With one of the more passionate fan bases in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints bring a ton of energy and excitement to the state of Louisiana. That excitement has been enhanced with the legalization of sports betting in the Pelican State.
Sports betting is now live in several Louisiana brick-and-mortar casinos, and Saints fans have already begun placing wagers in support of the black and gold. The upcoming arrival of mobile betting will take sports betting to another level of popularity in Louisiana.
Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to keep in mind when placing your wagers on the Saints.
Understand Your Options
There are many ways to bet on the Saints. Sportsbooks across the country have a plethora of options to consider, and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. When it comes to the NFL, popular wagers include moneylines (outright winner), point spreads, and game totals (over/under).
Also referred to as a straight bet, a moneyline bet is when you simply pick who you think will win the game. Regardless of how close the game is, if you bet on the Saints to win and they do, then you win money. Simple as that.
Payouts/odds are lower when betting on the favorite. The team that is favored will have a minus-sign listed before their odds. The number listed indicates how much you would have to bet in order to win $100. If the Saints’ moneyline price is -170, you would have to bet $170 to win $100.
Conversely, payouts/odds are higher when betting on an underdog. Those wagers are represented with a plus symbol. The plus-sign indicates how much you would win if you bet $100. In their Week 8 matchup against the Buccaneers, the Saints were the underdogs. Their moneyline price was +180 on FanDuel. Because the Saints won the game, this means that a $100 bet on the Saints moneyline would have won $180.
Point Spread Bets
Things get a little more interesting with a point spread bet. In this case, just winning the game is not going to cut it. In the NFL, one team is usually favored over its opponent, and they are favored to win by a certain amount of points. Just like with a moneyline bet, the underdog is represented with a plus symbol, while the favorite is represented with a minus symbol. However, unlike a moneyline bet, point spread bets are typically found at around -110 odds. This means a wager of $110 would win $100.
If the Saints are listed as favorites at -3.5, in order to win the bet, they must not only win the game but win by at least four points. On the other side, if the Saints are listed as underdogs at +3.5, then they must either win the game or lose by three points or less.
These types of bets refer to the total amount of points scored in the game. You can place a bet on the number of points to go OVER or stay UNDER the listed total.
For example, consider a game in which the Saints are playing against the Panthers and the total listed is 48.5. If you bet on the over, you will need the two teams to combine for at least 49 points in the game to win your bet. If you bet on the under, then you would need the two teams to stay under 48 combined points to win. Much like point spread bets, odds for game totals are typically at or around -110.
Shop Around At Various Sportsbooks
While odds and lines can be similar across various sportsbooks, sometimes they can vary. Whether you are a first-time bettor or a seasoned veteran, it is recommended that you shop around to see the various odds available. This helps to ensure you are getting the best price available for a maximum return.
For example, in its Week 8 matchup against Tampa Bay, the moneyline price on New Orleans was +180 at FanDuel. However, it was +175 at DraftKings. In this scenario, it would be better to use FanDuel for the +180 odds. You would have won $180 on a $100 wager as opposed to winning $175 with the same bet on DraftKings.
When mobile betting launches in Louisiana, consider downloading and creating accounts with multiple sportsbooks. This way, you will be able to easily navigate all of them in search of the best odds. You can also take advantage of the bonus offers that are available on each platform.
Keep A Constant Eye On Injury Reports
As with any sport, injuries are a key factor in the NFL. When betting on the Saints, or any team for that matter, it’s important to know if they are playing at full strength. Always check the injury report to see who is active and who is not playing in that particular game. Odds will often reflect if a team is losing significant star players.
If the Saints are listed as 4.5-point favorites but then RB Alvin Kamara is ruled out with an injury, that could change the line. They could now be just 4- or 3.5-point favorites without him. Sometimes the smallest change in the odds can make a big difference.
Know The Matchups For Player Props
Another way to get in on the action when betting on the Saints is with player props. These types of bets focus on a single player in a game. In NFL games, a popular player prop is total passing yards by quarterbacks. For example, bettors can bet on Saints QB Trevor Siemian to pass for OVER or UNDER his listed total of 202.5 passing yards.
When betting player props, be sure to research matchups and trends. Knowing matchup trends can help you find value in the prop market. If Siemian and the Saints are facing a team with a poor passing defense, the OVER on his passing yards prop could be more appealing. On the other side, if the Saints are facing a stingy passing defense, the UNDER may warrant more confidence.
When Should You Gamble On Saints Futures?
A futures bet is different from placing a bet on a single game. NFL futures involve team outcomes that occur over the course of the season. These include a team’s chances to make the playoffs, win their respective division or conference, or win the Super Bowl. These odds change throughout the course of the season, depending on how each team is performing. When diving into the futures market, be sure to stay up-to-date on team trends and outcomes.
The Saints are currently on a three-game losing streak. That means they are now seeing much higher odds in their futures market. In mid-October, the Saints were +400 to win the NFC South, +1400 to win the NFC, and +3000 to win the Super Bowl on DraftKings. Now, DraftKings lists the Saints at +800 odds to win the NFC South, +5000 to win the NFC, and +8000 to win the Super Bowl.
Another popular NFL futures bet is the total amount of wins a team will have in a season. Like other futures bets, these totals are updated as the season moves along. Prior to the 2021-22 NFL season, DraftKings listed New Orleans’ win total at 9. That number has since moved from 9 to 8.5. Through Week 11 of the NFL season, the Saints are 5-5 with 7 games left to go. They would need to win four of their final seven regular-season games to cash the OVER on their current win total of 8.5.