Sharp bets in Vegas make Raiders 3-point favorites over Panthers

The Raiders were favored in only three games this year when the lines on their inaugural season in Las Vegas were first posted at the city’s sportsbooks.

Now make that four.

In the biggest early line move of Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, the Raiders are 3-point favorites over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday after the line opened at pick’em for the game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sharp money pushed the line to 3 on Sunday at William Hill, where Carolina opened as a 1½-point favorite, and the line moved to 3 (-120) on Monday at most Las Vegas books.

“And it’s probably headed to 3½,” William Hill sportsbook director Nick Bogdanovich said. “If it went from 1½ to the other side 3, there’s definitely a sharp influence. It’s a combination of sharps and the public. They all like the Raiders.”

Westgate vice president of risk Jeff Sherman

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