What does a spread of +5 mean?
A spread of +5 means that the team must either win the game or lose by 4 or less points/goals/runs for the spread bet to win. If the team only loses the game by 5 this is known as a push, meaning the spread bet results in no winner or loser. In this case the bettor will be returned the stake of their original bet but won’t be paid out as a winner. A spread bet is a bet on the margin of victory with a handicap (or line) attached to it, in this case the handicap is +5.