Week 12 Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions Predictions

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Nikki Adams

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:11 PM GMT

A pivotal NFC North showdown is on the NFL betting card for week 12. Which side of the coin offers up value? We serve up a comprehensive mini-betting preview with choice SU, ATS and Total NFL picks.

 

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Point Spread Value

The Lions are 6-4 SU on the season but, crucially, a solid 5-1 SU in their last six games. A run of form that includes a 5-1 ATS mark and covering spreads of +4.5 to -5.5. By comparison, the Vikings are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games, failing to cover as both favorites and underdogs. Granted the Vikings recently snapped the negative trend behind a 30-24 win over the Cardinals and covered as the -2.0 closing favorites on the NFL odds board. How much stock should NFL bettors put in that result? It’s no secret the Cards are struggling this season. Not to mention, one win doesn’t always signal a turnaround is on the cards. The pressure couldn’t be any greater with NFC North bragging rights on the line. Keep in mind, the Lions stunned the Vikings in week 9 in a 22-19 victory to come through SU and as the +4.5 road underdogs. They’ll fancy their chances given current form, you’d think.

 

Free NFL Pick: Lions -2.5 (-105) Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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The Survivor

Thanksgiving Day football kicks off with one of the most pivotal clashes on the NFL betting menu, an NFC North showdown between joint leaders Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, both level on 6-4 SU ahead of week 12. Given the Lions have home advantage, are riding a two-game winning streak that book ends a bye week in the middle and have won five of their last six encounters, it’s really no surprise they are the small home faves to win straight up. Fortunately, for Vikings nation, Minnesota snapped a negative four-game losing streak with a much-needed morale boosting a win over the Arizona Cardinals in week 11 NFL betting. How this matchup will go down with what is at stake is anybody’s guess. If there’s one thing that tips the scale towards the Lions, it’s form. Five wins in six games is nothing to scoff at and while the Vikings won last week it was largely down to special teams and defense. Can the offense be trusted enough if (for instance) the Lions burst out of the gates and take a commanding lead?

 

Free NFL Picks: Lions -134 Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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 Game Total

Both the Vikings and Lions sport a 4-6-0 Over record ahead of week 12 NFL betting. At home, the Lions are 2-3-0 in O/U betting while the Vikings are 2-3-0 in O/U betting on their travels. In both instances according to the stats the trend tips towards the UNDER. More trends that tip towards the UNDER includes a run of four straight UNDERs for the Lions thanks to an improved defense that is allowing just 18 points per game.



Free NFL Picks: Under 43 (-105) Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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