What Does “Betting Against the Spread” Mean?

Most people are familiar with the term “spread.” You may have even used it yourself when placing a sports bet. The term refers to the difference between the points scored by the favorite and the underdog in an athletic contest. When you select an underdog in your sports betting, you are essentially betting “against the spread.” You are essentially giving the favorite the points, while hoping to win some money on the side. It is important to note, however, that “against the spread” does not always mean that your money is on the side of the favorites. There are many different contexts in which you may be betting against the spread, so it is important to know the exact meaning of this particular term when using it.

When Does “Betting Against the Spread” Mean?

Like many phrases that exist in the world of sports, “betting against the spread” can have several different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. In general, if you are taking a bet on a game, you will be “betting against the spread” whenever one of the two teams you are backing is considered an underdog. For example, if you are backing the Kansas City Chiefs, you will be “betting against the spread” whenever the pointspread for the game favors the New England Patriots, since the Chiefs are considered an underdog in every game they play.

Is It Always Better To Bet On The Underdog?

It is important to note that, in general, it is better to bet on the underdog. This applies to both the spread and the moneyline in a casino or sports booksetting. For example, if you feel the pointspread for a basketball game favors your team, you will want to enter a wager on the underdog. Why? Because the pointspread will always favor the more popular team. Consider this: in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls have won the majority of their games (1926-2013) over the past 87 seasons. They are currently leading the all-time regular season winning percentage chart at 75.8%. The next closest team to the Bulls is the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won only 14.7% of their games during the same time period. It is important to note that winning percentage is not always an accurate indicator of a team’s quality. However, in this case, it does appear to be a reliable metric.

How Many Games Does It Take For The Underdog To Stop Being An Underdog?

In general, it takes a lot of games for an underdog to stop being an underdog. In fact, if you look at the historical winning percentages for both teams, you will see that it takes a historically high number of games for an underdog to overcome its status. For example, the Pittsburgh Pirates are currently enjoying their most successful season in decades. They are currently 2.5 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card race. The odds of the Giants winning the Wild Card are currently 5/1. If the season ended today, the Giants would win the Wild Card based on those odds. However, consider this: since the start of September, the Giants have not been considered underdogs in any game they have played. In fact, they are 9-0 in those games. It will take a lot more than 3-2/3 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates to overcome their underdog status.

More Than Meets The Eye

It is important to note that, in addition to being an underdog in games, the Kansas City Chiefs are also considered underdogs based on the points they are projected to accumulate in the upcoming season. This is because the Chiefs have a higher total points allowance as an undermanned team. Consider this: the New England Patriots are currently the favorites to win the 2017 Super Bowl, largely because they are a popular team and because New England is always considered an underdog when it comes to the NFL championship. The Patriots have a higher points allowance than the Chiefs, and most people consider it extremely unlikely that the Super Bowl will be played at the same time as the Conference Championship. This is because the Patriots play in the larger New England area, while the Chiefs play in the more rural (and warmer) Kansas City area. The smaller population in the Kansas City area makes it more difficult for its teams to make it to the Super Bowl than it is for the teams in the Boston area. This is why the Patriots may actually end up having less favorable odds than the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, even though they are currently considered underdogs.

The Biggest Loser

The phrase “betting against the spread” is also used in reference to the NFL’s Wild Card playoff game. The winners of these games earn the right to play in the Divisional Round (the playoffs). It is important to note that the winner of the Wild Card Game does not always go on to win the Divisional Round. This is because the Divisional Round is played in the same manner as the Super Bowl, and the winner is determined by total points, not by who is the biggest favorite.

Determining Undesirability

There are a number of ways in which an organization or a team can be considered “underdog,” including but not limited to games, point spreads, and total points allowed. For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers are an underdog in the point spread for the entire 2017 MLB season. This is because, based on the current MLB pointspread, the Dodgers will win the World Series in 2017, largely because they are an LA team and because they are underdogs in every game this season. The same can be said about the Montreal Expos, who have been underdogs in every game this season as well. The Chicago Cubs are also considered underdogs in total points allowed, as their 2016 performance indicates that they do not belong in the neighborhood where their statistics are located. The Houston Astros are 6-0 (and counting) in games this season in which they were considered underdogs, based on the current NFL pointspread. This means they have stopped being underdogs, but it also means their streak will likely continue into the future as well.

Why Bet On A Game That Means Nothing?

It is important to keep in mind that not all underdogs are created equal. Some teams are more likely to win than others, so it is important to consider the history and performance of the team you are backing and the amount of money you are willing to wager. In addition, it is important to consider how the team plays, how they will perform in the coming season, and what games they are most likely to win. For example, based on current NFL odds, the Green Bay Packers are heavy favorites to win the 2017 Super Bowl. This is largely because the Packers have been one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL over the past decade. They have only lost 13 games in the past ten seasons. This year’s Super Bowl will be played in February, so there is plenty of time for the Packers to continue their streak. The same can be said about the Dallas Cowboys. In the past ten years, the Cowboys have lost only two games in the month of February. Also important to note is that neither team in the 2018 Super Bowl are considered underdogs, based on the current NFL pointspread. This means that whoever wins, wins the super-favoritism sweepstakes.

When Do The Playoffs Start?

The playoffs start the day after the last game of the regular season. This year, the postseason will start on January 11, 2018. The matchups for the Divisional Round (the first round of the playoffs) are decided based on the results of the previous season. For example, in the American League, the Boston Red Sox will play the Oakland A’s in the Divisional Round. This is because the A’s win divisional titles in both the AL East and the AL Central, while the Red Sox win their division in the AL East. It is important to note that the order of the Divisional Round is determined based on the position of teams in the standings at the end of the regular season. For example, if the top two teams in the NL Central are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds, they will play in a tiebreaker game on October 4th. The winner of that game will be the team that scores the most runs during the game. If those teams are tied at the end of regulation, they will continue playing into extra innings. The same can be said about the NL West. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently tied for first place in the NL West. This means that, per normal protocol, the two teams will play a tiebreaker game. However, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers have agreed to let the fans choose the game location, and the fans have chosen Oakland. This will be the first postseason game in the history of the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers, so plenty of passion will be on display during that game.