NFL Odds Las Vegas
The NFL odds from leading Las Vegas sportsbooks are displayed above so you can find the best lines available for your bets. You can also compare the Vegas NFL odds with two of the biggest offshore sportsbooks.
Betting ATS – Against The Spread
The point spread (or just “the spread”) is the number of points by which the supposed better team is favored over the underdog.
It’s the most popular football bet as it makes for a level playing field regardless of how much better one team is than the other. Betting the spread makes it easy for the casual bettor to consider how much a team will win or lose by. That’s much easier than calculating the implied probability of a team winning as indicated by money line odds.
The Patriots being 6.5 point favorites, for example, is something that every sports bettor can easily understand. Whichever team has a higher score after factoring in the point spread wins the bet or covers the spread. A negative value such as -6.5 indicates the amount by which that team is favored. The Pats have to win by 7+ points for bettors to win. The underdog can win the game outright or lose by less than a touchdown for those bettors to win.
Most Las Vegas sportsbooks offer -110 odds on NFL games. Betting $110 to win $100 is clearly not an even bet. The extra $10 you pay is the sportsbook’s commission and is also known as the juice, vig or vigorish. This amount is returned when you win ($210 for that $110 bet) but is obviously kept by the house when you lose.
It is worth noting that the spread isn’t necessarily the exact margin of victory forecast by the Las Vegas sportsbooks. It actually represents the number that linesmakers expect to strike the best balance between favorite and underdog bets. They dream of a relatively even handle and raking in the vig rather than being heavily exposed due to lopsided action. They move the spread to reflect weight of money, sharp action and the latest news such as injury and weather updates.
NFL Moneyline Betting
You are betting on which team will win the game straight-up so it is the simplest NFL bet type however the odds displayed aren’t quite as straight-forward.
Moneyline odds listed with a + sign denotes the underdog and that figure is the amount you will win when risking $100 on a bet.
When odds are listed with a – sign that is the amount you need to risk in order to win $100 on the favorite.
The Cowboys at -200 requires you to risk $200 to win $100. Or to risk $1000 to win $500, etc.
The Giants at +150 means if they win the game straight-up you win get $250 back (your stake plus $150 in winnings) for each $100 you bet.
The default setting for most NFL odds at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks is to assume the amount you enter for a bet is “to win” on negative odds and “to risk” for positive odds.
Betting NFL Totals
NFL bettors can wager on Over or Under the combined points scored by both teams. If you’re expecting strong defense and a lot of running of the ball then you may be interested in backing the Under. But if you believe the offenses will dominate then you can back the Over. Of course to make money as an NFL bettor you’ll need to do a lot more work than that.
Best Vegas NFL Odds
Finding the best available lines for your NFL bets is absolutely crucial. Getting an extra half-point or full point as often as possible will make you a far more profitable NFL bettor each season.