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Over/Under Betting

Over Under Total Betting

OVER/UNDER odds, or “totals” betting, is growing in popularity and is often the best wager you can make on a game. Let’s face it – some games are a toss-up and you really can’t find an edge to pick one team over the other; that’s where totals betting can come in.

Betting totals (Over / Under)

Maybe there are defensive trends or offensive injuries or looming cold or windy weather that makes you think there will be a lot of scoring or not very much scoring in a particular game.

Let’s take a Colts-Patriots game where you see the point spread listed and also another value, 55.5, listed. This is the over/under total. You bet whether the total combined points scored by both teams will be more or less than 55.5. In a 40-14 example, the score equals 54 points, which is UNDER 55.5. In a 40-17 example, the score equals 57, which is OVER 55.5.

You may also see a small wrinkle in the total where it looks like this:

55.5 o -110
55.5 u +105

In this instance, the total remains at 55.5, but the amount of “juice” or “vig” you must risk is different. To wager the OVER value, you have to risk $110 to win $100. To wager the UNDER value, you get to risk $100 for the chance to win $105.

Totals are included in the live odds feed here at OddsShark.com, so you can always find the league page you want and dig into the numbers. Once you have the data and have handicapped a game, you can learn where to safely bet in the Top Sportsbooks section.

what if the over/under number hits exactly?

This is a very common occurrence in sports betting and is known as a 'push'. When this happens, the sportsbook simply refunds your money. An example of a push would be if the set total for a Cowboys vs Eagles game is set at 49 points and the Eagles go on to win 29-20. Whether you bet the OVER or UNDER wouldn't matter because the combined score is the exact same as the total, so you'd get your money back.

Many totals are often set with .5 at the end, which makes a push impossible. In the example above, if the total was set at 49.5 and the Eagles win 29-20, it would mean that the game went UNDER.

What if the game goes to overtime?

If a game goes to overtime or extra innings, it doesn't change your bet as a over under bet is just like a moneyline or spread bet as it accounts for the score of the entire game whether it ends in regulation or multiple overtimes. It's often said that overtime is an UNDER bettor's worst enemy but an OVER bettor's best friend.