Contents

- 1 How do you bet on basketball spreads?
- 2 How does the spread work in basketball?
- 3 How do you bet on spreads?
- 4 What does a 1.5 point spread mean?
- 5 What is 2.5 point spread?
- 6 Who will cover the spread?
- 7 What do odds of +200 mean?
- 8 What happens if the over/under is exact?
- 9 Why would you bet on negative odds?
- 10 How do you read a point spread in basketball?

## How do you bet on basketball spreads?

The single **bet** option is done with a point **spread**. Sports books determine a favorite and an underdog, then assigns each one with a point total. The bettor then wagers on which team he or she thinks will cover the **spread**.

## How does the spread work in basketball?

The Point **Spread**: When betting on **basketball**, the team you bet on must “cover the **spread**.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points. In this example, if you bet the Bulls, the Bulls must win by 4 points for you to win your bet.

## How do you bet on spreads?

They have to win by the point **spread** offered by the sportsbook. The favorite in a game is listed as being minus (-) the point **spread**. The worse of the teams playing in the game is called the underdog. The bettor wins if this team wins the game outright or loses by an amount smaller than the point **spread**.

## 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**.

## Who will cover the spread?

If the Packers win that game by more than 7 points, they have **covered the spread**. Betting “against the **spread**” (ATS) just means you’re betting on the point **spread** in a particular matchup as opposed to the moneyline, or some other type of wager.

## What do odds of +200 mean?

When a money line is a positive number then the **odds** are the amount you **would** win if you were to bet $100 and were correct. For example, a money line of +**200 would mean** that you **would** make a profit of $200 if you bet $100 and were correct. For example, a –**200** money line **means** you **would** win $100 if you bet $200 and won.

## 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**.

## 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.

## How do you read a point spread in basketball?

**Point spread** betting lines are recognizable by the use of the + or – symbols. When a team has a **point spread** line with a plus sign (+), it indicates that the team must win the game outright or lose the game by fewer number of **points** than what is indicated in the line.