What is Over/Under betting? How to bet on totals explained – Covers

What is Over/Under betting? How to bet on totals explained – Covers


What does Over/Under mean?

The Over/Under is a set of odds in which you bet on whether the combined score will add up to more or less than the projected total number set by oddsmakers.

If you believe there will be more points scored than the projected total, you would bet the Over. If you believe there will be fewer points scored than the projected total, you would bet the Under.

Over/Under betting, or totals betting, is one of the most popular options for sports bettors along with the point spread and moneyline.

Total bets are simply based on the number of points scored, without any link to the outcome of the game. Over/Under betting is found in almost all sports, including the NFL, college football, NBA, MLB, and NCAA basketball.

What is Over/Under betting? We explain how to bet on totals.

Over/Under betting explained

Let’s look at the betting total from Super Bowl LIV as an example of how to read Over/Under odds.

Super Bowl Over/Under

The Over/Under total odds from Super Bowl LIII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs

Based on these odds, the Over/Under for Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers was 53 points. Each side of the total – the Over and Under – is assigned a cost of placing that bet, also known as juice or vig. The vig for most Over/Under bets is -110 on each side, which means in order to win $100
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