Bets Perspective: AUDL Playoff First Round Picks

Postseason picks! We've got one of the bets of the year.

Chicago Union's Pawel Janas surveys the field against the Minneapolis Wind Chill in the American Ultimate Disc League.
Chicago’s Pawel Janas will be a target of Minnesota’s defense in their playoff matchup. (Photo: Bailey Bennitt — AUDL)

Hello and welcome to a new frontier in ultimate frisbee: you can legally bet on the sport. That’s right: DraftKings has started offering markets for the AUDL in Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee, and West Virginia with more states on the way.

And what that means is that we’re starting a new column for subscribers with weekly AUDL betting picks, our best bets, and game analysis. If you’re new or need to brush up on the sportsbetting basics, check out our introductory entry.

After our best week of the season in Week 11, it was tougher in Week 12, where the team went a combined 14-10. But Charlie kept his Best Bets cooking, hitting his ninth straight and +8.87 units this year. What’s a unit? A unit refers to the amount of money an individual bettor is willing to risk. For example, if you typically place $10 bets, $10 would be one unit, and being +2.78 would mean profiting $27.80.

There’s only four games this week, but Week 12 might show that the lines won’t be so easy. No parlay picks this week on a such a short slate, but still plenty of chances to win.

Playoff Round 1 AUDL Games

Dallas Roughnecks at San Diego Growlers (-1.5)

Keith’s Take: This line is going the wrong direction. Dallas is the proven outfit and getting back some key players, even if they aren’t at 100%. Even Jay Froude has a questionable tag, when I was coming into the week expecting him to be out. San Diego has not made much of their home field advantage: three of their six home games were one-goal wins, and another was a loss to LA. That doesn’t scare me. Both teams have been inconsistent, so there’s not a lot safety here, but the Growlers are in poor form and the Roughnecks have reinforcements. DAL +1.5

Chris’ Take: I am hammering the Roughnecks here. Dallas lost by just one earlier this season in SoCal. Kyle Henke and Abe Coffin are back from injury. Chris Mazur and Dalton Smith are suiting up. This is exactly where I figured Dallas would be at this point. Really tough, but I think they keep Jonathan Nethercutt from reaching Championship Weekend again. DAL +1.5

Charlie’s Take: This game offers value by taking points in either direction. And I do not especially trust San Diego to beat Dallas anyway. DAL +1.5

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
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    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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    Chris has been playing ultimate for close to a decade starting in Westfield, NJ. He played throughout college with Syracuse Scooby Doom before graduating in 2018. In his free time, Chris runs The Ultimate Podcast, interviewing athletes about their experiences with ultimate. You can reach him by email (cmcglynn84@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@theultimatecast).

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    Keith Raynor is a Senior Editor and the Business Development Manager at Ultiworld. He co-hosts our Deep Look podcast and does play-by-play and color commentary. He coaches UConn Rise, the college's women's team. You can reach him by email (keith@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@FullFieldHammer).

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