Wildcard games and best bets on Saturday
Post-season NFL action kicks off on Saturday with three great games that feature twelve hours of playoff match-ups for football fans.
Here are the updated lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook:
Colts vs. Bills (-6.5). Over / Under 51.5
Aries versus Seahawks (-3). Over / Under 42
Buccaneers versus Washington Football Team (+8). Over / Under 44.5
In our Tuesday episode, we mentioned that the line in the Seahawks and Rams game would change once we got an update on Jared Goff. Looks like he’s playing despite having thumb surgery last week. As soon as the Goff rumor started circulating, that spread fell 1.5 points. It’s a match between two rivals in the division, with Seattle winning in December but Jared Goff not playing. Rams won earlier in the 23-16 season.
From a betting perspective, there are two options here. Can take Seattle at minus 3 at -118 or buy half a point, do -2.5 for -136. Buying the half point eliminates the possibility of a push or a tie. So if the Seahawks win 23-20 but you place the 3 points, you will neither win nor lose the bet. In this situation, we are not concerned about the premium on the $ 18 vig differential (136 vs.118), but rather concerned about the push. So we take the Seahawks on the alternative line from -2.5 to -136.
The Bills give the Colts 6.5 and the Bucs give Washington 8. We don’t like the spreads for either of these games, but we believe both teams will win. So let’s look at the alternate line again and do a 10 point teaser. A ten point teaser gives us 10 points to play around with. So we can use four points and drop the math to -2.5 and then subtract six points from the bucs spread to bring it down to -2. If you do a parlay or a teaser you usually get much better chances, but with both teams being such strong favorites we don’t have any positive chances. But instead of taking the bills at minus 2.5 at -225 and the bucs at -2 at -345 individually, combining the bets turns it into -115.
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