If you are a novice at betting on the NFL then you should get some knowledge on how to understand the NFL picks spread which can be confusing. The spread is very simple to understand with just a little direction. The NFL picks spread is the index set by odds makers that equalizes the chances of each team winning. In any sport there will always be the victor and the loser. The chances of you picking a winner are not that simple since the game can go any way. With the NFL picks spread, the teams tend to be equal in the eyes of a gambler.
Let us consider the picks spread of two hypothetical teams : Team A and team B
(112) Team A 42.5o : 110
(113) Team B -11 : 110
The numbers in the brackets are indication of the particular game. Whenever you read a sportsbook, these numbers tell you which game of the season it is referring to. They do not have any meaning to the gambler. The 42.5o is the total points that are set for both teams to score during the game and they are added together. To the bettor, you can bet if the final score will be above or below this total. The odds for this happening are set at 110 and will vary amongst different sportsbooks. You should therefore find one that is offering the bet odds for you to bet on. The number -110 refer to the risk you need to take. It means that you risk 110 dollars to 100 dollars. The -11 is the NFL picks spread that Team B is the favorite to win with the odds set at -110
Should you bet on team B and they win by more than 12 points then you will have won your bet. If they win with 10 or less points, or even lose the game, then you lose your bet. If you bet on Team A and the game goes against them with 10 or less points, or even win the game then you win your bet. If they lose by 12 or more points then you lose your bet. If Team B wins by the 11 points noted, then the game becomes a push and all the money that you bet will be given back to you.
The picks spread mentioned above does not mean that you have to bet 110 dollars to win 100. You can bet any amount. This is the picks spread and it means that you have an 11 to 10 chance of winning your bet. The extra 10 dollars is what is referred to as the vigorish or vig. It is simply the commission paid to the sportsbook should you lose the bet. If you win the bet, you get your original 100 dollars plus the extra 100 bringing your total to 210 dollars. Should you lose the bet you get nothing back in return. The vig and the NFL picks spread will vary amongst sportbooks so you should pick the one that gives you the best chance at winning.