A point spread allows a bettor to wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. A favorite of -5 has to win the game by 6 or more while an underdog of +5 needs to win the game OR lose by less than 5 point to cover the spread.
Betting favorites are displayed with a "-" sign followed by the amount of points they are laying while underdogs get a "+" sign followed by the amount of points they are receiving.
Lakers -5 vs Mavericks. Final Score LA 108 Dal 105. In this point spread example, the Lakers are 5 point favorite and win the game 108 to 105. Although they won they didn't win by the 6 or more needed to cover so Dallas would win this NBA betting pick.