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Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., will host Sunday’s 2021 Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. Annually the biggest betting event on the sports calendar, action is expected to reach an all-time high with the spreading legalization of online and mobile sports betting. Below, we’ll look at the best ways to bet on Super Bowl 55 with odds and lines for the Chiefs-Buccaneers matchup.

Being a fan of a particular sport, a team, a college or professional squad—these are all precursors to placing sports bet. Sports betting is also a way for a fan to get in on the action of the game, with something more than self-respect at stake. All gambling is mathematics, even games of chance. Sports bettors from Maryland could be placing legal sports bets soon, pending adoption of legislation to implement the recently passed sports betting referendum. Legislation to end the prohibition of sports betting has been proposed to Minnesota state lawmakers, but no legalization bills have been voted into law.

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Chiefs vs. Buccaneers odds, picks and predictionHow to watch the 2021 Super Bowl

2021 Super Bowl money line (ML)

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 3:42 a.m. ET.

Chiefs: -160 (bet $160 to win $100) Buccaneers: +135 (bet $100 to win $135) Bet now!

The Super Bowl money line simply asks for which team will win the game. Kansas City is favored at -160 with an implied win probability of 61.54%.

The Buccaneers’ implied win probability is 42.55% as +135 underdogs. Those odds can be expressed as a fraction of 27/20 or a decimal or 2.35.

A money line wager on the standard, two-way line includes the possibility of the game going to overtime and will be paid out in the moments after the clock hits 0:00.

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2021 Super Bowl against the spread (ATS)

Chiefs -3.5 (+100)Buccaneers +3.5 (-120)Bet now!

The defending champion Chiefs need to win by at least 4 points in order to cover the spread in Super Bowl 55. It would take a $100 bet to earn a profit of $100 if they succeed.

The Buccaneers can cover the 3.5-point spread either by winning outright in an upset or by staying within 3 points in a loss. Their side of the spread requires a $120 bet for a profit of $100.

Different spreads exist for each quarter or half. Alternate lines come with different odds related to each team’s likelihood of covering. For example, the Chiefs can be taken on a full-game spread of -1.5 with less profitable odds of -155 for a win by 2 or more points.

2021 Super Bowl Over/Under (O/U)

Over: 56.5 (-110)Under: 56.5 (-110)Bet now!

The Over/Under is the projection for how many points the Chiefs and Buccaneers will combine to score in Super Bowl LV. A total of 57 or more points cashes all Over tickets; fewer than 56 points scored in the game is a win for Under bettors.

Like with the spread, the Over/Under can be bet in each quarter or half. Alternate lines can be bet for a greater profit or a higher likelihood of winning.

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2021 Super Bowl prop bets

Arguably the best part of Super Bowl betting is the wide-array of prop bets available at BetMGM. These can be broken into three main categories:

Game props

Super Bowl game props cover everything that happens from the opening kickoff to the final whistle and includes asking for the specific result of the first and last plays of the Big Game.

You can also bet on how many touchdowns will be scored or turnovers will be committed Sunday, the biggest play of the game, or whether the game will go to overtime.

Player props

The most extensive list of betting options for the Super Bowl pertains to player props. Odds exist for pretty much anything any player could do Sunday. Bet on who will score the game’s first touchdown or be named Super Bowl MVP.

Novelty props

This is where the real fun is and can capture the attention of even non-football fans watching the 2021 Super Bowl. Among the highlights are:

Length of the national anthem sung by Eric Church and Jazmine SullivanResult of the opening coin flipSongs sang in The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime showColor of Gatorade dumped on the winning coach

*Note: Not all novelty props mentioned may be listed at BetMGM.

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If that sounds like you, we’re here to assist you. If you’ve stared at a board at a sportsbook or just seen spreads and moneylines on the Internet and been utterly confused, don’t worry. It’s not just you. Those numbers can be confounding.

But hopefully, once you’re done reading this, you’ll completely understand how they work. As you prepare to dive into the world of sports betting, here’s a breakdown of how the lines work, starting with …


It would be really easy to bet on a game if you could put money on a heavy favorite to win.

That’s where point spreads come in. Let’s look at an example:

Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5)

New York Giants (+4.5)

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In this case, you can bet on either two outcomes: you can put money on the Eagles to win the game by 4.5 points OR MORE, which makes them the favorites. Or you can bet that the Giants will either win or lose by LESS THAN 4.5 points. They’re the underdogs.

Now, sometimes the spread “moves” during the days leading up to the game. Perhaps the Eagles’ spread ends up being -3.5 (in which they must win by 3.5 points or more to give you a victory in your bet). Your bet all depends on whichever spread you bet on, whether it was when the Eagles were favored by 4.5 or 3.5 points.

If you ever see “PK” or “pick” next to a team, it means there’s no spread and you can bet on who will win, no matter what the score is.


Let’s take that same example above but use moneylines:

Philadelphia Eagles (-200)

New York Giants (+150)

The team with a minus symbol is the favorite, and the number is how much money you would need to bet to win $100. In this case, you would have to bet $200 on the Eagles in order to win an additional $100.

The Giants are the underdogs. If they’re +150, that means you could bet $100 to win $150.

Note that you can bet any amount you want, but those numbers are always calculated and posted the same way, either in how much money you would need to wager to win $100 or how much money you could win by wagering $100.


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New England Patriots — 3/1

Baltimore Ravens — 5/1

Kansas City Chiefs — 8/1

If you were betting on the Patriots and their 3/1 odds, you would win $3 for every $1 you spend. So if you bet $50 on the Pats and they ended up winning the Super Bowl, you’d win $150 (plus your original wager) back.

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Good luck!