In the world of sports betting, there are many terms and phrases you’ll come across. If you’re not sure what some of them mean, here’s a quick guide:
At the Last Stand
Although unlikely, it’s possible that the season will come to an end with no clear winner. In those last few games of the season, the majority of the betting public will still have a faint hope that their team can pull off a miracle and go up higher in the win column. Those desperate final bets might even push the overall winning rate for those games slightly higher than usual.
In a situation like this, the bookmakers will often allow you to “back” (or bet on) the underdogs. If you’ve been keeping up with all the odds, you’ll know that the favorite has always had a slight advantage in the betting. But because of the uncertainty of the ending, the underdogs have become available for wagers. Hence the expression “at the last stand” when referring to a sporting event where no one seems to be sure of the outcome.
Attack Of The Tricky Trends
Odds change, and sometimes they change direction quickly. In most sports, if you look at the current odds before and after a game has been played, you’ll see that they’ve shifted. Sometimes in the opposite direction to the previous odds, sometimes they’ve even flipped. These are called betting trends, and they can be extremely useful in predicting the outcome of a game. For example, if you see that the total amount of goals scored in a game is increasing, there’s a good chance that the team who scores the most goals will win. But if the amount of goals is decreasing, then it could mean that the opposite team is on the rise.
Actual Total Score
In many sports, there’s a direct correlation between the total score and the likelihood of winning. If you’re watching a game between two evenly matched teams, it’s important to look at the total score, not just at who’s winning at the end. The reason is that there’s always a chance that one of the teams could pull off an upset and win by a large margin. So if you’re just looking at the final score, you might miss out on an important piece of information. In a way, looking at the total score is like being a judge and viewing the actual court case, instead of just the judgment at the end.
All Time Series
If you’re a fan of a particular sport, you’ll often see the term ‘all time series’ used to reference a specific matchup. For example, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are two professional basketball teams. If you look at their respective all time series, you’ll see that they’ve played each other hundreds of times, with the series currently being tied at 69 wins each. What this means is that regardless of the date or venue, there’s always been a good chance of seeing one of these teams compete against each other.
On the surface, it would appear that each matchup is equally exciting to watch. But in reality, there’s a significant difference. The Miami Heat have won the all time series by a large margin, which is mainly due to the fact that they’re the superior team. When comparing the two, you’ll notice that their wins come with an average margin of 15 points, while the Celtics’ wins are by an average of four points. In other words, the bets are usually settled in favor of the better team, which is usually the one with the largest margin of victory.
These are just some of the more common terms and phrases you’ll encounter in the world of sports betting. Hopefully, this article has helped clear up some of the jargon and provided a better understanding of how some of these terms relate to each other.