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Tips on Point Spread Betting

The favorite is indicated by the minus sign "-" and the underdog is indicated by the plus sign "+". To determine the winner for betting purposes, the Point Spread is added to the final score of the team you bet on. Point Spread rules are as follows:

For example, the bettor wagers on Miami -7 to beat Buffalo +7. The following table shows possible wager results on three final scores.

Actual Final ScoreFinal Score with
Point Spread applied
Bet Result
Miami 21 Buffalo 19Miami 14 Buffalo 19Loss
Miami 26 Buffalo 19Miami 19 Buffalo 19Tie
Miami 27 Buffalo 19Miami 20 Buffalo 19Win

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