As the World Series moves to Atlanta, the series is tied at one game apiece. Yet even in a proverbial toss-up, even with the Atlanta Braves stealing home-field advantage, Arizona oddsmakers are giving the Houston Astros slightly better odds of taking back the Commissioner’s Trophy.
Ahead of Game 2, after taking the series opener in Houston, the Braves were -160 favorites to win the World Series. Of course, that was before the Astros rebounded to even the series with a convincing 7-2 victory. Now, AZ sportsbooks favor the Astros once again.
In Major League Baseball — and across other professional sports — Game 3 becomes extra crucial when a postseason series is tied 1-1. The same goes here. And there may be a lot of new sports bettors in Arizona wondering how the numbers shift as the rest of the series plays out.
World Series focus turns to critical Game 3
Atlanta became slight World Series favorites since Game 1 winners have had a lot of historical success.
Teams that have won the Series opener went on to win the championship in 20 of the last 25 years. That said, the winner of Game 3 in a 1-1 series has an equally strong chance of scheduling a championship parade.
The winner of the next game will put themselves in prime position to win it all. But when you look at the World Series odds in Arizona for Game 3 and the rest of the series, it is hard to predict which team has the edge.
Most Arizona sports betting apps have the Braves as the slight moneyline favorite to win Game 3 at . At the same time, the Astros are still the betting favorite to win the entire series at . That number will certainly change if Atlanta wins Friday night.
Houston will start pitcher Luis Garcia, who has gone 1-1 in his three starts this postseason with a 9.64 ERA. Meanwhile, Atlanta will send Ian Anderson to the mound with a 1-0 record and a 2.25 ERA in his three playoff starts.
Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves – Game 3
World Series tied 1-1
Date: Friday, Oct. 29
Time: 5:09 p.m. MST
Location: Truist Park – Cumberland, Georgia
TV Coverage: FOX
Mattress Mack could be in line for record sports betting payout
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is at it again and may have just as much riding on this World Series as anyone else involved.
In June, the Houston-based business owner used the William Hill mobile app to place $2 million on the Astros to win the World Series with the odds listen then at +1000. If the bet hits, he will win a payout of $22 million. And if successful, it would be the largest payout in US sports betting history. Those numbers likely have the executives at Caesars, which acquired William Hill, sweating out the remainder of the World Series.
McIngvale also bet a combined $1.25 million across three other sportsbooks on an Astros World Series win, which would raise his overall payout from all the bets to a whopping $35.6 million.
He made these wagers to hedge for his “Astros Win” promotion at his Gallery Furniture store. The deal allows mattress buyers who spent $3,000 or more to get their money back if the Astros win it all. According to FOX26 in Houston, those sales are now closed.
Mattress Mack has bet big before. He cashed in when the Astros won the World Series in 2017 and took a hit when the Astros lost in 2019.