# Over/Under Bets Explained

Basketball betting follows different types of sports bets. After the point spread bet, the over/under basketball bet is the most common kind of bet that basketball bettors make. Basketball betting enthusiasts will tell you that this is one of the easiest bets to master and place.  The over/under bet is also referred to as the Total Bet meaning that the combined total score that both the teams put up in the basketball match will be over or under a predetermined total limit for that game. So, when you place an over bet, you believe that the total points scored by the two basketball teams will go over the total predicted score. Conversely, the under bet presumes that the total score will be below the predicted total score.

It is a Common Sense Bet…

As we mentioned earlier, the over/under basketball bet is the easiest bet that can be placed. It is the most practical one and follows the logical approach to basketball betting. Generally, the sports bettor would be risking \$110 to win \$100 in a regular over/under bet. The sports betting enthusiast may decide to risk an equal sum of money on both over and under bets for the same game. In such a scenario, he is assured of a return, no matter what the outcome of the game.

### Predicting the Correct Betting Odds

To predict the total score that will be put up by the teams in the match involves an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the participating teams. Many sports gamblers like to study the past records of how well the teams have fared during the previous season. Not only that, some bettors like to analyze the teams’ scores for the past year. They like to study the team’s performance in home games as well as games away from the home turf as well as scores made by and against the team. This in-depth performance analysis enables the basketball sports bettor to predict the right outcome and place his wager accordingly.

Determining the Pace of the Game

The total score put up by the playing teams also helps determine the pace of the basketball game. If the teams have more points being scored against them than they have been scoring, it is likely that the game will be defensive. If, on the other hand, the teams have scored more number of points against their opponents, then you can expect an offensive game. In the offensive games, both the teams will try to make up bigger scores and as such, the game is likely to gather a huge total score.

These statistics are important for the online basketball betting sites to determine the correct projected total score for the game. Some of the basketball betting sites may present total scores for each half of the game unlike the majority that project the totals for the whole game. The betting enthusiast must make sure of this issue before placing the over/under bet.