Florida sports: Who should you bet on?
Florida has certainly made its mark on the sports industry. It’s one of three states to have more than one team in the NBA, one of eight states with more than one team in the MLB and one in three states with more than one team in the NFL. Warm, sunny Florida even has two NHL teams. Needless to say, Florida is on the map when it comes to huge sports such as basketball, football, baseball and hockey. But how are the Florida teams ranked in their leagues, and what should you expect of the upcoming season?
Top Florida teams to bet on this season
There are many teams to choose from, and the ranking depends on many things. Before you place your bets, we recommend getting to know the betting world a bit better on betflorida.com – and using this guide to gain an overview of the top Florida teams in basketball, football and baseball.
Basketball: Miami Heat
The basketball season is about to hit the playoffs and the Miami Heat are in the hunt for a championship – with their spot 3rd in the league and with the best record in the East. With their stellar outcome throughout the season so far, maybe this year will be the year they take the championship back?
The Orlando Magic? Maybe in a few years.
Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It doesn't look as if the Miami Dolphins or Jacksonville Jaguars will be competing for a Super Bowl any time soon – although the Dolphins show promise – so Tampa Bay is Florida's team to beat.
In 2021, Buccaneer QB Tom Brady was voted Super Bowl MVP then at the of the 2022 season, he abruptly retired. Then a few weeks later he un-retired. Meanwhile Bucs coach Bruce Arians did retire. It's going to be an interesting off-season this year, that's for sure.
Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays
Although the Tampa Bay Rays lost some pitching in the off-season, they have a young core of talent, including shortstop Wander Franco, and their front office has kept them near the top in recent years without spending a ton of money. There's no reason to think the Rays won't again be fighting to finish first in baseball's toughest division - the AL East – against the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Hockey: Florida Panthers
The Panthers lead the Eastern Division but the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning are not far behind them. The Panthers have never won the cup so maybe this is their year. Either way, Florida, of all places, has become a hot spot for great hockey.