What Does ATS Mean In Sports Betting?
'ATS' Is a commonly used term in regards to sports betting. But what does ATS mean in sports betting? ATS stands for 'Against the Spread'. It is when one team is projected to win or lose by a certain margin.
An example might be:
The New Orleans Saints are favored at 11.5+ against the Tampa Bey Buccaneers, (-11.5). Often times half points are added to the spread to avoid any kind of 'push' or tie. In this instance, New Orleans will be 'Laying' points. This means New Orleans is favored to win by 11.5 points. That means, if New Orleans beats Tampa Bay, you would subtract 11.5 points from their total score. If they still would beat Tampa Bay, New Orleans has to then win by at least 12 points to 'Cover the Spread'.
However, in this scenario, Tampa Bay would be 'Getting' 11.5 points. So you would add 11.5 points to their final score. If, after the 11,5 points are added, they would end up beating New Orleans, that means Tampa Bay then 'Covered'. So if you were to bet on Tampa Bay, they simply have to avoid losing by more than 12 points for you to win your bet. For instance, if Tampa Bay were to lose by only 3 points, you would win your bet.
So, when you are betting 'Against the Spread' It means it is not enough for your team to win the game. They must win by a specified amount in order to 'Cover the Spread'
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