(The Spread) - The Pro Bowl has always been a risky proposition for bettors. After all, how does anyone know how long certain players will play and whether or not they’ll even be into the game? For most players, going to the Pro Bowl is more of a nuisance than an honor.
But if there’s value to be had, then savvy bettors know to jump on odds when they present themselves. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Super Bowl or the Pro Bowl: value is value.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the NFC is a 1-point favorite over the AFC for Saturday’s Pro Bowl game. The over/under total is currently 62.5 points, which is where bettors may be able to find some value.
In the past 11 Pro Bowls, the over has hit nine times and the average for total points between the two teams is 65.7. Factor in how defenses can't blitz and you have the recipe for a high-scoring affair since quarterbacks can take their time finding open receivers.
Granted, there are other factors to consider. For the over to hit, the two teams will have to average roughly 16 points per quarter, which is two touchdowns and a field goal. Obviously some quarters will be higher scoring than others, but if there’s just one scoreless quarter, it could be detrimental to the over.
But seeing as how the side is so difficult to bet in the Pro Bowl, if you’re going to wager on the game you might as well go with the value. And the value is in the over.