Updated NFL Odds to Make the 2023-24 Playoffs

The goal for every NFL team entering the season is to make it into the playoffs and play their way into a Super Bowl championship. Most will fail. Below are the the current odds to make the playoffs for each NFL team.  You can use these odds to help make your predictions on which teams… Read More »

College Basketball Betting Guide: Understanding NCAA Spreads & Odds

A lot of people love betting on NCAA basketball.  If you consider yourself an expert on the sport then you might want to try to make some money off of your knowledge while adding a fun and exciting way to watch the college basketball games with a little action on it. If you are just… Read More »

Beginner’s Guide to Betting on College Football Games

College football betting is a fun and exciting way to add to the entertainment of watching the games.  If you are new to betting on CFB, or just want to learn more so you can increase your chances of success this guide is for you. What This College Football Betting Guide Covers: Understanding how to… Read More »

Odds to Win the 2023 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award

Listed below are the NFL offensive player of the year odds.  What’s funny to me is that the MVP award has been dominated by quarterbacks but the offensive player of the year hasn’t been.  Not sure why that is when the quarterback plays on the offense. In fact, just over half of the players that… Read More »

NBA Regular-Season Win Total Betting Lines

And if you are going to profit this season, you need to learn to bet the NBA from any angle you might have an edge and that includes futures. 2023-24 NBA Over/Under Win Total Betting Odds Here’s some info for those that aren’t familiar with how these bets work. Oddsmakers set a number of victories for each team.… Read More »

Current Vegas Odds to Make the 2023-24 College Football Playoffs

How strong are each team’s chances?  Find out with the updated odds to make the 2023-24 College Football Playoff (CFP) every week of the season. The current format matches up the No. 1 ranked team vs the No. 4 and the No. 2 takes on the No. 3 in two semifinal games.  The winners then… Read More »

Why Specializing Needs to Be Part of Your Sports Handicapping Strategy

If you want to get started betting on sports then the first thing I’d tell you to do is pick a sport and become a specialist.  It’s easier to focus all of your time and energy on a single market than it is to spread yourself thin making bets on every sport under the sun.… Read More »

Why the Compound Interest of Sports Betting Beats Other Investments

I have talked about edges in sports betting in the past and how professional bettors like myself typically achieve about a 2% ROI over the course of a year. Some people think that’s great, but other people think that’s too small to make it worth it. While I agree 2% ROI sounds less than a… Read More »

How to Get Started with Winning at Sports Betting

The first step in getting started with winning at sports betting is to figure out what approach you are going to use.   We covered each one briefly in our guide to sports handicapping and then more in-depth with the following articles. Deciding your approach is the first step.  You really need to match a… Read More »

NBA Odds to Make the 2023-24 Playoffs

When the NBA season looms, predictions abound, odds get established, and fans brace themselves for another roller coaster of hoops action. From the optimism of pre-season to the nail-biting regular season finales, how do these odds ebb and flow? The table below featurers this year’s odds. 2023-24 Odds to Make the NBA Playoffs Team Yes… Read More »

Every NHL Team’s Odds to Make the Playoffs in 2023-24

When the regular season starts in early October nearly every team has hopes of making the NHL playoffs, but the odds aren’t in everyone’s favor. In order to win the Stanley Cup you have to make the postseason, but how likely are each team’s chances?  Take a look below. 2023-24 Odds to Make the NHL… Read More »

Understanding How to Bet the NBA Online & Where to Do It

While the NBA isn’t on the same level as the NFL in terms of popularity, it’s a sport you can make some serious cash in. When it comes to handicapping the NBA, there’s a lot that goes into it. This article is for those of you who are knew to betting on the NBA and… Read More »

How Much is Home Ice Advantage Worth in the NHL?

How much is the NHL home ice advantage worth to each team in the league?  It is common knowledge that playing at home is an advantage to teams in every sport, but what is not as clear is how much of an advantage it is. We looked at every regular season NHL game since 2006… Read More »

2023 NHL Regular Season Point Total Over Under Odds

Beyond single-game bets in the NHL, there are season-long bets available for enthusiasts. NHL futures odds, which include predictions on the over or under total points each team will score over a season, are typically released during the offseason and are a significant draw at online sportsbooks. The other popular futures we cover are the… Read More »

How Accurate Does a Model Need to Be in Sports Betting?

