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When a team has a point spread line with a minus sign (-), it indicates that the team must win the game by a greater number of points than what is indicated in the line. With a point-spread line of 3.5, the Lakers must win the game outright or lose by three points or less to cover the spread and be graded as a win.

NBA Point Spread FAQs A +7 spread means you are getting seven points by selecting the underdog. The team getting the points do not need to win the game outright, but they simply need to keep the score within those seven points in order for you to win your wager.

When you bet the point spread of a basketball game, you are betting on how many points the team is going to either win or lose by. As with football, NBA point spread betting lines can be identified by their use of the (+) or (–) symbols. In this example, the Pacers need to win the game or lose by six points or less to cover the spread.

How does spread betting work in the NBA?

A Spread Bet is basically an assumption of how an NBA match-up will pan out, with points handicaps given to each team. NBA Point spread betting is recognizable by the use of the + or – symbols.

## How many points do you have to win to cover the spread?

In this example, the Pacers need to win the game or lose by six points or less to cover the spread. The Raptors must win by at least eight points to cover. If the Raptors finish the season at 50-32 against the spread, that would mean they covered the posted point spread 50 times and failed to cover 32 times.

### What does it mean to lose on a point spread?

A losing bet is quite simply you betting on the Cowboys -4.5 and they only win by four, for example. You lose the money that you placed on that bet. A push wouldn’t happen in the example above because a team can’t win by a half point. It is very common, though, to have a betting line of +3/-3.