NFL Odds Explained
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How to Bet on NFL
The point spread is the most popular type of bet in NFL sports betting. Also known as simply “line” or “spread”, is not the predicted margin of victory for one team over the other, as many believe. In reality, it’s a number calculated by oddsmakers to encourage an equal amount of betting action on both sides of the game (i.e. underdog and favorite).
A negative value (for example, -6.5) indicates that team is favored by 6.5 points. The positive value (+6.5) indicates that team is the underdog by 6.5 points. Betting on the favorite means the team must win by at least a touchdown (7 points) to cover the point spread. The underdog team can lose by six points and still cover the spread.
The spread is not a static number and will often move during the week as the game day approaches. Team A may be favored by 6 points on Tuesday and by 7.5 points on Sunday.
This indicates more people are betting on them, so oddsmakers increase the underdog value hoping to encourage more wagers on the underdog. Alternatively, they are increasing the pointspread on the favorite to discourage betting action on them.
NFL Money Lines
Money lines are a popular choice for bettors when betting on NFL football. The team you choose only has to win the game outright in order for you to win your bet, regardless of the amount they win by. The negative value indicates the favorite and the positive value indicates the underdog.
For example, let’s say the Cowboys are a -175 favorite. If you want to bet the Cowboys, you would risk $175 to win $100. If you want to bet the underdog at, let’s say +165, you would risk $100 to win $165.
Totals, also known as the over/under, refers to how many points will be scored in the game by both teams combined. Again it’s not a prediction by oddsmakers but a number calculated to encourage an equal amount of betting action on the over as the under.
For example, if a game total was 47.5 and you picked the under 47.5, you want a strong defense to keep it a low scoring game. If you pick the over, you want a strong offensive and lots of touchdowns.
In totals betting, you are predicting whether the combined total score will be more than or less than the over/under line.