Two of the most popular sports for teasers are basketball and football. Both have varying margins of victory that make them ideally suited to teasers.
NBA Teaser Examples
Since the NBA playoffs are in full swing at the time of writing, let’s look at another NBA teaser example. This time, let’s assume our selected teams will actually win by a fair margin, making this a good opportunity to subtract points from the spread and increase our odds. Here are the original lines:
- Memphis Grizzlies +6.5 (vs. Golden State Warriors): -110
- Milwaukee Bucks -2.5 (vs. Boston Celtics): -110
- Dallas Mavericks +1 (vs. Phoenix Suns): -112
Total odds on this parlay would be +589, but again, we’re pretending we think each selected team will have a decisive win. So we might tease the spreads -4, making the new lines:
- Memphis Grizzlies +2.5
- Milwaukee Bucks -6.5
- Dallas Mavericks -3
Now, the odds are a whopping +1200. The outcomes may be less likely, but the payout is significantly stronger. This bet may not be advisable, but it provides a good example of what you can do with teasers to give yourself an edge either in payout or likelihood to win.
For the sake of covering everything, let’s also look at an NBA totals teaser. Here’s how it could look with the initial odds:
- Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Over 210.5 (-110)
- Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Over 220 (-108)
- Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Over 213 (-110)
As it stands, this parlay has odds of +601. But let’s assume you think each team will bring out its best defense, making for a few missed scoring opportunities, or perhaps some fouls and missed free throws will muddle up the expected score.
Because we’re betting the over and we want to decrease the lines, adding points is what we want. Teasing these bets by +4 essentially gives each team 4 extra points to work with, making the totals lines look like so:
- Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Over 206.5
- Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Over 216
- Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Over 209
These lines are now more favorable overall, and they combine for respectable odds of +225. Sure, you’re sacrificing a better payout, but these lines are slightly more achievable and thus more likely to win you your bet.
It’s also helpful to note that although we use examples of three-leg teasers you can palace them with only two legs. If you want to build teasers with lower odds but higher chances of winning, you can absolutely do that.
A note on under bets: exercise caution. Betting the under can be a savvy strategy if you have the stats to back you up. In basketball especially, there’s a lot of data you can pull from. But in the NBA and in many other sports as well, overtime is a huge risk. You may be locked and loaded with an under bet in regulation play, but a last-minute basket could lead to overtime and all but eliminate your chances. Place under bets with this in mind.
NFL Teaser Example
The NFL might be the most popular league for teasers. Scoring in the NFL varies widely, making it a prime league for savvy teaser bettors. Here’s an example of an NFL teaser. Note that these are odds from the past, considering football was not in season during this writing. Here are the initial spreads:
- Denver Broncos -8 (vs. Detroit Lions)
- Washington Football Team +4 (vs. Dallas Cowboys)
- New York Giants +10.5 (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
In football, touchdowns can be massive scoring game-changers, making point values of 7 or 14 valuable when you’re betting. So in this example, let’s add +3.5 to each spread to bring the Giants and the WFT’s spreads into that zone while giving us a slight edge on the Broncos, too. Now, the spreads look like so:
- Denver Broncos -4.5
- Washington Football Team +7.5
- New York Giants +14
Now, Washington has a chance to cover even if the team loses by a touchdown, while the Giants have wiggle room to the tune of two touchdowns. The Broncos only need to win by one touchdown now, compared to two scoring drives in the previous spread.
This teaser, by the way, has odds of +240, making it a fairly solid paying bet.