Against the Spread Meaning – Turn the Spread to Your Favor

Against the spread

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Last Updated: May 31, 2022


Betting against the spread means betting on a team to win or lose the game by a predetermined margin the sportsbook offered you. This type of bet is available for different popular sports.

Betting against the spread is a great way to bet on games that have a clear favorite and a clear underdog, as the spread turns every game into a 50-50 choice.

For example, let’s say you want to bet against the spread on a basketball game between the New York Knicks and the LA Lakers. The Knicks have a +8.5 spread, while the Lakers have a -8.5 spread.

If you bet on the Lakers to win, they need to do so by at least 9 points for you to win your bet. If they win by 8 points or less, you lose the bet.

If you bet on the Knicks in this scenario, they need to win and can lose the game, but no more than 8 points for you to win the bet.

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