point spread

noun

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 Here is a look at N.F.L. Week 12, with all picks made against the point spread. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 12 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 22 Nov. 2019 Gone are the days when bettors simply wagered on point spreads or winners and losers. BostonGlobe.com, "This week, the NBA agreed to a deal with DraftKings to become the league’s authorized betting operator. Beginning this season, DraftKings will have access to NBA information for mobile sports betting. Colorado just became the 19th state to authorize sports betting and commissioner," 10 Nov. 2019 Something will have to give Saturday with the point spread. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Arkansas at Alabama football odds, picks and best bets," 24 Oct. 2019 There are five games that feature SEC teams, and the only other contest with a point spread of less than 24.5 is Vanderbilt (1-3) at Ole Miss (2-2). Christopher Smith, al, "Week 6 SEC football betting preview," 5 Oct. 2019 Here is a look at N.F.L. Week 10, with all picks made against the point spread. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 10 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 8 Nov. 2019 Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 5-9 (.357); season 43-48-1 (.473). Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Sam Farmer’s Week 7 NFL picks: Rams and Chargers are Sunday winners," 18 Oct. 2019 Wiser to the ways gamblers might influence outcomes, Bell’s office remained diligent in monitoring point spreads. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bert Bell was more than the father of the NFL draft," 20 Sep. 2019 Note: The point spreads listed at the top of the page are from vegasinsider.com as of Wednesday evening, unless otherwise noted. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Betting odds for Texas college football games in Week 2, including Texas-LSU and Texas A&M-Clemson," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of point spread

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Point spread.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20spread. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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point spread

noun

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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