Favorite Meaning – Betting Pick Favored by the Bookmaker


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Last Updated: May 31, 2022


The favorite is the side that’s more likely to win the match. It’s the opposite of an underdog, a side expected to lose the matchup.

When reading moneyline odds, the favorite will always have a – sign before their odds. In decimal (European) odds, the favorite will have the lower betting odds, meaning you get a lower payout than the one you get when betting on the underdog.

For example, if you’re betting on an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets (-230) and the Chicago Bulls (+190), the Nets are the favorite, as you need to bet $230 to win $100. Betting on the Bulls, the underdog, means you win $190 on a $100 bet if they win the game.

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