Taking the Points Meaning – The Opposite of Laying the Points on the Bet
Taking the points is a common sports betting slang term for making a bet that the underdog will lose within the spread. It’s synonymous with receiving points and the opposite of giving or laying the points.
For example, if you bet on the New York Knicks with a +8.5 point advantage against the Lakers, you’re taking eight points from the Lakers. In other words, the Knicks can win outright or lose by no more than eight points for you to win the bet.