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Point Spread Wager

A Point Spread is the number of points added to or subtracted from a team's actual score for betting purposes.

The favorite is indicated by the minus sign "-" and the underdog is indicated by the plus sign "+". To determine the winner for betting purposes, the Point Spread is added to the final score of the team you bet on. Point Spread rules are as follows:

For example, the bettor wagers on Miami -7 to beat Buffalo +7. The following table shows possible wager results on three final scores.

Actual Final Score

Final Score with
Point Spread applied

Wager Result

Miami 21 Buffalo 19

Miami 14 Buffalo 19Loss

Miami 26 Buffalo 19

Miami 19 Buffalo 19Tie

Miami 27 Buffalo 19

Miami 20 Buffalo 19Win