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 19 November
FT Dallas Stars 1 - 2 New York Rangers
AOT Buffalo Sabres 5 - 4 Pittsburgh Penguins
FT Jackets 2 - 4 Toronto Maple Leafs
FT Florida Panthers 7 - 5 Ottawa Senators
AOT Washington Capitals 5 - 4 Montreal Canadiens
FT Los Angeles Kings 2 - 0 St. Louis Blues
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 3 Nashville Predators
FT Knights 2 - 7 Calgary Flames
FT Winnipeg Jets 6 - 3 Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday 20 November
AOT Edmonton Oilers 4 - 3 San Jose Sharks
Wednesday 21 November
FT New York Islanders 0 - 5 New York Rangers
FT Dallas Stars 1 - 5 Pittsburgh Penguins
FT Chicago Blackhawks 2 - 4 Washington Capitals
FT Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - 5 Carolina Hurricanes
FT Montreal Canadiens 2 - 5 New Jersey Devils
FT Florida Panthers 3 - 7 Tampa Bay Lightning
AOT Boston Bruins 2 - 3 Detroit Red Wings
FT Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 5 Buffalo Sabres
FT St. Louis Blues 1 - 4 Nashville Predators
FT Ottawa Senators 4 - 6 Minnesota Wild
AOT Knights 3 - 2 Arizona Coyotes
FT Vancouver Canucks 3 - 4 Anaheim Ducks
FT Winnipeg Jets 3 - 6 Calgary Flames
FT Colorado Avalanche 7 - 3 Los Angeles Kings
Friday 23 November
New York Rangers 13:00 Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders 16:00 New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings 16:00 Washington Capitals
Edmonton Oilers 16:00 Anaheim Ducks
Winnipeg Jets 16:00 Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens 16:00 Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames 18:00 Knights
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Jackets
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:30 Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks 19:30 Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida Panthers 19:30 Carolina Hurricanes
Nashville Predators 20:00 St. Louis Blues
Colorado Avalanche 20:00 Arizona Coyotes
Ottawa Senators 20:00 Dallas Stars
Vancouver Canucks 21:00 San Jose Sharks
Saturday 24 November
Washington Capitals 14:00 New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres 19:00 Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks 19:00 Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 New York Islanders
Jackets 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins 19:00 Montreal Canadiens
Winnipeg Jets 19:00 St. Louis Blues
Dallas Stars 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks 22:00 Knights
Vancouver Canucks 22:00 Los Angeles Kings
Sunday 25 November
Calgary Flames 15:00 Arizona Coyotes
New Jersey Devils 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning
Anaheim Ducks 20:00 Nashville Predators
Edmonton Oilers 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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