Best Bets for Thanksgiving Day: NFL & NCAA Football

Whether you're cooking a feast or watching the game this Thanksgiving, here are some great bets to place on the holiday.

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest sports days in the United States. Whether you’re too busy in the kitchen to catch the games, or hanging with family to watch closely, we have condensed all the best bets to make for this Thanksgiving. While it’s not a very big day in leagues like the NHL and NBA, it’s a huge football day!

The NFL has a three game slate running all day, so no matter your plans you can catch a game. The Egg Bowl in Mississippi between Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be fantastic if college football is your thing. Finally, it’s a big invitational tournament week in college basketball so we threw in an NCAA matchup for our west coasters!

NFL Football

There is a three game slate scheduled for Thanksgiving Thursday in the NFL. Starting at 12:30pm ET, the Green Bay Packers will be playing the Detroit Lions. The Lions are currently 8-2 on the season and sit in first place in the NFC North. The Green Bay Packers are 4-6 and are third in the NFC North. The oddsmakers are calling for Detroit to have the advantage:

Lions vs Packers Money Line:

Detroit Lions (-360)

Green Bay Packers (+280)

Spread:

Detroit Lions: +7.5 (-110)

Green Bay Packers: -7.5 (-110)

Then, at 4:30pm ET, the Washington Commanders will face the Dallas Cowboys. This NFC East battle features the second place Cowboys (7-3) and the third place Commanders (4-7) that won’t move the positioning very much but should be a good show!

Washington Commanders vs Detroit Lions Money Line:

Washington Commanders (+450)

Dallas Cowboys (-600)

Spread:

Washington Commanders +11.0 (-110)

Dallas Cowboys: -11.0 (-110)

Lastly at 8:20pm ET, the San Francisco 49ers (7-3) are taking on the Seattle Seahawks (6-4) to finish off the day. A Seahawks win could catch them up to the 49ers in the NFC West standings, as the two battle for the top spot in the division. Odds currently have the 49ers taking the game, so check out the odds below.

San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks Money Line:

San Francisco 49ers (-300)

Seattle Seahawks (+240)

Spread:

San Francisco 49ers -6.5 (-110)

Seattle Seahawks +6.5 (-110)

NCAA Football

There is one game scheduled for Thanksgiving Day in college football. Starting at 7:30pm ET, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be playing, perfect to watch over a big Thanksgiving meal! This battle of Mississippi State, otherwise known as the Egg Bowl, is just as much about bragging rights than it is about the impact on these team’s seasons.

On the line? A trophy appropriately called the “Golden Egg.” Ole Miss will be looking to take back the Golden Egg after losing last year, while Mississippi State will be looking to repeat. Ole Miss are 9-2 on their season while Mississippi State are 5-6.

Ole Miss vs Mississippi State Money Line:

Ole Miss (-395)

Mississippi State (+310)

Spread:

Ole Miss -10 (-110)

Mississippi State +10 (-110)

NCAA Basketball

It’s a big week for tournaments in college basketball! Many teams are travelling to compete in invitational tournaments across the country. For the west coasters, a late night game between Tulane and California at 9:30pm ET could be a great cap off to your night.

Tulane Green Wave vs California Golden Bears Money Line:

Tulane (-255)

California (+205)

Spread:

Tulane -6.5 (-102)

California +6.5 (-120

Overall, lots of great action to bet on this Thanksgiving! Although leagues like the NBA and the NHL opt to give their players the holiday off, it’s a big college sports and football day. Perfect viewing for pre, during, or post dinner!

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