If you log into a sportsbook like BetAmerica and scroll down through an NHL game’s variety of betting markets – say a matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks – you will come across a wager called both teams to score.
Just like it says, you are betting on both teams in the game to score a certain number of goals. It could be one goal each, it could be three goals each. Sportsbooks will generally offer more than one option to play on this wager.
Suppose you played both teams to score bet on the Kings-Sharks game that said both teams to score two goals excluding overtime. You are wagering on whether you believe both of these teams can count at least two goals during 60 minutes of regulation time play.
Just like a total bet, you are offered two plays. But instead of over or under, this wager offers yes or no wagering. If you think the Kings and the Sharks are each going to score a minimum of two goals, you wager yes. If you don’t that both teams can count two goals each in the three periods of regulation play, then your play is to bet no.
One of the reasons why this can prove to be a good bet is that who wins the game is not relevant whatsoever to the outcome of your wager. Let’s say you played a money line wager on the Kings to win and by the end of the first period, the Sharks have raced out to a 4-0 lead. The odds of Los Angeles to win the game would be remote, and your bet would be all but dead in the wager.
But if you’d wagered on both teams to score two goals, all you need to cash in on your play is for the Kings to score two goals. It doesn’t matter if L.A. loses 5-2, 7-2 or 8-2. As long as the Kings get at least two, you get a payday.
When playing both teams to score bet, you’ll want to focus on games involving teams that frequently hit on the over, and are either among the leaders in goal scoring or near the bottom at keeping the puck out of their net.