After an exciting Conference Championship round last week, fans will watch a star-studded showdown on Sunday. The 2022 Pro Bowl is making its return after a one-year hiatus and will be played in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Raiders. The NFC will look to snap a three-game skid against the AFC. In the 2020 Pro Bowl contest, the AFC knocked off the NFC, 38-33. 

Kickoff from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is set for 3 p.m. ET. The 2022 Pro Bowl odds from Caesars Sportsbook list the AFC as a one-point favorite, while the over-under for total points scored is 62.5. Before locking in any 2022 Pro Bowl picks, you need to see what SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert, Larry Hartstein, has to say.

A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Hartstein combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach he honed while working for Pro Football Focus. This season he has been on fire with his NFL picks. Hartstein is 74-49-1 in his last 124 NFL sides, for a profit of more than $1,700. 

Now, Hartstein has locked in on the 2022 Pro Bowl from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can only see his 2022 Pro Bowl pick at SportsLine. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for AFC vs. NFC in the Pro Bowl 2022: 

  • AFC vs. NFC spread: AFC -1
  • AFC vs. NFC over-under: 62.5 points 
  • AFC vs. NFC money line: AFC -115, NFC -105
  • AFC: Justin Herbert is making his first Pro Bowl appearance
  • NFC: Kirk Cousins is making his third Pro Bowl appearance

Why the AFC can cover

The AFC's secondary is flooded with ball-hawks. New England's J.C. Jackson secured his first Pro Bowl selection. The Maryland product had 58 total tackles and always found ways to make plays on the ball. Jackson was ranked first in pass deflections (23) and second in interceptions (eight). Miami cornerback Xavien Howard is another stud on the opposite side of the field. Howard finished with 16 pass deflections, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

Los Angeles safety Derwin James is a thumper on the backend. James tallied 118 total stops, three forced fumbles, and five pass deflections. He also came away with two interceptions. The Florida State product can line up anywhere on the football field due to his speed and 6-foot-2 frame.

Why the NFC can cover

Kirk Cousins and Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray combined to toss 57 passing touchdowns during the 2021 regular season. The backfield features Minnesota's Dalvin Cook (1,159 yards, six TDs), Arizona's James Conner (752 yards, 15 TDs) and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara (898 yards, 4 TDs). Kamara can also catch passes from the backfield, logging 47 receptions for 439 yards and 5 TDs. 

Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons (13 sacks), Tampa Bay linebacker Shaquil Barrett (10 sacks), as well as Chicago's Robert Quinn (18.5 sacks), form a dominant pass rush for the NFC. Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs, Eagles CB Darius Slay, and New Orleans CB Marshon Lattimore will provide coverage in the secondary. All three players snagged at least three interceptions on the year, with Diggs grabbing a league-high 11. 

How to make 2022 Pro Bowl picks

Hartstein has analyzed this matchup from every angle and he's leaning over on the point total, he has also discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's only sharing what it is, and which side of the AFC vs. NFC Pro Bowl spread to back at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 Pro Bowl? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the NFC vs. AFC spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the 2022 Pro Bowl spread to jump on, all from the NFL expert who's 74-49-1 in his last 124 NFL picks, and find out.