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The final score in any professional sports game never tells the whole story. Your
job as a bettor is to get a full sense of what a teams character is like nike shox nz homme noir , and that is
something that can never be summed up in the scores that you see scrolling along the
bottom of your television. In addition to reading game recaps and watching a team play,
the following statistics are important to look for when gauging whether a team is a
1. Momentum Once a team gets on a roll, do they keep it going? Conversely, if a
team gets scored against, will they get flustered and be scored against a few times
in a row before the bleeding stops? Or will they buckle down and look for an
For the NBA, most news sources do a good job of mentioning significant gamechanging
runs by each team in their game recaps. Although points are easy to come by in
basketball, giving up a game-changing 20-0 run, for instance, can be a huge morale
breaker for a team and can put them in an insurmountable hole. Be careful of teams that
get in the habit of having to crawl out of such holes to win games.
2. How points are scored Scoring summaries and game recaps should give you an
idea of how a team puts points on the board. Dont think for a minute that all
points are equal-just because points count for the same values does not mean that
the implications are the same for the serious sports bettor.
This is particularly evident in baseball. Before someone bets on a starting pitcher, he
should be familiar with how runs have been scored against that pitcher. If a pitcher is
credited with one earned run against him in an inning, he may have thrown well and
struck out three batters achat nike shox taille 38 , but left one bad pitch up over the plate and given up a home
run. Compare this pitcher with another pitcher credited with one earned run, but who
gave up a long double, walked someone, gave up another single to load the bases, and
hit a batter to bring in the run. While the two pitchers have the same number of runs
against, its clear who the smarter one to wager on is.
In football, look at whether a team prefers to run the ball or throw the ball, and
compare these numbers with their upcoming opponents defense against the run and
the pass. If you find youve got a great running team against a team that defends well
against passes but is weak on the ground, for instance, you may consider making a
3. When points are scored Often the final score doesnt give one team full credit
over the other. By tracking score changes throughout the game, you can get a
sense of whether the outcome of the game was ever really in question.
How many times have you heard the expressions this game was closer than the final
score indicated or dont let the final score fool you; (team x) wasnt ever really
threatened in this one? This is what you have to be careful to watch out for. If two
football teams engage in a hard- fought nike free 5.0 v4 femme , back-and- forth battle, and one team ekes out a
gritty three-point win on a last second field goal, it says a lot more about the character
of both teams than if the game is a blowout, one team has held a comfortable tenpoint
cushion and has been playing reserves for the whole second half, and the losing
team happens to close the gap to three on a last-minute touchdown. In the second
instance, the final score gives the losing team more credit than they are due, and you
should by no means assume that they will ever be within such a slim margin of other
Look at when in the games teams like to score points. Is one basketball team
known for their ability to turn it on in the fourth quarter? Does another team rely on a
big first half and then hope that the cushion is enough to outlast their opponents and win?
A key stat that should be emphasized is how teams fare late in the game. Entering
the fourth quarter down by 15, most basketball teams will buckle and call it a night. Even
if they come up short, the teams that work feverishly to close the gap are the teams you
want to keep in mind when youre wagering. Their heart and refusal to roll over will
overwhelm less committed teams, and when these plucky teams enter the fourth quarter
in a close game or with a lead, you can count on them usually pulling out the victory.
Naturally nike free 5.0 rose , the stats that count the most will vary from sport to sport. However, by
adopting these approaches into your betting strategies, you can go beyond the box score
and give yourself the Inside Advantage over your competition.
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Sam Jones is the business manager at EZCapper. He has over 15 years experience in sports handicapping and operating successful online businesses. He holds an MBA in marketing from the University of British Columbia in Canada.