How to Bet on the Pointspread at an Online Sportsbook
What is the Pointspread
The best way to describe the pointspread is as “The Great Equalizer.” In our example of the Chiefs and Jaguars, the linemakers will set a pointspread that would attract betting action on Jacksonville that they otherwise would not receive. If the Jaguars are a 10-point home dog they will obviously get a lot more betting dollars drawn their way than if there was no pointspread at all.
On a 10-point spread the Chiefs would have to win by 11 or more points for the bet to win. If the Chiefs win the game by nine points or less, or lose the game outright, Jacksonville wins the bet. If Kansas City were to win the game by 10 points the game would be considered a “push” will all bets refunded to gamblers.
You can bet pointspreads on entire games, quarters, halves or with live betting.
What Goes into the Pointspread?
The Overlay and Casual Money
Media hype, team branding, and marquee man cache are a big part of how the betting lines end up. Perhaps the best example of a team that is consistently overvalued are the Dallas Cowboys. Branded for over 40 years as “America’s Team” and with showman promoter and owner Jerry Jones the Cowboys are a worldwide brand. With that in mind a lot of fan money is bet on the Cowboys each week regardless of whether the price is too high on Dallas or not.Remember, whoever says the pointspread is based on what “Vegas thinks” is totally ignorant and wrong. The pointspread is based on what Vegas thinks that YOU think. Online sportsbooks can read the gambling public like a book and will set their lines accordingly. After all, its their job and how they make their money.