What Does PK Mean On A Point Spread?

what is pk in sports betting

You know how point spread betting works: bookkeepers figure out who the underdog is, who the favorite is, and how many points they think the favorite will beat the underdog by. A quick example for those not in the know: right now, the books have a Bills vs. Patriots game at Bills -7, Patriots +7. That means that if you bet on the Bills, they need to win by more than 7 – a bet on the Patriots, and they need to lose by less than 7 (or win outright).

Here’s a question for you: what happens when there is no point spread? In other words, what happens if the spread is -0/+0?

That, my friend, is a PK. Also known as a Pick, or a Pick ‘em. As in – which team do you like? Pick ‘em – if they win by any amount, so do you.

Should you bet on PKs?

Now that you know what PKs are, it’s time for the most important question – should you bet on them? 

The answer, as with all betting, is simple: it depends.

Bookkeepers create PK lines for the same reason they create any point spread lines – so that bets fall evenly on both sides of the line, and they make their money off the juice. That means you should be evaluating PK lines in much the same way you’d evaluate any other line – find your edges, decide whether or not your odds of winning are high enough, and place your bet.

As usual, you should be looking for sites where you can find reduced juice or other advantages – occasionally, you’ll find one site has a PK, while another site that hasn’t adjusted its odds gives you a more favorable spread for the team you want to put money down on.

Moneylines and PKs

Here’s an interesting thought: you’ve got a point spread, let’s say the Bills vs. the Patriots, and it’s a PK. Given that the point spread is -0/+0, you’d expect the moneyline, a straight bet on who is going to win, to be the same.

You might, however, find that you’re wrong. The moneyline will be -105 while the PK spread is -110, or some such thing. Why is that?

There are really two possible reasons for this phenomenon. The first is that point spread bettors are different people than moneyline bettors; the odds will be different in order to incentivize different groups of people. That’s a bit vague, to be sure, but you better believe bookkeepers have information on how moneyline and point spread bettors react when the spread is PK.

You should also note that point spreads can be teased, while moneylines cannot. This might influence the odds bookkeepers give for PK point spreads vs. moneylines.

That just about covers everything you need to know about PK – it’s rare to find Pick ‘ems, but they can be a lot of fun. 

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