Using a Teaser in
Teasers are probably the least
used sports betting option in any sport, and the National
Basketball Association is no exception.
lot of gamblers will pass on teasers because of the degree of
difficulty involved as well as their poor value. Let’s take a
look at what a teaser is, and the only time you should really
consider using one in your overall NBA betting strategy.
Teasers work along the same lines as a
parlay card; in fact, they are usually included on the parlay
option. If you’ve done any reading on sports betting at all,
this should tell you straight up why teasers aren’t very
appealing for professional bettors – parlays are the worst
betting option there is in sports. In parlays, a bettor has to
pick every team on a card to win their games. Teasers offer an
option that is slightly better, as each team does not have to
win outright, but only has to beat the spread.
As an example, let’s say that you are
thinking about betting on a few teams. In order to increase your
chances of winning, you might pick the teaser option included on
the card. The teaser is a number that applies to all of the
games you picked. You might have Chicago at -6, Seattle at -4,
and Toronto at +2. If you took the four point teaser option on
the card, the spreads would change to -2 for the Bulls, even for
the Supersonics, and +6 for the Raptors. Your underdog Raptors
can lose by a lot more, while the favorites on the card have to
win by less.
Of course, the teaser option isn’t free
and it’s in the payoff where the value is decreased
significantly. The payout on a teaser is much lower than it
would have been on betting the odds straight out. In addition,
you also stand to decrease value in a game where there is a tie
after the spread is factored in. A push here means that your
three team teaser is now only a two team teaser, and the payout
may decrease by half or more (from 6-1 to 3-1 or less). If
you’re handicapping the bets for the week, you’ll want to take
the lowered payout into account when it comes to evening out on
your other bets.
Teasers are really a low value option
that are hard to keep track of, hard to win, and hard to pick.
There is really only one good time to use a teaser, and that’s
if the picks you’ve already made seem to agree with it. If
you’ve finished handicapping and look on your card and realize
that there are few picks you’ve made that have similar spreads,
you can put them together in the hope of making a bit of extra
money. Remember though that you’re no longer on the money line
with a teaser, you have to beat the spread.
Published on 08/15/2007
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