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NCAA BASKETBALL 
Opener
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FINAL
80283561180
7733306877
513
514
6:30p
WatchESPN
SEC Network
+2 -110
-2 -110
38.8%
61.2%
+1½ -106
-1½ -106
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-1½ -105
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89395089
511
512
6:30p
219
FOX Sports 1
+15 -110
-15 -110
44.0%
56.0%
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-15½ -118
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-15½ -118
 
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67283967
85374885
535
536
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN2
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PK-110
42.2%
57.8%
+2½ -112
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FINAL
62154762
67323567
519
520
7:00p
(22) Tennessee
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208
+10½ -110
-10½ -110
100.0%
0.0%
+11 -106
-11 -106
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-11½ -110
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-11 -110
 
FINAL
803140980
8838331788
531
532
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
-1½ -110
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43.3%
56.7%
-2½ -115
+2½ +102
-3 -102
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-2½ -110
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-2½ -113
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-2½ -113
+2½ -107
 
FINAL
36231336
61273461
525
526
7:00p
(18) Clemson
WatchESPN
ESPN3
+10 -110
-10 -110
48.8%
51.2%
+9½ -103
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FINAL
80413980
85434285
521
522
7:00p
(5) Kansas
(12) Oklahoma
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206
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48.3%
51.7%
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64263864
65313465
517
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7:00p
221
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100.0%
0.0%
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81414081
515
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7:00p
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49.5%
50.5%
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PK-110
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PK-110
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PK-110
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70373370
75255075
523
524
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPNews
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51.9%
48.1%
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FINAL
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83394483
533
534
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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47.7%
52.3%
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FINAL
70333770
61273461
529
530
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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58.6%
41.4%
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FINAL
68293968
71363571
527
528
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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42.9%
57.1%
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PK-110
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-1½ -107
 
FINAL
90454590
88424688
557
558
7:00p
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PK-110
49.8%
50.2%
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-1 +100
+1 -110
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PK-110
-1 -110
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PK-110
PK-110
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FINAL
62283462
93355893
537
538
8:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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46.0%
54.0%
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FINAL
52282452
72294372
539
540
8:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
-1 -110
+1 -110
35.2%
64.8%
+1½ +101
-1½ -114
+1½ -102
-1½ -108
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-1½ -105
+1 +102
-1 -122
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FINAL
68363268
63253863
541
542
8:30p
219
FOX Sports 1
-3 -110
+3 -110
53.1%
46.9%
-2 +100
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-2 -102
+2 -108
-2 -105
+2 -115
-2 -110
+2 -110
-2 -110
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-2 -110
+2 -110
 
FINAL
66313566
78413778
543
544
8:30p
WatchESPN
SEC Network
+2 -110
-2 -110
41.3%
58.7%
+2½ +101
-2½ -114
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-3 -102
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-2½ -115
+2½ -105
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FINAL
65263965
77413677
553
554
9:00p
WatchESPN
208
-2½ -110
+2½ -110
100.0%
0.0%
-2 -106
+2 -106
-2 -105
+2 -105
-2 -105
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-1½ -125
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+2 -115
-1½ -125
+1½ +105
 
FINAL
84414384
70304070
551
552
9:00p
(4) Duke
WatchESPN
ESPN3
-10 -110
+10 -110
60.8%
39.2%
-10 -100
+10 -112
-9½ -109
+9½ -101
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+9½ -110
-10 -110
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-10 -110
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FINAL
65362965
78384078
545
546
9:00p
ESPN
206
+8 -110
-8 -110
56.2%
43.8%
+7½ -111
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FINAL
77344377
69402969
547
548
9:00p
BTN
610
+2 -110
-2 -110
46.2%
53.8%
+2 -106
-2 -106
+2 -105
-2 -105
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-2 -110
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-2 -110
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FINAL
7524371475
7429321374
549
550
9:00p
221
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+2 -110
-2 -110
54.6%
45.4%
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-3½ -102
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-3½ -110
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-3½ -110
 
FINAL
63293463
69363369
555
556
11:00p
221
CBS Sports Netwo
+4 -110
-4 -110
48.1%
51.9%
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-5 -110
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-4½ -111
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-4½ -111
NCAA BASKETBALL 
Opener
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
00
00
719
720
6:30p
(8) Xavier
219
FOX Sports 1
+7½ -110
-7½ -110
49.1%
50.9%
+7½ -106
-7½ -106
+7½ -105
-7½ -105
+7½ -110
-7½ -110
+7½ -120
-7½ +100
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-7½ -105
+7½ -110
-7½ -110
+7½ -110
-7½ -110
+7½ -120
-7½ +100
 
 
00
00
725
726
7:00p
221
CBS Sports Netwo
+8 -110
-8 -110
50.0%
50.0%
+7 -106
-7 -106
+7 -105
-7 -105
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-7 -110
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-7 -110
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-7 -105
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-7 -110
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-7 -110
+7 -110
-7 -110
 
 
00
00
775
776
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
+10½ -110
-10½ -110
66.7%
33.3%
+9½ -106
-9½ -106
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-10 -110
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+9½ -110
-9½ -110
 
 
00
00
777
778
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
+2 -110
-2 -110
50.0%
50.0%
+2 -106
-2 -106
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-2 -105
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-1½ -105
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-1½ -110
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-1½ -110
 
