point spread


Definition of point spread

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

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Browse through the photos above for a look at the early point spread for each Houston Texans game in the upcoming season. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Gambling point spreads for every 2018 Texans game," 15 May 2018 Which is why the Saints were favored to win by 10 points—the biggest point spread of the day. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL’s Week 1 Powerhouse: The Buccaneers?," 9 Sep. 2018 There are also four very competitive matchups on Friday with point spreads of less than two points separating schools. Oddsshark, SI.com, "March Madness Friday Round of 64 Odds: Virginia Heaviest Betting Favorite," 13 Mar. 2018 Knowing that this factor is at work, DFS players can put less weight on player performance indicators from Vegas, such as point spreads, that are often the primary decision point while building lineups. Tj Hernandez, SI.com, "Divisonal Round DFS Values," 12 Jan. 2018 But the securities that mature in 2022 currently yield about 3.2%, according to Refinitiv data, or about 0.2 percentage point above comparable Treasurys—more than its 0.15 percentage-point spread a year ago. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "China to Raise Billions in Rare U.S. Dollar Debt as Trade Tensions Persist," 3 Oct. 2018 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

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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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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