How Does Sports Handicapping Work?

The seemingly simple question of “How does sports handicapping work?” has anything but a simple answer. Betting on sports is a 365 day/year grind that forces handicappers to sift through countless metrics like betting trends, situational and scheduling analysis, and finding value in the numbers to uncover winning wagers. It’s a highly intense process that when done right can be very rewarding.

Sports Handicapping Services

Sports fans that get into sports handicapping for recreational purposes, to begin with, tend to gravitate towards various sports handicapping services to help them beat the betting line.

While this may be a decent strategy for new bettors to help get a better grasp and understanding of everything that goes into making a bet, in the long term, relying on sports handicapping services can be highly detrimental to one’s betting bankroll. With the break even percentage on sports betting picks being around 52.4% on point spreads and totals with -110 odds, adding in handicapping service fees on top of that makes it increasingly harder to turn a profit.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 09 October
FT Colorado Avalanche 4 - 0 Boston Bruins Odds
PEN St. Louis Blues 2 - 2 New York Islanders Odds
FT New Jersey Devils 6 - 2 Buffalo Sabres Odds
AOT Chicago Blackhawks 3 - 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
AOT Washington Capitals 3 - 4 Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
FT Winnipeg Jets 5 - 2 Edmonton Oilers Odds
FT Calgary Flames 2 - 0 Anaheim Ducks Odds
Tuesday 10 October
FT St. Louis Blues 3 - 1 New York Rangers Odds
AOT Jackets 2 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes Odds
FT Chicago Blackhawks 3 - 1 Montreal Canadiens Odds
FT Philadelphia Flyers 5 - 6 Nashville Predators Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 2 - 4 Dallas Stars Odds
PEN Ottawa Senators 3 - 2 Vancouver Canucks Odds
Wednesday 11 October
New Jersey Devils 19:30 Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:30 Washington Capitals Odds
Boston Bruins 21:30 Colorado Avalanche Odds
New York Islanders 22:00 Anaheim Ducks Odds
Calgary Flames 22:30 Los Angeles Kings Odds
Thursday 12 October
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:30 Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Louis Blues 19:30 Florida Panthers
Dallas Stars 20:00 Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild 20:30 Chicago Blackhawks
Winnipeg Jets 22:00 Vancouver Canucks
Detroit Red Wings 22:00 Arizona Coyotes
Buffalo Sabres 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Friday 13 October
Washington Capitals 19:00 New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers 19:00 Jackets
Anaheim Ducks 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
Ottawa Senators 21:00 Calgary Flames
Saturday 14 October
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 Winnipeg Jets
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Montreal Canadiens
St. Louis Blues 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils 19:00 New York Rangers
Washington Capitals 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers
Florida Panthers 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Colorado Avalanche 20:00 Dallas Stars
Jackets 20:00 Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators 20:30 Chicago Blackhawks
Boston Bruins 21:00 Arizona Coyotes
Calgary Flames 22:00 Vancouver Canucks
Ottawa Senators 22:00 Edmonton Oilers
Buffalo Sabres 22:30 Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Sunday 15 October
Buffalo Sabres 21:00 Anaheim Ducks
New York Islanders 22:30 Los Angeles Kings

If you have decided to go the route of a handicapping service, know that’s what you’re getting into when you begin and once you’ve got a firm grasp of what trends/numbers/situations to look for yourself, stick to doing the work and trusting your own skill with your bets. After all, it’s your money you are betting with so wouldn’t you rather live and die with the results knowing they were your decisions? Win or lose that always feels better then simply tailing someone else’s plays who has access to all the same information you do.

To be a good sports handicapper takes time, experience, and a little luck and if you treat it like a business and do the homework, it will end up paying out like a business.

Tips To Become An Expert Online Sports Handicapper

In the end, there are no blanket statements or tips that can help one start beating the sportsbooks consistently. If you are a sports fan at heart, you’ll already have a decent understanding of tough scheduling spots, mismatches in talent on the field, and how particular matchups should play out. Sports betting is very different than simply being a fan though as you should never fall in love with teams/players as fans do. Sports betting is a numbers game and with the key being to find edges in how the numbers are lined. You should live by the idea of betting ‘numbers’ not teams. If you do the digging with your homework, the results will take care of themselves. 

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