The points spread – also commonly known as ‘betting the spread’ or ‘handicap betting’ – is a sports betting market that means a team must win by a specific number of points / goals, or they must not lose by a specific number of points / goals. Let’s say there’s a football game between Team A and Team B.

## What does a 1.5 point spread mean?

Setting the line at just 1.5 does mean that these two teams are extremely close. This is what is called a “spread” bet, or “betting against the spread.” This is a very common bet in basketball and football games, but it is seen in other sports as well.

## What is 2.5 point spread?

With the spread set at 2.5 points, a bet on the Cowboys would mean that they would have to win by more than 2.5 points (3 or more) in order for you to win that bet. … If you were to bet on Dallas you would need the Cowboys to win by 4 or more points.

## What does a 4.5 spread mean?

As you can see, Dallas is the 4.5-point favorite, which means the Cowboys would need to win the game by five points or more to win the bet. Conversely, New York is a 4.5-point underdog, which means to win the bet the Giants would need to win outright or not lose the game by more than four points.

## How do you win a point spread?

In order to win a point spread wager, a bettor must “beat the spread.” As a result of a more even matchup, point spread betting offers flatter payouts that are often even on both sides. Available In 31 States!

## What is cover the spread?

You may have heard the term “covering the spread” or the phrase “betting against the spread.” This means that if the favorite team wins an event with the point spread taken into account or that the underdog team wins with additional points, they have covered the spread.

## What does a +7 spread mean?

A 7-point spread simply refers to the number of points posted alongside a team’s odds of winning. When there is a 7-point spread, it means that the favorite team needs to win by more than 7 points to win the bet. It also means that the underdog can lose less than 7 points to win the bet.

## What does a 0 point spread mean?

Pick’Em. A pick’em is a betting offer in which there is no favorite or underdog. This can occur on Point Spread bets where the line is set at 0 points (so the winner of the game wins the Point Spread).

## What does a 3.5 spread mean?

What does -3 and +3 mean in NFL betting? A -3 spread means that the favorite must win by more than a field goal to win the wager. A three-point win would result in a push and the sportsbook would refund the wager.

## Why would you bet on negative odds?

Negative numbers signify the favorite on the betting line. The negative number indicates how much you’d need to bet to win $100. If the number is positive, you’re looking at the underdog, and the number refers to the amount of money you’ll win if you bet $100.

## What do odds of mean?

If there’s a positive sign next to the odds, that indicates the amount of money you would win if you bet $100. If the odds on a tennis player said +150, that means that for a $100 bet, you would win $150. … For example, if a football team was -250, that means you’d have to bet $250 to win $100.

## How do you bet the money line?

Compare moneyline odds at sportsbooks

Even non-gamblers make moneyline bets. Betting the moneyline for a game is possibly the most simple way to wager on sports. Bettors just choose a player or team to win. If the bettor chooses the winning side, the sportsbook will pay the amount due.

## What is a parlay mean?

Definition of parlay (Entry 2 of 2) : a series of two or more bets so set up in advance that the original stake plus its winnings are risked on the successive wagers broadly : the fresh risking of an original stake together with its winnings.

## What does a half point spread mean?

Point spreads are often listed with a half-point (ex: 2.5) in order to prevent the final margin from landing exactly on the point spread (ex: 10-point spread, final score of 20–10). A “push” or “tie” usually goes to the house or sportsbook, unless another arrangement has been agreed upon beforehand.

## What happens if the over/under is exact?

Yes, Over/Under odds can fall on the exact number at the end of the game. … If the Over/Under hits on the exact number, that’s called a push. There is no winning bet, and all wagers are refunded to bettors no matter whether they took the Over or the Under.

## How is Moneyline payout calculated?

So, if we wanted to bet $10, we would multiply $10 by $1.45 and get a profit of $14.50. If we wanted to bet $250, we would multiply $250 by $1.45 and get a profit of $362.50. Remember, divide the moneyline number by 100 and multiply that number by the size of your bet.