As the sports betting calendar turns the page to August, the NFL preseason gets underway with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton on Thursday night. In a slated 8 p.m. start on NBC, the Denver Broncos will square off against the Atlanta Falcons as three-point favorites at BetAnySports’ online sportsbook. The total for this inter-conference clash has been set at 34.5 points.
All 32 NFL teams will be in action next weekend in Week 1 of the four-week exhibition schedule. BetAnySports will have a full set of betting odds for all the games along with its current list of NFL futures and props for the upcoming season.
Up north in the CFL, Week 8 action of the regular season features two matchups on Thursday night. The highlight of the weekend is Saturday night’s West Division tilt between the 4-2 Edmonton Eskimos and the 4-2 Calgary Stampeders. Both teams are one game off the pace set by Winnipeg at 5-1. Edmonton has been opened as a slight one-point favorite on the road with the total set at 46 points.
If you are looking for some daily betting action to kickoff the new month, there is a full state of MLB games with some great matchups on tap. One of the biggest series on the weekend schedule in the American League is another extended four-game showdown between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Game 1 on Friday night is set to start at 7:05 p.m. on MLB Network. There is a doubleheader on the board for Saturday.
Last weekend in Boston, the Red Sox took three of four games by a combined score of 44-22. The Yankees (68-39) are 4-6 over their last 10 games to cut their lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East to 7.5 games. Boston is 10 games off the pace at 59-50 after losing a trio of games this week to the Rays at home. That series wraps up on Thursday night with Boston set as a -125 favorite.
The battle for the top spot in the NL Central rages on with just one game separating the top three teams in the standings. The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals are knotted at 57-50 with a 1-1 split in this week’s three-game series in St. Louis. The Cardinals are -125 favorites for Thursday’s rubber match. The Cubs return home to host the Milwaukee Brewers for three games this weekend. The Brewers are one game off the pace at 57-52.