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Definition of point spread in English:

noun

1North American A forecast of the number of points constituting the margin by which a stronger team is expected to defeat a weaker one, used for betting purposes.
Example sentences
  • Straight betting means wagering on a team winning or losing-bucking the odds in baseball or betting against the point spread in football and basketball.
  • Bet against any pro football team that is attempting to cover the point spread for the second straight game as a road favorite.
  • In the second experiment they were also asked to estimate the probability that a specific NBA team beat the point spread in an earlier game.
2 Physics & Physiology The spread of energy from a point source, especially with respect to light coming into an optical instrument or eye.

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