2021 Bookies Battle, Week 13: Contestants Snap Up Betting Line Value

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Bookmakers competing for the $3,000 top prize in the 2021 Bookies Battle are taking advantage of early market value in Week 13, as the top-six consensus picks have seen the betting line move in their direction since contestants locked in their selections.

The Dolphins were laying just a field goal at home against N.Y. before news dropped about Giants QB Daniel Jones being declared out due to a neck injury. The Dolphins shot up to 6-point favorites on oddsboards as of Friday afternoon. Miami, on a four-game win and cover streak, is the top consensus play this week, with 70.9% of contestants the laying the points. New York, meanwhile, has covered four of its last five.

The Ravens (-3 at Steelers) have the support of 67.7% of the field, in a game that has seen line movement similar to Giants-Dolphins. Baltimore has also been bet up to -4.5 for the first meeting of the season against its divisional rival.

The third consensus play is another favorite that has seen its point spread increase during early wagering. The Colts (-8.5 at Texans) are laying 10 points on the road as we head into the weekend. Indy, no stranger to laying big numbers, is 2-1 ATS as double-digit chalk this season. Should the line hold or widen by kickoff, this will be the seventh time Houston has been gifted 10 points or more, and it is 3-3 ATS so far in these spots.

Next on the list of consensus Week 13 plays come a couple of underdogs and another favorite – all showing value when comparing contest lines to current market numbers.

TeamPercentage of picksContest line
Market line
(Friday morning)
Lions61.3%+7+7 (-120)
49ers61.3%-3-3.5 (even)

Separation At The Top Of The Standings

Nick Smith (Snoqualmie Casino Sportsbook), Mike Lewis (Suncoast Hotel & Casino), and Max Schmerin (Rivers Pittsburgh) continue to battle at the top of the leaderboard.

Nick and Mike, each with 102 winners on the season, share a one-game lead over Max. Then, there’s a four-game gap to Duane Colucci (Rampart) and Robert Kowalski (Baldini’s), who are tied for fourth with 97 winners apiece.

In addition to the first-place prize of $3,000, second place takes home $1,000, and the top 10 in the standings advance to compete for another $1,000 in our NFL Playoffs picks contest.

Check out the full leaderboard here.

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Marcus DiNitto

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Marcus DiNitto is Senior News Editor for Gaming Today. He has been managing editor at many successful sites including SportsBusiness Daily, Sporting News, The Linemakers, and USA Sports Gaming. Marcus earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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