Nba Point Spread Betting Guide

Conversely, the underdogs can lose by 1, 2, or 3 points and still win the bet. However, if the underdogs lose by more than 4 points, the bet is a loss. A famous example of this is betting on the time of the national anthem at the Super Bowl. A time will be listed, say two minutes and two seconds, for the length of the anthem. If the singer finishes it in one minute, 59 seconds, then the under would win.

Totals in soccer work differently than other sports and can be shown in multiples of .25 goals. Since scoring is minimal in soccer, bookmakers will often times set a Total of 2.25 or 2.75. For example, if you bet on the Over 2.25 goals, half your bet is placed on “Over 2” and the other half of the bet is placed on “Over 2.5”. If the game settles on 2, you lose half your bet (Over 2.5) and refunded the other half . If the game settles on 3, you win both bets (Over 2 and Over 2.5). It is a very good idea to shop around to find the best line when you are betting on sports.

When playing a run line of 2.5, the odds can be wildly affected. A team that is a +110 underdog would become a favorite of over -300 with a 2.5 run cushion. With runs so precious in baseball, asking for even a favored team to win by 3 or more runs is asking for a lot. At times, oddsmakers will set the point spread on a whole number like 3, 6 or even 10.

To sum up, a spread is the number of points you add or subtract from one team’s score to determine the winner. Betting on the favorite and winning is called winning against the spread. Take another look at our NFL examples above if you have questions and note that spread betting works exactly the same in basketball and other high-scoring sports. Finally, watch out for half points, as they both mean there is a result, but that result might not always be in your favor. If you bet on quarter lines in Asian total, for example over 0.75 goals, your bet will win if the match contains at least two goals.

Alternatively, you will bet on the underdog to lose by 1 run, or to win the baseball game. As with Puckline bets, the (-) indicates the favorite and the (+) indicates the underdog. It is a reference to even money bets in point spread betting. In this case, there is no favorite, and there is no underdog.

Loot explains how vig works, which makes the actual break-even point 52.38%. Green Bay at -6 means they not only need to win the game, but must win by a total that exceeds 6 points. You only need to consider the possibility of a push when betting against the spread or placing a totals bet. The negative number indicates how much you’d need to bet to win $100. It’s a good idea to track how odds and spreads have moved from the open until the time you are ready to place bets.