Free NFL Picks - Last Chance For Buccaneers In Week 17

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:09 PM GMT

Tampa’s playoff hopes hang by the slimmest of threads. Can they rise to the occasion at the expense of the Carolina Panthers in week 17 NFL betting? Find out in this mini-betting preview.

Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Point Spread Value

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 9-6-0 ATS with a narrow -1.1 losing margin and +2.0 differential versus the spread. As it is, they're sat in eighth place in the playoff race but must-win in week 17 to even have a shot at punching their ticket. They need a lot of things out of their hands to happen such as a Packers loss on Sunday Night along with a Redskins loss in the day's earlier slate, amongst other things. It's really a crapshoot, which makes one wonder whether they have the will and strength left to fight. Back-to-back losses to Dallas and New Orleans really hurt them and a final date with the Panthers isn't exactly ideal. As bad as the Panthers have been in 2016, from time to time they've showed brief glimpses of the team that won the NFC last season and went to the Super Bowl.

Free NFL Pick: Panthers +6.5 (-110)

Best Line Offered: at BetCris

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The Survivor

The Bucs are gearing up for a last-gasp push into the playoffs. It's a tall order to take on the Panthers in week 17, even this current ram shamble of a side. Just when NFL bettors write off the Panthers, they come up with a performance that reprises memories of their standout 2015-2016 run. Still, the Bucs need the win and that could be the impetus that propels them through a tough divisional matchup.

Free NFL Pick: Bucs -260

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Game Total

The Bucs and Panthers are dead even with a 7-7-1 OVER record this season. Recent form tips the scale slightly towards the OVER, a trend that is underscored by a rather high total for this matchup. On one hand, it's easy to dismiss the Panthers as having no incentive to play and lean towards the UNDER. However, divisional matchups tend to bring out the best in teams as they go all out for a last hurrah in 2016.

Free NFL Pick: Over 46.5 (-105)

Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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