How Picks Settle

Moneyline – Money line picks win if the team selected wins the game.  Most of the time when the game ends in a tie, moneylines push and no teams wins or loses points.  The only exception to this is that certain soccer and hockey games that give a Draw line you can pick so you must select Draw option to win in case of tie.  Those matches have a red * next to them in scoreboard to indicate a tie will lose like this:

If a money line is selected for a half or quarter, the total points scored in that quarter determines the winner, not the total points accumulate through that quarter.

For soccer matches, all games are based on result after 90 minutes of play. This includes any added injury or stoppage time, but does not include extra-time, time allocated for a penalty shootout or golden goal.

Point Spread – Point spread picks win if the team selected wins the game by the point margin in the point spread.  For example, if you pick Cowboys -3 vs. Giants, the Cowboys must win by more than 3 points to cover and win.  If they only win by 3, it’s a push and no one wins.

Payouts for point spreads are configurable by the league admin.  The default is +100 for most sports, meaning you win 10 points or lose 10 points.  This isn’t the default at a real sports book, though.  There, the line is normally -110, meaning you only win 9 points for every 10 points risked.  Since Sportpickr is collecting a vig, we set the default to +100 for point spreads and over/unders.

If your league prefers to use real Vegas payout lines, though, your admin can select “settle points using moneylines” by sport.

Over/Under – Over and Under picks win when the combined score of the two teams competing is higher (for over) that over number picked or lower (for under) than number picked.  If the the combined score equals the number of points scored, the pick is a push and no points are exchanged.  Over and under options are often available for a quarter, half, first five innings, and game.  The points show are points totaled in those periods, not accumulated to the end of that period.

Tennis – Tennis matches have 2 scores that determine pick result; one for over/under and point spreads and another for money lines.  Over/under and point spread picks are settled by the number of games each player won or totaled.  Money lines are settled by the set score.

In this example, in the first row the pick of over 35 lost because the total points was only 24.  Same with the point spread of +6.5 in second row.  The match was won by 12 points so that was another losing pick.  In the third row, the moneyline pick was a winner because Schwartzman won the match 3 sets to 0.

Tennis matches don’t have to complete to become final.  Player withdrawls are not uncommon so it’s good to understand how withdrawls impact picks.  Withdrawls happen when a player withdraws from the match before either player has won the number of sets required.  This often happens because of injury.

If a player withdraws before the first set completes, ALL picks are cancelled for that match.  If a player withdraws anytime after the first set, that player loses the match, regardless of the score, and money lines settle but point spread and totals are cancelled.  In this case, it’s possible to see the player you picked on a moneyline with a higher score than his/her opponent but still lose because they withdrew.

Parlays – Parlays are a way to combine picks to get a bigger win.  You must win or push each pick in parlay to win.  If you push, the parlay payout is reduced by one pick.  For example, if you make a 2 team parlay and one game is a push, you will get the payout of a single game.  This parlay calculator shows how much you can expect to win depending on moneyline and number of teams.  When you make a parlay pick, see “potential points” to see how many points you will win if all the games win.  The total will be less if there is a cancellation or push in your selection.

Note: When selecting teams from dropdown for parlay or teaser, type the team name to filter list and include any other text to filter more.

Teasers – teaser is a combination of two to ten picks in which you adjust the point spreads and/or totals in exchange for a lower payout.  Sportspickr allows teasers for all football and basketball leagues.  For football, you can tease 6, 6.5, or 7 points.  For basketball, you can tease 4, 4.5, and 5 points.

When you tease point spreads, underdogs will get more points and favorites will give less points.  For over/unders, you can tease point spreads down for overs and up for unders.  In the Sportspickr teaser dropdown, the adjust point spreads are given along with potential points.

If a selection in the teaser pick is a push, the teaser will drop to the next lower level payout unless there is only a single winner in a teaser pick. If there is only a single winner in any teaser pick, it will be graded a push.

For example, if you pick a 2 team, 6 point NFL teaser, you get the following movement of lines for this Dallas/Green Bay matchup:

Original: Dallas +6 vs. Green Bay -6

Teased: Dallas +12 vs. Green Bay -12  or Dallas pk vs Green Bay

Below are the odds used to determine potential points for teased picks.

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