How to Bet on Sports

Whether you love to follow sports or just want to get in on the action, betting can be an exciting and lucrative hobby. But there are a few things you should know before you start placing wagers.

The most basic form of a bet is the money line. This type of bet simply involves picking which team you think will win a game. Generally, the better team will have a positive number while the underdog will have a negative number. The odds number indicates how much a $100 bet will win if your pick is correct.

Point spreads are another popular way to bet on sports. These bets involve predicting how many points the underdog will win by overcoming the favored team’s margin of victory. You can place a bet on either the underdog or the favorite, and you can also “buy” points to improve your spreads’ potential payouts. However, it’s important to remember that if you buy points, your bet will lose if the underdog wins.

Totals bets are similar to point spreads in that you predict if two teams will combine for more (over) or less (under) than the total amount posted by oddsmakers. For example, if you believe that the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks will score 43 combined points in their game, you would make a totals bet on the over.

The app provides a wealth of information, including live scores and odds for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, CFL, MLS, EPL, and Division I NCAA football and men’s basketball games. It also offers free and paid picks from a wide range of handicappers. Its specialized tools aid punters in making more reliable forecasts and improving their win rate. It also features a handy odds converter to convert American, fractional, and decimal odds into percentages.