Super Bowl Odds: Niners favored over Ravens in XLVII

Super Bowl XLVII odds might give the San Francisco 49ers a slight four-point advantage over the Baltimore Ravens on the pointspread, however, the NFL season finale promises to be as compelling as it’s ever been.

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Led by head coach John Harbaugh (the older brother), the Ravens have already turned NFL odds on their heads, steamrolling their way to an AFC Championship over quality opponents like the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Now, it’s almost as if the NFC Champion 49ers that await them are the least of their worries.

Despite the road the Ravens have traveled so far, though, the matchup with San Francisco will be no walk in the park. In fact, Jim Harbaugh (the younger brother) and company are NFL moneyline favorites for a reason.

With victories over the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons this postseason alone, it seems as if the 49ers have as good a chance as any to silence Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and company under the sport’s brightest spotlight.

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Super Bowl Odds: Team and player props

With Super Bowl XLVII right around the corner, the NFL betting community is salivating over the extensive team and player Props available in the sportsbook leading up to the big game. Although Super Bowl betting staples like “Odds to win MVP” and “Who will win the coin toss?” are live and ready for action, the list goes on.

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First thing’s first. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick leads the MVP Props with 8/5 odds of taking home the hardware. Considering that he’s the go-to threat on the favorite team that should come as no surprise.

Joe Flacco, the man under center for the Baltimore Ravens, sits second on the list with 11/4 odds. It’s no guarantee that Flacco will blow up for a monumental game under the spotlight, but critics have gotten pretty tired of ruling him out, only to have it come back in their faces.

From that point, the field opens up to Niners running back Frank Gore and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis at 7/1, to Baltimore rushing threat Ray Rice at 12/1, and San Francisco wideout Michael Crabtree at 14/1.

Elsewhere in the sportsbook, NFL props exist for who will score the first touchdown and countless head-to-head matchups. Want to bet on virtually every category of Anquan Boldin’s stat line? Go right ahead.

Take a good long look at what’s available before the Super Bowl XLVII kicks off this Sunday.

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College Football Odds: Baylor vs. UCLA in Holiday Bowl

Year 1 post-Robert Griffin III may have been an up and down one for the Baylor Bears, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting themselves in position to bring home some hardware this season. On Saturday they’ll look to beat the college football odds once again when they kick off in the Holiday Bowl against the No. 17 UCLA Bruins.

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Although it’s the Bruins who appear on paper as considerable favorites – the records, the rankings, etc. – momentum points overwhelmingly towards Baylor. While UCLA limped to a 9-4 overall finish with consecutive losses to Pac-12 rival Stanford, the Bears were heating up at just the right time.

After steamrolling the No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats back in November, Baylor continued to rise in the college football betting world with solid performances against Texas Tech and No. 23 Oklahoma State.

Now having survived the turmoil of a Big 12 campaign (and turmoil there was, Baylor’s October was atrocious), they’ll look to top it off with a December win. Heading into the Thursday, December 27 matchup with UCLA, both teams are listed as equals on the moneyline.

Considering that the Pac-12 emerged as a solid conference early on and never let up, and that Baylor’s been hard at work making a name for itself sans Robert Griffin III, this Holiday Bowl matchup is shaping up to be one of the most compelling of the festive season.

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NFL Odds: AFC North rivals hone in on Wild Card

Although it’s yet to be determined whether the Cincinnati Bengals will have enough in the tank to surpass a struggling Baltimore Ravens team in the AFC North standings, they can do themselves a favor by taking down their division rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, this Sunday and creeping one step closer to a wild card berth. Bet on the NFL playoff stretch today.

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As the Ravens and Steelers have fallen around them, the Bengals have thrived. With offseason addition BenJarvus Green-Ellis playing every bit as dominantly as the club hoped for in the summer, and A.J. Green continuing to blossom into one of the game’s top young receivers, it’s no wonder they’ve started to make a statement on the NFL futures toward the end of the season.

The Bengals might not top anybody’s ticket any time soon, but their 50/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl this late in the season are a testament to how far they’ve come. Having stirred in the wild card race in three of the past four seasons, pressure will be on the franchise to take their performance to the next level: the Bengals haven’t actually won a playoff game since 1990, when Green was two years old.

In the Sunday night clash against Pittsburgh, however, it won’t be as easy as simply showing up and putting on a uniform. The Steelers, of course, have been a mainstay in the playoffs in eight of the past 11 years and are just one game behind the Bengals in the win column. You don’t need the NFL odds to tell you that they won’t be too willing to cough such an opportunity up.

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NBA Odds: Mavs host Heat in rematch of 2011 Finals

In a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat will visit the slightly remodeled Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT). Although the two organizations have seen their NBA odds split off in different directions since the series two years ago, don’t think that the reigning champion Heat have forgotten that it was the group of veterans from the lone star state that kept them short of their first run at a title.

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The Heat, of course, wasted no time bouncing back from that fateful series, clawing their way to the consequent championship in 2012. Now with LeBron James and company heading into the primes of their careers – and the Nowitzki-less Mavs trying to stay afloat in a tough Western conference, betting on an NBA Finals rematch seems to be more of an unlikely outcome with each passing game.

With Jason Terry and Jason Kidd off playing for the Celtics and Knicks respectively, and Dirk Nowitzki still waiting to suit up in his first 2012-13 game, the Heat have a distinct advantage. With better odds (19/10) to win it all this year than the Mavericks will have of beating them just once, Dallas will be in tough to just hang with the NBA’s front runners.

The combination of O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and Vince Carter might not be enough to strike fear in the Big Three, but then again, we all remember what happened last time we underestimated the Dallas Mavericks.

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