point spread


Definition of point spread

: the number of points by which an oddsmaker expects a favorite to defeat an underdog

Examples of point spread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As of Monday morning, over two-thirds of all bets and nearly three-fourths of the money wagered against the four-point spread are on the home team to cover. Alex Kay, Forbes, 13 June 2022 A day after winning pole vault, Angove captured triple jump to help Bandon amass 56 points and a seven-point spread over the runner-up Wolves. oregonlive, 20 May 2022 The Bulldogs failed to cover the point spread thus far in the tournament and were tested mightily before emerging with an 82-78 victory over Memphis. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 For example, a player could wager $300 on any NBA Playoffs matchup point spread, moneyline or total. Xl Media, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Take a look at the odds for NBA Playoffs games, including the point spread, money line and over/under. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 Unlike the point spread, the total on the 2022 NFC Championship Game has seen some movement since first going up on the board at 46.5 points. Alex Kay, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Miami had little issues covering the five-point spread in the Eastern Conference Finals opener after erasing a 62-54 halftime deficit, going off for 39 points while holding its foe to just 14 points in the third quarter. Alex Kay, Forbes, 19 May 2022 As of this writing, the consensus point spread had moved from Cal minus-12 to Cal minus-9. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of point spread

1941, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2022

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“Point spread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20spread. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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