Contents

- 1 What does spread mean in basketball betting?
- 2 How does spread work in basketball?
- 3 What does a +1.5 spread mean?
- 4 What does a 4.5 spread mean?
- 5 Who will cover the spread?
- 6 What is 2.5 point spread?
- 7 What do odds of +200 mean?
- 8 Why would you bet on negative odds?
- 9 What happens if the over/under is exact?
- 10 How do you cover the spread?
- 11 What does a negative point spread mean?
- 12 How do you play point spread?
- 13 What happens if you hit the spread?
- 14 What does a +7 spread mean?
- 15 What happens if a team hits the spread?

## What does spread mean in basketball betting?

**Basketball spread betting is** the most popular way to bet on both college and NBA **basketball**. A point **spread is** the amount of points, set by a sportsbook, that a team must win by, or stay within, for the bet on that team to pay out.

## How does 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.

## What does a +1.5 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 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.

## 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 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 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.

## 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 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 do you cover the spread?

A handicap of the point **spread** value is given to the favourite team so bettors can choose sides at equal odds. “**Cover the spread**” means that a favourite wins an event with the handicap taken into account or the underdog wins with additional points.

## What does a negative point spread mean?

**Point spread** betting **is the** most popular form of sports betting. 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**.

## How do you play point spread?

**How to play POINT SPREAD in 5 steps**

- Buy your ticket. Take your completed selection slip or PRO•LINE App picks to your OLG retailer to buy your ticket.
- Set your
**play**budget. - Choose your sport.
- Select your wager.
- Make your predictions.
- Buy your ticket.
- Set your
**play**budget. - Choose your sport.

## What happens if you hit the spread?

**If** the point **spread** is an even number and the difference in the competition’s result falls directly on that number such that the teams are then evenly scored, it is a tie. In point **spread** betting, a tie is called a “**push**.” In the case of a **push**, all bets are returned to the bettor.

## 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 happens if a team hits the spread?

On occasions the point **spread** will be a whole number, for example eight, which means that it is possible for the game to end in a tie after the point **spread** has been applied. **If** the game does indeed end in a tie, then the bet will be considered a push, and your stake will be returned with no winner and no loser.