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 22 January
FT Colorado Avalanche 4 - 2 Toronto Maple Leafs +145 -164 Odds
FT Detroit Red Wings 3 - 0 New Jersey Devils +140 -161 Odds
FT Ottawa Senators 1 - 3 Minnesota Wild +190 -227 Odds
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 0 Chicago Blackhawks -135 +115 Odds
AOT Buffalo Sabres 2 - 1 Calgary Flames +215 -256 Odds
AOT New York Islanders 2 - 3 Arizona Coyotes -115 -105 Odds
Tuesday 23 January
FT New Jersey Devils 2 - 3 Boston Bruins +200 -238 Odds
FT Carolina Hurricanes 1 - 3 Pittsburgh Penguins +145 -164 Odds
FT Colorado Avalanche 2 - 4 Montreal Canadiens +115 -135 Odds
AOT Philadelphia Flyers 3 - 2 Detroit Red Wings -135 +115 Odds
FT Ottawa Senators 0 - 3 St. Louis Blues Odds
AOT Tampa Bay Lightning 4 - 3 Nashville Predators +130 -149 Odds
FT Florida Panthers 1 - 6 Dallas Stars +165 -189 Odds
FT Buffalo Sabres 5 - 0 Edmonton Oilers +210 -250 Odds
FT Los Angeles Kings 2 - 6 Vancouver Canucks -145 +125 Odds
FT New York Rangers 3 - 6 Anaheim Ducks +145 -164 Odds
FT Jackets 3 - 6 Knights +155 -175 Odds
AOT Winnipeg Jets 5 - 4 San Jose Sharks +100 -120 Odds
Wednesday 24 January
AOT Toronto Maple Leafs 3 - 2 Chicago Blackhawks -120 +100 Odds
AOT Los Angeles Kings 2 - 1 Calgary Flames +165 -189 Odds
Thursday 25 January
FT Nashville Predators 3 - 0 New Jersey Devils -149 +130 Odds
320' Tampa Bay Lightning 4 - 1 Philadelphia Flyers -125 +105 Odds
290' Minnesota Wild 3 - 6 Pittsburgh Penguins +125 -145 Odds
5' Carolina Hurricanes 5 - 4 Montreal Canadiens +105 -125 Odds
1' Boston Bruins 1 - 1 Ottawa Senators -175 +155 Odds
1039' Chicago Blackhawks 4 - 0 Detroit Red Wings -105 -115 Odds
1200' Washington Capitals 3 - 2 Florida Panthers -141 +120 Odds
470' Colorado Avalanche 0 - 2 St. Louis Blues Odds
5' Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - 0 Dallas Stars +160 -179 Odds
598' Calgary Flames 1 - 0 Edmonton Oilers +125 -145 Odds
449' Jackets 0 - 0 Arizona Coyotes -141 +120 Odds
Buffalo Sabres 22:00 Vancouver Canucks +135 -154 Odds
New York Islanders 22:00 Knights +180 -217 Odds
Winnipeg Jets 22:00 Anaheim Ducks +115 -135 Odds
New York Rangers 22:30 San Jose Sharks +135 -154 Odds

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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