How Does this Work in Practice?
By way of example, the Cubs faced the Dodgers, and the two teams had their aces on the mound. The sportsbook was initially going to place the total at 7 (the most common outcome), with the above and under equally at -110.
Rather than doing so–and taking a risk of a push–make the under +105 along with the over -125, and the book decides to shade down the total to 6. The payout that is lower will be thought by some bettors over the over because not many games finish with fewer than 6 runs is valuable.
However, other bettors may believe the under is well worth gambling on because you don’t need to risk as much to receive the same yield and the two teams have great pitchers scheduled to begin, which ought to keep the score low.
Bettors may wind up wagering the same sum of money on the aggregate, but the sportsbook has far lower chance of a push (because just 7.2percent of matches end with just 6 runs , whereas 11.3% end with 7 runs scored).
Totals Vary Across Sportsbooks
Below is the rotation showing totals that were just labeled with columns A through E. Within this table, the number is for gambling on the over what you would pay, and the lowest number is the price for betting on the below. That’s generally called the universal manner of looking at totals.