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 03 October
AOT Montreal Canadiens 2 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs
FT Boston Bruins 0 - 7 Washington Capitals
FT Calgary Flames 2 - 5 Vancouver Canucks
FT Anaheim Ducks 5 - 2 San Jose Sharks
Thursday 04 October
FT Boston Bruins 4 - 0 Buffalo Sabres
AOT Washington Capitals 6 - 7 Pittsburgh Penguins
AOT New York Islanders 2 - 1 Carolina Hurricanes
FT Nashville Predators 3 - 2 New York Rangers
AOT Jackets 3 - 2 Detroit Red Wings
AOT Chicago Blackhawks 4 - 3 Ottawa Senators
FT Winnipeg Jets 5 - 1 St. Louis Blues
FT Arizona Coyotes 0 - 3 Dallas Stars
FT Minnesota Wild 1 - 4 Colorado Avalanche
FT Philadelphia Flyers 5 - 2 Knights
Friday 05 October
FT Carolina Hurricanes 3 - 1 Jackets
AOT San Jose Sharks 3 - 2 Los Angeles Kings
Saturday 06 October
FT Edmonton Oilers 2 - 5 New Jersey Devils
FT Nashville Predators 4 - 3 New York Islanders
PEN Florida Panthers 1 - 1 Tampa Bay Lightning
FT New York Rangers 1 - 3 Buffalo Sabres
FT Ottawa Senators 5 - 3 Toronto Maple Leafs
FT Montreal Canadiens 5 - 1 Pittsburgh Penguins
FT Winnipeg Jets 1 - 5 Dallas Stars
PEN Knights 1 - 1 Minnesota Wild
AOT Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 4 St. Louis Blues
FT Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 5 Colorado Avalanche
FT Anaheim Ducks 1 - 0 Arizona Coyotes
FT Vancouver Canucks 4 - 7 Calgary Flames
Sunday 07 October
FT New York Rangers 5 - 8 Carolina Hurricanes
360' Toronto Maple Leafs 5 - 4 Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit Red Wings 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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