The NFL Playoffs are into the Conference Championship rounds with the winners of each game set to face off in Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots are facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Conference Championship while the Atlanta Falcons are facing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Conference Championship. There are a wide assortment of bets on the line regarding these two games and the eventual Super Bowl matchup.
The available bets for legally betting on the Super Bowl and the remaining NFL Playoff games consist of your standard spread bets (Green Bay to win over Atlanta at +4 (-105) for example), future bets (New England defeats Atlanta in the Super Bowl outright at +225 odds), game prop bets (first score of the game in Pittsburgh at New England is either a touchdown or a field goal/safety) and more. You can also bet on the over/under in regards to total points scored in both Conference Championship games. For the NFC Conference game you can bet for either over/under 61½ total points scored. For the AFC Conference game you can bet over/under on 51 total points scored. There will most likely also be some live bets you can make in real time as the game progresses.
These four teams have been playing phenomenally throughout the season, so placing your bets based on the current NFL betting odds is going to be a daunting task. If this is your first time betting, then rest assured because most offshore booking sites offer newcomer bonuses, allowing you to spread more money out across the odds and increase your chances of winning. Alternatively, you can place more money on one team and stand to make even more profit.
If you would rather not bet for or against the spread, then you may feel safer betting the moneyline option and just picking a winner outright. These types of bets can be better if you are uncertain of the outcome or unfamiliar with the teams. One thing to take into account is which team is playing home and which team is playing away. Green Bay is traveling to Atlanta to face the Falcons and the New England is hosting Pittsburgh. Interestingly enough, home field advantage wasn’t much of an effect for the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs as both teams lost at home to the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.
Home field advantage is usually something that is considered an advantage, especially to bettors, but this is the Playoffs. All four teams are vying for a chance at the NFL Championship and won’t let the location of the game affect how they play.
However you decide to bet, one thing is certain—you have options. Sportsbooks like BetOnline and Bovada are offering a variety of bets, so it would be wise to examine all of the options and give yourself a chance to be successful. After these Conference Championship games are over, the Super Bowl will be the last game of the postseason, narrowing the available bets down to two teams. There will still be a lot of prop bets available, so check back to see how the betting options have updated after the Conference Champions are decided.