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Common Terminology

Written by Pickwatch Adam
Updated 3 months ago


'Clutch' means only games where the expert consensus is between 50% and 74% - the games that are hardest to pick because there's no overwhelming favorite!

A lot of games in the NFL are going to overwhelmingly favour one team. The favorites tend to get 85%+ picks in a lot of games, which means that most fans will probably see them as ‘gimmes’. ‘Clutch’ games mean the games that are hardest to call because the experts disagree more about them. 

Against the Spread

'Against the Spread' is where the teams are handicapped so the better team has to win by a certain number of points and the worse team has to just get within a certain amount in order to 'cover' - so if an underdog is +6.5, as long as they finish within that number, you win. If the favorite is -6.5, they need to win by more than that.

ATS is about levelling the playing field. When bad teams play good teams, we all know who is likely to win, but if you said that the winner would win by more than 7.5 points, that’s a much bigger call.


'OTB' or 'Off the Board' simply means that the line for the game isn't available as of yet so no stake can be placed on the game.


'Consensus' is the percentage of experts/fans that are picking a team to win in an upcoming game. It gives an indication of who to pick.


'Push' is when no team beats the spread in a matchup. A push in sports betting occurs when the point spread or point total hits the exact number in which you bet. For example, if a team is -7 and the game finishes with a 7 point difference then this is known as a push.


'Tie' is when the scores are tied.

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