Saints-Cowboys Betting Odds: Both Teams Attracting Sharp Action at Different Prices

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  • The New Orleans Saints are 7-point road favorites against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, FOX).
  • According to The Action Network's betting tools, sharp action has come in on both sides of this point spread.

Winning long-term bettors play numbers, not teams. Tonight’s New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys Thursday Night Football matchup (8:20 p.m. ET, FOX) provides a fantastic example of how value is based on betting lines, not simply which teams are playing.

In fact, professional bettors can be on opposite sides of the same game, especially at different prices.

The Saints opened as 7.5-point road favorites against the Cowboys across the sports betting market. The line is now New Orleans -7, suggesting that Dallas money has pushed the number down to a touchdown throughout the week.

While that is true, bettors should not rely solely on opening and closing lines when diagnosing line movement.

The line history for Saints-Cowboys shows that this number has ping-ponged between 7 and 7.5 a handful of times since opening.

Why? Because wiseguys have been hitting both sides of this matchup, depending on the value offered.

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