Underdog (Dog) Meaning – A Team or a Player Not Expected to Win


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Last Updated: May 31, 2022


An underdog is a team or player that’s less likely to win the game. As sportsbooks expect the underdog to lose the particular events, the betting odds are noticeably higher on them compared to the ones on the favorite.

You can bet on the underdog to win the game outright or take advantage of a point spread or handicap and give yourself better chances of winning the bet, but at slightly reduced odds.

For example, when a team at the top of the table is playing against a side from the lower part of the table, if the underdog wins, the result would be an upset.

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