 
00
00
769
770
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
-9½ -110
+9½ -110
88.9%
11.1%
-9 -106
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-9 -105
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-9 -110
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00
00
773
774
7:00p
+2 -110
-2 -110
0.0%
100.0%
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-3 -106
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-3½ -115
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+3 -110
-3 -110
 
 
00
00
727
728
7:00p
674
SportsNet PT
+3½ -110
-3½ -110
5.0%
95.0%
+3 -106
-3 -106
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-3 -105
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00
00
731
732
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
+11½ -110
-11½ -110
90.9%
9.1%
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00
00
723
724
7:00p
Facebook Live
-14½ -110
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100.0%
0.0%
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00
00
729
730
7:00p
WatchESPN
SEC Network
+11½ -110
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0.0%
100.0%
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-10½ -110
 
 
00
00
735
736
7:00p
BTN
610
-1 -110
+1 -110
52.4%
47.6%
-1 -106
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-1 -105
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-1 -110
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00
00
721
722
7:00p
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208
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66.7%
33.3%
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00
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771
772
7:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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0.0%
100.0%
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00
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733
734
7:00p
+6½ -110
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0.0%
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00
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743
744
8:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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0.0%
100.0%
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00
00
741
742
8:00p
WatchESPN
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10.0%
90.0%
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00
745
746
8:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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-4 -110
50.0%
50.0%
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-3½ -105
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00
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739
740
8:00p
WatchESPN
ESPN3
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0.0%
100.0%
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737
738
8:00p
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ESPN2
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0.0%
100.0%
+3½ -106
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779
780
8:00p
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47.4%
52.6%
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00
747
748
8:30p
219
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+4½ -110
-4½ -110
15.4%
84.6%
+4½ -106
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749
750
9:00p
BTN
610
+1 -110
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9.5%
90.5%
+2 -106
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00
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753
754
9:00p
221
CBS Sports Netwo
+14½ -110
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40.0%
60.0%
+14 -106
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751
752
9:00p
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+8½ -110
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0.0%
0.0%
+9 -106
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755
756
9:00p
WatchESPN
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-7 -115
+7 -105
100.0%
0.0%
-8½ -106
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-8½ -110
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00
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757
758
9:00p
(19) Auburn
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SEC Network
+1½ -110
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44.0%
56.0%
+2 -106
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759
760
9:00p
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208
+9½ -110
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87.5%
12.5%
+10 -106
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00
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761
762
10:00p
683
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100.0%
0.0%
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763
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10:00p
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50.0%
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765
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11:00p
221
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00
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767
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11:00p
(23) Nevada
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208
-6 -110
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100.0%
0.0%
-5½ -106
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NCAA Basketball Odds Explanation: Understanding College Basketball Betting Lines

 

We’ve entered a new era in college basketball where freshman dominate and the one-and-done talents quickly move up to the NBA. Even so, the sport is as popular as it has ever been, which has generated a lot of betting interest. If you’ve never bet on the college hoops, here’s your basic guide to understanding NCAA Basketball odds, which work much the same as NBA odds. (For explanations on how NFL odds work, as well as odds for other sports, explore the links at the bottom of this page.)

Spreads

In college basketball there are a lot of teams, and some are much stronger than others. That’s why the point spread was invented as it allows bettors to bet on a game even though the two teams might not be evenly matched. The difference is the bettors has to predict whether or not a team will win by the margin listed on the NCAA Basketball odds boards.

 

For example, let’s say you see Duke listed at -8.5 points on the NCAA Basketball odds board. With the minus sign in front, that means they have to win by nine points or more to cover the spread and for you to win your bet on Duke. If they win by eight or less, or their opponent wins, then Duke does not cover the spread.

Money Lines

While spreads focus on the margin of victory, moneylines only focus on the outright result. In this case, it doesn’t matter what the margin of victory is. All you care about is who wins the game.

 

For example, Duke might be a -300 favorite over North Carolina State. What that means is if you bet $300 on Duke and they win, you collect $100. On the other side of it, North Carolina State might be something like +250. With the plus sign in front of their betting odds, that means that if you bet $100, you would win $250.

Totals

When it comes totals, this is just the combined final score between the two teams. When you look at the lines, the NCAA Basketball odds makers set an over-under which asks whether the final score will be 'over' or above that number, or 'under' and below.

 

For the Duke-N.C. State game, you might see a line of 139.5. So if the final score is something like 70-50, then the 120 combined points is less than the 139.5, which means the game went under. If the combined score is 71-70 or 85-82, then the game has gone over the number and everyone who bet on the over wins their bet.

Futures

Futures bets are wagers that focus on events that will happen in the long term future. So while the above three bets focus on nightly action where the bets will be resolved by the end of the evening, futures focus on results that will take some time to decide. For example, in the preseason, you might want to bet on who will win March Madness or which team will win a certain conference.

 

In these cases, you’ll likely see NCAA Basketball odds that entice you with a big payout. For example, Duke might be 15/1 to win the NCAA Tournament before it starts. However, remember that you’re picking just one team in a big field, so the risk is high. However, if you’re right, you can early a big payout.

 

In this case, 15/1 means that for every dollar you bet, you win $15. That can prove to be quite profitable if you make the right selections with your NCAA Basketball picks.


 

 

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