point spread

noun

Definition of point spread 

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

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Players in their insulated NFL cocoons aren’t supposed to pay attention to point spreads, pundits' picks or anxious fans dialing in to talk radio shows. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia Eagles fueled by historic slight going into playoff matchup with Falcons," 10 Jan. 2018 The key to picking NFL games, of course, is winning against the point spread. USA TODAY, "Pro Picks looking to beat the spread in playoffs," 4 Jan. 2018 The point spread for the Louisville game will be in that neighborhood. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Alabama," 2 July 2018 That can mean sweetening the deal for underdogs by widening the point spread needed for the favorite to win, or tweaking the payouts in other ways to make bets more attractive on both sides. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "As Sports Betting Goes Legit, a Home Team’s Win Can Mean Bookmakers Lose," 7 June 2018 The bookmakers there released point spreads for a few Ohio State games, according to Buckeyes fan blog Eleven Warriors. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football a bigger underdog to Ohio State than Michigan State," 24 May 2018 The games are low-scoring, highly random and aren't conducive to point spreads. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different," 15 May 2018 In a point spread, bettors gamble that a team will win, or lose, by a certain number of points. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Book on Sports Betting: The House Holds the Cards," 25 May 2018 It was explained to me, by several owners, that going in and trying to monetize traditional betting on a point spread would be a low-margin business for the NFL. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Legal Sports Gambling is Coming, and the NFL Is Getting Ready to Capitalize (Of Course It Is)," 29 Mar. 2018

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point spread

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English Language Learners Definition of point spread

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

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