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 09 December
FT New York Islanders 5 - 1 Tampa Bay Lightning +160 -175
FT Jackets 5 - 2 Washington Capitals +195 -227
FT Boston Bruins 2 - 5 Ottawa Senators -179 +160
AOT Calgary Flames 5 - 4 Colorado Avalanche +120 -137
Tuesday 10 December
FT Tampa Bay Lightning 2 - 1 Florida Panthers -105 -110
FT Montreal Canadiens 4 - 1 Pittsburgh Penguins +138 -141
FT St. Louis Blues 2 - 5 Buffalo Sabres -130 +112
FT San Jose Sharks 1 - 3 Nashville Predators +150 -169
PEN Anaheim Ducks 2 - 2 Minnesota Wild +145 -147
FT Detroit Red Wings 1 - 5 Winnipeg Jets +210 -238
FT New Jersey Devils 0 - 2 Dallas Stars +195 -208
FT Carolina Hurricanes 6 - 3 Edmonton Oilers -116 +105
FT Calgary Flames 5 - 2 Arizona Coyotes +125 -128
FT Chicago Blackhawks 0 - 4 Knights +190 -217
540' Toronto Maple Leafs 2 - 0 Vancouver Canucks -115 +108
120' New York Rangers 0 - 2 Los Angeles Kings +107 -125
Wednesday 11 December
Boston Bruins 19:00 Washington Capitals +110 -125
Ottawa Senators 19:30 Montreal Canadiens +163 -200
Philadelphia Flyers 21:30 Colorado Avalanche +140 -161
Thursday 12 December
Nashville Predators 19:00 Buffalo Sabres -135 +112
Boston Bruins 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning +118 -143
New York Islanders 19:00 Florida Panthers +106 -128
Jackets 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins +150 -189
Winnipeg Jets 19:30 Detroit Red Wings -143 +118
Knights 20:00 St. Louis Blues +100 -122
Edmonton Oilers 20:00 Minnesota Wild +128 -156
Chicago Blackhawks 21:00 Arizona Coyotes +135 -167
Toronto Maple Leafs 21:00 Calgary Flames -108 -112
Los Angeles Kings 22:00 Anaheim Ducks +110 -132
Carolina Hurricanes 22:00 Vancouver Canucks -114 -106
New York Rangers 22:30 San Jose Sharks +135 -164
Friday 13 December
Knights 20:00 Dallas Stars
New Jersey Devils 21:00 Colorado Avalanche
Saturday 14 December
Buffalo Sabres 13:00 New York Islanders
Jackets 13:00 Ottawa Senators
New York Rangers 16:00 Anaheim Ducks
Carolina Hurricanes 16:00 Calgary Flames
Dallas Stars 18:30 Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers 19:00 Minnesota Wild
Washington Capitals 19:00 Tampa Bay Lightning
Boston Bruins 19:00 Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs 19:00 Edmonton Oilers
Detroit Red Wings 19:00 Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils 20:00 Arizona Coyotes
Chicago Blackhawks 20:00 St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks 22:00 San Jose Sharks
Sunday 15 December
Philadelphia Flyers 17:00 Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Wild 19:00 Chicago Blackhawks
Los Angeles Kings 19:00 Detroit Red Wings
Vancouver Canucks 20:00 Knights

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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