THE BASICS - Understanding the spread totals
+ is the underdog
- is the favorite
Example for the Super Bowl
Baltimore Ravens +3.5
San Francisco 49ers -3.5
Okay, based off what I already told you, we know that + is the underdog, therefore in this situation Ravens are the underdog, and San Fran is the favorite.
What does being the underdog mean? Well, it’s simple. They are given points to make the game “equal”.
So at the end of the game, ADD (remember it’s +) we add the 3.5 points to final score. So let say the Final Score is Ravens 17 49ers 20, we add the 3.5 to the Ravens
17+3.5=20.5 so its now Ravens 20.5 to 49ers 20, therefore, with the spread, Ravens bettors WIN even though Ravens lost the game.
Obviously, if the Ravens WIN the game, we win the bet since they were the underdog. If the Ravens Lose the game, but by less than 3.5, Raven bettors will still WIN!
It works the other too. So if we wanted to bet on the 49ers -3.5, that means they are GIVING points, which means they have to WIN by more than 3.5 points to win your bet.
So if the final score was Ravens 7 San Francisco 14
We take the MINUS number and subtract it from the final score. So San Fran 14-3.5 = 11.5 so for the spread its Ravens 7 San Fran 11.5, we WIN!
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