HOW TO BET ON THE CLEVELAND BROWNS
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Themoneylineis the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Browns -185
- Eagles +310
The Browns are considered heavy favorites in this matchup (indicated by -185), requiring a $185 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). The Eagles are the underdog in this matchup, paying out $410 total for a $100 bet ($310 in winnings). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on thepoint spreadis determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Browns -6.5 (-110)
- Falcons +6.5 (-110)
In this example, Cleveland is favored by 6.5 points, indicated by “-6.5.” If the Browns win the game 27-20, the Browns (-6.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Falcons keep the game within seven and lose 23-17, the Falcons (+6.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
Thepoint totalrefers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, a Browns matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers had a 57.5 point total. The Browns won the matchup 47-38, resulting in 85 combined points. Those who bet the over in the matchup would have cashed out.
The Browns’ defense was porous in 2020, and coupled with a successful scoring offense, often leading them to have high point totals. Common over/under marks for the 2020 Browns fell above 52 and sometimes as high as 58.
In-play and live betting
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to aslive bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Browns (-225) were heavily favored against the Bengals (+190) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Browns to win would win just $4.44.
However, say the Browns fell to a big 17-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Bengals, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Browns to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Cleveland (+130) at halftime and the Browns pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.44 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Bengals (+190) in that game, but Cleveland jumps out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Cleveland (-270) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
Parlays and teasers
You can always string bets together in the form ofparlaysorteasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.