No matter which side they’re on, point spread gamblers are unlikely to be giving (or receiving) many points when the New England Patriots and L.A. Rams meet in Atlanta to decide Super Bowl LIII.
The Patriots are favored to win the February 3rd battle for the National Football League title. But not by very much. An opening-consensus point spread gave the Bostonians only (-1.5) points against Sean McVay’s Rams as of late Sunday evening.
Monday morning betting action has favored Tom Brady and the Pats, with the line moving to (-2) points at multiple online betting sites.
Bovada Sportsbook is giving L.A. an entire field goal (+3) which mirrors the point spread that the victorious Rams took into New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. However, the sportsbook is taking 30 percent of all Super Bowl wagers on the Rams and (+3) with the Patriots and (-3) paying off 110 percent on a winner.
The consensus Over/Under line is currently (58) total points. Bettors often take the high end of O/U line in the NFL postseason, so a Super Bowl O/U is always more likely to rise than fall with action.
Few recent Super Bowls have witnessed such tight betting lines. The Las Vegas odds for Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 opened with Seattle a (-1) favorite and New England a slight (+1) underdog; those roles would reverse in the weeks before kickoff. The Seahawks opened as a (-1.5) point favorite against the Denver Broncos the previous year, but you have to go all the way back to 2000 to find another Super Bowl contest as closely-touted by the gambling community.
That season, the Baltimore Ravens opened as (-1) point favorites over the New York Giants but dominated betting action and finished as (-3) point favorites. The Ravens would go on to win the Lombardi Trophy in only the 5th year of the club’s modern incarnation.
The L.A. Rams and New England Patriots were each field-goal underdogs in their respective NFC and AFC title games. Each team won in overtime to reach the Super Bowl.
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