How the NFL Betting Market Works at a Sportsbook


A sportsbook is a gambling establishment where people can place wagers on the outcomes of various sporting events. Bettors can wager on how many points a team will score in a game, who will win a particular matchup, and other proposition bets. Some sportsbooks also accept wagers on future events, such as the Super Bowl.

The betting market for an NFL game starts to take shape two weeks before kickoff. On Tuesday, a handful of sportsbooks release so-called look-ahead lines, which are the odds that will be posted when betting opens on the following Sunday. These opening odds are based on the opinion of a few smart sportsbook employees, but don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of all sharp bettors.

As the betting market shifts, the sportsbook will adjust its line to encourage or discourage certain types of bets. For example, if a majority of bettors are backing the Lions against the Bears, the sportsbook may move its line to give Chicago backers a better price or reduce the amount they can win on Detroit.

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