# How Do Units Work in Sports Betting?

How do units work in sports betting? A bettor may often hear “I like that team to win by 10 points,” but what does that mean? Here we will define and explain the Sports Betting concept of a unit.

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## Moneyline

The most basic type of sports bet is the moneyline, which is a bet on the winner of the game outright. The odds will be listed as either a positive or negative number next to the team name. A negative number indicates how much money you need to bet to win \$100, while a positive number indicates how much money you would win if you bet \$100.

### What is a moneyline?

A moneyline bet is a wager on which team will win a game. This type of bet is typically used in sports where point spreads are relatively low, like baseball and hockey. When betting on the moneyline, you are not betting on the point spread of the game; you are only placing a wager on which team will win outright.

The favorite in a moneyline bet is always indicated by a minus sign (e.g. -180), while the underdog is always indicated by a plus sign (e.g. +160). For example, if you wanted to bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers as the favorite against the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game, you would need to risk \$180 to win \$100. If you wanted to bet on the Reds as the underdog, you would need to risk \$100 to win \$160.

### How do moneylines work?

Moneylines, also known as American odds, are a way of displaying odds used primarily in the United States. They are different from point spreads, which are more common in Asia and Europe, as moneylines only focus on who will win the game outright.

The number next to the moneyline corresponds to how much you need to bet to win \$100. Of course, you can bet more than \$100 on a game – the number is just showing what your payout would be if you bet \$100 and won. A -200 moneyline means that you need to bet \$200 to win \$100 – in other words, you’ll need to wager more in order to turn a profit on this particular moneyline. A +200 moneyline would pay out \$300 for a \$100 bet since you’d be betting on the underdog – in this case, you’d only need to wager \$100 in order to turn a profit.

Sportsbooks will also offer different variations on moneylines, called reduced juice or juiced up lines. A -105 moneyline means that a player would only need to wager \$105 in order to win \$100, while a -120 moneyline would require a bet of \$120 to win. On the other hand, a +105 or +120 moneyline pays out more than even money – so if you bet \$100 on either of those lines and won, you’d receive a payout of more than \$200.

The point spread is the projected number of points that separate two teams. A handicapper will project the margin of victory for each team and then set a line. The favorite will have a – sign in front of their spread, indicating how many points they must win by for a bet on them to pay out. The underdog will have a + sign in front of their spread, indicating how many points they can lose by and still have a bet on them pay out.

### What is a point spread?

A point spread is a number assigned by a sportsbook to a particular contest to encourage or discourage betting on either team. For example, if the New England Patriots are playing the Buffalo Bills and the oddsmakers believe that the Patriots are going to win by 7 points, they may assign a -7 point spread to the Patriots. This means that if you bet on the Patriots, they must win by more than 7 points for you to win your bet; if they only win by 7 points, your bet is a push (a tie). On the other hand, if you bet on the Bills, they must either lose by less than 7 points or win the game outright for you to win your bet.

The point spread is just one way for sportsbooks to balance out the amount of money being bet on each team in a particular contest. In general, sportsbooks want to encourage betting on both sides in order to make a profit; if everyone bets on one team, the sportsbook will lose money. By assigning point spreads, sportsbooks can ensure that there is enough action on both sides of any contest to make a profit while also providing an incentive for bettors to pick one side over the other.

### How do point spreads work?

The most common type of bet in sports is the point spread bet. In a point spread bet, a sportsbook will set a number of points that a team must win or lose by in order for the bettor to collect on their wager. For example, let’s say that theGolden State Warriorsare playing theCleveland Cavaliersin a basketball game. The Warriors may be favored to win by 10 points. This means that in order for someone betting on the Warriors to win their bet, the Warriors must win the game by 11 or more points. Conversely, in order for someone betting on the Cavaliers to win their bet, the Cavaliers must lose the game by 9 or fewer points.

## Over/Under

The over/under is a type of bet where you wager on the combined score of both teams in a game. For example, in an NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, the over/under might be set at 240.5. That means you would bet on whether the final score would be more or less than 240.5.

### What is an over/under?

An over/under bet in sports betting is a wager in which a sportsbook will predict a number for a statistical category and bettors wager that the actual number in the category will be either higher or lower than that number.

Over/under bets are also called totals, and they can be placed on anything from points scored by both teams in a game to total homeruns hit in a Major League Baseball season. Let’s use an imaginary over/under bet on the New York Yankees to explain how they work.

The Yankees have been great at hitting home runs this season and their manager says they are on pace to hit 260 dingers this year. A sportsbook predicts that they will fall just short of that number and sets the over/under at 258.5. Betting on the over means you think the Yankees will hit more than 258 home runs, while betting the under means you think they will hit fewer than 258.5 homers.

### How do over/unders work?

In sports betting, an “over/under” bet is a wager placed on the number of points, runs, goals, or hits scored in a game. The “over/under” is the combined score that the oddsmakers feel will be scored in the game. For example, if two baseball teams are playing and one team has a run total of 4.5 and the other team has a run total of 3.5, the combined score for the game would be 8 runs. In this particular case, you would bet on whether or not 8 or more runs would be scored (the over) or if 7 or fewer runs would be scored (the under).

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