Espn expert nfl picks with spread A Recognized Leader And Trusted Name In Sports Handicapping Since 1971 One E-mail A Week Is All You Need! Our weekly newsletter is loaded with exclusive free picks, insight and advice from our expert handicappers What Does ATS Mean In Sports Betting? by Doc’s Sports – 10/10/2014 The term “ATS” is an acronym for against the spread. ATS is one of the most commonly used non-words in sports betting. If you are betting ATS then you are making a bet involving a pointspread – as opposed to a moneyline bet, a totals bet, a proposition bet, or another type of exotic bet.