Are you ready for the Super Bowl? More importantly, are you ready to bet on the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest betting days of the year, and LVI is going to be no different. The Los Angeles Rams will be the away team in their own stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals were +20000 to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season. Nobody is expected this team to be competitive, but they went from worst to first. The team finished 4-11-1 in 2020 and are now playing for a world championship.
The Rams were expected to be competitive, but Green Bay was the main pick to come out of the NFC. Los Angeles did not have to face the Packers, but they went through the Cardinals, Buccaneers, and Niners to play in the Super Bowl.
This matchup was unexpected, but it does not mean that it will be uncompetitive. Let’s start breaking down the game.
The Los Angeles Rams opened as a 3.5 point favorite in Super Bowl LVI following their NFC Championship win. The money immediately came in on Los Angeles, which caused the sportsbooks to boost the line to four.
This slowed down Rams’ bets and caused some money to move to the Bengals. At -4, 54% of bettors are taking the Rams, but I expect money to come in on the Bengals over the next two weeks. The sharps are high on Los Angeles, but the public will be high on Cincinnati.
This is especially true when it comes to the money line. The Super Bowl attracts a variety of bettors, many of which do not wager throughout the year. The most appealing bet for this group is the underdog’s money line at +175.
A $100 bettor on the Bengals would result in a $175 profit. It will take $180 to win $100 for a bet on the Rams. The total has been set at 48.5, and 51% of bettors are taking the under at this point.
If both offenses find their groove, this game will go over the total. However, the under is a smart bet based on the magnitude of the game. Look for both teams to establish the run to limit early mistakes. The Bengals need to slow down the game, so I expect Joe Mixon to get a lot of play.
Best Bet Options
The teams are a combined 18-21-1 against the over, so the best bet is the under based on the numbers. If you are looking for a solid spread wager, the Bengals at +4 is the right call based on past results.
Cincinnati has covered in seven straight games and totaled 13-7 ATS. The Rams are 10-10, but 6-3 ATS in their past nine games. Each team has gotten better as the season went on, making betting on this matchup very interesting.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.