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How to keep your sports betting techniques sharp while on lockdown

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At some point, this halt in the sports world will end, and we will be back to betting on games. Now is a good time to explore some new theories, tools and web sites.

Today we will focus on the Rockets via SBD Sharp, a trend-based site that takes a different approach. Basically, it acts as a data tool that looks at teams and leagues performances over time, and tracks how much money could have been made based on different plays, including ATS, money line and over/unders.

Whither the Rockets?

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For instance, this breakdown shows how the Rockets fared in money line wagers. As underdogs, they were 6-5, which would have brought a positive ROI of 100.18 percent. So by simply playing the Rockets only as underdogs, you would have a nice profit.

Keeping track

Analyzing results is a must for anyone who is trying to make a longterm profit. Finding trends is the key to successful betting, because in the end you are trying to make your best possible guess. Taking as much of the guesswork out is critical to success. While we are on lockdown, finding new tools is essential, and this is a very good one.

Winning over time is not easy, so arming yourself with as much intel as possible is a good thing. It is even more important now, because with nothing to bet on, plugging the leaks in your wagering can really pay off in the long run when the action does return. The NBA had developed some definitive trends during the 2019-20 season, and it will be interesting to see how those play out when basketball returns.

Every bit of knowledge helps, and this is a good site to play around for when the games return.

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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