Three Bengals, Browns, Cavaliers Bets For Ohio Sports Betting Launch Weekend

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on December 31, 2022 - Last Updated on January 1, 2023
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With Ohio sports betting is now live and Ohioans can bet on their favorite teams from anywhere in the state.

That means there will be plenty of options for betting on local teams during the first few days of legal sports betting in Ohio:

  • The Cleveland Browns visit the Washington Commanders on Sunday.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals host the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
  • Also on Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Chicago Bulls at home.

With that said, let’s dive into some bets involving Ohio sports teams.

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Fun moneyline bet on Cleveland Browns

Although the season is probably not what fans expected, the Cleveland Browns face a Washington Commanders team looking for answers at quarterback. 

Over at DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio, the Browns +110 is a sneaky moneyline bet, considering their talent outweighs Washington on paper. 

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Over/under bet for Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals have won seven in a row and are looking to make it eight when the Buffalo Bills come to town. The over/under is 49.5, which is believable when you factor in each team’s high-powered offense.

Will there be a shootout in Cincinnati on Sunday? Who knows, but that would be the more favorable outcome for viewers and over bettors alike. 

No Peach Bowl betting options in Ohio

Unfortunately, fans wishing to bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes were out of luck. Ohio sports betting kicked off a few hours after the 2022 Peach Bowl, in which Ohio State fell to Georgia, 42-41.

If college football is your fix, the Purdue Boilermakers (8-5) take on the 17th-ranked LSU Tigers (9-4) in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 2. LSU is a heavy favorite at -14.5, but Purdue could stick around and cover this with more than two touchdowns to work with.

A sneaky point spread bet for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Another sneaky alternative would be to check out the point spread on Jan. 2 when the Chicago Bulls venture to Cleveland to face the 22-14 Cavaliers. Though they have lost three straight, the Cavs are off to a hot start this season and still sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 28.4 points per game while shooting 48.8% from three-point range.

The Cavaliers could use a win, and the home matchup on Jan. 2 is a good spot to give up the points against the 10th-place Bulls.

Regulators approved 16 online sportsbooks and 12 retail sportsbooks for the state’s universal start date on January 1, 2023. More are on the way, along with 771 local businesses adding sports betting self-service kiosks.

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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA and PlayOhio. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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