When placing a football bet, you’ll usually have to decide whether to place a straight bet or a point spread bet. The first is a simple bet, in which you pick the team to win by a certain number of points. Usually, a team is a favorite if the pointspread is -10 or less. The opposite is true if the team is the underdog. In either case, you should be sure to check the pointspread odds.
Another type of football bet is the over/under bet. This involves predicting the total points scored by the two teams. If you bet on the ‘over’ team, you will win if the game ends in a score of 30 points, and if you bet on the ‘under’ team, you’ll win money if the team scores more points.
In-person bets can be placed in sportsbooks, casinos, or even at sporting events. In-person sportsbooks usually have machines and a staff of agents who can help you place a bet. Many sportsbooks are also equipped with a large selection of TVs for watching the game. In addition to the legal bets, you can also place prop bets.
If you want to place a football bet, it’s important to know how much each team’s offense and defense has scored in the last game. This can be done by using statistics such as points for and yards against in recent games. You can also look up the consensus expert picks on the Internet.
Another popular type of football bet is a Super Bowl futures wager. Each team has varying odds of winning the championship. The odds are usually lower on lower odds teams, but that shouldn’t discourage you from betting on them. For example, Kansas City is still a team with a superstar quarterback, but they’ve recently rearranged their roster to make room for Mahomes.
Point spreads are also a popular way to place a football bet. A single point can swing a game. However, most games don’t have perfect matchups, so point spreads can help level the playing field. The favored team will have to win by a certain number of points in order to cover the points spread. This helps prevent pushes. A side bet may also be called a “hook”.
When placing a football bet, you should look for points spreads and the vig. A point spread is the cost of your wager, and the vig is usually displayed next to the point spread. Usually, sportsbooks will use a -110 point spread, which means you can win $1 for every $1.10 risked. You can also place a $100 wager on a team to win if they’re favored by five points or more.
Proposition bets are popular during big games, but can be placed all season long. They can involve anything from a team’s total score to the number of yards a quarterback throws during a game. You can also choose a number of teams in a parlay. All of these options have their own odds, and if one team doesn’t win, the rest of the bets in the parlay will be paid out on the next payoff.