After a terrific opening week of the 2020 NFL Playoffs, the Divisional Round is upon us. With four elite finishes in the Wild Card Round, the Divisional Round has a lot of hype to live up to.

Given the popularity of betting on the NFL Playoffs, William Hill Sportsbook has provided a list of betting odds and trends for the Divisional Round in the form of spreads, moneylines, and total (over/under) bets.

This shows the percentage of tickets, dollars wagered, and other interesting tidbits to help bettors look at who the public likes for the Divisional Round. With the 2020 Super Bowl just weeks away, the NFL betting window is closing rapidly for this season.

 

Betting Public is Heavy On The 49ers

 

Game Spread Percentage of Tickets Percentage of Money
Vikings vs 49ers SF -7 73% 49ers 75% 49ers
Titans vs Ravens BAL -9 55% Ravens 59% Ravens
Texans vs Chiefs KC -9.5 61% Chiefs 65% Texans
Seahawks vs Packers GB -4 59% Seahawks 52% Packers

 

Spread betting in the public eye is the most attractive in terms of seeing how the public is betting.

For the Divisional Round, there is a lot of money on the favorites, with 75% of the money coming in on the 49ers to cover seven points against the Vikings, and also 59% of the money on the Ravens to cover nine points against the Titans. This is a bit odd given how many bettors lost money last week against the Vikings, as sometimes recency bias will rear its head.

As you can see, only one game has a ton of money and tickets skewed one way and that is the 49ers over the Vikings, the rest are close to 50-55%, which is what William Hill US wants.

Two interesting pieces to consider is the Texans have 65% of the money, but the Chiefs have 61% of the tickets. This means heavy money has come in on the Texans +9.5. The other is the Packers have 52% of the money, but only 41% of the tickets, indicating the same.

 

 

NFL Playoffs Moneyline Public Bets

 

Game Moneyline Percentage of Tickets Percentage of Money
Vikings vs 49ers MIN +250 SF -300 78% Vikings 51% Vikings
Titans vs Ravens TEN +360 BAL -440 71% Titans 95% Titans
Texans vs Chiefs HOU +370 KC -450 75% Texans 75% Texans
Seahawks vs Packers SEA +170 GB -190 85% Seahawks 54% Seahawks

 

There is lot of money on the Titans this week in terms of the money line, with 95% of the total betting money (on MLs) is set on them at +360. The Super Bowl favored Ravens come in at a hefty -440 ML, which is certainly not attractive to most bettors.

These numbers should not be too surprising, as there is plenty of value in the NFL for moneyline betting given the prices.

While the favorites are always likelier to win, in the off chance there is an upset bettors can make more than double their money on large underdogs.

What is interesting here is that 85% of the ML tickets are on the Seahawks, but only 54% of the money. That means heavy money has come in on the Packers ML at -190.

 

 

Very Heavy Action On Seattle-Green Bay Under

 

Game Total Percentage of Tickets Percentage of Money
Vikings vs 49ers 45 52% UNDER 62% UNDER
Titans vs Ravens 47 63% UNDER 58% UNDER
Texans vs Chiefs 50.5 58% OVER 56% UNDER
Seahawks vs Packers 46 81% UNDER 93% UNDER

 

By nature, most bettors and football fans like to bet on the over. For one, everyone likes to see points scored. Secondary, in today’s NFL with the rules skewed towards offenses there is more and more points scored each season.

That is what makes this set of numbers crazy, as there is way more money on the under in all games. The only section here that has more over than under is the total tickets for Texans and Chiefs at over 50.5, but 56% of the total money is still on the under.

William Hill is certainly hoping for some high-scoring games this week.

 

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