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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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Conference Final Score Predictions

If you enjoy defensive battles and road underdogs, history tells us you won’t enjoy conference championship weekend.

Because if recent trends hold true and the number-crunching OddsShark.com NFL prediction computer is correct, the Patriots and 49ers will win and the games will go over the total.

That is the NFL betting trend in the past five playoff seasons with home teams going 8-2 SU and 10 of 12 games playing over the total.

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Packers vs Giants: Divisional Playoff odds

A rematch of a Week 13 battle that saw the New York Giants lose a 38-35 thriller at home, the NFC divisional playoff game will have the Green Bay Packers as big chalk again.

But this time, the Packers are at home, where they have dominated, winning 14 straight and going 12-2 ATS while facing some big spreads.

The line opened at -8 but many bettors like the way the Giants are playing and they have a history as mean dog, winning four in a row as an underdog of 8 or more points.

Total bettors know that 6 of the past 7 meetings have gone OVER, but will the opening total of 52.5 force many to bet the UNDER?

Spread bettors who have profited from the Packers as a post-bye-week team know they are 5-0-1 ATS in the past 6 regular seasons. Their week off last week isn't an official bye week, but they have shown ability to win and cover with extra rest.

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