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Raiders vs Panthers Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

NRL Round 5 Action

Panthers Clawing Way Back

It hasn’t been the ideal start to the 2023 season for the defending champions, but the Penrith Panthers are set to get back to winning form against the Canberra Raiders.

NRL lines have the Panthers at -12½ on the road, which is a sizable line. However, that gives bettors an indication of how poor the Raiders have been so far.

Raiders vs Panthers Prediction, Preview, Odds and Picks
Raiders vs Panthers Prediction, Preview, Odds and Picks

Panthers Appreciate Easier Game

The Panthers have had a tough start, including games against the Broncos, Rabbitohs, and Eels. Those teams are expected to be near the top of the NRL premiership ladder in September.

They may have lost as the sport betting favorite against the Eels, but it was an exciting game. They lost 17-16 in extra time after Nathan Cleary kicked a two-point field goal to tie the game as time expired.

A similar effort should see them put the Raiders to bed early. There is a distinct class advantage to the Panthers, who have dominated the Raiders over the past few years.

Online gambling markets have the Panthers at -12½, which makes it a tough cover. That’s more than two converted tries, so there will be pressure on the offense to show its best on Friday.

Re-signing captain Isaah Yeo is a boost they need, as NRL news reports.

I couldn’t be prouder to re-sign with the club and I’m excited to see what we will achieve over the next few years,” Yeo said.

“I’m obviously over the moon. I’ve called the club home since I was 17 years old. To secure my future here until 2027 is something I couldn’t be prouder of.”

Raiders in the Hot Seat

Inconsistency continues to plague the Raiders, who followed a gutsy 24-20 win over the Sharks with a shocking 24-12 loss to the Knights.

Losing Jack Wighton to a send-off didn’t help their cause, but they are one of the more unprofessional outfits in the NRL, so bettors need to bet on them with caution.

It’s not often Las Vegas odds have them at +12½ at home, regardless of the opposition. They need to start performing, otherwise, it could be time up for coach Ricky Stuart, who has done well at times to retain his job.

There are no easy games in the NRL, and it doesn’t get much harder than the two-time defending champions. A win, or at least a close game, should give the Raiders confidence going forward.

Raiders vs Panthers Head-to-Head

The Panthers dominated the Raiders in two games last season, including a 26-6 win in August, and a 36-6 win in April.

It doesn’t matter if they play at home or away, the Panthers have the edge, and they are 26-22 overall.

Raiders vs Panthers Game Information

  • Game: Panthers (1-2) vs Raiders (1-3)
  • Day/Time: Friday, March 31, 3 a.m. ET
  • Location: GIO Stadium, Canberra, ACT
  • Panthers vs Raiders Live Stream: RugbyPass

Raiders vs Panthers Betting Lines

Raiders vs Panthers Picks and Prediction

Our NRL picks have the Panthers covering the spread, and given their recent history, it could be a one-sided affair.

Despite having only one win on their record, the Panthers have try-scoring threats across the park, which should give the Raiders fits.

The Canberra Raiders are listed at +300 in our Vegas Rugby lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Canberra Raiders, you have a chance to win $300. The Penrith Panthers are -500, offering a chance to win $20 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Raidersa 25.00% chance to win, with Panthers at 83.33%

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