The importance of 1/2 of a point

We often encourage our users to shop around and find the best line, because it can increase your winning percentage by a few points over time.  This was evident this weekend in the NFL.  Many games could be turned from a loss to a push, or from a push to a win, depending on what line you were locked in at.

Kansas City at Houston – The Texans had a strong comeback and beat the Chiefs by 4 points.   Houston was between a four and five point favorite prior to kickoff, which means if you were betting with Kansas City, you could go from a push to a win, and if you were betting with Houston, you could avoid a loss at minus four.

Baltimore at New England – The books had the Moss-less Patriots as favorites in this game by anywhere from one to three points.  The Pats won by a field goal in overtime, which if you were betting with the Ravens, was either a loss or a push.

Oakland at San Francisco – San Francisco finally got their first win on the season with an eight point victory over the Raiders.  The 49ers were home favorites, giving seven to nine points.  If you got Mike Singletary’s team minus seven, you won, if you took minus nine, you lost.

NY Jets at Denver – The Broncos were one of our Best Bet picks this week hosting the Jets.  A late pass interference call didn’t help out, but if you got the home team at plus four, at least you walked away with a push.

Indianapolis at Washington – The Redskins have been notorious for late nail-biting games this season, and the Sunday Night Football matchup was no different.  Washington was a home dog getting three or four points, the difference between a push and a win.

If you have the necessary bankroll to spread around to different sportsbooks, then you can instantly increase your winning percentage by getting the best spread or the best moneyline.

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