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Factors that Matter in Hockey Betting

Factors that Matter in Hockey BettingSure Hockey does not get nearly as much attention as other sports, but going into the Stanley Cup playoffs, you should look at all of the possible avenues for you to make a profit. There are also a number of factors you should consider when you are making your NHL betting picks, and there is no excuse for you going into a pick blindly as all the information you will ever need is at your fingertips on the internet. These tips are just scratching the surface of what you need to look into as an NHL betting sharp.

Record Conversion

The move a few years ago to give points over overtime losses has changed the game a little because it can give you a false representation of what a team is doing. Let’s take two teams, one with a record of 42-20-7, and the other with a record of 38-25-4. If you look at the overtime losses as simply losses, the records become 42-27 and 38-29. Team A does not seem that much better than Team B, so it all depends how much stock you put into overtime losses. Here is a hint: you should not put much. A loss is a loss.

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Home/Away Splits

When you are looking at the NHL odds online, you will likely see the home team favored in every matchup and this is not just for hockey; this is the case in many sports as playing on your own ice/field/pitch gives you a certain boost. Check out a team’s record at home and on the road before you make your picks, and if you want to go a little further, you can check out the splits for players to see where they perform best. There are a number of splits you should consider, such as division or conference opponents, but home and away splits should be the very first thing you examine.

Goal Differential

Goal differential will give you a great idea of just how good a team actually is and even though some outcomes might skew a goal differential, for the most part teams will come back to their average. For example, you might see a team with a goal differential of +45, so that should tell you, that is a pretty good team. A team with a goal differential of -10 might be tough to back, especially against a team from the first example. Let’s put it this way: by the end of the 2013-14 regular season, all 16 teams that earned a playoff spot had a positive goal differential.

These are just three of the factors you have to consider when you are putting in your NHL betting picks. There are many more of course, but these will get you started on the hockey wagering road, enough to get you going as the Stanley cup playoffs get closer. Use these as a foundation to learn more about making your puck picks. Sign up at

Action is on the Waves

Action is on the WavesHistorical Bells Beach, home of the longest running surf competition in the world celebrates it’s 56th anniversary this year. Bells is a right hand point break that is capable of providing solid waves with long rides and perfect faces, as it makes its way towards the bowl section close to shore providing a close out to finish your wave.

Steeped in tradition, rich in heritage and history, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has become a rite of passage for World Surf League athletes to compete against themselves and fellow surfers for an opportunity to ring the bell

Over the years the aussies have controlled the contest at Bells with four surfers winning here in the past five years, with Mick Fanning winning three of these. Fanning has started off slow this year not making any of the finals so far, but could easily end this as he is well rested after dropping out early in Margaret River.

Last year saw Matt Wilkinson win here over Jordy Smith, welcoming the title back to a goofy foot surfer. Wilko has started the year off similar to last year with a runners up in the Gold Coast and will be one of the favorites for going back to back this year.

This gives Aussies plenty of betting choices this long weekend. In addition to surfing there is another iconic event you would not usually associate with betting, the Stawell Gift in athletics.

The Stawell Gift is a professional foot race held over 120 metres on Easter Monday in a small Victorian town and in years gone by featured massive betting interest. Huge bets were wagered on the handicapped event as virtual unknowns contended for the prize money off front marks.

About 90 miles away at Australia’s most famous surfing breach, Bells, the world’s best men’s and women’s surfers will compete for the Rip Curl Pro. Massive crowds pack the beaches to watch the event, with the locals right behind local hero Mick Fanning in the men’s event and Aussie trio Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and Stephanie Gilmore in the women’s.

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Good Friday has always been a footy-free day in the AFL, but for the first time this year a match will be played, with reigning premiers Western Bulldogs ($1.29/-345) playing North Melbourne ($3.62/+262).

Those two teams are hoping to form a traditional encounter on this day, much the way Hawthorn and Geelong have with Easter Monday in the past decade. Their clashes have become legendary, but Geelong is $1.41 (-244) to win this year’s match with Hawthorn ($2.94/+194) the longest price it has been in over five years.

Good Friday has been on the National Rugby League’s schedule for 24 years and there are three matches this year highlighted by the Canterbury Bulldogs hosting the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.

