How to read a hockey betting line

This quick tutorial will help you understand how to read a hockey betting line. Here is an example of one:

Detroit            +105     +1.5(-270)   Over 5.5 (+115)
Colorado         -125    -1.5 (+230) Under 5.5 (-135)

The home team will always be listed on the bottom.

In the first column to the right of the team names you see a +105 next to Detroit and a -125 next to Colorado.  This represents the money line if you take a team to win straight up. If you pick Detroit, your winnings would be higher. +105 means that if you bet $10 on Detroit to win straight up and you win your bet, you will get paid $10.50 in profit.  If you take Colorado to win straight up, you will have to bet $12.50 to make $10.00 profit since their money line is -125.

In the 2nd column you see next to Detroit +1.5(-270). This means that Detroit is the underdog and if you bet them in this column, you will be getting a goal and a half. Basically if Colorado wins the game 4 to 3, you still win your bet, however the (-270) means that you will need to bet $27 to make $10 profit.  The payout is small, but in a lot of cases it's the right pick.

Now the 2nd column of Colorado's line reads -1.5 (+230). This means if you take this bet, Colorado must win by 2 or more goals for you to win the bet. The upside to taking this bet is the payout. +230 means that if you bet $10 and win your bet, you will make $23 profit.

The over under line is the last column. In this game it is 5.5.  That means that if both teams combine to score more than 5.5 goals (which is obviously 6 in this case) the OVER would be the winning bet. If 5 goals or less are scored the UNDER is the winning bet. The over in this case i (+115) which means that if you bet $10, you would make $11.50 profit.  The under is (-135) which means you have to bet $13.50 to make $10 profit.

Hope this helps. Leave a comment in any section if you have questions about it.



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  2. What about the puck line as opposed to the money line?

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  3. So if i take da game under 5.5 and dey score 6 did i lose

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  4. So if i take da game under 5.5 and dey score 6 did i lose

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  6. That is clear as mud.

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  9. what if the o/u line is 5 and the game ends with the score 3-2?

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  10. ^The over/under line will always be something ending in .5 to prevent such a scenario.

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  12. i guess im confused here is the way this reads in the vegas sports book.
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  14. I told a hockey team -1.5 (+18) what do that mean

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