NFL Lines


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NFL Football Lines Explained

The line is the number of points a team is handicapped by to make the game more even for betting. In other words, it is the estimated points difference between the favorite and the underdog in an NFL game

As an example, if a team starts the game at -3.5 points, it must win by 4 or more to win the game. The line as such an important betting market because generally people back themselves to make an accurate prediction of the points difference they expect between teams.

When you wager on this market you typically get odds of 10/11, so you would have to bet $110 to make a profit of $100. In American odds this is presented as -110 (the amount you have to bet to win 100). In some cases a team will be -3 points but -120 at that line, which will always be indicated next to the line (the absence of any odds means the default of -110 applies.)

In terms of reading the lines, most sportsbooks will typically list the home team at the bottom of the two teams playing. The favourite will be indicated with a minus sign (e.g. Cowboys-7). So in this case the Cowboys are giving the underdog a seven point head start. A bet on the Cowboys will win of they end up winning by more than seven points. Betting on the underdog will be a winning bet if they in turn win the game by any margin, or they lose the game by less than 7 points. If the game finishes and exactly matches the line, i.e. a 7 point difference, this results in a "push", or a refund to the player.

Line Moves

The line, or point spread, may move in the lead up to the game. Heavy betting, injuries, weather conditions and other factors may result in the line moving or being adjusted by the sportsbook. Your bet will however stand at the spread you initially backed.

Sportsbooks set the line to encourage action on both teams.

Betting NFL Totals

In addition to the line, NFL Total, or over/under betting is also a popular market. This is simply a bet that the total number of points scored will either be over  or under the given total.

Say the total on the Chargers and the Broncos is 41, the under bet will win if the total is less than 40. An over bet wins if the total is 42 or more.  If the final scores added up total 41 points, is declared a "push" and the money is returned to the player.

Total bets are typically decided by punter based on the average points scored for and against involving the two teams.

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NFL Live Lines
TeamMLPSTot
02:30 Sat 22 Nov
San Diego State-192-4½
-111
50.0o
-111
Air Force+167+4½
-111
50.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 22 Nov
Utah-182-4.0
-111
54.0o
-111
Arizona+160+4.0
-111
54.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 22 Nov
Florida State-1111-19.0
-111
56½o
-111
Boston College+700+19.0
-111
56½u
-111
22:00 Sat 22 Nov
UL Lafayette-385-10.0
-111
63.0o
-111
Appalachian St+300+10.0
-111
63.0u
-111
03:15 Sun 23 Nov
Wyoming+375+12.0
-111
54½o
-111
Boise State-500-12.0
-111
54½u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
HOU Texans-125-1.0
-116
43½o
-111
CIN Bengals+105+1.0
-105
43½u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
ATL Falcons-172-3.0
-120
47.0o
-111
CLE Browns+150+3.0
+100
47.0u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
NE Patriots-323-6½
-116
48.0o
-111
DET Lions+260+6½
-105
48.0u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
MIN Vikings+400+9½
-111
48½o
-111
GB Packers-526-9½
-111
48½u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
IND Colts-1111-13½
-116
50½o
-111
JAX Jaguars+700+13½
-105
50½u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
BUF Bills-222-4½
-111
39.0o
-111
NY Jets+180+4½
-111
39.0u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
CHI Bears-244-5½
-111
46.0o
-111
TB Buccaneers+200+5½
-111
46.0u
-111
18:00 Sun 23 Nov
PHI Eagles -11.0
-111
48½o
-111
TEN Titans +11.0
-111
48½u
-111
21:05 Sun 23 Nov
SEA Seahawks-286-6½
-111
42.0o
-111
ARZ Cardinals+230+6½
-111
42.0u
-111
21:05 Sun 23 Nov
SD Chargers-222-4½
-111
43½o
-111
STL Rams+180+4½
-111
43½u
-111
21:25 Sun 23 Nov
DEN Broncos-333-7.0
-105
49.0o
-111
MIA Dolphins+265+7.0
-116
49.0u
-111
21:25 Sun 23 Nov
SF 49ers-455-9.0
-111
44.0o
-111
WAS Redskins+350+9.0
-111
44.0u
-111