Live Sports Betting Odds

Check this page for sports betting odds direct from online sportsbooks in Connecticut. The odds on this page update automatically, and the info comes directly from the sportsbooks. If you click on any of the odds below, you’ll be redirected to the sportsbook, where you can claim a welcome bonus and start betting. Use the drop-down menus to change your league or odds board.

Below the feed, we’ve put together lots of useful information about sports betting odds in general — how to read odds, how the odds work in different sports and formats, tips on finding the best odds, and more.

Live sportsbook odds in Connecticut

How to read sports betting odds

Sports odds in the US generally default to the moneyline format, which might look confusing to beginners. However, once you know how they work, reading moneyline odds is simple, and experienced bettors understand them immediately at just a glance.

Moneyline odds

Let’s check out an example line, showing the odds for the point spread, moneyline and total for an NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the San Antonio Spurs.

Odds for different bets

We’ll start with the moneyline odds, in the middle. A bet on the moneyline is a straight-up bet on which team is going to win the game.

The easiest way for beginners to think about moneyline odds is in increments of $10 or $100. The team with negative odds is the favorite. In this case, that’s the 76ers at -310. This means that in order to win $100, you would need to bet $310 of your own money. Or, to win $10, you would need to bet $31. And the same ratio applies to bets of other amounts.

The team with positive odds is the underdog. Here that’s the Spurs at +250. This means that a bet of $100 would win you $250. Or betting $10 would win $25, etc.

The sportsbook will let you test out different stakes and see how much you would win before you place your bets. All you need to do is click on the bet to add it to your bet slip, as you can see here:

Betslip

 

You can play around with different bets and stakes on the slip, and even create parlays. To place a bet, click the “Confirm” button at the bottom.

As soon as you place a bet, the money is immediately removed from your account balance. Bets settle once the game is over. If you win, you automatically receive the money in your account — no need to manually cash in your bets like in a brick and mortar book.

Point spread odds

Back to our example line, check out the odds on the spread. As you probably know, betting against the spread involves betting not on the winning team but on the margin of victory. It helps to think of spread betting as betting on the winner, except one team gets a head start.

The sportsbook sets a line that it thinks will attract equal action on both sides, where the underdogs get some extra points to make up for the gap in ability between the teams.

In this case, the spread is 7.5 points. That means, to win a bet on the 76ers against the spread, you would need them to not only win the game, but to do so by eight points or more. On the other hand, if you bet on San Antonio, the Spurs simply need to avoid losing by eight points or more. Even a six- or seven-point loss would be enough to win your spread bet.

As you can see, the odds on both teams on the spread are -110, meaning a $110 bet would win you a profit of $100. With point spread bets, the odds are normally right around that number for both teams since the sportsbooks are trying to more or less even out the two sides. Those odds may change depending on how the public bets. We’ll talk about that more later.

Over/under odds

The final option in our example line is a total or “over/under” bet. Once again, the sportsbook tries to balance its action, and the odds are normally around -110 for each side.

Here, the sportsbook has set the line for total points at 219. You can bet whether the two teams will combine to score over or under that line in the game.

We should probably give a quick word about other odds formats, too. Although moneyline odds are standard in the US, if you ever find yourself placing a bet in the UK or Europe, you might be confused.

In the UK, fractional odds are common. The above moneyline would look like this as a fraction:

  • San Antonio Spurs: 5/2
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 10/31

In Europe, odds commonly appear in the decimal format, which looks like this:

  • San Antonio Spurs: 3.5
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 1.32

All of the odds here are exactly the same, just expressed in a different way.

Other popular sports bets

Spreads, moneylines and totals are the most popular bets on the books, but there are many more options at sportsbooks in Connecticut. This includes futures, props and parlays.

For any of these bets, reading the odds works in exactly the same way we’ve already explained. The favorite will have a negative number, and the underdog will generally be positive. For bets with more than two options, like futures bets, the favorite is the option with the lowest number. Here’s an example of a futures bet, so you can see how it differs from the bets we discussed above:

Super Bowl futures bet

Check the second tab in our odds lines above for the latest futures at Connecticut sports betting sites.

For every single bet at a sportsbook, the book sets an opening line based on its own algorithms and analysis. The odds then shift over time, both in response to changes in form or new information (like injuries) and depending on how the public bets on the opening line. More on this below.

Here’s an overview of more betting options you can find at Connecticut sportsbooks:

  • Futures bets — Bets on outcomes farther in the future than just the next game. Usually available at the start of the season and as the season plays out. Examples include the winner of the Super Bowl, NBA MVP or World Cup, or picking a team to make the playoffs.
  • Proposition bets, aka props — Bets on incidents within games (or sometimes even outside games) that don’t necessarily directly impact the result. There are separate prop markets for players and teams. Examples include betting on how many 3-pointers Steph Curry will collect, total rushing yards for the New England Patriots, or even whether the final score in a game will be odd or even.
  • Alternate lines — Change the point spread in exchange for a change in the odds. For example, in the sample line above, you could move Philadelphia from -7.5 to -8.5 or -9.5, and you would get better odds on that bet.
  • Parlays — Combine multiple bets into one. In order to win a parlay, all of your individual picks need to be correct. Parlays can have significantly better odds than straight-up bets.
  • Live betting — You can bet on games as they happen live. Odds will change rapidly in response to how the game is going, so timing is everything.

