The NFL Regular Season is about to start, and some people are still a little confused about how to bet on the total of a game. Basically the way it works is the sports book website will create a total for a specific aspect of the game and the bettor will either decide on the points going higher than the amount set or lower.
The most familiar over-under bet at any sportsbook would be the total points scored by the end of the game. The best example is from the online sportsbook sportingbet.com, which has the total of the Redskins vs. Giants game at 41 points. If you were to guess that the total points scored by both teams combined will be higher than 41, you would have to risk $110 to win $100 (the odds are the same for the under).
You may notice other sports books posting a total with a half-point, for example the sportsbook mansion has a total of 38½ for the Bengals vs. Ravens game. The idea of the half a point is basically to avoid a draw if the total points in the game actually add up to 38 points.
There is another way that the sports books can adjust the line without touching the total, this is by moving the money line. For example the online betting website mansion has the odds the boxing match between Marquez and Casamayor at 9½ rounds with the over at -350 and the under at +275. This tells you that the favorite is the match lasting 10 rounds exactly.
Now you should be an expert at betting on the total, so take a look at your favorite sports book website for more total odds.
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