NFL Playoff Betting Strategy: Target Sunday’s Conference Championship Game Second-Half Lines

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Jan 14, 2020, 09:43 AM EST
  • The 2020 NFL conference championship matchups are set.
  • Using Bet Labs, we explain how savvy bettors can take advantage of second-half lines in the NFL playoffs.

For anybody unfamiliar with the concept of second-half (2H) betting, it is simple: Whenever a game goes to halftime, oddsmakers will post lines for the second half of the game. This solely reflects the points scored in the second half, not the final score.

NFL bettors looking to profit on these additional wagering opportunities can follow a couple effective strategies from the regular season:

  • Bet large second-half underdogs (7 or more points): 161-120-29 (57.3%) against the spread (ATS)
  • Bet teams that are winning big at halftime (20 or more points): 191-149-8 (56.2%) ATS

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Combined, these two regular season approaches have gone 352-269-37 (56.7%) ATS since 2005. Unfortunately, these tactics aren’t as effective in the postseason: 18-27 (40.0%) ATS.

NFL Playoff Second-Half Betting Strategy