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God Underdog in Super Bowl Props

This might annoy Tim Tebow and other devout Christian players but the Almighty is an underdog in Super Bowl betting odds.

Last year, God was the favorite in prop bets focused on who the MVP would thank first in his acceptance interview. This year, He’s the third pick at 7/2 odds.

For the enjoyment of atheists and other people annoyed by Bible thumpers, ‘nobody’ is the second choice, just slightly ahead of God at 11/4.

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Boston sports double odds

It happened in 2004 when the Patriots and Red Sox each celebrated with a championship parade in Boston and you can bet on whether it will happen again in 2012.

For that matter, there are Super Bowl prop odds posted at Bovada on whether any number of Boston double scenarios will happen, including pairings with the Bruins, Celtics, even Republican Senator Mitt Romney, as he seeks election in 2012 Presidential race.

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Stock Market Cheers for Giants

It’s official – cheering for the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI is akin to cheering for a sluggish economy and Wall Street stagnation.

As if Giant fans and other New England haters didn’t have enough reasons to cheer against the perennially successful Patriots, their obnoxious head coach and devilishly handsome quarterback.

Yes investors will be cheering on the New York Giants, because the stock market does much better after an NFC team wins the Super Bowl than when an AFC team wins.

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Super Bowl Opening Line and Injuries

It all comes down to this. After a long and exciting season of NFL betting, only one game remains on the betting card; the 2012 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Here’s a look at the opening lines for the big game.

New England opens as a 3-point favorite at 5Dimes. Plenty of points are expected from these two talented offenses as the total is currently set at 55 points.

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NFC Conference Odds: Giants vs 49ers

The New York Giants lost here in November but had been 4-0 ATS in four previous visits to face the San Francisco 49ers.

Their strong recent play and that history of west-coast wins has the Giants as just 2.5-point opening line underdogs on the NFC conference final odds menu. They finished the year on a 6-2 ATS run in road games and will need that trend to continue against a team that has been a point-spread covering machine at home. [ Best 49ers home spread? -1.5, -110 at TopBet earlier Sunday while the best Giants line was +3 at Bovada ]

The 49ers upset the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoff, scoring late in a see-saw battle. They are now 10-0-1 ATS in their past 11 home games, although they are just 1-3 ATS in their past four games as a favorite.

The Giants meanwhile are 4-0 ATS in their past 4 games as an NFL underdog, traditionally a spot you find the best dog lines is at Bovada.

Of note, the OVER is 10-2 in the past 12 conference title games, indicating the offenses pull out all the stops with a trip to Super Bowl 46 on the line.

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AFC Championship Odds: Pats Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have lost 7 of their past 8 meetings with the New England Patriots but that lone victory was a huge one two years ago.

The Ravens came to town and stomped the Pats 33-14 in a Wild Card game as a 4-point underdog. This time, they visit Foxboro opening as a 7.5-point playoff underdog on the AFC championship game odds menu. [ Best Pats line? -7, -102 at 5Dimes earllier Sunday. ]

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NFL Conference Betting Props

The least likely Super Bowl scenario is the Ravens vs the Giants, which would be a repeat of Super Bowl XLV when Baltimore crushed New York.

If you bet that today and both the Ravens and Giants win Sunday, it’s a 12/1 payout.

It’s just one of dozens of prop bets on the NFL conference final odds menu, according to Bovada. For the record, they made a Patriots vs 49ers Super Bowl as the top betting choice at 2/1 odds.

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Sports Betting Databases

Football bettors, office poolies and pickem game contestants have plenty of stats and resources at their fingertips when handicapping the game. But how many of those stats or trends are their own?

Check out the sports databases here at OddsShark.com, a huge archive of 30 years of NFL point spread data, baseball boxscore material and more that do-it-yourself handicappers can use for FREE!

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Ravens vs Texans Playoff Preview

Houston has never beaten Baltimore in their short history, losing all five and covering the spread just once.

And they were quickly bet up to 9-point road underdogs here in an AFC divisional playoff game. The Texans won their Wild Card game against the Bengals while the 12-4 Ravens got a week to rest.

While the week off was not officially a bye week, bettors should be wary that Baltimore has been dominant against the spread with an extra week of rest - they are 9-1 ATS the past 10 seasons. The Ravens have also dominated at home, going 18-1 SU in their past 19.

The Texans have covered 4 straight as an underdog but the OVER (which opened at 38 at 5Dimes) has been the best bet when they are dogged, with a 9-2 trend favoring the OVER. A caution however to Baltimore backers - they have failed to cover the spread the past 5 times they were chalk of 9 points or more.

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Divisional Sunday: NFL Betting Preview

Divisional weekend wraps up Sunday with two intriguing NFL betting matchups as the Baltimore Ravens host the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers host Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
 

Here’s a look at some prop bets to consider at Bovada as well as some NFL line movement and totals updates.

No. 3 Houston Texans at No. 2 Baltimore Ravens

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