I think the Panthers take the lead late and hang on, not to mention that Panthers by one to four [points] and under looks like it will be the best case for us out here in Vegas.”

“[This is] the best defense Carolina has played all year, the most pressure they’ve faced all year, and Carolina is away from home, where they crush everyone.”

“I see this game closing at Carolina minus-4.5, so there is value with taking the six points that are currently out there for Denver. But my gut tells me that the No. (aka Rounding Again), 2015 SuperContest champion at Westgate Las Vegas

“The Panthers pack more big-play firepower, but the Broncos’ top-ranked defense can do enough to contain Newton. In the end, this season’s MVP, Cam Newton, will do just enough for the Panthers to win the Lombardi Trophy.”

“Although Peyton Manning’s overall ability may only be 70 percent of what it once was, the experience factor is still at 100 percent. Newton’s athletic ability will ultimately pull out the win by the slimmest of margins.”

ATS pick: Panthers roll — no score given

Jay Rood, MGM Resorts International VP of race and sports

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 20, Broncos 16

Bob Scucci, Boyd Gaming director of race and sports book operations

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 20

Robin Leach, host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” current blogger at vegasluxe.com

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 24, Broncos 20

Art Manteris, Station Casinos VP of race and sports book operations

Spread: Opened Carolina -4; now Carolina -5.5

Total: Opened at 45 points; now 45.5

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 21, Broncos 20

Tony Nevill, Treasure Island race and sports book director

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 27, Panthers 17

Tony Miller, Golden Nugget race and sports book director

Oscar Goodman, former Las Vegas mayor, mob lawyer and Bombay Sapphire Gin spokesman

Below, Chalk gathers responses from professional handicappers, celebrities, Vegas bookmakers and more on how they see the game playing out.

“Denver’s defense humbles Cam, but the Panthers’ defensive line dominates the trenches, allowing Luke Kuechly to roam the field as he tackles his way to the MVP.”

“The Broncos’ defense can slow the game down and they’ll be running the ball, so I can see a low-scoring game, but I think the Panthers come back and win it in the end.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Denver 23, Carolina 20

Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill U.S. Manning will keep the Broncos in the game with his brain and not necessarily his arm. Long-shot Jerricho Cotchery named the MVP.”

ATS pick: Broncos

Score: Panthers 23, Broncos 21

Jason Simbal, CG Technology VP of race and sports

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 24, Broncos 20

“I’ve already bet Carolina minus-4, but I’m a mercenary when it comes to betting. Denver’s defense should be able to keep it close, but I think Cam will do something special to get the win.”

Against the spread (ATS) pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 20

Chris Berman, ESPN analyst

“Giving Wade Phillips two weeks to prepare for Newton is the key.

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 16, Broncos 13

James S. I like Carolina to win, but on a neutral field, this line looks a little high.”

“Superman will come and he will shine. Six just sounds reasonable!”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 23

Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight champion

“I think Denver’s defense can go down as one of the top 10 in NFL history, and Phillips will have his best game plan for Cam and the red-hot Panthers.”

“[I'm] guessing that the second half will be wide open and that a late field goal will win it for the Broncos. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware will alter the explosive offense of the Panthers.”

“Denver puts up a much better fight than what bettors think, as Peyton will keep the Broncos in the game.

“The Broncos will get off to a good start and put some doubt into the Panthers. The Broncos’ defense forces the Panthers into two critical turnovers, as they are not comfortable playing from behind.”

ATS pick: Carolina

Score: Panthers 35, Broncos 17

Marc Nelson, Aliante Casino race and sports book director

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 20, Broncos 16

Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal sports betting writer

“My friend Olivia Newton-John was invited by Cartier to pick out jewelry to wear when she was named Woman of the Year two weeks ago. Olivia picked out her ensembles, and Cartier added its trademark panther bracelet to top off “the look.” The next night, the Carolina Panthers won, and ONJ now says it’s an omen for them to go all the way. Great offenses and defenses should make for another great game.”

“Broncos lead a very low-scoring affair into the fourth quarter 13-6, when Carolina puts up 10 unanswered points to win on the last drive with no time on the clock, 16-13. They have everything: the top offense in the league, and the defense is awesome. I just think that the Panthers are too much right now. Then I’ll watch the game with enough drinks until I’m seeing 44 players on the field and hope for the score to fall in the middle.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 23, Panthers 20

“Will Carolina complete an almost perfect season or will Denver give Manning a fairy-tale finish? The eyeball test says Carolina, as there’s nothing about the Panthers not to like. There are a lot fewer scenarios in which the Broncos win. director of trading . I’m trusting Nationwide will be on his side.”

Public Consensus pick: 72 percent picked Carolina

John Avello, Wynn Las Vegas executive director of race and sports 

Score: Panthers 28, Broncos 23

Jay Kornegay, Westgate Las Vegas VP of race and sports operations

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos, 24, Panthers 21

Vince Neil, Motley Crue lead singer and former owner of Las Vegas Outlaws (Arena Football League)

“Newton is on a roll, and even though Denver has a great defense, they won’t stop his momentum.”

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“This will be a relatively defensive game in my opinion. The line has gone too far now, so I’m going to bet on the Broncos, and hopefully I’ll get plus-6.5. ONJ is betting them to win, so I follow her lead. 1 defense and the all-around know-how from Peyton lead to a surprise finish in a historic Super Bowl.”

ATS pick: Carolina

Score: Panthers 27, Broncos 21

Ed Malinowski, Stratosphere

“I think the Broncos can keep it close defensively and am counting on Manning to manage the game intelligently and avoid mistakes. They’ve been killing teams and taking over games, and I expect nothing less in this next matchup.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 23, Broncos 20

Mark Dufty, Jerry’s Nugget race and sports book director

All lines courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, unless otherwise noted. Logo represents team picked to cover the spread

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