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 There is no question that sports betting is as popular as it has ever been during this period. It is all over every aspect of sports analysis that one can see. Sports betting is discussed in mainstream sports studio shows such as “Fox NFL Sunday” or “Inside the NBA.” 

 Sports betting has hit mainstream society. More and more people are becoming involved in different ways. Individuals who are just getting involved in sports betting will need to get used to the nuances and terminology. 

 In this piece, we will go over some basics of sports betting for those that are just getting started.

 First of all, one has to learn the difference between how one determines favorites and underdogs. The choices are expected to win the game and can be identified by a – sign next to its odds. On the other hand, the underdog of a game can be identified by its + sign next to its odds. 

 Also, beginners need to know about how spreads work. Spreads are the fundamental way in which an individual can bet on either a favorite or an underdog. 

 If a team such as the Carolina Panthers are 7 point favorites against the New York Giants, this means that the Carolina Panthers will have to win by 8 points or more for you to win your desired bet. In other words, one would have covered the spread. One loses the bet if the Panthers lose the game outright by a win by less than 6 points. 

 Another term for sports betting beginners to be aware of is the over/under of a game. This number is that the oddsmakers will set for a total number of points to be scored in a game. For example, a game between the Knicks and the Bulls can have an over/under 224. Therefore, one can place a bet such as “Over 224”. By placing this bet, one would win if both teams scored 225 points or more. On the other hand, a chance for the “Under 224” would mean that a winning bet would occur if both teams scored under 224 points for the game.