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Over/Under 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

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 total. You bet whether the total 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.