The match-ups for the AFC and NFC Championship games are now set. And sadly, the Philadelphia Eagles are not returning for a repeat run as Super Bowl champs.

The four NFL teams still vying for a spot in Super Bowl LIII will battle it out Sunday, Jan. 20.

The action between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in the AFC, and the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC promises to be intense.

For anyone in New Jersey, this represents two great opportunities. First, to learn a bit about the basics of NFL betting. Second, to get in on that action at DraftKings Sportsbook.

In fact, DraftKings Sportsbook offers a variety of simple and easy ways even casual football fans can bet on the AFC and NFC Championship games.

AFC, NFC championship betting

The first step is to brush up on the basics. In the NFL, that means understanding how moneyline bets work.

Making a moneyline bet is really as simple as picking the team you think will win the game.

DraftKings Sportsbook will put either a positive (+) or negative (-) number beside each team. A positive number means you are looking at an underdog and a $100 bet on that team will earn you the positive amount plus your $100 bet back.

A negative number indicates that team is the favorite and represents the amount you’ll have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back.

The Chiefs are the home team, and they put together the better regular season record. However, New England won a shootout with Kansas City 43-40 back at home in the sixth week of the season.

As a result of all this, the Chiefs opened up at -159 on DraftKings Sportsbook.

That negative number means Kansas City is the favorite and players betting the Chiefs must lay $159 to win $100 plus their bet back.

In the meantime, the Patriots opened up at +130 on DraftKings Sportsbook. That positive number means that Patriots are the underdog and a $100 bet on New England will earn you $130 plus your $100 bet back if they win.

Over in the NFC, the Saints are the top seed, the home team, and they actually beat the Rams at home 45-35 in week nine. New Orleans opened up at -182 on DraftKings Sportsbook and Los Angeles opened at +148.

The spread at DraftKings Sportsbook

Understanding how point spread bets work is the next step.

It’s almost as easy as the moneyline. The difference with point spread bets is that you have to pick the winner with a line set by DraftKings Sportsbook factored in.

On Monday, DraftKings Sportsbook had the line on the NFC Championship game at New Orleans -3.5. That means the Saints will have to beat the Rams by 4 points or more for bets on the Saints at -3.5 to pay off.

It also means you can take the Rams at +3.5 and if the Rams win, or lose by three points or less, bets on the Rams at +3.5 will pay off.

DraftKings Sportsbook also had the line on the AFC Championship game at Kansas City -3 on Monday.

Over/under bets for AFC, NFC title games

The third in the list of basic NFL bets offered by DraftKings Sportsbook is the over/under. It really doesn’t get much easier than this. DraftKings Sportsbook sets a line on the total amount of points both teams will score.

All you have to do is pick whether the final score of the game will be over or under that number.

The over/under on the AFC Championship game opened up on DraftKings Sportsbook at 57.5. For the NFC Championship, it opened at 57.

Knowing that the Chiefs and Patriots combined to score 83 points in Week Six, and the Saints and Rams put up 80 in Week Nine, might make you think the lines are on the low side.

However, it’s important to remember that things tend to tighten up in championship games.

NFL conference championship game parlays

DraftKings Sportsbook will also allow you to bet on parlays involving the two NFL conference championship games.

Parlays involve combining two or more of the basic bets described above into a single wager. That means all the bets that are part of the parlay must win for you to get paid.

However, the payoff is always greater than it would be with individual bets.

For example, you might combine the Saints moneyline and the NFC Championship over into a parlay. You can expect DraftKings Sportsbook to pay somewhere around +200 on such a parlay. However, we know that the straight Saints moneyline bet (-182) and the price on over/under bets (-110) are not anywhere near as much.

Once you’ve got the NFL betting basics down and make some betting choices, you’re going to want to get set up on DraftKings Sportsbook so you can place the bets.

Sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook

Thankfully, downloading the app and registering is a simple and easy process. It will only take a few minutes following these steps:

  • Click on our DraftKings Sportsbook link on your iOS or Android device.
  • Allow DraftKings to use your device’s location, proving you are in New Jersey.
  • If you have a DraftKings daily fantasy sports (DFS) account, click on “Already have a DraftKings account?” If not, click “Sign Me Up” and enter your details on the sign-up page.
  • Check the box agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy.
  • Click the “Sign Up” button and finally, the “Download” button.
  • Click on the app icon on your device to open it.
  • Login using the details you provided during sign-up.

As a new player at DraftKings Sportsbook NJ, you’ll get $35 in free bets.

It comes in the form of seven free $5 bets. Plus, you can also take advantage of a free bet match offer of up to $500 when you make your first deposit. Good luck!

Martin Derbyshire

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In his over 10 years covering the US online poker, legal NJ online gambling, and land-based casino industries, Martin Derbyshire has worn the hats of award-winning journalist and video and film producer. He has logged countless miles reporting on the world of high stakes gambling.