For most of the two weeks of Super Bowl XLIX betting, the Patriots were slight point spread favorites.
But that has changed.
Numerous Nevada sports books now make Sunday’s Super Bowl between New England and Seattle a pick ’em, according to multiple websites monitoring line movement.
A pair of oddsmakers told PFT that weekend money on defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle has pushed them to move the point spread.
“We had a good amount of volume on the Seahawks last night,” said Jay Rood, the vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts International, in an email message Sunday. MGM had listed New England as a one-point favorite for the previous 11 days before moving to pick ’em Saturday night, per VegasInsider.com line movement charting.
Jay Kornegay, who oversees the lines at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, described the weekend betting on Seattle as “consistent.”
“It’s not an overflow of Seattle money but it certainly has balanced the game compared to last weekend,” Kornegay told PFT in an email Sunday. “Speaking with a few other [sports book] directors, it’s going to be a very balanced game.”
The SuperBook now lists Seattle as a one-point favorite, as do the CG Technology books in Nevada, per VegasInsider.com.
However, not all sports books have gone to pick ’em or Seattle -1. Wynn Las Vegas continues to deal New England -1.
No Super Bowl has ever closed as a consensus pick ’em, per VegasInsider.com records.