Rams-Lions Betting Preview: Does LA Deserve to Be This Week’s Most Popular Bet?


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Dec 02, 2018, 09:30 AM EST

Betting odds: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions

  • Spread: Rams -10
  • Over/Under: 55
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FOX

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Betting market: With 80% of betting tickets, the Rams are the most popular pick of the week at the time of writing.

The line has dropped down to 9.5 several times since opening, but continues to bounce back to 10, as there has been two-sided sharp action depending on the number.

The Lions are receiving about 41% of dollars despite getting 20% of tickets (check here for updated data). — Mark Gallant

Trends to know: The 10-1 Rams are coming off a bye week. Whether that gives them an edge remains to be seen.

Since 2003, great teams (won at least 90% of their games) have gone 24-11 against the spread with at least 13 days between games. However, since the 2013-14 season, these same teams are only 5-6 ATS, according to our Bet Labs data. — John Ewing

Matthew Stafford and the Lions face the Rams, who are defeating their opponents by 9.7 PPG, the third-highest margin this season.

In Stafford’s career, he is 4-14-1 ATS (22.2%) when facing a team winning by more than a touchdown per game on the season, failing to cover the spread by 5.6 PPG and losing bettors 10.2 units.

Since 2003, Stafford is the least profitable quarterback in the NFL in this spot, including 1-9 straight up and 1-8-1 ATS when his opponent is also averaging at least 30 PPG (Rams average 35.5). — Evan Abrams