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Lions vs 49ers: Odds Preview

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With both the Lions and 49ers eliminated from the playoffs, these teams only have one thing to play for—pride! At the end of the day isn’t that what it’s all about? Well, not quite. Maybe some of the players own themselves in fantasy leagues and are trying to win their league championship. I guess that’s a different type of pride though.

Shark Bites
  • San Francisco is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games.
  • Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 game.
  • The 49ers are 9-0 SU in their last nine games vs the Lions.

The 49ers have been a team to completely stay away from—especially when they’re on the road as they’ve gone 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games away from home. As far as playing on the road in December, things are even worse as they’ve gone 4-13 ATS in their last 17 December road games.

They visit Ford Field to play a Lions team who are also trending in the wrong direction, posting a 2-6 home ATS record over their last eight games in Detroit. The Lions haven’t responded well to being a favorite in recent years, going 1-13 ATS in their last 14 games as favorites in December.

The opening total for the game is set at 43 and both teams are trending OVER. The 49ers have gone OVER in five of their last seven road games, while Detroit has gone OVER in five of their last six home games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The San Francisco 49ers betting odds line opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 40.5 at most shops.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 32-12 result in favor of the Lions. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

San Francisco 49ers vs Detroit Lions Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Detroit will face the 4-10 San Francisco 49ers, who own a 6-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Lions are 8-6 so far this season while the 49ers are 6-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs San Francisco injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 18-rated Detroit Lions and the No. 30-ranked San Francisco 49ers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Detroit Lions No. 20-ranked offense (21.57 PPG) against a San Francisco 49ers defense that ranks No. 18 at 24.21 PPG. The Lions passing attack has averaged 260.43 yards per game, less than the 49ers give up through the air (261.71 YPG on average).

Defensively, the San Francisco 49ers feature the league's No. 32-rated road run defense, allowing 165.57 yards per game. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, ranks No. 28 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the 49ers were Week 15 losers coming out on the wrong end of 24-14 score against Cincinnati.

Matthew Stafford dusted the Saints secondary for 3 TDs last time out as the Lions defeated New Orleans 35-27 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Betting Trends
  • San Francisco is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
  • San Francisco is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco's last 8 games
  • San Francisco is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Detroit is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Detroit is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games

Next Betting Matchups

San Francisco home to St. Louis, Sunday, January 3rd
Detroit at Chicago, Sunday, January 3rd