What Is A Point Spread In Sports Betting?
For example, say the 49ers score two early touchdowns in Week 1 while the Lions fail to move the ball. If the Lions take the ensuing kickoff to the house, you might see 49ers -11.5 after that. Point spreads are generally a pretty good option for most bettors, for several reasons. If you’re still determined to bet the Lions, you should see if any sportsbooks to which you have access are still dealing +7. This is known as “line shopping” – searching for the best available line. Well, you should first ask yourself if you still like the Lions at +6.5.
No matter which team the bettor took the bettor would always risk $110 to win $100. The extra $10 needed to win $100 is called the juice or the vig, it is basically the house’s or the bookie’s take. It’s 10-percent of the bet so it would take $33 to return $30 and $440 to return $400 etc. .
This is particularly attractive in basketball because the favorites can often face large point spreads and teams can win comfortably and effectively without covering the spread. The organization booking your bet usually hopes to get ‘balanced action’ meaning an equal amount of money bet on either side, in which case they simply make the commission. For example, the San Francisco 49ers were a 4.5 point favorite in Super Bowl 47 against the Baltimore Ravens. If the 49ers win by 5 or more points, the big bettor wins his $500 and the losing 5 Ravens bettors each drop $110 and the sportsbook would get $50 profit . As it happened, the Ravens upset the 49ers and the underdog bettors won.
Whether it’s an Asian league or a European league, bookmakers pull out the stops to satisfy basketball fans. Even if you’re not a big fan of tennis, there’s no denying that it’s one of the most popular sports that punters bet on. In fact, it’s a sport that generates billions in revenue every year.
Many factors can influence a change of the spread such as injuries, the number of bets coming in for either team or the weather, to name a few. Depending on the timing of placing the bet, the bettor can also have an advantage or a disadvantage depending on which way the spread has shifted. PK or Pick’em means that the matchup is so close that there’s neither a favorite nor an underdog. Whatever team you pick to win when betting on the point spread simply has to win the game and the margin of victory doesn’t matter. In these cases, there may not even be a point spread available for the game and you can only bet on the moneyline.
Here, we list the decimal odds for the candidates and the biggest long shot among the candidates listed by the bookmaker. It can quickly be determined that the Golden State Warriors are the favorites while the odds on Houston and Cleveland winning are longer. That is, one wins only $10 against every $11 wagered on Golden State to be the champions.