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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Match day
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 16 April
FT Boston Bruins 2 - 4 Toronto Maple Leafs
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 5 New Jersey Devils
FT Nashville Predators 3 - 5 Colorado Avalanche
FT Anaheim Ducks 1 - 8 San Jose Sharks
Tuesday 17 April
AOT Washington Capitals 3 - 2 Jackets
FT Winnipeg Jets 2 - 0 Minnesota Wild
FT Knights 1 - 0 Los Angeles Kings
Wednesday 18 April
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 5 - 0 Philadelphia Flyers
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 3 - 1 New Jersey Devils
FT Nashville Predators 3 - 2 Colorado Avalanche
FT Anaheim Ducks 1 - 2 San Jose Sharks
Thursday 19 April
FT Boston Bruins 3 - 1 Toronto Maple Leafs
FT Washington Capitals 4 - 1 Jackets
Friday 20 April
Philadelphia Flyers 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota Wild 19:30 Winnipeg Jets
Colorado Avalanche 21:30 Nashville Predators
Saturday 21 April
Jackets 15:00 Washington Capitals
New Jersey Devils 15:00 Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs 20:00 Boston Bruins
Sunday 22 April
Winnipeg Jets 12:00 Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators 12:00 Colorado Avalanche
Pittsburgh Penguins 12:00 Philadelphia Flyers

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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