Another week, another vegas odds article. This is by far my favorite article to write throughout the week, partly because I think sports gambling is fantastic, but also because it simply tells you what the oddsmakers in Vegas are thinking regarding the game.
In no way am I a professional gambler and in no way am I telling you to put your money with what I predict. This is really just for fun and something we here at Bucs Nation thought the readers would enjoy after sports gambling was legalized.
For those that don’t know sports gambling, I will quickly go over the three main bets that are often placed. Also, the lines could always change and the website you use, could be different from mine.
Betting with the spread: Currently, the Buccaneers are +6. This means that if you were to take the Buccaneers with the spread, they can lose by 5 and you’d win the bet. If you take the Panthers at -6 , they have to win by 7 in order for you to win. It is also possible for you to push this week. If the game ends in a panther victory by 6, everyone gets their money back if you took the spread. Spread bets always have the same odds, which are -110. This means that you need to risk $110 to win $100. To open the week, Tampa Bay was +7, so it has dropped by a point.
Money line bets: As of late friday night, the Buccaneers are anywhere from +235 to +250, depending on the website or sportsbook you use. So a $100 dollar bet will win you $235 or $250. That’s a pretty solid return for a team who should probably be 5-2 on the season if it weren’t for Jameis Winston interceptions. The Panthers are -290, but opened the week at -260, So obviously sportsbooks have gotten hefty bets on the Panthers money line. You’d have to risk $260 just to win 100 dollars.
Over/Under bets: Again, no matter what way you pick, the odds in this case are -110. Vegas sports books currently have the over under at 55 total points scored. If you take the over, the Bucs and Panthers must combined to score 55 points in order for you to win. Obviously, 54 points or under would result in a win if you go that route. The line opened at 54, so the public likes the over in this as well and how can you not? It’s likely the Bucs will fall behind early and have to play catch-up for the remainder of the game.
Last week was a 1-1 week for me yet again. I can’t seem to get that sweep, but i’d much rather a .500 week then a 0-2 week. My overall record on the season is 7-7.
A few things to consider: The total has gone OVER in 7 of the last 8 games Tampa Bay has played on the road. The total has gone OVER in 7 of the last 8 games Tampa Bay has played overall. Carolina is 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games played at home. Carolina is 4-1 straight up in their last 5 games played.
My picks: I like Tampa Bay +6. I don’t think they win this football game, but 3 of their 4 losses this season have been by less than 6 points. I expect Fitzmagic to make a little bit of a run in the fourth quarter and cover that spread. Also, take the over, this defense is still trash.