Best Bets During March Madness 2018 – Quick Guide

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Interested in jumping into college basketball betting with the NCAA Tournament fast approaching? We don’t blame you! Everyone wants to get on the action when it comes to gambling on March Madness. If you’re new to betting NCAA basketball or new to sports betting, in general, we’ve got you covered. Read on for details on the best bets you can place and a breakdown of betting options and markets.

2018 March Madness Point Spread Betting

Point spread betting is the most popular form of betting on sports and is where most of the sports betting handled in generated. Point spread betting is simple to understand and if you’ve ever bet point spreads in football – there is no difference in rules when it comes to betting college basketball. Let’s look at an example below:

  • Duke Blue Devils -5.5 (-110)
  • University of North Carolina +5.5 (-110)

Duke is favored by 5.5 points in this contest against their arch-rivals, UNC. To win your bet on the Blue Devils, they must win the game by more than 5.5 points (so 6 points) for the bet to cash. If you bet on the underdogs, North Carolina, at +5.5, the Tar Heels would need to lose by 5 points or less and or win the game outright, for the wager to be a winner.

It’s worth noting if the spread were -5/+5 in this contest, a “push,” would be in play. That means if Duke won by exactly 5 points, then bettors from both sides would have their wagers refunded, along with betting commissions. Point spreads will have the most substantial wagering limits out of any market on the NCAA Tournament. You may be able to be triple or more the amount you can on point spreads or moneylines.

2018 March Madness Totals Betting

We can use the same example above for betting on totals. “Betting on the total” means betting on the number of points in a game and if it will go over or under a specific number of points set by the oddsmaker. The total is for the full game, including overtime, if the game goes to extras.

We can use the same example above, but this time, let’s add a total:

Duke and North Carolina – Total Points: 132.5

  • Over 132.5 (-110)
  • Under 132.5 (-110)

Bettors can wager on the total going over or under the 132.5 points. Totals are pretty self-explanatory. If you bet the over, the total points must go over the number, in this case, 132.5 points or under the total, if you bet the under. As stated above, even if the games goes to overtime, those points will count towards the final score. Betting limits on totals will be lower than point spreads, but similar to moneylines. College basketball totals have always been and will likely, always be, a vulnerable spot for oddsmakers.

2018 March Madness Moneylines

Moneylines are the most straightforward type of sports betting wager. When betting moneylines, you’re merely picking the outright winner of the game. How many points they score, or the margin of victory is not relevant. Moneyline odds are also called American odds. They represent the amount you need to bet to win $100 (on a favorite) or the amount you will win if you bet $100. (on an underdog)

Let’s look at an example:

  • Duke -150
  • University of North Carolina +200

It will take $150 to win $100 with Duke while a $100 bet on UNC would return come with a $200 profit. Remember, the score is not relevant when betting moneylines or outright. If the team you bet on wins the game, you win, if not, you lose. Moneyline betting limits will be far less than point spreads.

Other 2018 NCAA Tournament Bets Types

Betting March Madness futures, such as which team will win the 2018 NCAA Tournament and a host of other options, including the sides to make it to the Final Four. Player and team propositions are also available for the tournament at most sportsbooks. Player props, in particular, are not available at many sites during the regular season but are a mainstay at many top betting sites for March Madness. Another popular betting option that is ramped up heavily during the NCAA Tournament is basketball live betting.

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Joseph Falchetti

Joseph Falchetti – Editor-in-Chief / Sports Writer & Analyst

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