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Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - 12/30/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Carolina Panthers (6-9) at New Orleans Saints (13-2)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: New Orleans Saints -7.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5
TV Channel
FOX
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The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints meet Sunday in NFL action at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Carolina Panthers could use a feel good victory here that would snap a seven-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers have lost each of their last four road games. Taylor Heinicke is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 320 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Kyle Allen will get the start in this contest, and he has four career pass attempts under his belt. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore have combined for 1,552 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Devin Funchess has 44 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 135 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 1,080 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 24.5 points and 357.1 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 130 tackles, Mario Addison has eight sacks and Donte Jackson has four interceptions. 

The New Orleans Saints have a chance to win 14 games for the first time in franchise history. The New Orleans Saints have won each of their last six home games. Drew Brees is completing 74.4 percent of his passes for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 22 games. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara have combined for 2,085 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Tre'Quan Smith has 25 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 122.7 yards per contest, and Kamara leads the way with 883 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 21.3 points and 347.4 yards per game. Demario Davis leads the New Orleans Saints with 106 tackles, Cameron Jordan has 12 sacks and Marcus Williams has two interceptions.

The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Panthers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 meetings in New Orleans and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Saints last 6 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games overall.

The Carolina Panthers have been on the wrong side of a lot of close losses, but at this point guys just want to go on vacation, so you could see a lot of players check out. The New Orleans Saints have the top seed in the NFC locked up, so there's sure to be a lot of key players resting with not a whole lot to play for. The Carolina Panthers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games when an underdog of at least seven points. The New Orleans Saints have failed to cover five of their last eight games when a favorite of at least seven points. I'm not putting money on a Panthers team that's being led by Kyle Allen, who has thrown four passes in the NFL. The Saints are going to give Teddy Bridgewater enxtended minutes in this contest, and this is his chance to make a lot of money somewhere. The Saints probably win this game pretty easily, even with a lot of key players sitting out. 

Pick:
New Orleans Saints -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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