Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs – Picks and Predictions

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Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs – Picks and Predictions

Author: Andy Hammel | Publish Date: December 22, 2023 | Last Updated: December 22, 2023

The NFL has a trio of games booked for Christmas this year, beginning with an early kickoff between the Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) and visiting Las Vegas Raiders (5-8). Markets will be available at all online sportsbooks, with the standard money lines, spreads, and totals, as well as a range of props and parlay options. Bettors can also claim NFL betting promos for every game.

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Head-to-Head: Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have dominated their rivalry with the Raiders during the tenure of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid. In their last ten meetings, the Raiders have notched exactly one win against the Chiefs – a 40-32 win in 2020 that broke a seven-game losing streak the Raiders had accumulated in games at Arrowhead.

Whether the Chiefs of the 2023 season are nearly as dominant as the squads from those past matchups remains to be seen. Since these teams last played in November – a 31-17 win for the Chiefs in Las Vegas – the Chiefs have notched a win over a moribund New England Patriots squad and one-score losses against the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills. They’re 3-4 in their last 7 games overall, and the lack of consistent performance from their offense around Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce has drawn wide criticism.

The Raiders are 3-4 in their last 7 games as well, but are coming off the kind of two-week period that leaves players questioning what a team is. After losing a humiliating 0-3 shutout against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago, the Raiders went out this past Thursday night and mutilated the Los Angeles Chargers by a final score of 63-21. It was a promising performance from rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell and several other veterans of the team who find themselves ostensibly playing for their jobs, but it’s hard to recalibrate expectations for a unit that averages a 29th-best 284.9 yards per game and 24th-best 18.9 points.

How to Bet on Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs

Betting lines for the Christmas Day NFL game will be easy to find on NFL sportsbooks. Make sure to browse your available options to be sure you’re making the bets you want to make at the best odds, and that you’re not missing out on any unique props or promotions celebrating the holiday event.

In addition, make sure to check the injury report before finalizing any bets. Player availability is a huge factor in the outcome of NFL games, and the injury report is a valuable resource for prudent bettors who want up-to-date information on player health.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Odds

  • Money Line: Las Vegas Raiders +410, Kansas City Chiefs -550
  • Spread: Kansas City -10.0
  • Total: o/u 41.5

Betting Tips for Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs

  • The Chiefs are 11-1 in their last 12 meetings with the Raiders.
  • The Chiefs have scored first in 9 of their last 11 home games.
  • The 2Q money line is 9-2 in the Chiefs’ last 11 games at home.
  • The Under is 13-4 in the Raiders’ last 17 games.
  • The Under is 15-5 in the Chiefs’ last 20 games.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Predictions

The spread suggests a game that shouldn’t be close between two teams headed in opposite directions, but the Chiefs haven’t been playing well enough in recent weeks to warrant betting anything on that kind of line from the oddsmakers. We’re only two weeks removed from a primetime game between the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins that saw an upset outcome for fans who looked at the (longer) pregame spread and expected a predictable outcome.

The Raiders aren’t the Titans, but they’re the team in greater need of a playoff berth and they’re a week removed from setting the franchise record for points scored in a game. At these odds, betting against the Raiders feels like too bold of a choice for where the lines are posted.

Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs -10

Andy Hammel

Andy is our resident NFL expert, but his knowledge extends to all corners of the sports betting industry. Andy is always tracking betting trends and keeping you up to date on all the relevant news in your home state.