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Home - Betting on Basketball in 2016

  Betting on Basketball in 2016

Betting on basketball is very easy, but there is a secret that you don’t know: professional bettors or gamblers don’t win as frequently as you may think. Stats show that people that make gambling and betting their living win something above 52% of all bets. But don’t get your hopes down if you are thinking about making betting your livelihood, because they still do make a profit despite that percentage.

It’s all about thinking smart and being prepared. If you are preparing for a game, you prepare yourself with all the facts about that game. If you want to know about a sportsbook or an online casino, you read a review about it like this Guts review. There are also many tips that you can read about that will increase your winning margin of all basketball bets by 2-3%, and here we will give you the most important ones.

One of the most important tips is being a cold-headed bettor. Don’t bet on your favorite team just because you are a loyal fan, and don’t let your emotions cloud your better judgement. Let the odds speak to you and make decision based on solid data, accurate information and gut feel. The ability to make good decision will help you beat the spread.

When you bet on a specific game, always take a look at the the starting lineup and make sure that key players are not absent. There is nothing worse than finding out that the team that you have made an early bet on is missing its star players due to injuries.

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Also, don’t trust betting trends as much as they tell you to. Trends are great, they give much information and are worth looking at, but not all of them. What happened in the past doesn’t necessarily have much influence on the present or future.

Looking for “value” bets will help you a lot. Oddsmakers are great at making up the odds, but sometimes they post weak lines and your job is to find those lines and take advantage of them. And always consider the moneyline instead when the line is +1, +2 or +3 if you play “short” underdogs. Oftentimes you won’t need the points to cover the spread and it will pay more.

When betting against the spread, high turnover percentage and points win games usually mean an advantage. Unsuccessful handicappers overlook these stats and end up losers. They also tend to be undisciplined, which is very important if you want to make a profit. Setting up a bankroll and sticking to it can save you from debt. If your bankroll is only $500 your maximum bet should be $10-$15.

A smart bettor will always be on the lookout for teams playing a third game on a four night schedule. That’s when players get tired and lose the game easily especially if they are on the road. Line makers take this into consideration, but sometimes there are “value” odds to be found.

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