Bucs vs. Panthers Spread Prediction

Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Carolina Panthers, 12/2/18 Week 13 Predictions

The Carolina Panthers have lost three straight games and are reeling. They’re also laying a field goal to the Tampa Bay Bucs on the road Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Will the Panthers snap their losing streak and cover for bettors today?

Game Snapshot

355 Carolina Panthers at 356 Tampa Bay Bucs

1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 2

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Panthers are 3-point favorites to beat the Bucs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 53.5 points. As of this writing, 65% of the public betting tickets are on the Panthers to cover the point spread.

Carolina Panthers

Devin Funchess (back) is questionable for Week 13 against the Bucs. We expect Funchess to be out there against Tampa Bay after getting in limited practice work the past two days. Coach Ron Rivera said Funchess would have been listed as probable if that injury designation still existed. Curtis Samuel figures to see fewer reps with Funchess back in the lineup this week.

Tampa Bay Bucs

Bucs LB Lavonte David (knee) is questionable for Week 13 against the Panthers. David has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in Week 10. Despite the questionable tag, it would be a surprise if he did not return this week following a full practice on Friday. David's return will be a big boost for a struggling defense.

NFL Betting Trends

Carolina

The Panthers are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 games coming off a loss.

Tampa Bay

The Bucs are 2-6-1 against the number in their last nine games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games versus conference opponents.

Prediction

The Panthers have owned this matchup from a betting standpoint, covering in eight of their last 11 games versus the Bucs overall and are a perfect 5-0 against the number in their last five games in Tampa. The Bucs are coming off a convincing win over the 49ers but they’re also one of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL, led by quarterback Jameis Winston. The Panthers’ season is essentially on the line following another loss last week to the Seahawks. They’ve struggled on the road this year but I like them to get their act together today in Tampa and right the ship before making a playoff run.

NFL Week 13 Prediction: Carolina Panthers -3

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