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 Atlanta is better than the team’s record indicates, and the likelihood that numerous Buccaneers players sit out the second half makes this point spread a touch too large. New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 17 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 31 Dec. 2020 The average semifinal point spread in semifinals has been 7.6 points in the first six years of the playoff. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama is biggest favorite in CFP history in Rose Bowl vs. Notre Dame," 20 Dec. 2020 There isn’t a lot of motivation to go around, which makes a hefty point spread a bit curious. New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 16 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 24 Dec. 2020 The point spread continues to hover around Alabama -25. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Alabama-Auburn: Analysts, former players and coaches predict, break down Iron Bowl," 27 Nov. 2020 The point spread has not yet been set for the Cowboys' home game against the Steelers. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys are on the verge of becoming first team in NFL history to start 0-9 vs. the spread," 3 Nov. 2020 That is believed to be the largest point spread in the history of the series, and certainly is for the modern era. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What is Ohio State football’s huge point spread in The Game against Michigan? College betting lines," 6 Dec. 2020 Yet in the weirdness that is 2020, the Sun Devils (0-1) are a 3 1/2-point favorite although that's down from an opening six-point spread. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU offensive coordinator: Avoid overloading players in return," 2 Dec. 2020 Alabama’s sixth game opened with the biggest point spread of the season Sunday afternoon. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama favored by more than 30 over Mississippi State," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of point spread

1941, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2021

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“Point spread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20spread. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of point spread

US, sports : the number of points by which a team is expected to win in a particular game

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