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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Did the Celtics get enough for
    Rajon Rondo?

    On Friday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated senior writer Chris
    Mannix discusses if the Celtics got
    enough for Rajon Rondo and if
    Boston can make the...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:30:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Can Oklahoma City win without
    a healthy Durant?

    On Friday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated senior writers Phil
    Taylor and Chris Mannix talk about
    how serious Kevin Durant's ankle
    injury is and how...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Eastern Kentucky scorches
    nets, stuns No. 18 Miami


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:16:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Report: MLB All-Star game
    headed to San Diego in 2016

    The 2016 major league baseball
    All-Star game is expected to be
    played at Petco Park, the home of
    the San Diego Padres, according to
    Scott Miller of Turner S
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Blazers' Lillard has career
    night in triple-OT win at
    Spurs


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Butler scores 31 as Bulls
    knock off Grizzlies on road


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:47:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Dodgers end season with record
    payroll, highest luxury tax in
    MLB

    The Los Angeles Dodgers finished
    the 2014 season with a record
    payroll and have been hit with the
    highest luxury tax bill in the
    league, according...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Should Hall of Fame voters
    ignore voting traditions?

    On Friday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated associate editor Ted
    Keith and MLB Jay Jaffe discuss who
    are on their Hall of Fame ballots
    and what is wrong...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:10:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Is Michigan looking at anyone
    else besides Harbaugh?

    On Friday's SI Now, host Maggie
    Gray discusses the hottest trends
    in sports including Darko
    Miličić makes his kick boxing
    debut, Sports Illustrated...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:10:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Does Rondo make the Mavericks
    a legitimate contender?

    On Friday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated senior writer Phil
    Taylor discusses what Rajon Rondo
    can bring to the Mavericks to make
    them playoff...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:40:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Wooden Watch: Okafor moves to
    No. 1 as Cauley-Stein jumps
    into top five

    Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor
    overtakes Wisconsin senior Frank
    Kaminsky for the top spot in Wooden
    Watch as Kentucky's Willie
    Cauley-Stein rises into the top<
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:00:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Raptors unveil new primary and
    Drake-inspired alternate logos

    The Raptors unveiled on Friday a
    new primary logo that will be used
    for the 2015-16 season....
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Bowl Picks: Staff predictions
    for each game, the College
    Football Playoff

    Bowl Picks: SI.com's college
    football experts make their picks
    for all 38 postseason games,
    including the playoff.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:52:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Thunder F Kevin Durant (ankle)
    out Friday vs. Lakers

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin
    Durant will not play Friday night
    against the Los Angeles Lakers.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:45:00 -0500

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Report supports NFL claim that
    email from security chief was
    distorted

    An ESPN report earlier this month
    "mischaracterized" an email from
    NFL investigator Jim Buckley to
    league security head Jeffrey B.
    Miller,...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

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NFL Lines

NFL lines, also known as point spreads, deal with the number that is set by bookmakers to get equal betting action on each team. The books are not setting NFL lines on who they think will win the game, but rather the line they think will make it so people will wager equally on both sides with not too much money put on one team or the other. Books do this so they can make money since they make a certain amount for each wager and if there is a game that has a lot more money bet on one team and that team wins the books will lose.

Explaining NFL Lines

NFL lines are pretty simple to understand so lets take a look at an example. Let's say that for week 1 of the season the NFL lines are out and in the Bears vs. Cowboys game the line is Cowboys -4. This means the Cowboys are favored by 4 points and they have to win the game by at least 5 points for you to win the bet. If you bet on the Cowboys in this game and they win 20-14 you win, as they covered the spread winning by 6 points. Conversely, if you bet on the Bears you will lose since they did not cover the 4 points they were given. If a game is a push you will get your original money bet on the game back. For example, if you see NFL lines with the Eagles at -4 over the Giants and they win by exactly 4 points the game is a push. Many times the books will have a spread with a .5 on the end, such as Cowboys -4.5, so there is no chance of a push.

NFL lines typically come out on Monday or Tuesday before the weekend games. The NFL lines are not set in stone, as they may change depending on things such as injuries and suspensions. However, what is set in stone is the wager you make at the time the NFL lines are out. If you bet on a team and get a certain line and then the NFL lines change you will get the line that was set at the time you make the wager. For example, if you bet on the Patriots to beat the Jets and they are favored by 7 points, but mid-week Tom Brady suffers an injury and will not play. Because of this the Pats are less likely to win and the line changes and they are only favored by 4 points. However, you made the wager when the line was at -7 and that is the line you will be locked in on.

If you are checking out the NFL lines you will see this for the game for the example above:

Cowboys -4
Bears +4

The - in front of the number means that team is the favorite and the + means the tam is the underdog.

NFL lines are not hard to understand and they are the most popular football wager.