NFL Betting: How To Read The Lines

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Tips, explanation and where to look for the advantage….

Date/Time

So this is where you will find the date and time of the game.

Rotation #

In addition to the team descriptions a short-hand number is assigned to each team. The first number is always for the visiting team followed by a sequential number for the home team. If there are two games, Chicago at Green Bay and Minnesota at Detroit a betting slip will have 101 Chicago 102 Green Bay 103 Minnesota 104 Detroit. The number is used to place bets, calculate algorithms and keep each team unique.

Team Description

Typically located right after the rotation #

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Open Point Spread

This is the bookmaker’s initial line. Remember that a book or casino wants to have even bets on both sides, so they will move the line. It’s good to always compare the current line to the open line to see what has happened since first released.

Current Point Spread

The current point spread line and what you will place your bet against.

Halftime Point Spread

Some books offer a half-time point spread. This particular line offers real value for those that do their work up front and figure out which team scores more early versus defenses that need time to adjust.

Money Line (Open and Current)

You can also bet the money line which is related to the line, but not doesn’t always relate. One team will be the favorite and have for example +350. This means you need to wager $350 to win $100. For the underdog you will see something like -250 which means if you wager $100 and win, you win $250. There are usually open and current money lines to see how the money has shifted and analyze why that may have happened.

Total Points (Open and Current)

This is the total points to be scored in the game and used for betting the over/under. Again you will see both the opening and current to see how the numbers have shifted.

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