Super Bowl 53 Spread Holding Steady
After a flurry of money came in on the Patriots following Championship Sunday, oddsmakers were forced to make significant changes to the Super Bowl 53 point spread. But since that point, the line has stabilized despite more money pouring in on New England to cover versus the L.A. Rams.
101 New England Patriots at 102 Los Angeles Rams
6:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, February 3, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Point Spread Holds Steady
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Patriots remain 2.5-point favorites to beat the Rams on Super Bowl Sunday. When this line was first released, the Rams opened as 1-point favorites at most shops in Vegas, while other books listed the game as a pick’em. That said, once all of the initial action came in on New England, oddsmakers were forced to move the line to Patriots -1, then -2, then -2.5, which is where the number stayed over the weekend.
Money Still Coming in on Pats
As previously mentioned, the large majority of the action is on the Patriots to cover. As of this writing, 80% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on New England, while 83% of the money is also on the Pats. It’s somewhat surprising that with so much money coming in on Tom Brady and Co. that the line hasn’t climbed to the key number of 3. Then again, if oddsmakers move up to 3, then they’ll create a “middle” opportunity for sharper bettors that named New England at +1. In that situation, those bettors could come back around and take L.A. at +3 and thus, their liability decreases while the liability for sportsbooks increases.
What about the Over/Under?
As for that total, the number hit the board at 58 but has been bet down to 56.5. Somewhat surprisingly, the under is still receiving 51% of the betting tickets and 61% of the money online, although the closer we get to kickoff of Super Bowl 53, the more likely it is that recreational bettors will start hammering the over. After all, who wants to root against scoring in the final NFL game of the year?