While point spread wagers are the most popular option among NFL bettors, over/under numbers are also widely played every Sunday and Monday during the season on betting companies like Bet Olimp. There are many factors to be aware of when handicapping an NFL total.
On average, a typical NFL game will have a total score of about 40 points. When a bettor analyzes the weekly NFL slate, most over/unders will be right around the number of 40. If a couple of dynamic offenses are matching up, the total can get up anywhere from the high 40′s to the low 50′s. In turn, a defensive battle could lead to over/unders in the low 30′s.
Average Total Score
An oddsmaker will look at a couple of basic concepts to determine what a total should be. The main factor involves the average total score for each team. As an example, team A scores 23 points per game while giving up 20 points per outing. This gives team A an average total score of 43. With this information, the bookmaker will go through the same numbers for team B. For this example, team B averages 24 points on offense while giving up 21 on defense for a total of 45. The two averages combined would yield a number of 44. From here, the oddsmaker can fine tune the number by looking at additional variables outline below.Continue Reading