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Chiefs getting heavy public money, 49ers getting edge over Packers

The AFC and NFC Championship Game betting splits offer some useful information as we decide where to wager in the penultimate round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes warms up as head coach Andy Reid watches before the game against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The AFC Championship Game gets underway in just under five hours, and that will be followed by the NFC Championship Game at 6:40 p.m. ET. By the end of the evening, we’ll know who will travel to Miami to participate in Super Bowl 54. As kickoff approaches, we’ve got late betting splits for both games that offer some helpful numbers for figuring out betting options.

Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are a touchdown favorite after opening as a 7.5-point favorite. This is notable because the betting split has favored KC. As of game day morning, 74 percent of the handle and 65 percent of the bets placed on the point spread are in favor of the Chiefs. There are a host of possibilities for this, but sometimes it means that particularly sharp bettors are betting the Titans and thus are the reason the line moved a half point in favor of Tennessee. That’s not always the case, but it’s something to note as you consider your wagering decisions.

Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers opened as a touchdown favorite and the line moved to 7.5 earlier this week. It settled there, but we’re seeing a different kind of betting split for this one. 55 percent of the point spread handle has been on the 49ers while 51 percent of tickets bet on the point spread have been on the Packers. Tickets bet is a pertinent number, but handle can tell us more given how easy it is to swing that with a big wager.

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