What Is The Runline In Sports Betting & How To Use It
Still, they put together an elite defense last season, so the market sees them quite competitive with the Browns. In fact, it believes home field completely negates the Browns’ talent advantage. One Week 1 game sees 2020 Super Bowl contenders matched up in New Orleans.
A moneyline bet is the most straightforward wager you can make. With a moneyline bet, you are simply betting on who you think will win the game. In our example of 38.5, if you think the total points scored will be higher than 38 then you’d place a wager on the over. For those thinking less than 38 points will be scored a wager on the under would be more to your liking.
In fact, baseball, hockey, and soccer commonly set the run or goal line at 1.5, which rarely changes. The underdog will almost always be listed at +1.5, while the favorite will be listed at -1.5. Hockey betting is a great way to win money if you are familiar with the game.
Indeed, you’re getting lower odds (+100 to -160), but you are also increasing your chances of cashing the bet. However, when we’re adding 1.5 runs to their final score, the whole dynamic changes. Instead of taking the favorite straight up, you can bet they’ll win by at least 2 runs. Now, you’re no longer getting -108 odds on the Blue Jays, but +147. The runline gives the confident bettor a chance to make more. This time the Blue Jays’ 2 run victory over the Yankees is enough to cover the spread.
This means the sportsbook keeps less of the money they accept , which means more goes back to the bettors. The +1.5 indicates that the White Sox must either win the game outright or lose by a single run in order for a run line bet placed on them to win. The odds listed for the White Sox on the run line in our example are -150.
The under bet is even money, meaning a winning bet would double the amount placed on the bet. However, the over is -120, meaning you’d have to bet $120 to win $100 (or $12 to win $10). This usually means that the over is getting more bets and/or is viewed as the slightly more likely outcome. For example, in basketball, moving a line by half a point won’t dramatically change the bet, so that will often happen without the odds shifting. However, in hockey, moving a line by half a goal is a big difference.
“Covering the spread” is another way to say that a team won a point spread bet. In the above example, Ohio State winning by 7 points or more as a -6.5 favorite means they covered the spread. One team is the favorite, which needs to win the game by a certain amount. The other is the underdog, which can lose within a certain margin or win to cash the bet. The point spread is the life blood of American sports betting, giving each team an equal chance to cash a bet for you. NFL handicapping in sports betting lexicon means ‘leveling the playing fields’ so that both NFL teams have odds worthy of betting on.