What is a backdoor cover? – Athleticism

Sports betting is full of terms that can be confusing for new bettors. Understanding the spread, moneyline, totals, and how the lines move can be confusing enough without adding to it.

You have money on the Heat to cover an 8.5 point spread. Miami leads the game throughout. They led 12 in the last minute, and the bet looked good. The Heat pull their starts for final possessions and begin to wrap up the win.

Then the other team drains a 3-pointer, then gets a stoppage. The Heat don’t play defense on the last possession as time runs out and give up a layup just before the buzzer. It’s a very bad beat. This is also called a backdoor cover.

A backdoor cover this is when the favorite team covers the spread late, but some late, otherwise insignificant scores change the result against the spread and underdog covers. In the example above, the backdoor cover was a bad beat. Backdoor covers don’t have to be bad things, though. If you had the other team against the spread, you’d be begging for backdoor cover in the last minute. But more often than not, a backdoor cover usually ruins your “surefire bet” and elicits a wide range of emotions, from disappointment to anger with the occasional happy bettor in between.

Backdoor hedges technically only apply to underdogs, although you may hear them used when a favorite covers against the spread with a score that does not affect the outcome of the game. The correct betting term for a favorite covering the gap late with a meaningless score is front door coverage, but it’s not a commonly used phrase.

Backdoor covers do not apply to Moneyline bets because in order for the outcome of the bet to change late, the outcome of the game would have to change as well. Therefore, this late notation would not be meaningless and would not be considered backcover.

Another hypothetical example of a backdoor cover is USC football leading Arizona by 21 points in the final minute as a 14.5-point favorite. Arizona has the ball. USC has pulled their first-team defense and are playing mostly preventative on top of that. Arizona is gaining chunks of yards through preemptive defense and USC is just trying to kill the clock for the win. Arizona scores the foul time touchdown to close in on two scores, but there isn’t enough time to get back into the game. It’s a backdoor cover. If you see someone going crazy in a sportsbook even when none of the featured games are close, it’s possible that a backdoor cover tipped that person’s bet one way or the other. .

Backdoor covers are more common in basketball and soccer, as these sports have larger point spreads and higher scores. Larger point spreads offer more game chances when the winner of the game is decided, but the spread is not.

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