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Super Bowl Betting Line: Odds and Info for the NFL’s Big Game

Super Bowl Odds and Lines

Although it feels like Super Bowl 53 just happened, the odds to win Super Bowl 54 have been released. If you’re looking for information and betting previews for San Fransisco vs Kansas City, Odds Shark’s got you covered with the type of bets you can make, and tutorials on each one so you can make smart picks at the sportsbook.

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What is the Betting Line on the Super Bowl?

A betting line is the set of odds given to any particular sporting event, in this case, the Super Bowl. It is set by oddsmakers at the sportsbook based on different factors such as how teams have performed in the past and current injuries.

The betting line for the NFL’s most watched game is usually released a week before Super Bowl Sunday. However, the line could move at any point during the week leading up to the match. For instance, if a key player is seen limping during practice, oddsmakers will move the line to accommodate for the possibility that this guy won’t be playing or will be playing hurt.

Another reason the line could move is to create even betting action on both sides. If the public is heavily betting on the 49ers, bookmakers will move the lines slightly to ensure that there is equal action available for the Chiefs.

Super Bowl Betting Options

When it comes to betting on the Super Bowl, there are three forms of straight bets which you need to know about leading up to Super Bowl Sunday:

Moneyline

As one of the easiest and most common methods of Super Bowl betting, a moneyline bet is simply deciding which team will win the Super Bowl. The team you select does not have to win by a certain amount – they just have to win. Moneyline bets can be very rewarding with a great payout if you predict an upset and bet on the underdog. 

For example, the opening line is set for Super Bowl 53 and has the Patriots at -115 and the Rams at -105. This means the Patriots are favored, and you'll need to wager $115 to win $100. Meanwhile, the Rams are the slight underdogs, and a $105 wager will result in a $100 payout. 

Point Spread

The point spread is a common bet for intermediate Super Bowl bettors. Essentially, the spread allows for a 50/50 chance of winning your wager. Point spreads generally range from 3 to 10 points and essentially give the underdog team an advantage before the Super Bowl even begins.

For example, the Super Bowl 53 opening line was set with the Patriots (-1) and the Rams (+1). This means that the Patriots are favored, and the Rams are 1-point underdogs and are awarded 1 point before the game even begins. For those betting on New England, the Patriots will have to win by 2 points or more to win their bet, and for those betting on LA, the Rams need to either win the game, or lose by only 1 point (which would result in a PUSH and bettors getting their money back).  

Totals

(Also known as OVER/UNDER) When betting the totals, the oddsmaker will generate a number based on how they think the game will play out. In Super Bowl betting specifically, these projected numbers can range from the 30s to 60s. To bet on the totals, you have to choose if you think the total number of points in the Super Bowl will be OVER or UNDER the oddsmaker’s selected number. 

For example, the oddsmakers are predicting a total of 57.5 in Super Bowl 53 between the Patriots and the Rams. If the scores of both teams result in 56, let’s say, the total would have gone UNDER, and bettors who chose the UNDER will have won. 

Types of NFL Bets Offered

The Super Bowl is one of the most exciting betting events of the year, and there is no lack of betting types and exciting entertainment bets to get involved in. 

Parlays

One of the riskier and most popular types of Super Bowl bets, parlays combine a minimum of two wagers into one, and can contain multiple point spread or totals wagers. What makes this type of bet risky is the fact that the bettor must be correct on each wager or the entire stake will be lost. 

Teasers

Though similar to parlays in the fact that you must have all bets correct to profit, teasers allow you to modify the point spread or totals line to lower your risk level. Teasers start at usually six points and can go as high as 15 points depending on the sports betting site. 

Live Betting

Since most bettors have their smartphone or computer with them while watching a game, live betting has become more and more popular. Live Super Bowl betting is extremely popular, and is basically play-by-play betting, where you can place bets on each drive and even attempt to predict the outcome of each play. 

Props

The Super Bowl is the king of prop bets. Proposition bets are wagers that are not directly related to the outcome of the game. Widely considered to be a ‘fun’ bet, prop bets can be placed on just about anything related to the game. Check out our props section for more info. 

Futures

Futures are bets on how a team might fare over the entire season. The most common Super Bowl future is selecting which team will win the Super Bowl, but at the beginning of the season. Another popular option is the Super Bowl MVP award winner.