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 13 November
FT Dallas Stars 1 - 5 Carolina Hurricanes Odds
FT St. Louis Blues 4 - 7 Calgary Flames Odds
Tuesday 14 November
Buffalo Sabres 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
Jackets 19:30 Montreal Canadiens Odds
Dallas Stars 19:30 Florida Panthers Odds
Washington Capitals 20:00 Nashville Predators Odds
Philadelphia Flyers 20:00 Minnesota Wild Odds
Arizona Coyotes 20:00 Winnipeg Jets Odds
Vancouver Canucks 22:30 Los Angeles Kings Odds
Wednesday 15 November
Calgary Flames 19:30 Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers 20:00 Chicago Blackhawks
Boston Bruins 22:00 Anaheim Ducks
Thursday 16 November
New Jersey Devils 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 New York Islanders
Arizona Coyotes 19:30 Montreal Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:30 Ottawa Senators
Dallas Stars 19:30 Tampa Bay Lightning
Nashville Predators 20:00 Minnesota Wild
Philadelphia Flyers 20:00 Winnipeg Jets
Washington Capitals 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues 21:00 Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins 22:30 Los Angeles Kings
Friday 17 November
New York Rangers 19:00 Jackets
Buffalo Sabres 19:30 Detroit Red Wings
Saturday 18 November
Calgary Flames 13:00 Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers 14:00 Dallas Stars
Arizona Coyotes 14:00 Ottawa Senators
New Jersey Devils 15:00 Winnipeg Jets
Florida Panthers 16:00 Los Angeles Kings
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning
Chicago Blackhawks 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota Wild 19:30 Washington Capitals
Colorado Avalanche 20:00 Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues 22:00 Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins 22:30 San Jose Sharks
Sunday 19 November
New York Islanders 17:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche 18:00 Detroit Red Wings
Ottawa Senators 19:00 New York Rangers
Florida Panthers 20:00 Anaheim Ducks

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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