# What’s the Difference Between Point Spread, Line and Total Points?

When it comes to the NFL, there are many random terms that get thrown around quite frequently, and then there are some that you might actually want to know the definition of. One of these terms is “point spread.” If you’re not familiar, “point spread” is the difference in the number of points that are allotted to the away team compared to the number of points that are allotted to the home team. For example, if the visiting team is given 12 points and the home team is given 10 points, then the point spread would be 2 points (12 – 10 = 2).

If you understand the concept of a point spread, then you might also want to know what a line is. A line is exactly what you’d think it is – the line between the two teams. The line is based on the number of points that the two teams are playing with, but it is not necessarily the number of points that the team is actually winning by. For example, if the visiting team is given 12 points and the home team is given 14 points with 1 minute remaining, then the line would be 12 – 14, but the away team would still win the game (due to the point spread).

Now that you’re equipped with the definitions for point spread, let’s discuss how to actually calculate the line. There are several different formulas that you can use to figure out the line, but the most common one is a simple point differential. For example, if the visiting team is given 12 points and the home team is given 14 points with the point spread being 2 points, then the line would be calculated like this. The difference between the number of points (12 – 14) equals the line in this case, which is 2 points. (12 – 14) x 2 = 2 x 12 = 24.

When it comes to total points, that is the sum of the points scored by both teams regardless of whether the home team or the visiting team scored the first or the last point. For example, the visiting team is given 12 points and the home team is given 14 points with 1 minute remaining, then the total points would be 17 (12 + 14). If the home team scores a field goal in the last minute of play, then the total points would be 16 (12 + 14 – 2).

To recap, a point spread is the difference in the number of points that are allotted to the away team compared to the number of points that are allotted to the home team. A line is the line between the two teams, which is usually the number of points that are on the board at the end of the game. Total points are the sum of the points scored by both teams, regardless of whether the home team or the visiting team scored the first or the last point.

## Why Calculate The Point Spread?

The point spread is simply the difference in the number of points that are allotted to the visiting team and the number of points that are allotted to the home team. Therefore, the point spread can be used to gauge how much easier it will be for the visiting team to score points compared to the home team. It actually takes less effort for the visiting team because all they have to do is score more points than the other team to win.

A team that is playing from its own 15 yard line, for example, has a point spread of 7 points (15 – 10), so it will be easier for that team to score more points than a team that is playing from its 10 yard line. This is why it’s generally easier for the visiting team to score in the NFL. The home team will always play for the tie, while the visiting team is playing for the win. This is one reason why it’s good for the home team when a game is tied at the end of regulation.

## When Is The Best Time To Calculate The Point Spread?

In the NFL, it’s always good practice to calculate the point spread immediately after each quarter. This is because the momentum of the game can change dramatically in the final minutes of the first, second and third quarters. If you wait until after the game to calculate a point spread, then the numbers might not be accurate because there is still plenty of time for the visiting team to come back and win the game.

After each quarter, update the point spread and adjust it if it changes from the previous quarter. For instance, if the point spread was 7 points in favor of the home team in the first quarter and it changed to 6 points in favor of the away team in the second quarter, then that is a good indication that the momentum is shifting and the visitors will probably come back and win the game. On the other hand, if the point spread is 6 points in favor of the away team in the first quarter and it has not moved in the second quarter, then it’s probably safe to say that the game is still in the balance and there is still a chance for the home team to come back and win.

## How Many Points Should One Predict For The Point Spread?

As a rule of thumb, it’s usually a safe idea to predict that the point spread will be around 3 points. This is because there are usually fewer ties and close games in the NFL, and those games are decided by scores that are relatively close to even numbers (i.e. 3, 5, 7 etc.). For example, if the point spread is 3 points in favor of the home team and the game ends in a tie, then it’s probably best to predict that the point spread will be 3 points again when the game is replayed because there is usually no dramatic shift in momentum when a game ends in a tie – the teams will just shake hands and go home at the end of the day.

In the NFL, it is rare to see two games with identical point spreads. This is because the game evolves as the seasons go by and the visitors learn the ins and outs of the league. If you’re looking for easy money or just want to make some extra money on the side, then you should predict that the point spread will be different in the next game. The key to making money in the NFL is to keep up with the trends and know when to make the right prediction at the right time.

## How Do You Calculate The Line?

The line is simply the number of points that are on the board at the end of the game, regardless of whether the home team or the visiting team scored the first or the last point. Therefore, the line is usually a good indicator of how well the visiting team did compared to the home team. If the line is positive, then the visiting team did better than expected; if the line is negative, then the visiting team did worse than expected. The line can also give you an indication of how much easier or harder it will be for the visiting team to score compared to the home team. For example, if the line is 10 – 12, then that means it will be 10 points more difficult for the visiting team to score compared to the home team. If the line is -12 – 10, then it will be 12 points easier for the visiting team to score compared to the home team.

As mentioned before, it’s usually a safe idea to predict that the line will be around 3 points in most games. This is because there are usually fewer ties and close games in the NFL, and those games are usually decided by scores that are relatively close to even numbers (i.e. 3, 5, 7 etc.). If you’re looking for easy money or just want to make some extra money on the side, then you should predict that the line will be different in the next game. The key to making money in the NFL is to keep up with the trends and know when to make the right prediction at the right time.

## When Is The Best Time To Calculate The Line?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to calculate the line immediately after each quarter. This is because the momentum of the game can change dramatically in the final minutes of the first, second and third quarters. If you wait until after the game to calculate a line, then the numbers might not be accurate because there is still plenty of time for the visiting team to come back and win the game.

After each quarter, update the line and adjust it if it changes from the previous quarter. For instance, if the line was 10 – 12 in the first quarter and it changed to 8 – 14 in the second quarter, then that is a good indicator that the momentum is shifting and the visitors will probably come back and win the game. On the other hand, if the line was 8 – 14 in the first quarter and it has not moved in the second quarter, then it’s probably safe to say that the game is still in the balance and there is still a chance for the home team to come back and win.