Birmingham Stallions - Michigan Panthers

  • Week Four USFL odds have been released by legal sports betting sites, with three bets standing out as the best heading into the weekend.
  • When the Michigan Panthers and Memphis Showboats kick off on Saturday, bettors should back the Panthers to cover the spread based on defense and net rating statistics.
  • Two bets in the Birmingham Stallions versus Pittsburgh Maulers stand out, with bets on the under 43.5 points and the Stallions covering the spread both great options.

DETROITWeek Four odds for the USFL have been released ahead of this week’s slate, with the matchups between the Michigan Panthers and Memphis Showboats and the Birmingham Stallions vs Pittsburgh Maulers presenting three of the best bets of the weekend at legal sports betting sites.

Handicapping the Showboats vs the Panthers

In the second game of the Week Four USFL slate, the best between the Memphis Showboats and Michigan Panthers is on the 2-1 Panthers to cover the six-point spread as home favorites versus the 0-3 Showboats at legal USFL betting sites.

Showboats vs Panthers Odds

Team: Spread: Moneyline: Total:
Memphis Showboats +6.0 (-110) +205 O43.5 (-110)
Michigan Panthers -6.0 (-110) -245 U43.5 (-110)

The Michigan Panthers and Memphis Showboats have been trending in opposite directions ever since kickoff to start this season, with two trends based on season-long statistics supporting Michigan winning big and covering the spread at home:

  • Defense: Michigan has been the second-best defense in the entire USFL this season, allowing just 17 points per game. Memphis is almost double that as the worst defensive team in the league, giving up 33 points per game.
  • Net Rating: Often when a team gives up lots of points it is because they are in high scoring affairs, but that is not the case for Memphis. The Showboats defensive issues plus a 3rd-worst offensive rating have had them losing by an average of 16 points per game through three games. Michigan has ridden a strong combination of defense and offense to a +5-point differential per game. While combining point differentials is not a perfect indicator of success, season-long stats would suggest Michigan should be favored by over 20 points.

The Michigan Panthers are coming off their first loss of the season in Week Three, with sportsbooks potentially indicating declining performance for the Mike Nolan-led squad.

Even if the Panthers do decline even slightly, season-long trends suggest that they will win by enough to cover the six-point spread.

Handicapping the Stallions vs the Maulers

The second highest scoring team in the USFL takes on the lowest scoring team on Sunday night, with legal sports betting sites making the explosive Birmingham Stallions 7.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Maulers.

Two of the best bets of Week Four can be found in this game, with bettors likely to see success when parlaying the Stallions to cover and the under 43.5 points to get +264 odds on the Sunday night game.

Stallions vs Maulers Odds

Team: Spread: Moneyline: Total:
Birmingham Stallions -7.5 (-110) -320 O43.5 (-110)
Pittsburgh Maulers +7.5 (-110) +260 U43.5 (-110)

Taking Birmingham to cover is relatively straightforward, as they have been the best team in the USFL so far this season by point differential, outscoring their opponents by 14.3 points per game. Pittsburgh has struggled, going 1-2 straight up with an average point differential of -5.3.

Betting the under on Sunday night is backed by the season-long play of both teams this season:

  • Low Scoring Affairs with Pittsburgh: Through three games this season, no Pittsburgh Maulers game has cleared 40 points. The highest-scoring game for Pittsburgh was last week when the Maulers and Philadelphia Stars combined for 34 points.
  • Birmingham Stallions Returning to Normal: After a Week Three shootout versus the New Orleans Breakers that saw the two teams combine for 76 points, the Stallions likely reestablish their defense in Week Four. Weeks One and Two saw the Stallions give up a combined 12 points, with the defense only struggling against the highest-scoring offense in the USFL, the New Orleans Breakers.
  • Defenses: Both the Maulers and Stallion rank in the bottom half of the USFL in points allowed per game. Birmingham has allowed 19.0 PPG, with Pittsburgh slightly better at 18.3.
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