NFL Picks Week 15: Pick 3 Against the Spread

December 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Understanding what you are betting on and knowing your limitations are the keys to being a successful gambler.
Looking at a sports line, you will see that there is an underdog and a favorite. Generally, the point spread is next to the favored team and is, thus, a negative number.
For instance the Indianapolis Colts are a favorite this week by four and a half points (-4.5) and the Jacksonville Jaguars are the underdog receiving the four and a half points (+4.5).
There are two-point spread bets available on this game. If the Colts win by five or more points or if the Jags win or lose by four and a half or fewer points.
One of the easiest ways to understand the odds is to take the final score of the game, say Colts 24, Jags 14. If you were to bet on the Colts (-4.5) you would need them to win by at least five, which in this case means you won.
If you bet on the Jags, you would need them to either win or come within four and a half points, which in this ...

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