When it comes to learning how to bet sports the only real metric that matters is how much you win.  It doesn’t matter what sports handicapping method that you use to accomplish your goal. I do think you are better off building a sports betting model to give you an accurate idea of how a… Read More »

What is a Sports Betting Prediction Model?

A sports betting model is used to predict the probability of an outcome in a certain event.  The goal is take be able to take certain data about the teams or players and have a complex formula or algorithm produce an accurate picture of what is likely to happen in the contest. Prediction models are… Read More »

Top Down Sports Handicapping Strategy

There are a number of different sports handicapping strategies that people use to beat the sportsbooks and make a profit.  But what is top down handicapping versus bottom up? If you are going to learn how to bet on sports, then knowing as many different ways as possible to win is only going to help… Read More »

Ranking the Top NCAA Basketball Programs of All Time

College basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States.  There is nothing quite like the NCAA Tournament to take over the country’s attention during March Madness. There is a rich history to the sport with plenty of iconic moments to fall back on, but which programs have remained at the top… Read More »

Most Common Sportsbook Bonus Types & What They Mean

Sportsbooks use promotions and bonus offers to reel new bettors in while keeping the loyalty of existing customers.  These bonuses are often wrapped in terms and conditions that might complicate what you are hoping to get out of them. In this guide I’ll go over the sportsbook bonus types that are typically used and help… Read More »

How to Bet Hockey: Beginners Guide to Betting on NHL Games

Betting on hockey is no easy task for the uninitiated. Beginners shouldn’t expect to simply check the latest NHL odds and feel confident in placing winning wagers. There is a lot to learn before you even get started.  You’ll need to understand what all of the numbers mean, as well as all of the options… Read More »

Sports Betting Octopus: What Is It & How Do You Win?

There are a lot of terms and jargon that you have to pick up when you are learning sports betting. One term that has gained traction in recent years is the octopus.  I have to admit this one even had me scratching my head the first time I heard it. But what exactly does it… Read More »

How a Push Happens in Sports Betting & How to Avoid It

I have covered a lot of terms and jargon that gamblers have to familiarize themselves with if they want to learn how to bet on sports.  One term that leaves beginners scratching their heads is a “push.”  But what exactly does it mean and how does it impact your betting strategy? Understanding the Meaning of… Read More »

How to Bet on UFC MMA Fights

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades and with that increase in popularity, there has been a lot of interest in betting on the fights. The best part about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events is that they are fast-paced and unpredictable in nature which makes betting on… Read More »

Rollovers in Sports Betting: What Sportsbooks Mean

With the rise in popularity of online sportsbooks one of the methods bookies use to entice customers to sign up is attractive betting bonuses. However, these promotions almost always come with a catch: the rollover requirement. This guide will explain what a sportsbook rollover is and why it’s important to understand. Definition of the Rollover… Read More »

What Does Fade Mean in Sports Betting

If you are going to learn how to bet on sports you need to know all of the terminology used by novice and experienced bettors. One term that often pops up is the fade.  What does it mean and how can it be strategically used to win as a sports handicapping method? Understanding the Concept… Read More »

What Is a Mush in Sports Betting?

There is a lot of unique jargon when it comes to sports betting, but one of my favorites is the term “mush.”  But what exactly is a mush and why is it significant in gambling?  Let’s take a look. History of the Meaning of Mush in Gambling A “mush,” was first depicted in the 1993… Read More »

Why Sportsbooks Limit Winning Bettors

If you are going to learn how to bet on sports then you are likely going to try to win.  The problem is that the sportsbooks aren’t in the business of paying out money to their clients, they want to make a profit.  One of the tools sportsbooks have to prevent losing is to limit,… Read More »

How to Sell Sports Picks Online as a Business

If you understand how to bet on sports and are good at predicting winners you might be interested in becoming a professional tipster.  It can be a nice career where you make a living betting on games, and get a steady, supplemental income by offering your picks to fellow bettors. In this guide I’ll walk… Read More »

How to Read the Betting Odds: How to Bet Sports Explained

Learn About Online Betting Vegas Sports Betting Reading Lines Points Spreads Moneylines Totals The Supreme Court’s 2018 decision to overturn the federal ban on sports betting has led to a surge in the popularity of wagering in the United States.  This landmark ruling paved the way for individual states to legalize betting on sports which… Read More »

Asian Handicap Explained: A Comprehensive Guide to Soccer Betting

Are you tired of losing bets on soccer games that end in a draw? Do you find traditional betting options too limiting? Asian handicap betting might be just the solution you need! This exciting form of betting, popular in Asia and gaining traction in Europe, levels the playing field between two teams by giving a… Read More »

