A point spread in athletics is a figure set by oddsmakers to provide an advantage or disadvantage based on the margin of victory or defeat for a particular team. The”favorite” group (labeled with a”-” sign) would be at the disadvantage since they would need to win the game by a fixed variety of points while the”underdog” group (labeled with a”+” sign) will be given an edge to never lose the game by a set variety of points. The motive oddsmakers do this is to provide betting interest for the two sides due to a single team typically being better than another.
Here is an example of an NFL game where point spreads are used and how it would look:
Dallas -4.5 (-110)
New York +4.5 (-110)
As you can see, Dallas is your 4.5-point favorite which means they would have to win the game by five points or more to win the bet. Conversely, New York is a 4.5-point underdog so they would have to win or not lose the match by more than four points to win the bet.
If Dallas wins 20-17, they then win by three points and did NOT pay the 4.5 points, but New York has”covered the spread” since they remained inside 4.5 points.
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