michigan plenty of wagering opportunities.
Michigan’s online launch comes just in time for one of the biggest NFL weekends of the season. Super Bowl berths are on the line Sunday, with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 3:05 p.m. EST and Kansas City Chiefs welcoming the Buffalo Bills at 6:40 p.m.
Both the Packers and Chiefs are currently -3 favorites. The total points for the Green Bay and Tampa Bay matchup is sitting at 51.5, while Kansas City and Buffalo’s total is at 54.