The great thing about betting on football games is that it makes otherwise meaningless games much more fun! Even if your team isn’t playing, if you have money on the game, it’s going to make your football watching a lot more interesting.
If you want to learn how to bet on football games, you’ve come to the right place. Football betting doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be if you don’t know the basics. Keep reading to learn some of the general information you need to make an educated and smart bet on football.
Betting against the spread is one of the most common wagers in football betting. The point spread indicates the favorite and the underdog for each game and looks like this:
New England Patriots -19
Pittsburgh Steelers +19
This means that the Patriots are the favorite (the team with the minus sign is the favorite) and in order to win the bet, they have to win by more than 19 points to cover.
If they win but only win by 18 points, they don’t cover. So if you had bet the Patriots against the spread, you’d lose your bet. If they win by exactly 19 points, the bet is a push and you get your money back.
Sites like https://ca.unibet.com will list the point spreads, money lines, over/under, etc. so you’ll know exactly what is predicted to happen in the game before you make your wager.
If betting against the spread sounds confusing and you just want to pick winners and losers, a money line bet is for you. In this bet, you are simply choosing the winner or loser outright and the spread doesn’t have anything to do with whether you win or lose.
Typically, bets are placed on the final outcome of the game, but there are NFL bets on the first quarter and first half lines. The first quarter spread determines who is favored to be the winner at the end of the first quarter and a first-half spread determines who is favored to be the winner after the first half of the game.
In most case, the first half spread is close to being half of the overall point spread on the final game score.
The bets mentioned so far are all placed before the game, but if you get the itch to bet more during the game, you can place a bet on the halftime line.
These bets are placed during halftime and are similar to the first half bets—you’re making bets on what you expect to happen during the second half of the game.
Betting the over or under means you’re betting on the total points scored in the game by both teams. Every game has an over/under total and you decide whether you think the total number of points will be over or under that number.
For example, if the Patriots-Steelers game has an over/under of 59, you can bet the over if you expect that they’ll score more than 59 points total or the under if you think they’ll score less than 59 points.
If the final score ends up being 32-17 and you bet the over, you’d lose. If you bet the under, you’d be a winner since they only scored a total of 49 points.
Futures bets are probably exactly what you think they are. You place a bet now on what you think might be a game outcome in the future. For the NFL, you might place a futures bet on the winner of the next Superbowl or the AFC or NFC champion.
Do you have what it takes to make some cash at football betting? These tips on how to bet on football games should give you enough basic information to feel comfortable making a few simple wagers. Remember, though, gamble responsibly!
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