- The New Orleans Saints have -210 odds to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 18.
- The San Francisco 49ers are +195 underdogs to the Los Angeles Rams.
- The Saints have +110 odds to make the NFL playoffs.
- The 49ers odds to make the playoffs are -145.
SAN FRANCISCO – Week 18 of the NFL season is a crucial one for the NFC playoffs as both the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints playoff odds are on the line. As the standings sit right now, the 49ers are in sixth place in the NFC with a 9-7 record while the Saints are in eighth place at 8-8.
How Each Team Can Make It In
There are two possible ways for the 49ers to make the playoffs. The first one would be for the Niners to take down the Los Angeles Rams in Week 18 in a game where online gambling sites have them listed as 5.5-point underdogs. However, they can also make it in with a loss as well if the Saints were also to lose to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints are currently 4.5-point favorites to win.
In order for the Saints to win, they would need to win their game against the Falcons while the 49ers fall to the Rams, as projected by NFL sports gambling sites.
Finding Value In The Odds
While online sportsbooks are offering odds on both of the game lines and prop bets on each teams odds to make the playoffs, more money could potentially be made depending on which scenario is chosen.
Value In The 49ers Odds
Los Angeles Rams Vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Rams -235
- 49ers +195
San Francisco 49ers Odds To Make The Playoffs
- Yes -145
- No +110
For those that believe in the San Francisco 49ers ability to make the playoffs, a bigger profit can be made betting on them to win their game against the LA Rams rather than their odds to make the playoffs.
A $100 bet on the 49ers to defeat the Rams in Week 18 would bring in a profit of $195. On the contrary, betting $100 just on the 49ers to make the playoffs would profit $69.
While there is still the possibility that the Niners lose their game and make the playoffs, it creates a great hedging opportunity. Instead of betting just $100 on the Niners odds to make the playoffs, betting $200 would profit $137 and leave a profit of roughly $40 after taking the $100 loss on the Niners losing the game.
Value In The Saints Odds
New Orleans Saints Vs. Atlanta Falcons
- Saints -210
- Falcons +175
New Orleans Saints Odds To Make The Playoffs
- Yes +110
- No -140
As for the Saints, those that have faith in them making the playoffs could take their +110 odds to do so rather than the -210 odds on them winning the game for a $110 profit. $100 on their odds to beat the Falcons would bring in $47 profit.
The 49ers demolished the Rams earlier this season with a 31-10 final score and the Rams are dealing with some injuries as well. They will be without starting running back, Darrell Henderson, as well as linebackers, Ernest Jones. With that, the Niners could leap into the postseason if they have the right game plan.