Casinos Re-evaluate NFL Betting Odds
According to Las Vegas casinos, because of the replacement officials this weekend’s NFL games will be the highest scoring ever.
Since the temporary referees are adding new variables to the game, changing its pace and the approaches taken by the teams, odd makers have vastly changed their expectations.
Mike Colbert from Cantor Gaming says that home teams deserve an extra half-point in their favour if the games are called all year the way there were in the previous two weeks.
In matches already played penalties were given in favour of home teams with visitors getting 55.1% of 419 penalties.
Colbert believes that future lines with interim officials will require a lot of guesswork. He said that when setting odds you have to use prior experience but he doesn’t know “if anyone has prior experience with something like this.”
According to gambling expert RJ Bell from Pregame.com an extra half point is like giving a team a superstar receiver or running back on the field or an opposing team missing its star due to injury.
Bell said, “When you’re taking hundreds of thousands of dollars per game, those half-points are really meaningful.”
It certainly seems that there will be some interesting NFL betting markets while the interim officials are in use.