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Different Types of Sports Bets: Spreads, Totals, Moneylines

Written by Jimmy Rustling

Sports betting has grown in popularity over the years, becoming a significant aspect of the global sports industry. Betting on sports adds an extra layer of excitement and engagement for fans, allowing them to potentially profit from their knowledge and predictions. While numerous sports betting options exist, three primary types of bets stand out: spreads, totals, and money lines. In this article, we will delve into the details of each type of bet, explaining how they work and what makes them unique.

Point Spreads

Point spread betting is prevalent in sports like football and basketball, where one team is usually favored over the other. The point spread levels the playing field and makes the bet more appealing to bettors. In this type of bet, the sportsbook assigns a “spread” or handicap to each team. The favored team is indicated with a negative number (e.g., -3), while the underdog is represented by a positive number (e.g., +3).

To win a point spread bet on the favored team, they must win the game by more than the specified number of points. Conversely, to win a point spread bet on the underdog, they can either win the game outright or lose by fewer points than the specified spread. For example, if the point spread is -3 for Team A and +3 for Team B, Team A must win by more than 3 points, while Team B can win or lose by up to 3 points for the bet to be successful.

Point spreads add an element of strategy and excitement to the betting experience, as bettors must consider not only which team will win but also by how much.

Totals (Over/Under)

Totals, also known as over/under bets, focus on the combined score of both teams in a game. The sportsbook sets a specific total score, and bettors can wager whether the actual combined score will be over or under that number.

For instance, in a basketball game, the sportsbook might set the total at 210 points. Bettors can then place a wager on whether the final score will be over 210 points or under 210 points. If the final score is 105-100, the total would be 205, and those who bet the under would win. Basketball is one of the most popular sports to bet on with Betway.

Total bets offer an alternative option for bettors who may not want to pick a side but instead want to focus on the overall performance of both teams in terms of scoring.


Moneyline bets are the simplest and most straightforward type of sports bet. In this wager, bettors only need to choose which team will win the game, regardless of the margin of victory. Each team is assigned odds that represent the payout based on a $100 bet. The favorite is represented with a negative number (e.g., -200), indicating how much you need to bet to win $100. The underdog is shown with a positive number (e.g., +150), indicating how much you can win by betting $100.

For example, if Team A has a moneyline of -200, you would need to bet $200 to win $100 if they win the game. If Team B has a moneyline of +150, a $100 bet would yield a $150 profit if they win.

Moneyline bets are popular in sports where point spreads might not be as applicable, such as baseball or hockey. They are also favored by beginners due to their simplicity.

Sports betting offers a plethora of opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite sports on a deeper level. Point spreads, totals, and money lines are three of the primary bet types that cater to different betting preferences and strategies. However, by logging into the Betway website you will find many other markets to bet on.

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.