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4/17/2014 2:05 PM(et)
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4/17/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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4/17/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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4/17/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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4/17/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He's worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama's Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He's been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: More Tips for NBA Playoffs

Last week I outlined some initial homework for preparing for the 2014 NBA Playoffs. I’m back as promised this week to go into further depth for the postseason that starts this Saturday and runs all the way through mid-June. We’ll be talking a lot about the playoffs on a “read-and-react” basis beginning next week. For now, there’s a lot you should be doing to prepare for the challenge.

If you missed last week’s article, the three keys outlined at that time were:

  • Reviewing recent records so you’re in touch with recent form
  • Evaluating teams on the defensive end of the floo
  • Evaluating health and depth

Today let’s discuss a few more keys:

PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERS: 3-POINT SHOOTERS
This is always front and center when KELSO STURGEON is talking about sports handicapping. PLAYMAKERS are your MONEYMAKERS! If you follow pro basketball, you barely have to think about who the key scorers are on the top contenders. Be sure you’ve done enough work to know how relative “off-the-radar” teams like Toronto, Washington, and Charlotte score their points. Have a list ready for all 16 postseason entries, not just the teams you watch on television.

The key to add in this sport right now is three-point specialists. The complex nature of the NBA is such that it’s often a three-point shooter who turns out to be the “tie-breaker” when other factors cancel out. He’s not an individual superstar…but he is the guy who breaks the game open by hitting a few treys (hence, “game-breaker”). Make time this week to study individual player stats for each team, and FIND the guys who can make a three when needed. Teams who DON’T have this are going to be in big trouble in the NBA Playoffs. Three-point shooting is bigger than ever because most teams are emphasizing it within the normal flow of their offense.

IGNORE THE ZIG-ZAG EXCEPT IN VERY EVEN SERIES
For many years, decades even, old-school handicappers made a lot of money with a very simple strategy. Take whoever lost the last game straight up, and bet them against the number in this game. Sweeps were rare…and even when they did happen, the superior team often wasn’t covering high spreads. The straight up results didn’t “zig-zag,” but the previous straight up loser was covering the next spread even if they kept losing.

In recent years, coaches on the best teams have really started emphasizing playing great early, then getting things over with as quickly as possible. The zig-zag betting approach really only works in very evenly matched series where teams are trading games back and forth after making adjustments on the fly. Don’t YOU plan on trying to take the easy way out and just betting the zig-zag without doing any handicapping. It doesn’t work any more except in special matchups. PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS want to get their rest whenever possible because they know very physically tough wars are waiting for them in the later rounds.

HEAD COACHES ARE OFTEN THE KEY
It may sound weird to call a head coach a PLAYMAKER. But, you sure could make the case that Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs is just as much the reason for that team’s continuing success as Tim Duncan or Tony Parker. On the other end of the spectrum, inferior head coaches are exposed very quickly in the playoffs. It’s possible to reach the postseason by getting out of the way and letting your stars carry the team on their shoulders. When basketball becomes chess, you have to have a chess player calling the shots.

Spend some time this week reviewing the playoff histories for all 16 head coaches. It will be easy in some cases. Jason Kidd of Brooklyn has never coached a playoff game! For those with small sample sizes, study them in their early games. For everyone else, historical records will likely paint a fairly accurate picture for how 2014 is going to play itself out. I’m not going to talk too much about this right now. My personal analysis of coaching is going to play a big role in determining major releases in the first few days of action.

You regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping know I won’t get specific about teams, players, or coaches. I need to protect that information for my paying clients. The Dean of Sports Handicapping is here to teach YOU how to pick winners. If you’d like some additional help, you can always purchase my BEST BETS right here at this very website with your major credit card. Questions can be answered by one of my representatives in the Vegas-Sports-Masters office at 1-800-755-2255.

Remember that the daily schedules are very busy right now with both basketball and baseball on the slate. Longtime bettors know you can make a lot more money betting in the spring and summer than in the Fall with football because your bankroll grows exponentially much quicker.

I’ve currently scheduled a baseball report for later this week. We’ll read and react to both basketball and baseball through the coming weeks and months. The schedule is subject to change when reality dictates. Keep visiting this website often for helpful information. It’s time for you to shine!

