Contents

- 1 What does a 4.5 spread mean?
- 2 What does a +1.5 spread mean?
- 3 What is 2.5 point spread?
- 4 How does betting against the spread work?
- 5 Why would you bet on negative odds?
- 6 What happens if you hit the spread?
- 7 What does a negative point spread mean?
- 8 What does a +7 spread mean?
- 9 What is point spread basketball?
- 10 What is Moneyline vs spread?
- 11 How are point spreads calculated?
- 12 What is the spread in sports gambling?
- 13 What happens if the over/under is exact?
- 14 Can you bet against the spread?
- 15 Are parlay bets against the spread?

## 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.

## 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 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**.

## How does betting against the spread work?

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**.

## 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 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 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**.

## 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 is point spread 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**. Example: In this example, if you bet the Bulls, the Bulls must win by 4 **points** for you to win your bet.

## What is Moneyline vs spread?

A **moneyline** bet is one of the easiest kinds of bets you can make at a sportsbook. Simply put, it means betting on a specific team to win a game. While betting on a point **spread** is about who wins **and** by how much, a **moneyline** bet is solely about who wins.

## How are point spreads calculated?

For a given matchup, you want to compare the Pythagorean projected win totals of the two teams. Each half win is worth 1 **spread point**. For example, a team with a projected win total of 9 would be favored by 3 **points** on the **spread** over a team with a win total of 7.5.

## What is the spread in sports gambling?

The **spread**, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams. Bookmakers set a **spread** with the hopes of getting equal action on both sides of a game. For example, the Colts are a -3 point favorite against the Texans.

## 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**.

## Can you bet against the spread?

When **you bet** “**against the spread**,” it’s not enough for the favorite to win the game; now, they have to win by more than a specified amount (the point **spread**) in order for them to “cover the **spread**.” Let’s go over some of the basics of **betting** the **spread**.

## Are parlay bets against the spread?

The Types of **Bets** You Can Include in a **Parlay**

A variety of other **bets** that can be included in a **parlay bet**: moneylines, game totals, **bets against the spread**. However, you can’t **parlay** a **bet against the spread** and a moneyline **bet** from the same game.