Why Lines Move And How That Can Help You
A lot can (and often) happens between the time the line opens and closes. But what are the factors that make it move and when is the best time to get in? Let’s take a closer look at how this pricing works and how you can take advantage of it.
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The opening line is set by the
Supply And Demand
For the most part, Sports Affiliates will tell you that their goal is to get even action on both sides of a
- Green Bay Packers -10.5
- Cleveland Browns +10.5
Let’s say 10 people come in and place bets on the Packers. Now all of the sudden the books have to move the line to make the Browns more attractive to generate some action on that side. So they might move the line to +11 or +12. Then once that catches the eyes of bettors, it should settle the line back down.
This supply and demand is one key factor as to why the lines are jumping around a lot.
Sharps Move Lines
The other key element to this equation is what the sharps are doing. Sharps are known as professional bettors and ones who have a keen understanding of what’s happening – better than the average Joe. When they place their bets, the odds makers pay attention because those are the players that win for a living. Their opinions are respected a lot more. Although the goal of the Betting Kings is still to get 50/50 action on both sides, sharp money is weighed more heavily into the equation than the public.
How To Take Advantage
When people talk about taking advantage of line moves, it usually means tailing the sharp moves. Again, sharps are the players who win more than anyone else, so if a line move is deemed as “sharp”, you could also bet that line afterward and be on the same side as the sharp. If you’re just a casual bettor, this is one way of leaning on the expertise of someone who has done their research.
However, this is a flawed logic more often than not. For starters, sharps will always get a better price. For example, let’s say a group of sharps like the New York Yankees at -140. If some big money comes in on the Yankees, then the odds makers will adjust the line as a result. That means when you come to click away, you’re bet on the Yankees might have to be at -150 or -160. While it might not seem like a big deal, that price difference is very significant over a long period of time.
Also, keep in mind that sharps come back on sides. In other words, they might place a $1000 on the Yankees early in the day and hope that other bettors follow them to push the line a certain way, and then later come back in the day and bet $5000 on the Yankees’ opponent.
Use The Moves To Help Your Handicapping
The best way to take advantage is to notice the sharp moves and incorporate it into your handicapping. If you liked a side before and now you seem some sharp money come in on it, that further reinforces that you’re making a good play. If you see sharp money come in against you, you may decide to make a smaller play or leave things unchanged. After all, even the best sharps are only right about 60% of the time.
Other Factors That Move Lines (Injuries, Weather, Changes)
Remember that not all line moves are related to