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College Basketball Basics

This week we will focus on some points relating to NCAAB. Early in the season you want to look for teams that have had low turnover of key personnel. Also look for teams that have participated in a summer tournament like the teams that travel to Canada Australia etc. These teams will be well ahead of the curve in terms of chemistry, experience and having played together. Look for teams that have a strong experienced point guard.

Winning and losing streaks

Without a doubt the most common mistake players make; press raising their stakes when losing. There are always going to be times when you lose more than you win. Prolonged losing streaks are inevitable. How YOU deal with them will ultimately determine your long term success in this business.

NBA Injuries

Continuing with NBA handicapping. The long NBA season is filled with injuries. Pay attention to the injuries that matter ignores the injuries that are irrelevant. The public generally over reacts when a high profile player goes down. However when key role players go down or there are cluster injuries at one particular position you generally do not see the necessary impact on the line.

NBA Handicapping

With the NBA season about to get underway let us take a look at some key areas to look at in order to effectively handicap. For this grapevine we will focus on the numbers side not the situational side. However remember the intangibles like travel, injuries motivation, revenge, look ahead, let downs etc. are all equally as important as the numbers.

I like to focus on offensive FG% and defensive FG%. This really deals with efficiency. Just looking at points for and against can be misleading. Just because you are putting up many shots and scoring points does not indicate success.

Shop to you drop

As we head into our busy time the importance of shopping and acquiring the best line possible when you bet cannot be overstated.

It does not matter what the $ value is of your unit. Successful sports bettors know the value of half a point on the spread or a penny on the money line. Successful bettors will be on the right side of a half point victory more times than not. They will win when others push and they will push when others lose. When a line has moved against them they know to pass on the game not to chase the line.

NHL Betting NO Overtime NO Shootouts

The NHL regular season gets underway. For those of you that have been following me for a while this Grapevine will act as reminder for those of you new please take note. As detailed on the NHL page of my website, ALL NHL bets are for regulation time ONLY. I am not interested in risking money on a 4 on 4 overtime which is basically shinny or even worse a shootout which is nothing more than a glorified skills competition. Could you imagine an MLB game tied being decided by a home run hitting contest because that is the equivalent.

The most important trait of serious bettors

Being a full time sports bettor as long as I have this business has taught me many valuable lessons that I use in life. However the most important characteristic would have to be PATIENCE. This was my major weakness heading into this business and I either had to adapt implement patience as part of my discipline or fail miserably.

Sports betting for a living is often depicted as a roller coaster thrill ride based on big decisions and life changing wins. Nothing could be further from the truth.