# Who Is the Favorite to Win Plus or Minus in Betting?

In most sports, people enjoy making wagers on the outcome of games. However, in reality sports such as football and basketball, the actual point-spread can be quite volatile. That is why professional analysts develop strategies and use various mathematical formulae to accurately forecast the final outcome of a game. One of the simplest and most popular methods is to apply a plus or minus symbol to the first finisher in a race. The plus (or minus) symbol simply indicates how much an individual or team is favored to win the event.

## Why Do We Use Point-Spreads To Bet On Sports?

Aside from the simplicity of using a straight line or point-spread to make wagers, one of the most compelling reasons to use point-spreads is the ability to combine multiple events into single bets. For instance, if one were to wager \$100 on the winner of the New York Yankees and Giants game, one would be obligated to wager \$100 on both teams. But if one were to use a point-spread to make the same wager, one would only be responsible for wagering \$100 on the outcome of the baseball game.

## Will The Favorites Remain The Favorites?

Although it is quite difficult to predict the outcome of sporting events with any degree of precision, using current trends and information one can get a pretty good idea of which individual or team is likely to outperform the rest. In the case of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, the Atlanta Braves are the overwhelming favorites at 3.8 to 1, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. From the starting lineups, to the betting lines, to the number of games the teams will play, there is very little doubt as to whom the baseball fans will end up backing. With the exception of the San Francisco Giants, no one is likely to catch up with the juggernaut that is the Atlanta Braves. The rest of the Major Leagues have much to learn from the strategies the Braves employ as they march to the top of the mountain.

## What Events Can I Use To Bet On?

The great thing about using a point-spread is that one need not limit oneself to just one type of sport. Many bookmakers offer a variety of point-spread wagers that can be applied to any sport. That is why professionals in the field usually advise against using sports other than ones’ experience in. For example, if one has never seen a hockey game, one should not use hockey as a betting option. If one is new to betting, it is advisable to start out with simpler sports and work one’s way up. It’s a good idea to research the odds of different sports and event types before making a wager. That will only benefit the individual or team that one is backing. The worst thing a person can do is show up at the game unprepared, thinking the best way to bet on a ballgame is by simply placing a wager on the total running score. That is a surefire way to lose one’s money fast.

## How Many Times Has The Favorite Finished First?

One of the most reliable indicators of which team or individual is going to win the race is the number of times the favorite has beaten the spread. The best way to bet on baseball, for example, is to look at the history books and determine which team has been the most successful over the course of the season. If one is familiar with sports betting, then one can simply search for different events and compare the winning percentages against the favorites. As mentioned previously, in most sports the favorite stays the favorite for most of the season. But if one looks at the recent past, there is always the possibility that the favorite’s winning streak will come to an abrupt end. Just remember, in life as in sports, there is always the possibility of a major upset. So while one might want to avoid betting against the favorite, one should always be prepared to jump on the opportunity if one feels that a definite upset is bound to happen.

## Who Is The Biggest Challenger To The Favorite?

In any competitive endeavor, there will always be someone or something standing in the way of the winner. In the case of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, several teams are likely to pose a challenge to the Braves. The St. Louis Cardinals have been playing fantastic baseball this year, and even though they are currently behind in the standings, one cannot help but wonder how far the playoffs might bring them. The San Francisco Giants are also a threat, as they are a close-knit group of players that take great pride in their work ethic and performance on the field. If the Cardinals or the Giants manage to knock off the top-seeded Braves, then the rest of the league would have to deal with a massive wild card contender. If the underdog comes from behind to upset the favorite, then everyone in the league will have to adjust to the new status quo.

## Which Individual Has The Best Chance Of Coming From Behind?

Every race has at least one individual that stands a chance of upsetting the favorite. In the case of the 2019 Major League Baseball season, several dark horses are emerging that are bound to bring down the mighty Braves. When it comes to the postseason, anything can happen, and one should always be ready to jump on the opportunity to make a profit. One of the best bets to upset the Braves this year is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2019 Dodgers team is absolutely stellar, and with the addition of some of the best young talent in baseball, the Dodgers have every chance of challenging the favorites. Even though Clayton Kershaw is going to miss a lot of games this year due to his new contract with the Dodgers, the team is still full of talent and has a good chance of making a splash in the coming months. As mentioned previously, if one is looking for an investment opportunity, then one should avoid betting on the favorites, as they are usually the ones that are expected to win.

## What Is The Best Time To Bet On Baseball?

As a general rule, the best time to bet on any sporting event is either in the morning, right after the event, or at the very least, several hours after the game has ended. That is because, during those times, there is still a chance that scores may be settled, and the final official results may not be known. That is why it is generally best to wait until at least 4 p.m. to place bets, as scores often don’t settle until then. Another reason why one should wait is that sometimes the lines can be a bit more favorable at later times, putting the odds more in one’s favor. That is something that cannot be said for bettors that placed their wagers immediately after the event. For instance, if one were to wager \$100 on the New York Yankees tonight at 7:00, one would be risking \$100, as the odds of the Yankees winning are 3.8 to 1. However, if one were to wait until tonight’s odds had settled and then placed the same wager, one would be risking \$160, as the odds would now be 4.2 to 1 in the Yankees’ favor.

## When Is The Best Time To Bet On Basketball?

The best time to bet on a basketball game is either right after the event or at least several hours later. The reason behind this is that, like in the case of baseball, the final results of basketball games are often not known until several hours after the game has ended. That is because referees have to settle discrepancies in the score before the games can be officially declared a tie. So, like in the case of baseball, it is usually best to wait until at least 4 p.m. to place bets on basketball, as that is when the odds are most favorable, and one is less likely to lose one’s money. Another good idea is to look for games on the West Coast, as those games will start later and one will have more time to place wagers before the end of the day.