# What Is the Puck Line in Sports Betting?

One of the most difficult things for a sports bettor is keeping up with all of the rules and regulations governing sports betting in their state. Trying to keep up with all of the different lines and all of the different strategies can leave you paralyzed by doubt. Let’s face it, being a smart sports bettor doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding problems, it just means knowing how to deal with them when they occur. One of the more complex areas of U.S. sports betting is the Puck Line. What is the Puck Line? How do I calculate the Puck Line? Where does it come from? Why is it significant? These are some of the questions that a new or prospective sports bettor might ask themselves when confronted with the Puck Line. Answering these questions is the purpose of this article. We will try to shed some light on the Puck Line and how to utilize it to your advantage when placing a wager on a sporting event.

## What Is the Puck Line In Sports Betting?

For those of you who don’t know, the Puck Line (also known as the ‘Point Spread’ or ‘Point Value’) is how much a team is favored to win the game. The line is made up of two numbers separated by an arrow, for example: Team A +3.5 means that the team is favored to win the game by 3.5 points (3.5). The term ‘puck line’ originates from the sport of hockey where each goal scored by the home team is worth one hockey puck and each goal scored by the visitor is worth two pucks. In today’s sports betting parlance, we usually use ‘points’ instead of ‘pucks’, but the concept is the same. One point is equal to one dollar in terms of the number of actionable bets available. You can access point values for all major sporting events here. The goal is to find the best possible betting line that you can for each game.

## How Do I Calculate the Puck Line?

If you want to calculate the Puck Line for a specific game, you will first need to look at the current point values for that particular game. Next, you will need to locate the odds for the respective teams. For example, if you are looking at a college football game between the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee, you would first need to know that the Tide have a point value of 44.8 and the Volunteers have a point value of 37.1. You can then use the odds provided for those point values to determine the ‘spread’ or ‘line’ for that particular game. In this case, the BOT (Betting Odds Translator) has provided the following odds for the game: Alabama -5.0 and Volunteers +5.0. When using these odds, you need to enter a wager of five dollars to win four dollars. Since four dollars is the lowest possible winning wager, your loss (or gain) will be capped at four dollars. In this case, you would need to subtract 44.8 from 57 (5 – 5), giving you a net loss of 12.8. 12.8 x 4 = 49.76 (your loss to the bookmaker) plus 4 x 4 = 24 (your gain from the bookmaker) for a total of 65.76.

## Why Do Books Favor One Team More Than The Other?

There are a few reasons why sportsbooks might favor one team over the other when placing a wager on a game. For example, if you are looking at a spread between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, the bookmaker may believe that the Gators are a little more skilled than the Dawgs and will give the better odds to the winning team. Another factor to consider is the market (or demand) for each team. The greater the demand, the greater the price offered for that particular team. If you are looking to make money, try to find games where the demand is high and one team is significantly more popular than the other.

## How Does The Puck Line Affect My Bets?

From the previous example, you can see that when using the plus sign to indicate a plus sign game (a spread in which one team is favored) the BOT will translate that number into a percentage of winners (profitability). For example, take a look at the following betting lines where the Over/Under is set at 48: Bama -1, Oviedo +1, Syracuse -2.5, Utah -3, Stanford -3, and Vanderbilt -4. If you were to place a wager on any of these games, you would win (or lose) the amount wagered less (or more) than you would have if those odds had been placed evenly (50% chance of winning for each team). In this case, the BOT has assigned a percent value of 55% to Alabama’s and 45% to the other team’s, respectively. When using this line, you can expect to win (or lose) around 55% of your wager with the bookmaker. Keep in mind: this is just an example and is not necessarily reflective of how the line will perform in reality. Using these percentages, you can determine how much you will win (or lose) by using common sense and basic arithmetic. For more information on how to calculate your winning percentage when using the puck line, visit this page from Bovada.

## Where Can I Go To Get More Information On The Puck Line?

If you’re looking to get more information on the Puck Line, you can head over to Bovada where you will find a section devoted specifically to explaining the ins and outs of the line (as well as a lot more relevant information). If you have any further questions, feel free to contact them via live chat or by sending an email.

## When Is It Effective To Use The Puck Line?

If you’re looking to place a wager on the Puck Line, it is imperative to understand when it is and is not effective to use the line. If you’re new to the game, it is advised to use the puck line for smaller games with lesser stakes or if you’re looking to place a side wager on a game. Trying to use the line on a high-stakes game may backfire and result in you losing more money than you can afford to risk. One final note: when using the line, it is important to keep an open mind and not get too attached to your picks because, as we mentioned above, these numbers can and often do change. It is important not to get too attached to any lineup or score prediction because no matter how much you may want it to be true, in the end, the Universe has a funny way of keeping things in balance.