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MLB Betting Pitcher Vs. Team Records

MLB Betting Pitcher Vs. Team RecordsA couple of weeks into the MLB season and if you haven’t gotten in the action you should know that there are a ton of factors that go into making your decision in terms of sports betting and specifically, betting on Major League Baseball. You will have many opportunities to fine-tune your baseball betting skills throughout the season because of the sheer amount of games, and one thing you will notice when reading the lines is that each baseball game will have the starting pitchers listed. Pitchers matter a lot when the books are setting the lines, and they should mean a lot to you as you are making your picks.

Baseball, as much or more than any other sport, deals with statistics and analytics; the “moneyball” era where teams evaluated contracts based on statistics all spawned from baseball, so you should prepare yourself to pour over a slew of different stats as you are making your decision. You can look at a pitcher’s record and examine how they are doing, but there are more in-depth ways of doing so now, so a pitcher with a record of 12-10 might not be just 12-10. How many of those wins came easy or tough? What was their run support like? Do they fare better in the day or at night? Inside or out? It might take you some time, but you would be doing a disservice to yourself if you did not look at all the splits when it comes to a pitcher’s stats.

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In terms of betting on a team, there is one that bettors should be all over and that is the TRGS, or Team Record in Games Started, and the premise is exactly what it says: what is the team’s record in games that pitcher has started? Some pitchers get bitten by a poor bullpen, or the opposite can happen; maybe that pitcher left his bullpen in a terrible position before they got the hook for the game. It simply might be a matter of luck, but that all counts when you are making your MLB picks, so track down the TRGS split and see what a team’s record is when a particular pitcher is starting the game. For example, you might have a pitcher that has a record of 9-5 for himself, but his team is actually 10-13 when he starts on the mound, so you should be a little hesitant towards them. On the other hand, a pitcher could have a record of 8-13, but that team is actually 18-17 when he starts; figure out why that is (a good bullpen, the offense comes alive later, etc.).

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NHL Playoffs – a Fun Way to Get Some Action

NHL Playoffs - a Fun Way to Get Some ActionThe NHL playoffs are finally here and if you haven’t already maxed out your budget on Stanley Cup and conference futures, series prices are a fun way to get some action in every round.

The Chicago Blackhawks are at the top of the Western Conference heading in to the NHL playoffs. With home ice advantage and a favorable first round matchup it should be no surprise that they are the sports betting favorites to reach the Stanley Cup Finals out of the West. Chicago is once again a Stanley Cup favorite but it will have some tough competition along the way.

Chicago Blackhawks Odds To Win Eastern Conference: +200

Even after the salary cap limited the potential of its overall depth, Chicago has managed to stay at the top of the Western Conference. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are the familiar faces. Meanwhile, Artemi Panarin, Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman and Nick Shmaltz have helped fill key holes to keep this team on top. It will be interesting to see how both groups fare in the postseason. The Blackhawks own an intriguing blend of experience and talent so it’s no surprise they are the favorites in the Western Conference.

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Edmonton Oilers Odds To Win Eastern Conference: +900

Connor McDavid got himself to the century mark in the final game of the season and has a chance to do something special with the Oilers in their first playoff appearance since the famous Stanley Cup finals run in 2006 along with Leon Draisaitl and Cam Talbot lead the Oilers back to the NHL playoffs as one of the most intriguing teams in the West. Edmonton clearly has the talent up front to make some noise. However, they will need to be even better in their own end in the postseason and Talbot will need to perform at a high level.

The lack of playoff experience could hurt the Oilers. This is a young team that put it all together this year but as a roster, they don’t have a lot of players that have been there and done that. That could catch up with them at some point. However, with so much talent Edmonton could be a dark horse contender in the West at +900 odds to reach the Stanley Cup this postseason.

Two teams seem to have an easy path to the Playoffs, Canadiens +1400 and Washington Capitals +450. Other are candidates for early elimination, in such category with an 8-13 straight-up record in their final 21 games Minnesota Wild +800, San Jose Sharks +1400 that will play an Oilers team in the first round that went 20-6-3 against division competition and Toronto Maple Leafs +2500 simply because they will play the Capitals. Sign up at to follow the NHL playoffs, a fun way to get some action.



College Basketball Betting: Wooden Award Finalists

College Basketball Betting: Wooden Award FinalistsThe madness has passed, the college basketball season has come to an end, moving through the NCAA Tournament. One week before Monday night’s championship game in Arizona, the Wooden Award finalists were named.

