The NFL Conference Championships, presenting NJ sports betting patrons with a potpourri of gambling options. Looking between the lines and at certain angles, bettors can increase payouts on wagers they already like for Sunday’s games.
Some side intrigue surrounds both contests.
The host Green Bay Packers remain a slight favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first game. If Tampa Bay wins, it will become the first team ever to play a home game at the Super Bowl. Tampa hosts Super Bowl 55 on Feb 7.
The Kansas City Chiefs are slight chalk against the visiting Buffalo Bills in the nightcap.
If the Chiefs and Packers win, guess what we will have in two weeks? A rematch of Super Bowl I, captured by the Packers, 35-10, in 1967
Besides the normal betting menu, gamblers can find values in the props and odds boosts.
DraftKings Sportsbook + NFL parlay boost
DraftKings Sportsbook awards bettors a bonus for simply being right.
It has a 25% parlay boost for gamblers who can hit both games.
Following opt-in, you’ll be issued a single-use profit boost which you can use to place a 2-leg parlay on both games.
Each leg requires minimum odds of -200 or longer (-100, +250 etc.). That should be easy enough here, as both favorites are under -200.
Maximum bet is $50, with maximum $250 additional winnings.
FanDuel Sportsbook offers expanded menu
FanDuel Sportsbook is offering another fun way to wager on NFL Playoff games. Played a certain way, on individuals, it can enhance a championship bet on your favorite team.
One example is which quarterback will have the most playoff passing yardage? Here are the odds as of early Friday afternoon:
- Tom Brady +180
- Josh Allen +200
- Aaron Rodgers +350
- Patrick Mahomes +450.
Does that look a little upside down, with Mahomes and Rodgers as the underdogs?
That’s because Brady and Allen have played two games compared to one for Rodgers and Mahomes.
Brady leads the pack with 580 yards. Allen is second with 530.
Rodgers has 296 and Mahomes comes in with 255.
If you take an average of 300 passing yards per game, a player with three games played will hit 900 yards. Only Brady and Allen can collect four games and either of them would win this if their teams reach a fourth game, the Super Bowl.
Should the Packers and Chiefs prevail as favorites, however, all members in this group will play three games.
The value plays, if you like Kansas City and Green Bay on Sunday, are Rodgers and Mahomes.
Those betting on Rodgers are thinking he would trail whomever is leading by roughly 300 yards going into the Super Bowl. And this includes not falling further behind Brady. Plus, you hope he gets over the top and keeps his slight lead over Mahomes.
That’s an angle because the Packers are only +210 to win the championship. If Green Bay wins it all, Rodgers has an excellent chance to beat the players in front of him. This is a subtle way to improve value on a Green Bay Super Bowl championship, but you must feel that neither Tampa Bay nor Buffalo will win Sunday.
Mahomes is great value too, although his health concerns make it difficult to pull the trigger on him having two monster games to take the lead. But what a price if things fall his way.
However you look at it, this is a great bet to ponder.Plus, it’s a little different.
NFL odds boosts: Bucs vs. Packers
Fox Bet has made boosts a season-long staple.
The menu has increased substantially, prompting gamblers to narrow their focus. Longshot chances pay well, but require two, three or four players to score.
Best take-a-shot values are first-score touchdowns. Difficult to hit, but they only require one player to score.
In the Tampa Bay-Green Bay game, take a look at the Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers showdown.
These two veteran passers to throw for more than 250 yards each is now paying +100, up from -110. Say goodbye to the vig, this makes the bet slightly more appealing. It has the same return as an against-the-spread pick. Bettors may like this one more.
It would seem like a no-brainer for these future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks to reach these numbers. But Brady had only 199 yards last week as the running game and the four takeaways from the New Orleans offense provided short fields.
Davante Adams of the Packers to register 100 yards and tally a touchdown is now +200, up from +175. Rodgers loves him and Adams is a prolific threat, so this may come down to whether Todd Bowles wants his Tampa Bay defense to take Adams out of the mix with double, even triple teams.
Adams is always a popular bet to score the first touchdown and he has been boosted to +600. He has scored the first TD in two of the last three Packers games.
On the Tampa Bay side, Chris Godwin to notch a first-quarter score has been hiked to +700.
It’s hard to differentiate between the Tampa Bay receivers. Brady loves Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Godwin, and tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Brown, however, is now playing Sunday.
#Bucs coach Bruce Arians declares WR Antonio Brown out for Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 22, 2021
Odds boosts for Bills vs. Chiefs
In the AFC game, bettors will have to decide what kind of Mahomes they will get, provided he passes protocols and plays, as expected.
A healthy Mahomes sets up some enticing scenarios.
Receiver Tyreek Hill to score in the first quarter has been to +500. Under normal circumstances, bettors could be reluctant to limit a bet to one quarter as Tthe team might only have one possession.
But Hill is usually targeted for a deep ball, and in the end zone, on Kansas City’s first possession. Hill sets a tone for the game with the Chiefs.
Travis Kelce, Mahomes’ other premier target, is +700 to score first. Championship teams often have a dominant tight end. Kelce was the recipient of Mahomes’ only touchdown pass last week.
In these two bets, you are hoping primarily for a deep ball to Hill or for Kelce to be targeted around the 10-yard line.
Can Hill and Buffalo superstar Stefon Diggs each score a touchdown? That’s been boosted to +300. Diggs was the lone TD scorer in last week’s 17-3 win over the Ravens.