Round Robin Bets Explained: Are They Worth It

In the world of sports betting, there are a number of strategies gamblers have come up with in search of ways to increase their winnings over the sportsbooks. One strategy that has gained in popularity has been round robin betting. Let’s take a deep dive into understanding what a round robin bet is, including its… Read More »

What a Run Line is in Baseball Betting: MLB Spreads Meaning

Jump to Example Different Options Strategy If you are going to bet on baseball then it’s vital that you know all of the different options.  Run line betting is a popular alternative to straight money lines and an important option to have in your MLB wagering toolbox.  This article will cover the means and basics… Read More »

What Does the Puck Line Mean in Hockey Betting?

Jump to Example Different Options Strategy If you want to get the most out of your hockey betting then it’s important to understand the nuances of different betting options.  One of the most popular options for the NHL is the puck line bet.  This article delves into the meanings and basics of puck line betting… Read More »

Conversion Chart for NFL Point Spreads to Percentages or Money Lines

For those of you who aren’t familiar with betting the money line in the NFL, it’s simple.  You are essentially wagering on who you think will win the game.  There’s no point spread involved.  There is just an increase in the juice based on the percentage of chances of a team winning outright. For example, the money line… Read More »

Money Line to Win Percentage Calculator & Conversion Table

Have you ever wondered what the chances of a team winning were based on the money line for the game?  How to convert the odds to probabilities is a key part of understanding money line bets. First, we have a simple calculator that you can use to plug in any moneyline (American-style odds) and quickly… Read More »

NFL Week 1 Hangover? Handicapping Last Year’s Super Bowl Teams

When Week 1 of the NFL season arrives bettors are looking for any edge that they can find.  One possible angle is to look at if there is a Super Bowl Hangover.  How do the winners and losers of last season’s championship games fare in their first game of the year? So much attention is… Read More »

How Much Do College Basketball Head Coaches Make in NCAA D1?

Head college basketball coaches have high salaries in NCAA’s D1 programs. In addition to their base salaries, coaches often receive additional compensation for bonuses, endorsements, and other incentives. Many coaches also receive additional income from television and radio shows, as well as speaking engagements. At the lower end of the pay scale, many D1 head… Read More »

NCAA Football Over/Under Season Win Total Lines & Betting Guide

The countdown is on! With summer finally here, that means we are inching closer and closer to the start of another college football season. In fact, we are less than two months from opening week. Oddsmakers are quick to release their NCAAF Championship Odds. Those are out basically the day after the title game. Even… Read More »

Updated 2023 NFL Win Total Numbers, Projections & Past Results

One of the most popular types of wagers when it comes to NFL futures are win totals.  The 2023 season is fast approaching and the sports book have started to release their over/unders for each team.  You can use this information in a variety of ways, even if you don’t want to make an actual… Read More »

List of Top Head Coach Salaries for NCAA Football in 2023

This article takes a look at how much each head coach in college makes on a yearly basis. We don’t just cover the guys at the top of the list. We go looking for the salaries on all 130 FBS teams. Unfortunately, the private schools don’t have to make this information public. Unless it shows… Read More »

Key Numbers for Betting NCAA Football Totals: Most Common Scores

The key numbers for betting college football totals let you use the most common scores to decide if there is value in the over-under.  You can compare the latest CFB lines to see if there are sharp books with a point difference from a square book, and possibly use that to get an edge with… Read More »

How Many Points Is College Football Home Field Advantage Worth?

Which college football teams really have the best home-field advantage? Most sources try to generalize the upper hand into a simple number that can be applied to every team and every game. The fact of the matter is, that there is no magic number that applies universally (the national average is just over three points,… Read More »

WNBA Handicapping: Strategies & Systems Used by Experts

The WNBA is one of my favorite niche sports to follow. It’s not mainstream like the MLB.  It’s not even as popular as the PGA Tour. But this means there are plenty of opportunities.  The books do not spend as much time on the WNBA odds each day as they do the MLB. They aren’t… Read More »

Beginner’s Guide on How to Bet on the WNBA

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a fast-growing sport that takes place from the beginning of May until the end of October. If you have been watching the games and want to cash in on your knowledge you might want to try betting. During the summer months, you don’t have a lot of wagering… Read More »

