Unlike the NFL, the point spread actually comes into play in more than just a few matchups! In the NFL, picking the straight up winner will work in cashing the spread at the betting window almost 80% of the time, excluding huge favorites of course. For Example, last Sunday only two underdogs utilized the points to cover the spread. (Bengals @ -7 Colts, 23-17 Colts and Rams @ -4.5 49ers, 23-20 49ers)
NBA teams do take advantage of the point spread numerous times throughout the season. NBA underdogs quite often lose the game straight up but with the points are a winner at the betting window. In the right situation betting on dogs will make you profitable in NBA sports betting.