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NFL Line Movement Explained

NFL line movement is one of the most important aspects of betting professional football. Line movement occurs when money comes in on one side or another and the betting line or spread is impacted. NFL line movement is tracked from where the line started - otherwise known as the “open” - to where the line either currently sits or where it finishes; known as the “close”. Experienced bettors will track the NFL betting line to find the most opportune time to place a bet. When the betting line moves so do the overall NFL odds which corresponds to how much a bet will pay off. If you are able to track the line movement and time your bet correctly you can maximize your winnings. With BetQL you are able to see the entire line movement from open to close.

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NFL Line Movement Example:

The Baltimore Ravens are playing the Indianapolis Colts in Baltimore and the line is set at +/- 3 with the Ravens as the favorite. Since the Ravens are the favorite their odds are (-110) and the underdog Colts are (+120). Throughout the week leading up to the game there has been speculation on Andrew Luck’s recent injury and no one is sure if he will be playing. Due the Luck’s uncertainty there has been more than the average betting line movement. After news comes out that Luck practiced on Thursday the betting line changes and the line moves to (+110) as the Colts become less of an underdog. Then minutes before game time the news breaks that Luck is out and will not be playing which causes major betting line movement. With a backup quarterback now playing for the Colts they become huge underdogs and the line moves to (+180). With Andrew Luck out the Ravens have become even bigger favorites and their line moves up to (-200) meaning you would need to bet $200 on the Ravens to win $100.

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