In mixed martial arts betting, the standard form of wagering is the moneyline. Essentially you are betting on one fighter to win and the moneyline assigns a value to the favorite and to the underdog. Like baseball betting, the favorite typically has a negative value and the underdog has a positive value. Conor McGregor -160; Eddie Alvarez +140. Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Vegas 18, which is set to hit UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., Feb. 6, 2021), including best bets, underdogs, favorites.

When it comes to sports betting lines, you probably are wondering what the lingo of lines, odds, and spreads really mean. Understanding what these terms mean is essential to making proper picks on your favorite teams. For the most part these rules apply to all the main sports such as football, basketball, soccer, and hockey. But there are some key differences when betting against the big leagues like the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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A betting line is another terminology for point spread, which is tied to the outcome of the event. It is a forecasted prediction of how many points an anticipated stronger team will win by against a weaker team. In the betting world the stronger team is referred to as the favorite, and the weaker team is referred to as the underdog. These collectively are referred to as spreads.


NHL, Baseball, WNBA Playoffs Betting Picks

In a point spread, you have to bet against the forecasted outcome one way or the other, you cannot just pick a team to win lose or it without laying down a lot of money or it would be too easy to beat a highly likely winner. Instead if a team is predicted to win by 7 points, the spread would be -7 towards that team. You then must place on a bet on whether you think the favorite would beat the underdog by at least 7 points, or if you think the underdog could cover and lose by less than 7 or win. Sometimes a game is considered highly contested and balanced that you might have what is called a pick-em where you simple pick which team will win. Point spreads are common in the NFL.

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After point spreads are established, you can then look at the moneyline bet. This is generally correlated to the point spread except it shows how money you can win based on your wager. Some sports do not use a point spread but rather just stick to a moneyline bet. For example, a team that was a -7 favorite would likely have a moneyline negative as well, say -200. That means, you would have to bet $100 to win $200. Alternatively there is a plus bet that goes with the underdog, say at 250. That means if you bet 100 and the underdog wins, you can win $250. Moneyline bets generally involve a higher wager to make money as opposed to point spreads. Moneyline picks are the most common wager instrument in the major sports of NBA, MLB, hockey, and soccer.

Nascar, PGA Golf and MMA UFC Betting Lines

In unique situations, where a game has a lot of prestige such as the NFL super bowl , NBA playoffs, or the Stanley Cup, you can bet on prop bets which are bets on specific things that could happen during a game. This is a play strictly based on odds of something happen against it not happening. An example might be whether a field goal would be the first type of score in the football game. At any time as people are betting one way or the other, the odds will adjust as people make picks one way or the other.

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Opening lines generally come out a week before an event but for major events like the Superbowl, it might be out for two weeks once the matchup is established. Football events opening lines generally come out on a Tuesday after all the previous weeks games have been played and is usually the sport most heavily used to gamble on. Basketball and MLB have games more frequently and usually the opening line might only exist for the day of an event.

Two of the top fighters in the lightweight division meet in the octagon in Abu Dhabi Saturday, as Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor go toe-to-toe in the main event of UFC 257. The main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET and is available in full on pay-per-view on ESPN+. Below, we look at BetMGM‘s betting odds for the full UFC 257 fight card.

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UFC 257 betting odds: Main card

All odds via BetMGM; last updated Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Dustin Poirier (+240) vs. Conor McGregor (-300)

McGregor (22-4) is a heavy betting favorite in the main event despite being the No. 4 challenger in the UFC’s lightweight division, while Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) is No. 2. A $10 bet on “The Notorious” to win would return a profit of $3.33; the same bet on “The Diamond” would net a profit of $24.

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Dan Hooker (-130) vs. Michael Chandler (+110)

“The Hangman” Hooker (20-9) is the slight favorite over “Iron” Chandler (21-5). Hooker is sixth in the lightweight division while Chandler is unranked.

Jessica Eye (+100) vs. Joanne Calderwood (-120)

“JoJo” Calderwood (14-5) has a slight edge in a women’s flyweight bout with “Evil” Eye (15-8, 1 NC). A $10 bet on the sixth-ranked Eye at even-money would return a profit of $10.

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Matt Frevola (+135) vs. Ottman Azaitar (-160)

The undefeated “Bulldozer” Azaitar (13-0) is a modest betting favorite against “The Steamrolla” Frevola (8-1-1) in another lightweight contest. Both fighters are unranked.

Marina Rodriguez (+260) vs. Amanda Ribas (-350)

Ribas (10-1) is the biggest favorite on the main card with an implied win probability of 77.78% in this women’s strawweight fight. An upset win by Rodriguez (21-1-2) would return a profit of $26 on a $10 bet, but her implied win probability is just 27.78%. It would take a $35 bet on Ribas to turn a profit of $10.

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UFC 257 betting odds: Prelims

Arman Tsarukyan (-295) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (+240)

Both Tsarukyan (15-2) and Haqparast (12-3) are unranked in the lightweight division. Tsarukyan is the betting favorite despite giving up a 3-inch height advantage to Haqparast.

Brad Tavares (-135) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (+110)

Tavares (17-7) is the No. 14 challenger in the middleweight division and is a slight favorite against the unranked Carlos Junior (11-4, 1 NC). A $10 bet on the underdog from Brazil would return a profit of $11 with an upset win.

Juliana Pena (+110) vs. Sara McMann (-130)

A women’s bantamweight bout sees the seventh-ranked Pena (10-4) listed as the underdog against the more experienced but ninth-ranked McMann (12-5).

Khalil Rountree Jr. (-345) vs. Marcin Prachnio (+270)

The only light heavyweight bout on the card features Rountree (9-4, 1 NC) as a heavy favorite against Prachnio (13-5) with both fighters unranked. It would take a $34.50 bet on Rountree to earn a profit of $10.

Andrew Sanchez (+120) vs. Makhmud Muradov (-145)

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Muradov (24-6) is the betting favorite in a middleweight bout against Sanchez (13-5). A $10 bet on Muradov would return a profit of $6.90 with a victory.

Nik Lentz (+385) vs. Movsar Evloev (-530)

In a catchweight bout in the early prelims, Evloev (13-0) is the heaviest betting favorite on the entire UFC 257 card against Lentz (30-11-2, 1 NC). Evloev has an implied win probability of 84.13% and a $10 bet would net a profit of just $1.89. An upset win by Lentz would return a profit of $38.50 on just a $10 bet but with an implied win probability of only 20.62%.

Amir Albazi (-105) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (-115)

The night begins with Albazi (13-1) as a very slight underdog against Zhumagulov (13-4) in a flyweight battle. Albazi is the No. 15 challenger in the division and Zhumagulov is unranked.

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When is UFC 257?

The main card of UFC 257Corals betting online. is scheduled for Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. The main event should begin around midnight ET.

Prelims begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Where is UFC 257?

Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

How/Where can I watch UFC 257?

Catch the entire UFC 257 fight card, including Poirier-McGregor 2, on Pay-Per-View on ESPN+.

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