# How Does the Numbers Work in Sports Betting?

The numbers in sports betting work a bit differently than you might think. Many people believe that in order to win at sports betting, you need to pick the right team, or choose the right game, or place a wager on the right event. While this may be true, the numbers actually work in a much simpler way: they give you the opportunity to make money by betting on the right events, in the right places, at the right time. For instance, if you bet on the New York Yankees to cover the point spread in a game compared to the Houston Astros, then you would win the bet. However, if the Astros cover the point spread, then you would lose your wager (provided the point spread exists in your favor).

The point is that you don’t need to be a genius to understand the numbers in sports betting. The formulas are usually pretty easy to figure out, and the possibilities are endless. Just remember to keep in mind the basics: if you want to make money from sports betting, then you need to bet on the right events, in the right places, at the right time. This is how you do it:

## Find The Events That Will Pay You

The first step is to find the events that will pay you. You can’t simply walk into a bookie shop and ask for the best odds on any type of sporting event. You need to do some research, and find the events that your bookie doesn’t handle. Often times, these are the events that you can bet on, and make some cash from. For example, if you are a San Diego Padres fan, and you find that the majority of the games this year are being played in Detroit, you might consider going to a bookie who handles Detroit Tigers sports betting and place a wager on the San Diego Padres. In this case, you would win the bet because the Tigers are likely to cover the spread more often than the Padres are going to beat the point spread.

## Study The Trends

Now that you have your events, you need to study the trends. You can’t predict the future, but you can certainly observe the present, and use what you learn to make informed predictions about the future. One of the simplest trends to track are the spread trends. If you look at the history of a certain event, you can usually find the spread, and other statistics like the total number of runs scored, total number of hits, and many others. For example, when you look at the history of the Houston Astros versus New York Yankees rivalry, you can see that the Yankees have traditionally covered the spread more often than the Astros have, and this is likely to continue in 2019 as well.