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Report: Haith leaving Missouri for Tulsa

(SportsNetwork.com) - Frank Haith will leave Missouri after three seasons to be the next men's basketball coach at Tulsa, according to a report Thursday.

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Crawford, Barnes lead Warriors over Nuggets

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Crawford netted a career-best 41 points and the Golden State Warriors will head into the postseason with momentum following a 116-112 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Early Baseball Thoughts

I promised I’d talk baseball with you here in the late-week edition of my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. Perusing the standings this morning made it very clear what I should be talking about. PARITY!

If you look across the standings, particularly in the American League, you see very little that differentiates the best from the rest. In fact, Boston is in last place in the East after getting swept by Milwaukee. But, a 4-6 record is only a game out of first place because three teams are tied at 5-5! Now…the East is playing a lot of games against each other right out of the gate. There will be plenty of time to establish superiority against the other divisions. Losing a home series to Milwaukee is a red flag that the division may be falling back to the pack.

In the post-steroid era, we may end up seeing a lot more parity than you’re used to in Major League Baseball. For many years (more than the powers-that-be would like to admit), it was cheaters dominating non-cheaters. If the game truly has cleaned up, creating what can truly be called an even playing field…then we suddenly have a scale where 90-72 is great, even though it’s only nine wins more than 81-81…and 72-90 is lousy.

As handicappers, that means the following:

  • Focus on underdogs rather than favorites…because favored teams don’t have the edges they used to in this sport.
  • Focus on young and hungry teams because veteran teams are going to hit a wall much earlier than they used to. For decades, individual peak production in baseball was around age 28…with big declines starting around age 32-33. Steroids allowed the best players to delay their declines several seasons…which meant veterans thrived for a lot longer. In a clean game, we’re back to the baseball of the 1970’s. Hey, that’s okay, I was winning big money in this sport back then! Those of you who are younger will see this is a whole new game when it’s just a return to normal.
  • Put more weight on THE MOTIVATION FACTOR in day-to-day handicapping rather than PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS. Those are the two themes I emphasize the most here in our coursework. If a clean game is bringing GAMEBREAKERS back to the pack, then it’s THE MOTIVATION FACTOR that will determine many big bets.
  • Go against teams in lookahead or letdown spots around a big rivalry series
  • Go against teams on getaway days that have established a trend for taking those lightly
  • Study revenge possibilities in the most intense divisional rivalries (a great sleeper category!)


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You normally think of THE MOTIVATION FACTOR being very big in football, and sometimes big in basketball. Baseball is often mis-reported as a sport where intangibles don’t matter much. Let me tell you as an experienced winner in this sport for decades, you will make a lot of money in baseball learning to recognize which teams bring intensity every time they take the field…and which teams are quick to throw in the towel when things start to go south.

Homework for this weekend:

  • Study the ages of everybody’s starting lineups, so you can find offenses that are likely to have peak seasons on one end, or likely to decline on the other.
  • Evaluate home/road splits and strength of schedules to see what’s being “hidden” by a record that’s within a game either way of the .500 mark. Teams who are playing .500 ball with road heavy tough schedules are actually playing well. Teams with those records against soft schedules are about to fall backward when things toughen. It’s April 11 as I write this…try to make common-sense assessments for what records will be on April 30 in a way that shapes your handicapping in the coming days.
  • Read the injury reports. That’s not really related to today’s discussion. But, I’m guessing most of you haven’t done that yet! It’s very easy to fall into the habit of scoreboard watching each day. You need to spend more line lineup watching.

If you’d like some help finding the best baseball plays on the board every day, you can always purchase my BEST BETS right here at this very website with your major credit card. Questions can be answered by one of my representatives in the office at 1-800-755-2255. This is a great time to get set up for the NBA Playoffs. Combination packages are available for both baseball and basketball through what’s shaping up as a very profitable spring and summer.

Back with you next week to gear up for the NBA Playoffs. There are tried and true strategies that consistently win playoff money. We’ll talk about those well in advance of the first postseason tip. See you next time.

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