The 27 best bets you can make on the greatest gambling day of the year Super Bowl SundayGet the Full StoryElsa Getty Images
After months of enthralling football action and a postseason filled with solid games, we've finally made it to the Super Bowl.
On Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. One team is looking to further cement its legacy as the greatest dynasty in football history, and the other hoping to bring its first ever Lombardi Trophy home to the City of Brotherly Love.
But it's not just a compelling contest as a football fan it's also the greatest gambling day of the year.
Through the playoffs, we've been betting every game against the spread, plus picking a few props to hopefully pick up a little cash. After a solid week last week, we're back in the black, and this week we leave every hypothetical dime we have on the line.
As a Philadelphia native, I obviously have a dog in this fight, but I vow I've done my best to prevent my green-tinted glassed from altering my view of what makes a good bet.
The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook has released over 400 prop bets for the Super Bowl, ranging from the expected to the absurd. Below we'll go through the 27 best bets of the Super Bowl to send you home a winner.Philadelphia Eagles 4.5 vs. New England Patriots
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The pick: Eagles 4.5 880 to win 800
The logic: Again, I'm an Eagles fan by trade, so feel free to dismiss my support as homerism. But I like the Birds here. Nick Foles will have had two weeks to prepare, and head coach Doug Pederson has called two perfect games so far in the postseason. If he can call a third one, I think the Eagles take home their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Outside of my personal hopes and dreams, the Eagles look like a solid value with the points. This iteration of the Patriots is the most successful in Super Bowl history, but they aren't especially known for blowing teams out. Last year's six-point win over the Falcons was the largest of the Brady-Belichick era, with their four other wins all coming by four points or less.
Over Under 48 total points scored in the game
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The pick: Under 48 330 to win 300
The logic: The Eagles defense has been one of the most reliable units in football all year, and have only stepped up their game since the injury of Carson Wentz. This is a tough number to beat, and I expect the total to come down to the wire, but if you feel like you have to make a bet, I'd lean with the under.
Alternative line: Eagles -10.5 over Patriots 550
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The pick: Eagles -10.5 100 to win 550
The logic: For the Super Bowl some books will offer "alternative lines" in which the point spread is adjusted and odds are reapplied. As a Philly nut, I like the Eagles -10.5 and the 11 2 odds that you can get at that price. I don't expect the Eagles to blow this game out by any means, but if they're up four late, the Birds have shown a tendency to score late to make close games look like a blowout.
Conversely, if you'd rather bet the Patriots to win in a rout, you can get New England -17.5 at the same odds.
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