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How the public is betting Chiefs vs. Bucs in Super Bowl 55 heading into the weekend

We break down the betting splits for Chiefs vs. Bucs as of Friday in the week of Super Bowl 55.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs huddles his teammates during the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Super Bowl 55 is expected to be a close game, and the reigning champs will enter Sunday’s matchup as 3-point favorites. The Kansas City Chiefs commanded an overwhelming amount of the handle on point spread wagers on Wednesday, but that’s begun to change already ahead of game day.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to this Super Bowl 55 matchup between the Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook as of Friday morning, February 5th.

Point Spread

The current spread is sitting at Kansas City -3 priced at -113, while Tampa Bay is getting +3 with odds at -108. The majority of sports bettors (and their money) are being placed on the Chiefs. Kansas City is currently seeing 70% of the point spread bets with 48% of the handle. The opening odds started with Kansas City as 3.5-point favorites.

Is the public right?

The public appears to be leaning more toward the Bucs when it comes to betting against the spread. Kansas City commanded more than 70 percent of the handle on point spread wagers earlier this week. The loss of Eric Fisher could be significant for the Chiefs, but the return of Sammy Watkins and Le’Veon Baell could help them become more potent on the offensive end than they have been during the playoffs. The anchor of Kansas City’s offensive line could help Tampa Bay shave a couple points off its three-point loss to the Chiefs from earlier this season.

Over/Under

The point total is at 56 with the odds for the over sitting at -109 and odds for the under at -112. Sports bettors are looking for a high-scoring affair for these teams, who each ranked top-six in points scored for the 2020 NFL season. 71% of the bets are on the over including 74% of the handle. The point total opened at 57.5.

Is the public right?

These two teams combined to score 51 in their first meeting during the regular season despite Patrick Mahomes combining for 807 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. The Super Bowl has been a regular-season rematch 13 times in the history of the NFL and the under is an impressive 10-3. While both offenses can perform at a high level, teams tend to tense up on the final stage. It helps defenses when they’ve faced an opponent before, so I don’t expect much of a shootout.

Moneyline

The Chiefs’ moneyline odds are set at -162 with the Buccaneers at +140 to win this one outright. Tampa Bay is getting 57% of the moneyline bets and 51% of the handle. To open, the Chiefs were at -175 with the Bucs at +140.

Is the public right?

The regular-season loser has won the Super Bowl rematch six times out of seven, so it’s not far fetched to think that Tampa Bay can pull off an upset. Tampa Bay’s defensive line rattled the most productive scoring offense in the Divisional Round and is capable of doing the same against Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes had a head injury in the Divisional Round and is dealing with a lingering toe injury. If he’s less than 100 percent on game day the scales could tip in the underdog’s favor.

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