What You Need To Know About Sports Betting Odds?  

I have been a sports fan all my life, and I am always fascinated by the betting process. The most fascinating part for me is reading odds and handicapping teams to come up with a betting strategy. What I think is important is not just reading the odds correctly but understanding how to read the situation so that you can improve your chances of winning.

For example, there are two teams with odds of 5:2 and 4:1 in a football game. Let’s say both are playing well and have several games left before the end of the season. In this case, the 5:2 favorite should be in much more trouble than the 4:1 underdog. On this basis, I will bet on the underdog.

This blog is a reference guide to help you with your betting and handicapping needs. It will keep you up-to-date with sports news and odds.

1. What are the most popular sports for betting? 

According to the American Gaming Association, NFL Super Bowl LIV is this year’s most popular sporting event in terms of betting. The Kentucky Derby ranks second, and both the NBA and NHL. Finals rank as some of the most in-demand sports picks. In total, Americans wagered $14.9 billion on sports in 2020.

2. How do you read about the different odds in a game? 

Four terms can tell you whether to bet on the team or not. 

The first is the spread which is how many points the team should win by. A 3-point spread means, for example, that Team A should win by 3 or more points and Team B should win by 2 or fewer points. For this reason, it is a good idea to choose the team in a 3-pt favored game because even if they lose, you will still gain something compared to betting on a 2-pt favorite. As a general rule, for a multiple-goal game with a 1-pt spread or 2-pt spread, you should go with the team because they’re more likely to win.

The second is the Moneyline which is simply what you have to bet to win. For example, if Team A has odds of +120 and Team B has odds of -180, it means that the team has an implied probability of winning by 120 points and losing by 180 points, respectively. So, for Team A to win, you have to bet $120, and your return is $180. For Team B, you have to bet $180, and your return is $120.

The third is the implied probability, so that is an easier way to see the betting odds. In the above example, let’s say Team A has odds of -120, and Team B has odds of +120, so they are -120 favorites. So, Team A has an implied probability of winning by 120 points and losing by 6 points. Equally, Team B has an implied probability of winning by 6 points and losing by 120 points.

The fourth is the over/under, which is the number of total goals that are expected to be scored in a game. So, if there is a total of 4.5 goals in a game, then the odds that say over/under are at -110/+110.

3. What does the word “parlay” mean when talking about sports? 

A parlay is a bet when you can make multiple bets on one game. It is also referred to as “a bundle” because it can be done with multiple pay-lines. You can choose from the different odds offered by the different pay-lines, and the maximum payout that you can get will be equal regardless of which bet you choose. However, betting on each team separately will not give you any greater payout than betting on a parlay. 

4. If someone says that a team is favored, what type of bet do they mean? A straight bet, parlay or money line? 

When someone says a team is favored, they are referring to the money line. If an NBA game has a -120 money line and another NBA game has a -160 money line, then the latter team is less likely to win because it’s worth more. This is exactly how odds work.

5. What is the meaning of “money lines?” 

Money lines are also called spreads, but in reality, this was not originally how it worked, and for this reason, the terms now differ in meaning. The most important thing to know is that when you are reading about a money line, it means that the odds are in favor of the team. For example, if Team A has an implied probability of winning by +120 and losing by -180, then it’s said to be a +120 favorite.

6. What does the word “underdogs” mean? 

Underdogs as a term has different meanings depending on context. For example, if you’re talking about football, it means teams that have fewer points than the favorite. If you’re talking about wagering on different sports and betting on the underdog in one game, then it generally means a team that has less value than the favorite.

7. What is the meaning of “fade”? 

If you’re talking about sports betting and picking a favorite or underdog, then it means that you do not want to have to bet on that team. For example, if Team A is the favorite with odds of -120 and Team B is the underdog with odds of +120, you can “fade” Team B because you simply do not want to bet on it.

8. What’s the “inside edge,” and why is it important? 

In regard to your sports bets, the inside edge is an important concept to understand. This refers to being able to read the odds correctly and betting on a team that will be more likely to win or lose. To be able to calculate the odds correctly, you need to have a firm understanding of how to read them.


So, these are the basics of betting and the different terms used. As you can see, there are many ways to bet on a game, but to be able to bet effectively, it’s important to know how to read the odds and have some previous experience with them.

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