5 Secrets to the Best Sports Picks

October 9, 2009 by Zen  
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Coming up with the best sports picks is more of an art than a science. But there are ways that will ensure you always come up with solid plays. This doesn’t mean your picks will win, it just means you’ve done the necessary research to know that the odds are in your favor, and that you’ve outsmarted the local bookie or sports book. If you follow these five secrets, you should win more games than you lose.

1. Know Your Strengths

First, you want to look at all the match ups offered by your bookie or sports book for a given sport. Know your strengths; if you’re good at predicting outcomes for the NFL stick to betting on the NFL. Don’t assume that your strengths in one sport will carry over to another. A lot of beginning bettors make the mistake of betting on a variety of sports. For instance, they’ll bet on NFL games one day and Basketball Games the next. This is a rookie mistake, when you’re starting out, you want to focus on one sport alone, until you can reliably predict winners.

2. Read Between the Lines

Second, you want to make sure you’re not playing a whole bunch of different lines. Stick to betting on spreads, money lines, or over/unders. Stop yourself from betting on parlays or teasers. This is because parlays and teasers don’t have true payouts and the odds will simply stack up against you. When you’re starting out, and choosing your own picks, we recommend sticking with spread betting.

3. Look For the Most Value

You want to narrow your focus down to the most valuable lines. You should develop a system for coming up with your own lines. This way, you’ll have your own lines to compare with that of the bookies or sports book. Then when you see a line at the sports book that’s way off, you’ll know that it has the most value. Also, don’t place a bet simply because your favorite sports team is playing.

4. Make One Pick Per Day, Everyday

This is important. Limit yourself to one play a day. This way you’re only going to place a bet on the match up that shows the most value to you. Find one game that really stands out and place your bet. If you do this everyday, you’re eventually going to learn how to pick winners.

5. Look at the Stats

This ties in with secret #3. Before you decide to place a bet, make sure you look at the recent statistics. Don’t be fooled into looking at statistics from over a year ago. A lot of the time you can judge how well a team is playing by their ten most recent games. Make sure you look at the injury reports as well.

If you take these five secrets into consideration you should be well under way to choosing the best sports picks. We recommend doing this while you subscribe to our picks. Eventually you might even be able to come work for us as an expert handicapper.

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