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
Wednesday 02 October
Ottawa Senators 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs +245 -278
Washington Capitals 20:00 St. Louis Blues +130 -143
Vancouver Canucks 22:00 Edmonton Oilers +110 -130
San Jose Sharks 22:30 Knights +160 -169
Thursday 03 October
Winnipeg Jets 19:00 New York Rangers -103 -118
Buffalo Sabres 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins +143 -175
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Carolina Hurricanes +133 -161
Florida Panthers 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning +127 -154
Minnesota Wild 20:00 Nashville Predators +120 -145
Boston Bruins 20:30 Dallas Stars +102 -122
Calgary Flames 21:00 Colorado Avalanche +102 -122
Arizona Coyotes 22:00 Anaheim Ducks +102 -123
Friday 04 October
Chicago Blackhawks 14:00 Philadelphia Flyers -112 -108
Winnipeg Jets 19:00 New Jersey Devils
Washington Capitals 19:00 New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Jackets
Knights 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Saturday 05 October
New York Rangers 19:00 Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning 19:00 Florida Panthers
New Jersey Devils 19:00 Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 Washington Capitals
Jackets 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Dallas Stars 20:00 St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings 20:00 Nashville Predators
Boston Bruins 21:00 Arizona Coyotes
Minnesota Wild 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
Vancouver Canucks 22:00 Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks 22:00 Anaheim Ducks
Los Angeles Kings 22:00 Edmonton Oilers
Sunday 06 October
Tampa Bay Lightning 17:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Dallas Stars 19:00 Detroit Red Wings
Winnipeg Jets 19:00 New York Islanders

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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