Sportsbook Review has released an AFC and NFC championship betting odds market preview.
This is the last stop for bettors, save from the Pro Bowl which commands little betting and listless performances from players, before Super Bowl 50 takes over and the prop betting market explodes with a variety of wagering options.
The AFC Championship is the first NFL market for betting on Sunday, January 24 at 3:05PM ET. The New England Patriots travel to face the Denver Broncos.
The NFC Championship is next up at 6:40PM ET with the Arizona Cardinals traveling to face the Carolina Panthers.
Below are wagering stats as available at the SBR NFL odds grid.
Patriots vs. Broncos
The Patriots opened as 3 point favorites. The line remains at 3 at most online betting sites with the exception of Bovada (SBR rating A) who offer -3.5 -115.
67% of bettors have wagered that the Tom Brady led Patriots will cover the spread, though interestingly the odds have not moved, which suggests the more sophisticated volume has kept the line balanced.
The Patriots opened as -160 favorites to win the game outright. This means that a $160 wager is necessary to show a profit of $100.
60% of sports bettors have the Patriots winning, though the line has for the most part stayed at the opener, with the exception of the movement at sports betting sites 5Dimes and Pinnacle Sports, two A+ rated online sportsbooks known for reduced juice.
The total opened at 44.5 points and has stayed steady. Online sportsbook Heritage Sports (SBR rating A+) offers the best odds on both sides at the reduced line of -105.
57% of online sports bettors have wagered that the game goes over the posted total.
Cardinals vs. Panthers
The spread opened at Carolina -3 and has moved very little, despite an overwhelming amount of tickets on the Panthers (60%).
The money line market opened with Carolina at -155, meaning that a $155 bet is needed to turn a profit of $100. The betting action here is more split at around 50% both ways.
The total points market opened at 47 and has been bet up a half-point to a point depending on the sportsbook.
62% of bettors believe that the Cardinals vs. Panthers goes over the posted total.