Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Las Vegas sports books post dozens of props for Kobalt 400

Kevin Harvick rolled to his first Las Vegas win last season.
LAS VEGAS --It's a scalpers paradise in Las Vegas as the top two NASCAR bookmakers in the state — William Hill and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook — have put up at least eight propositions for Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where bettors can set themselves up for a nice middle with little risk. The longer you wait, the less opportunity there is to middle the props as they'll all merge closer together once a few limit bets are made.

Las Vegas sports books only offer props like these for NASCAR races twice a year — Daytona 500 also — just because the betting volume is so large compared to the other 34 races. More action means the books can expect less one-way action and decrease their risk on a particular prop. It's the same reason you don't see 350 props in NFL Week 2 like you do in the Super Bowl; that, and also the lengthy time it takes to set them up, and study to post a proper number.

MORE: NASCAR at Las Vegas driver betting breakdown | Odds to win the pole

Here's a look at both sets of numbers (each uses 20 cent splits) which opened Tuesday: 

NASCAR at Las Vegas prop bets

KEVIN HARVICK                               5.5 (-110)       5.5 (ov -120)
He's had 15 top-five finishes in his last 25 races on intermediate tracks, including 2015 Vegas win. Finished sixth last week at Atlanta despite leading race-high 131 laps.
JIMMIE JOHNSON                           5.5 (ov -120)    6.5 (-110)
He's gone under 6.5 in eight of his 14 LVMS starts, but under 5.5 only five times. He's also won a track-record four times; comes off Atlanta win and tested well at LVMS in January.

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