Finally found a good thread...
just wondering the best way for finding out which books are doing spreads at different points?
Or do you just have to search through and hope for the best?
Yes that is correct. With pointspread/handicap wagers you want the + number to be higher than the - number.
If you are using over/under you want the "under" number to be higher than the "over", for instance:
It is fairly common to find these on basketball and baseball and you should be able to spot quite a few of them everyday if you actively go after them.
Pinnacle and 5Dimes are ideal to have in your arsenal, but it could also help to have smaller bookies like IASbet on hand.
Originally Posted by Human123
Matchbook generally have one or two totals, but if there is a big line move they are still useful if it is daytime in the US (usually good liquidity by then).
I know that, when it comes to middles, NFL has certain key numbers (3,7,10,14). Do any other sports have key numbers too?
Found an answer for NBA. NHL only seems to have 5 and 5 1/2 so no "magic" number there.
If you are tryng to hit Middles it can be a bit easier at BetGameDay to do it as when you sign up you can pick two teams who are your favourites and on those you get a half point bonus on the spread when they play.
There is rubbish limits of $200 but if you bust out you can start getting reload bonuses. The odds are not the greatest but with the "Favourites" it can be worth a look.
Have a plan and stick to it
What was your answer for NBA? I know next to nothing about b'ball but think they score mainly 2 points per basket but sometimes 3. As the scores can be upwards of 100 each, it seems to me that any number score is just as likely as any other, so the spread won't have any magic numbers in the same way NFL will have. This is because in "football" a TD is generally 7 points and a field goal 3. Also as the scores are a lot lower, 3 point and 7 point wins are fairly common.
Originally Posted by westv
In hockey, they score 1 point per goal and the scores are usually in the region 5 or 6 goals total, so a magic number would arguably be 1.
The 5 and 5 1/2 you refer to is the under/over line.
Don't forget that some books offer quarter points. This might turn a middle into a straight arb (which would then depend on personal style to follow) or will allow another middle (however with a much tighter margin).
Yes, it was 2 and 7 - according to the website I saw it on anyway. Whether this is true or not I have no idea but it did say that key numbers in NBA aren't as important as in NFL but that the two numbers are still worth watching. However, as nobody came along to mention those two numbers before I found out I'm doubting whether they have much use.
Originally Posted by Odysseus
Sorry, yes I did mean the +1.5/-1.5 handicap and not the +5/-5 totals.
One other thing I would be interested in though. I've looked at various sites on the net which explain middles and they all seem to use spreads differences of at least 2 points and totals with at least 5 points difference. I've looked at the right times(as far as I know) and I've only ever found 1/2 point or 1 point differences (with the US facing books I currently use anyway). Do these mythical middles actually exist anywhere?
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