Ultimate Super Bowl LII Prop Bets Selection
No single sporting event every year offers up such a large, diverse and sometimes downright zany selection of props to wager. From coin flips to what players score first, some wagering options fit into almost any other NFL. However, online sportsbooks expand their selection to include half-time show props, inter-sports wagers and even options on how many times an announcer will say something, or how many times a specific person will be shown on screen.
The total number of props available to bet depends on the site. Some sites are offering over 440 betting options on Super Bowl LII. For Canadians, Sports Interaction (read our review here) is offering a large selection of Super Bowl props with high-quality odds. With so many options, it is time-consuming to find the best ones. However, after some lengthy research, the following game, player and specialty props are best to wager on Super Bowl LII.
The list of player props available on Super Bowl LII is quite extensive. From first touchdown scorer to yardage total over/under props and game MVP, there are many options to choose.
Best Super Bowl Player Prop Bets
One popular option is wagering if a particular player will top 100 yards receiving. Rob Gronkowski is the favour to hit the mark at +200. However, at that price, there is not much value to wager on Gronkowski. It is a smarter wager to pick an Eagles player to break 100 yards receiving.
Alshon Jeffery at +350 and Nelson Agholor at +1000 are two Eagles to consider. Jeffery could be a bit of a long shot. The Patriots secondary is not overly intimidating. However, their best defensive back, Stephen Gilmore, will likely shadow Jeffery for much of the game. With Gilmore’s attention focusing on Jeffery, the field will open up more for Nelson Agholor.
First touchdown scorer is another popular prop option to wager on Super Bowl LII. Surprisingly, the Patriots have never scored a first-quarter point, let alone a touchdown, in their seven Super Bowl appearances with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
That fact is tricky to comprehend, but challenging to wager against. Instead, an Eagles player is a good bet to score first. It seems entirely possible, the Eagles move downfield, either through a long completion or a pass inference call, early in the game. Once near the goal line, look for Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount to pound one into the end zone.
One final player prop to wager on is total passing yards for Nick Foles. At 232.5, the total is quite low (although the value is just -205). Foles threw for over 350 yards in the Conference Championship game. The New England Patriots in their seven Super Bowls with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have allowed each quarterback to pass for a minimum of 247 passing yards. Expect Foles to eclipse the 232-yard passing mark easily.
Best Super Bowl Game Prop Bets
In addition to player prop bets, a large variety of team or game prop bets are available. These prop bets focus on game totals from total turnovers and field goals to whether a team will score in every quarter or who will kick the longest field goal. Narrowing down the list of props, the following game and team props are the best wagers to make on Super Bowl LII.
The current line on field goals made in Super Bowl LII is 3.5. In the seven previous Patriots Super Bowl, the most field goals in a single game were three. Last year’s Super Bowl saw two total field goals. In the last six Super Bowls, more than 3.5 fields have happened just twice (or only 33% of the time). Take the under on Super Bowl LII.
Total sacks are another good game prop to wager. The line is set at 4.5 total. Pressuring Tom Brady is the only way to beat him in the Super Bowl. The Eagles overall have a great defensive line (lead by Fletcher Cox, a good Super Bowl MVP pick at +3600). Cox and the rest of the Eagles defence should get to Brady at least twice in the game.
The Patriots should also generate a decent pass rush against the Eagles and Nick Foles. The Patriots have 11 sacks in their two playoff victories this year (or an average of 5.5 per game). If they can get three, or 55% of their playoff average, then the over will easily hit.
Pick: Over 4.5 Sacks (-120)
Best Super Bowl Halftime And Specialty Prop Bets
Between the national anthem, the halftime show and just the overall broadcast of the Super Bowl, unique prop bets are available. Arguably the most important prop bets are on the halftime show.
After 13 years, global mega-star Justin Timberlake is back, hosting the Super Bowl halftime show. A lot a changed since 2005 when Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed the halftime show (now infamously dubbed “Nipple Gate”). In 13 years, Justin Timberlake has released three more albums and turned into a famous movie star.
With a much more extensive library of music, it is more difficult to predict what song Justin opens’ with. Although he has a new album debuting on February 2, 2018, it is quite unlikely anything from his new album starts or ends the show. The favourite, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (+150) has more of a close out the halftime show feel.
So, if not the favourite then what song? The song with the second best odds is “Sexy Back” (+250). Although a little better of a choice, it is not quite the perfect opening song. The opening needs to be a little slower and build into the performance. For that reason, “What Goes Around Comes Around.” A slower, but extremely popular song from his best album is the perfect way to grab the crowds attention and get them ready to move and dance.
The colour of Justin Timberlake’s shoe is also a wagering option. White is the favourite at -115. It is a smart wager to bet on white. The colour fits well into Justin’s stage persona while popping more than black shoes. Any other colour seems a little improbable. Brown appears too formal, while red, yellow, blue and green seem kind of strange.
The last and maybe most crucial halftime show wager is whether or not NSYNC will perform at the halftime show. The boy band last performed together in 2013 at the MTV Video Music Awards, playing parts of two songs for 90 seconds.
Former NSYNC member Joey Fatone squashed any notion of a reunion at Super Bowl LII. However, it would make sense to bring them together. That converted 25-35-year-old demographic grew up with NSYNC and reunion would certainly spark their interest/attention in the game.
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