Why Selling Sports Picks is Profitable for Pro Bettors

Professional sports bettors lead a stressful life. They depend on their wins and losses to earn enough profit to make a decent living for themselves, and often times, for their families as well. Some of these cappers make the decision to sell their picks, but a lot of people look down on the tout industry.… Read More »

NFL Key Numbers for the 2023-24 Season: Most Common in Football Betting

SUMMARY We can identify key numbers in the NFL by looking at historical score margins. Using the frequency of each margin, we can give an expected ROI for buying a half point at different price points. Key numbers for the first and second half are similar to full game key numbers, with some crucial differences.… Read More »

Key Major League Baseball Stats Used When Handicapping & Betting Games

It’s no secret that baseball is a numbers game. I think most handicappers would agree that no sport requires more knowledge of stats than baseball. I’ve taken some time to put together a list of some of the most popular stats that the top MLB cappers use when breaking down MLB games. Advanced Starting Pitching… Read More »

Percentage of Bets Needed to Win to Break Even

One of the common misconceptions amateur bettors have is that they need to hit 60% to 70% of their bets to show a big profit. While it’s within reason to hit that high of a percentage over a short period of time, it’s not a sustainable rate over the long run. The question you should… Read More »

What are Key Numbers in Sports Betting?

When it comes to betting on sports, knowing about key numbers is absolutely essential to having success.  First and foremost, what exactly is a “key number”?  For the uninitiated, key numbers are those numbers that show up most often as the final margin of victory or as the final point total in a given game… Read More »

Why Betting Exchanges Haven’t Came to the USA: A Deep Dive

The world of sports betting has seen significant evolution over the years, with betting exchanges being one of the most innovative developments. Popular in regions like the UK and parts of Europe, betting exchanges allow punters to bet against each other rather than against a bookmaker.  This is great because bettors won’t get limited like… Read More »

Basics of Betting Exchanges: Winner’s Guide to Mastering the Market

Sports gambling is constantly evolving and one of the recent changes has been the emergence of betting exchanges.  They offer a fresh perspective on traditional wagering methods. Unlike the conventional bookmaker system, betting exchanges provide a marketplace where punters can bet against each other. This shift from the traditional model has brought about a new… Read More »

How to Create & Run Your Own NFL Survivor Contest

NFL Survivor Pools, often known as “Knockout”, “Eliminator”, or “Last Man Standing” pools, have become one of the most popular contests for groups of people to enjoy the pro football season.  The concept is so simple that anyone can get behind it, all you have to do is survive by picking teams that win their… Read More »

How to Win Your NFL Football Survivor Pool

NFL survivor pools, also known as knockout, eliminator, or last-man standing pools, have become a popular way for fans to have skin in the game during the pro football season. In these pools, participants are required to pick one NFL team each week. If the chosen team wins (or sometimes ties), the participant moves on… Read More »

Comprehensive Guide on How to Handicap Sports with Strategy & Methods

My goal at Boyd’s Bets has always been to help clients make money by following my picks.  But, I also want every one of my visitors and clients to gain knowledge about beating the books. Sports handicapping is the art and science of predicting the outcome of sports events. It involves in-depth research, analysis, and the… Read More »

Popular NFL Survivor Pools You Can Enter

NFL survivor contests are one of the best ways for the general public to enjoy the football season. They provide week-to-week entertainment and give everyone a chance to win significant prizes. And best of all we have our survivor pool picks each week to help you get an edge over the field! If you want… Read More »

Unlocking the Secrets of Weather Handicapping for NFL Betting

If you’re aiming for a winning streak in your bets this football season, it’s crucial to leverage every possible advantage. One such factor that can significantly sway the outcome of a game is the weather. This article serves as your comprehensive guide on how to incorporate weather conditions into your NFL handicapping strategy. Decoding the… Read More »

How to Handicap NBA Basketball: Tips & Tools to Beat the Sportsbooks

Having a hard time building your bankroll betting the NBA? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Consistently Picking winners on the pro hardwood is no easy task. The biggest problem I see with amateur bettors is they don’t take full advantage of the information that’s available to them. That’s why I have put together the ultimate… Read More »

Ultimate Guide to Golf Betting Explained – Bet Types & How to Win

Follow @boydsbets Learn About Why Bet It Beginners Guide How to Handicap My Process My job as a handicapper is to take advantage of any edge we can find, not just bet on primetime games on my favorite sports.  Which is why I love golf, it is a sport that is easy for bettors to… Read More »

