# What Does the Line Mean in Sports Betting?

The line is an essential part of any sports bet. It’s the number that represents this wager, and, as a result, it has several different meanings. Here, we’ll discuss the most common ones.

## The Number of Paces That A Runner Will Cover

The first and most basic meaning of the line is how fast a specific runner will cover the given distance. Paces can be either positive or negative, so a -200 (Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls) line means that the Celtics are favored to win the game by two touchdowns or more (covering twice the distance as usual).

The key to understanding the line is that it is constantly fluctuating, so it can change in either direction. The bookies (that is, the people who make sports bets) take this into consideration, which is why they always have something available for both parties: either they have a minus number for you to bet on, or they have a plus number to offer. If you don’t have a bookie willing to take your bet (or, alternatively, the game isn’t considered exciting enough to justify taking a wager), then you’re out of luck.

## The Total Number Of Pushes On A Roulette Wheel

Another way to look at a line is in terms of the total number of pushes (or spins) on a roulette wheel, with betting on the side. If you’ve played roulette before, then you know that there’s always a chance of getting a massive number of pushes (and, consequently, a massive payout). The key with this interpretation is in the betting structure itself: you always have to bet on the side of the house, and only in rare cases do you find yourself on the receiving end of a payout, in which case it’s considered a lucky shot.

In general, the more you play, the more you’ll understand the meaning behind these numbers. It’s all about probabilities and what could happen if certain circumstances come to pass. Sometimes, you can get lucky and win big, but you have to be prepared for the possibility of losing as well.

## The Number Of Goals A Team Will Score In The Given Time

This is almost the same as the previous one, but it is slightly different in the way that the line is used. This line is generally put down when a team is heavily favored to score a certain number of goals in the given time (usually the first half).

The idea is that if a team is expected to score a lot of goals, then you can bet that they will keep up their offensive pace in the second half as well. This is different from saying that the team will score exactly how many goals that they are expected to score, as there’s always the chance that they will score fewer than expected. This is just one of the many examples of why you need to keep in mind the meaning of the line when using it.

## The Total Number Of Tackles A Defensive Player Will Make In The Given Time

This is similar to the previous two, but this one will only apply if the defense (usually the defensive line) is considered the more dominant team. The way that this line is calculated is by looking at the total number of tackles that their defensive player will make, within the given time, and comparing it to the total, given time-tackles made by the offense (usually the offensive line).

If the number is high enough, then it can be assumed that the defensive player in question will get some serious tackles and, potentially, even cause some havoc in the backfield (if he can get past the offensive line).

## The Number Of Touchdowns A Football Will Be Scored With In The Given Time

One more variation on the theme of the previous two. This time, we will look at a line that indicates how many touchdowns a football will be scored with, within the given time. Naturally, this is just an extension of the previous two items, but instead of talking about goals and pushes, we’re going with touchdowns.

Again, as with the previous two examples, this line will fluctuate based on what is known about the game. If you’re expecting a low number of touchdowns, then you can bet that the score will be low as well. Or, conversely, if you’re betting on the side of the house, then this could mean that the touchdowns will be high, as they usually are for that team.

When it comes to understanding the line, it’s important to keep in mind that there are always exceptions to the rules. The key is keeping an open mind and being willing to adapt your strategy based on what you learn.