After their wins in the divisional playoff round, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots were both named heavy favorites to advance to the 2015 Super Bowl. Giving their respective opponents a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game and AFC Championship Game to start the week, the betting odds for both contests have since changed.
The betting public appears to think that the Seahawks will continue their seven-game winning streak and beat the Green Bay Packers by at least seven points. The points spread at most Las Vegas casinos has moved from seven points to 7.5 points. The moneyline has also shifted in favor of Seattle, who has gone from -280 favorites to -320 favorites. Green Bay’s moneyline has moved slightly from +255 to +260.
Over in the AFC, the betting line has shifted in favor of the underdog. Indianapolis is now getting 6.5 points in their visit to New England, following an 11-point road upset against the Denver Broncos. The Patriots are still heavily favored to win outright, with their moneyline going from -300 to -270. The Colts’ moneyline is down to +230 from +250.
There has not been much change in the over/under for either game. The total for Seattle vs. Green Bay opened at 47 points, after the two teams combined to score 57 points in the second round of the playoffs. The line has since moved to 46.5 points at multiple sportsbooks.
The over/under for New England vs. Indianapolis has remained at 54 points throughout the week, though the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the total listed at 54.5 points. The teams totaled 59 points last weekend, but Indianapolis’ last six games have all finished under 50 total points.
New England’s win over Baltimore was the only true high-scoring affair of the postseason. It was the only one of eight 2015 playoff games that totaled more than 48 points.
It might not be much of a surprise that the betting lines have moved to favor the Seahawks and Colts, considering they have the best records against the spread this season. After two playoff games, Indianapolis is 12-5-1 against the spread, while Seattle is 11-6, not having lost against the spread since Week 11.
Green Bay is 9-7-1 against the spread, while New England has compiled a 9-8 record. The Patriots have lost against the spread in each of their last three games.
Below are updated Las Vegas betting odds for both conference championship games.
Green Bay (+7.5) at Seattle Seahawks, 46.5
Indianapolis Colts (+6.5) at New England Patriots, 54