Your Ultimate Guide to Using an Odds Calculator for Sports Betting

How to Use the Odds Calculator Enter the odds in your preferred format and instantly view how they are converted into other popular types.  You may also manually adjust the bet amount in USD to calculate what your payout would be based on the odds provided.  Just hit the reset button if you’d like to… Read More »

Amount Bet on the Super Bowl & How Much Vegas Won

The Super Bowl brings in a lot of betting action across the globe.  The Nevada Gaming Commission reports the total amount of wagers taken on the Super Bowl at the state’s sportsbooks each year.  Here’s a hint, it is nearly as much as the amount wagered for the entire NCAA tournament. This is the most accurate way… Read More »

Derby Payouts & Historical Look at How Much You Would Win on $2 Bet

The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby is in the books. This year’s winner of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” was Mage, ridden by Javier Castellano. Mage went off at 15-to-1 and won by a full length over second-place finisher Two Phil’s. On the morning of the race Forte was the odds-on favorite… Read More »

How to Win NCAA Tournament Bracket Pools & Contests

There are many different strategies for winning an NCAA Tournament bracket pool.  But, no one strategy covers everyone in every situation. The strategy you’ll see leading up to the tourney is on situational and historical statistics.  This can help you whether you are betting on NCAA basketball with pools, futures, or individual games. Strategy to… Read More »

Tips for Betting March Madness in Conference & NCAA Tournament Games

There’s no better time of year than March for betting college basketball. Are going to be betting on conference tournaments or any of the postseason tournaments? Do yourself a favor and read this article before it’s too late. There are ton of factors that go into handicapping college basketball during this time of year. How to… Read More »

March Madness Betting: ATS Results by Seed Ranking & Round

Nearly the entire country will be focusing on picking a perfect bracket this week. It’s reported that 40 million Americans participate in March Madness by entering some kind of tournament bracket contest. However, some people like to do their college basketball betting on the games or at least the NCAA basketball championship odds. The NCAA… Read More »

March Madness Trends & Historical NCAA Tournament Bracket Statistics

Do you want tournament bracket trends that will give you an edge when filling out your bracket this year?  Lucky for you I’ve done the research so you don’t have to. I’m sure you know to have a No. 12 picked to beat a No. 5 in your bracket.  I’m sure my upset predictions will have one or… Read More »

NCAA Tournament Betting: Final Four Point Spreads History

I’ve taken some time to put together a history of the points spreads for every Final Four matchup and NCAA Championship Game.  This data goes back to when the field expanded to 64 teams back in 1985. I’ve included the seeds of each team, the spread, and the ATS winner for all games where a… Read More »

2023 NCAA Basketball Tournament Pro Bracket Help: Boyd’s Expert Picks

The field has been set and there’s just a few days to get your picks in before the games start. If you are a picker who is struggling with filling out your bracket, I’m here to help. Not only am I one of the best predictors around, but each year I give out my expert recommendations on the… Read More »

Download & Print Your March Madness Bracket & Schedule

The field of 68 for the 2023 men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament has been set. If you are looking for a blank bracket to print out to keep track of your picks, just click on the button below.  The file is in PDF format.  Head to Adobe for a free PDF reader if you don’t have… Read More »

Picking NCAA Tournament by Seed: Records, Results & Chances of Winning

The NCAA Tournament is one of the most exciting times of the year.  More than 40 million Americans fill out over 70 million brackets. That is a lot of competition. Our goal here is to help you be better than average.  We want to help you fill out more winners and increase your chances of winning.… Read More »

Lowest Ranked Team to Make NCAA Championship Game & Win Tournament

One of the things that makes the NCAA Basketball Tournament so special, is the unpredictability of it. You just never know when a Cinderella story will unfold. It’s why so many can’t wait to fill out their tournament bracket each year and ramp up their NCAA basketball betting. Most of the big upsets come in… Read More »

Breaking Down the Seeds: How Far Each Has Advanced in March Madness

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of how far each seed has advanced in the NCAA Tournament.  We are focusing on the modern era, meaning when the tourney expanded to 64 teams from 1985 on and seeing if there is anything that we can use to find value in the current odds to win March… Read More »

NCAA Tournament Player Fantasy Draft Pool Rankings

Quick Downloads ➡️ 2023 Player Rankings 2023 Play-in Player Rankings EVERYONE fills out brackets, but there are also other pools and contests you can get into to participate in March Madness betting. Personally, I’ve been doing an individual player fantasy draft for the tourney.  It’s a live draft in which we go through and pick individual… Read More »