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Breaking down betting splits for Monday Night Football’s Saints-Raiders matchup

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We go over the betting splits for Monday’s matchup between the Saints and Raiders.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates after a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders will host the New Orleans Saints in a Monday Night Football matchup at Allegiant Stadium to wrap up Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season. Both teams are undefeated at 1-0 on the year, but bettors favor the Saints by a wide margin. We’ll go over the betting splits on DraftKings Sportsbook here.

New Orleans (-195) is a 4-point favorite after being favored by 5.5 points on Sunday. Oddsmakers appear to think the game could be closer than expected. The odds could continue to shift ahead of kickoff to reflect various injuries, but we know for surer that one impact player won’t take the field. Star wideout Michael Thomas missing the game with an ankle injury could make this matchup interesting, but the public is still backing the Saints heavily. The Saints’ stingy defense and the talents of Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook should give the visiting team enough firepower to win without Drew Brees’ favorite target.

New Orleans commands 78 percent of the handle on point spread bets and 80 percent of the total bets. It also has 75 percent of the handle and 84 percent of the total bets on moneyline wagers. While the public seems sure the Saints will win, there’s also a belief that Las Vegas will be able to put up a decent fight and score some points.

The Raiders (+170) have an underwhelming receiving corps and could be without 2020 first-round pick Henry Ruggs III, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury. However, Josh Jacobs is looking better than ever after rushing for three scores against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 while also hauling in four catches for 46 yards. Darren Waller could be the top pass catcher for a Las Vegas team that posted 34 points in Week 1, but holding off the Saints’ fearsome defensive line could be tough with Trent Brown listed as doubtful. Nevertheless, most bettors think this game will hit the over on total points.

Bettors placed 75 percent of the handle the over of 48.5 points. That option accounted for 81 percent of total points bets. The two sides combined to score 68 points in Week 1, but I think it’s bettor to go for the under here. Las Vegas played against an inexperienced Panthers defense in Week 1 while New Orleans struggled to get going through the air against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ middle-of-the-road pass defense.

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