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Todd Gurley II #30 of the Los Angeles Rams runs the ball during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Rams 45-35. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The majority of the betting public seems to believe the 2019 NFC Championship Game will be a close one, at least at the start of the week. More wagers have been placed on the Los Angeles Rams than the New Orleans Saints ahead of Sunday’s playoff matchup.

New Orleans is a 3.5-point favorite over Los Angeles. According to The Action Network, the Rams have received 56 percent of the bets. Forty-four percent of the wagers are counting on the Saints to win by more than a field goal.

If the rematch goes anything like the first game between these teams, New Orleans will cover the spread. The Saints beat the Rams 45-35 on Nov. 4 in the Superdome. New Orleans led by as much as 21 points, though L.A. did cut the deficit down to three points with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter. Michael Thomas caught a 72-yard touchdown pass with 3:52 left in regulation to secure the victory for the home team.

Los Angeles finds itself in an unfamiliar position, being an underdog for the first time all season. The Rams closed as two-point favorites when they visited the Saints in Week 9. The NFC West champions have an 8-7-2 record against the spread after covering the seven-point betting line against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional playoffs.

The Saints are 10-7 against the spread this season with a 7-7 record as a favorite.

The betting public had a rough week in the divisional round, backing the underdogs as all four favorites won straight up. The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots covered the spread easily. New Orleans was the only favorite that didn’t cover the spread, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 when the line was eight points.

The Rams are 2-2 in their last four road games, beating the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals during that stretch. New Orleans and the Chicago Bears both beat Los Angeles by two scores at home.

The home team has won the NFC Championship Game in each of the last five years. All of those contests were decided by six points or more.