Raiders vs. Panthers Prediction
NFL Odds: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Panthers are 9.5-point favorites versus the Raiders while the over/under total is currently sitting at 46 points. Oakland is 4-10 overall and 1-5 on the road, while Carolina is 5-9 overall and 2-5 at home.
Line Movement: The Raiders opened as 9.5-point underdogs and that’s where the line currently sits, although some sports books offer the Panthers at -8. As for the total, it opened at 45.5 and is now up slightly to 46.
Public Betting: Of the wagers currently placed on this game, 80% of NFL public bettors currently favor the Panthers. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date NFL public betting numbers.
NFL Playoff Free Pick: Take Oakland. According to latest NFL trends, the Panthers are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games following an ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. The Raiders, meanwhile, are 5-2 against the number in their last seven road games versus a team with a losing home record. The Raiders aren’t a very good football team but they are much better with a healthy Darren McFadden, who rushed for 110 yards on 30 carries last Sunday in Oakland’s victory over Kansas City. And while the Panthers are playing their best football of the season, 9.5 points is a lot for a 5-9 team to lay. Look for Oakland to cover the spread.
2012 NFL FREE PICK: OAKLAND RAIDERS +9.5