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 Despite the game's back-and-forth feeling, tonight’s victory ends up as UConn’s largest Final Four victory in program history by point spread, 14. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2024 The leagues made deals with the gambling firms and allowed discussions of point spreads and other bettable factors onto their broadcasts. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 But bettors got the best of the bookmakers with UConn’s 30-point rout of San Diego State with FanDuel reporting that the Huskies took 81% of bets and 89% of money (handle) to cover the point spread, which rose from -9.5 to -11.5 as money poured in on Connecticut. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 FanDuel offered special bets where the more users who bet on a team, the more the point spread would grow. Brian Murphy, Charlotte Observer, 28 Feb. 2024 The point spread is the number of points one team is favored over the other. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2024 No position affects the point spread in football more than quarterback, but 49ers do-it-all Deebo Samuel has many oddsmakers and bettors playing close attention to reports about his shoulder injury. Mark Anderson, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Take a look at the point spread, moneyline and over/under for both games on the NFL Playoffs schedule for the conference championship weekend, courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2024 Here are the latest lines and point spread for Super Bowl 58. Jack McKessy, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of point spread was in 1941

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“Point spread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20spread. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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