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BetCast Spotlight: Guide to cross-sport props

by Will Gray
Updated On: February 10, 2021, 3:48 pm ET

There's a bevy of cross-sport props to sift through this week - even a few that have a little to do with golf.

Super Bowl LV will draw plenty of side action from casual bettors around the world, as fans try to discern everything from whether Tom Brady will have a rushing yard to what color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach. But there are also a number of cross-sport prop options, unique bets that tie the outcome of one event to the results from another sport.

This week's Waste Management Phoenix Open provides just such an opportunity, and the oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook have responded accordingly. More than a dozen golf-related props are currently live, breaking down everything from the coin flip result in Tampa to the exact margin of victory in Phoenix.

This week also marks the debut of NBC Sports Edge BetCast, a betting-centric second-screen viewing experience streaming all four tournament days on Peacock where viewers can enjoy unprecedented betting discussion and analysis around this week's Tour event. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the unique prop combinations in play this week between the action at TPC Scottsdale and the game at Raymond James Stadium (odds via PointsBet):

Travis Kelce touchdown + Jon Rahm top-5 finish: +315

Notes: Kelce has become a top target of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, scoring a touchdown in six straight games including both games thus far in the playoffs. Rahm has never finished worse than T-16 in five appearances at this event but hasn't cracked the top 5 since a T-5 finish in his 2015 debut as an amateur.

Mike Evans touchdown + Justin Thomas top-10 finish: +345

Notes: Evans scored 13 touchdowns in the regular season and added scoring grabs against both the Saints and Packers in postseason play. Thomas has finished third and T-3 at this event each of the last two years and finished third last month in Maui, but enters off a missed cut two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi.

 

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Tyreek Hill touchdown + Brooks Koepka top-20 finish +350

Notes: Hill tallied 17 touchdowns during the regular season but did not find the end zone in either of the Chiefs' first two playoff games. Koepka earned his first PGA Tour win here in 2015 but failed to crack the top 40 in two subsequent trips and has missed three straight cuts for the first time in his career.

Chris Godwin touchdown + Rory McIlroy top-10 finish +415

Notes: Godwin caught seven touchdowns in the regular season and added one more in the Wild Card game against Washington. McIlroy is making his tournament debut at TPC Scottsdale and has finished third and T-16 in his first two starts this year.

Either team attempts 2-point conversion + Ace on any hole +210

Notes: There hasn't been a two-point conversion attempt in the Super Bowl since the Patriots and Eagles squared off three years ago in Super Bowl LII. There have been a total of 28 aces at this tournament since it moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987, including three last year.

Coin toss result heads + Ace on 12th hole +780

Notes: The Super Bowl coin flip went heads five years in a row from 2009-13, but it's been a drought of late as tails has won six of the last seven years. There have been six all-time aces on No. 12, including last year by eventual tournament winner Webb Simpson.

Coin toss result tails + Ace on 4th hole +835

Notes: Tails has been on a bit of a run, landing each of the last two years and holding a slim 28-25 all-time advantage in the Super Bowl. There have been eight aces on No. 4 at this event, including one last year from J.B. Holmes in the opening round. But that was the first ace on the hole since 2008.

Any wide receiver wins MVP + Ace during Round 1 +2200

Notes: The MVP trophy has gone to a wide receiver seven times in Super Bowl history, most recently when Julian Edelman won it with the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. Of the 28 all-time aces at this event, only six have come in the opening round including Holmes' shot last year.

Chiefs or Bucs win by exactly 3 points + WMPO champ wins by 3 strokes +3400

Notes: It was a three-point margin when Kansas City and Tampa faced off in the regular season, with the Chiefs winning 27-24 on Nov. 29. To find a three-shot margin of victory at the WMPO you have to go all the way back to 2003, when Vijay Singh beat John Huston.

Chiefs/Bucs go to overtime + WMPO goes to a playoff +5000

Notes: Only one Super Bowl has gone to overtime, when the Patriots rallied to beat the Falcons four years ago in Super Bowl LI. It's been another story at TPC Scottsdale, as there have been four playoff finishes in the last five years including last year when Webb Simpson beat Tony Finau.

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Will Gray

Will Gray joined Golf Channel in 2007 and currently serves as a staff writer for GolfChannel.com. Gray has been covering fantasy golf since 2012 and is a regular contributor to the Golf Central blog and covers several PGA Tour events each year. He's also a regular contributor to several digital properties on GolfChannel.com, including Stat Man, On the Clock, Fantasy Central, Grill Room and the Monday Scramble podcast.