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Super Bowl 2022 Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds: Point Spread Explained

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Super Bowl 2022 Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Odds: Point Spread Explained

With the legalization of sports betting throughout the country, more people than ever are looking to get involved. But what is a point spread, anyway? And what is it for the Super Bowl this year? This article gives you a quick and easy explanation of what a point spread is and what is the point spread for the Bengals vs. Rams Super Bowl game.

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Super Bowl Odds: Point Spread Explained

What is a Point Spread?

A point spread is quite simply what oddsmakers, such as DraftKings or FanDuels believe will be the difference between Team A's score and Team B's. As an example, if they project Team A to score 24 points and Team B to score 20, the point spread will be listed as "Team A -4."

A minus (-) next to the number implies they are a "favorite", while a plus (+) implies an underdog.

The oddsmaker's goal in setting the point spread is to get a close to equal amount of money on both teams, with the losing bets collecting a "vig."

What is Vig?

Next to the point spread, you will see a number (most likely -110) on both sides, that indicates the vig. This simply means you must wager X to win Y.

In the example of -110, to win $100, the vig implies you must bet $110. If it is a plus sign, say +140 as an example, you must wager $100 to win $140.

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What is the Point Spread for Super Bowl LVI?

As for Super Bowl LVI, the point spread opened as Rams -4 vs. the Bengals. As we get closer, that number may go up and down based on the inflow of money, injuries, etc.

It's worth mentioning, that the point spread is often set at .5 increments, to prevent a tie or what bettors refer to as a "push." Should the final score of the game land directly on the point spread, a push would mean all bettors receiver the wager back and it is void.

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.


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