Just four teams remain in the fight to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Miami next month, and while it’s no surprise that top seeds such as the 49ers, Chiefs, and Packers are still in the hunt, it’s safe to say that few saw the Titans pulling off a pair of shocking upset road wins at New England and Baltimore to crash the party. Can Tennessee score yet another upset in Kansas City this weekend, or will the Chiefs reach their first Super Bowl since the 1969 season? Over in the NFC, will it be the 49ers or Packers that emerges from a showdown between two of the NFL’s most storied franchises? We’ll try to answer those questions and more with our NFL conference championship picks and predictions.
Also, be sure to check out our 2020 Super Bowl odds if you’re looking to bet on which team will win it all right now.
The opening round of the NFL Playoffs brought us plenty of closely contested games, questionable coaching decisions, upsets, and drama, which begs the question–what’s in store this weekend as each conference’s top two seeds enter the fray? Within this NFL Divisional Round predictions and picks post, we’ll attempt to answer this question and more.
For instance, will heavily-favored top seeds like the Ravens, 49ers, and Chiefs roll on their way to the conference championship round, or will big underdogs like the Titans, Vikings, and Texans crash the party? Can Russell Wilson continue his wizardry and carry the Seahawks to a second straight postseason road win—this time over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field?
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some betting trends and data in order to break down the sides and totals of all four games.
On Thursday evening, the Sixers play host to the Boston Celtics. The Sixers enter play a disappointing 24-14, which is good for fifth place in a crowded middle of the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 2.5 games ahead of the Sixers at 25-10, which is the third-best record in the conference. It’s a tale of two teams as the Celtics are a respectable 7-3 in their last ten games, while Philly’s just 4-6 over that same stretch, including a woeful 1-4 in their last five.
The teams last squared off on December 12, a 115-109 Sixers victory in which Joel Embiid went off for 38 points while Al Horford sat out for load management. The biggest storyline entering tonight’s game is that Embiid is out, while Horford will play his former team for the first time since leaving Boston for Philadelphia this offseason.
With that, let’s get into our Sixers-Celtics betting preview.
NFL Wild Card Weekend concludes later this afternoon, so let’s look at some betting odds and ATS trends with our Eagles vs. Seahawks betting prediction and picks.
For most of the week, it appeared the Eagles would be an underdog for the sixth time in as many postseason games under Doug Pederson, but late line movement has made the Eagles a small favorite at some sportsbooks as kickoff nears. As of early Sunday morning, the Eagles range anywhere from a one-point underdog to a one-point favorite across the local legal betting market.
If the Eagles do close as an underdog, history suggests that is a good omen. Philadelphia is 4-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread under Pederson as a playoff underdog–a role his team has fed off of in recent seasons.
Can the Eagles advance to the NFC’s Divisional Playoffs for the third straight year, or will Russell Wilson help Seattle snap a three-game postseason road losing streak? Let’s get into it.
The NFL postseason is upon us as eight teams take center stage this weekend in attempt to move one step closer to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Miami next month, and there are plenty of intriguing questions to consider for football fans and bettors alike. In our NFL Wild Card predictions and picks, we will dig through the trends and other numbers in search of answers to some key questions ahead of the slate.
Questions such as can Tom Brady and the suddenly vulnerable Patriots stave off Ryan Tannehill and the upstart Titans?
Will the Bills hand Bill O’Brien’s squad yet another early playoff exit?
Can the Saints exorcise the demons of their recent excruciating postseason setbacks?
And will the Eagles’ unexpected late-season run led by Carson Wentz and a slew of practice squad players continue in a home upset of the Seahawks?
Really, all of these questions lead to one overarching inquiry–where should the money go this weekend? Without further ado, let’s get into it.
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The Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks will meet this Sunday at 4:40 PM with Seattle currently installed as a road favorite anywhere from 1.5-2.0 points. The Seattle Seahawks, fresh off a tightly-contested Week 17 NFC West championship loss to San Francisco, enter the NFL’s Wildcard Weekend with a cross-country trip to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The teams last met in Week 12 in Philadelphia, where the hometown Eagles saw their offense get dismantled and turn the ball over five times. Meanwhile, Seattle was able to overcome a couple of DK Metcalf drops and some up-and-down play on offense to win 17-9. Dating back to 2011, the Seahawks have won each of the last five games between the teams.
From the moment the matchup was set, the question was whether or not the oddsmakers would give a nod to the home team, despite their less impressive record and Week 12 loss to Seattle. For a moment, the Eagles were installed as a three point favorite via Draft Kings sportsbooks. FanDuel, by contrast, had Philadelphia listed as a one point favorite. Roughly ten minutes later, around 12:20AM, the line flipped with DraftKings listing Seattle as a one point favorite and FanDuel at -1.5.
The Eagles were listed at +2.5 as of 7AM, though that dropped to +1.5 and has remained there since. Let’s take a look at where the sportsbooks have his one listed:
A few interesting notes here. The variance that once existed has more or less dissipated. What we’re left with here is a choose your own adventure of picking your favorite sportsbook.
The unanimous nature of the Seahawks being favored is likely due to multiple factors. Despite being on the road, Seattle enters the game with a record of 11-5 compared to the Eagles’ 9-7.
Philadelphia has also been unable to crack the Russell Wilson code since he entered the league in 2012. Wilson has beaten the Eagles twice at home and twice on the road, with the November 24 matchup standing as the most recent testament to Wilson’s dominance over Philadelphia.
In fairness, that wasn’t an elite performance from Wilson, but Seattle earned the win, which is the most important thing.
In the four games Wilson has led the Seahawks against the Eagles, his team has come out victorious by an average of just under 11 points.
If you’re a believer in Seattle’s ability to go on the road and seal the deal, the point spread should be well worth your time. On the flip side, Seattle has gotten so desperate at running back that they brought back the shell of Marshawn Lynch, who hadn’t played in the league since 2017.
Despite entering the game as an underdog, the Eagles’ 2020 Super Bowl Odds aren’t all that bad. While they technically have the eighth-best odds to win the Super Bowl out of twelve teams remaining, their odds (+3400) are just behind Seattle’s (+2500).
On Tuesday afternoon, the Sixers are on the road taking on the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The teams enter this game below where many had predicted them to end up in the standings, with Philly coming in at 23-12, which is good for a disappointing fifth-place in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are 21-12, which puts them sixth place, just a game back of the Sixers. It’s worth noting that the Pacers have compiled a respectable record despite being without their lead guard Victor Oladipo, who ruptured a tendon in his knee last season. The good news for Indiana is that Oladipo has taken the next step in his recovery, having been assigned to their G League affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The bad news is he’s still a month away from rejoining the team.
With that, let’s get into our Sixers-Pacers betting preview.