# What Does Plus 250 Mean in Betting?

The meaning of ‘plus 250′ in sports betting is that the number represents the point spread (also known as the ‘point difference’), which means the team with the higher score (when the teams are the same score, the game is a tie) will win the game. For example, the Boston Celtics are playing the Toronto Raptors with the score tied at the end of the second quarter. If the Celtics have a point spread of +250, that means the score at the end of the third quarter will determine the winner. In the NBA, teams usually play at least 40 minutes so that there is more than enough time for both teams to make good use of their timeouts.

## What Is The Point Spread For?

The point spread is used to make betting more interesting for the readers and to give the bookmaker some wiggle room. If a bookmaker sets the point spread too low, it can hurt their profit margins, so they will usually choose to err on the side of caution and set the point spread a little higher than needed. This way, they will be able to take advantage of unexpected results and winnings from matches where the final score was not what was expected at the start of the game. Take the 2018 NBA Playoffs, for example. The Indiana Pacers were the clear underdogs going into the playoffs, and even after overcoming some tough challenges in the regular season, the majority of fans and analysts did not see them making it past the first round. But the Pacers stunned the basketball world by upsetting the favoured Raptors in six games and advancing to the second round. After their upset win in Toronto, the Pacers were a massive 2.5-point favourites (100-98.5) against the heavily-favored (and eventual champions) Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the line opened up at +500, meaning the total points scored over the course of the 6 games would decide the winner. The underdog Pacers ended up being just right as they scored 1.5 more points per game than their rival in total points, giving them a 3-2 advantage and win the series 4-2.

## How Does The Point Spread Work?

The point spread is used in conjunction with betting odds. If a bookie sets the line at 95% confidence and the score is 50-50 at the end of the third quarter, the stake-holder will win 5% of his money back (assuming he placed the correct wager). So if the game ends up being a blowout and the Raptors win by 20 points, the stake-holder will lose 5% of his original investment, but if the game is close at the end and the Celtics win by 4 points, he will win 4% of his investment back.