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 January
FT New York Islanders 2 - 6 New York Rangers -120 +107
PEN Boston Bruins 5 - 5 Philadelphia Flyers -125 +115
FT Carolina Hurricanes 0 - 2 Washington Capitals +120 -141
FT Calgary Flames 0 - 2 Montreal Canadiens -110 -105
FT Anaheim Ducks 1 - 4 St. Louis Blues +190 -222
Tuesday 14 January
FT Detroit Red Wings 2 - 8 New York Islanders +210 -238
FT Minnesota Wild 3 - 7 Pittsburgh Penguins +155 -164
FT Boston Bruins 0 - 3 Jackets -141 +120
PEN Los Angeles Kings 3 - 3 Tampa Bay Lightning +240 -278
FT Knights 2 - 4 Buffalo Sabres -164 +155
FT New Jersey Devils 4 - 7 Toronto Maple Leafs +240 -263
AOT Chicago Blackhawks 3 - 2 Ottawa Senators -110 -105
FT Vancouver Canucks 0 - 4 Winnipeg Jets +116 -130
AOT Dallas Stars 3 - 2 Colorado Avalanche +130 -141
FT San Jose Sharks 3 - 6 Arizona Coyotes +115 -135
FT Nashville Predators 2 - 4 Edmonton Oilers -123 +110
Wednesday 15 January
Chicago Blackhawks 19:30 Montreal Canadiens +155 -167
Philadelphia Flyers 20:00 St. Louis Blues +170 -189
Thursday 16 January
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:00 Boston Bruins +120 -137
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 Florida Panthers +170 -189
New York Rangers 19:00 New York Islanders +155 -167
New Jersey Devils 19:00 Washington Capitals +260 -303
Carolina Hurricanes 19:00 Jackets -135 +122
Calgary Flames 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs +155 -175
Montreal Canadiens 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers +132 -154
Knights 19:30 Ottawa Senators -182 +165
Anaheim Ducks 20:00 Nashville Predators +180 -208
Tampa Bay Lightning 20:00 Minnesota Wild -164 +150
Buffalo Sabres 20:30 Dallas Stars +180 -208
San Jose Sharks 21:00 Colorado Avalanche +180 -192
Arizona Coyotes 22:00 Vancouver Canucks +115 -130
Friday 17 January
Pittsburgh Penguins 19:30 Detroit Red Wings
Anaheim Ducks 19:30 Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning 20:00 Winnipeg Jets
Saturday 18 January
Washington Capitals 13:00 New York Islanders
St. Louis Blues 15:00 Colorado Avalanche
Arizona Coyotes 15:00 Edmonton Oilers
Calgary Flames 16:00 Ottawa Senators
Florida Panthers 19:00 Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 Philadelphia Flyers
New Jersey Devils 19:00 Jackets
Knights 19:00 Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks 19:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Buffalo Sabres 20:00 Nashville Predators
Dallas Stars 21:00 Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks 22:00 Vancouver Canucks
Sunday 19 January
Boston Bruins 12:30 Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders 17:00 Carolina Hurricanes
Jackets 19:00 New York Rangers
Winnipeg Jets 19:00 Chicago Blackhawks

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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