Panthers at Saints 12/30/18 - NFL Picks & Predictions
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Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
NFL: 1:00 PM EST
Dec. 30, 2018
Latest Odds : NO -9 Total 44
The New Orleans Saints remain at home to close out the regular season. The Saints are 13-2 on the season and own the NFC South. New Orleans is 4-1 over their last five games and beat the Steelers at home last week. The Saints beat the Panthers 12-9 earlier this month and are 6-1 at home.
QB Drew Brees has 32 touchdowns on the season with just 5 interceptions. Brees has almost 4000 yards on the year. Running back Alvin Kamara has 14 touchdowns on the season and 883 rushing yards. The Saints average 384.9 yards per game which ranks 6th in the NFL.
The Carolina Panthers have now lost seven straight games heading into Week 17. The Panthers are 6-9 on the season and 3rd in the NFC South Carolina lost at home to the Falcons last week an are 1-4 in divisional games. The Panthers are 1-6 on the road.
QB Taylor Heinicke got the start last week for the Panthers. Heinicke threw for 174 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Running back Christian McCaffrey has 7 touchdowns on the season with 1080 rushing yards. The Panthers average 135 rushing yards per game which ranks 4th in the league.
Recent Betting Trends:
Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
Saints are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Over is 34-16-2 in Panthers last 52 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 6-0 in Saints last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
Free Betting Pick: New Orleans Saints -9
The Panthers cannot get out of their own way and will not be able to put together a win to end the season. The Saints may not play all their starters but their talent on the field is still better in this game. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Saints are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC. Final Score Prediction, New Orleans Saints win and cover ATS 31-16.