//Super Bowl LIII betting guide: Best ways to bet the big game

Super Bowl LIII betting guide: Best ways to bet the big game

Super Bowl LIII on Sunday will feature the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams squaring off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Our experts (Doug Kezirian, Preston Johnson, Mike Clay and Warren Sharp) provide their analysis on picking the game against the spread, the over/under and various prop bets they like.

Last year, Nevada sportsbooks took in a record $158.5 million in handle on the Super Bowl — a number that’s expected to be shattered this year. Our comprehensive Super Bowl LIII betting guide is below to help you with all of your wagering needs.

New England Patriots (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams

Total: 56.5 (opened 58)

PickCenter: 78 percent picked New England

Johnson: This will be the last NFL game we can bet until the preseason games kick off in August, and there are a multitude of betting opportunities this Sunday. However, the best advice I can give to recreational bettors is not to go too wild betting the Super Bowl. While it is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, betting 10 to 20 times the amount of money you typically would for another game won’t generally end well. Believe me when I say I’ve been there. What I will discuss are the edges that I do believe are worth betting this Sunday. From the side and total to a deep dive into the props, let’s dig in.

My projections for this matchup are Rams -1.7 with a total of 58 points. That’s right — the wrong team is favored here. The numbers this season point to the Rams being the better team. I understand that giving Bill Belichick two weeks to prepare for the Los Angeles offense sounds threatening, but I will tell you this: Belichick was outcoached in each of the last two Super Bowls by new-school guys on the opposite sideline. Sean McVay won’t be intimidated.

Todd Gurley‘s lack of effectiveness in the NFC Championship Game is certainly concerning (even with C.J. Anderson stepping up in his place), but McVay told the media on Tuesday that Gurley will be a big part of this game, so there isn’t any reason to expect anything less.

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