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How to Bet on the NFL Playoffs in Michigan
Football fans across Michigan are celebrating the Wolverines’ victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, but they have more football to look forward to with the NFL playoffs starting this weekend.
Below, we’ll go over how fans in the state can bet on the upcoming games with Michigan sportsbook promos – including the Detroit Lions’ upcoming Sunday night meeting with the Los Angeles Rams.
Top NFL Betting Apps in the State of Michigan
Michigan has hosted legal sports betting for years – the Lawful Gaming Act was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in December 2019, and online sports betting went live in January 2021. The state hosts several of the top sports betting operators in America, including BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers.
As long as fans are of legal age (21) and within state lines, signing up with any of these Michigan sportsbook apps is as simple as going to the website or mobile app, verifying their identity, and creating an account.
How to Sign up for NFL Betting Bonuses in Michigan
Every NFL betting app currently live in Michigan has a welcome bonus on the table for new players who sign up. Most of these bonuses require players to enter a promo code when signing up, but some are available to all new players by default.
Qualifying for the welcome offers is simple – players need only sign up at the sportsbook, enter the code (if necessary), and place a qualifying bet. Some welcome offers require the initial wager to be resolved before any bonuses are paid out, but players won’t have to take any extra steps beyond that point to receive their bonuses.
For additional promotions available at these sportsbooks, including bonuses aimed at existing players looking to bet on the NFL playoffs, players can navigate to the designated tab on the sportsbook’s website or mobile app. There, players will find every relevant promotion for the NFL playoffs and all of the terms and conditions for participating.
Best Detroit Lions Bets to Make Now
Several betting markets are available for Lions fans looking to be on their team this playoff season. The simplest of these markets are the moneyline, spread, and total for their upcoming wildcard round game against the Rams.
- Moneyline – the most basic form of sports betting, where odds are given on each team to win the game. The Lions are currently looking at odds in the range of -165 from most books, indicating they’re slight favorites.
- Spread – not too far removed from moneyline betting, spread bets allow players to predict whether teams will outperform the oddsmakers’ expectations for them. The spread reflects an expected margin of victory – the favorite needs to win by more than the spread to cover, while the underdog beats the spread in any other outcome. The Lions are currently being given a -3.0 spread at most sportsbooks, indicating that they’re expected to win by a field goal. Because the spread reflects the most predicted outcome, players can bet on either result at roughly the same odds.
- Total – a betting line that reflects the total number of points the oddsmakers expect teams to score in a game. The total for the Lions and Rams currently sits at 51.5 – if they combine for more points, players who bet on the Over will win their bet. If they don’t, it’ll go down as a win for players who bet on the Under.
The traditional lines are popular at all online sportsbooks, but they’re hardly where the betting options end. Every operator will also have prop bets for players to choose from, allowing players to bet on things like the number of passing yards Jared Goff will account for or which team will lead the game at halftime. They’ll also have futures bets, allowing players to wager on the Lions to win it all, or on Amon-Ra St. Brown to amass the most receiving yards of any player in the tournament.
Between the available props, parlay options, and promotions, each sportsbook in Michigan brings something unique to the table for the NFL playoffs. Be sure you’re browsing the available operators to find the best odds and promotions for the bets you want to make.