The penultimate game of the NFL season will be this Sunday night's NFC Championship between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.
You can find my best bet for the game in this week's edition of the "Road to 272 Bets".
In this article, instead of looking at which side I'm backing, we're going to dive into which side the public is backing. Do they think the No. 1 seed 49ers will roll on Sunday, or can the Lions continue their Cinderella Run?
Let's take a look.
Lions vs. 49ers odds, spread, and total
Lions vs. 49ers betting splits
The AFC Championship has seen plenty of bets on both sides, but that's not the case for the NFC Championship. In this game, we've seen the majority of the public bets coming in on the Lions to cover the spread as touchdown underdogs.
According to John Ewing, two of the three most popular bets on Championship Sunday at BetMGM Sportsbook is on the Lions. 88% of people betting on the moneyline in the Lions vs. 49ers game are on Detroit to pull off the upset. Meanwhile, 72% of the spread bets on the NFC Championship are on the Lions to cover.
A similar sentiment is coming from FanDuel Sportsbook, which is reporting plenty more bets on the Lions than the 49ers. That means a 49ers win and cover would be a great day for the sportsbooks.
If you read this week's edition of the "Road to 272 Bets", then you know that I'm on the opposite side of the public. I think last week's poor performance by the 49ers is an anomaly and I'm in no rush to back the Lions on the road.
With that being said, anything could happen and it's best to back whatever side you think is the right side, regardless of which side other people are betting on.
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Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.