NFL Picks: Bet Cardinals +5.5 vs. Panthers & the 'Over'

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 5:40 PM GMT

The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers square off on Saturday in the NFL Playoffs, and we’re right on top of the betting action in this contest. Read this revealing preview article which includes extremely profitable betting angles on both the point-spread and total.

NFC Wild Card Game Arizona/Carolina
The NFC South Division champion Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the NFC Wild Card Round. The opening kickoff is slated for 4:20 PM ET. According to the NFL betting odds at Pinnacle, Carolina is a 5.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 38.0. These teams met during the 2013 NFL regular season, and Arizona was a 22-6 winner as a 3.0 point home underdog. That game easily went under the NFL odds total of 41.0.

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NFL Point-Spread Betting System and Selection
Despite their stellar record on the season, the Arizona Cardinals are just a +0.7 point per game differential. The Panthers somehow are hosting a playoff game with a -2.2 point per game differential during the 2014 regular season campaign. Carolina is coming off a dominating 34-3 win at Atlanta last Sunday that catapulted them to the NFC South Division title. When you combine those three variables, the current point-spread, and the time of the season this contest takes place, it fits nicely into a highly successful betting system.

Any road underdog (Arizona) of 3.5 to 10.0 playing in game 8 of the season or beyond, versus an opponent (Carolina) that allowed 3-points or less in the first half of their previous game, and both teams in the contest have between a +3.0 to -3.0 point per game differential, has seen that road underdog go 38-10 ATS since 1983. The average line in those 48-games was 5.3. This system has also gone a perfect 6-0 ATS during the past 5-seasons.

NFL Picks: Bet Arizona +5.5 over Carolina at Pinnacle for one of your NFL picks in the opening week of the playoffs.

 

NFL Totals Betting System & Selection
As I alluded to earlier, the current posted total in this game is 38.0. The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a NFC West divisional loss last Sunday at San Francisco by a score of 20-17. Arizona went 11-5 during the 2014 regular season, and that equates to an outstanding .688 winning percentage. By taking all of the above mentioned data into account, we can rely on a very good NFL betting system on the total which is illustrated below.

Any road team with a total of 35.5 to 42.0 in game 9 of the season or beyond, coming off a division loss by 7-points or less, and they have a winning percentage of between .600 to .750, has seen the road team go over the total in 27 of those 34-games (79.4%) since 1983. The average total in those 34-games was 39.0, and the average points scored in those contests was 48.9.

NFL Picks: Play on Arizona and Carolina to go over the NFL odds total of 38.0 at Pinnacle for one of your NFL picks in the opening week of the playoffs.