What Is The Over Under In Sports Betting?
If you are betting the Bills then the term is referred to as getting the points. A bet on the Steelers is referred to as giving the points or more commonly laying the points. In our example there wouldn’t be a tie, but sometimes the line will be four and not 4.5. In the scenario of a tie, if adding the four points to the Bills equals the Steelers then a tie is scored and the wagered amount is returned to the bettor.
Oddsmakers calculate how they think each team will perform in the game and then they combine those numbers into one prediction of how many total points will be scored by both teams. If you are not familiar with this style of betting it might sound confusing at first. That’s why most totals lines might open the same in Vegas as they do in Indiana, but they could end up quite different by game time.
Once again, looking at that probable outcome based on coordinating the point spread with the over/under, you’d ask yourself if the point total for each team makes sense. If the totals don’t, then based on your analysis, you’d decided if more or less points would be scored by either team and also what your calculated over/under would be. The sportsbook will modify the line, which will require you to risk more when buying points, runs or goals. At the same time, you can earn extra by selling them for a line that comes with a higher potential payout.
The half point, or the ‘hook’ as it is commonly known, is used by bookmakers to prevent the possibility of a tied result. Let’s imagine for a minute that the half point in the above example was not offered and the total was a neat 48 points instead. In this case a final score like 27 – 21 would land the game total smack on 48 points. At that point neither the over or the under would have hit and the sportsbook would be required to refund all bets. Baseball totals betting can be tricky because the outcome relies on the starting pitchers first, but also the batting order.
For those of you serious bettors looking to make some money, the added betting flexibility of the over/under bet is fantastic. When you have a prediction about the flow of the game but aren’t sure about the winner, you’ve now got a way to cash in on that. Without this bet, you’re left without any ability to bet on game flow predictions.
Under 4.5 goals is a bet on a match producing 4 or fewer goals. The majority of football matches will produce 4 or fewer goals, making this a statistically likely outcome, especially if two strong defences or weak attacks are in action. Over 4.5 goals is a bet on a match producing 5 or more goals.