For most people betting on sports is a hobby. These people have mastered what it takes to ensure that what they are betting on is the right team. Also these are the people who have been in the business for a long time. As a matter of fact they have a lot of money and losing a considerable portion of it is not a big deal to them. However, despite of how much these people may know, a lot of them know very little about the interpretation of betting lines.
This knowledge however is not very important to a casual sports betting person. However, in cases where there is a lot of money to be won then this information becomes very vital. Interpreting betting lines in sports just like any other thing is usually a doubting fact. This is because it entails one knowing a lot. However, once a person has started learning it, there is no doubt that he can develop in its knowledge at a very fast speed.
In a match the two teams playing are always listed either with a plus or a minus sign alongside other numbers. For instance, NYK +10.5 – 110 +310; which makes it seem like a foreign language at first but if you want to become a pro in betting then understanding this numbers becomes very useful.
The first thing in mustering this art is to determine between the two teams, which team is likely to win and which is not. Usually the terms “favorite” and “underdogs” comes into play. Favorite to mean the team that is likely to win and underdog the team that is expected to lose.
A favorite team will always be identified by a negative sign placed next to their name while the underdog team will have a positive sign next to its name. After you have got the hang of this, you need to know how to identify the spread, which is the first number that comes after the name of the team.
It does not end there since you also need to know how to evaluate the money line. The money line is usually the last number for the two teams. By mastering this simple phenomenon then you are likely to be very good in betting.