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NFL Conference Championship Tips

Just four teams are left in the hunt as we reach the Conference Championship games this weekend with Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints battling it out in the NFC decider and the AFC Championship game sees Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots clashing for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints - NFC Championship Game

Are the New Orleans Saints just a tad shaky right now? They won their divisional round home game but they only beat Philadelphia Eagles by 6. Furthermore, the last three weeks of the regular season weren't great for them. They involved narrow escapes and a loss. What's going to happen when the Rams roll into New Orleans for the NFC Championship? It should be a good game but the spread bets should be going toward Los Angeles.

The Rams only enter the game with +3.5 helpers. However, at least that's enough to cover a loss by a field goal or less. For a team that enters the conference championships having won nine straight, any kind of spread looks like a luxury. Their current winning streak includes three wins over some decent teams. The Rams beat Dallas this past weekend, they beat the Chargers not that long ago, and the Rams defeated the Seahawks in Seattle several weeks ago. 

Coin-toss odds with a small handicap looks good to go against a New Orleans team that might have more nerves in their game right now than meets the eye. This is a New Orleans team that lost out of the playoffs in a bad way last season. If there's any kind of mental block to success due to that then don't be surprised if LA walks through to the Super Bowl. Take the helpers for insurance.

New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs

In a game where many might be seeing a closely contested match up, NFL bettors will clearly have to go with the Kansas City Chiefs as they host the New England Patriots in the 2019 AFC Championship. Both teams have their weapons and their weaknesses but the home-and-away splits simply cannot be ignored in this contest. 

The Patriots have done virtually all of their damage from Foxboro this season as hosts. They went 8-0 in the regular season and won in the divisional round from home last weekend. They have gone 9-0 as hosts all totaled - but the home games are over for the year. On the road, New England is 3-5 with recent losses at Jacksonville and Detroit. The bad road record is not likely due to either coaching or their QB. However, something definitely went amiss with the Patriots on the road this season and that's the betting angle you have to take.

That's especially the case given how strong KC have played when hosting. They are 8-1 from home, including their victory in the divisional round. When you compile up the splits, you get a ratio of 13:4 in KC's favour. It's true that there are more factors to consider, but those factors won't offset the betting odds that are offered. Take the Chiefs to win at $1.66 with SportsBet.

Super Bowl Futures

It's a fashionable time to get in some futures bets for the NFL's post-season. For those that don't know how the NFL playoffs work, this is what you need to be aware of before making your bets.

Twelve teams are in the playoffs, six from each conference. The first weekend of playoff action is next week and it is commonly referred to as Wild Card Weekend. On Saturday and Sunday in North America, two games will be played each day for a total of four games over the whole weekend. These games will feature the 6-seed vs. the 3-seed and the 5-seed vs. the 4-seed from each conference.

Importantly, home-field advantage is determined by seed - not better record. For instance, the 5th-seeded Los Angeles Chargers went 12-4 this regular season. But they will travel to face the 4th-seeded Baltimore Ravens, a team that went just 10-6. The reason is that Baltimore won their division and that guaranteed them a 4-seed while LA is into the playoffs by virtue of a Wild Card.

The second-round of the NFL playoffs is called the divisional round. This round will see the top-two seeds from each conference host the winners from Wild Card Weekend. There is no fixed-bracket system in the NFL. Instead, teams will be reseeded in the divisional round. That means that if, for example, the 6-seed wins on Wild Card Weekend then they will play the 1-seed the next weekend. 

The weekend that follows is when the conference championships will be played. After that, there is a week-long break and then the Super Bowl will be played between the two conference champions. This year, the Super Bowl will be played from Atlanta on February 3rd. As such, it will be a neutral-site game as the Falcons are not in the playoff field this season.

If you want to make a pick right now to win the Super Bowl, then you should go with the Los Angeles Rams. They went 13-3 and only missed out on the No. 1 seed because of tiebreakers. While the New Orleans Saints are the top seed, the odds on the Saints are short at $3.60 to win the title. The Rams can be found much longer at $6.00.

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