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Super Bowl 53: Vegas odds and betting guide

The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will battle in Super Bowl LIII. Here are the betting odds and more for the “Big Game.”

The last time the Rams made a Super Bowl appearance was 2001, when the franchise was located in St. Louis. That proved to be a 20-17 loss to the New England Patriots at the Superdome against Bill Belichick’s underdog squad. Now the franchise is back with a new head coach (Sean McVay) and it’s the Pats that are favored to prevail in Super Bowl LIII.

Of course, Belichick and Tom Brady are back in the “Big Game” for the third consecutive year. It marks the first time since the 1990-93 Buffalo Bills that a club has reached the Super Bowl at least three straight seasons. Both the Rams and Patriots won road games in the conference championship round to advance to this showdown at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

So who wins Super Bowl LIII and by how much? That’s the point here and as we know, there will be more than a few nickels and dimes slapped down when it comes to the latest edition of this championship series.

First things first. Here are the betting odds with regards to Super Bowl LIII:

Odds

Point Spread: Patriots (-2.5)

Moneylines: Patriots -128, Rams +130

Over/Under: 57

According to OddsShark, the Patriots 2.5 favorites to win their second Super Bowl in three years and sixth Lombardi Trophy since 2001. The latter would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins ever. The franchise is also looking to become the first to win the Super Bowl one season after losing it since the 1972 Miami Dolphins – who lost VI and rebounded to win VII.

Of course, the Pats came away with three-point victories in Super Bowls XXXVI (20-17 over the Rams), XXXVIII (32-29 over the Panthers) and XXXIX (24-21 over the Eagles). Then there were those narrow losses to the New York Giants in XLII (17-14) and XLVI (21-17), as well as last year’s 41-33 setback to the Philadelphia Eagles at Minneapolis. But then we also saw 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks (XLIX) at Arizona and a stirring 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons (LI) at Houston. All told, each of New England’s eight Super Bowl appearances under Belichick have been decided by eight points or less, four of those games by exactly three points.

The Rams finished 13-3 during the regular season and came away with playoff wins over the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. The Patriots were 11-5 and rolled up a combined 78 points in postseason victories over the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.  As for the over/under, Los Angeles (527) and New England (436) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the NFL in scoring in 2018.

The one sure bet is that once again, fans will be busy plunking down a little (or a lot) of cash looking for a big pay day on Super Bowl Sunday.

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