When handicapping sports, it is crucial that you follow a sports bettingsystem. Ask anyone who wins with their sports betting and they will tell you that they follow a system. It probably is no surprise that the average person who wagers on sports loses money. Many will bet on their favorite teams or against the teams that are rivals of their favorite teams with no betting strategy in place. If they do win chances are due to poor money management the cash will soon be lost.
Understand when it comes to sports handicapping there is more than just the game that is played to be aware of. They are many contributing factors that will influence the outcome of the game. Such factors as home field advantage, revenge, scheduling traps and emotions. These are the variables that a power rating system will not be able to factor in. Sometimes something that may appear to be insignificant to us can actually create great difficulty in a teams play.
First let's start with home field advantage. When the odds maker sets the line they alter the number some to account for the home field advantage. In NFL football the line usually accounts 3 points for the home team. I say not all teams have the same home field advantage. Some teams play is affected greatly by this and some have no change. Always check the team's records against the spread when at home and on the road.
The revenge factor is huge is sports handicapping. Now just don't go bet on a team because last time they played the same opponent they were dominated by that team. You need to be able to determine if the revenge factor is valid here. It could be that this team is put together so that is to create favorable match ups in all the positions. A good example of a revenge factor is Team A travels to play team B. Team A's starting QB is out and they are going with a first time starter. Team B dominates this young QB and not only wins the games but appears to run up the score. Come press time Team B shows little respect for team A. Now in the next meeting team B has to come play at team A's field. Team A has their normal starting QB back. Team A has the revenge and motivational factor heavily on their side. This scenario is common in college sports much more than professional sports.
At last I want to mention the scheduling trap situation. Here is when a stronger team is to play a weaker opponent but because they are meeting between two important and difficult games within the schedule the stronger team overlooks the weaker team and plays with little emotion. They may still win the game but their play is poor. We see this all the time in college sports. As a winning sports handicapper you need to be aware of these things. Many times the best team does not cover the bet.