Sports Betting 101: What Is The Run/Puck Line?

Sports betting is complicated and it can be intimidating as a new bettor. We’re here to help.

The run line in baseball and puck line in hockey are equivalent to the point spread in football and basketball. These bets create a spread for the games. Betting on a favorite at -1.5 means that the team has to win by 2 or more for bettors to win their wager. Betting on the underdog at +1.5 means that bettors can win their bet if that team loses by exactly one run or wins the game outright. Run and puck line wagers are typically set at odds of -110, meaning $110 wagered wins $100. The points system and scoring frequency in baseball and hockey compared to football and basketball is why the run/puck line number is almost always set at only 1.5. 

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