NBA Point Spread Odds. The point spread is commonly known as just the “spread,” and is the number chosen by sportsbooks that they believe will encourage an equal number of people to wager on the underdog and the favorite. With NBA spreads, the negative value (-7.5) means the team is favored by 7.5 points.
Also known as the line or spread, college basketball point spread betting is one of the most exciting ways to bet on a game. Not a big surprise, since the sport is so exciting even without the betting aspect. With NCAA basketball spreads, a negative point spread value (-25.5) means that team is favored by 25.5 points.
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Typically, the odds for spread bets are -110 on each side, though that could fluctuate slightly depending on where a bet is being placed. Unlike in the moneyline market, bettors do not have to risk more money to back a heavier favorite, they instead have to lay more points with that favorite, who then has to win by a larger margin to cover the number.
Moneyline is the most common NBA betting line. Generally, it appears as +/- plus a digit, so +100, or -100. +100 is for the underdog, meaning that if you bet $100 you win $100 (total payout: $200...
Syracuse is a two-point favorite, with Louisville coming in as the two-point underdog in the game. Both sides are at -110 odds against the spread, meaning that bettors would have to risk $110 to win $100 betting on either team in this example. For this bet, the number of points in the margin of victory is significant.
Betting the point spread, straight up winner, and over/under point total are the three popular NBA bets. Sportsbooks also first half lines, live betting, and other betting angles. Who's the favorite to win the NBA Championship? For odds on where teams will finish in the NBA Playoffs, check out our NBA Futures page.
Ex. Bet $110 to win $100 (10% juice)Ex. Bet $100 to win $91.91 (10% juice) It's not uncommon to see other values posted other than -10. Examples seen on the College Basketball Vegas Odds pages could include -15 and -20. The added or extra ‘juice' on a point-spread is determined by the sportsbook or operator.
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