# What Does +7 Mean in Betting?

When you place a bet on the NHL, you aren’t just betting on your favorite team. You also need to consider the total number of points that will be scored by both teams during the game.

While it is nice to be able to guess which team will win based on their last match or the strength of their lineup, the reality is that the amount of points scored is almost always a surprise. Especially since the spread between the two teams is usually very slim. Unless you’re reading the weekly sports book, it’s usually a case of the favorite going over. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the total number of points scored when handicapping a game.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the significance of the +7 number and how you can apply it effectively to your betting decisions.

## The Significance Of The +7 Number

The +7 number is pretty self-explanatory; it represents the number of points scored by the visiting team. In the case of a push, or a tie, there will be no points scored. But as we’ve established, you usually have to go with the favored team, which means that most of the time the +7 number will end up being positive. This means that if you’re playing against the spread, you can expect that the amount of points scored by the visiting team will be at least seven more than the total amount of points scored by the home team.

Since the total number of points scored is usually the key factor in determining the winner of a game, placing a +7 on a hockey line will usually make your job as a sports bettor much easier. You won’t have to worry about whether or not your favorite team will cover the spread, because they’ll usually have at least seven points to cover. This tends to limit the mistakes you can make as a football handicapper, since you can’t afford to give up too many points in the case of a loss.

## How Do You Calculate The +7 Number?

Once you’re aware of the significance of the +7 number, it’s easy enough to figure out how to calculate it. Simply add seven to the total number of points scored by the home team. So if the home team scores 3 goals, your 7-point total will be equal to 10, because 7 + 3 = 10. But if the home team scores 5 goals, your 7-point total will be equal to 13. This is because 7 + 5 = 12. Essentially, the more goals the home team scores, the higher the +7 total will be. And the opposite is true for the away team. If they score a lot of goals, the total will be closer to 0. This is because 7 + 0 = 0.