There is a lot of debate as to who should win the award especially since the North Carolina Tar Heels don’t have a candidate as one of the finalists. The obvious choice is taking the best player from the best team, but that’s not an option here. Instead, the voting will likely go mostly based on regular season performance.

The Wildcats, Bruins, Jayhawks and Boilermakers disappointed in the NCAA Tournament, while Williams-Goss shot just 35% from the field in March Madness.

If you’re betting this college basketball prop, you’re going to want to think about their entire body of work as the Tournament is basically a wash. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of their full seasons and candidacies at the end of the road.

The NCAA Tournament went worse for Hart than for any of the other four Wooden finalists. He wasn’t able to provide enough offense to get the Wildcats past Wisconsin in the second round. Nevertheless, his tough defense, nose for the ball, and undying leadership all meant a great deal to Villanova. The Wildcats lost more because Kris Jenkins shot poorly and their frontcourt lacked the size of the 2016 team, with Daniel Ochefu being sorely missed after last season’s tremendous run.

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Lonzo Ball, UCLA Bruins: +500

One of the men who battled Hart for player of the year honors is Ball. He was superb in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament but then ran into a Sweet 16 game in which nothing went right for him against Kentucky. De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky shredded Ball on dribble drives, exposing the limitations of Ball’s defense. Nevertheless, Ball’s impact on UCLA in this one season reached extremely far. Ball will almost certainly be a top-three pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. His level of standing in college basketball this past season was never diminished in a way which made him look like a second-rate player.

Frank Mason, Kansas Jayhawks +200

The Kansas Jayhawks once again fell short of the Final Four, losing in the Elite Eight to Oregon, but don’t blame Frank Mason. He was the one player who kept KU afloat for much of that day. He took defenders on the drive, hit pull-up jumpers, and carried the Jayhawks on offense when teammates were either struggling from the field (Devonte Graham) or saddled with foul trouble (Josh Jackson). Mason is the foremost example on this list of a player who played well even when his team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. He is one of the great Kansas players of all time, even though he never made a Final Four in his career. Sign up at

More Value – MLB Regular Season

more value MLB regular seasonWe’re now a week into the new regular season. That means a few more teams are enjoying their home openers and sports bettors see their options multiply for making some extra cash during the week.

The Chicago Cubs are hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball action tonight. The game is scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. start time. The MLB Odds for the game have the Cubs listed as the favorite.

The Cubs are going to be raising their World Series banner in tonight’s game, though the weather might not be the best.

Current Dodgers are hitting .200 against him in 110 at bats.

Los Angeles is throwing Alex Wood, also a lefty. He threw two innings of relief against San Diego a few days ago and did not factor into the decision. Current Cubs are hitting .275 against him in limited at bats (40) and no one has more than two base hits.

Lester has the advantage here, pitching at home, though the Dodgers have been pretty solid in the box so far this season, ranking just outside the Top 5 in team average and home runs, plus they sit third in team RBI. They also lead the league in walks.

Because we have two strong pitchers going here tonight, the total of 9.5 runs does look like a lot. Weather could play a factor in this one as well.

Meeting for the first time since Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the Cubs and Dodgers match up on Monday with Jon Lester in line to get his second start of the season in Chicago’s home opener. His counterpart, Alex Wood, will be starting for the first time in 2017 after pitching two innings of hitless baseball in a relief appearance during opening week.

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Alex Wood was 0-4 with a 5.73 ERA in 6 road starts in 2016.

The total has gone UNDER in 15 of the Dodgers’ last 20 games against the Cubs.

The Dodgers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road against the Cubs.

Both clubs have gotten their 2017 campaigns off to winning starts but expect the Cubs to be the favorites in every game this series. Tonight’s game will be the first at Wrigley Field since the Cubs’ World Series win and when you consider that Lester hasn’t dropped a decision to the Dodgers since August of 2015, the reigning champs have a good chance to begin their home slate unbeaten.

As for Wood, he could get beaten up. The 26-year-old lefty has never really been good on the road and he’ll be thrown into the first game against a Cubs team that’s scored six or more runs in three of its last four outings.

