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If you’re standing in a sportsbook and want to bet an NFL game, but you don’t have a clue what all the numbers mean, here’s a quick overview.
Learning how to bet football is relatively easy. Betting an NFL point spread is a bet based on the winning margin of victory. Let’s use the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints as an example.
465 Saints 47.5 (-110)
466 Packers -3.5 (-110)
The -3.5 number means that the Packers must win by four points to win the bet. Think of it this way, when the game starts; the score is Saints 0 – Packers -3.5. If the Packers win by 1, 2, or 3, your bet will lose.
Likewise, the Saints are +3.5 point underdogs, which means they can win the game or lose by up to three points, and you would still win your bet.
There are two more important numbers to note. The (-110) is the amount the bet costs. If you wanted to win $100, you would have to bet $110. The 465/466 numbers are called rotation numbers (some sportsbooks and apps do not use these). These numbers allow you to quickly identify to your ticket writer what game you want to bet.
If you wanted to bet the Packers, at the window, you would say $110 on 466 Green Bay Spread.
In simple terms, betting a moneyline is betting who will win the game. The biggest problem betting the moneyline in the NFL is that if you want to bet on a big favorite, it will get costly. However, betting underdogs to win the game outright can be a very profitable endeavor.
Looking at our Green Bay/New Orleans example, if Green Bay is a -3.5 point favorite, the moneyline would roughly be Green Bay -155 and New Orleans +135. The minus number means you would have to bet $155 to win $100, while the plus number means you would win $135 when you bet just $100.
It’s not uncommon seeing double-digit favorites that are -700. That means you would have bet $7 to win $1. That’s generally an expensive bet that can go wrong very quickly.
One of the best ways to bet the NFL is betting totals, also known as the over/under. The game total is the combined number of points scored in the game. In our Green Bay/New Orleans matchup, your sportsbook may offer a total of 47.5 points. That means Green Bay and New Orleans would have to combine for 47 points or fewer to go under the total. Likewise, they would need to score more than 48 points to go over the total.
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