- In spread bets, a team must cover the listed margin.
- Negative numbers indicate the favored team and positive numbers indicate the underdog.
- For example, if the spread is listed as Ravens -7, the Ravens must win the game by at least 8 points in order to cover the spread. Conversely, if the line is listed as Miami Dolphins +7, the Dolphins must lose by 6 or fewer points, or win the game outright, in order to cover the spread.
- In this case, if the Ravens won by 7, the bet would be a push.
- Spreads have moneylines attached to them, which indicate the financial upside or downside of a given bet.
- In the example above, if the moneyline assigned to Ravens -7 is -115, that means that a $115 bet will return $100 if Baltimore beats the spread. If the moneyline attached to Dolphins +7 is +110, that means that a $100 bet will return $110 if Miami beats the spread.
- This type of bet is most common in football and basketball betting and variations are featured in baseball (run line) and hockey (puck line) as well.
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