NFL Picks Week 7: Pick 3 Against The Spread

October 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Understanding what you are betting and knowing your limitations are the key to being successful gambler.
I thought I would take it back to basics this week and explain what a point spread is for those that don't understand.
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 Pittsburgh Steelers are are favorite this week by three points (-3) and the Miami Dolphins are the underdog receiving three points (+3). 
There are two point spread bets available on this game. First that the Steelers win by 3 or more points and secondly if the Dolphins win or lose by 3 for fewer points.
One of the easiest ways to understand the odds are to take the final score of the game, say Pittsburgh 20 and Miami 7. If you were to bet on the Steelers -3 you would need them to win by three or more, which in this case means you won.
If you b...

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