Most sportsbooks have taken more money on the Patriots to cover versus the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, but the action is balanced enough that we probably won't see the spread move off New England -3.
Sunday morning, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was holding 55 percent of its pointspread money on the Pats. William Hill's latest update showed 51 percent of the cash on New England.
But CG Technology books had 52 percent of the dollars wagered on Atlanta.
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SportsLine expert Micah Roberts, a former Vegas bookmaker, said up to 65 percent of the tickets are on New England across Vegas. A few large Falcons' bets "have kept liability manageable," Roberts said.
At BookMaker.eu, a major offshore book, spokesman Scott Cooley said he doesn't foresee the spread moving off -3.
"Every time we get some heavy, smart money on the Pats, we get the same on Atlanta," he told SportsLine. "It's like there are two paradigms of the galaxy pulling against each other for this Super Bowl.
"Staying on -3 isn't the most ideal scenario for the books, but it isn't the worst either," he added. "Seems like a good balance of action on both sides with the current number. Oddsmakers did a great job with this championship line."
Instead of moving the line, books will adjust the juice if needed to keep things as balanced as possible leading up to kickoff.
If the game ends in a 3-point Pats win, everyone's bets will be refunded. Books would then hope to make most of their profits on the hunreds of available props.
Last year's Super Bowl drew a record $132.5 million in wagers at Nevada books. Early indications are that Patriots-Falcons could break that mark.