# How Do Point Spreads Work?

## What does a 7 point spread mean?

Bears +7.

The (-) before the 7 indicates that the Colts were the point spread favorites.

The (+) indicates that the Bears were the point spread underdogs.

If one were to bet on the Colts, the Colts would have to win by a total of 8 points for the bettor to win.

## How do point spreads work in football?

A straight bet is the most common type of football bet. The point spread: When betting on football, the team you bet on must “cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points. The point spread is always placed to the immediate right of the team that is favored.

## What do point spreads 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.

## How are point spreads determined?

To generate point spreads each week, you must compare two teams playing each other and determine the difference in their “Power Ratings Win Total”. For each half win of difference, you add one point to the spread. For example: The Power Ratings Spread is New England -8.

## What does a +200 money line mean?

For example, a money line of +200 would mean that you would make a profit of \$200 if you bet \$100 and were correct. A negative money line represents the amount that you would have to bet to win \$100 if you were correct. For example, a -200 money line means you would win \$100 if you bet \$200 and won.

## What is 2.5 point spread?

Philadelphia +2.5 means that Philadelphia is the underdog and has been “spotted” or “given” 2.5 points; if Philadelphia loses by 2 or fewer points, it is a winning bet (if Philadelphia pulls an outright upset, it is also a winning bet). Usually, a point spread is listed with a corresponding money line.

## What is covering the spread?

For a favorite, it means winning by more than the spread amount of points. For an underdog, it means either winning, or losing by fewer than the spread amount of points. If a team covers the spread, people who bet on it win, people who bet against it lose. If it doesn’t cover, then the reverse is true.

## What’s the point spread for the Super Bowl?

The home team gets a boost in the point spread, usually of 2.5 or three points depending on their home-field advantage. However, the Super Bowl is played on a neutral field, so that is removed to a certain extent.

## What if point spread is a tie?

On occasions the point spread will be a whole number, for example eight, which means that it is possible for the game to end in a tie after the point spread has been applied. If the game does indeed end in a tie, then the bet will be considered a push, and your stake will be returned with no winner and no loser.