While the point spreads and over/under totals usually catch the attention of gamblers, there is another crucial number that impacts sports betting – the “right way / wrong way” score. This score, which is sometimes called the “polarization” of a game or a score, indicates whether the outcome of the game will be considered “successful” or “unsuccessful” based on the score that is posted for the game. For example, if the score is 55-45 in favor of the home team, you can expect that most people considering that game to be successful will bet on the home team. However, if the score is 45-55 in favor of the away team, the opposite will be true – most people considering that game to be unsuccessful will bet on the away team. This number is extremely important in determining how profitable or how unprofitable a sporting event might be. It is also a good indicator of whether a bettor will be able to make money or lose money on a particular game. Below, you will find a detailed explanation of what is a right way / wrong way score, along with some examples of how these scores are calculated.

## The Basics Of Calculating A Right Way / Wrong Way Score

Whether you are new to sports betting or have been doing it for a while, you will need to understand how a right way / wrong way score is calculated before you can successfully use this information to your advantage. Essentially, this score is determined by comparing the outcome of the athletic event (in this example, a sporting event such as a football or basketball game) with what is called “over/under” total, which is the total number of points that are expected to be scored by both teams participating in the event. If the over/under total is 45 or greater, the game is considered to be a “winner take all” proposition, meaning that the team to score the most points will win the game. In line with this, if the over/under total is below 45, the teams will more than likely have a split record (i.e., each team will win some games and lose some games), and the winner will be determined by some sort of playoff procedure. This example below uses the NFL over/under totals to demonstrate how this works:

- If the over/under total is 45 or greater, it will be considered a “winner take all” proposition. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more, they will win the game. If they do not score 24 points or more, the Patriots will win the game.
- If the over/under total is below 45, it will be considered a “push” proposition. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more, they will win the game. However, if they do not score 24 points or more, it will be a tie and the winner is determined by some sort of playoff procedure.
- If the over/under total is between 36 and 44.5, it is considered a “split” proposition. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more, they will win the game. However, if they do not score 24 points or more, it will be a tie and the winner is determined by some sort of playoff procedure.

## An Example Of How A Right Way / Wrong Way Score Is Calculated

Let’s take a look at an example of how a right way / wrong way score is calculated. We will use the NFL over/under totals from last week as the basis for this example:

- If the 49ers score 24 points or more and the over/under total is 45 or greater, it will be considered a “winner take all” proposition. Since the over/under total is 45 or greater, the game is considered a “winner take all” proposition and the 49ers will win the game.
- If the score is 24-14 in favor of the Patriots and the over/under total is 44.5 or greater, it will be considered a “split” proposition. Since the over/under total is above the 36-point threshold, the game will be considered a “push” proposition and a tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner. In this case, the Patriots will win the game because they have one more point than the 49ers.
- If the 49ers score 24 points or more and the over/under total is below 44.5, it will be considered a “push” proposition. Since the over/under total is below the 44.5-point threshold, the game is considered a “push” proposition and a tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner. In this case, the 49ers will win the game because they scored more points than the Patriots.

## The Difference Between The Right Way And Wrong Way Scores

The main difference between the right way and wrong way scores is how they are determined. The wrong way score is simply the total number of points scored by the team with the higher score. For example, in the first example above, the 49ers scored 24 points and the over/under total was 45, which means that most people considering that game to be successful will bet on the 49ers. This can be determined by looking at the wrong way score – 24. Conversely, the right way score takes into account whether or not the score is a “winner take all” proposition. In the first example above, the over/under total is 45 or greater, which means that the game is a “winner take all” proposition and a 49ers win is the most probable outcome. Because this is a “winner take all” proposition, the right way score will also be 24 – the 49ers’ score. In the next example, the over/under total is below the 45-point threshold, which means that the game is a “push” proposition and a tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner. Because the over/under total is below 45, the right way score will be 14 – the Patriots’ score:

- If the over/under total is 45 or greater, it will be considered a “winner take all” proposition. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more, they will win the game. If they do not score 24 points or more, the Patriots will win the game.
- If the over/under total is below 45, it will be considered a “push” proposition. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more, they will win the game. However, if they do not score 24 points or more, it will be a tie and the winner is determined by some sort of playoff procedure.
- If the over/under total is between 36 and 44.5, it is considered a “split” proposition. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more, they will win the game. However, if they do not score 24 points or more, it will be a tie and the winner is determined by some sort of playoff procedure.

## What Is The Purpose Of The Right Way / Wrong Way Score?

The right way / wrong way score indicates whether or not a person considering a game to be successful will probably wager on that team. Simply put, if the right way score is 24 or greater and the over/under total is 45 or greater, the game is considered a “winner take all” proposition and the team with the higher score will likely win. In this case, if the 49ers score 24 points or more and you are considering that game to be successful, you can bet on them because most people considering that game to be successful will bet on the 49ers.

If the over/under total is below the 45-point threshold and the right way score is 14 or greater, the game is a “push” proposition and a tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner. In this case, if you are considering that game to be successful, you can bet on the Patriots because most people considering that game to be successful will bet on the Patriots.

If the over/under total is between 36 and 44.5 and you are considering that game to be successful, it is considered a “split” proposition and the team with the higher score will win. In this case, you should probably bet on the 49ers because most people considering that game to be successful will bet on the 49ers.