Here are some example scenarios:
1.) (+3) Kansas City vs. (-3) Oakland
- Say you choose Kansas City.
- The actual game score ends up being Kansas City 35, Oakland 30.
- You guessed correctly on this game, since Oakland was favored to win by 3 and they lost.
2.) (-7) San Diego vs. (+7) Houston
- Say you choose Houston.
- The actual game score ends up being San Diego 23, Houston 16.
- You guessed incorrectly, since San Diego was favored to win by 7 and they won by exactly 7. Everyone would have gotten it wrong in this scenario.
3.) (0) Dallas vs. (0) Arizona
- Say you choose Arizona.
- The actual game score ends up being Dallas 14, Arizona 15.
- You guessed correctly, since no one was favored to win and the team you chose won by 1 point.
4.) (-1) Miami vs. (-1) St. Louis
- Say you choose St. Louis.
- The actual game score ends up being Miami 21, St. Louis 21.
- You guessed incorrectly, since both teams were favored to win by 1 but the game resulted in a tie, which means neither team covered. Everyone in the pool would have gotten this one wrong.
NOTE: Example 4 shows a scenario that may never occur in your pool, but point spreads can be configured this way, so it's important you fully understand how they work. Ask your pool administrator if you are still unclear on this issue.