What does a PK Point Spread Line Mean?

We’ll quickly explain what a PK point spread line is. PK stands for “Pick ’em”. It means the point spread line is 0. When this happens, the point spread basically becomes a moneyline bet. The odds indicate each side’s risk and win amounts just like a standard moneyline wager.


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What Does PK Stand For?

“PK” stands for “Pick’em”. It means there’s no point spread favorite for the matchup. The odds next to the “PK” letters indicate risk and win amounts for each side, just like a moneyline bet.

PK Point Spread Meaning

PK means the point spread line is 0. This often happens when the game is too close to call. Or, when betting action has shifted a game with a -1 spread to 0. Remember, the sportsbook always tries to balance its action, regardless of whether or not the point spread will accurately represent the game’s final winning margin.

A PK point spread bet basically becomes a moneyline bet. The odds indicate each side’s risk and win amounts. If your side wins outright, your PK bet will win. On the other hand, if your side loses outright, your PK bet will lose. There’s no need to consider the point spread value because PK equals 0 points.

Note that a PK line can also appear in soccer Asian Handicaps and goal line bets, particularly when you’re betting on the outcome of the 1st or 2nd half.

PK Point Spread Example

Point Spread
Game
Line & Odds
Steelers
Bengals
9/11/22 1:00pm EDT
pk +130
pk -150

The Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals game above has a PK point spread. The bet now becomes a moneyline with the Steelers +130 underdogs and the Bengals -150 favorites.

If you take the Bengals, you’ll risk $150 to win $100. However, if you like the underdog Steelers, you’ll risk $100 to win $130. Your bet wins if you picked the correct outcome. There’s no need to consider the final winning margin as the point spread line is 0 or PK.

PK Point Spread Sports

You’ll most commonly see PK point spreads for close NFL or college football matchups. You may also see them for NBA and college basketball games, particularly for championship matchups between two strong teams. Finally, soccer Asian handicaps, goal line bets, and some 1st and 2nd half bets will frequently have PK lines when the teams are evenly matched.

A game that opens with a -1 or -1.5 point spread may suddenly change to PK if a substantial amount of money comes in for the underdog. In this instance, the PK point spread means the sportsbook is trying to balance its action.


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FAQs

What Does PK stand for?

“PK” stands for “Pick’em”. It means there’s no point spread favorite for the matchup. The odds next to the “PK” letters indicate risk and win amounts for each side, just like a moneyline bet.

What does a PK point spread mean?

PK means the point spread line is 0. This often happens when the game is too close to call. The odds indicate risk and win amounts for each side. A PK point spread works just like a moneyline: your bet wins if you pick the winning team.

Which sports have PK point spreads?

You’ll most commonly see PK point spreads for close NFL or college football matchups. You may also see them for NBA and college basketball games. Some soccer games with evenly matched competitors will produce PK Asian Handicaps or goal lines, particularly for 1st and 2nd half betting.

What cause the point spread line to become PK?

A game that opens with a -1 or -1.5 point spread may suddenly change to PK if a substantial amount of money comes in for the underdog. In this instance, the PK point spread means the sportsbook is trying to balance its action.

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