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Parlay Betting

Parlay betting is one of the most popular forms of sports wagering. With parlays, bettors can bet that two or more point spreads, over/unders, or moneylines will win, earning a higher payout if all of their picks win than they would have betting each one individually.
 

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Key Numbers

Key numbers are the most common margins of victory in the NFL and NBA. Due to the nature of scoring in the NFL, the key numbers are much more obvious and apparent.

Far and away, the biggest key number in football is 3. Games that are tied late (or that eventually go into overtime) are very often settled with a game-winning field goal as teams often play much more conservatively and go for the field goal instead of the touchdown once they get within scoring range. NFL games end by a 3-point margin about 15% of the time.

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Line Shopping

Bettors that limit themselves to just one book, and don’t take the time to line shop, often cheat themselves out of potential profits in both the short term and the long term.

With the internet being what it is today, line shopping isn’t what it used to be. Lines are more consistent from book to book since a book caught too far behind on a line will often end up taking a lot of action on that line before eventually having to change it to avert risk.

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What Line Moves Can Tell Us

As a general rule, if you like the number on a favorite against the spread, betting it early isn’t a bad idea – since most bettors prefer favorites and most line movements go against the favorite as the week goes on. But while there are advantages to jumping on a line early, there can also be advantages to sitting back and watching to see how the line moves.

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Why the Line Moves

In the long run, sportsbooks make their money with the juice they charge on each game. When you choose a side against the spread and bet 11 to win 10, the book is essentially making a bet of 10 to win 11 on the other side. You can see how that would be profitable in the long term.

But because sportsbooks accept action from both sides, they are at the betting public’s mercy as to which side they will end up being more invested.

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Buying Points

Sportsbooks offer you the option to buy points on point spread wagers in football and basketball. You can choose to give away less points on the favorite, or receive more points on the favorite. Most books offer this option at a price of 10% per each half-point you decide to move the line.

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Money Management

Successfully handicapping games and being able to consistently pick winners is obviously important. But in the long run, the most important aspect to making money in sports betting is money management.

Over the course of a year, long winning and losing streaks are bound to happen. While winning streaks are a blast, losing streaks are very frustrating. Bettors that have a solid grasp on money management will be able to survive cold streaks, while reckless bettors often see their bankrolls severely depleted or in some cases completely wiped out by them.

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Teaser Odds

Football and basketball bettors know only too well how tough the point spread can be to beat on a week-to-week basis.

Sometimes you may like a team, but when you see the point spread, you decide you aren’t quite getting enough points or you are giving up too many. One popular solution to this problem is the Teaser.

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Welcome to the New OddsShark

If you're a new Odds Shark visitor, welcome to our redesigned site. We have tightened the stats, sharpened the design and made the navigation more logical in getting you immediately where you want to go – the odds on the game!

If you're a returning Odds Shark visitor, we’re really hoping we can get your feedback and comments on the new presentation, while providing some criticism and wish-list suggestions.
 

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Point Spread Betting

Newcomers to odds and sports betting often wonder what all the numbers and symbols mean. For most sports fans, they are accustomed to the point spread.

Simply put, it’s a number that the oddsmaker puts up that he figures will generate betting interest on both sides - the favorite is favored enough to make favorite bettors interested and the underdog is not such a longshot that underdog bettors refuse to try their luck with it.

So when you see NFL odds for the week and see the point spread in the Washington vs. Dallas game. It shows:

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