Here’s a Closer Look At The Key Numbers In Sports BettingNeedless to say, nearly all sportsbooks are well-aware of these key numbers in sportsbetting, no wonder they often charge a premium, commonly known as juice, on either side of these key numbers. In order to beat your bookie, you must therefore study the key numbers and know when it is in your best interest to buy points off the key numbers. Below is a brief look at some of the key numbers in sports betting and their implications in the sportsbooks odds, with special focus on American Football and basketball, which are the most popular sports across the world.
Key Numbers in Football BettingIn American Football, 3 is the most common number. For starters, the general homefield advantage for a home team that is nearly similar in strength with the visiting team is 3. A home team favored by less than 3 points is generally considered as weaker than the road team while one that is favored by 3-plus points is arguably stronger (or deemed so by the betting public). Based on studies conducted until 2015, nearly 15 percent of football games end with a 3-point margin. This happens well-measured teams often trade points in back-and-forth tight encounters with the games eventually ending with a field goal difference. The same goes for games that are tied until late or go to overtime, which often sees teams settling for an easily-achievable game-winning field goal rather than riskily going for a touchdown. The other key number in football betting is 7, largely based on those games where teams win by a touchdown margin. Research has found that approximately 7 percent of games end by a 7-point margin. Besides 3 and 7, here are the other key numbers you should note when betting on football games.
- 6 – Six is a commonly occurring number in football games, and it often comes as a result of two converted field goals at the end of a game, or an unconverted touchdown.
- 4 – Four is a number that mostly results as the difference between a touchdown for one team and field goal for another team)
- 10 – Resulting from the addition of a field goal and touchdown as a margin for one team.