January 3 Weekly Roundup
Will underdogs continue their reign in the NFL playoffs after being a profitable bet throughout the regular season? Underdogs covered the spread in almost 54 percent of games heading into the playoffs and 33 percent of pups won outright.
Oddsmakers have posted relatively short point spreads for this weekend’s Wild Card playoff round with all of the spreads for this week’s action checking in under a touchdown. On Saturday, it’s a AFC South battle between the Colts and Texans in Houston with the home squad currently set as a 1-point favourite after opening at -2.5. Early action is split on the spread, but 70 percent of over/under bets are on above 47.5 points. In Saturday’s nightcap, more than 60 percent of wagers are backing the Seattle Seahawks as 1-point favourites as they visit the Dallas Cowboys. The Seahawks were 9-5-2 against the spread in the regular season and owned the best rushing attack in the league. Dallas ranked fifth overall defending against the run.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers are the most popular spread bet of the weekend with more than 65 percent of bets backing them as 2.5-point underdogs at the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears set as the biggest
NCAA Football National Championship
The Clemson Tigers will battle the Alabama Crimson Tide for the CFP National Championship for the third time in four years on Monday, Jan. 7. The Tide are pegged as 6-point favourites, but head into this game having dropped three of their last five against the number. Alabama coach Nick Saban is looking for a record-breaking seventh national championship and about 60 percent of early bets are backing his squad to cover the number.
The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to pile up points leading the league with 64 points at 31-7-2. That’s 10 points better than the Toronto Maple Leafs, who sit second overall. The Lightning are pegged at +175 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Leafs check in at +225. Toronto is also at +130 to be the next Canadian team to win a title, followed by the Winnipeg Jets at +275 and the Edmonton Oilers at +450.
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