Free Picks – Determining the Value of Free Sports Betting Picks
Just about every sports betting website offers free betting picks for all the major sports. Most of these free picks are designed to drive additional traffic to the site and other times they are used as a lead in for the professional handicapping selection packages that can be purchased for a set price. Either way, free picks are extremely easy to find.
As a recreational sports bettor with limited time to breakdown matchups on your own, using free picks to make your own bets appears to be a fast and easy way to get some action on the games. In reality, you are probably better off flipping a coin to come up with your winning play.
Most of the free picks that are posted on sport betting sites are written by staff writers, who are most likely recreational bettors just like yourself. They have a good working knowledge when it comes to sports betting and a bit more insight into the game at hand, but that is where their credentials as a sports handicapper come to end.
The first thing you need to do with free picks is find their source. If they are from a staff writer, they may be a good read that provides some valuable information for that particular matchup, but that is about as far as it goes. Using these types of free picks can be a good resource for your own handicapping efforts, but they should never be used exclusively for betting on that game.
You also have to avoid being influenced by any free-pick game preview you read. If you are leaning heavily towards one side against the other, but find yourself changing your mind because the free pick takes the other side, you are much better off not reading the preview in the first place. You still need to trust your gut instincts to back up your own ability to breakdown a matchup. If you are looking to bet on something just for the sake of betting, you should probably head to the casino section of your favorite online sportsbook and start betting on games of chance.
The other type of free pick you can find searching sports betting blogs are the ones that a professional handicapper has released for that site. These picks are usually used as a teaser to buy their official selection packages offered for a particular sport. These types of previews tend to be very general in nature by toplining some of the key factors that could have an impact on the outcome of a game. The preview can also be heavily laced with recent betting trends to better prove their point.
Betting trends in general need to be taken with a grain of salt. They can shed some light on a possible future outcome based on past results, but every game you bet on needs to be viewed at face value. Current playing form of the teams involved far outweighs what they may have accomplished in the recent past. Just because one team has covered the spread in its last nine games against the opponent at hand, does not imply it will cover again in tonight’s game.
Free picks are exactly as advertised; free. Even the top professional handicappers in the nation are wrong nearly 40 percent of the time. There is no such thing as a lock in sports betting, even if you are paying for a pick that gives it that lofty designation.
There are plenty of ways to improve your overall winning percentage when it comes to betting on sports. The one at the top of the list is sticking with the sports and the teams you know the best and go from there.
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