Detroit Lions Betting Guide

Odds, Schedule And Predictions

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While the number one pick won’t reside in Detroit, the Lions (3-13-1) finished the season with a morale-boosting win at home over the Packers. It’s clear Dan Campbell is leading a strong culture in Detroit, though the roster lacked the talent necessary to compete this year. The Lions’ offseason moves will be intriguing as will their handling of the quarterback position. The first move was parting ways with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who coached just one year in Detroit after being fired from the Chargers’ head coaching job in 2021. Young stars emerged, specifically rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, and the Lions have some foundational pieces. With the second pick in the NFL Draft, where will Detroit go?

Below, you’ll find a complete guide to Detroit Lions odds and betting for the 2022 season. Included is a weekly game preview, the latest Lions betting news, and the best odds from across all US sportsbooks.

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Lions 2021 recap

Record: 3-13-1, Last in NFC North

Record ATS: 11-6

Over/under record: 7-10

Wins were scarce, but the 2021 Lions were competitive. They pushed good teams to the brink, forced overtimes, and covered spreads weekly. Dan Campbell– despite the skepticism– showed he can motivate a team and make them interesting. Players rose from nowhere, notably late-season star Amon-Ra St. Brown. Detroit’s roster had a major talent deficiency in the NFL, but they competed every game. Despite the poor record, the Lions appear to be heading in the right immediate direction.

Draft Picks

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128From LA Rams
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397Compensatory
5176Compensatory
6180
6218Compensatory
7231From Cleveland
7239From New England

Detroit Lions futures odds

Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures.

Lions Super Bowl odds

The Detroit Lions have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Lions prop bets

Prop bets are based on individual performance, typically surrounding players. One bright spot on the Lions’ offense that was devoid of much healthy talent was rookie back D’Andre Swift. Swift was a popular target with prop betting once he took over the full time running back duties. For example, his projected rushing total in the Lions’ Week 10 matchup with the Washington Football Team was 43.5 yards. That week, Swift picked up 81 yards on the ground and those who bet over his rushing total would have cashed out.

Search below for Detroit Lions team or player props currently being offered at sportsbooks. You can also look around at other teams and players using this tool. Happy shopping!

How to bet on the Detroit Lions

Moneyline

The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:

  • Lions +140
  • Falcons -105

The Lions are considered underdogs in this matchup (indicated by +140), paying out $240 total for a $100 bet ($140 in winnings). The Falcons are the favorite in this matchup, requiring a $105 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.

Point spread

Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:

  • Lions +6.5 (-110)
  • Rams -6.5 (-110)

In this example, Detroit is an underdog by 6.5 points, indicated by “+6.5.” If the Lions keep the game within seven or win outright– say they lost 27-24– then the Lions (+6.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Rams manage to win by seven or more– say 31-17– then the Rams (-6.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.

Point total (over/under)

The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, the Lions’ Week 4 matchup with the New Orleans Saints had a projected point total of 51.5 points. Detroit came up just short, 35-29, resulting in 66 combined points. Those who bet over the point total that week would have cashed out.

The Lions fielded the worst scoring defense in the NFL (32.4 points allowed per game), which would have resulted in higher point totals. However, their ability to score on offense inhibited the numbers from getting too out of control (23.6 points per game was 20th). The two ended up balancing out to average point totals that were determinant on the opponent the Lions were playing. Typical point totals landed between 45 and 50 points in 2020.

In-play and live betting

Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Lions (-110) were favored against the Jets (+120) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Bills to win would win just $9.09.

However, say the Lions fell to a 14-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Jets, who may be a -120 favorite at halftime. Taking the Lions to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +110). Should a bettor take Detroit (+110) at halftime and the Lions pull off the comeback, winners would win $11 instead of $9.09 (plus the initial $10 bet).

This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Jets (+120) in that game, but Detroit jumps out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Detroit (-255) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.

Parlays and teasers

You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.

Detroit Lions 2022 schedule and betting odds

When the 2022 Lions schedule and betting odds are released, you will be able to find them here.

Where can I bet on sports in Michigan?

Michigan sports betting was one of the first in the nation, and there many options to get a bet down on the Detroit Lions or any other NFL team. Here’s a list of legal sportsbook options in Michigan: