+7 and -7 Point Spread Meaning

Here’s a quick explanation of what a +7 and -7 point spread means. This explanation builds on our point spread betting tutorial, offering a more detailed explanation and helpful video.

You’ll see this point spread most often in NFL and College Football, although it’s not entirely uncommon to see this point spread in NBA and College Basketball either.

With the winning margin of most NBA games somewhere between 5-8 points, you may see a 7 point spread in a matchup with a modest favorite. The same holds for the NFL, where 7 points most often represents a touchdown and extra point, or some combination of other scoring methods.


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+7 Meaning

A +7 point spread indicates a side is the underdog. In order to win a bet on a +7 underdog, the side must win outright or not lose by more than 6 points.

How the Underdog Wins

Here’s a quick way to tell if a +7 underdog won against the spread. Subtract the underdog’s score from the favorite’s score. If the value is negative or less than 7, the underdog won.

+7 Underdog Wins Example

  • Favorite scored 42 points
  • Underdog scored 38 points
  • 42 – 38 = 4
  • 4 is less than 7, therefore the underdog won.

-7 Meaning

A -7 point spread indicates a side is the favorite. In order to win a bet on a -7 favorite, the side must win by 8 or more points.

How the Favorite Wins

Here’s a quick way to tell if a -7 favorite won against the spread. Subtract the underdog’s score from the favorite’s score. If the value is 8 or more, the favorite won.

-7 Favorite Wins Example

  • Favorite scored 50 points
  • Underdog scored 42 points
  • 50 – 42 = 8
  • 8 is greater than 7, therefore the favorite won.

Result Ties the Point Spread

A game result ties a 7 point spread when the favorite wins (underdog loses) by exactly 7 points. A result that ties the point spread is also known as a “push”. Your sportsbook will refund your bet when this happens.

Point Spread Push Example

  • Favorite scored 60 points
  • Underdog scored 53 points
  • 60 – 53 = 7
  • The 7 point winning margin equals the 7 point spread, therefore the result ties the spread. All bets will be refunded.

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FAQs

What does a +7 point spread mean?

A +7 point spread indicates a side is the underdog. In order to win a bet on a +7 underdog, the side must win outright or not lose by more than 6 points.

What does a -7 point spread mean?

A -7 point spread indicates a side is the favorite. In order to win a bet on a -7 favorite, the side must win by 8 or more points.

Which sports have +7 and -7 point spreads?

You’ll see a +7 and -7 point spread most often in NFL and College Football, although it’s not entirely uncommon to see this point spread in NBA and College Basketball either. With the winning margin of most NBA games somewhere between 5-8 points, you may see a 7 point spread in matchup with a modest favorite. The same holds for the NFL, where 7 points most often represents a touchdown and extra point, or some combination of other scoring methods.

What happens when the winning margin ties 7 points?

A game result ties the spread when the favorite wins (underdog loses) by exactly 7 points. A result that ties the point spread is also known as a “push”. Your sportsbook will refund your bet when this happens.

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