Bookies Battle, Divisional Round Picks: Packers Top Consensus Play

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Most Bookies Battle contestants are laying the points with AJ Dillon and the Packers vs. the 49ers (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

The Packers, laying 6 points at home to the 49ers on Saturday night, are the pick of seven of 11 contestants competing in the Bookies Battle playoff pool.

The other three games on this weekend’s NFL Playoff card see a six-to-five split among our bookmakers’ selections.

The point spread for Saturday’s NFC clash has inched toward San Francisco since contest lines were posted Tuesday. With Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly good to go, the number has tightened from Green Bay -6 to -5.5. When Divisional Round opening lines were hung as Wild Card games were wrapping up last weekend, the Packers were as light as -4.5.

While the six contestants on Bills +2.5 (at Chiefs) are on the right side of the market as of Friday’s numbers, Rams +3 (at Bucs) may end offering the most closing-line value, as +2.5 (even) has been showing up on oddsboards.

Here are the four consensus Bookie Battle picks for the Divisional Round slate, with contest lines compared to Friday’s betting market consensus odds.

TeamNumber of picks (of 11 contestants)Contest line
(Tuesday)
Market line
(Friday afternoon)
Packers7


-6
-5.5
Bills

6
+2.5

+1.5
Rams6+3+2.5 (even)
Titans6-3.5-3.5

Five-Win Weeks Good For Lead

Michael Smoller from Wildfire Casino and Edwin Ruvalcaba (The Orleans) have taken the early lead in the playoff portion of Bookies Battle, each picking five winners over Wild Card Weekend.

Rampart Casino’s Duane Colucci – who finished in second place in the regular season – and Nick Smith (Snoqualmie) both went 4-2 and are just a game behind the leaders heading into the Divisional Round.

Check out the full leaderboard here to see how the 11 bookmakers competing for $1,000 playoff prize are faring after the first week of postseason.

Also read: Rob Miech’s sportsbook report | Odds on NFL teams’ next coaches | Super Bowl 2022 odds

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