It was an up-and-down season for the Baltimore Ravens in 2022. Fans who placed wagers on their favorite team likely also felt the roller-coaster ride in their wallets. The Ravens beat all their AFC North Division foes this season, but they also lost to all of them — twice to one of them.
Baltimore’s second loss to the Cincinnati Bengals came as a season-ending Wild Card contest. So, what are Marylanders supposed to bet on now?
Baltimore Ravens fans need new sports betting options
Online sports betting in Maryland launched on Nov. 23 last year. The Ravens went 3-5 after that — including those two losses to the Bengals.
Now that the Ravens won’t be playing in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 12, Marylanders must find other things to bet on.
Here are five of them:
1) Washington Capitals
Maryland’s one and only hockey team, the Washington Capitals, are currently ranked No. 4 in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference.
With several months left before playoffs begin, the Capitals are well-positioned to make their 9th straight playoff appearance in 2023. The team won its lone Stanley Cup in 2018. In franchise history, the Capitals have made the playoffs 32 out of 48 times.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin may be sitting out the next few games with an injury, but an exciting upcoming schedule makes betting on the Capitals as enticing as ever.
- Jan. 26 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m.
- Feb. 12 vs. San Jose Sharks, 1:30 p.m.
- Feb 14 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.
2) Washington Wizards
Basketball fans looking to do some Washington Wizards betting can find value in the team after its season struggles thus far. The Wizards currently sit 12th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference with a 20-26 record.
With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching (Feb. 9), fans hope the Wizards make some moves to improve the roster to make the playoffs this season.
Depending on the outcome of their current away game run, the Wizards should be favored in at least two upcoming home game matchups when they return next month.
- Feb. 3 vs. Portland Trailblazers, 7 p.m.
- Feb. 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m.
- Feb. 8 vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.
3) Maryland Terrapins
Unlike many other states, Marylanders can bet on college basketball. The University of Maryland men’s basketball team is 12-7, while the women’s squad enjoys a 16-4 record.
For the men, March Madness begins on March 14. The Terps have a 9-1 home record and are a riveting team to both watch and bet on. The women have won three straight games and are ranked 10th nationally.
Here is a look at the men’s upcoming home schedule:
- Jan. 28 vs. Nebraska — 4:30 p.m.
- Jan. 31 vs. Indiana — 9 p.m.
- Feb. 11 vs. Penn State — 12 p.m.
And the upcoming home schedule of the women’s team:
- Jan. 26 vs. Michigan — 6:30 p.m.
- Jan. 30 vs. Penn State — 6 p.m.
- Feb. 5 vs. Ohio State — 4 p.m.
4) Baltimore Orioles & Washington Nationals
The 2023 MLB season runs from April through October for a total of 162 games before the playoffs begin. It may be early, but bettors can still do some preseason Baltimore Orioles betting or Washington Nationals betting.
Here’s a look at some of the futures betting categories Marylanders can bet on as the season approaches:
- MLB World Series odds
- Win totals
- Will my team make the playoffs?
- Player props
- Most valuable player
- Rookie of the Year
- Cy Young Award winners
- Home Run Derby winners
- Division winner odds
5) Super Bowl LVI
The San Francisco 49ers will square up against the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 29. Both teams sport top defenses and offenses in the league. The 49ers are 15-4 this season, while the Eagles are 15-3. It’s going to be a close matchup, with the Eagles positioned as slight favorites to win.
The second game on Jan. 29 will be between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have won the last three games against the Chiefs, including last year’s AFC championship game. And the Bengals won them all at Arrowhead Field in Kansas City, where the upcoming game will be played.
The Chiefs went 15-3 this season and the Bengals were 14-4. Oddsmakers are picking the Chiefs, but they’re only a 1-point favorite.