These are the broad categories, but there are loads of other ways to bet, as well — too many to list here individually. Every sport has its own distinct betting options, from golf to MMA, and you can find them all at CT sportsbooks.

What will my bet pay?

We’ve already covered how to read moneyline odds and work out how much you would win. It’s worth repeating, however, that the bet slip is your cheat code for understanding odds. You can add any bet in the sportsbook to your slip and type in a stake to see how much you stand to win.

When it comes to parlays, using the bet slip to automatically calculate your odds is essential. With parlays, the odds of each leg are multiplied together — which can quickly become difficult to do mentally. You can add as many legs as you want to the slip, and it will automatically show you your parlay options, including the odds.

Depending on the type of bet you’re placing, there are also some occasions where you’ll get your money back. This can happen if the sportsbook voids the bet, for example, or more commonly if the bet is a push.

A push occurs when you neither win nor lose. In such a case, the sportsbook returns your bet. This happens most commonly when the point spread or total lands right on the number. Say the spread in our example line was +7 instead of +7.5. If the final score wound up with Philly winning by 97-90, all bets on the spread would push.

Generally, all bets at sportsbooks in Connecticut settle quickly once the games are over — normally a matter of minutes.

How live sports betting odds work

These days, the majority of bettors use sportsbook apps to place their bets. This is for a variety of reasons, including the convenience apps offer when it comes to betting live.

Compared with the pregame lines, you typically don’t have quite as many betting options live, though there are still lots of bets. Moneylines, spreads and totals are all available, for example, via the FanDuel CT app and SugarHouse CT mobile app. You’ll also likely find a range of live props once a game begins. These normally involve “next” bets — next team to score, next player to get a yellow card, next free throw, etc.

Live betting is both very dynamic and very fun, and the odds can change drastically in an instant.

Vegas odds vs. CT sportsbook odds

Historically, Vegas odds were the final word in the US. This dates back to the many years that Nevada was the only state in the US to offer legal sports betting. In those days, the influence of the lines in Vegas cast a long shadow on the country’s sports betting landscape.

Now, things are a little different. People still use the term “Vegas odds” to refer to the odds available at the books in Las Vegas, but as legal sports betting has grown around the US, Vegas odds don’t hold the same weight they once did. Sometimes, the term Vegas odds is even used interchangeably with the regular American odds format you’ll find in any state with legal sports betting.

So, while it’s always interesting to check out what’s moving the line in Vegas, it probably won’t actually have any effect on the odds at Connecticut sportsbooks. Instead, the betting public in Connecticut will likely have a say.

Why do betting odds change?

The odds you can see in the feed above are not static. Far from it. Instead, they are subject to frequent changes. Sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, sometimes dramatically and in some cases not at all, odds movement is real, and understanding it is a key part of being a successful bettor.

Sportsbooks change their odds for all kinds of reasons. To simplify things, however, we’re going to break those reasons into two groups.

First of all, odds change due to new information or circumstances. With a regular NFL game, for example, that could be an injury to an important player or new information about playing time. If the weather forecast changes, you can bet some of the lines will change, as well.

With futures bets — like the winner of the Stanley Cup — the odds on every team are going to change depending on how they are performing throughout the year. Basically, the odds react to what’s going on in the real world. This is easy enough to understand.

Secondly, and perhaps more interestingly, odds change in response to bets. For every bet, the goal of the sportsbook is to attract an equal amount of action on each side. This enables the book to make money based on the juice — the house edge priced into every bet.

If a lot of money is coming in on one side of a bet, the sportsbook will make the odds on the other side more attractive, to try to balance the action. Knowing how to use this information to your advantage and interpret line movement can be tricky, but it’s a useful tool for bettors.

How to take advantage of line changes

Here are a few spots where you can consider trying to take advantage of line movement:

Imagine, after the opening lines come out, you notice the line on a bet moving in one direction at multiple books, but it’s currently static at your sportsbook. This suggests that the opening line was off, and the market is taking advantage. You could follow the money, and bet before the line moves at your book.

Betting against the public can be a successful strategy when you think one side of a bet is being overvalued. This can happen when a popular star player is involved, sentimentality is overruling analysis, or media hype is especially pronounced. After all, the public loves to bet on favorites and fairytale stories, which creates better odds on the underdog. If you think this is happening, fade the public for the best odds.

Reverse line movement is when the majority of the bets are going on one side of the bet, but the line moves in the other direction. This is usually an indication of sharp money, and following the sharps is often a good idea.

Line shopping, or finding the best odds

On a related note, with odds changing all the time at sportsbooks, line shopping is a no-brainer. The term simply refers to checking around to find the best odds for any bet you want to place.

It might not seem like small differences in odds make that much of an impact. Trust us, however — it REALLY adds up over the course of a season. Finding the best betting odds means giving yourself the best chance to make the most money, which is sports betting 101.

Now, you might say that line shopping sounds like a lot of work, and that trawling from sportsbook to sportsbook to check the same bets takes the fun out of betting.

And you might have a point — how much easier would it be if someone just gathered all the latest odds at Connecticut sportsbooks on one page, so you can compare them at a glance? Wouldn’t that be a gamechanger? You tell us — they’re right there at the top of the page. Good luck!

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