Sports Betting 101 – Newbie Guide To Sports Gambling
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Fact: The Line is set by a professional odds makers, but it’s always fluid and can change a lot before a game starts.
Category: Betting the Line
The line is a number odds makers use to try and get equal action, or money, coming in from both sides of the line. When a line is used there is always one favorite and one underdog. The favorite is signified by a -, and the underdog is signified by a +.
If the Packers and the Bears are playing and you see Packers -5, and Bears +5, you can tell the Packers are the favorites and the Bears are the underdog.
If you bet on the Packers they would have to win by six or more points to win the bet. If you bet on the Bears they would have to either win, or lose by four or less points to win.
Why does the line move
Most Sport books want equal money coming in on both sides of a line which is why it will change. Let’s say ten people bet on the Packers at -5, the line might move to -6 to try and make the Bears line look more appealing, and to get the money back closer to even.
How to use Line movement to your advantage
Using the line moment to your advantage can be tricky but if you really watch the lines and do research, it can make you a lot of money in the long haul.
When Lines open the sports books are trying to make the lines look good to attract bettors.
If you can get in early, and bet on the line before it moves and gets to market value, you can get a really favorable line. On the other end of that though is if you bet the opposite of where the money is pouring in, you might get an unfavorable line.
Try and figure out what the experts are betting
For the NBA each sports book puts out lines everyday for every game.
If you can see the line slowly starting to change, it means a lot of money is probably going in one way, try and jump on before the trend changes in the wrong direction of what you want to bet.
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