Point Spreads Betting Guide
Basketball is one of the most exciting sports to watch and it is definitely one of the most exciting sports to bet on. There are a number of different basketball bets to place but one of the most popular forms of bets on basketball is points spread betting.
Points spread betting is simple but there is a need to get the hang of it before you engage too much with this style of spread betting. A points spread bet is when a handicap is placed onto one of the teams. The purpose of this handicap is to give both teams an equal chance of winning the game.
Over the course of a basketball season, a team will play a number of games against all of the other teams in the league or division. There will be some games where a team is closely matched to their opponent while there will be games where one team has a predicted advantage over their opponent.
If Miami Heat were taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers, most people would be happy to bet on the Miami Heat to win the match. However, the odds in favour of Miami Heat winning the match would be such that there was no real incentive to place a bet on this match. This is why the sportsbooks and bookmakers invented the point spread, to make both teams equally attractive when it comes to placing a bet on the outcome of the match.
For this match, Miami Heat would be classed as the favourites and if they were declared as being 10 point favourites, it would normally be written as Miami Heat -10. The Cleveland Cavaliers, as the underdog in the match, will be listed as Cleveland Cavaliers +10.
Points spread betting can make matches come alive
Anyone placing a bet on the Miami Heat will need the Heat by 11 points for the best to be a success. This is down to the fact that the Heat are favoured by a 10 point margin, so there is a need to take away 10 points from their score. If Miami Heat won 34-23, people who bet on the Heat would win. This is because the margin of victory was 11 points, which was one bigger than the 10 point spread. If Miami Heat triumphed 33-24, they would win the game but people who bet on the Heat at -10 would lose their bet. This is because the margin of victory was 9 points.
Conversely, if you placed a bet on the Cavaliers, you would need them to win the game or lose the game by 9 points or less. This is because 10 points are added to the overall score of the Cavaliers with this style of bet.
If Miami Heat won 34-23, people who bet on the Cavaliers would lose. This is because the margin of loss was 11 points, which was one bigger than the 10 point spread. If Miami Heat triumphed 33-24, they would win the game but people who bet on the Cavaliers at -10 would win their bet. This is because the margin of loss was 9 points.
Basketball, with point spread betting, ensures that every basketball match provides an opportunity for every sports betting fan to find value in a match.