Definition of Alternate Points

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What does the term "alternate points" mean in the world of betting, especially basketball betting? What is meant by the term "alt points"?

"Alt points" lines allow you to bet on different point totals for players that aren't the main "player points" line.

In photo:  Lebron James during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The meaning of the betting term Alternate Points in the game of basketball is explained.For instance, let's say that the main Lebron James points line looks like this:

LeBron James, 29.5 points

Over 29.5 points, -110
Under 29.5 points, -110

Now, an "alternate points" line for LeBron might look like this:

LeBron James, 34.5 points

Over 34.5 points, +480
Under 34.5 points, -600

So, if you think that LeBron has a chance at a big game points wise (maybe Anthony Davis is out with an injury), you'd probably want to take the Over 34.5 points line to give yourself a chance at a big payout.

Or, maybe you want to include the "Under 34.5 points" line as part of a big parlay to juice up your potential returns a bit.

If LeBron ends up scoring 40 in the game, the Over 34.5 Points line would obviously pay out, while the Under 34.5 Points line would lose.


Depending on the sportsbook, you can find all sorts of different "alt points" totals for players.

Somebody like LeBron, for instance, might have 10+ different alt point totals that you can bet on.


Sharp bettors who closely follow basketball can do really well with the alt points lines.

If you know, for instance, that a player is shooting the ball really well and getting more minutes due to injuries on his team, you'd likely find a player's higher "alt points" lines very intriguing.