Live NFL Betting: How to Live Bet on NFL Odds

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BetMGM Jul 26, 2021, 10:26 AM

An NFL game starts with the opening kickoff, so why should NFL betting end at the opening kickoff? 

With live NFL betting at BetMGM, it doesn’t; from kickoff through the final snap of all 272 NFL games – up from 256 thanks to the new 17-game schedule – you can place live bets on the spread, money line, over/under total, player props, and more. 

What is Live NFL Betting?

Live sports betting is an extraordinary opportunity to take more control of your sports betting and bring more meaning to every play of every game regardless of the score, playoff stakes, or fantasy football implications.

For example, the Denver Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 of the 2020 season. The Chiefs, 5-1 overall and one week removed from a road win over the Buffalo Bills, were favored over the Broncos. Closing odds at the BetMGM sportsbook:

  • Spread: Chiefs -7 (-115), Broncos +7 (-105)
  • Money Line: Chiefs -360, Broncos +280
  • Total: Over 45.5 (-110), Under 45.5 (-110)

Perhaps you bet $100 on the Chiefs’ money line and a few player props but passed on the spread and total. Regardless of your pre-game betting, while you were watching the game on TV, streaming it on your computer, or watching from the stands at Empower Field, you could place live bets throughout the game.

From the moment Harrison Butker sent the opening kickoff to the endzone, live NFL betting opened.

How to Live Bet on NFL Odds

It’s never been easier to live bet on NFL odds from your computer with online sports betting or your phone with mobile sports betting on the BetMGM Sportsbook app.

Maybe you watched the Broncos capitalize on a Nick Keizer fumble with a Drew Lock touchdown run that brought them within one point, 7-6 (after a failed PAT attempt), with six minutes remaining in the first quarter. At this moment, the live NFL betting lines might’ve been:

  • Spread: Chiefs -6.5 (-110), Broncos +6.5 (-110)
  • Money Line: Chiefs -310, Broncos +240
  • Total: Over 47.5 (-110), Under 47.5 (-110)

Despite the slim lead, you were confident the Chiefs would win after watching their eight-play touchdown drive minutes earlier and the Broncos gain three yards on two previous drives before Keizer’s fumble led to the short-field score. As a result, you placed two live bets:

  • $100: Chiefs -6.5 (-110)
    • Potential Payout: $190.91
  • $100: Over 47.5 (-110)
    • Potential Payout: $190.91

Now holding three total tickets – the third being your pre-game Chiefs’ money line wager – you watched the Chiefs build a 24-9 halftime lead en route to a 43-16 win.

Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with teammates Byron Pringle #13, Daniel Kilgore #67, and Demarcus Robinson #11 during a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 25, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

With the 27-point win, both the pre-game money line ticket and in-game spread ticket cashed. And with Melvin Gordon’s garbage-time touchdown run, the total surpassed 47.5 points, which cashed the in-game total bet. The three $100 bets returned a profit of $209.60.

Live Betting Parlays

Live NFL betting isn’t limited to straight bets. You can combine live odds into parlays for high-level excitement and potentially bigger payouts.

Chiefs-Broncos was one of four games in the late-afternoon time slot on Sunday, Oct. 25. Instead of, or in addition to, placing live bets on the Chiefs-Broncos game, you could’ve added the Chiefs’ spread bet to an NFL parlay with live bets from, for example, the San Francisco 49ers-New England Patriots game and Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Las Vegas Raiders game.

  • Chiefs: -6.5 (-110)
  • 49ers: -250 ML
  • Buccaneers: -3.5 (-110)

A $100 parlay on those three in-game bets would’ve returned $510.24, including stake, because the 49ers won, 33-6, and the Bucs won, 45-20.

More NFL Betting

A variety of NFL betting odds are available throughout the year at the best online sportsbook

In addition to live betting, you can bet on NFL odds this week with spreads, money lines, over/under totals week, along with NFL futures like Super Bowl odds and NFL Draft odds.

Learn how to read NFL odds online, and check out NFL odds online at BetMGM to place your bet online today.

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