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Over Under Total Betting

The “Total” in any given sporting event is a combined final score of both teams. The total for these games is an amount that is set by oddsmakers based on how they envision a game will unfold from a scoring perspective. As a bettor, you would need to select if the final score will be OVER the set total or UNDER the set total.

How to Bet Totals

Typically, when a bettor plans to wager on an OVER or an UNDER for a game’s total, there are a lot of variables to consider.

Offensive and defensive trends for a given team need to be considered along with injuries, the history of matchups between the teams and environment – these are just some of the factors that must be taken into account before selecting which way the game will finish.

For example, let’s take an Eagles vs Cowboys matchup with the total set at 48.5 points. As a bettor, you would select if the game’s final score will be OVER 48 points or UNDER 49 points. So if the game ended 27-20, that would combine to 47 points, meaning the game went UNDER.

The betting line for both the OVER and UNDER is typically at -110 but can be shifted by sportsbooks to smaller or greater odds depending on the factors listed above. It’s up to you as the bettor to weigh those elements and decide if it can impact the game.

For example, in the Eagles vs Cowboys matchup with a total of 48.5, you may see the odds laid out like this:

48.5 OVER -110

48.5 UNDER +105

In this instance, the total remains at 48.5, but the amount of “juice” you must risk is different. To wager the OVER value, you have to risk $110 to win $100. To wager the UNDER value, you get to risk $100 for the chance to win $105.

Totals are included in the live odds feed here at OddsShark.com, so you can always find the league page you want and dig into the numbers. Once you have the data and have handicapped a game, you can learn where to safely bet in the Top Sportsbooks section.

What is a PUSH?

A PUSH in sports betting is when a total is an even number like 48 points and the final combined score hits exactly. If the Eagles vs Cowboys total is set at 48 points and the final score is 28-20, that would be considered a PUSH and means the sportsbook you wagered with would refund your bet no matter if you selected UNDER or OVER in this matchup.

This is a very common occurrence in sports betting but if that same example had a total of 48.5, that game would now be considered an UNDER. Some bettors may feel that there is a larger advantage with betting on totals with a solid number instead of with a .5 as it provides an extra safety net to avoid losing your wager entirely.

What if the Game Goes to Overtime?

If a game goes to overtime or extra innings, it doesn’t change your bet. An OVER or UNDER bet is just like a moneyline or spread bet as it accounts for the score of the entire game whether it ends in regulation or multiple overtimes. It’s often said that overtime is an UNDER bettor’s worst enemy but an OVER bettor’s best friend.