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Coldplay Causes Headaches for Books

Coldplay Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 was a success for the sportsbooks by most accounts. There was big handle and at least a small profit for the House.

But there was one prop that went, um, slightly out of tune.

“Coldplay’s first song was a bit of a mess,” said Dave Mason, the point man at BetOnline. “Was kind of unclear whether Yellow or Viva La Vida was technically the first song.”

Sound silly? I had to re-watch the video three times on YouTube to make out what lead singer Chris Martin had sung in his first couple of lines. And I still wasn’t totally sure which song should win.

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CAR Hot as Faves, DEN Blazing as Dogs

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In a Super Bowl that’s rich with storylines that mainly center around the quarterbacks, let’s focus on the storylines that matter most to bettors—the spread and the total. With a number of trends, both recent and historical favoring each team, here’s what you need to know before placing a wager on Super Bowl 50.

It’s been mainly good news for the Panthers and their backers this season as the team enters the game with three straight covers. With the spread fluctuating since it was originally set on Sunday night, the Panthers are in the ballpark of being -4.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks, and this number should be music to the ears of anyone leaning towards Carolina. In games this season as a favorite of 4.5 or less, the Panthers are an almost perfect 8-1 ATS. With the probability of the spread growing larger, it should also be noted that the Panthers went 9-4 ATS in games as a favorite of seven points or less this season.

As for the Broncos, they’re a team that probably shouldn’t be messed with when they’re an underdog, as they’ve posted a 5-1 SU and 5-0-1 ATS record in their last six games as underdogs. There’s something about winning as an underdog that seems to sparks this team, as they’ve managed to go 9-2 SU in their last 11 games after winning as a dog. The Broncos were also a much better bet outside of Denver this season, with a 4-2-2 road ATS record.

From a historical perspective, here’s where things get scary for those siding with the Panthers: The favored team has lost four straight Super Bowls SU and ATS and have only covered in three of the last 15. 

Fortunately for Panthers backers, history is also working against the Broncos, as the AFC representative has gone just 11-20 SU and 10-20-1 ATS in the last 21 Super Bowls.

Totals bettors might have a conundrum on their hands here as both teams were at completely different ends of the spectrum this season. The Broncos saw 10 of their games finish with a combined total of 40 points or less, whereas the Panthers saw nine of their games finish with a total of 50 points or more. With the total for the Super Bowl hovering around the 45 point mark at most sportsbooks, the Panthers have gone OVER that number in 12 games this season, while the Broncos have gone UNDER that mark in 12 games.

This will be the eighth time the Broncos have played in the Super Bowl, and in each of their previous six appearances, the total went OVER. This year’s version of the team has been hitting the UNDER more often than not though, posting an O/U record of 6-10-2 and going UNDER in five of their last seven games. 

High scoring games are nothing new for the Panthers, especially lately, as they’ve averaged 39.3 points per game over their last three contents. They haven’t needed much help going OVER the total in the three games, as their defense has held the opposition to an average of 16.3 points during that stretch. On the season they’ve posted a 12-6 O/U record, which includes going OVER in three of their last four road games.

We’ll continue to track the line and total movement as the game approaches and provide updates specific to those numbers.

Now that you know the facts, let us know who you’re leaning towards. Place your SU, ATS, and Total predictions in the comment section below.

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Super Bowl 50 Super Computer Pick

After going two for two on Championship Sunday, the OddsShark Super Computer is looking to carry a strong finish through to the Super Bowl. Earlier in the week we debated on how the Broncos can win, and why the Panthers should win, but with so many facts and trends supporting both teams, it can be hard to nail down a rock solid prediction. 

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Expert Pick: Super Bowl 50

The 2016 NFL playoffs come to a close on Sunday with Super Bowl 50. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos square off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, with the game kicking off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Panthers opened as 3.5-point favorites, but the line has expanded to between 5.5- and 6-points, depending on your sportsbook of choice. The public has been overwhelmingly betting on the public, with as much as 75-80 percent of the money hitting the Panthers.

Pick: Panthers -5.5

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SB50: In-Game Betting Cheat Sheet

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While many bettors will have their wagers in well before kickoff on everything from spreads and totals to the length of the national anthem, there will also be lots of live in-game betting action during Sunday’s game.

Taking a historical look at how things have played out in previous Super Bowls, along with team results from this season, here’s some numbers based on crucial points in the game that might give you an edge with your in-game wagers.

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SB50: Bizarre Trends that Favor Carolina

When trying to nail down your prediction for a game, it’s often common to analyze a list of trends to help you make up your mind. Trends such as home and away records, and how teams do as a favorite or underdog are legitimate reasons to make a bettor lean one way versus another, but it’s important to be able to differentiate between the trends that matter and the ones that don’t.

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Broncos Have Edge in Blakeman Games

Clete Blakeman Super Bowl 50

If you’re a dedicated Denver Broncos bettor and you’re excited to get your wager down on Super Bowl 50, you’ll no doubt be happy to see that Clete Blakeman and his crew has been tasked with calling the game.

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Nover: My Super Bowl 50 Top Prop Plays

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Super Bowl 50 approaches. No opinion on the spread or total? No problem. There are hundreds of proposition bets to choose from. Here are my recommendations taken from Bovada:

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Why the Broncos Win and Cover SB50

It has been a roller coaster of a year for the Denver Broncos from the dominant defense to Brock Osweiller to Peyton Manning’s potential swan song. It's hard to remember a team that ended their season 12-4 with more question marks than the Broncos.

Despite all of that, the Broncos, who are currently -6 at Bovada, are heading to Levi’s Stadium. Here's five reasons why they will not just cover, but win Super Bowl 50.

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Why the Panthers Win and Cover SB50

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From the opening kick of the 2015 regular season through a 49-15 beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game, the Carolina Panthers have been the best team in the National Football League.

Here are five reasons why the Panthers, who are currently 6-point faves at online shop Bovada, will come out on top both straight up and against the spread when they face the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

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