# What Does Over and Under Mean in Sports Betting?

Get the inside scoop on what Over and Under means in sports betting, and how you can use this information to make better predictions.

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## Introduction

In sports betting, “over” and “under” bettors wager if the total points scored in a game by both teams will go over or under a designated total.

If you wagered on the “over”, you want the two teams to combine for more points than the specified number; if you bet the “under,” you’re hoping for a lower point total.

For example, let’s say you bet the over in an NFL game where the New England Patriots are playing the Los Angeles Rams.

The over/under is set at 56.5 points, meaning that oddsmakers believe that 56 is a good number of points for both teams to score combined.

If you think that the final score will be more than 56 points, then you would bet on the over; if you think it will be less than 56 points, then you would bet on the under.

## What is Over and Under in Sports Betting?

Over and under betting is a type of wager where bettors predict whether the total number of points scored in a game will be over or under a predetermined amount. For example, if the over/under for a basketball game is set at 180, bettors need to decide whether they think the two teams will combine to score more or less than 180 points.

### Over

In sports betting, over is a term used to describe a bet that predicts that the combined score of two teams will be more than a certain number. For example, if you place a bet on the Mavericks and Suns game and the over/under is set at 210, you are betting that the total points scored by both teams will be more than 210.

If the final score of the game is Mavericks 100, Suns 105, the over has won because the combined score of both teams is 205, which is more than the 210 that was predicted. On the other hand, if the final score of the game is Mavericks 100, Suns 95, then the under has won because the combined score of both teams is 195, which is less than210.

### Under

In sports betting, “under” is a term used to describe a wager in which you bet that the combined score of the two teams in a game will be less than the total set by the oddsmaker.

For example, let’s say you bet the under in an NFL game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. If the oddsmaker sets the total at 45 and the final score of the game is Patriots 24, Jets 17, you would win your bet because the combined score of 41 is less than 45.

The opposite of betting the under is betting the over, which means you are wagering that the combined score of the two teams will be more than the total set by the oddsmaker.

## How to Bet on Over and Under?

Over and under bets are very popular in sports betting, especially in football. It is a type of bet where you bet on whether the total number of goals scored in a match will be over or under a certain number. For example, if the over/under is 2.5 goals, you can bet on whether there will be 3 goals or more scored in the match (over) or 2 goals or less scored in the match (under).

### Decide on the Game

The first step in deciding how to bet on over and under is choosing the game you wish to bet on. You can bet on any sport, but some sports are more popular for over/under betting than others. The most common sports for over/under betting are football, basketball, baseball and hockey.

### Decide on the Bet

The first step to betting on over and under is to decide what type of bet you want to make. There are two common types of over and under bets:

-Point Spread: In this type of bet, you are wagering on the margin of victory. For example, if the point spread is 7, you would need the favorite to win by more than 7 points, or the underdog to lose by less than 7 points.

-Moneyline: In this type of bet, you are simply wagering on which team will win the game outright. The odds will be expressed as a positive or negative number, and indicates how much you would need to bet in order to win \$100.

Placing an Over/Under bet is simple. All you have to do is predict whether the total number of points scored in a game will be more or less than the oddsmaker’s number.

For example, let’s say that you want to bet on an NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. The oddsmaker has set the total at 48.5 points, so you would place your bet on either the “over” or the “under.”

If you think that the final score will be more than 48.5 points (i.e., 49 or higher), then you would bet on the over. If you think that the final score will be less than 48.5 points (i.e., 47 or lower), then you would bet on the under. It really is that simple.

## Conclusion

Over and under bets are based on the total points scored in a game by both teams combined. The sportsbook will set a number and bettors will be able to wager on whether the final score will be over or under that number.

For example, let’s say the New England Patriots are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and the over/under is set at 45.5. If you bet the over, you are betting that the final score will be 46 or more points. If you bet the under, you are betting that the final score will be 45 or less points.

If the final score is 45, then those who bet the under win. If the final score is 46, then those who bet the over win. It’s as simple as that!