Bookies Battle, NFL Conference Championship Picks: Contestants Evenly Split On Both Games

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Rams, 49ers see even split of picks among our bookmakers (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

There is a dead-even split among Bookies Battle contestants on both of Sunday’s NFL conference championship games. Bengals vs. Chiefs in the AFC and 49ers vs. Rams in the NFC both see five bookmakers on either side.

Contestants laying 7 points with the Chiefs appear headed for solid closing-line value, as the spread has ticked up around the betting market: to -7 (-120) at DraftKings, -7.5 (-104) at FanDuel, and -7.5 flat at the South Point, whose policy is never to waiver from the standard -110 vig.

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The 49ers-Rams trilogy, meanwhile, appears rooted at L.A. -3.5. That’s where the number has been pretty much all week, and it’s where the line closed in this season’s previous two meetings between these NFC West rivals.

Here’s how the Conference Championship picks of the 10 bookmakers still competing for the $1,000 play prize breaks down:

TeamNumber of picks (of 11 contestants)Contest line
(Tuesday)
Market line
(Friday afternoon)
Bengals5


+7
+7.5 (-120)
Chiefs5-7

-7.5 (even)
49ers5+3.5+3.5
Rams5-3.5-3.5

Bunched At The Top

We have a tight pack at the top of the Bookies Battle playoff pool standings, as six of our competitors share 6-4 records heading into Championship Sunday. In fact, just two games separate first place from ninth.

With just three games to go, the chances of a tie for the $1,000 prize are likely. Ties will be broken in the manner traditional for football picks pools – predicted total points for the final game of the contest, in this case, Super Bowl LVI.

Check out the full standings here.

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