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Hockey Betting: Home Vs. Away

Hockey Betting: Home Vs. AwayIf you’re an avid sports bettor, chances are that you like to get your betting information each week from a variety of sources. You can never have too much perspective of a potential play, and it’s good to hear opposing point of views on your picks. One of the newer and quickly growing resources for sports bettors is social media. The amount of information is simply incredible. When it comes to hockey, you should be paying attention to home and away splits, although truth be told, this matters in every sport. It has been shown scientifically that players play better in front of their own fans and when they are being cheered for, not against, which is why you will usually see the home team favored in most matchups unless the difference in talent level is that great.

Home Teams Are More Successful

It should come as no surprise that most teams in the NHL have more wins at home than they do on the road, even the really bad teams. For the most part, the entire NHL is going to be .500 or above when playing on the road, and the ability to get wins on the road is what separates the best from the rest. At the end of the 2013-14 regular season, only four teams in the NHL finished below .500 on their ice: Florida, Buffalo, the New York Islanders and Edmonton, and it should not shock anyone that three of those teams finished in last place in their division (Florida would have if they played anywhere else but in the Atlantic Division, where they finished ahead of Buffalo). To be successful in professional sports, you have to take care of business at home.

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Home-Ice Advantage Is In Fact An Advantage

A major reason why teams finish with better home records than on the road, and it sounds very simplistic, but teams tend to score more goals at home, and they do not even have to score a lot more goals at home, but every goal counts when you get to the level of the NHL. Most teams do not even score a full goal more at home per game than they do on the road, but it is enough of a difference to pick up an extra win or two. Meanwhile, teams are going to depend more on their goalies on the road, and this is where you get the phrase, “stealing a game” from. But for most teams, you would probably lean on the over if they are playing at home. When the totals are usually anywhere between five and six goals per game, it does not take a lot to push it over the edge.

Do your homework and study a team’s home and away splits before you make your NHL betting picks.

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2017 Masters Betting Recap

2017 Masters Betting RecapThe first round of the 2017 Masters is in the books and the biggest storyline coming out of Augusta National Golf Club was the absence of Dustin Johnson.

The world’s top-ranked player said he suffered a fall down a short flight of stairs on Wednesday afternoon which led to a back injury. He tried to give it a go on Thursday with treatment but was forced to withdraw from the first major of the year.

Sports bettors saw Johnson listed as an 11/2 favorite prior to the injury, then saw him dropped on Wednesday evening to the third choice at 9/1 odds behind Jordan Spieth (6/1) and Rory McIlroy (7/1) after reports came out on his injury and possible absence.

While Johnson was sitting out, Charley Hoffman stole the show on Thursday with a 7-under 65 score in the first round.

Hoffman was listed as a 100/1 betting choice prior to Thursday’s action and he’s now listed at 6/1 odds. Hoffman already cashed tickets at 80/1 odds to be the leader after the first round.

Despite holding a four-shot lead, Hoffman isn’t listed as the tournament favorite.

That honor goes to McIlroy at 11/2 odds. The Northern Ireland product posted a 72 on Thursday and is tied for 12th place at even par.

Only 11 golfers managed to break par and one of them that didn’t was the tournament favorite Spieth, who is tied for 41st place after posting a 3-over 75 in the first round. Despite the subpar performance, Spieth is still expected to rally and his odds are listed at 17/1.

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Rory McIlroy is now the +550 frontrunner with Charley Hoffman (+600), Justin Rose (+1000), Phil Mickelson (+1100), Sergio Garcia (+1600), Jordan Spieth (+1600), Lee Westwood (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+1800), Jon Rahm (+2200) and Jason Day (+2500) comprising the top 10 golfers with the likeliest chances to slip on the green jacket on Sunday.

The day belonged to Hoffman, however. The 40-year-old came out of nowhere to tear up Augusta National under wet and blustery conditions, finishing with a 7-under-par 65. It was one of the greatest opening rounds in Masters history, as the American collected nine birdies with six of them coming in his last eight holes. Hoffman was an astronomical +12500 long shot before the tournament began.

But the biggest story of Thursday was the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson. The world No. 1, who suffered a back injury after falling down a staircase at his rented Augusta home on Wednesday, warmed up prior to his tee time but decided he wasn’t fit to participate and walked off the course. That’s bad news for golf fans but great news for the competition, as DJ has been on an absolute tear of late thanks to three straight tournament wins. Sign up at and get access to the largest selection of sports in the world.

