The Detroit Lions are on the upswing ahead of head coach Matt Patricia’s second season at the helm and have plenty of new faces on both sides of the ball heading into a year that could finally see Michigan legalize sports betting.
With Matt Stafford leading the way on offense and Darius Slay holding it down on defense, the Lions added former Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers and ex-Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman to shore up their pass defense while inking wideout Danny Amendola and tight end Jesse James on the offensive side. They also hired former Seahawks and Vikings coordinator Darrell Bevell to revamp their passing attack and have plenty of young talent coming up, making for a potentially exciting future in Motown.
To add to the excitement, Michigan is widely expected to legalize online sports betting this year, allowing Lions fans to place a wager right from their mobile device or computer. The sports betting bill was approved overwhelmingly in the state legislature last year before then-Governor Rick Snyder issued a surprise veto. With ample support for the law and a brand new governor in office, Michigan lawmakers are once again planning to approve the bill to make Detroit Lions betting a reality.
If you are eager to get a headstart ahead of the expected legalization, here is a quick primer on how to bet on NFL odds.
How to Bet on Detroit Lions Odds?
The most common bets are placed on the point spread and the moneyline.
The point spread is the most popular because it levels the playing field between the favorite and the underdog by requiring the favorite to win by a certain margin for your bet to hit. So if the Lions are a -6 favorite against the Packers, they would have to win by at least 7 points for the bet to win, while a 6-point win would be a push or draw and anything less would be a loss. On the flip side, the +6 Packers could lose by as many as 5 points for the bet to win.
You can also bet on who will win the game straight up using the moneyline, which determines the ratio of the final payout to the initial bet based on how likely a certain team is to win. So if the Lions are a heavy -170 favorite over the Vikings, you would have to bet $170 to win $100. But if the underdog Vikings win on a +160 moneyline, a $100 bet on Minnesota would pay out $170.
Detroit Lions Betting Options
Once you are familiar with point spreads and moneylines, you can start placing bets on a host of other things that have nothing to do with who actually wins the game.
Over/under or point total betting is very popular in the NFL and other sports. With over/under betting you are wagering on how high-scoring a game will be. Each sportsbook will set a projected combined point total between the two teams and you can bet on whether the actual final total will be lower or higher than the projection.
Many online sportsbooks also offer a wide range of other Detroit Lions betting options like in-game or prop bets and futures bets. With in-game bets, you can wager on virtually any single event, like whether Matt Stafford will throw for over or under 400 yards or if a single drive will end in points. You can also place futures or season-long bets on a wide range of outcomes, like who will win the NFC North or if the Lions will have over or under 10 wins.