SHOW ME THE DATA!
It would be nice if we could make money from sports betting with just the knowledge we pick up naturally as fans. Unfortunately, betting on sports is just not that easy. There MAY be some people who regularly win money when working with limited information, but they are very much in the minority.
The first thing we need to start with is data. We need to find FREE data about the sport we are betting and the teams that play it. So, if you want to increase your chances of winning and have fun wagering, some research is necessary. At the basic level, checking team stats, head-to-head matches, player performance, and other descriptive statistical game data can say a lot about two teams such as, how they perform and what’s the usual score. Data sets allow us to check if a team's performance is improving; it allows us to look at head-to-head scores and allows us to check on how teams play at home and on the road. Doing a simple 10-minute data check on the team you want to bet is necessary preparation to improve your odds of winning!
Lastly, your choice of sources will have a direct impact on how useful your research and analysis will be. This should be pretty obvious. Use low-quality sources, and you’re going to be working with low-quality information. Low-quality information clearly isn’t going to help you make good decisions. Use reliable sources, however, and you’ll be working with good information. This WILL help you to make good decisions. The following is a listing of reliable and valid sports databases and sports statistical data.
SPORTS BETTING ODDS HISTORY
Sportsbook Reviews Online
PLAYER AND TEAM STATISTICS
Every Professional and College sport has a league database
Hoop Math - NCAAB
PRO FOOTBALL REFERENCE
PRO BASKETBALL REFERENCE
A sports rating system is a system that analyzes the results of sports competitions to provide ratings for each team or player.
Common systems include: polls of expert voters (AP, USA Today, Coaches Poll, ESPN fan vote (crowdsourcing non-expert voters), betting markets, and computer poll systems. (i.e Gallup)
Ratings, or power ratings, are numerical representations of competitive strength, often directly comparable so that the game outcome between any two teams can be predicted. Rankings, or power rankings, can be directly provided (e.g., by asking people to rank teams), or can be derived by sorting each team's ratings and assigning an ordinal rank to each team, so that the highest rated team earns the #1 rank. Rating systems provide an alternative to traditional sports standings which are based on win-loss-tie ratios.
Ken Pomeroy NCAA Basketball Rankings
Jeff Sagarin Ranking - Various Sports (Pro & College)
Eye Test Analytics
The Bracket Matrix
OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM SPORTS
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Data World (Sports Database)