The Back-To-Back System

The Back-To-Back SystemSports betting can be a fun and enjoyable activity however the vast majority of sports bettors lose. Because they are doing it for fun this is not a problem but it only takes a bit of insight, preparation and discipline to win some of the money your fellow sports bettors are losing. One of the most common obstacles to achieve this is the idea that the same systems and trends will last forever and they will always be able to go back to what has worked for them. The problem is that with the constantly changing sports landscape there will always be different trends and changes and if they aren’t able to identify them they won’t be able to take advantage. One system that has crashed over time is the NBA road team on back-to-back system.

The betting against road teams on the second of back-to-back nights was a successful system for a long time as it was mostly successful throughout the 30 years that the numbers were recorded from 2001-10. The only problem was that some handicappers couldn’t believe that the trend would ever change and they invested too heavily in it thinking that they couldn’t falter. As is the case with any system, it’s important to use it as a handicapping tool rather than as an absolute game predictor because ultimately in most cases anything can happen and any team can win even when betting against road teams on the second of back-to-back nights.

The system is exactly what its title insinuates as it requires betting against teams that are playing the second of back-to-back road games in two nights. The idea was that the teams that had played the night before in another city would be exhausted by the time they took to the floor for the second road game in as many nights and wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rested home team. The numbers indicated this trend worked and the results were even better if the travelling team covered as a road favorite the night before. The home team would want to have a strong performance in front of their home fans and would have the advantage as the rested squad with the crowd support behind them.

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While the general perception is that the more tired team would be in over their heads in the second of back-to-back road games in as many nights the numbers tell a much different story. Over a recent two-year span in the NBA the road favorite playing the second of back-to-back games actually posted a 58-42-1 record against the spread which completely contradicts the foundation for this system.

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NBA Betting Action – Eastern Conference Battle

NBA Betting Action – Eastern Conference BattleSports betting action is back at the hardwood as the Atlanta Hawks will host the Boston Celtics in a huge Eastern Conference battle Thursday night from the Phillips Arena. The Celtics handled the Knicks 110-94 on Sunday, and take on the Cavaliers Tuesday night, and the Hawks are coming off a 91-82 road loss to the Nets. The Celtics edged the Hawks 103-101 in the first meeting and the Hawks replied with a 114-98 road win in the second meeting.

The Celtics strong offense is now averaging 107.8 points per game, good for eighth in the NBA, and are shooting 45.4% from the field. Boston is allowing an average of 105.1 points per game, placing them 14th overall.

The Atlanta Hawks have hit an absolute wall and are skidding their way into the playoffs thanks to nine losses in 11 games. Things won’t get any easier when they welcome the second-place team in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics, to town. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 3-point home underdogs with a total of 213.

The total has gone UNDER in four of the Celtics’ last five games against the Hawks.

The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Hawks’ last 10 games.

The Hawks are 1-7 SU and ATS in their last eight games at home against teams with winning records.

Boston is playing in the second half of a back-to-back set after getting thumped 114-91 by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to fall one game back in the battle for the No. 1 seed. Isaiah Thomas continues to be a marvel for the Celts, topping the 20-point mark in 13 of his last 14 contests.

Atlanta got all-star power forward Paul Millsap back from an eight-game absence on Sunday but the big man struggled to the tune of a 4-of-14 shooting effort in a 91-82 setback to the lowly Brooklyn Nets. Millsap clearly isn’t operating at full strength yet, and it will be important for the sixth-seeded Hawks to get him into game shape come playoff time.

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The teams split two previous meetings this season, with the road squad triumphing each time. The Hawks rolled to a 114-98 win on February 27 while the Celtics notched a 103-101 victory on January 13.

Sports bettors looking to pick the Atlanta Hawks as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 3-point underdogs. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 213 for Thursday at online shops.

The Atlanta Hawks sport a record of 39-38 and 35-42 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Boston Celtics sit at 50-28 and 39-38-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 29-46-2 for the Atlanta Hawks and 36-39-3 for the Boston Celtics.

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta’s No. 8-rated NBA squad against Boston’s No. 27-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 21 in the league with 8.77 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 11.88 per outing. Sign up at