Matt Burke

MetroBet Founder and Editorial Director

matthew.burke@metro.us

Matt Burke is the Executive Sports Editor for Metro US Newspapers and MetroBet.

DraftKings sportsbook odds boosts for NBA Oscars and more

DraftKings Sportsbook has some fantastic odds boosts for the end of this week and this weekend, beginning with the NBA on Thursday night. Here are the DK Sportsbook odds enhancements for Thursday through Sunday.   Thursday, Feb. 21: Thursday Basketball Specials The NBA is finally back with...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:27 PM

Parx Casino Sportsbook in Bensalem brings glitz to Philadelphia sports betting

Sports executives often say certain prospective draft picks do or do not pass the “eye test.” Looking around Parx Casino on a random Tuesday afternoon this month, one thing is for sure – Parx and its new sportsbook pass the “eye test” with flying colors. Many Las Vegas casinos would be jealous of...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:07 PM

Sixers Celtics Bucks with best NBA Futures odds to bet on

Part of the reason the NFL playoffs are so heavily bet on is that pro football these days has so much parity. Sure, the Patriots keep landing in the Super Bowl. But there is a new NFC champion crowned basically every year and it’s no sure thing that the Pats are actually going to seal the deal in...

Monday, February 18, 2019, 4:02 PM

NFL Draft Rumors Kyler Murray to Patriots Raiders or Cardinals

NFL writer Peter King fancies himself as an old school journalist who is above the reckless speculation that often crowds NFL news feeds. That’s why it was interesting in his Football Morning in America column this week that he signaled out two particular franchises that will be looking at landing...

Monday, February 18, 2019, 3:34 PM

Pennsylvania sports betting numbers skyrocket for month of January

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced its January sports betting numbers this past weekend and the results were mighty encouraging. The statewide handle was $32 million, generating $2.6 million in revenue. SugarHouse Casino had the best performance in terms of handle as it captured $10....

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 11:40 AM

Jussie Smollett Ellen Page Mike Pence fake story video latest

The Jussie Smollett assault story took a strange turn in the past 48 hours. It turns out Smollett’s story was likely fabricated as CNN reported this past weekend that Chicago Police believe Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to carry out the assault. The brothers who were arrested in connection...

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 10:41 AM

When does March Madness NCAA basketball tournament start?

The 2019 March Madness men’s college basketball tournament is right around the corner. Teams like Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Gonzaga, Virginia, Michigan State and Kentucky are all in the mix for a No. 1 seed. Regional sites in 2019 include Washington DC which will host the East,...

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 9:56 AM

Eagles Patriots Giants Odell Beckham Nick Foles NFL rumors heat up

The first quarterback domino in the NFL offseason to fall was Joe Flacco to the Broncos. It was thought that the Giants would be interested in bringing in Flacco but now that that ship has sailed New York’s attention will surely be on Nick Foles. It appears unlikely that the Eagles will franchise...

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2:03 PM

Phillies land Bryce Harper for real this time: Las Vegas?

The Phillies’ acquisition of catcher J.T. Realmuto last week is an interesting case study in the sports betting world. Obviously a catcher is not going to have the same amount of impact on futures odds as a top of the line pitcher or a prized free agent like a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 4:59 PM

Kyrie Kemba Walker NBA rumors Celtics Knicks swap in July?

There are two alleged doomsday scenarios for the Celtics in the coming months. The first is that Kyrie Irving walks out the door in July and the Celtics are left scrambling. The second is that the Celtics land Anthony Davis in a trade but Davis walks out the door in 2020 after the Celtics traded...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 4:18 PM

Sports betting documentary coming to Showtime in March

Showtime has been pumping out high quality documentaries of late, and its latest project is focused on the culture of sports betting. "Action" will debut on the network on Sunday, March 24 at 8 p.m. to coincide with the opening weekend of March Madness.  The four-part docu-series will focus...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 1:28 PM

NBA All Star Game MVP odds Joel Embiid LeBron Kevin Durant

Joel Embiid has already established himself as a top 10 player in the NBA and is extremely close to being a bona fide MVP candidate. The regular season MVP trophy looks like it’s going to either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo this year, but Embiid can lock up a different kind of MVP award...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 1:15 PM

SugarHouse Sportsbook brings the local flavor in Philadelphia

Philadelphians are as loyal as it gets when it comes to their local teams, but loyalty can be put to the test at times when you're betting on sports. As the old saying goes, "Bet with your head, not your heart." That local pride and loyalty was rewarded, however, last month at SugarHouse Casino in...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:56 AM

New AAF football league a sports betting dream

This is typically the time of year when most Americans put football in the rearview mirror. So far in February, however, the new Alliance of American Football is not allowing that to happen. It may have been a Week 1 fluke, but nonetheless the AAF on CBS beat a marquee NBA on ABC matchup (Rockets...

Monday, February 11, 2019, 11:35 AM

Bet on the Oscars Academy Awards odds prop bets

With sports betting now legal in more and more states within the U.S., online sportsbooks are now targeting broader audiences. DraftKings Sportsbook, for instance, took thousands of bets a couple weeks back on how long Gladys Knight’s Super Bowl National Anthem would last. People now bet on...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3:58 PM

Celtics NBA buyout players DeAndre Jordan Robin Lopez?

The Celtics will surely be involved in the NBA buyout market as they typically are this time of year. It has already been reported that Boston will look at bringing in Enes Kanter from the Knicks but they may not stop there. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN the Chicago Bulls are expected to...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:13 PM

Bucks Nuggets NBA Trade Rumors Both looking at big names?

The Nuggets and Bucks are in similar situations. Both small market teams seemingly need a boost to vault themselves into true NBA title contention but both teams also don’t want to disrupt the apple cart that has them atop the standings. Denver could use a scoring swingman as they don’t have much...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 1:17 PM

Are Sixers NBA title worthy following Tobias Harris trade?

With their early-morning trade for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott, the 76ers made themselves legit players to win the Eastern Conference. They are now also just one Steph Curry or Kevin Durant ankle injury away from legitimately thinking about the NBA title. Sportsbooks across the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 9:23 AM

Avery Bradley Kawhi Jayson Tatum Celtics NBA Trade Rumors

The Celtics could very well be looking at bringing back a familiar face as it looks like Avery Bradley’s days with the Clippers are numbered. Los Angeles reversed course early Wednesday morning with the stunning trade of Tobias Harris to the 76ers and are now very much looking at creating enough...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 5:00 PM

NFL Mock Draft Patriots see Kyler Murray as Baker Mayfield at QB

It’s finally the offseason for the Patriots and even though Tom Brady looks as though he could play another 10 years at this point New England will certainly be looking at the quarterback position this spring. There was the train of thought that the Pats would look to find the next Jimmy Garoppolo...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:40 PM