Definition: Same as â€œLineâ€ Used to even the odds of a particular sporting event. Each team has points either added to its final score or subtracted from its final score, to determine if the bet is a winner. Examples: In the Bengals vs Bucs game, Bucs are the favorite so Bucs will be -7. Betting on the Bucs means they have to win by more than 7 points for you to win your bet. Bengals are +7. Betting on the Bengals means they can lose by up to 7 points and you will still win your bet.
a device established by bookmakers to equalize 2 teams for betting purposes; e.g., if a team is considered to be 4 points better than another, the spread is 4 points; to win a bet on the favorite, that team would need to win by more than the spread (in this case, by more than 4 points); the margin of victory can be more important than whether a team wins or loses.
A method used to handicap a game that shows which team is favored over the other. Example: Philadelphia -7 Dallas This shows that Philadelphia is predicted to win over Dallas by 7 points. Philadelphia is -7 points and Dallas is +7 points.