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Super Bowl 56 between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals is quickly approaching, and fans are starting to fill out their betting cards for the best gambling day of the year. With legalized sports betting more widely available than ever before, even more casual fans are expected to get in on the action this Sunday.

But before you click submit on all your wagers, check out our comprehensive 2022 Super Bowl betting preview complete with odds, props, and best bets for the big game.

2022 Super Bowl odds, point spread, and total

Point spread: Rams -4
Total: 48.5
Moneyline: Rams -195, Bengals +165

When sportsbooks first released odds on Super Bowl 56 last week, it wasn’t surprising to see the Rams as 3.5-point favorites. After all, Los Angeles has a more talented roster, home-field advantage, and a head coach in Sean McVay who’s been there before.

But bettors evidently thought the 3.5-point opener was too short, as money came flying in on the Rams out of the gate. Because of the one-sided action, the spread at most books quickly went up to -4 and -4.5. It’s settled back in at Rams -4 and should stay there leading up to kickoff.

The spread wasn’t the only number on the move early last week, though. The total also shot down from 50 at most books to 48.5, which is where it sits now.

If you’re feeling confident enough to pick the winner of the game, LA is a -195 favorite on the moneyline, and Cincinnati is a +165 underdog.

Betting angles and props to target

Check out our Super Bowl 56 betting preview.
SoFi Stadium prepares for Super Bowl 56 | Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Personally, I don’t love either side from a betting perspective. I think the Rams have a better chance to win the game than the market indicates, but a three-point margin of victory seems to be the most likely outcome.

So, I’ll take my chances with a Rams -0.5 bet for the first quarter. McVay and many of these players went through the Super Bowl experience three years ago, so I’m willing to bet LA builds up a lead before Cincinnati has time to settle in.

As for props, let’s check out a few I have my eyes on this year.

Joe Burrow OVER 36.5 passing attempts: -110

If the Bengals have any chance of winning the Super Bowl, it’ll have to be behind Joe Burrow’s arm. The budding superstar has topped this number in four of Cincy’s last five games

Odell Beckham Jr. to score a touchdown and Rams to win: +220

Can’t you just envision Odell Beckham Jr. sticking it to his many doubters on the biggest stage in sports? I sure can, so I’m willing to bet he’ll find the end zone on Sunday and help lead the Rams to a Super Bowl victory.

OVER 2.5 players to attempt a pass: -115

I don’t have a smart handicap for this one at all, but it’s a must in the Super Bowl every year. All we need is one fake punt or one “Philly Special” type play for this to hit.

Super Bowl 56 best bets

First half UNDER 23.5 total points: -110

All three of the Rams’ playoff games this season have gone under this number in the first half. They just have a knack for starting slow and turning it on in the second half, so we’ll bank on a similar performance in the Super Bowl.

LA’s defensive line should be able to get after Burrow early and often, and both of these head coaches have no problem settling for field goals in the red zone. Let’s hope for a slow start on Sunday.

Kendall Blanton anytime touchdown: +260

Rams starting tight end Tyler Higbee has officially been ruled out for the Super Bowl, which opens the door for Kendall Blanton. The backup TE caught five passes for 57 yards in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, and he scored a touchdown a week before against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Matthew Stafford loves his tight ends in the red zone, so +260 seems like a great price for a guy who should get at least a few looks near the goal line.

Good luck with all your action this Sunday!

All betting odds courtesy of Bovada as of 2/12.

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